Tag Archive: Ken Liu

Jun 16

The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu

I really liked The Grace of Kings when I read it last year and said as much on my blog. In my review back then I noted the criticism levelled at the novel in regard to limited female representation – especially in the first half of the book. I was OK with it because when …

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May 08

Week 18: More effing awards – but seriously I love them – and two books I liked but didn’t love

Books Read The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan The Night Clocks by Paul Meloy The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken Currently Reading  In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker (1) This week my review of Tade Thompson’s award-winning and fantastic début novel, Making Wolf, was published on the Strange Horizons’ website.  Here’s a quote from my …

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Mar 26

Week 12: Republishing Tom Disch (my reviews, not his books, sadly) and Ancient Chinese influences

Books Read The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu Currently Reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik (1) I’ve decided to republish my reviews of Thomas Disch’s novels.  Back in 2009 (was it really 7 years ago?) in preparation for a talk on Disch at the venerable Nova Mob, I read all his novels and collections – or …

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Mar 19

Week 11: Man Booker in Translation, Pocket Universes and Other Books I Can’t Discuss

Books Read Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip Making Wolf by Tade Thompson Currently Reading The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (1) This year the administrators of the Man Booker have decided to produce a longlist for the Man Booker International Prize. Since 2005 the Prize has been awarded every two years …

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Feb 22

The Nebula Award nominees for Best Novel have been announced…

Here are the seven finalists for best novel. (The full list of nominees can be found here). Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga) Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) Barsk: The Elephants’ …

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Jun 22

Who Should Have Won the Nebula Awards’s Best Novel category…?

Here is a friendly reminder of who was nominated for the Best Novel category with links to my pithy reviews: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor) Coming Home, Jack McDevitt …

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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 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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May 05

The Locus Award Nominees Have Been Announced

I’ve been hanging out for the announcement of the Locus Award nominees.  This Award has always been an excellent snapshot of the state of (mostly) American SF&F and because my tastes have clearly drifted away from core genre, I’m curious to see how I react to the 20 novels listed below (or at least the …

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