The Barney for Best Faustian tale…
The first nominee is Sir Terry Pratchett. Yes we checked the rule book; he is eligible for as many Barneys as Nathan wants to nominate him for. So, you know, neiner neiner.
Eric is a favorite of mine, and remained so after my latest reread. It is short, hilarious, and one of the best books I know of to grab when I need something to tide me over between heavy reads. I will never tire of Rincewind being sucked into what seemed like an open and shut demon tempting of a soul (three wishes gone wrong, that kind of thing). We had to consult the judges due the lack of an actual, you know, devil. But we decided to allow it under the ‘if it’s Terry Pratchett we allow it’ clause. You can no doubt guess who the front runner is here. Hell this award is all but wrapped up. But, as there was another book nominated I guess we have to look at it as well.
The second contender is Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. Hey, a much better contender than expected. To compete with the master for this award we needed a book with a character than could go toe to toe with Rincewind, and Cabal fits the bill. Not sure who would win in a fight, because Rincewind is already two continents away, but the question of who got the best out of their deal with devil is something that can be measured a little easier. The difference in styles is noticeable; Rincey doing his damage with his ever present dumb luck and Cabal using his incredible intelligence. Both books are hilarious. Eric gets a few bonus points for including the walking psychopath that is luggage. But then again, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer includes both trains AND an evil carnival.
Damn, another close race, who will the judges choose?
The winner is…. ME! My story involved selling my blog’s soul to WordPress and seeing traffic more than double as a result.
That’s right Sir Prachett and Mr. Howard, you get nothing this year! But hey, it’s an honor to be nominated, right?
I am so happy! I hope my award doesn’t get lost in the mail with the rest of them.
My review of Eric.
My review of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer.