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  1. So, I have not seen much discussion about KD Edward's Tarot Sequence, so I am rectifying that with a thread. For those of you haven't read it, it's a queer fantasy/urban fantasy that combines tarot with Atlantis. The most powerful 'god-like' people in the world are the twenty-two Arcana, whose powers and purviews fit with the tarot archetypes. The MC is Rune (the Sun arcana heir), the setting is New Atlantis, a city on Nantucket that was founded as a refugee colony after old Atlantis was destroyed in the human-Atlantean world war in the 1960s. For those into tarot, you'll find lots of overt and also more subtle references to the symbolism, as well as character personality traits and actions that fit with both upright cards and 'reversed' cards. I know nothing about tarot, but find the worldbuilding and characters quite interesting regardless. On of the great things about the series is the queer rep. The main romance is m/m. Most Atlanteans are bi, and as a society group marriage is common. But as you go farther into the series, you find major characters who are demisexual, asexual, pansexual, genderfluid, etc. It's done very naturally. The author is gay, so this is an own voices series. For those who read The Last Sun and The Hanged Man, but don't follow the author's twitter, be aware that he has self-published two FREE additional stories for fans. The first is a novella called The Sunken Mall (set between TLS and THM), the other is a short story thingy set after THM (set during covid lockdown), and which Edwards released as connected mini-fics on his twitter. Okay, so for those who have read the books, I totally want to hear your theories and reactions!
  2. Looks like I will be going to this if anyone wants to meet up.
  3. Oh, and George Martin's Wild Cards is eligible for Best Series due to Low Chicago, etc.
  4. For those who still have some spots on their nomination ballot, here's an open spreadsheet where people put their recs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pWyD-eQP_O6grT6aEUFJxm_qLcn7MCnTKQdFA4ajCu0/edit#gid=0
  5. I just finished Spinning Silver. I thought it was much better than Uprooted. I really enjoyed it (though I wouldn't call it groundbreaking). I wouldn't really characterize it as YA and think it is better nominated for the Hugo, not to mention the publisher lists it as adult lit (arbitrary, I know). I do agree that both it and Binti do blur the line, though, Binti especially, since it was much more a 'coming of age' story than Silver. Edit: I also suggest KD Edwards' The Last Sun (Novel and for the Campbell), for a solid urban fantasy.
  6. Ehn. I thought it was very entertaining but not Hugo worthy. It's a standard urban fantasy (inspired by one particular cultural tradition that has been generally overlooked), and it had some serious plot and characterization problems. It's got a five star average on Amazon which I just really don't think is warranted given its 'first novel' weaknesses.
  7. I recommend for nomination Adam Whitehead (Werthead) and the Wertzone for Best Fan Writer.
  8. Recently finished THE LAST SUN by K.D. Edwards. It's set in the present day, but a little while after a civil war between the families of previously hidden Atlantis wrecked the world. The Atlanteans now live in a new city on the US east coast because Atlantis is no longer inhabitable. They are organized into the Houses of the Tarot, with the family's head the Arcana. The Arcana are basically the closest thing to gods on the planet, with vast powers. The main character is the Scion of Sun House (the heir), but his entire House was destroyed when he was a teen and his family wiped out. He's barely started coming into his sun powers and has limited magic, so he and his best friend/body guard Brand support themselves by solving mysteries/problems as mercenaries (not military style, just find-lost-things or steal-shit-mercenaries). Meanwhile, all the Houses compete with each other as they get up to trouble in New Atlantis. I thought the world-building was very richly done, with an interesting social and cultural reality, magic system, and cast of characters. There's good queer representation. For a debut novel I think it was quite well done, although I am still not convinced on who the main love interest is supposed to be, which irks me, because I am firmly on one particular Team. Definitely recommend. (Content warning for sexual violence, though.)
  9. Dude. I don't care about what others will probably nominate or what you would have nominated last year. Tell us some actual books that you have read from 2018 that you think we should nominate. This is your chance to actually impact the nomination process.
  10. Well, why don't you stop complaining and suggest some damn nominations, then? This is a thread for 2019 Hugo nominations! Show us your excellent taste and we can all move on with discussing actual books to nominate.
  11. That is an excellent question. If you look at the Worldcon YA Facebook page, she did all the graphics for that, including the 'congratulations nominees' graphic. Maybe we find some of her other fandom related stuff.
  12. I nominate Christine Rake of the BwB for Best Fan Artist. She has made some amazing graphics for con ribbons (and for conventions).
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