Shiver me Timbers! The 2022 Nebula Finalists – Part One

Ahoy there me mateys!  The Nebula Finalists for 2022 have been announced.  Though I like seeing who wins the Nebulas, I usually concentrate on following the Hugo awards because those were the ones I knew of as a child.  Looking at this year’s list,  I figured a) I would share; b) I would make an effort to read most some of the works in certain categories; and c) I will add some excitement to me year waiting for the winners to be revealed on 5/14/2023.

I am using the list as published on with links to me reviews (click the titles) where applicable.  Under each category I will share me thoughts thus far.  I will do another update as we get closer to the reveal.  I am only going to track the categories of specific interest to me.  They be:

Best Novel

Thoughts:  I read two and loved both.  I do not like the Muir series which I tried to read and abandoned.  Though the Spear book sounds cool, I have tried to read two of Griffith’s books and abandoned them both.  I find her ideas intriguing and enjoy some of her writing style but the overall feel isn’t for me.  Both Nayler and Kuang’s books sound very cool in concept but have such mixed reviews that I am not sure I want to read them or not.  Does the crew have thoughts about these two books to share?

Hoped for Winner:

Nettle and Bone, T. Kingfisher – This was so lovely and despite being a mélange of other fairy tales, it felt like a genuine fairy tale on its own.  It also has some of the most memorable characters I have read about.  The Baldree book is a comfort hug but not a Nebula winner.

Best Novella

Thoughts:  I loved the Chambers which was a five star read but I have to admit that I do not feel like it deserves a Nebula.  The Robson novella walked the plank and I rather hated it overall.  Though I liked the fairies.  I have heard of the C.L. Polk but haven’t read it.  I have put a copy on hold for the library.  The other two I have never heard of.  The Garcia novella is available on Clarkesworld for free.  So I will read those two.  The Kurella is not available on the library or online as far as I can tell.  I am not sure I like the synopsis enough to pay for it.

Hoped for Winner: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom Publishing) Well of what I have read this is the best and I did love it.  So there ye go.

Best Novelette

Thoughts:  None.  None of them.  There is work to be done here.  I have linked to the stories online where available.

Hoped for WinnerTo Be Determined

Best Short Story

Thoughts:  None again.  Dang it.  I will try to track these down and read them all before the big announcement.  I have linked to the stories online where available.

Hoped for WinnerTo Be Determined

The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

  • Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion, K. Tempest Bradford (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • The Scratch Daughters, H. A. Clarke (Erewhon)
  • The Mirrorwood, Deva Fagan (Atheneum)
  • The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, Maya MacGregor (Astra Young Readers)
  • Every Bird a Prince, Jenn Reese (Henry Holt)

Thoughts:  NONE!  This is unusal for me in that I have not only read none of these but I have heard of none of them!?!  I will see what I can track down before the awards ceremony.

Hoped for WinnerTo Be Determined

So there ye have it.  Me Nebula wishes for now.  I will keep y’all posted as I continue readin’ through the nominees.  In the meantime

Always remember:

Q: Why don’t pirates drive on mountain roads?

A: ‘Scurvy.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain


13 thoughts on “Shiver me Timbers! The 2022 Nebula Finalists – Part One

  1. I wanted to get hold of Nettle and Bone as I enjoy Kingfisher’s writing – but I can’t say that I’m bursting to read many of the other offerings… Thank you for the list and your thoughts on it, Cap.


    1. I don’t mind reading hyped books but I also love reading older stuff and things that other crew members have no interest in. I am getting better at choosing books that fit me weird tastes. Though I do like reading about books I don’t necessarily want to read. I enjoy reading yer Warhammer posts because of yer enthusiasm but don’t think I would like them. Though ye seem to have a nice little group that reads them with ye. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. Same here, I enjoy reading non WH book reviews too, makes me feel better educated in what is going on outside of my little bubble. I would say that some reviews have made me branch out a little into other areas too which has been interesting, Sherlock and some Manga being the first two that come to mind. I am glad I have found some other WH fans here too tho. Lots I still have to learn


  2. Currently listening to Spear, and it is very interesting. It does remind me of Piranesi in that the narrator is a little removed and the main person she interacts with is a little suspect. Plus the plot is a bit meandering. But I’m just in the first third. Didn’t love Gideon the Ninth but I do want to read Nettle and Bone plus Legends and Lattes.

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  3. Oh, that’s a good (bad) pirate joke. I love it!

    Also, I’ve only heard of one of the YA books this year (THE SCRATCH DAUGHTERS) but I haven’t read any of them. I found that odd, as well. Usually even if I haven’t read all the YA Nebula picks, I’ve heard of them and seen them hyped up.

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