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My tour of dual Hugo and Nebula Award Winners, Part III

In a long belated post, I’m continuing my tour of novels that have won both the Hugo and the Nebula award, continued from here and here. Since I last posted, I’ve finished two books on this list and started a third. I finished The Windup Girl, and not long after that I read both Paladin of Souls and The Curse of Chalion, the book before it in its series. I’ve now started Doomsday Book. Reviews follow:

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My tour of dual Hugo and Nebula award winners, part II

So, after writing the last post, I went to find my copy of the The Left Hand of Darkness. Unfortunately, I found it in my brother’s hands. He’s been reading it for two days, and he has the better claim to the book than my week stale one. (Curse you Dance with Dragons, and your 800,000 words.) So, I have to pick a new one of these books to read while I wait for him to finish LHoD. In case you missed yesterday’s post, I am going to read all the books that won both the Hugo and Nebula award for best novel. But how to go about choosing my next novel? I don’t have any on hand, and my library is spamming me with reminders about my fines. (Yes, Erie County Library, I know I haven’t returned Forever War. I can’t find it. I will though, as long as I don’t have to answer 5 e-mails a day about it.) With the library out of the picture, my only options are to buy and borrow. And, given my obsession with my shiny new kindle, I think I’m going to buy. But which one? The deciding factor, I’ve decided, is this: Whichever one is cheapest on Kindle. If there is a tie, I’ll buy the older one. That’s the rule. (Yes, I know this is stupid, and that I may be committing myself to an $11 purchase of a book it took literally $1 to produce, if that. And that I can get some of the older books used in paperback for a third of the price. But whatever. Kindle!)

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My tour of dual Hugo and Nebula award winners, part I

For those out there who don’t know, there are two major awards for fantasy and science fiction literature. (If the phrase “fantasy and science fiction literature” annoys you, feel free to replace it with the popular “weird ass dragon and robot crap.”) The two awards are called the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, or more aptly, the Hugo and the Nebula (Take it easy, Locus Award. You’re like the D-League of Fiction Awards. Better than you are given credit for, but not the big stage). The Hugo has been around since 1953 and is voted on by attendees of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) and the Nebula has been around since 1965 and is voted on by the members of the Science Fiction Writers Association. As with any award, politics and favorites and deals surely go into who votes for what novel and who gets nominated, but every few years come books that are so good both awards voted them top novel. The list of these books is as follows:

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