Posts Tagged ‘naomi novik’

Empire of Ivory

I believe I will keep buying these Temeraire books. Each book supplies a satisfying dose of Naomi Novik’s intriguing and even brilliant premise: an alternate history fantasy of dragons helping out in the Napoleonic Wars. But oh, the skittering plot!

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Characters With Appeal

I have three stories in mind today, mulling over why two of them fail for me, and one succeeds. Bottom line, character appeal.

One of the books is an aspiring writer’s manuscript, the other two were written by well-known authors. On the manuscript, a surprising reaction I had to an otherwise well-written book was that I just flat-out didn’t believe the character. Read More…

Hugo harumph

Why do the Hugo awards loom so large when fewer than 500 readers usually vote? Well, we’re a small community. What we lack in numbers we make up for in bull dog ferocity and banty-rooster defensiveness. So the Hugos are a big deal to the few thousand of us that pay attention. To the mundane mainstream–well, they’ve never heard of ’em.

I am trying to cover my disappointment with the awards this year. We’ve all got opinions on who won and who should have won. Looking into the numbers on the runners-up, I can say it sure looks like name recognition can tip the scales. No surprise, but it’s another reason I hate to see the Hugos overblown. Read More…