Looking for a GREAT Read? Part 1, Hugo Award Nominees

Have a dog and/or a cat? Hey, you’re like me!

If you’re like me, your To-Read pile is threatening to take over the house … and that doesn’t even count the untouched tomes on the e-reader!

And yet, if you’re like me, you’re always looking for the next big book to read, the next great young writer to break through. (Hmm.  Do you think this fact may be connected with point one?)

And if you’re like me, you’re hoping reincarnation works so you’ll get around to all these books in some other life.

If you’re like me, you’re asthmatic with a bad shoulder from that rotator-cuff-wrenching throw from right field back in university, have a dog and a cat and … but let’s not get carried away with the comparisons.

Never fear, I am here to encourage more clutter in the lives of folks like me. Here are some of the 2013 award nominees in the realms of this blog’s twin themes of science fiction and romance.

Part One: Science Fiction Hugo Award Nominees

This year’s nominees for best novel are:

2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity’s only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

Blackout (The Newsflesh Trilogy) by Mira Grant
The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn’t end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. The uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.


Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Captain Ivan Vorpatril sometimes thinks that if not for his family, he might have no troubles at all. But he has the dubious fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too-often led to his getting dragged into one of Miles’ schemes, with risk to life and limb—and military career—that Ivan doesn’t consider entirely fair.

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers.  Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.


Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms) by Saladin Ahmed

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawwaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

Coming soon…

Rita Award nominees in the paranormal romance field.

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