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Nebula Awards

 


The Nebula Awards were celebrated this weekend by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Congratulations to Connie Willis for her dual books, Black Out and All Clear

Here is the list of all the 2011 Nebula Award Winners.

Nope, I haven’t read anything else on the list, although I’ve seen four of the screen plays in their final form.

Hugo Awards 2011

 


It’s that time – the Hugo Awards for 2011 have been announced. The Hugo Awards are one of the two major science fiction awards.

Of the books and short stories, I have only read the two Connie Willis novels, Black Out and All Clear. I have one other book, Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold, but have to catch up on the Miles Vorkosigan novels first. I believe those are best read in order.

I also glanced over the movies and television shows and immediately chose Toy Story 3 and Dr. Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”, one of my favorite episodes of the past year.

Check the list out – perhaps you’ll find a new author to try.

Reading Oddities

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth PetersEvery once in a while I find coincidences in my reading. This afternoon at lunch I was reading Elizabeth PetersA River in the Sky (1910). Ramses is with someone who has a fever. He tries to remember if his mother said aspirin was helpful in bringing down fevers, then gives one to the person, hoping it will help.

In Connie WillisBlack Out (1940), Eileen is caring for World War II evacuated children with the measles. One girl has a high fever. Eileen tries to remember if aspirin will help a fever since antibiotics haven’t been invented yet. She gives them to the girl in hopes that she’s right.

They’re both right.

It’s my family Christmas Cookie Baking Day this Saturday. This has been a tradition for around 25 years now. I’m looking forward to it.

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Hmmm, so far I’ve taken off three books – and added on three more. I mentioned Side Jobs already. It will be the last on my list to read. But I forgot about my book club book, so it has to be on this list. We’re reading Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien. I know it should be quick. I also was sent Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler to review. I had agreed to take it a couple weeks ago. I try to read the ones I’ve agreed to take fairly quickly. Besides that, I’m looking forward to it. The short story authors look good. Sigh, I probably won’t make the challenge…

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian

Today I picked up my copy of Jim Butcher’s Side Jobs. If I get to it, great, but I’m not adding it to this challenge list. I’m not surprised the two first books were Nora Roberts’ novels. They are both parts of a series that I read immediately. Hopefully, the first Connie Willis novel, Black Out will be next.

What a List!

 

While reaBlack Out by Connie Willisding some of the Twitter I follow today, I ran across the RT (Romantic Times) Award Nominees for 2010. Goodness they have a lot of categories! They look at romance novels across genres. I’ve read a small number of them, and am reading one right now on their science fiction list – Black Out by Connie Willis.

You can find the whole list here.

By the End of 2010 Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian

One down, twelve to go…

Rest of the Year Challenge

 

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet EvanovichSizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark

The common factor here? All of these were published this year. All of them now sit on Mt. Bookpile. I really should read them before the end of the year. (I still have 2 or 3 from 2009 to read, too, but hey…)

Plus I want to pick up the final Bride Quartet book by Nora Roberts, Happy Ever After and read it. Then there are the three older books I bought specifically on recommendation (rather than browsing used book stores and picking up what looked good). I’d like to read those, too. Thirteen books – all in paper, not audio or e-book. I probably should quit borrowing library books for a month or so.

Addicted

 

My web site slogan is “So many books, So little time”. To that end, I really should quit talking about books to people, reading friend’s blogs, staying away from my online reading group at The Reader’s Place (since this post the site has closed down), avoiding my real life book club, and even my coworkers.

In my home Mt. Bookpile keeps growing. (I volunteer weekly at a used bookstore – one more place I should avoid.) I keep putting books on hold at the library. Favorite writers release another book (you Connie Willis, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Jim Butcher each have one coming out in the next few weeks and Sherri Tepper‘s came out a few weeks ago).

This morning I was talking with my fellow librarian about our fiction reading (never mind we’re medical librarians). I walked away from that conversation with more books to read. Recently at The Reader’s Place someone mentioned getting ready to read a book that sounded good so I put it on hold at the library. Then there was the review on NPR yesterday – another book put on hold. There were four more added to my mental list this morning (three are a trilogy). No question – I’m a bookaholic.

No wonder Mt. Bookpile doesn’t shrink.

Connie Willis

 

Around 20 years ago I first discovered and got hooked on Connie Willis’ work. I remember the first short stories that impressed me were “Even the Queen” and “The Last Dog in America”. Since then when I come across her work I pick it up. I finally was able to have my book club read her Doomsday Book next month. I also was tickled to see that Nancy Pearl devotes one section of Book Lust to Ms.Willis’ writing.

Her observant eye about people lead me to believe her wit makes her a comfortable sounding author. I quickly felt I would love to have her for a dinner guest to sit and talk. I was we would get along well and have fun visits.

Her newest book Blackout was released this month and she is on a book tour for it. One of her first stops was at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore here in San Diego. I was one of the first people in line and in the front row when she spoke. After listening to her talk, then talking to her twice while I had books signed, I believe that even more now. She’s down to earth and funny.

Connie, do you want to have lunch some time???

L.A. Times Festival of Books

 

Once again the Festival of Books was huge, crowded with book lovers, and fun. Unfortunately, the traffic on 405 going to the UCLA campus and back to my daughter’s was horrid. Since there weren’t any speakers on Sunday I HAD to see, I skipped Sunday’s session to miss the stop and go traffic.

It was fun on Saturday. I made it to the Silverberg, Harrison, and Haldeman panel. It was fascinating listening to them discuss how they got into writing in science fiction. More than once they made the excellent point that good science fiction needs good characters, just like any good fiction. It’s only the setting that’s different – and what then gets the genre denigrated somewhat. Someone in the audience asked why there weren’t more books about utopias rather than about dystopias. Someone on the panel (Silverberg, I think) quickly quipped “Bo-ring”. They then seriously answered that utopias don’t have any conflict. What’s a good novel or story without conflict?

I also stopped by the Mysterious Galaxy booth (no surprise). I was excited to see Connie Willis. Unfortunately I hadn’t found MG’s signing schedule on line to know she would be there because I would have brought my copy of All Seated on the Ground for her to sign. Unfortunately they were out of copies of The Doomsday Book, so I bought To Say Nothing of the Dog for her to sign.

Cornelia Funke was at another book stall as well. I finally got my signed copy of Inkheart that I’ve been wanting.

One of the highlights for me was sitting outside one tent watching people and reading the tent. It asked “What Are You Reading?” There were markers provided. People wrote down the names of books they either are reading or loved (who knows which?). There was everything from East of Eden to Fast Food Nation to Twilight to Catcher in the Rye to Good Night Moon. It was intriguing. I wonder if they put up a new, clean tent on Sunday to start again?

5/14/09 – I was at Mysterious Galaxy for their 16th birthday last weekend. The “What Are You Reading” wall was duplicated there for customers to write on. It’s still a good idea and was fun to read.