Ancillary Justice won the Nebula for Best Novel! Hooray! Here are the other 2013 Nebula Award winners.
The full list is available at SFWA, but just look at the Best Novel shortlist: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon Hild, Nicola Griffith Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata A Stranger in … Read more
“But let me speak frankly to you: if you don’t intend to read and investigate the other nominees and participate in a wide variety of categories, you are doing the awards a disservice. I would rather have the Wheel of Time not win than have it be given an award as part of a thoughtless shoving match.”
“If work was shunted onto the list to make a political point and without regard to its quality, and it is crap, you’re going to know it when you read that work, and you should judge it accordingly.“
The 2014 Hugo nominees were announced today, and, like always, some of the categories have a few head-scratchers. However, I’m going to focus my discussion on the Best Novel category, which is usually the one where I’ve read the most nominees:
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
- Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
- Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
- Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)
The list starts off very strong with Ancillary Justice, which is the only book nominated that I’ve actually read as of this post, but HOLY SHIT was it good. Hands down one of my favorite reads of last year and definitely one of my all-time favorite books. I think I said everything I need to say about it in my review. I’d probably vote for this to win with a clear conscience, although if I was a voting member I would do my best to actually read the books before voting.
Orbit Books has a great monthly deal called the Orbital Drop where they put digital versions of one of their books on sale for the whole month. Last month it was Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks for 99 cents. This month, Feed by Mira Grant and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin are … Read more
I always look forward to the yearly announcement of the Hugo Award nominations. Unlike other awards (even the Oscars), the Hugos are almost always relevant to my reading interests, and for the past few years I’ve made an effort to read as many of the books nominated for best novel ahead of time so I … Read more