35 thoughts on “BEST FIRST NOVEL”

  1. I was there, and I want to say that it was not a pleasant or politically comfortable ceremony. Which makes it all the more exciting and important that you won! Congratulations.

  2. Congratulations… Much deserved award… This last two years has seen so many new good authors and you deserve this honour among them…

  3. Fantastic. And: about bloody time. Also: no surprise at all. You know the work deserves it! 100K is a book I’ll go back to, yes for all those strong characters, but also for the sheer easy beauty of the finish on the writing.

    I was already re-reading paragraphs that I’d read multiple times initially, just to feel their perfect soft and gentle sheepskin embrace again…

    No, that definitely did not sound half as pervy until I said it. Hey you’re the writer, fix it for me, then take the corrected sentiment away with ya!

  4. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! No surprise, though. Not only was it the best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, everyone everywhere is talking about it. Every website I go to, somebody’s raving about Kingdoms.

    Please write more!

    Your biggest (or, at least, farthest away) fan
    Fran in New Zealand

    — which reminds me, it’s time for me to buy a third copy of this book. I bought it, read it twice, loaned it out, didn’t get it back, bought another copy, re read it, loaned it out, didn’t get that copy back…..

  5. John,

    I think if you just remove “sheepskin”, which sounds kind of condomy, it’ll work. :)

  6. Woohoo! Much congratulations!

    And I have to agree with John Kerr that I enjoy reading the writing as much as reading the story, if you know what I mean. You could write the shipping forecast and I’d read it.

    MORE! (You never know, it might mean more prizes too. ^_^)

  7. Congratulations from Germany. Well deserved!
    I love your books and I’m looking forward to the next.

  8. SO COOL!!

    And so well-deserved. I was stunned when I realized it was your first. Major congrats!

  9. I’d also be interested to hear Debbie Notkin’s thoughts on the awards ceremony, though I recognize of course that she may not be interested in sharing them.

    I was there as well, and other than the overwhelming whiteness of the room I didn’t notice a *lot* of politically uncomfortable behavior… but I’m also your archetypical PoP (Person of Privilege[TM]) and no doubt I missed all kinds of shit.

    Also, congrats. I cheered loudly and then felt slightly abashed when I remembered I was sitting next to one of the other nominees…


  10. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and you so deserve this award. Your writing is exquisite and your storytelling is inspired. Woot woot!

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