I started reading Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey.
It is a page turner so far. Too early to say much more than that.
The question is - If Leviathan Wakes wins, who get the award?
Nominated for best novel:
Among Others, Jo Walton
A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin
Deadline, Mira Grant
Embassytown, China Miéville
Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
I liked The Magician King better than Leviathan Wakes.
Didn't Mira Grant almost win last year?
Is this a reflection on the state of science fiction? Is hard scifi down or has the market held steady and it just looks down because fantasy etc. has blown right by it?
cgw, I'm not quite sure what you mean. Science fiction has always held sway at the Hugos. Fantasy often has trouble getting taken seriously. Three of the books on the list this year are SF, and while they may not be "hard" like books from the golden age, they aren't slouches either. Embassytown takes a pretty interesting look at language and Leviathan Wakes is a classic space opera story.
And yes, Feed nearly won last year. I was surprised to see Deadline on the list as it seemed to me that it wasn't quite as popular as the first book.
Part of why, IMHO, Feed may have generated more perceived buzz than Deadlin is because Feed took so many people by surprise and storm.
As for the short list, the only one I didn't read was Embassytown but I'd be happy with any of them winning as I enjoyed all four IMMENSELY.
Deadline is Science Fiction / Horror hybrid. The spine of the book says "SCIENCE FICTION" so the publishers and authors consider it SF.
The winner is:
Among Others by Jo Walton
Anyone read it?
Yes, and I loved it. I am aware that the book has some of negative reviews, mostly about the lack of a plot, the relatively weak ending and the main character who readers find annoying and unrealistic. I guess the main attraction to the jury was in the numerous references to classic titles and the importance of libraries and fan clubs.
I'm not in that camp, I had problems with a couple of scenes (her aunts and a trip with her dad) but really I hope there will be a sequel.
Yeah, I've read it. I sort of fall into the camp that algernoninc was talking about. While I quite enjoyed the book, I did feel that it was a little lacking. Because other than the SF references there really isn't much to the book. Everything else just feels tacked on to justify calling it a novel.
I suppose there could be a sequel, but it didn't feel like it would go that route. Especially as this book is already sort of a sequel or at least an "after" story.
. It just didn't gel for me as much as I feel that it's been done better by other authors.Spoiler:
whether any of that stuff is real at all or just a delusion created by Mor's mind
It's still a pretty good book.