Roberts has simply provided us This Yearís Model of the Annual Hugo Kvetch, and like the Hugo slate itself it can be judged on content, form and execution, both in itself and in context of other Annual Hugo Kvetches over the years.
In that respect, itís fairly standard: A little exasperated, a little pedantic, a little condescending, and, thankfully, not too long. You can get in and out of it fairly quickly. If I were an Amazon reviewer, Iíd give it three out of five stars: Itís not everything it could be, but it hits all the usual bases with a degree of competence and leaves the impression that once the author really masters the form, heíll be able to bat out some real fireworks. So keep at it, Adam Roberts! Weíre all hoping for great things from next yearís Hugo kvetch.