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Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

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The Light Brigade was fine, but it also feels like the first time Hurley has delivered a "standard" SF novel with pretty normal technology and not too much craziness, and is working in an established subgenre (the Forever War / Starship Troopers / Edge of Tomorrow SF combat story). It was good but it feels like the least original of her works. The Stars are Legion was more original, if more uneven, and the whole Bel Dame Apocrypha saga was much better overall.

Still digesting The Worldbreaker Saga, which I suspect will get nominated for both Best Novel and Best Series next year.

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Voter packet is now available.

Also, I just discovered I never upgraded my pre-supporting membership to supporting.

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Need to finish off the other books. Of the three I've read (The Light BrigadesA Memory Called Empire and Gideon the Ninth), I think Light Brigades might be the strongest but Memory is the most original. Gideon has some pacing issues which throws off an otherwise very interesting bit of worldbuilding.

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Note that the Harrow book is just a sample, it’s a PDF of the first 100 pages. Exactly the first 100 pages, so it cuts off in the middle of a sentence.

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I've read four of the novels now. I think I'd probably rank them:

1 - A Memory Called Empire - I think this would be a worthy winner, it may not be flawless but it's an excellent space opera

2 - Gideon the Ninth - this was tremendous entertainment but I think there are times when it is best not to think too deeply about some aspects of it

3 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January - good but the pacing is a bit off

4 - The City in the Middle of the Night - has some interesting ideas but feels a bit weak for a Hugo nominee, could have been a lot better than it was

I wouldn't be unhappy to see any of the top 3 win.

For the moment I've moved onto the novella category, I'm not sure if I'll be able to read all the short fiction and the two remaining novels before the deadline but we'll see how it goes.

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I’ve read 3 so far, I’d have the same top 2 with Middlegame in 3rd - it felt somewhat lopsided, a slow start and then everything happened all at once in the last quarter.

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3 hours ago, Maltaran said:

I’ve read 3 so far, I’d have the same top 2 with Middlegame in 3rd - it felt somewhat lopsided, a slow start and then everything happened all at once in the last quarter.

I am noticing a bit of a trend with pacing issues. Some of the books could may have done with better editing.

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I'm not sure if I will read all the books because I have given up on books by Seanan McGuire and Kameron Hurley before.

I read  A Memory Called Empire before and enjoyed it a lot. 

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