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The Puppies Are at It Again

I have very little to say about the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies other than this: They are immature, sad people who have nothing better to do than sabotage a prestigious science fiction and fantasy award. I’m talking about the Hugo Awards. What happened? They got a short story named Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle nominated. Congratulations, Puppies and Vox Day, you’ve trolled the Hugos yet again, and I find it rather irritating.

The big problem I have with the Puppies is that they are against diversity. And the comment Day made about N. K. Jemisin was rather insulting. Check out the entire article here.

I watched the awards ceremony last year. Many of the awards were not given out because people voted “no award.” It was a rather sad award ceremony. I can only predict a similar outcome this year.

What do you think about this whole situation with the Hugo Award and the Puppies? Let me know in the comments.

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Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

The winners for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 have been announced. Some interesting winners in there. However, I didn’t vote because I haven’t read any of the books. But let’s take a look at a few of them briefly.

Fiction

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is the fiction winner. It’s only her second novel, released many years after her first, To Kill a Mockingbird. I wonder what it’s like.

Fantasy

Neil Gaiman has a winner with Trigger Warning, which appears to be an anthology.

Science Fiction

Golden Son by Pierce Brown won this category. I have to be honest here. I’ve never heard of Pierce Brown before. Seems it’s only his second novel.

Young Adult Fantasy

Sarah J. Maas wins here with Queen of Shadows. This is an author I’ve only heard the name of, but never really knew what her books were about. Well, it seems she’s a New York Times bestselling author.

I haven’t covered all the books, but the ones that are of some interest to me. Go to the link at the top of this post, and check out the other winners. Are there any you’re interested in? Leave a comment below.

The Hugo Awards as Chosen by Goodreads – 1950s

The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given to the best science fiction and fantasy works of fiction of the previous year. Since 1953, they’ve been given out more or less annually. They’re generally voted on by those supporting or attending the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon. There are several categories.

But what would it be like if those who decided who the winners are were Goodreads members? I decided to find out how different the awards would be. I will only be covering novels for this. I will be posting the results by decade, starting with the 1950s.

The ’50s didn’t see many awards given, and the first few had no competition. They were just awarded, it seemed. No other nominees were listed for the first four. I will include them with their Goodreads ratings, though. So, let’s find out who the winners (new and old) are.

1953

The nominees were:

As it was the only listed nominee, the winner is still The Demolished Man.

thedemolishedman
Old winner
thedemolishedman
New winner

1955

The nominees were:

As it was the only nominee listed, the winner stays the same.

theforevermachine
Old winner.
theforevermachine
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956

The nominees were:

Yet again, only one nominee listed, so the winner doesn’t change.

doublestar
Old winner.
doublestar
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958

The nominees were:

This is the final year that only one nominee is listed. The winner is unchanged, of course.

thebigtime
Old winner.
thebigtime
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1959

The nominees were:

For the first time, we have a list of nominees. This was a close one, but there is a new winner.

Old winner.
Old winner.
New winner.
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that completes the 1950s. It’s not very exciting, since the award had just started, and we didn’t get to see many nominees for most of the years. However, after this, we will see many changes. It’s fascinating to see how different today’s reader’s opinion can change the winner of a prestigious award like the Hugo Award. Coming soon is the 1960s.

Do you agree with the change in 1959? Discuss the results in the comments below.

2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

I spend a lot of my time on Goodreads through my iPhone app, so I don’t often see what’s going on through the website.  But I was lucky enough to check it out last night and see that the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards had started.

These awards allow you (if you’re a Goodreads member) to vote for your favourite books published in 2014.  It’s the opening round now, so you can vote on the 15 books that have been statistically selected for each genre, or you can nominate your own favourites.  Semifinals start next week, while the Finals start in two weeks.

I like these awards because they allow self-published authors to compete with established, traditionally-published authors.  There’s also a category for Debut Goodreads Authors for those first time authors.  It’s also a great opportunity for the reader to choose who should win.

I’m beginning to wonder if I should have a Goodreads Choice Awards reading challenge.