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(Locus Online)   Nebula awards for science fiction announced. Read any of them?   ( divider line
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2003-04-21 01:36:57 AM  
2003-04-21 01:37:48 AM  
Yes. American Gods is a very very good book deserving of the nebula award. Very fun to read and scared the shiat out of me when I read it. I recommend it to anyone.
2003-04-21 01:39:03 AM  
"Me too" on American Gods. It also won the Hugo Award. Fantastic book, had some incredibly creepy moments, and some very funny ones. Everyone should read it.
2003-04-21 01:39:27 AM  
having actually read the article, still no
2003-04-21 01:39:51 AM  
whats a novella?
2003-04-21 01:40:04 AM  
okay, i'll ask, what's it about?
2003-04-21 01:41:21 AM  
I predict about 5000 posts on who is the best sf author regardless of whether they're in the article or not. At least 5 posts each on why Heinlein, Asimov, and Herbert either suxxor or pwn.
2003-04-21 01:43:05 AM  
its about a battle between various gods from many different cultures.
2003-04-21 01:43:09 AM  
Where is the Photoshop contest for this picture?
2003-04-21 01:43:32 AM  
G.G. Marquez is my favorite.
2003-04-21 01:43:44 AM  
I've got the big collection of the Hugo and Nebula short story award winners. It's got some good stuff in it, especially "Beggars in Spain" which was followed by a sequel, a novel, Beggars and Choosers. I don't remember any of the other stories (names), but it's a really good collection of sci-fi.

I thought that the Nebula award winners were all sci-fi, a genre into which The Return of the King doesn't really fall.
2003-04-21 01:47:53 AM  
Just to help the prediction along, Heinlein pwns.

2003-04-21 01:48:39 AM  
2003-04-21 01:50:20 AM  
Gaiman is awesome. I jsut finished Stardust ad am now working on the Sandman series of comic books, which he wrote.
2003-04-21 01:50:38 AM  
Just figured I'd throw my hat into the "I read American Gods and it's great" fold.
2003-04-21 01:52:02 AM  
Ah, goody, China Mieville got a special citation. I haven't read The Scar, but its prequel, Perdido Street Station was so cool that it kicked my ass and took my wallet, and I was fine with it.

I oughta read some Gaiman (I've got a copy of Neverwhere around here somewhere), but hell if I can find time, what with, you know, Fark and all. Yeah.
2003-04-21 01:52:24 AM  
Actually I only posted because the first thing I thought of posting was the cover to Ender's Game or Moon is a Harsh Mistress or something and figured that would have been a bit cliche. Oh well.

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2003-04-21 01:52:26 AM  
The answer is obvious, no.
2003-04-21 01:53:35 AM  
I'd hit 'em.
2003-04-21 01:55:03 AM  
Hey I found "Creature" online. You can read it for free.

Of course if it sux, then it wasnt free, because you gave 20 minutes of your life to read it. It better be good, thats all I have to say.
2003-04-21 01:55:03 AM  
It's good to see that Carol Emshwiller got the big Dick Award.

err, the Phillip K. Dick award, that is. (what else do you expect, her book is called "The Mount")
2003-04-21 01:59:24 AM  
Phil Klass presented the Grand Master Award to Le Guin, citing her novels The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed as masterpieces.

All I can say is, it's about time.

/Gilmore moment
2003-04-21 02:00:26 AM  
I'm reading American Gods now. I'm very impressed. I've loved everything I've read by Gaiman.
2003-04-21 02:01:55 AM  
Well it's a good thing they're successful writers, they're ugly as f*ck
2003-04-21 02:02:42 AM  
American Gods Blurb:

For the three years Shadow spent in prison, he kept his head down and did his time, waiting for the day when he could get back to the loving arms of his wife. But days before his release, Laura is killed in a car crash, and his world becomes a colder place.

On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Wednesday. A self-declared grifter and rogue, the one-eyed old man offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nothing to lose, Shadow accepts. But Shadow soon learns that his role in his boss's plans will be far more dangerous than he could ever imagine, because Wednesday is on a bizarre mission: he intends to round-up all the faded and forgotten deities of the past and convince them to go to war with the arrogant new gods of the digital age.

Traveling the byways of America from small town to big city, Shadow becomes entangled in a world of secrets, myths and age-old mysteries. And he meets, among others, Mad Sweeney, a giant leprechaun who gives him a coin that brings Laura back from the dead; Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis, animal-headed undertakers from the Egyptian pantheon; Mr. Nancy, the trickster god of the Caribbean; and the beautiful Easter, pagan goddess of the rites of spring--all of whom seem to know more about Shadow than he knows himself.

As the gods gather for the ultimate showdown, Shadow goes out on a limb for his master, not knowing that there's more at stake than he was led to believe. For unless Shadow can find a way to stop the gods from destroying each other, the conflict to come will be brutal and epic--a war for the very soul of America. Warning: Language. (Approx. 480 pp.)
2003-04-21 02:05:39 AM  
I've read American Gods. It's a fairly good book; kept me up many a night reading when I should've been sleeping for next day's classes. The sign of a good book.
2003-04-21 02:05:54 AM  
BloodyL, Beggars in Spain was turned into a full-length novel, with the original story as the first few chapters. Check it out. Beggars and Choosers was the sequel, and one of my favourite books ever! There was also a third, Beggars Ride.

