Hiromi Goto's Half World: Fantasy's BFF Is Horror

(photo of Hiromi Goto by John Endo Greenaway) 

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. 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. Goto has received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region, was a co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book Award, and has won the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. You can check out her blog here.

Half World is a potent, deeply felt mix of fantasy and stark reality, and beautifully written. It also avoids cliche by refusing to indulge in stock situations. We've run great short essays from Goto about the problems with romance in dark fantasy and the relationship between fantasy and reality. Today, the subject is how fantasy is horror's best friend forever...


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If Amazon is so uncomfortable with the First Amendment (which protects freedom of expression) should stop selling books.

Posted by: pepe | Friday December 3, 2010 at 12:58 AM

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