I keep seeing reviews of HUGO nominated stories pop up allover, so I decided to finally have a look at this year‘s finalists for myself.
The complete list of the finalists for 2020 is here. I do not plan to read all of them, but I might have a look at some of the shorter works.
Here is what I have read so far:
A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1)
by Arkady Martine
It was easily one of my favourite novels of last year. You can call me ThirtyOne Adaptation!
by N.K. Jemisin (Goodreads Author), Jason Isaacs (Narrator)
Entertaining. Subversive. Amusing. My first Jemisin. Maybe not my last. Hard to put down. The unusual POV was well done and increased my fun through coming up with the missing part of the conversation.
I listened to the audio. Jason Isaac did a great job with the narration. But I expected no less from him.
The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
I read all full novels of this series. Or rather, I listened to the excellent audio narration of all of them. I read some of the shorts/novellas as well, but I miss a few of those. If you like space opera, military SF, Star Trek and good adventure yarns, this might be for you. The TV adaptation is also very good. My personal preference and recommendation: Read the books first.
You can find my reviews for all of them here. You should start reading the series with this one:
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)
by James S.A. Corey
Another Best Series finalist is this one:
Luna: New Moon (Luna, #1)
by Ian McDonald
This first book of the series has been sitting on my TBR shelf since 2018. I suppose it‘s time that I actually read it!
Best Graphic Story or Comic
Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen
by Marjorie M. Liu (Goodreads Author), Sana Takeda (Illustrator)
My review is here, however I strongly recommend that you start at the beginning, with Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening.
So, that is what I have read so far of this year‘s Hugo Finalists. As mentioned, I might have a go at the short stories and novelettes/novellas, I‘ll see!
Which of the Hugo finalists was your favourite so far?