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Hugo Awards 2010

The Hugo Awards (science fiction) for this year are out, and here are the winners in the best novel category:

I’ve been meaning to read Boneshaker for a while now and just haven’t gotten around to it (so  many books to read). If anyone has any thoughts/recommendations about the other books on this list, I’d love to hear them. I need some fun reading to balance out the philosophical theology I’m reading for my Th.M. seminar this semester.

By the way, I’m currently reading Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon. Would someone explain to me why his books are so popular? I read Anathem last year and found it to be tedious, didactic, and way too long. So far, Cryptonomicon falls in the same category. If someone wants to straighten me out on this, please feel free.