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(io9)   For your reading pleasure, the winner of the Hugo, Nebula *and* World Fantasy awards. Oh, better wear a dust mask   ( io9.com) divider line
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2012-11-09 12:40:28 AM  
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It's a cute CHILDREN'S story, albeit a little cliched (the origami animals were wonderful but "boy hates parent, parent dies, then, years later, he finds letter from dead parent that points out what a selfish prick he was") and incredibly manipulative ("No, not enough SORROW! Make her loneliness completely his fault to maximize the guilt!") But the winner of 3 distinguished sci-fi/fantasy awards? How does that work?

With VERY rare exceptions, I have found Hugo Award-winning books to be incredible bores. Someone above mentioned The Windup Girl. FFS, I dragged myself through about half that book and haven't gone back to it. The last one I tried was Blackout/All Clear. WTF? How are those books even a decent story?

I don't get it. I read a LOT of sci-fi and fantasy but, overwhelmingly, the "award winners" seem to be picked by a bunch of basement-dwelling fanboys than anyone with real literary credentials.
2012-11-08 10:50:13 PM  
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Counter_Intelligent: I am sorry, but I really didn't feel anything.

You must be dead inside.

Oh, and if you want an even bigger kick in the feels by the same author, The Man Who Ended History (PDF). It was nominated for a Hugo for "Best Novella" but ultimately lost to The Man Who Bridged The Mist by Kij Johnson, which isn't nearly so depressing.
2012-11-08 09:34:25 PM  
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The cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon...,
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