Awards Season Reading

September 9, 2014

Gardom Pond

This past weekend I finished my awards season reading. I've pretty much spent the last 2 months reading for either the Hugos or the Auroras. This year was harder as many publishers only provided excerpts. Some only provided links to excepts (which in some cases were non-functional). All that to say that I didn't get a full assessment of all the eligible works.

My favourites on the Hugo novel slate were Parasite, by Mira Grant, and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Glad to see Mary Robinette Kowal pick up an award for "The Lady Astronaut of Mars". Rachel Swirsky's "If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love" made me cry. Any story that does that also gets my vote. :-)

No clear winner emerged to me from among the Aurora candidates for Best Novel, so that vote was hard. On the YA novel front, I would recommend Out of Time by D.G. Laderoute, and Ink, by Amanda Sun.

In this time, I also did a full novel beta read for someone, and a full copy edit, so I'm looking forward to not reading on a deadline for a bit. Oof!

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