Thoughts: Nebula Awards Finalists

Did I mention I love literary awards? Because I really do. I never manage to actually read all the finalists/ short listed works but I love looking at the lists for inspiration anyways.

The full list of the Nebula Awards Finalists can be found here:

Nobody will be surprised to learn that I am most interested in the novel and the novella categories:


Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)

Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)

The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)

Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)

Of these books I have read Spoonbenders and The Stone Sky and own Jade City (I really will need to read this soon!). I am waiting for the UK edition of Autonomous to come out. Six Wakes is another book I have been eyeing but been on the fence about; this might change now. The last two books I am not all that interested in. I am loving how many women are nominated because I find that the works I’ve enjoyed the most recently have been written by women.

31817749It will come as no surprise at all that I am rooting for The Stone Sky for the win here. I love love love N. K. Jemisin’s work and the last book in the trilogy did not disappoint in the least.



River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Passing Strange, Ellen Klages ( Publishing)

“And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)

Barry’s Deal, Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)

All Systems Red, Martha Wells ( Publishing)

The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang ( Publishing)

I am not all that well-read when it comes to novellas but I am currently remedying that. 327589011Of these books I have only read (and loved!) All Systems Red but I own The Black Tides of Heavan and River of Teeth. I might actually try to read a few of those books, because a) they’re short and b) I want to read more novellas anyways (I also don’t seem to quite have the patience/ mental capacity for longer books at the moment).


What are your thoughts on the list? Have you read any that you highly recommend? Especially if I am still on the fence about them.

4 thoughts on “Thoughts: Nebula Awards Finalists

    1. I don’t think I will be reading it. It sounds different and cool and inventive – but I am just not a fan of spy stories. (I have this weird issue about lying in books and pretending to be someone else.)

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