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Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekend Discussion: Nebula & Andre Norton Award Nominees

This Weekend Discussion is a day early and just in time, too!

If you haven't seen by now, the Nebula and Andre Norton (YA SF/F) award nominees have been posted.  I don't normally pay attention to award winners after the fact--not because I'm obtuse and refuse to acknowledge their merits, but because I don't want to read a book just because it either won or was nominated.  I'm sure that's a perfectly good reason to be curious about a new book and then find great new authors, but I like to be drawn to the premise and writing of what I want to read and not the accolades.

That being said, I do usually note who gets awards or which books get nominated, even if I don't use those criteria when deciding what to read.  This year, I'm pretty surprised to note: I've read about half of the nominees!

I think this means, quite hypocritically, I have great taste. ;)

(I haven't listed it, but up for an award for Best Novella is John Scalzi's The God Engines)

Here are the Nebula nominees:

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  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Nightshade, Sep09)
  • The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak (Bantam, Nov08)
  • Flesh and Fire, Laura Anne Gilman (Pocket, Oct09)
  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey, May09)
  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor, Sep09)
  • Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland Press, Oct09)
I've read The Windup Girl, The City & The City, Boneshaker, and actually only bought Shriek because I was so eager to read Finch (it's a sequel, but both sound very, very good)!

My verdicts? I really loved all of them.

Here are the Andre Norton nominees:
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I've read Ash, Eyes Like Stars (I recently reviewed its sequel, out in May: Perchance to Dream), Leviathan, was reading the Valente title, but had to stop because frankly, I don't do well with reading for extended periods on the computer and it's been posted online as an e-book (when will it be in print?!), and I do currently plan on reading Zoe's Tale before my giveaway ends!

As with the previous verdict: I loved these, too.  The only title I've been curious about reading that I haven't gotten to yet is Ice by Sarah Beth Durst.

I'm glad I don't have to vote--I don't think I'd be able to.  All of these books, I think, deserve their nomination.  What does everyone else have to say? Have you read any of these?  Did you like any of them?  Let me know in the comments! :)


eidolons said...

I haven't read any of those. :/
Leviathan was suggested to my seven year old recently, though.

Erika said...

@eidolons: They're all (the ones I've read, at any rate) quite good. :)

Anonymous said...

I've read several as well, and I'm quite excited by the nominees this year.


I have but haven't read LEVIATHAN and THE CITY & THE CITY.

If you're curious about ICE, a friend of mine posted a review in her LJ (her LJ is pretty much nothing but reviews lately, I highly recommend her).


There are spoilers, but she warns you before she gets there, so you should be safe. :)

Erika said...

@calico-reaction: Thank you for the link! I'll take a look at it later. I do agree: there are a lot of very good titles on the list--reading so many of them has me excited for the outcome. :)

I'm curious about When You Reach Me since I thought it won the Newberry Medal for Children's Literature? I'm not familiar with it and don't know whether it can serve as a YA title or not.

Letter4no1 said...

Since you posted the link to the Valente ebook/audio book I started listening to it. I like the concept so far but I don't know how long I can listen to it/read it on a bright screen. I'm sad it isn't out in book form yet.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I'm pretty surprised Flesh and Fire was nominated. I read it quite awhile ago and remember not being all that impressed.

I also read: Boneshaker, Ash, Leviathan--and I like them all.

But I think I really need to read: The City & the City, The Windup Girl, Eyes Like Stars...

Erika said...

@Letter4no1: I'm with you there. I don't have the visual endurance to expose my eyes to a computer screen for as long as I can sit and read a physical book. As soon as it hits traditional bookshelves, I'll be one of the first to pick it up. As of right now, I have to pass on the current format.

@TJ: I hadn't heard of some of the nominees at all--Flesh and Fire being one of them (the Kage Baker and Christopher Barzak titles being the others). Did you review it? I would love to read what your thoughts on it were. :)

And yes--you need to read The City & The City, The Windup Girl, and Eyes Like Stars. :) I did a bad thing and just purchased Finch so I didn't have to wait long after reading Shriek, when I finally get to it...

Anonymous said...

My review for Flesh and Fire.

I really have no excuse for not having read The Windup Girl yet. I shall fix that very soon!

I hadn't heard of Shriek or Finch to be honest...

Erika said...

@TJ: Thank you for the link!

I think I stumbled upon the titles by accident. Most likely I was looking for one thing, got distracted, and found another. I was drawn into comparisons with China Miéville (whom I absolutely love); the premise sounded fascinating, the reviews & ratings were good so I decided to go for it. :)

In light of the award nominees, I'll be putting Shriek, and Finch near the top of my reading schedule!

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