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

    For Dramatic Performance, I highly recommend Cleverman. It's an Australian tv show that came out in 2016. It's on Netflix, so no excuses, go watch it! It's a dystopia that tackles the fraught history between Aborigines and white Australians (think District 9), and it turns Aborigine Dreamtime stories into a kind of superhero story. It's got great character development and focus on family interactions, creepy monsters, a very authentic-seeming grounding in social-history. WETA was involved, Sundance TV, and Ser Jorah Mormont is in it! It was fricking awesome. Here's the trailer.
  2. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    Everyone on FB is going on about how crying-apalooza they are right now. Must have been a pretty awesome speech. And yes, I am not surprised about the Trump thing at all. This is the guy who covers all his mistakes by suing people and making them go away.
  3. Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    No. Go away.
  4. Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Larrytheimp, I've not come across Cynthia Voight before. The Kindle version of Jackaroo has a pretty steep price, but it's got a romantic masked hero saving the day? Catnip, right there. Kair, And I Darken has gotten some rave reviews, but I haven't read it yet because it looks absolutely brutal. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Xray, I still have to read both Crooked Kingdom and The Call. Thanks for reminding me!
  5. Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    For the life of me, I can't find an actual Young Adult discussion thread, other than the 'series recommendation' one. I guess that means we need a thread for discussing all things Young Adult, although I hope we will focus on speculative fiction. I'll start. Over in the Best Reads of 2016 thread, I posted this: These are the best Young Adult books I read this year: Corinne Duyvis, On the Edge of Gone Franny Billinsley, Chime Hugh Howey, Sand Omnibus Melissa Landers, Starflight Kathy MacMillan, The Sword and the Verse Marie Rutkowski, Winner's Kiss Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Club Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams Robin Mckinley, Chalice Have you guys read any good YA lately, and why's it good?
  6. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Also, Barrayar has a phenomenal ending. It makes you want to bow down to Cordelia.
  7. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Stick with them. I actually had a hard time getting through Shards of Honor, but when you remember that it came out in 1986, it's suddenly way ahead of its time. In fact, in many ways it still is (especially with respect to Bujold's approach to human reproduction, one of the major themes of many of her books). While the first two books are decent, the series makes leaps and bounds with the third one.
  8. Best books you read in 2016?

    These are the best Young Adult books I read this year: Corinne Duyvis, On the Edge of Gone Franny Billinsley, Chime Hugh Howey, Sand Omnibus Melissa Landers, Starflight Kathy MacMillan, The Sword and the Verse Marie Rutkowski, Winner's Kiss Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Club Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams Robin Mckinley, Chalice
  9. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    While the price is a bit much for a novella, I have no problem paying it for Bujold. I want to support her financially in anyway I can, so that she keeps giving me things to read. Now, I'd really love for her to publish more things in her Wide Green World series, but I got the impression that it was not as financially successful as her other work (although it is my favorite of all her stuff). About some of the previous comments about Aral not messing around with a subordinate. The problem is that EVERYONE is his subordinate, whether in the military or not. The power difference between him and almost everyone else in the entire Universe is so great that he wouldn't be able to have a relationship with anyone. Additionally, it's not like he's just sleeping around. It's pretty clear that the 'crush' he had very quickly blossomed into love. I feel that if it were just a crush and sexual attraction, he would probably not have pursued it. I felt really bad for Miles, too. I mean, why didn't Cordelia and Aral tell him about Jole? Miles is partly Betan! He even lived on Beta for a while! I get that Cordelia might want to make decisions for herself without having to think about Miles, but I felt that her thoughts about him were somewhat dismissive. I wonder if that was Bujold's thoughts about Miles leaking through
  10. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Recently read Gareth Jones' Constable & Toop. It's not an urban fantasy in the sense that I think of urban fantasy, but it is a 'detective' ghost tale so is more of a paranormal fantasy, I guess. It's set in Victorian London, with a ghost detective investigating a bunch of missing ghosts, a living boy who can see the dead, and a little girl who lives in a haunted house. It covers events in London, but also satires the administrative goings-on in the Ghost Bureau (which was my favorite part of the book). It was light-hearted read and enjoyable. Also read Darynda Jones' YA Death and the Girl Next Door series. I always like her books, and this time was no exception, although I found the overlap with the Charley Davidson series a little troubling. I got the impression that someone was like, "If you wrote the Charley series for YA, you'd make tons of money!" Still, the YA series had the irreverent tone and humor that one expects from Darynda Jones, lots of swooning, and of course paranormal activity.
  11. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    I have a reservation at the Sokos Pasila.
  12. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    I am trying to make my reservations and they apparently don't have shoulder nights! You can only reserve on the actual days of the con, and the online system won't let you add nights.
  13. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    I am arriving on Tues and leaving Sunday.
  14. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Yeah, the claiming-the-city is nothing new. Kate Griffin did it several years ago with Matthew Swift. It basically sets up a magical connection between the character and the city as a whole.
  15. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    There's Jacquelyn Carey's Agent of Hel series, for example. Visitor's come to the town for magical tourism because it is located in the Norse Underworld goddess' territory. The main character (Daisy) basically makes sure that Hel's rules are followed by the magical inhabitants of the town (and that the tourists aren't eaten). In this case Hel isn't one of the main characters, although her presence is felt throughout the book and Daisy does go into the underworld to meet with her. In Liesmith, the Norse mythological figures have more prominent roles.