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James Nicoll wants to know.

C.J. Cherry's Cyteen. Because that's the one that can still get me involved after more than a dozen re-reads.

(It's not my favorite CJC, though. That would be Hellburner.)

Date: 2014-01-31 03:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] despina_moon
Oh, man, that's tough. I loved Neuromancer with the heat of a thousand suns when I first read it. Until Hyperion came alone, but Simmons' is currently in my doghouse of writers so I can't pick that one. I also loved both Orson Scott Card books when I first read them but he's on my "don't give that asshole another dime" list so those are out. The Snow Queen was fabulous, but I actually enjoyed The Summer Queen more. The Forever War was amazing, but not my favorite. And To Say Nothing of the Dog. And, and, and ...

Honestly, I'm getting close to reading The City & the City and I expect that to be the (current) winner when I do!

Date: 2014-01-31 04:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
That reminds me, I never wrote up Cyteen and Regenesis in 2013 because I didn't *kof* want anyone to guess I was writing it for Yuletide...

Date: 2014-02-02 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
Yeah, Regenesis hit my fantasy dream house daydreaming spot too, but I didn't think it was terribly good.

I gave up on Foreigner years ago. I can't keep a series that long in my head anymore whether it's good or not. :-/

Date: 2014-01-31 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lawless523
I haven't read many of these, and of those I have, I wasn't all that impressed with two -- Stranger in a Strange Land, the plot of which I don't even remember, and Left Hand of Darkness. I would pick Foundation's Edge except it's not even my favorite Isaac Asimov sci fi novel; I like his Elijah Baley/R. Daneel Olivaw series better than the Foundation series. I like Dune, and it's pioneering, but some of it is also dull, dated, or pretentious.

Of all of them, the book I most enjoyed reading is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and though I'm in the middle of reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, I don't think I'm going to wind up enjoying it more. So do I plump for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell because it's more cleverly written, Foundation's Edge because it's more intellectual, Dune because it's pioneering and (for this group) somewhat unique, or Goblet of Fire because it was the most enjoyable? IDK.

Date: 2014-02-02 02:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lawless523
Then my choice would be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Also, is the Hugo a SF award or a SFF award? Because I consider the Harry Potter books and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell to be fantasy (or alternative history/urban fantasy, in the case of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell), not sci fi.

As for Left Hand of Darkness, I didn't connect with it emotionally and I didn't find the political infighting as clever or convincing as, say, Dune.
Edited Date: 2014-02-02 02:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-02-01 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kikyo
Hm. I've never actually felt like books that won awards were necessarily the best. (Don't get me started on the Pulitzer..) I haven't read many on this list, but the ones I that did haven't really stood out. For example, I think Chronicles of Amber is faaaaaar superior to Lord of Light. Why did he win for the latter and not Amber? It's a mystery.

And I personally hated To Say Nothing of the Dog. Doomsday Book was better, but at least that got some recognition.

Date: 2014-02-01 11:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cordialcount
AAAH. Too many choices, I've read 80% of the pre-2006 part of this list. My heart can't choose between Cyteen and Barrayar (still not comprehending why The Vor Game won its year and Memory, which afaik is universally considered the better book, didn't), and if it weren't for OSC's recent dive into lunacy I'd have to give credit to Ender's Game as the book that hooked me and many people I knew on sf and imprinted me on intelligent assholes.

Metagaming-- Cyteen because 1. it has a chance of leading the polls, 2. it's the most distinctly sfnal of the books I'd want to vote for, and 3. we share an interest, and let it not be said I am unbiased by fannish communities.

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