It was a tough call. Both Threshold and Shooting an Albatross were strong books populated by good characters. Threshold is more artistic, literary and offbeat. But Steven’s book had a stronger story.
From the opening pages, Shooting an Albatross sets up a powerful question in the reader’s mind. As you may have surmised from the previous award winning book, Chion, here at the New Podler we like strong stories. Cinematic stories. Muscular stories with good, clear lines of action are what we think make great books. Shooting an Albatross is such a book. But it is more than just a story that crackles with tension. It is a story of the inability to forgive and let go, a story that leaves you with a chill down your spine. Lundin manages not only to create a strong plot but also a human story of love and loss and revenge in his book.