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Book Reviews: 2013 Hugo Awards for Best Novelette

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In Sea-Salt Tears by Seanan McGuire
This story is one of my favorite things I’ve read so far this year. It’s full of all the things I like: learning who you are and who you want to be; wonderful, exciting, new love; making painful choices and learning harsh lessons. It’s part of the October Daye series but you can certainly read it on its own.

Rat Catcher by Seanan McGuire
A lovely story about Tybalt, King of Cats, before he was King, and all the loves that shaped him.

The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi by Pat Cadigan
As Fry, the Girl-Thing says, it’s about doing the best you can with the tools available. But it’s also about reaching out and grabbing the tools you need, even if that means making yourself into a tool. And that’s the story of how Fry, a featherless biped genius beauty queen, went out for sushi and tried to make a new world.

Fade to White by Catherynne M. Valente
It’s a beautiful post-war world. Husbands have strong handshakes and make excellent martinis. Wives manage their own households and work in science. Teenagers are tested to see where they best fit. This restoration of America is sponsored by Victory, Spotless Corp, and Ice-Cold Brotherhood Beer; “selling the world to the world.”

The Boy Who Cast No Shadow by Thomas Olde Huevelt
This story will break your heart. It might be a story about how society treats people who are different, both loving and hating them too much. It might be a story about falling in love for the first time. And it might be a story about living to your fullest in the face of your inevitable death.
‘Did he die?’
‘No,’ I said. ‘He lived.’


Written by tldegray

July 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

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