Archive for March 29th, 2013

New Secondary Reads

I’ve added a few suggested secondary reads. As always, these are completely option, and are intended to either supplement a Hugo winner or prepare for an upcoming Hugo winner that’s part of a longer series. The new secondary reads fall into two categories:

A Song of Ice and Fire

As I previously mentioned, I’m adding the current five books of this series to the read in the assumption that books six and or seven will be nominated for Hugos, and anyone (like myself) who hasn’t already read them isn’t going to want to try to catch up all at once. Assuming that 2015 is the earliest The Winds of Winter will be eligible, I’ve added the books to the following months:

  • March 2014: A Game of Thrones
  • September 2014: A Clash of Kings
  • January 2015: A Storm of Swords
  • March 2015: A Feast for Crows
  • October or May 2015: A Dance With Dragons

The reason for the “or” there is my desire to keep books out of secondary slots during April-August to keep room for potential prereads for that year’s nominations. So if The Winds of Winter comes out in 2014 and is nominated in 2015 we’ll read A Dance With Dragons in May of that year and The Winds of Winter in July or August. Else, we’ll wait until October.

1966 Complete Read

I’ve been wanting to sit down and read all the nominees for one year, and thanks to a two-part quirk in the Hugos 1966 is the best year to choose. The nominees that year were:

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • …And Call Me Conrad (aka This Immortal) by Roger Zelanzy
  • The Squares of the City by John Brunner
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Skylark DuQuesne by Edward E. Smith

Quirk part one: two books tied for the first time in in Hugo history with awards going to Dune and This Immortal. Quirk part two: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was serialized over two years making it eligible in 1966, when it lost, and 1967, when it won. So we’re already reading three of the five 1966 nominees as part of the main read. So I’ve added the other two books as secondary reads, paired with Immortal and Harsh Mistress (because I am never going to pair a book with Dune, it’s long enough already). So:

  • November 2014: Skylark DuQuesne
  • December 2014: The Squares of the City

That’s all I’ve got. This weekend we’ll settle on a schedule for the next five months. Then I’ll actually have some non-GHR related posts so that this doesn’t take over the blog entirely.

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