Thoughtful Thursday: 2018 Hugo Awards: Novels & Novellas

Lots of our favorites are included among the finalists for this year’s Hugos for Best Novel and Best Novella. Will the “sure things” win? Will Ann Leckie or Yoon Ha Lee pull off an upset?

Not surprisingly, the novella category has the tried-and-true, like Nnedi Okorafor and Seanan McGuire, along with relative newcomers like Sarah Gailey. And the novella imprint is well represented in that category!

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. We’ve displayed the covers of our favorites.



Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Share your thoughts below. One random commenter with a USA address will get to choose a book from our Stacks.

And, if you missed it, we discussed the short works a few weeks ago.

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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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  1. Sunny Jackson /

    Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty!

  2. Stephen Franklin /

    The novella category is dominated by, not a Tor. They’re both part of Macmillan, but they’re not synonymous.

  3. I think The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin will win for Best Novel, and The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang for Best Novella.

  4. Elias Eells /

    I loved The Stone Sky and River of Teeth, but I will surely be delighted with whoever wins!!

  5. I can’t believe I still haven’t read RIVER OF TEETH.

  6. Che Adventure /

    The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin and The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

  7. Noneofyourbusiness /

    I’ve heard good, if strange, things about The Raven Stratagem and other books in its series. I can’t wait to read The Black Tides of Heaven and River of Teeth.

  8. Even though I didn’t vote this year, I did read all the fiction. The novella category is probably the most competetive, but if I was voting my #1 pick would be The Black Tides of Heaven, followed by Binti: Home & And Then There Were N(-One).

    As for novels, I hope The Stone Sky wins, because not only is it the best of the trilogy, it’s the best on the ballot, and it will make Jemisin the first three-time consecutive winner. My #2 vote would go to New York 2140, followed by Raven Stratagem.

  9. Lady Morar /

    Wayward Children is an imaginative series and “Down Among the Sticks and Bones” provides backstory on my favorite character, Jack.

  10. Sethia /

    I realy enjoyed The Stone Sky and it looks like I’m not the only one! puts out some realy good stuff and I think all the nominations should be a win for them!

  11. The Distinguished Professor /

    “The Stone Sky” and the rest of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series deserve the attention they’ve been getting! A painfully realized and engrossing fictional world that stirs real emotions.

  12. John Smith /

    I haven’t read the J.Y. Yang series, but I’ve been crazy about the work of the cover artist for some time!

    • The cover art of the first one takes my breath away, and completely fits the story. This series is truly original in its worldbuilding and its vision.

  13. Mary Henaghen /

    I’d really like Down Among the Sticks and Stones to win, but I think River of Teeth will win. Both are very good and tell unique stories.

  14. Lady Morar, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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