Tuesday, May 10, 2016

…On the 2016 Locus Awards Finalists List

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the 2016 Locus Award Finalists were announced. As I said in a previous post, I haven't been reading as many SFF books as in previous years. I am not surprised that I only read three books on that list, while many others linger in my Kindle.

Sadly, this is how I stand on each category to date. It is pitiful:
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)-- On my coffee table

Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor) -- In my Kindle
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) -- In my Kindle
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) -- Read

Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine) -- In my Kindle

Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan UK) -- In my Kindle
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris) -- In my Kindle
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com) -- In my Kindle

Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)-- Read

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman (Morrow) - Read
Three Moments of an Explosion, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey 2016) - In my Kindle
COMMENTS: I am a huge fan of the Imperial Radch series, and Ancillary Mercy was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I own a print copy and an electronic copy. How is it that I have not read it yet? Elizabeth Bear is one of my favorite authors. Why have I not read Karen Memory? The same applies to China Miéville and his collection Three Moments of an Explosion.

I have no real answers to my questions above. My guess is that I haven't been in the right frame of mind to tackle these books. I'm a moody reader. But you know, almost every year the release of the Locus Award Finalists inspires me to read SFF -- the books already in my possession, as well as the novellas and novelettes I usually miss. Hopefully, that will be the case this time around.


  1. Your Kindle is well loaded. lol I've had Karen Memory since shortly after it came out, not sure why I haven't read it.

    1. Leslie, my Kindle(s) is BULGING! I have three devices at this point with different books in each! It's not funny.

  2. I've read the first book in the Ancillary series too, thanks to you! I have yet to pick up the rest though. Maybe now that the trilogy is complete... or is there more books to the series.

    I haven't read any of the books on the list - well, half-read Uprooted, but not sure it counts. Between, I think Uprooted should have been the YA category, but oh well. Okay, back to business: didn't read any, but a lot of the titles are familiar.

    Let me know if there's a winner in the bunch!

    1. Nath, as far as I know, the Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie is done! I will definitely let you know how the last book turns out. I liked the second one, but did not love it as much as the first.

      I loved Uprooted! It's not really YA though… if you read the whole book you would know what I mean.

      I will let you know about the rest of the books (when/if I read them), and if there are any there that I believe you would enjoy.

      PS: Many readers loved Sorcerer of the Crown by Zen Cho much more than Uprooted. I meant to read it after reading Uprooted, but unfortunately never got to it.


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