Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Best Novel - My Ballot

Here's how I'm leaning at the moment (behind the cut)...

I'm confident about my placement of the bottom three, but am still not 100% about my ranking order of the top two.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

2014 Best Short Story - My Ballot

I have some brief spoilery thoughts with my current ballot thoughts behind the link...

This ranking probably won't change, but I'm still undecided about whether I will place "No Award" between #3 and #4. Probably not.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Free Online - 4 of the 5 nominees for 1939 Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form

  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater on the Air, CBS)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Campbell Playhouse, CBS)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written by Orson Welles and John Houseman, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater on the Air, CBS)
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater on the Air, CBS)
All four available HERE - for free!

I still can't find the original of R. U. R. by Karel Čapek. Produced by Jan Bussell (BBC). I can find a book version, and an audiobook of the book version, and something that must be a newer version that is 2+ hours long. The original 1938 BBC radio version was about 35 minutes long, right? Does anybody know where to find this one? It doesn't have to be free! I'd just like to hear it.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard

“The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark & Gleam)

This story is available for free, here, now! Thank you, Ms. de Bodard! Also note, a ton of her other stories in this same universe are also available for free on her web page. I know what I'm reading come July 31!

Let me just say - I'm going to have a very difficult time with the Best Novelette ballot. This is the third nominee that I have absolutely loved.

Some spoilery thoughts and a lot of links are behind the cutlink.:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Spoiler Request: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo Award) for Best New Writer Nominee: Wesley Chu.

To check out this nominee, I listened to The Lives of Tao.

No spoilers yet - though I'm asking for them in the comments.

I started up this book right after I quit Nexus. I was still really upset from Nexus. I started The Lives of Tao, saw that it had an interesting concept and went STRAIGHT into remorseless, senseless, and unnecessary neck-breaking violence and such, and I immediately shut it off in a fit of temper.

Someone please spoil me - is the whole book going to piss me off with the unnecessary violence? The cover leads me to believe it probably will.

Review: Nexus by Ramez Naam

John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo Award) for Best New Writer Nominee: Ramez Naam.

To check out this nominee, I listened to Nexus.

Spoilery thoughts behind the link:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: "Six-Gun Snow White" by Catherynne M. Valente

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Press)

Trigger alert for this novella. It contains graphic descriptions of abuse, and what life feels like when you're badly abused.

Some spoilery thoughts behind the link:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)

The first book in C. S. Lewis' Cosmic Trilogy. I listened to the audio book version through Audible.

Spoilery thoughts behind the link.

75-year-old book spoilers! Look out!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence (Color Force; Lionsgate)

The second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy. Except that I've heard they're going to make two movies out of the third book. Because, you know, money.

Spoilery thoughts behind the link (spoilers relate to the whole trilogy):

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Frozen

Frozen - screenplay by Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Studios)

Disney's latest animated film! Nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.

Spoilery thoughts behind the link.