These’ll be replacing Saturday Waffling for a while.
Right, so, the party continues. I’ll sort this into a landing page and a self-contained website eventually; there’s a whole site redesign coming, and Weird Kitties will get a clear place within it. Until then, you can track this tag. For now, let’s get this show on the road.
Some of the Hugo categories are easier than others. Lots of people read enough new sci-fi/fantasy novels in a year to fill out a ballot. Best Novel was one of the few categories where the Puppies failed to get things on the ballot as opposed to leaving open slots; two, and ultimately three actual candidates made it all on their own last year.
So far, for my part, I’ve gotten through Seveneves, which I thought a good but not great Neal Stephenson novel, and am about a third of the way through The Vorrh, which is very much the sort of novel you’d expect Alan Moore to call “the current century’s first landmark work of fantasy and ranking amongst the best pieces ever written in that genre.” The latter will almost certainly make my ballot; the former could be knocked off without too much trouble. I’ll probably not get to The Shepherd’s Crown, since I’ve not read a Discworld novel in decades, but may well nominate it just because a Hugo ballot without it would just feel wrong somehow.
So what novels have you read so far this year, and what did you think? Anything you’ve already pencilled in for your ballot? Any you’ve already penned in?
Next week’s category for discussion will be short story, by the way. There was a Twitter hashtag a few days ago that listed several things one might have a glance at before then. I’ve got Charlie Jane Anders’s latest in an open tab, personally.
And I’ll be back tomorrow with the first bevy of reviews people have submitted, including one from me about Warren Ellis’s eligible Novelette Elektrograd: Rusted Blood. It’s not too late to send me one. Ones you’ve already posted elsewhere are fine; I’m happy to run them with links back to the originals.