Tag Archive: Hugo Awards

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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Jan 19

An Analysis of 2015’s Literary and Genre Awards: Part 3 – Subjectivity

What you’re all dying to know in this the third and final part of my analysis of Literary and Genre Awards is what were the best and worst shortlists for 2015.  Of course the subjectivity here is all mine and the mileage of other’s will vary. What I’m going to do is list the top …

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May 27

Who Should Win The Hugo Award For Best Novel

As a reminder here are the nominees (you’ll note that they’re a little different to the nominees that were originally announced with Marko Kloos deciding to pull his novel for consideration.  More props to him). Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK) The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books) The Goblin Emperor, …

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May 25

Book Review: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Translated by Ken Liu)

What’s It About It’s an alien invasion novel that features the Cultural Revolution, a computer game that incorporates the entirety of Western and Eastern scientific thought and a series of jaw dropping set pieces. Representative Paragraph Qin Shi Huang, Newton, Von Neumann, and Wang all stood on the platform at the apex of the pyramid. This …

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May 20

Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

What’s It About Maia is the only son of the fourth wife of the Emperor of the Elflands.  Following his mother’s premature death, the Emperor (not the most loving of fathers) banishes him to a household in the middle of nowhere to be mentored by an abusive cousin.  And then one morning Maia wakes up …

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May 15

Book Review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

What’s It About Newly appointed Captain Breq – you may know her from the multi-award winning novel Ancillary Justice­ ­­– has been given a warship, the Mercy of Kalr, and ordered by Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch – or at least the part of her personality that opposes expansion – to go forth and …

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May 09

Book Review: Skin Game by Jim Butcher

What’s It About While it’s book fifteen of the Harry Dresden series all you really need to know is that (a) Harry is wizard, (b) it’s essentially a heist novel and (c) the book mostly, though not entirely, stands alone. Representative Paragraph This more or less sums up Harry Dresden: You know, sometimes it feels …

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May 04

Book Review: The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson

What’s It About I only read a third of the novel, but apparently it’s set twenty years after the 7-novels that form The Saga of the Seven Suns.  So it’s both a Book One and a Book Eight. Representative Paragraph Because I don’t want to be criticised for cherry-picking the worst example of Anderson’s leaden prose, here’s a …

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Apr 06

Hugo Award Novel Shortlist

If you regularly read this blog and have no idea that the Hugo Award nominees were announced to some controversy then you’re a unique sort of person.  Well done! The full list of the nominees can be found here.  If you’re interested in commentary on the Sad and Rabid Puppy shenanigans then check out this …

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Apr 20

I’ve been nominated for a bleeping Hugo Award and other thoughts

At about 5:30 this morning Melbourne, while I slumbered innocently, the Hugo Award nominations for 2014 were announced.  The full list is here.  I could sleep because, as Jonathan Strahan pointed out on an episode of Coode Street a few weeks back, Hugo nominees are made aware of their nomination (so they can confirm and …

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