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March Metapost

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I noticed that I was off pace, and wasn’t going to hit a hundred this year.  So I’ve made a change: I’m working only on the short story nominees and winners for the Hugo.  And oh dear, this is a delight.  I’m downloading them, I’m buying a few books, and the library is sending me short story collections that I’ll only read one of.  But I’m attempting to either read a story or write a review every day for this project.  That should get me to a hundred in the remaining days….  I hope.

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2013: year of Hugo 100.

January 1, 2013 Leave a comment

I am about to start a sequence of posts during which I will review 100 Hugo nominated works.  All in year 2013.  Wish me luck.  I figure with my current rate of speed–y’know, four posts a month, then six months off–it should be trivial to do this.  Yah.

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Dear folks I spoke to tonight:

You know who you are.  Hiya.

I’m too tired to write the things we talked about up in enough detail, but. . . .

Seanan McGuire‘s the author of the October Daye novels.  The first one is called Rosemary and Rue.  She’s currently nominated for the Hugo for Feed, a zombie novel she wrote under a pen name.

The graphic novel series about the characters from fairytales is called Fables, and you should get it from Amazon.  The correct reading order can be found here if you just Google it.

My email address is on the About page.  Or smart people should be able to figure it out, anyway.

More about both of these worthy series later, folks.  G’night.

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March metapost.

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a story called “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse”.  It is a very well-done story that I wish I liked more, so that I could recommend it here.  It’s very good–it just doesn’t speak to me.

But that title sure does.  Wow.  Best title ever.

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February metapost.

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I just spent five weeks reading the Codex Alera.  As it’s neither short nor free, I can’t really recommend it here, but I can recommend it.  If you like Jim Butcher’s other books–hi, Harry!–this is much, much more of the same.

Also, I was going to recomment “The Persistence of Vision” by John Varley, eventually, but Best Science Fiction Stories beat me to it.  Go read.

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2011.

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Started off like I expected, posts coming out easily, and then life kicked up. The tiny backlog I’d built up went away in no time. Last post was in October. Blogfade? Bah.

Enough. I’m committing to a new recommendation every Thursday by 11:35 PM. I reserve the right for posts to be short, badly formatted, or not about new material or authors. (If I get desperate, I can always recommend Tim Pratt’s stuff over and over again.) Certainly, I’m not going to be bothering with Amazon links any more. Was fooling myself with that from day one.

Also, a new meta post during the first week of every month.

Let’s talk on 1/1/12, and see if I delivered at least 64 new posts this year…. One down, sixty-three to go.

steve

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The Hugos!

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In case this blog is your only source of news about the world of science fiction–and that’s all kinds of sad–the Hugo awards were given out a week ago.  The winners  were very satisfying to me, because I thought they were mostly great stories, and also because I got most of them right. 

You can find all the information on the official Hugo page, but here’s the highlights:

  • Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville; The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (my first two picks, in the order I picked them.)
  • Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (This one I got completely wrong–this was my last choice. Not a bad story in any way, but a tough field.)
  • Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts  (My second choice, and I understand why it won.)
  • Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (My first choice, absolutely.)
  • I really enjoyed reading the nominees to vote, and will do so again next year.  Heck, maybe I’ll nominate this year, too.