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BSFA Best Novel: My vote

Not very difficult for me to rank them:

5) Empty Space: A Haunting, by M. John Harrison - possibly jetlag while reading it, but apart from Anna Waterman I found the characters unengaging, and I had difficulty following the plots and grasping how or why they intertwined.

4) 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson - rambling and dubious but with a couple of good set-pieces.

3) Intrusion, by Ken MacLeod - a good book but quite a tough read, also tantalises with mind-blowing stuff happening off-screen.

2) Jack Glass, by Adam Roberts - a lot of clever stuff; a lot of entertaining writing; ending perhaps a bit too clever, but a good read.

1) Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett - I really liked it, subverting a lot of expectations of young hero versus conservative small society on an abandoned planet.

I'll be happy enough if any of my top three wins.

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peadarog
Mar. 22nd, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
I might swap #3 and #4, but other than that, great minds etc.

But a seriously good list for once.
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