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And the winner is …

On August 11th something novel happened. Someone I know won a Hugo Award. They actually flew to Worldcon75 in Helsinki, Finland walked on the stage and gave a speech. I about fell over in shock and pride and just WOW! One views awards like the Hugo, the Nebula, the Rita, the Edgar and all the others as unattainable awards that are won by other people, then someone you know wins and the paradigm changes.

It is attainable, it is aspirable, it is possible. A warm thought for lonely days in front of a white screen.

Looking for a good read – here are the best by popular vote from Worldcon 75

Best Novel – The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Best Novella – Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Best Novelette – The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
Best Short Story – Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
Best Related Work – Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Best Graphic Story – Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Best Editor, Short Form – Ellen Datlow
Best Editor, Long Form – Liz Gorinsky
Best Semiprozine – Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios
Best Fanzine – Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
Best Fan Writer – Abigail Nussbaum
Best Series – The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
and
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer – Ada Palmer

Full listing including the runners-up here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2017-hugo-awards/

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Need to Pick Up The Pickup

Earlier I said I would be expanding my reading to include some of the award winning works that are about. I just finished reading The Pickup by the late Nadine Gordimer of South Africa. She won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature and I can see why. .  This book I did not inhale like a cold Coke on a hot summer day but rather chewed on it slowly like an exotic dish savoring its texture, aroma, and flavors.

Nadine Gordimer wrote a story very rich with the minutiae of life like the beads of sweat rolling off the cold beer sitting on the dirty bar table, but she overlooks other facts like what is the name of her main character for many pages.   Her writing style is unique, almost like having a narrator telling you what is happening. The structure of the sentences is more complex than commonly seen in American literature, which is refreshing.

 The Pickup is about a well to do  but naive South African caucasian woman who sees something special in a soft-spoken illegal immigrant Arab grease monkey.  Reluctantly they fall in love, face the dread of all young couples of meeting the family, then move away to face the troubles of the adult world. The novel ends before their story does, the reader is left to wonder “what will happen next?”

 The Pickup looks at friends and family, laws and justice, being the insider and being the outsider, religion’s role in life, and the hope for a better tomorrow cause the grass is always greener …. away from the desert.

I recommend The Pickup for someone who wants a book to savor.At its heart, the novel is a romance told by a sociologist,  not too mushy and full of realism and social awareness.  Not a light read

 

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