February 22, 2011

FANFARE... SFWA Announces the 2010 Nebula Awards

As announced by the SFWA Awards folk, it's the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

* Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
* White Cat, Holly Black (McElderry)
* Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
* Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
* The Boy from Ilysies, Pearl North (Tor Teen)
* I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
* A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
* Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Ahh, it feels good to have read five out of eight of them so far. What about you?
Sadly, I couldn't get into the first Westerfeld novel, so the second one isn't on my list -- I maybe need to try again? Or, if you've read the second one, is it stand-alone-y enough to read? I just realized I never reviewed the Cybils nominated Pratchett novel here -- since I read it twice this weekend -- again -- perhaps I should do that!

Has anyone read Hereville? I like a novel with a girl and a sword. That sounds promising...


Charlotte said...

I liked Behemoth rather more--because the world was already built, and the characters extant, Westerfeld could jump right into Story and move things along swimmingly.

Doret said...

I've read Six

I agree with Charlotte I thought Leviathan was okay with potential.

Now Behemoth was some serious WOW loved it.

I loved Hereville and not just any girl but an Orthodox Jewish Girl

Sarah Stevenson said...

Can't wait to read more of these! I've only read four.

I agree with Doret--I thought Leviathan was good, with a lot of potential, but I'd expected more. Still, I'm looking forward to reading Behemoth. I liked the premise and how the world was set up, and the characters have a lot of potential for growth.

Two of these titles are totally new to me! I'm excited.

tanita✿davis said...

OOH! Orthodox Jewish Girl With Sword?
I am SO there.

And, okay, because you people were lovely about it, I will try Behemoth... after trying to read the first one again. If you PROMISE it gets better...

Sarah Stevenson said...

Always a matter of taste, though...and readers can latch onto completely different aspects of the same book and not have the same experience AT ALL, so there's only so much I can promise! :D

Gail Gauthier said...

I liked Leviathan more than Behemoth, though they both seem quite formulaic. I thought Behemoth seemed like the middle book of a trilogy in which the author is just trying to keep the story going until he gets to the final volume.

I Shall Wear Midnight includes Wee Free Men. I love them Wee Free Men

Sarah Stevenson said...

I'll second that...I Shall Wear Midnight is another fabulous Wee Free Men book.