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Reading the award list update

Just a quick update on my progress reading the awards short long list

Reviewed

Noelle Stevenson Nimona

I have read and written a review on.  (these will be posted next week)

Neil Stephenson Seveneves

Ben Denis Aaronovitch Foxglove summer

Philip Reeve Railhead

Dnf’d/lemmed/not finished

Joe Abercrombie Half a war
 
 Chris Becket Mother of Eden (liked the first one in the series but couldn’t get on with this)

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Man Booker International Prize

The full 2016 longlist is as follows:

Author (nationality) Translator Title (imprint)

José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola) Daniel Hahn,A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker)

Elena Ferrante (Italy) Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions)

Han Kang (South Korea) Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian (Portobello Books)

Maylis de Kerangal (France) Jessica Moore,Mend the Living (Maclehose Press)

Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia) Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger (Verso Books)

Yan Lianke (China) Carlos Rojas, The Four Books (Chatto & Windus)

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo/Austria) Roland Glasser, Tram 83 (Jacaranda)

Raduan Nassar (Brazil) Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage (Penguin Modern Classics)

Marie NDiaye (France) Jordan Stump,Ladivine (Maclehose Press)

Kenzaburō Ōe (Japan) Deborah Boliner Boem,Death by Water (Atlantic Books)

Aki Ollikainen (Finland) Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger (Peirene Press)

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind (Faber & Faber)

Robert Seethaler (Austria) Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life (Picado)

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Reading the awards: First book Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

 

Nimona

 Award  list –  Locus reading list 2015-  Best YA Novel

 

by Noelle Stevenson

illustrated by Noelle Stevenson

Published Harperteens

 

A young woman knocks on the door of an eminent “Super Villain”, demanding to become his apprentice. Reluctantly, he accepts.   The collision of these two characters causes both of their worlds to explode.  Nimona must learn to understand the complexity of the world and her position in that world. She must come to terms with the ambiguous character of her boss, both villain and hero.  Nimona, and the reader must learn to accept the love/hate, dare I say ‘homoerotic,’ relationship between the hero and the villain, as well as the conflagration of their two roles.   She must come to an understanding of the arbitrary nature of both their situations.

 

I can see why many people love this work. It works as a brilliant satire/subversion of the superhero, fantasy, genre. It dissects many of its tropes.    Nimona is an interesting, strong, mischievous, nuanced female character who subverts the role of the young chosen protagonist.  The sort of character that should be at the heart of many more books. The relationship between her Boss and his rival, with all its quiet ‘queerness’ is interesting.   In addition, the blurring of their roles subverts the hero and villain stereotypes that exist in literature.  The art is glorious, at times mirroring, and referencing,  classic work such as The Bayeux Tapestry. But, there seems to be a barrier between me and the work.  I can’t emotionally connect with Nimona. It seems to be too clean and clinical. The art is too clean and mainstream. The subversions too transparent. But, that might be due to the fact that it is a children’s book.  However, I am glad that it is getting attention. I would recommend this work to anybody who loves LumberJanes or any of the BOOM studio’s output.  I would also recommend it for any young  teenage girl in your life.

 

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Can I do this? Reading the lists?

Well toria what’s your latest hair brain scheme?

 What do you mean hair brained scheme?

Well you know what you are like you get an idea and it either, takes up all your time or you give up at the first hurdle.  

Well, I kinda guess that’s fair.

It is, but you still haven’t told me what you plan to do

 

I plan to read some award long lists/ short lists;  including the locus recommended reading list,  the BSFA ,  the Andre Norton, the Ditmars, the international Mann booker, and a few more

Have you hit your head on something?  Do I need to call 999?  Whhhy?

 

Well, firstly, many of these are genre and I didn’t read much of this last year, which is a problem given that that is the kind of book that I am supposed to be reviewing.  Secondly, when I looked at the already available lists, I found that I had many of the works sitting, unread on my Kindle or on my shelve.  I thought that reading the lists might be the incentive I need to clear some of that TBR.

