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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I was disappointed but not surprised by Every Heart. In fact I didn't pick any of the four major lit categories this year. But I did pick five categories over all, so that's not toooooo bad.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I was laughing at the vote breakdowns -- VD only got 32 votes on the final ballot, while the next lowest number was 168. Gotta be embarrassing. And I was startled by Jemisin -- I expected All the Birds in the Sky to win -- but Jemisin got the most nominating votes too. I was just outta the loop on that one! And YAY to Ada Palmer for the Campbell. I predicted months ago that she'd win it -- I'm feeling very prescient.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I heartily agree. OTOH, when we put a whole season of a TV series (10 or more hours) up against a movie (roughly 2 hours), that seems to put the movie at a disadvantage. Medium form?
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    Today I binged on Game of Thrones season 6. Previously I'd only seen a couple of episodes, from the first season, and nothing beyond that. I started with The Door and finished the season from there, so about 2/3 of the season. I gotta say I was seriously impressed by the nominated episode Battle of the Bastards. Wow, that fight sequence really got me. I was gonna place The Expanse at the top of my short-form ballot, but this one has to go above it.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I spent most of today binge-watching The Expanse series. On the whole, I liked it a lot. I was seriously irritated by some of the things they changed from the books (for instance, the casting for both Naomi and Alex was ALLLLLL WROOOOOOONG), but in general I think they did a good job. And I've always been fond of Thomas Jane, so it was nice seeing him.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    It's probably gonna be #2 on my list -- I'm a big fan of the way Wilson writes. But yeah, it's the same world.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    That's true. There's nothing about the story or characters that carries over from one to the other, but some of the worldbuilding is explained better in the first story.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I thought it deserved to be on the list, but it ain't going at the top of my ballot.
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    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Ooooooo, ahhhhhhhhh. I'm a fan.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I finished The Dreamquest of Vellitt Boe last night. I think I would have liked this much better if I were familiar with Lovecraft. The writing was appealing, and I liked the MC and loved the cat, but I got bored of the travelogue. Oh, and I started This Census-Taker. LOVE the beginning, but I've only read a few pages so far. Mieville does know how to grab me!
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    Hey! I resemble that remark!
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    Definitely different strokes. I gave up on Dark Forest after only a couple of hours of listening to the audio -- soooooooooo tedious, despite having a good narrator. I just couldn't take it any more!
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    Well damn.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    Exactly! That absolutely frosts me. Now, how did you do that dratted spoiler tag?
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    I just watched the "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror. I'm torn. On the one hand I think it was very well done -- it handled multiple issues in a sensitive way, the plot was twisty enough to keep you guessing about what was going on, and it was interesting. OTOH, it ends up relying on one of my real pet peeves in sf literature, which I just despise (sorry, I don't know how to spoiler tag in this forum, so I won't explain further!). Sigh.
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