I had forgotten it was WorldCon this weekend (or a whole year since LonCon3!). I didn’t pay much attention to the Hugo award shortlists this year – with the Sad/Rabid Puppies pushing full slates, I was much more interested in the Hugo longlists, which have just been released (pdf link).
I’ve to admit the Best Novel longlist didn’t really excite me. Of the books I haven’t already read, I have Cixin Liu‘s THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM on my Kindle (free via the Amazon Kindle for Samsung programme), John Scalzi‘s LOCK IN doesn’t really appeal (though I’ve his newest THE END OF ALL THINGS also on my Kindle – I couldn’t resist the £2.99 price point), and I DNF’d Andy Weir‘s THE MARTIAN (I know, sorry). I’ve heard good things about Robert Jackson Bennett‘s CITY OF STAIRS though, so I may see if my library has it.
I don’t have much to say about the rest of the awards (apart from good result?), though I’m really pleased Julie Dillon won Best Professional Artist – love her art.
A few other (non-related) links that caught my attention recently-ish:
- I adored Naomi Novik‘s UPROOTED (and was far from the only one, from what I gather) – a Q&A with her @ io9 on the book.
- A fascinating article on the technical side of book covers (via Zen Cho). 95% of my reading is probably ebooks nowadays, but there is something about physical books that I will never be able to resist.
- The direction provided by Lois McMaster Bujold for her new book’s cover art – just how intriguing is that. I make it five more months of waiting…
- And finally, the 100 top romances by NPR – I may do a full post on this list at some point, but it’s not a bad list. A bit heavy on the historical (says the person who pretty much read historical romance only for a number of years), but I found myself agreeing more often than not.