Reading the Best Novel Hugo Nominees for 2016

For the last few years, I’ve paid a supporting membership in Worldcon so that I could nominate and vote in the Hugo Awards.  This year, I actually get to attend Worldcon, since it’s hosted in Kansas City, Missouri this August.   The cost of actually attending MidAmeriCon was quite a bit steeper than the supporting membership, but I’m hoping it will be worth it.  I haven’t attended an SF con since DragonCon five years ago.  So I’m do for some geeky fun.

Best Novel (3695 nominating ballots) (for the rest of the categories, click here)

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

I need to read four of the above five nominees before the end of July (when voting closes).  I read Ancillary Mercy by Leckie almost the moment is was released (I pre-ordered the ebook).  I’m currently listening to Uprooted by Novik.   I have Aeronaut’s Windlass and Seveneves queued up for listening and Fifth Season is waiting for me to crack open the book if my ears get tired.

You can check my reading progress right here on my blog via the “Currently Reading” widget found in the right-hand pane of this page.

Leckie has set a high bar with her Ancillary trilogy, but only time will tell if Breq will retain my vote.

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