The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.
Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.
This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.
You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.
Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.
Exciting news for fans of literature! The Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association that gives out the highest honors for romance fiction. The awards recognize outstanding published romance novels and novellas, with the event itself unfolding at Manhattan on Friday, July 26th at a black tie awards ceremony. Up to 2,000 romance novels and novellas are judged each year by the judges, with the competition being narrowed down to 100 finalists after initial judging. Then, final round judges, also published romance authors, select one winner in each category from among the finalists.
Did any of your favorite romance books make the final cut? Are you excited to add anymore of these award winning books to your collection? Tell us in the comments! And let us know any thoughts you have on the RITA Awards in general.
James Ellroy, author of the bestselling 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential, has a few harsh words to say about the novel’s 1997 film adaptation, which starred Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Kevin Spacey. This was surprising, considering the film won numerous Oscars, including Best Picture and currently has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But James Ellroy made it clear in his panel during the weekend of the Hay Festival, according to The Guardian, that he did not care for it.
He said the novel was as ‘deep as tortilla’, while also noting he did not care for the the majority of the performances and even considered that the plot itself made no sense. He thought the action lacked a soul, focused on action and spectacle as opposed to the deeper significance he gave the book. He did, however, like the money he was given to the rights to the book, noting it was a gift he never had to give back.
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James Ellroy hasn’t shied from controversy before, expressing the belief that Citizen Kaneis a sh*tty film and expressing disinterest in any events after 1972, preferring immensely to write about the period before that. He refused to answer questions at the end of the panel about ‘contemporary issues’. Either way, this showcases that no matter how good or popular your movie is, the author may not like it.
What are your thoughts on this? Tell us in the comments!
These are some very cool awards with great authors behind them, earning some well earned recognition for their spooky titles! The full list of winners and nominees can be found here. Grab some of them for your continued reading list! And try to find some this year that’ll possibly make the cut for next year’s awards!
Upon completing a diligent google search of the name, “Sally Rooney,” one thing becomes clear: the internet seems to be unsure of whether this Dublin native is twenty-seven or twenty-eight years of age…but also that this woman has a fire inside of her… The type of fire that propels the rocket of a writer’s heart towards truth. In 2015, Rooney wrote an essay entitled “Even If You Beat Me” which pretty much launched her career. She has described the essay as being a little bit too revealing, but I imagine all writers feel this way when looking back at something written when they were relatively anonymous, before the onslaught of critique and recognition. In her essay, she deconstructs the experience of debating at the university level; she personalizes it in a way that is riveting. The entire essay basically becomes a blunt yet universally resonate metaphor for the pursuit of success.
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Successful debaters are the most popular, have the most friends, are listened to the most but are ultimately living shallow and lonely lives. Rooney examines the idea of societal disconnect as debaters achieve a phony state of celebrity; sometimes even faking knowledge and experience just to win a game. Her essay emphasizes the importance of understanding the reality of one’s place and living in the real world, being motivated not by greed or comfort but by existential relevance. Be honest and good, help people. At least that’s what I took away from it. I can’t imagine people in the debate community were very happy with her essay but I think it’s awesome. She clearly has a voice that hungers to say something different and real.
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After people read it, they wanted more of whatever she had, so she utilized the before referenced fire and went to work. This eventually led to her debut novel Conversations with Friends (a doomed romance of sorts) which was apparently subject to a seven-party auction for publishing rights (at least according to Wikipedia. Yeah, I used Wikipedia just now. I apologize to everyone who has ever advised against that). Her newest novel, Normal People just won the Costa Novel Award for best book of 2018. Sally Rooney is the youngest author to ever win this award. Hell yeah. Unfortunately, it takes things like awards for people to notice the work of others (ironically), regardless, Normal People is now flying off the shelves in the UK. The novel takes place five years ago and explores the relationship between two characters, Connell and Marianne, who attend the same school in Ireland. That’s really all that needs to be said, read it.
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Sally Rooney is consistently receiving rave reviews for work that focuses on relationships and characters more so than plot. For writing coming of age tales that point a finger at adulthood archetypes. Her editor at Faber and Faber has infamously (someday infamously if Rooney keeps this up) described her as a “Salinger for the Snapchat generation.” She is abundantly real, witty, critical of herself and the world around her. In an interview with Irish Independent, she once said, “There is a part of me that will never be happy knowing that I am just writing entertainment, making decorative aesthetic objects at a time of historical crisis.”This sort of thinking contributes to prose that is thoughtfully rooted in realism. Normal People was snubbed by the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, making the longlist but failing to make the short, however, won the Costa Novel Award anyway; the final sentence of her essay feels appropriate here: “Even if you beat [her], [she’s] still the best.”
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Normal People is about to be adapted by BBC Three with the help of Academy Award-nominated director of Room, Lenny Abrahamson.
You clearly possess an astute understanding of the lost art that is properly sporting a slick leather jacket.