Archive for March 30th, 2013

2013 Nominees

So…we’ve got a problem.

See, one of the reasons I introduced the secondary reads is to catch up on series if a later book won the Hugo Award. I’d always intended that these secondary reads may occasionally involve catching up on series for a nominated book. But…what’s one to do when book 14 or 15 of a series is nominated? That’s what happened when Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance was announced as one of the nominees. It’s the 15th novel released in the massively epic Vorkosigan Saga, and slots in as the 14th novel in the current continuity. These novels start showing up in the read in 2018, but I didn’t expect one to show up in the nominees.

So what to do?

I’m going to slot it in with no prereading. There’s nothing else I really can do. I may then skip it myself, even though that’s somewhat against the spirit of the Great Hugo Read, and catch up in December of 2021 if it wins.

There’s another book on the nominees list that’s part of a series, but a much shorter one. I am going to slot the two previous books in that series as secondary reads. So here goes, one schedule, five months, seven books.

April

Primary:Redshirts by John Scalzi

  • Print: Recently released in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available DRM-free. Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Wil Wheaton, available from Audible and iTunes.

Secondary: Feed by Mira Grant (Blackout pre-read)

  • Print: Available new in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein, available from Audible and iTunes.

May

Primary: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

  • Print: Available new in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Paul Gigante, available from Audible and iTunes.

June

Primary: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • Print: Available new in hardback, paperback released in September.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle only.
  • Audio: Narrated by Grover Gardner, available from Audible and iTunes.

Secondary: Deadline by Mira Grant (Blackout pre-read)

  • Print: Available new in paperback.
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated By Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger, available from Audible and iTunes.

July

Primary: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Print: Paperback releasing on June 25, 2013
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated by Sarah Zimmerman, available from Audible and iTunes.

August

Primary: Blackout by Mira Grant

  • Print: Available new in paperback
  • Electronic: Available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader.
  • Audio: Narrated By Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom, available from Audible and iTunes.

 

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