The Prix Aurora Award nominees have been announced, and I’m not one of them. There were thirty-four eligible novels in the Young Adult Novel category, so getting enough votes to finish in the top five was a pretty big challenge. I know four of the five finalists, and they are cool and interesting people who write great stories. The feminist within me is pleased to note that all five nominees in this category are women this year.
Best Young Adult Novel
Exo by Fonda Lee, Scholastic Press
Houses of the Old Blood by Elizabeth Whitton, Kettlescon Press
Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge by Jayne Barnard, Tyche Books
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko, ECW Press
The West Woods by Suzy Vadori, Evil Alter Ego Press
I look forward to reading them all. Actually, I’ve already read Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge, and you can see my review at goodreads. Jayne and I have exchanged emails on topics related to alternative aviation, so I take a special interest in her books.
In the Novel Category, competition was even tougher; there were seventy-four eligible works! One of the six finalists is Light of a Distant Sun, by Brent Nichols, which I also enjoyed (and reviewed) soon after it came out.
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner, Tor Books
Jade City by Fonda Lee, Orbit
Light of a Distant Sun by Brent Nichols, Bundoran Press
The Rebel (Book 3 of the San Angeles Series) by Gerald Brandt, DAW Books
RecipeArium by Costi Gurgu, White Cat Publications
To Guard Against the Dark by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
Several of these were already on my To Be Read pile.
I’ve reviewed some of the other books that were eligible but, like mine, did not secure a nomination. Check out my reviews for The Reluctant Barbarian (funny) and Parasomnia (clever).
Another book that didn’t make the cut is Edward Willett’s The Cityborn. I stumbled across it in a Winnipeg bookstore the other day, and bought it for something to read. It was very enjoyable, and a review will be up soon.
There is one nomination for this year’s Auroras that is very special to me. In the Artist category, Ann Crowe is nominated for her cover art for my book, Avians. It’s a lovely illustration, and a signed and framed print of it hangs in a place of honour on the wall of my study. I’m cheering for her.