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

    Voting is now open! Vote early and often!
  2. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Yeah, but TLTL is more like the two halves of Blackout/All Clear. It was originally intended to be published as one book, but Tor decided to break it up into two parts. Which just means that I wish Tor had published both parts in the same year, so they could have been considered as one work for the Hugo!
  3. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    I'm getting the Molotov cocktails ready! I haven't read the Liu yet. With ya on the Anders. It's quite popular, though, sigh.
  4. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    You is gruntled? LOL. Yes, "gruntle" is actually a word! Look it up! I know how you feel, though. I is not exactly gruntled, but I do say "ptooey" to one of the novel nominees, and "meh" to a second.
  5. Preferred format of reading

    Hey, speak for yourself. I own a Kindle Fire HDX, 8.9" -- but I still find myself doing most of my reading on my laptop. (Yes, I know, the Fire doesn't have the "E-Ink". Big whoop. ) I got the Fire mostly for magazines and movies/TV, though I do sometimes read books on it as well. I pretty much hate reading on my phone, though.
  6. Preferred format of reading

    You don't need to buy a new device. I can read ebooks on my laptop, Kindle, or phone -- if one dies, I can still read on the other two. And as already mentioned, ereaders are very cheap these days -- some Kindles sell for as low as $40 new when there's a good sale, $80 when there isn't. That's less than the cost of three or four hardbacks. If I lose one box of hardcopy books because the cat peed on them (and I have!), that's easily a couple hundred bucks -- especially if they were hardbacks. If the cat pees on my Kindle, I can replace it for $40-$80. No comparison.
  7. Preferred format of reading

    What Helena said. I don't have piles of books all over my house gathering dust -- or bookworms -- or mold -- or cat pee. I don't have to move hundreds of pounds of books, or build bookshelves, or carve out space for storage boxes. I don't have to worry about a fire hazard. I own -- literally -- several thousands of books in ebook and/or audio format, all in the tiny space taken up by my laptop. And I can't lose them, whether they're from Amazon or elsewhere, because I keep backups -- which also take miniscule amounts of space. And I can cart ALL of them on vacation with me, if I so choose, without weighing down my luggage or giving myself a hernia by stuffing books into a purse or backpack. Seriously -- what's not to love? That's why God invented Macintosh.
  8. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Chuck for the win! And no, that doesn't make up for it.
  9. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Awwwwwww, shucks.
  10. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Well, that was just SEX, of course. The cooties only come into play where there's actual ROMANCE, doncha know.
  11. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    This is a trial year. What Mormont said. It may or may not become a regular category. Do tell?
  12. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    So much this. It's those girl cooties. They transcend all.
  13. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    It's a confusing category. Here's the official rules: For eligibility, a series is defined as “a multi-volume science fiction or fantasy story, unified by elements such as plot, characters, setting, and presentation, which has appeared in at least three volumes consisting of a total of at least 240,000 words by the close of the calendar year 2016, at least one volume of which was published in 2016.”
  14. Hugo time! Hugo time! Roundup for 2017 Awards

    Doncha just love it? Four women, including his arch nemesis Jemisin, and two furriner men -- one of them trans? It is enough to cackle over.
  15. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Hey -- for an author who's actually not terrible, maybe Charles Gannon. I've only read one of his books, but it was okay -- but with a very pronounced male gaze. SF, though, not fantasy.