a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

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The Hugos

So, I've decided to actually read as many of the Hugo nominees as possible, this year, in preparation for voting. Today I finished The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, and American Gods by Neil Gaimain came in the mail.

I'm finding myself a bit puzzled, though. I always thought the Hugo was strictly a science fiction award...and The Curse of Chalion is definitely a fantasy novel. And, though I haven't started it yet, I don't know that American Gods can be classified as sci-fi either. After all, it's also been nominated for the Bram Stoker(horror) award as well as the Hugo. Not to say the two are mutually exclusive, mind...but I'm wondering if the Hugos are not so strictly sci-fi oriented as I thought.

Come to think of it, I should have guessed that sooner, as the Buffy musical episode, Once More With Feeling, is one of the nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation, and it definitely has no sci-fi elements. Nor does Lord of the Rings, which is one of the other contenders.

I guess it's just a favorites race...

Edit: And gregortroll brought me loaners of Perdido Street Station by China Mieville and The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson from Steanne. Thanks Steanne!!!!
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