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Hugo Award Musings

The time is drawing near for voting on the Hugo Awards. Last year, I had purchased and read almost all of the novels nominated. This year, I've bought and read only one, so I've been trying to catch up. Here are my thoughts so far:

The City & The City (China Miéville) and Palimpsest (Catherynne M. Valente): I just can't get into these books. It's not that they are bad, it's just that I'm not finding them that interesting. I suspect that I'm not the target audience for Palimpest, and The City is putting me to sleep.

The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi): Paolo paints a very interesting world, but I'm a third of the way into it and haven't found any character to really root for. I think this is the story of Emiko, the "New Person" / genetically-made sex slave. If so, frankly, Charlie Stross did it better with Saturn's Children. Most of the rest of the characters aren't really grabbing me. I do have a nit to pick with Paolo: in his post-oil world, everything is powered by springs and compressed gases. This includes guns, despite the fact that gunpowder was invented well before the Industrial Revolution.

Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (Robert Charles Wilson): I found this a very entertaining story. It's at first blush a straight-forward actioner, but at the end turns to an attempt to tell the story of imperial collapse from Nero's point of view. Neat twists.

Wake (Robert J. Sawyer): I'm about a third of the way into this one, and really enjoying it. Sawyer has some very interesting concepts about consciousness and intelligence. Ranking this against Comstock will be a tough decision.

Boneshaker (Cherie Priest): This is still, I think, the strongest candidate on the ballot.

Well, I think you're looking at my novel picks, more or less in order from "no vote" to "number one," although Wake and Comstock might swap spots.
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