Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Novella: "Fountain of Age" by Nancy Kress
Novelette: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang
Short Story: "Always" by Karen Joy Fowler
(Source: SFWA via John Scalzi)
Well, I'm reading The Yiddish Policeman's Union as we speak (well, not exactly as we speak, I'm typing and there is nobody in the room to talk to because my wife went to bed), and it's good so far in the first 50 pages, but this isn't a category I really got excited about. Hell, I thought Ragamuffin was great, was impressed by not overwhelmed by the Nalo Hopkinson, and that's all I read.
When I wrote about the Novellas I thought that the award would either go to Lucius Shepard or Gene Wolfe would win, and I still think the Shepard story was stronger than the eventual winner, Nancy Kress. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the winning Novella and have a whole collection of her stories to read and review in the near future. I have nothing bad to say about Nancy Kress.
Anyone surprised that Ted Chiang picked up the win for his Novelette? No? Me, neither.
While I'm disappointed Jennifer Pelland didn't win for "Captive Girl", I'd have been almost as happy (though not quite as happy) with most of the other nominees. I don't think "Always" is the best short story, but it could have been worse. "The Story of Love" could have won. Still...I wish Pelland could have gone home a winner (though...the nomination surely got her a great deal more attention...and that's a good thing)