Shiver me Timbers! The 2022 Hugo Winners – The Conclusion!

Ahoy there me mateys!  The Hugo Winners have been announced!  Aye, it was back on September 4th and rough seas got in the way but better late then never.  Let’s see how I did.  I be using the list as published on Tor.com with links to me reviews where applicable.  The winners are listed in bold.  In most categories I have ranked the works by order of personal enjoyment.  A reminder that I only be tracking the categories of specific interest to me.  They be:

Best Novel

Thoughts:  Of course it be the only one I haven’t read.  I need to give this series another shot in the future.  I keep hearing good things even though I can’t seem to get into book one.

Best Novella

Thoughts:  Aye, they made the right choice.

Best Novelette (click on links to read the stories for free)

Thoughts:  The Suzanne Palmer story is the only one I read before the Hugo award announcement.  After reading the others, I am glad that it won because it was by far me favorite.  I like Bot 9 and the complexity and humor.  The Wiswell story was sad and yet empowering and about escaping abuse.  The Wilde story was about the fae and fashion and was silly but fun.  The Yoachim was fun as it dealt with the ideas of art and immortality.  It was extremely well-written but wasn’t character driven enough for me overall.  The Ekpeki story felt like something I had read before in terms of concepts.  I didn’t hate the Valente work like I normally do but her style is so not for me.

Best Short Story (click on links to read the stories for free)

Thoughts:  None of these really worked for me as Hugo Nominees.  I did not read a lot of short stories this year so I am not sure if this was the cream of the crop or if there year was not to my taste.  I enjoyed Mr. Death.  The unknown number story was short and nicely done.  I don’t think it would have had the same impact if not done as a twitter convo though.  The Iriarte book dealt too much with math and parental approval but I liked the concept of the technology for dealing with end of life things like wills etc.  I just think the author’s backstory was better than the story itself.  I surprisingly liked the magic story even if I know nothing about the game.  I hated the Valente story and thought it had nothing new to add to the concept of societal sin.  And the Pinkser story was fascinating for craft and cleverness but did not work as an actual short story because of its format.

Best Series

  • The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee (Orbit)
  • The Kingston Cycle by C. L. Polk (Tordotcom)
  • Merchant Princes by Charles Stross (Macmillan)
  • Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
  • Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
  • The World of the White Rat by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) (Argyll Productions)

Thoughts:  The winner is me favorite of what I have read.  Though given how much I love Kingfisher, that series might overtake it once I read it.

Side note:  The next two awards are technically not Hugos but are given out on the same day.

Astounding Award for Best New Writer

  • Tracy Deonn (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Micaiah Johnson (2nd year of eligibility)
  • A.K. Larkwood (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Everina Maxwell (1st year of eligibility)
  • Shelley Parker-Chan (1st year of eligibility)
  • Xiran Jay Zhao (1st year of eligibility)

Thoughts:  I did not like Parker-Chan’s book and abandoned it.  Good beginning and then died for me.  I didn’t love the Johnson book.  I have no urge to read any of the other authors’ current works.  Not a good category for me personally this year.

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen / Rock the Boat)
  • The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (Del Rey Books)
  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko (Amulet Books / Hot Key Books)
  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen / Titan)

Thoughts:  I have only read two of these.  I thought Novik’s book was great but technically it is not supposed to be a young adult book (according to what I have read elsewhere).  Who knows.

So there ye have it.  Me Hugo thoughts.  Til next year.  In the meantime

Always remember:

Q: Where do late pirates come from?

A: Miss-a-Shippi.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

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One thought on “Shiver me Timbers! The 2022 Hugo Winners – The Conclusion!

  1. We have very similar thoughts on most of these categories. For the most part, the only difference is very subtle ranking—for instance for Best Novelette swap #2 and 3, and otherwise we match (for the stories that we both read). I am also VERY happy about the Palmer and Chambers stories winning, though. And I would have been happy with either McGuire or Kingfisher winning Best Series, though I agree with the way the award went because the Wayward Children series is more of an actual series, while the World of the White Rat is kind-of a collection of series. If the Paladin/Saint of Steel series is later nominated by itself (and without the other books in the same universe) then I absolutely want it to win.

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