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  1. For Best Novel I nominated only m/m sff romance books.
  2. For any Wild Cards fans out there who didn't know, the author Victor Milan died last week (Cap'n Trips, Sara Morgenstern, etc). There's a conversation about his best characters on the Tor site, if you feel like posting about your favorite of his WC moments:
  3. Glad you liked it. I thought that the main character was done well; in a field known for its 'spunky and sarcastic women', the books still managed to portray her in a cute and novel light. Or perhaps I think that because I am a lazy person who lays around eating junk food and reading books, so I could empathize with her well I read the second and thought it was well done, too, but haven't gotten around to the third.
  4. Yeah, I think it was an interesting representation of post-Soviet Russia, and worthwhile if you are into post-modern lit. And werefoxes with cool flashy tails. (But not the best if you're skeeved by detailed descriptions of a teenage prostitute interacting with her clients.)
  5. Well, I've started reading this and frankly am finding it a struggle. At first I thought, oh, this is really cool, she's got a magical fox tail! But then it began to get problematic. It's a 'smart' 'educated' book and it knows it; given the text's commentary on the intelligentsia and intellectuals the overwrought intellectualism of A Hu-li is obviously done on purpose. But the satire doesn't stop it from being tedious to read. I don't know what's coming, but as of this point it doesn't seem to fit well with the romance genre or subgenres. My feminist hackles have been raised to no end. First, the main character (A Hu-li) looks 14 (even if she's thousands of years old); her commentary on Nabokov doesn't excuse the fact that Pelevin chose to make the 14ish main character a sexual object. Doing so for 'literary' reasons doesn't make it okay, and I have a hard time believing a female author would have done the same. And then of course when the two love interests (finally) start interacting, the guy (Alexander) does a bad thing to the main character, he Generally romance is more sensitive to gender issues, but I am not really seeing that here. It is perfectly easy for authors to deal with these same topics in literary AND feminist ways. At this stage I am not sure that I can continue with the book.
  6. Actually, the YA Award is for 'book' not novel, so that collections can be nominated.
  7. Yeah, I feel the same way. Of course, I only made it through a few of the Kate Daniels series before I lost interest. I read Burn for Me and had a lot of problems with it, so haven't bothered reading any of the others. @lady narcissa, I too was rather disappointed about the last Anne Bishop book. Partly that's because I thought there needed to be more resolution with the main relationship. I read Slouch Witch (the lazy girl's guide to magic). The main character is a super talented witch who just wants to chill out at her house, watch movies with her cat. She has no ambition beyond her current job, which is driving a cab. But the magical order's Arcane Branch wants her to actually do work for them, despite that she has no interest in actually getting up in the morning. It was cute and funny, and I would recommend it if you are looking for some fluff. I just finished reading TJ Klune’s Wolfsong. I've seen several people online say it is the best werewolf shifter book that they have ever read. It was really awesome. It’s a m/m werewolf romance with some lovely characterization and what I thought was a very sensitively-realized love story. It’s got coming-of-age elements but is also a bit of a second-chance romance, following the characters as they grow up and into their 20s. The main character is human and the love interest is a werewolf, but he’s not an alpha-hole like you see in so much paranormal romance/urban fantasy. The book had an interesting take on the idea of ‘pack’ and how humans fit into the werewolf social hierarchy. The writing had a wonderful cadence and was pretty lyrical, which was another way it was different than most PR/UF - it almost read like oral poetry in some parts. Apparently Klune is working on a sequel (‘Ravensong’) which I am going to buy the shit out of.
  8. Oh man, my brain can't figure out YA nominations at the moment. I've got to go back through my kindle to see what I read. Of of the top of my head, I liked Jae-Jones's Wintersong (a spec fic YA inspired by Labyrinth) but I don't remember it necessarily being Hugo worthy. A Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, and Leigh Bardugo both came out last year, which I still have to read for nomination purposes. I'll talk to some worldcon YA peeps to see if they have suggestions.