I rarely meet anyone who has ever even heard of Beggars In Spain! :)
2003-04-21 02:09:05 AM  
For those of you who really enjoy Gaiman's work, I recommend Good Omens, which was cowritten by Gaiman (Terry Pratchett, another contemporary literary genius, cowrote it as well). It's a spoof on the Apocolypse.
2003-04-21 02:11:52 AM  
American Gods is excellent, I also highly recommend Neverwhere and Stardust by Gaiman, or any of the Discworld books by Pratchett
2003-04-21 02:12:05 AM  
the windows blue crash screen just hit me =.(
2003-04-21 02:17:00 AM  
American Gods was pretty good. Discworld was good but seemed repetative once I had read book three. I'll probably continue the series sometime.

Biggest problem: I keep comparing every book to George RR Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice" series. Every book falls short after reading that series.

Just finished Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. Good book... not George RR Martin. "A Feast for Crows" must come out soon!

Spelling errors sponsered by Spaten Optimator.
2003-04-21 02:20:03 AM  
aside from lotr and ursula le guin, i've never heard of any of the authors or their works. give me another tom robbins book anyday.
2003-04-21 02:20:13 AM  
American Gods was pretty cool, but China Mieville's The Scar was better. Jabberwocky: I actually thought The Scar was miles ahead of Perdido, which I adored. I think China finally got comfortable with his voice and his narrative, which got a bit tied up and uncertain at times in Perdido. Definitely pick it up.
2003-04-21 02:21:56 AM  
I'll second American Gods and Neverwhere. Great books.

And Heinlein's pretty good too, if you're in the mood for idealistic, unrealistic, but well-written scifi.
2003-04-21 02:24:12 AM  
I to will claim to have read "American Gods" and enjoyed.

I will have to say that "Good Omens" is also one I would strongly recommend for anyone with a even a vestigal sense of humor.
2003-04-21 02:25:01 AM  
Hmm, LotR script for best script. Seems [image from too old to be available] to me.
2003-04-21 02:30:06 AM  
I do not recommend 'Moving Pictures'...yeah, it was published in 1990, but it just isn't good.
2003-04-21 02:31:36 AM  
I dedicate this book to Odin!
*throws spear*
2003-04-21 02:33:29 AM  
I've read hell is the absence of God. It wasnt[ BAD, but it wasn't THAT good.
2003-04-21 02:33:30 AM  
bleh. I did not like American Gods at all. I could barely get through it, the only reason I finished was that everyone was raving about it so much and I wanted to give it a chance.

I thought it was poorly written, and while the story is quite original, I thought it was dull. I wasn't interested, I wasn't frightened...I was bored.
2003-04-21 02:36:00 AM  
American Gods is certainly good, but I don't think it's Gaiman's best work -- by a long shot. In fact, although, again, it is good (and parts are spectacular), I think it's probably in the bottom 25% of his work that I've read.

I haven't been reading enough of the field to know if it 'should' have won the Nebula, but I don't see any reason why not.

My brother is very fond of Miville, but I haven't gotten around to that stuff yet.
2003-04-21 02:36:29 AM  
Gods is one of the best SC books ive read in a long time. Its right up there with Snow Crash and the bible
2003-04-21 02:36:57 AM  
yeah ts really good
2003-04-21 02:36:58 AM  
So what other books are good, besides sci-fi? or is this a stupid question.
2003-04-21 02:37:28 AM  
Holy crap. I got American Gods for $5 thinking it would be a decent read... Enh.. I guess it's time for me to look it over
2003-04-21 02:38:08 AM  
Heh, Neil Gaiman has more cool in his left pinkie than all those other wanksters lumped together and coated in gold.

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Is it just me, or these guys begging to be photoshopped?
2003-04-21 02:39:14 AM  
So what's the latest word on Good Omens-The Movie? IMDB says 'stalled'.
2003-04-21 02:40:54 AM  
"Miville" should be "Mieville", more or less. I forgot the filter no longer allows extended ASCII characters.
2003-04-21 02:46:58 AM  
Was Shadow Puppets done this year?

I am reading it now. It sucks.
2003-04-21 02:50:04 AM  
So what's the latest word on Good Omens?

Terry Gilliam was set to direct, but then his Don Quixote movie blew up and screwed up pretty much everything he was doing.

Big-studio movies are complicated projects, and when the schedule gets thrown off, they often just die an ugly death. If the director gets delayed for six months, say, then when he or she is finally ready, odds are that the actors are busy doing other things, and then investors start pulling their money out of the project because of the delay . . . .

Last I heard, Good Omens hadn't been cancelled, but it's apparently been pushed back until after Gilliam's Brothers Grimm movie, which isn't even due to start filming until this summer.
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