drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Reading for the Hugos

This year, I prioritized the graphic novels. I want this category to stay, and I want my vote to be honest and informed.

I've now read or re-read all of the entries, and I know my rankings. I now have an interesting choice to make.

I've read three of the five novels up for the Hugo. I am not going to vote on the novel if I don't read all of the other two -- or, at the very, very least, genuinely bounce off them. And, I mean bounce off hard, not bounce off in, "Meh, I don't really have an urge to finish this" bounce. If that means I don't vote on the novels, well, regrettable, but that's not the category in danger of going away this year.

But, it's more likely to be a choice between voting on the novel and voting on the short stories, novelettes, and novellas. Vote on the one big award or the three smaller ones?

The deadline is July 31. It is July 16. Can I read enough to vote on all four awards? Possibly. Possibly not. What to prioritize?

I think I will go with the shorter fiction, with breaks to work on one of the novels. I had already read Deadline, and I had reason to re-read Among Others for the Mythopoeic Award. Both are solidly in my head. I recently finished Embassytown. Those of you doing the math know that this leaves the two longest works.
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