  9. Strangely enough, only a few of the Vorkosigan love stories did much for me. While I liked the sophisticated nature of Cordelia and Aral's relationship as it progresses over the course of the series, I just never found much 'spark' in their romance. There were some cool elements to 'Miles in Love,' but I always found his love interest to be a bit of a sad sack. Don't get me wrong, A Civil Campaign is absolutely brilliant. I remember laughing so hard tears were running down my face at multiple points. I clutched the book to my chest afterwards, in awe of Bujold. As a SF twist on the traditional period romance and comedy of errors, it can't get much better than that book. But Ekaterin! Ugh. I don't know why I disliked her so much, but she had the charisma of a piece of toast. I really wanted someone more compelling for Miles (who, full disclosure, I'd had a crush on since The Warrior's Apprentice). Of all of them, I found the romance in Captain Vorpatril's Alliance to be the best, with a real obvious spark and zing between the H/h.Their entire arc was just right, with a satisfying HEA. Yes, I started that thread, too. And I have to disagree with your characterization of UF/PR. Sadly, many romance genres/sub-genres get treated dismissively (despite that all classes of genre fiction have good and bad fare), kind of like the way romance is dismissed in this thread :). But debating whether the romance genres are worthwhile pretty much goes against the very purpose of this thread, so let's not.
  10. Ha! Sadly that thread did not come up when I searched 'romance.' But in keeping with your desire for a historical romance and mine for SFF, I figure we can merge them. I had to go back through my Kindle to see what good spec fic historical romance I've read lately. There's Alison Goodman's Dark Days Club, which is set in 1812. Lady Helen discovers that she's from a long line of demon hunters, and she falls in love with the guy training her. There's destinies and what not. The main character is 18, and the premise is pretty YA, but I've always liked Goodman's stuff. I thought it was very much in the tradition of fluffy period romances, with balls, and ribbons, and valets. I read Simon St. James' stuff this year, too. Her m/f romances are mostly set at the beginning of the 1900s or around WW1. They're really fricking spooky and atmospheric ghost stories, and firmly entrenched in WWI (or post-WWI) culture and history. I got the impression that St. James had done a lot of research on the experience of soldiers coming home from the war, and the world-building was really effective. Great for those into historical chills and thrills. Also, these books are straight up romances (in contrast to MRK's Ghost Talkers, for example). I enjoyed everything she wrote enough that according to my Kindle, I bought her books one after another until I'd read them all. I recently went through pretty much everything KJ Charles has written. She has several m/m Regencies that are quite good. My favorite was A Seditious Affair, which was probably one of the best historicals I've encountered in years. And it had some of the hottest sex that I've read in ages. A well-researched historical (but with no spec fic). She's got a number of other historicals that have SFF elements, though. The 'Charm of Magpies' series is set in an alternative Victorian England that has magic. The MC is a lord and his love interest is basically a super powerful magician-cop. I really liked her Spectred Isle, set just after WWI. The Green Men are men (and women) who keep watch over England, but they are barely keeping their heads afloat because the war thinned the veil between the normal world and the supernatural. Its apparently the first in a new series and I really dug the premise, the magic, and the mythology. Also, more hot sex. I thought the attraction between the two main characters was pretty damn swoonworthy.
  11. After all these years can it be that we don't have a dedicated thread to romance? Specifically romance that is SFF, magial realism, paranormal, etc. etc. Have you read anything good lately (please hide spoilers)? I'll start. The year before last I read Bujold's The Sharing Knife series. I thought it was phenomenal for many reasons, particularly the world-building and magic system. And the romance element was really great. At first I was not sure how I felt about it because the age difference between Fawn and Dag was so pronounced, but it turned out to be really well done and actually not creepy (sorta like Laurie King's Russell and Holmes age difference was ok). I also liked that pregnancy played such an important role in the series, instigating the heroine's quest and being significant with respect to magic. Bujold always does such interesting things with pregnancy and it makes sense that she would work it into the very fabric of the world's magic. It always seemed funny to me that so many (male) readers thought 'nothing happened' in Book 1, when from a romance novel perspective, it was practically perfect. There's battles with fantasy Big Bads, the two opposing cultures are fleshed out (a la Romeo and Juliet), the lovers shack up together, and there is a major resolution with respect to the heroine's family. There is even a magical element to the marriage system. Also, I absolutely adored what happened with Dag's last name. That made me swoon a little.
  12. Yeah, the killer horses were pretty killer. There are just not enough supernatural horses in stories these days. This is why I have longed to write a unicorn book that takes unicorns seriously (in the Peter Beagle sense). Anyways, I worked at a horse farm when I was a teenager so I really identified with Sean's part of the book.
  13. Sounds cool! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely check it out!
  14. @lady narcissa, what did you think about Scorpio Races? That is my favorite of Stiefvater's books. As a horse girl, if that book had been available when I was a kid, I would have lost my shit over it.
  15. What! I totally missed the King of Scars news!!!