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Book Reviews: 2013 Hugo Award Nominees: Best Short Story

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“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, June 2012)

4/5 stars. I am a fan of Aliette de Bodard so it’s no surprise I’d enjoy this story. This story is about identity and more to the point about identity as a member of a marginalized group. It’s very much a political statement and the ending left me thinking.


“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)

3/5 stars. This is one of those stories that just wasn’t for me. I can see why it was nominated for a Hugo and even appreciate what’s going on, but in the end I couldn’t connect with it the way I wanted to. That surprised me because usually I’m the first one to enjoy the beautiful usage of words for their sake alone.


“Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

3/5 stars. This is beautiful story about living life in the face of death. The reason for only 3/5 stars is that because of the theme and knowledge of predominant tropes the ending was obvious long before we reached it.


Written by tldegray

June 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

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