I don’t normally pay attention to various awards, except in a tangential way, but I did take note of last year’s nominees for the Nebula Awards, which are given out by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. They’ve been presenting these awards in various categories since 1965, which just happens to be when I was born, not that this has anything to do with my post.
Anyway, they do also have some other awards, one of which is the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, which we’ve discussed here in the past, is one of the nominees. I really don’t recognize any of the other books, except for one, that it’s up against, so I’m curious if anyone else is familiar with some of the books and what chances you think Mockingjay has of winning. Personally I thought Mockingjay the weakest book in Collins’ trilogy, but I think it has good chances of winning.
I also have to admit that aside from Mockingjay, I haven’t read any of the other works in the various award categories. There are several I’ve got on my Amazon wish list but haven’t picked up yet. Any that you all recognize or have read?
In similar vein, here’s a list of what one person thought were the best heroic fantasy novels of 2010. Again, I only recognize two on this list, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson & The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, both of which are on my wish list. So, see if you can recognize any on this list.
One final question, what sort of attention do you give to various book or movie awards? Do they make you more likely to give a work a try, less likely, or do they not make a difference to you at all? Enjoy!