Tag Archive: Locus Awards

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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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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Nov 15

Book Review: The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert

The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert might be a début novel, but anyone who has read Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine in recent years, or keeps in touch with the plethora of Years Best anthologies, will be aware of M. Rickert’s quirky, unsettling, brilliant short fiction. For a number of her fans, myself included, the …

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Nov 09

Book Review: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

I’ll be honest, there’s no way I would have read The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato if it hadn’t been nominated for a Locus award. For one, as I’ve ranted about previously, I’m not a fan of steampunk. And for two, the cover, while not awful, has a generic quality that puts it in the …

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Nov 08

Book Review: A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias

A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias is meat and potato science fiction in concept, but wagyu beef and crunchy sweet potato chips in execution.  Or to be put it another way, I had a great deal of fun with A Darkling Sea, which is not what I expected given it’s a very traditional first contact …

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Nov 02

Book Review: The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

It took me five days to read The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley. For close to three days I was engaged with Staveley’s world building, the measured progression of the plot, and the development of the novel’s three main characters – the Emperor’s daughter, Adare, and his two sons, Kaden and Valyn. Just like Katherine …

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Oct 24

Book Review: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger is the third book this year that I didn’t have the patience to finish. Compared to the previous two novels – the Kevin J Anderson and Charles E Gannon – Carriger’s characters and prose are of Nobel Laureate quality.  However, I had no patience for her steampunk 19th Century with …

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Oct 17

Book Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

While I was reading Half a King by Joe Abercrombie I kept having flashbacks (non acid related) to other fantasy novels and literary works.  At first the book reminded me of a young adult version of Katherine Addison’s Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Goblin Emperor, what with Yarvi suddenly finding himself the reluctant king of Gettland …

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Oct 14

Book Review: Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald

I’ve always been a fan of Ian McDonald’s adult novels. While they overflow with ideas and insights there quite dense in regard to plotting and theme (in a good way). They’re books that need to be unpacked and discussed and cogitated over. Empress of the Sun (book three in the Everness series) couldn’t be different. That’s …

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Oct 12

Book Review: The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi is a novel that’s not afraid to be angry and passionate and more than a touch didactic.  At times it feels like an episode of Jon Oliver’s Last Week Tonight in that it raises an issue that you may have only been vaguely aware of but has you foaming …

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