Monday, April 5, 2021

Enter: the Dragons

Last year for the Dragon awards, many people in my circles hated the finalists.

And trust me, I mean it when I say that they hated the finalists. There was one caveat to that, but that's all I recall.

My response was simple

"DUH! Why do you think I try to have this discussion EVERY MONTH FOR HALF THE YEAR? YOU THINK I LIKE THIS? IF I WANTED IT FOR MYSELF, I'D ONLY TALK ABOUT MYSELF." [Insert sound of hair pulling and rage]


So, anyway, let's talk.

Why talk?

Because the nominations are already open! I'm not even joking. Click here, you'll see! And they're only open for less than three more months 

So, I have put together things **I'm** considering voting for. (Because we all know it's going to change in the next few months).

To share some of my thought process on the matter: I'm not nominating anyone who already has an award. And frankly, if you're Jim Butcher or a Baen author, you don't need my help.

If I leave the categories blank, it means I STILL got nothing.

Fair warning: if you come to my blog and screaming "ME ME ME" in the comments before you drop links to your book and run, to Hell with you. I am NOT having another Dragon Awards discussion that rolls like that. It's happened every damn year, and I'm DONE playing those games. I tried to be nice about listing EVERY LAST THING that's eligible, because I though that would mean we'd all have a discussion about it. It never happened and I'm sick of it. 

Best Science Fiction Novel

Karl Gallagher: Storm Between the Stars.

I read it. I reviewed it. It's really quite awesome. It's like if 1984 were written by David Weber.

(My problem is that book 2 is even better.... but it's probably best to nominate book ones whenever possible.)

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Overlooked Again, by Jon Mollison 

Amazon link 


Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Paula Richey, Penance

Amazon Link

My review

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

At the moment, my best guess is Kai Wai Cheah, Unmasked. Half of which was a military engagement of one sort or another. And he gives Larry a run for his money in the gun porn.

Best Alternate History Novel

Educated Luck, Mel Todd. Heavily magic, heavy on alternate history and the development on the world. It would probably be best in fantasy, but I like it here.

Best Media Tie-In Novel

Everyone, feel free to suggest something. I'm going to just assume hat Timothy Zahn is going to get it. After all, he wrote a Thrawn novel in the past year.

Best Horror Novel

Hussar, Declan Finn 

Amazon link

Publisher link

Best Comic Book

Soulbound, #2, Paula Richey

Best Graphic Novel

Demon Slayer, Koyoharu Gotouge

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Demon Slayer

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Fatman? Maybe?

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

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


  1. I have half a mind to nominate Heart of the Jedi by Kenneth C Flint for best media tie-in Novel just to tweak Disney's nose.

    1. Hmm. I hadn't considered that. I like that plan.


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