I have started working my way through the Novels category (leaving WoT for last) but of course it will take me a little while to work though everything.
I just wanted to say that I think I’m in love with Baen Books, and not just because they represent the best sort of non-evil-corporation and publish some of my favorite blogging authors. Let me explain.
This year, the complete WoT is on the ballot and included in the voter packet, and so realistically nobody else nominated this year is going to win. (Or so I am told.) So from a practical standpoint, Orbit’s decision to only include the first five chapters of the THREE nominated novels they publish does make a certain amount of sense. If the books have a good enough hook to snag some of the readers into buying the nominated work outright, all to the good for their pocketbooks, I suppose. (I am kind of irritated that unlike most of the other publishers, they don’t include a Kindle format!)
Baen has one novel on the ballot – the third volume of Larry Correia’s Hard Magic series. When I decided to pay the dues to become a voting member of LonCon3, I figured that if a third volume of a series is going up against the friggin complete Wheel of Time (
may it burn in a fire*) then I should read the first two volumes for fairness’ sake. That, and I wanted an excuse to go buy a new book, because I don’t buy books all that often. But you know what Baen did? They put the first two books in the series into the voter packet!
That’s right. They gave out two extra books for free. Even though they didn’t have to, obviously either by any official standard (because Orbit only gave out five chapters each of their three nominees) or by custom (which is to include the whole work). Now I don’t have to spend any money to read Spellbound! This makes me happy, because I feel guilty when I buy books instead of borrowing them from the library, but I don’t live within a convenient distance from the library since we moved and I’ve gotten out of the habit of going over there. (Tsk, shame on me, I know!) Of course, now I’m more likely to run out and buy something else of Larry’s from Baen, which might possibly be the reason they’re so generous: Customer Loyalty +2.
Also, I’ve decided on rankings for the Pro and Fan Artists, and while one of the three included portfolios for Fan Artist was good enough to get my vote, quite frankly I feel that the other two were an insult to at least a thousand DeviantArt fan artists who are much better. Suddenly I felt like I might have more work to do for next year’s nominations than I thought, starting with how to figure out what the eligibility requirements for Fan Artist are. Because there are a ton of great artists in the brony community, and Friendship is Magic is DEFINITELY fantasy, you know! 😉
*I’m clinging to my loathing for the Children of Light in particular and my lack of patience with interminable fantasy door-stoppers in general. If somebody could furnish me with the Kindle location in The Complete WoT where Just Desserts happen to the Children of Light, aka any point where they die gruesomely, I might be able to get through the first book without setting something on fire. (I’m not allowed to set my husband’s copy on fire, because The Patriarchy Said So. Also destruction of others’ personal property is bad, and you shouldn’t do it.)