Sunday, March 22, 2009

“It’s an honour just to be nominated.”

I think we have all heard that phrase at one time or another in the context of awards. For books, nomination lists can be a great introduction to interesting titles in a genre you may not normally read. The final ballot for the Hugo Awards and the shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Awards were both announced last week.

2009 Arthur C. Clarke Award
Torque Control has a very good posting on the award with links to multiple reviews of all the nominated books.
  • Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Quiet War by Paul McAuley
  • House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper
  • Martin Martin's on the Other Side by Mark Wernham
2009 Hugo Awards
SF Signal with some helpful review links. Awards will be presented at the 67th Worldcon, Anticipation, August 6-10, 2009 at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal, Québec. Here in Canada, woohoo!
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

Hunger Games Optioned for Film
SciFi Wire via Hollywood Reporter announced that Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has been optioned for film. This will make a great film. I reviewed the book here last year.
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film project The Hunger Games, which will be derived from a futuristic young-adult novel written by Suzanne Collins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Producer Nina Jacobson grabbed film rights to the book for her independent Color Force banner in a highly competitive environment two weeks ago. Collins will adapt her own book for the screen.

The Scholastic novel, which is the first in a planned trilogy, imagines a dystopian future in which North America has been divided into 12 oppressed districts, each of which is forced to send tribute in the form of a boy and a girl to compete in a televised battle to the death once a year.

Released last year, the book had gained modest popularity until Stephen King and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer publicly gave it kudos, propelling it onto best-seller lists.

Collins' second installment, Catching Fire, is due on bookshelves Sept. 1.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


9 comments:

  1. I just got Hunger Games and can't wait to read it. And I really have to start reading Neil Gaiman

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  2. It is one of the darkest YA novels I have read KB. Very gripping. Hope you like it.

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  3. I have another dark, dark YA book I recommend. Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I finished it a few days ago and it is so chilling about zombies who have taken over the world. My review should be up tomorrow.

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  4. Hey KB yeah I have that on order. I read Thea's review over at The Book Smugglers earlier this week (you commented right after me). I'll definitely be checking out your review.

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  5. There were some great nominees for the Hugos!

    Anticipation, the site for the World Sci Fi Convention has the nominees list, as well as some links to some free sources for a few of them. This includes John Scalzi's Little Brother, which he makes available on his site.

    I also just got Hunger Games, though in audiobook format, and I'm looking forward to it!

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  6. I'm so proud! I've actually read one of those this year :)

    I haven't read Hunger Games yet but I've heard nothing but good things. Wonder how Hollywood will bring it to the screen?

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  7. Hi Renee thanks for the link! I hope you enjoy Hunger Games. I've been listening to more audiobooks too and that would be a great one to listen to.

    Ladytink which one did you read? As to Hunger Games as long as they treat the material seriously and don't just turn it into only action/violence. It needs some decent character development.

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  8. Lady_tink there are those that say the Hugo's are in a spiral ever since Harry Potter made a win. Two YA novels on this years ballot. Interesting. I wonder what the demographics are for Hugo voters are these days.

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