Today I noticed that I never announced awards for my favorite media goodies of 2008. Not an auspicious start to the inaugural awards ceremony, but we don’t exactly run a red-carpet production. I will have to call these the Ellpie Awards for being Least Prestigious.
Best Children’s Book: The Dark Is Rising (Susan Cooper)
Best Short Story (tie): “The Borders of Infinity” (Lois McMaster Bujold, full story available as Chapter 1 here) and
“Sandkings” (George R.R. Martin)
Best Beach Read: Making Money (Terry Pratchett)
Best of the Ancient Canon: Idylls of the King (Tennyson, full text here)
Best High-Brow Literature: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
Best Art Book: Wall and Piece (Banksy)
Best TV Series: Green Wing (free on Hulu)
Best Play: Dealer’s Choice
Best Movie: Persepolis
Best Audiobook: The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman, as read by Neil Gaiman, first chapter available here with banjo action)
What’s the best stuff you’ve read, seen, or heard this year?