Hiromi Goto Guest Post: "Whart?! No Romance in Your Dark Fantasy Novel, Half World?"!

Earlier this year, Hiromi Goto's phantasmagorical and often harrowing Half World was published as a young adult novel, although it's the kind of cross-over that deserves a wide readership among adults as well. It's already received the 2010 Sunburst Award and was just longlisted for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The cover sports a glowing blurb from Neil Gaiman.

Not familiar with Goto's work? Here's a primer: her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms (1994), received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her second novel, The Kappa Child (2001), was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Regional Book, and was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. Her first children’s novel, The Water of Possibility, was also published that year. Hopeful Monsters, a collection of short stories, was released in 2004. You can check out her blog here.

Half World is a potent mix of fantasy and stark reality. It's beautifully written and deeply felt. It also avoids cliche by refusing to indulge in stock situations. For the next few days, we'll be running a few short pieces from the author about her views on fantasy, reality, horror, and the interplay between those modes...


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