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Violet Q

Wow! That is a whole lot of reading in a short amount of time. Hope you had some sliced cucumber on hand to rest your eyes a bit in between books. ;) Interesting observations regarding the current trends. I hadn't really thought about the lack of stories set in space recently. That is still the childhood impression I have of the term 'sci-fi', but I've personally only read one book with starships so far this year (aside from children's picture books, that is). Dystopia and steampunk are the two trends I seem to see most frequently in the YA sci-fi arena right now, and the conclusions you've drawn regarding the Hugo nominees seem to indicate that those trends are dominating the adult market right now too. Thanks for sharing your observations. :)

Giada M.

I'm impressed! So many books and some I am very curious about, like Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, Robert J Sawyer’s Wake Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, Kage Baker’s The Women of Nell Gwynne’s. Thank you for the interesting analysis of trends. :)

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Helen Lowe

Thanks for commenting Violet and Giada--it was a lot of reading in a short time, but I think that's why some of the very strong themes stood out. And it was fun and made me try books that I otherwise might not have read of got around to for some time.


Wow, I had no idea that there were so many categories---I usually prefer reading full-length novels (with a few exceptions), but I would think with such a short period of time, it would be nice to have the shorter ones mixed in!

It sounds like an amazing challenge--I'm curious if you stayed on track, or if you had to break it up with some "recreational" reading, just to refresh yourself?

Helen Lowe

Towards the end it was very much a matter of 'staying on track', but earlier on I did have a few 'side reads': Tamora Pierce's "Beka Cooper, Blood Hound" was one and "Trudi Canavan's "The Ambassador's Mission" another.

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