As reported by Locus Online, the 2010 World Fantasy Award finalists have been announced, including the five finalists for best novel, first published in 2009. The winners will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus OH, in late October.
Blood of Ambrose, James Enge (Pyr)
The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
The City & The City, China Miéville (Macmillan UK/ Del Rey)
Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland/Atlantic-Corvus)
In Great Waters, Kit Whitfield (Jonathan Cape UK/Del Rey)
Of these novels, The Red Tree has been award nominated before and made Amazon's SF/F 2009 top 10, The City and the City made Amazon's 2009 Top 100 and has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, among others, and my own Finch has been a finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards, while also picking up year's best nods from the Washington Post and others. The Enge has not received as much attention despite making the Locus Magazine recommended list, while In Great Waters has received critical acclaim and much support in some quarters. Of the novels that could have made it but didn't, I would point out Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest and Michal Ajvaz's The Other City, in particular.