Like last year, we have five categories: Best Fantasy novel, Best Scifi novel, Best novella, Best Blurred Boundary story, Best series.
All works should have been published in 2018 (or republished if it included significant changes, or if it went from indie to traditional publishing).
And, behold! Here are what we have liked best in 2018!
The Poppy War by RF Kuang
The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley
The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty
Someone Like Me by MR Carey
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I Still Dream by James Smythe
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Embers of War by Gareth L Powell
The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
84k by Claire North
Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
The Pyschology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar
Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Tea Master And the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Black God’s Drums by P Djeli Clark
Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Chlorophryll and Gasoline by SJ Fleming
The Wounded Kingdom by RJ Barker
Machineries of War by Yoon Ha Lee
Fractured Europe by Dave Hutchinson
Vengeful by VE Schwab
Every Day by David Levithan
Chaos has obviously already descended upon us, particularly when we had to do some shuffling around, to say nothing of Rosewater which ended up in Blurred Boundary despite being initially in the Scifi category.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm really looking forward to get into these, especially since I haven't read much of what has been published in the second half of 2018.
Nonetheless, I won't take part in the first round for the series category because there are some stories I've really tried to get into, repeatedly, and didn't like. So I really have no intention of trying again!
But you can expect reviews for much of the rest to follow vvery soon.
This year's jurors are David from BlueBookBalloon, Imyril from x+1, Runalong Womble from Runalong the Shelves, Hammard from Cloaked Creators, Hedwig, Eowyn and I.
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Next post: when we have finished reading them all and we will have decided on which book goes to the second round!
... Oh wait! We haven't settled a date for that yet!
*grumbles* *grumbles* Bleeding chaos this award thingy!
Last year's winners are here.
"While we were reading" is an irregular feature in which C. shares thoughts with friends Leigh, Ian, Azzie , Amy and other guests about reading science-fiction and fantasy. Nothing fancy, come as you are.