Tag Archive: Adam Roberts

Jan 03

My Top 10 Books (well 11, actually) for 2016

My blog might be 20 or so reviews behind my Facebook page but I thought I at least report on what were my favourite ten books for 2016 (with an eleventh just for luck and because it’s brilliant). But before I list my favourites for the year here are some stats.  Overall I read 117 …

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Apr 01

Week 13: Hugo Votes, Malignant Woods and Dudebros Attitudes

Books Read Uprooted by Naomi Novik Currently Reading Just Finished The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (1) Because the deadline for Hugo nominations will have come and gone by the time this post goes live, I thought I’d share my five nominees for best novel: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts Clade by James Bradley …

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Feb 23

And now The Kitschie nominees have been announced…

I love the Kitschie awards and I’ve waited with bated breath for this year’s Red and Golden Tentacle shortlists to be announced. (This year’s announcement was two weeks later than last year’s sending me into a tizz). Anywho, after pressing the refresh button on the website for about the five hundredth time, finally – FINALLY! …

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Jan 15

Week 2: Hilarious Hijinks in Space and Immanuel Kant

Books Read Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts Slade House by David Mitchell  Currently Reading (R)evolution by PJ Manney (1) This week saw the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, both from cancer and both at the age of 69.  While we might despair, they leave behind enduring legacies.  …

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Dec 15

Book Review: Bete by Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts’ 15th novel, Bete, begins with a cow talking to a farmer just as the farmer is about to pull the trigger on a bolt gun. What seems like the beginning of a joke, or a fantasy novel involving talking animals, becomes a heated conversation about the Turing Test and a plea from the …

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May 12

And the John W. Campbell Award finalists have been announced…

… I had no plans of reading the shortlist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award until Jonathan Strahan pointed it out to me this morning. Here are the finalists: The Race by Nina Allan A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias The Peripheral by William Gibson Afterparty by Daryl Gregory Europe in Autumn by …

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Jan 16

Book Review: Reach For Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan

What’s It About It’s the third anthology in Jonathan’s Strahan’s Infinity series.  This one collects 14 short stories from writers like Ellen Klages, Adam Roberts and Karen Lord.  It focuses on humanity taking the next big step forward – whether that be colonising Mars, coming to terms with Artificial Intelligence or the challenges of travelling in …

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Oct 01

So, who should win this year’s Man Booker?

I’ve now read all six books nominated for this year’s Man Booker prize and it’s a strong list of novels. This is the first time I’ve read through an entire Man Booker shortlist so I can’t say with any confidence whether the strength of the list is typical of what the judges regularly serve up …

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Apr 15

Hugo Commentary: Best Fan Writer (long post – tangents included)

As I understand it the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) will be debating this year whether Best Graphic Story should survive as a category or be taken out and shot. There’s actually a number of good reasons why you’d remove the category from the ballot ranging from graphic comics being well serviced by other awards …

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Mar 13

Let’s Replace the Best Fanzine Category with Best Blog

I know I’m coming late to the party, but while reading this post by Mike Glyer from File 770 I discovered that blogs, such as this one, aren’t actually eligible for a Hugo because, to quote Andrew Trembley, “under the current [Hugo] rule, a blog that doesn’t adopt a periodical format isn’t eligible…” Trembley then …

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