THE HUGOS: 2018

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So, I wasn’t able to do it guys. At the time that they were announced, I said back in April, that I would be reading all the Hugo nominated stories and post them here. I managed to get through the short fiction, short stories, and novellas on time. I even managed to get through a couple of the novels, but I’m still a roughly four behind, so sorry about that. Maybe next year, I’ll have it more together?

I do still plan on reading the last three or four I have left(I’m in the midst of reading Six Wakes, and it’s great!) And I’ll post the links to those reviews down at the bottom, but otherwise, I’ll provide links to my previous posts on the Hugos finalists, while you bide your time for Sunday night. There will be a story highlighted from each post that was my personal favorite* of each category. *Doesn’t mean this story necessarily has my vote.*

I will update this post as I finish the rest of the Hugo Novel Finalists, so feel free to stop by in a month when I have them all posted, or just keep up with my blog, since I’ll be doing individual posts on each book. I have them listed below at least and will update each with a link as I read them. They are set up in no particular order (not sure if I’ll even read them in order.)

Happy reading ya’ll! This was a lot of fun and I think it really stretched me as a reader and a writer, so I’ll for sure be doing this now, every year!

Short Fiction

“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse 4 out of 5 stars

Rebecca Roanhorse is a writer to watch out for in the coming years. Her story here is powerful and while it contains a powerful social message, it does not overpower the plot. Instead, it kind of flows under the surface, breaking through now and then to point out the fallacies in our culture and inherent hollowness of seeking out “authentic” experiences.

Novelette

“Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker 5 out of 5 stars

What a beautiful story about a generation ship in transit. While it could have gone through the normal beats, it chose to stay intimate and personal and contains a whole menagerie of ideas, frustrations, and conflicts.

Novella

All Systems Red by Martha Wells 4 out of 5 stars

This was a seriously fun read. We follow an android, or “murderbot” as it calls itself, who is with a survey mission on an unmapped planet. As the mission of the survey team becomes more and more dangerous. Our Murderbot is soon caught between a rock and something to slam through and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it.

Novels

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Jemisin did a fantastic job on all fronts with weaving all the pieces and parts to bring together the plot and themes for a great ending. Truly, a landmark series and not one to miss.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty 

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (Currently Reading)

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