*Edited 1/5/15 - see list of recommended books below*
Hello! Sorry I went dark for awhile! A lot of long work hours in the months since LonCon. I've also been sick a lot, waxing and waning, since mid-August, and I'm still sick. I haven't had a lot of brain for reading. I've read a bit, but most of my down time has been playing mindless iPhone games and catching up on Survivor and Downton Abbey. Well, and Doctor Who. I mean, come on.
I'll write up another post with the things I'm thinking about nominating for the 2014 Hugo Awards.
Short version, from the 2014 stories I've managed to read so far:
Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie) - oh hell yes, definitely nominating
Lock In (John Scalzi) - probably
Magic Breaks (Ilona Andrews) - liked it, but probably not
Unlocked (John Scalzi) - no
The Mirror Empire (Kameron Hurley) - no
Skin Game (Jim Butcher) - liked it, but no
Hieroglyph anthology - a number of these shorts will be on my nomination ballot - more detail in the nominations post
Rogues anthology - I think there were a couple of shorts I really liked - need to go back and look at my notes
I'm assuming there will be time to read at least a couple more books before nominations close. Here is the list my friends are recommending, with potential to nominate. What about you? What has really knocked your socks off in sci-fi/fantasy published in 2014?
The Seventh Bride (T. Kingfisher)
The Milkman (Michael Martineck)
The Peripheral (William Gibson)
The Martian (Andy Weir) *
The Book of Life (Deborah Harkness) (with recommendation to read the other two in the series first)**
The Magician's Land (Lev Grossman) (with recommendation to read the other two in the series first)**
Clearly I've been unfairly discriminating against book titles that begin with "The."
[Edited - added on 1/5/15]:
Shards of Time (Lynn Flewelling) (with recommendation to read the other six in the series first)
The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison) (aka Sarah Monette)
ALSO please see the excellent lists in the comments below!
I'll update this list as I get more recommendations. There were literally hundreds of books published every month this year. Insane. If only there were time to read them all!
Has anyone heard yet when the nominations will open?
More soon. Promise!
Update: Potentially stupid newbie question:
How do you determine the word count of works of fiction that are shorter than novels and are published in anthologies or magazines? It's important to know for the nomination ballot - the categories are divided by approximate word count. My google-fu is failing me. Thanks!
*Note - may not be eligible since it was first self-published in 2012
**It's my understanding that these are complete trilogies with their final parts published in 2014. They are therefore eligible to be nominated as a single work (the entire trilogy) OR as the individual book that was published in 2014.