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Megan Baxter
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The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
The Stone Sky was the last of the Hugo nominees for Best Novel that I read, and I had a sneaking suspicion that the last would be best. (Unlike one unfortunate book in this category, I had read the preceding novels and so was not jumping in blind.)  N.K. Je...
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Another heist book! The Heist theme for my SF/F themed cook club is going well - everyone seems to be enjoying the stories we've been reading, and having a lighter topic in the summer was probably the right decision. This was one of two on the list that I h...
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A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Since there is absolutely no way I'm going to get through every book in every series nominated for a Best Series Hugo (as much as I'd like to!), I decided that if I could read at least one book in each series, I'd be happy - and if I end up having more time...
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Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
This is another book that I think suffers because I read the second book in the series first, due to time constraints and wanting to get all the Hugo books and novellas, etc., read. I was initially hoping to have time to go back and read the first book befo...
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Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
This was a case where I really wished I'd had the time to read the first book in the series before delving into the second - but since this is my first year trying to read all the Hugo nominees before the voting deadline, I was trapped. I'd missed Ninefox...
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River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
A little while ago, I was putting together a list for my SF/F book club about heists. My first pass ended up being all male authors, so I frowned and tried to do better. I ended up adding two books I'd never read, and this was one of them, when it was descr...
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
It is not a small order to make a really good entry into the genre of Russian-folktale-inspired fantasy. I can think of at least one if not two other books that are astoundingly good off the top of my head, so when you're entering an arena that already incl...
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The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
After I finished Seanan McGuire's Down Among the Sticks and Bones, I really thought that that would be my top choice on the Hugo ballot for novellas. (I still have one to go, so this is all tentative.) And I still do love it a whole lot, for all the reasons...
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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Down Among the Sticks and Bones takes place before Every Heart a Doorway, but they really should be read in publication order. If you read them chronologically, a great deal of the central mystery of Every Heart would no longer be one, as such. Here, we jum...
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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
I love the His Dark Materials books. Love them. I got into the series near the end of the very long wait for The Amber Spyglass , while working at a bookstore where we had to field sad questions for years about where the last book was. (I feel you, bookstor...
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