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:
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL:
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)-- On my coffee table

FANTASY NOVEL
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

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

FIRST NOVEL
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

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

COLLECTION
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.

4 comments:

  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.

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

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  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!

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    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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