Tag Archive: The Kitschies

May 18

Week 19 / 20: The Nebulas are awarded, a fluid identity and the greatest anthropologists of the American People

Books Read In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Currently Reading  Children of the Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (1) I skipped a week.  That’s going to happen from time to time as life – work, family, general laziness – gets in the …

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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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Apr 22

Week 16: Pulitzers, Brilliant Kelly Link and not being in on the joke

Books Read The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood Currently Reading  Into Everywhere by Paul McAuley (1) This year’s Pulitzer prize for fiction was awarded to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s début novel The Sympathizer which I look forward to reading at some point in the coming months. For genre fans Nguyen’s win was of less significance when compared to …

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Apr 09

Week 14: Tiptree Award, The Dragon Awards and GO READ THE FIFTH SEASON!

Books Read The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett Currently Reading  Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen   (1) Not much to comment on this week other than the fact that I forgot to mention that the James Tiptree Award winners for 2015 were announced.  The jury chose the …

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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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Mar 08

The Kitschie Award Winners Have Been Announced

Fourteen minutes after the nominees went live (small, though apt exaggeration, but seriously it was two weeks ago!), the Kitschie award winners have been announced.  The full list of winners can be found here. The Red Tentacle went to The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood while the Golden Tentacle was won by Tade Thompson for his novel Making …

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Mar 05

Week 9: Clever Cliches, Awkward Sex Scenes and an Enjoyable Pot Boiler

Books Read Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald Currently Reading The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (1) This has been a week of podcasts with one recorded and published on the weekend (Coode Street Roundtable episode 2) and an episode of Shooting The Poo recorded Thursday night.  On Saturday Kirstyn and I will be …

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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 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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Jul 23

So Who Should Have Won This Year’s Golden Tentacle Award?

Here is a much needed reminder of the nominees with links to my wordy and yet delightful reviews: Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape). The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne (Blackfriars) Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers (Self-Published) The People …

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