Tuesday, August 09, 2005

It's magic.

Via John Quiggin, I see that Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell just won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novel. OK, L., now you have another excuse to read it. (I liked it much more than past Hugo winners American Gods (2002), Neuromancer (1985) and Foundation's Edge (1983). To say nothing of Starship Troopers (1960).)

The book's site has some neat stuff on it. And it's out in paperback now:

I guess I'll have to read it, then.

I thought American Gods was a pretty darned good book. OTOH I didn't think highly of Neuromancer or (gack) Foundations Edge.

Other than AG, you have to go back to 1995 for a Hugo novel winner which I both read and loved - Bujold's Mirror Dance. That was the end of a recent golden age of such winners, having been preceded by A Fire Upon The Deep, Hyperion, and Cyteen.

But then comes a long fallow run in the 80s (sorry, I'm not much of a fan of Card, Gibson, or the Brin Uplift books) before coming to The Snow Queen.

The Nebula Awards track even less well with my favorites, although they tend to be more eclectic. You have to go back to 1977 and Gateway to find a novel I think is truly great.
i love jonathan strange.. ms clarke really writes well..
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