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: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/2017-nebula-award-finalists-announced/

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

Novel

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.

 

Novella

River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)

Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com 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 (Tor.com Publishing)

The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang (Tor.com 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.