Tag Archive: Locus Awards

Oct 11

Book Review: Clariel by Garth Nix

I read Sabriel when it first came out and then never followed up with the sequels (I know, I know, I’m a bad Australian and genre fan). The nice thing though is that Clariel, being a prequel to the first trilogy, requires no knowledge of the original trilogy. Yes, a number of the concepts and …

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Sep 29

Book Review: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Bottom Line While I didn’t mind the first novel in the trilogy, The Magicians, the final book feels like its plowing similar territory.  Consequently, as a critique or commentary about the fantasy genre I’m not sure this book, or the trilogy as a whole, is saying anything that’s particularly profound or insightful. Representative Paragraph The strongest …

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Sep 29

Book Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Bottom Line An excellent secondary world fantasy novel that not only features a complex and multi-layered world but is also great fun to read.  Definitely recommended. Representative Paragraph Sigurd is awesome… The leader of the attackers stands agog at this sight for a moment, before holding his sword high, screaming at the top of his …

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Sep 04

Book Review: Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear

What’s It About Re Temur, exiled heir to his grandfather’s Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle. With his companions—the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho-tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung—he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather his army of followers. Temur has many …

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Aug 25

Book Review: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

What’s It About In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.  As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his …

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Aug 21

So, who should have won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Because you’ve forgotten, here were the nominees (with handy links to my reviews): Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Peripheral, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada) The winner was Ancillary Sword.  I …

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Aug 20

Book Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

What’s It About Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. Representative …

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Aug 12

Book Review: Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer

What’s It About It’s the third and final book in the Southern Reach series.  Do I need to say more? Representative Paragraph The majesty of the natural world – the known and the unknown… Once, from this vantage, [Saul Evan’s had] seen something vast rippling through the water beyond the sandbars, a kind of shadow, …

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Aug 08

Book Review: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

What’s It About This is second novel in the Southern Reach trilogy and follows directly on from the events of Annihilation.  All you need to know is that a new head has been appointed to lead the Southern Reach (the pseudo government entity that keeps a check on Area X).  His name is John Rodriguez …

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Jun 28

And the best novel Locus Award winners are…

… for Best Science Fiction Novel – Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie For Best Fantasy Novel – The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison For Best Young Adult Book – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie For Best First Novel – The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert   The only category I’ve read in its entirety is Best Science Fiction novel, …

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