The winners of the 2014 Kitschies were announced today!
Did I say I would be shocked? I am *shocked* that neither The Race nor Lagoon won the Red Tentacle, but here are the blurbs for the winners of the both novel categories:
The Red Tentacle
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Winner of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction.
The Golden Tentacle (Debut)
Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre
Venetia Stanley was the great beauty of her day, so dazzling she inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting. But now she is married, the adoration to which she has become accustomed has curdled to scrutiny, and she fears her powers are waning… Venetia, growing desperate, secretly engages an apothecary to sell her “viper wine”—a strange potion said to bolster the blood and invigorate the skin… But there is a terrible price to be paid, as science clashes with magic, puritans rebel against the decadent monarchy, and England slides into civil war.
They sound a bit wild. The rest of the shortlist and winners are posted at Locus Online.