Hugo Assigned Reading
The Hugo award nominees for 2007 were published yesterday-ish. I was looking through the list of novels and realised I had only read one of them and had only peripherally heard of two of the other authors. Normally I have a slightly better batting average than that. Must have been a bad year. More likely, I'm getting old and unadventurous in my reading choices — I have noticed I've bought a lot less science fiction this past year.
This called for a spontaneous visit to the local bookshop so that I can mix with the cool people at cocktail parties and talk about the plot twists of each novel. For future reference, if you're going to go to a bookshop to buy the various nominated books, it's a good idea to know what they are! This may sound obvious, in hindsight, but it was an important first step that I did not make. So I'll be going back tomorrow.
For future reference, too, Naomi Novik's book is published in Australia under the UK title of Temeraire , not the way cooler Her Majesty's Dragon title. I'd actually only heard of this book a few days ago because of some randomness on Justine Larbelestier's blog. So Novik was one of the two author's I'd heard of but not read. The other is Charlie Stross, which is an oversight on my part, because I keep hearing good things about his books.