DAY FOURTEEN

DAY FOURTEEN | bluchickenninja.com

I recently found out about the Arthur C. Clarke book award. This is an award given to the best science fiction novel published in Great Britain over the previous year. And I got really excited about this because I realised that I had already (unintentionally) read 3 of the books nominated this year. And they were all fantastic (I just finished Station Eleven last night and it was also fantastic).

Now we have a list of amazing science fiction books – I haven’t read Memory of Water or Europe in Autumn yet but I’m assuming they will be good too – and it’s going to be so exciting to find out which book wins because all of these books are so fantastic that it actually pains me to pick my favourite. If I really had to guess which book will win I would say maybe The Book of Strange New Things or Station Eleven.

But then I realised that this award has been running since the 80s. Which means I have 20 years of nominations to read through. Some of them could be terrible, but I’m guessing they won’t be. And now I am super excited because I have a giant list of good science fiction. It’s almost like I had to read a good science fiction book to realise that the thing missing from my life was good science fiction. Is that a bit dramatic?

TL;DR I have a lot of books to read.

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30 Responses to “DAY FOURTEEN”

  1. Dean

    I only found out about this a few weeks ago too–that’s mad! I’ve read The Girl With All the Gifts and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and loved them both–I’ll be happy if either of them win. I want to read Station Eleven next!

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    • bluchickenninja

      Yup! Out of all the ones I’ve read so far I can’t pick which one I want to win. They are all fantastic. Also, I just finished Station Eleven yesterday and it was amazing. READ IT!!!!!!!!

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    • bluchickenninja

      Yeah, I’ve found most Booker nominations are a bit crap. Though A Tale For The Time Being and Cloud Atlas were both nominated and I love them.

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        • paulainauckland

          Yeah. I like historical novels that are heavy based on fact. On the other side, my family gets a kick out of my reaction to some “facts” so win, win.

        • bluchickenninja

          Hahaha. I’m not sure about historical fiction. I read The Pillars of the Earth and loved that, but I haven’t read anything else that I’ve really enjoyed. I don’t know, I think I prefer the more historical fantasy stuff.

  2. karladia

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  3. gruundehn

    I go back to E.E. “Doc” Smith, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, A. Bertram Chandler, Phillip K. Dick, A.E. Van Voigt, and all so many others in science fiction. Science fiction was once described as a ghetto that was very small on the outside and infinite in size on the inside. Every other genre is represented in science fiction.

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  4. moonike

    Agree, it’s great to pick books from award lists; either long- or short-list, or only the winners. I’m trying to tackle the Man Booker Prize list (it’s long :D)

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    • bluchickenninja

      Yeah, out of last years Man Booker nominations I’ve read 2 and gave up on both of them. The Luminaries was just way too long and To Rise Again At A Decent Hour was trying too hard to be some smart piece of fiction. I don’t even know how the author managed that. Its all about social media and I still hated it. I have The Narrow Road To The Deep North so hopefully that should be good *hopefully*

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      • moonike

        Hmm, I haven’t read neither of those. But I liked the winner from 2011 (Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending) very much. Although it definitely wasn’t an easy read.

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        • moonike

          Haha, too true! 🙂
          I had another look on the winner’s and the shortlists, and found a couple of more that I liked — actually, I think I haven’t disliked any of those I’ve read.
          What did you think of Cloud Atlas? Think I’ve seen you mentioning this book on your blog. Was shortlisted in 2004.

        • bluchickenninja

          I love Cloud Atlas. Its weird and confusing and you have to read the book multiple times then watch the movie multiple times to understand what’s going on. But I love the story. Also the movie is really good.

          Actually I need to go have a look at the nominations for previous years. I found out that one of the books I bought in a charity shop had been nominated for it and I had no idea.

        • moonike

          See, I also loved Cloud Atlas! Saw first the movie and loved it and then read the book and loved that too. Don’t even mind the differences between the book and movie (mostly in Somni’s story if I remember correctly). And both are worth re-reading/watching. I might need to do that.. soon! 😀

          Yeah, same. I just found out I’ve only recently read 2-3 books that where in the list, without realizing it. (Maybe I need to keep better track of the list).

        • bluchickenninja

          Oh yeah I totally forgot that some parts were changed. I’ve spoken to people who really don’t like the adaptation because it was changed from the book. But I liked it, it showed two different ways of telling the same story.

          Yeah I found I needed a better way of keeping track of all the arthur c clarke nominations. I ended up making a shelf on Goodreads to keep everything organised.

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