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Hugos 2022 – Novelettes

This year’s nominated novelettes are thematically all over the place, from mythology, through vampires, to spaceships and robot swarms.  Stylistically, however, they are quite similar: most of them are very eloquently written, subtle, and with hidden meanings.  It was very … Continue reading

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Hugos 2022 – Short Stories

The common thread of this year’s short story nominees is the lack of a twist or ambiguous ending.  The stories are expertly written, but they seem to lack deeper meaning that one could discuss later, or contain something of a … Continue reading

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Book review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

This Hugo Award winner is a weird beast.  I hesitate to call it a political thriller because it isn’t thrilling enough.  It’s definitely not a space opera, even though it is marketed as such.  It can be described as a … Continue reading

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Book review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

The fifth book in the Wayward Children delivers more easy reading, simple plot and amazing worldbuilding.  Who cares that the internal logic is broken, as long as the readers can experience one of the most inventive fantasy worlds of the … Continue reading

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Book review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I don’t know what makes this little book so appealing.  Maybe it’s the very pleasant protagonist.  Or perhaps the visuals.  Or the writing, which prepares you for tedium and disappointment in the first act, only to explode into a fascinating … Continue reading

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Book review: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This multi-award winner is not for everyone.  I’ve seen opinions from people who love it, and opinions from people who couldn’t finish it.  I enjoyed parts of this work, while outright dismissing others.  I’ve had fun with this story, but … Continue reading

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Hugos 2021 – Best Novelette

Similar to previous years, the 2021 novelette ballot is very strong.  I’ve found all six stories interesting, and really enjoyed four of them, all of which I consider Hugo contenders.  All six stories feature superb writing, and it’s mainly the … Continue reading

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Hugos 2021 – Short Stories

The finalists for this year’s short story Hugo Award were a pleasant surprise.  A full half of them were actually science fiction, but I enjoyed the rest just as much.  The quality of the writing was consistently high, which caused … Continue reading

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Modern Classic: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Windup Girl is essential reading for the early 21st century.  It deals with incredibly important themes in an accessible and very engaging fashion.  The characters are all well fleshed out, the story is plausible, and the setting is exotic … Continue reading

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Hugos 2020 – Novelettes

This year, the selection of novelettes did not reach the quality of the previous years.  Back in 2018 and 2019, I was hard-pressed to find my favorite story, and even to select the top three was difficult.  In 2020, only … Continue reading

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