Contrarius+

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  1. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    He was only pushing one nomination per category this year, so even if all of his choices get on the final ballots, there will still be lots of good stuff to pick from.
  2. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Thanks! I'm a huge audiobook addict, but I'm obviously behind the times on this. I'll do an iTunes search!
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    For future reference, where's a good place to find out about podcasts of shorts?
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    I actually didn't like that much. I never did really connect with it. OTOH, I liked Underground Airlines quite a lot. Today I read Cold-Forged Flame, to which I say ehh. I also listened to Penric's Mission, which I had previously read, to see if I liked it better in audio format. I still much prefer Penric and the Shaman, but it's always fun to listen to LMB's writing. Didn't get to Vellitt Boe today. Maybe tomorrow!
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    I've got several of those I'm going to try to get to. Yesterday and today I went through: The Ballad of Black Tom -- Victor LaValle -- good depiction of how continual exposure to the frustrations of racism can push someone over the edge, and the horrible results society may be headed toward if it doesn't "open its eyes" (refer to the climactic scene for a gory metaphor to this). It failed to really grab me, though, except for that well-done and pretty horrific climax. The Devil You Know -- KJ Parker -- a fun read, not particularly deep, about a deal with the devil. Sort of a palate cleanser. A Taste of Honey -- Kai Ashante Wilson -- beautiful writing, beautiful ideas about choices, the road not taken, and stuff like that. I'm a big fan of Wilson's prose; unfortunately, his plotting in this vella and Sorcerer of the Wildeeps sometimes leaves something to be desired. Still a very good read. Tomorrow I'll try to read Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan, and then The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe by Kij Johnson. I've never read anything by either one of them, so it'll be educational.
  6. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Ada Palmer!
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    For heaven's sake, read Too Like the Lightning! I guess my current novel list is: 1. Too Like the Lightning 2. Ninefox Gambit 3. Underground Airlines 4. The Devourers 5. TBA Here's my complete list of 2016 stories (novels and novellas) read so far, so you can see the collection I'm choosing from: Anders, Charlie Jane All the Birds in the Sky Baker, Mishell Borderline Bennett, Robert Jackson City of Blades Bujold, Lois McMaster Penric and the Shaman Bujold, Lois McMaster Penric's Mission Chambers, Becky A Closed and Common Orbit Das, Indra The Devourers Jemisin, NK the Obelisk Gate Kay, Guy Gavriel Children of Earth and Sky Lawrence, Mark The Wheel of Osheim Lee, Yoon Ha Ninefox Gambit Lewis, Beth The Wolf Road Liu, Ken The Wall of Storms McGuire, Seanan Every Heart a Doorway Palmer, Ada Too Like the Lightning Sullivan, Michael J The Age of Myth Whitehead, Colson The Underground Railroad Winters, Ben Underground Airlines
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    I loved the prose in that.
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    Unfortunately, I haven't managed to read many shorts this year. I'm hoping to get to a couple more before nominations close, but most of em will have to wait til after the nomination list comes out. I do hope to at least read A Taste of Honey before the deadline -- I really loved most of Sorcerer of the Wildeeps last year.
  10. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    I'm really surprised by the buzz about both McGuire's story and Penric's Mission -- I've seen other opinions similar to yours. I didn't much care for the McGuire, and I much preferred the Penric shaman story to the mission story. Guess I'm just outta step!
  11. Reccomend recent debut spec fic. authors

    Yeah, I figured that out later. Yer off the hook -- this time.
  12. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Yes! It's SF with perhaps-miracles. Don't quibble.
  13. Reccomend recent debut spec fic. authors

    Darth! I can't believe you left out Too Like the Lightning. Shame on you! Ada Palmer has written nonfiction before, but this is her fiction debut. Fabulous book. It's entirely different than The Library at Mount Char, but reading it gave me the same feeling of an author showing off during a highwire act.
  14. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    With ya there. It struck me as smug. My GR review. Seriously!
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    I didn't think it was terrible, but I'm certainly not gonna put it on my ballot. I'm with ya on the bafflement.