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:
- 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)
My verdicts? I really loved all of them.
Here are the Andre Norton nominees:
- Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker (Tachyon, Jul09)
- Ice, Sarah Beth Durst (Simon and Schuster, Oct09)
- Ash, Malinda Lo (Little, Brown and Company, Sep09)
- Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev (Feiwel and Friends, Jul09)
- Zoe’s Tale, John Scalzi (Tor Aug08)
- When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, 2009)
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Catherynne M. Valente, Jun09)
- Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon, Oct09)
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! :)