Thoughtful Thursday: The 2019 Locus Awards: Novels (Giveaway!)

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett, Crown/Jo FletcherNext weekend the 2019 Locus Awards Ceremony will be held in Seattle, Washington, on June 28-30, 2019. The Locus Award finalists are chosen by a poll of readers. A couple of weeks ago we discussed the finalists for the Short Fiction categories, so this week let’s look at the novels.

Click the title links below to read our reviews and on the author links to visit our page for the author. I’ve included the cover art for some of our favorites. We loved many of these novels and others, not so much. It’s interesting that most of our favorites are in the Horror category. The Locus Award list is always fascinating, almost always very different from the Nebula and Hugo lists.

Who do you think will win the Locus Award in these categories?
Answer below for a chance to win a book from our stacks.



Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Del Rey/Macmillan


BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELRevenant Gun by Yoon Ha LeeUnholy Land by Lavie Tidhar, Tachyon



The Listener by Robert McCammon, Cemetery DanceThe Hunger by Alma Katsu, Putnam/ Bantam Press UKThe Outsider by Stephen King, Scribner/ Hodder & StoughtonThe Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, Morrow/ Titan UK

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVELSemiosis by Sue Burke, Tor

BEST FIRST NOVELEmpire of Sand by Tasha Suri, Orbit US/ Orbit UK

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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. Von Berry /

    I think/hope these will win:

    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
    Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias
    Half-Witch by John Schoffstall
    The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken


  2. Noneofyourbusiness /

    “Creatures of Want and Ruin” or “European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman”. I think “The Cabin at the End of the World” has a good chance. “The Poppy War” or “Witchmark” would be interesting.

  3. John Smith /

    I will guess “Foundryside” will win for “Best Fantasy Novel”!

  4. Lady Morar /

    Spinning Silver might win Best Novel, and I wouldn’t be surprised if In the Night Wood won Best Horror Novel or Trail of Lightning won Best First Novel.

  5. I’m really bad at these! Here’s my picks:

    Best Fantasy Novel: “Spinning Silver” Naomi Novik
    Best Science Fiction Novel: “The Calculating Stars” Mary Robinette Kowal
    Best Horror Novel: “In the Night Wood” Dale Bailey
    Best Young Adult Novel: “Dread Nation” Justina Ireland
    Best First Novel: Roll a D&D die and we’ll see

  6. The Distinguished Professor /

    Off the top of my head,
    Best Fantasy Novel – The Monster Baru Cormorant
    Best Science Fiction Novel – The Calculating Stars
    Best Horror Novel – The Outsider
    Best Young Adult Novel – The Cruel Prince
    Best First Novel – Children of Blood and Bone

    but these are just guesses.

  7. Mary Marie Brown /

    My picks:

    Spinning Silver
    Blackfish City
    The Hunger
    The Cruel Prince
    Children of Blood and Bone

  8. Xerxes /

    Best fantasy novel – Lies Sleeping
    Best Sci-fi novel – Blackfish City
    Best Horror – The Outsider
    Best Young Adult Novel – The Agony House
    Best First Novel – Empire of Sand

  9. Here is my guess:

    Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys
    Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar
    The Hunger by Alma Katsu
    Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
    Semiosis by Sue Burke

  10. mary henaghen /

    I really want Space Opera by Cat Valente to win it was such an awsome read!

  11. Sethia /

    I liked Foundryside and Spinning Silver hard choice! The Cruel Prince was good, so was the fallow up The Wicked King. I’d definitely choose The Poppy War.

  12. Mary Marie Brown, 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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