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20 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Hugo Review: My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Graphic Story)

I’m afraid I’ve gotten behind on my reading and so I’ve only read one complete entry and one partial entry in the Graphic Story category for the Hugo Awards.  I haven’t even finished a single one of the graphic stories this year all the way through, but I’ve gotten about halfway through My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Written as the illustrated journal of 10-year old Karen Reyes in 1960s Chicago, My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a beautifully illustrated mystery story with horror flair as Karen imagines herself as a werewolf and sees everything around her as a sort of a horror flick as she investigate the death of her mysterious upstairs neighbor Anka.

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28 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty is a science fiction mystery, one of the finalists for the Hugo Award for the Best Novel category of 2017.

In the future, cloning is commonplace, but its use is strictly limited by law to ensure that it’s only used for longevity of a person rather than multiplication.  Every clone makes regular mindmaps of their memories and after they die, a new youthful body is cloned from their DNA and the mindmap copied into it.  Many clones have hundreds of years worth of memories they carry with them as though they have lived a single long life.  The practice of cloning is not accepted by everyone, especially religious groups, many of which consider clones to be soulless abominations, and there have been violent conflicts about cloning practices.

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30 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

HUGO REVIEW: Novelette Finalists

Science fiction award season is here again, and the Hugo final ballot was announced for WorldCon 76 in San Jose.

On to the novelette category, my favorite category of all the Hugo categories, covering stories between 7500 and 17500 words.  This review covers all six finalists.

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25 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

HUGO REVIEW: Short Story Finalists

Science fiction award season is here again, and the Hugo final ballot was announced for WorldCon 76 in San Jose.

On to the short story category, my favorite category of all the Hugo categories, covering stories less than 7500 words.  This review covers all six finalists.

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11 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Hugo Review: Graphic Story Finalists

The final category I’m reviewing in the Hugo Award review series for this year, this is for the graphic story category. I like graphic stories, but I tend to not do a very good job keeping up with them, so I use this category as a chance to get a sampling from some popular stories.

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09 June 2017 ~ 1 Comment

REVIEW: Hugo Novelette Finalists

written by David Steffen Another category in the Hugo Award review series for this year, this is for the novelette category which covers fiction between 7500 words and 17,500 words. As mentioned before, this year marked several rule changes–including that there will be six nominees in every category, and the nomination tallying rules are different […]

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29 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Hugo Novel Review (First Look): Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves is a science fiction novel, written by Neal Stephenson, published in May 2015 by William Morrow, and was one of the novels nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel this year.  The story begins with a bang as something inexplicable happens to the moon.  Something punches a hole through it, fragmenting earth’s only natural satellite into seven fragments.  No one knows how this could be possible, or what caused it to happen, but soon they realize that these aren’t the most important questions: the most important question is “How can humanity survive this?”  The moon is going to break up into smaller and smaller fragments and start a catastrophic meteor shower in only about two years.

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27 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Hugo Graphic Story Review 2016

The Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story covers graphic novels and comic book series (including web comics). Five graphic stories were on the final Hugo ballot, but Sandman: Overture (written by Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III) appeared to be only a partial of the book in the Hugo Packet, so I haven’t reviewed that here.

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25 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Review of Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form 2016

written by David Steffen This is the “movies-ish” Hugo category, a fan-voted award.  I say “ish” because it’s any presentation over 90 minutes, which sometimes includes things that aren’t movies, such as a season of a TV show or something like that. Most of the nominees this year were also nominees for the Ray Bradbury […]

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20 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Hugo Novel Review: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (link)

Normally I write up full reviews for each of the Hugo novels I have time to read, but I had already read and reviewed Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy here last year, just follow the link if you want to read it.

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