Brief thoughts on the 2013 Kitschies finalists
January 24, 2014 § 1 Comment
The Red Tentacle (Novel), selected by Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:
- Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
- Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
- More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
- The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)
The two highlighted titles made my year-end Top 25 and the Carson intrigues me enough to place a pre-order for the paperback. The Ness I likely will read in the near future as well, but the story doesn’t appeal to me as much as the others. Not much interest in the Smythe title, to be honest.
The Golden Tentacle (Debut), selected by the above panel:
- Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
- A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
- Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Leckie I read back in December and found it to be underwhelming. The descriptions of the other books are fairly boilerplate and until I read something more substantive about them, I likely will not read them at all.
Yet despite the terseness of my reactions here, on the whole, I do find this award to be more to my taste than most other SF/F-oriented awards, with perhaps only the World Fantasy Awards being esteemed more. Certainly would be nice if some of the Novel finalists would appear on other genre-related awards ballots in the coming months.