So let’s look at the lists

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi; Orbit UK)
Clade, James Bradley (Penguin Australia)
The Darkside War, Zachary Brown (Saga)
Corsair, James L. Cambias (Tor)
Tracker, C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
Nemesis Games, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Dark Orbit, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor)
Weighing Shadows, Lisa Goldstein (Night Shade)
Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu (Tor)
Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Tor; Gollancz)
Galapagos Regained, James Morrow (St. Martin’s)
Going Dark, Linda Nagata (Saga)
Planetfall, Emma Newman (Roc)
The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW; Hodder & Stoughton)
Where, Kit Reed (Tor)
Poseidon’s Wake
, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Ace 2016)
The Thing Itself
, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Glorious Angels
, Justina Robson (Gollancz)
Regeneration, Stephanie Saulter (Quercus; Jo Fletcher 2016)
The End of All Things
, John Scalzi (Tor)
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
Chasing the Phoenix, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
Radiance
, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
Persona
, Genevieve Valentine (Saga)
A Borrowed Man
, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

NOVELS – FANTASY
Foxglove Summer
, Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz 2014; DAW)
A God in Ruins
, Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown; Doubleday UK)
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
Nightwise, R.S. Belcher (Tor)
Beneath London, James P. Blaylock (Titan)
The House of Shattered Wings
, Aliette de Bodard (Roc; Gollancz)
Prodigies, Angelica Gorodischer (Small Beer)
Wylding Hall
, Elizabeth Hand (PS; Open Road)
Empire Ascendant, Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot US; Angry Robot UK)
The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)
The Liminal War, Ayize Jama-Everett (Small Beer)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Killing Pretty
, Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
Finders Keepers
, Stephen King (Scribner)
Archivist Wasp
, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House)
Slade House, David Mitchell (Random House; Sceptre UK)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
Savages, K.J. Parker (Subterranean)
The Annihilation Score, Charles Stross (Ace)
Pacific Fire, Greg Van Eekhout (Tor)
The Philosopher Kings, Jo Walton (Tor)

YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Harper Voyager UK)
Half the World, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Holt; Indigo UK)
Wonders of the Invisible World, Christopher Barzak (Knopf)
The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black (Little, Brown)
Lair of Dreams
, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom UK)
Harrison Squared, Daryl Gregory (Tor)
The Lie Tree, Francis Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s; Amulet 2016)
Magonia
, Maria Dahvana Headley (Harper)
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
The Deep Woods
, Tim Pratt (PS)
Railhead
, Phillip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch 2016)
Carry On, Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Young Readers)
Zeroes
, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti (Simon Pulse)
Hollowgirl, Sean Williams (Allen & Unwin as Fall; Balzer + Bray; Electric Monkey UK)

FIRST NOVELS
Sorcerer to the Crown
, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan UK)
The Devourers, Indra Das (Penguin India; Del Rey 2016)
The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson (Tor)
Flesh & Wires
, Jackie Hatton (Aqueduct)
The Grace of Kings
, Ken Liu (Saga)
The Weave, Nancy Jane Moore (Aqueduct)
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
Last Song Before Night, Ilana C. Myer (Tor)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
Archangel
, Marguerite Reed (Arche)
Vermilion, Molly Tanzer (Word Horde)
Abomination, Gary Whitta (Inkshares)
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com)

– See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/02/2015-locus-recommended-reading-list/#sthash.64QhrZAw.dpuf

The Nebulas

 

 

The Andre Norton

Finalists

 

The BSFA

 

Novel

 

2016 Norma K Hemming Award Shortlist

Posted on February 22, 2016

The 2016 Norma K. Hemming Award finalists have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for thought-provoking approaches to race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction.

  • Novel: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner, published by Penguin Random House
  • Novel: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig, published by HarperVoyager
  • Novel: Theophilus Grey And the Demon Thief by Catherine Jinks, published by Allen & Unwin
  • Novel: The Orchid Nursery by Louise Katz, published by Lacuna Publishing
  • Novella: “The Pyramids of London” by Andrea K Höst, self published
  • Novella: “Formaldehyde” by Jane Rawson, published by Seizure Books
  • Novel: Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward, published by Seizure Books

 

 

2015 Aurealis Awards Shortlists

 

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

In The Skin of a Monster, Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins)

The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig (HarperVoyager)

Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)

Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)

The Hush, Skye Melki-Wagner (Penguin Random House Australia)

BEST FANTASY NOVEL

In The Skin of a Monster, Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins)

Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)

The Dagger’s Path, Glenda Larke (Hachette Australia)

Tower Of Thorns, Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Skin, Ilka Tampke (Text Publishing)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

Crossed, Evelyn Blackwell (self-published)

Clade, James Bradley (Penguin)

Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)

Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)

Renegade, Joel Shepherd (Kindle Direct)

Twinmaker: Fall, Sean Williams (Allen & Unwin)

 

 

 

 

See all that yellow.  There would be even more if I included the Locus list