Monday, April 20, 2020

A Silver Dragon Empire

Once again, the Dragons are upon us.

You know why I like Awards season so much? Because it gives me an excuse to talk about books for months. In fact, it gives me an excuse to talk about the same once over and over again if I want..

And this year, I have thoughts. Quite a few, really. 

Best Sci Fi

Overlook by Jon Mollison.

I enjoyed that one so much, I may have underplayed my review.

Best Fantasy (/ Paranormal)

Brand of the Warlock, by Robert Kroese.

Best YA

The Unbearable Heaviness of Remembering by L. Jagi Lamplighter.

I literally reviewed this one last week. I don't have to explain it again, do I?

Best Mi-SF

That's going to go to Chris Ruocchio's Howling Dark (Sun Eater #2). If Chris doesn't like it, well, he doesn't get a choice in the matter, since I don't have other slots open. 

Best Alt History

This Deadly Engine by Matt Ligon

I swear, one day I'm just going to say to heck with it and get around to reviewing all of Ligon's books. 

Best Horror 

Deus Vult by, well, me

Why this one and not Coven, which even Jagi says is better? 

Because this one scared reviewers. So, it's better for Horror.

Also, the name. Can you get better than that? Heh.

Though if you wanted to put Coven on the list for best fantasy, I'm not going to kvetch. :)

Best Media Tie-In

Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason.

I will only pimp this one Disney-related product for one reason.

It's Zahn writing Thrawn. Full stop. Thanks.

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy 
TV Series, TV or Internet

We're going to need something in here before some dickhead puts in Star Trek: Picard, which may be the worst thing I've seen since, well, Star Trek Discovery.

So, does this slot go to The Mandalorian or to The Witcher? Those are pretty much the only two shows no one on the internet will shut up about. 

But I'd rather not hand Disney the win, and I like The Witcher books that I've read. 

Someone hand it to Henry Caville and he can put it on the shelf next to his 40K minis.

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Any thoughts? 

Again, this is a situation where we need something, otherwise a collection of mouth breathing jerks will insist on a terrible Disney product. 

Because if we don't come up with something, The Rise of Skywalker is going to end up with it by default

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy 

PC / Console Game

I'm just assuming that the FF 7 Remake is going to make it here. 

However, I'm not up on current games, since the patching in 90% of them makes it freaking impossible to play them at release without an hour of patching. Trust me, I made it a point to stick in multiple games to my PS4 so they could be patched overnight.

Then again, I've also heard a LOT of good things about Greedfall, which might have more momentum, as it's come out earlier than FF7. And I've noticed that the win goes to what has been out the longest.

Again, I've heard some good things about the latest Star Wars game. Jedi: Fallen Order, I think the name is. I'm still waiting for the price to come down.

No Contenders

500x500_book_bannerThis is a collection of categories for which I got nothing. Or almost nothing. 

Best Comic Book (the series)

The Immortal Hulk was on this list to start with. Why? Because it's dark and atmospheric, and feels a lot like if Marvel tried doing HP Lovecraft. But, they've decided to make a character suddenly trans, out of nowhere, for no real reason that fit in the story. And it was so jarring, it's really thrown my interest in the story. It took me out of the comic. 

Though if you want to give Immortal Hulk a quick read through at a Barnes and Noble, maybe you'll see more of what I did when I first read it.

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game 

You can nominate for the Dragons right here. Enjoy. And please remember to tell your friends. And share this list around the internet.



  1. Check this out! A suggestion for YA Fantasy!

  2. So let's update this one a bit from last time.

    Best Science Fiction: Galaxy's Edge: Savage Wars: Gods and Legionaries by Nick Cole and Jason Anspach. Yes, Galaxy's Edge is heavily milSF. This one ties in a lot of classic SF concepts, cyberpunk dystopias, and a heavy dose of body horror to make it more.
    Best Fantasy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Remembering by L. Jagi Lamplighter. Best Fantasy is tough as fantasy is increasingly atomized into a host of genres with little in common. This is the best.
    Best YA: Tearmoon Empire, by Nozomu Mochitsuki. Light novels have a strange genre where the royal bitch learns how to be human...on pain and memory of impending violent death, and it's an actual self-improvement book, not a vengeance fantasy.
    Best MilSF - Attack Plan Alpha, by Jay Allan. Meet the heir to Honor Harrington, taking narrative chances again. This is the Knife of Dreams of this particular series.
    Best Alternate History - Pass.
    Best Horror - Host's discretion.
    Best Media Tie-In - Realmslayer: Blood of the Old World, by David Guymer. BRIAN BLESSED plays the world's angriest dwarf as he carves through a forest full of rot demons to try to find his long lost friend.
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series, TV or Internet - No Disney rule? Astartes. (
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie - Pass.
    Best Comic Book (the series) - Kaguya-sama: Love is War, by Aka Akasaka. I'm tire of capes, and a romantic comedy between two sympathetic characters is a nice change. Even if it means having Chika as the third wheel.
    Best Graphic Novel - Pass.
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game:
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game: Arknights.
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game: Aeronautica Imperialis.
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game: Tempted to put Legend of the Five Rings here, but the accounting and cardboard cutouts needed for a card game make it clunky. So it's time for the old standby: Warhammer 40K: The Psychic Awakening.

  3. I do not know if i can vote but i want to vote for Deus Vult by DecĂ­an Finn un the category of Best Horror and The umberable happiness of remembering by Jagi L. Lamplighter in the category of Best YA.

    1. Declan Finn sorry in Video Games in case of participating my vote is for Baldur Gates III although i Love Final Fantasy saga.


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