Reinder Dijkhuis’ provisional Hugo nominations ballot

With only a month to go before nominations close, I want to share with people what I’m planning to put on my ballot for the Hugo Awards 2016 nominations. My ballot is not, at this time, complete and even my present list of nominations may change before the deadline as I read other people’s nominations …

Notes/First impressions: The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu, translation by Joel Martinsen

I read The Dark Forest the week before its prequel, The Three-Body Problem won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2015. Two-thirds of the way through it, my reading was interrupted for a few days and I had to think hard about whether I wanted to pick it up again. I did, and in the …

Notes/First Impressions: Zombie Nation by Carter Reid

So in my post about Sex Criminals, Rat Queens and Saga, I added a bit at the end, saying There is one more [Hugo] nominee [for Graphic Story] that, for reasons I’ve outlined before, I will skip for now. If I have time, I may check it out and if it rocks my world, it …

Notes/first impressions: 3 Hugo-nominated graphic novels

Sex Criminals Volume One: One Weird Trick – Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery – Kurtis I. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch Saga Volume Three – Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples When I read Ms. Marvel vol.1, I thought that it was a bit flimsy for a graphic novel, …

Notes/First impressions: Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie

I’m back to work from vacation, so reading Ancillary Sword took a lot more time than the previous few books, and it was harder for me to get immersed into it. Other than that, it was pretty much what I expected: a strong sequel to Ancillary Justice but a sequel none the less and that …

Notes/First Impressions: Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona, Jake Wyatt (illustrators),

This is very much not made for me. Its target audience is about 30 years younger than I am, and I need to keep that in mind. Small-capacity iPads and ebook editions of full-color comics don’t go together well. I read this on the 27″ iMac. That does not affect my impression at all, but …

Notes/First Impressions: Thomas Olde Heuvelt – The Day the World Turned Upside Down (trs. Lia Belt)

The Day The World Turned Upside Down at Lightspeed Magazine. 10367 Words, so a really quick read. Don’t take me at my word—read it yourself. Another one that I thought was clearly very good but didn’t have any particular resonance with me. The macro/micro/nanocosm conceit is clever and I could see where the author was …

Notes/First Impressions: Liu Cixin – The Three-Body Problem

Wow. This was a good read. The one significant flaw of The Three-Body Problem is a somewhat workmanlike, translator-ish stylie that actually comes from it being translated from the Chinese. Translator Ken Liu has a postscript explaining his approach and as a translator myself, I can’t fault it, and I can overlook that it doesn’t …

Notes/First impressions: Katherine Addison – The Goblin Emperor

Review and synopsis of The Goblin Emperor by Martin Wisse. I liked this, but not as much as Martin did. For me, something was missing. I found the relentless focus on the protagonist, for a novel written in the third person featuring court intrigue, did not work for me. Because I also had a hard …