"There is nothing I can say about myself as a whole simply and completely, without intermingling and admixture. The most universal article of my own Logic is Distinguo. I always mean to speak well of what is good..."
-Michel de Montaigne, "Of the inconstancy of our actions", tr. M.A. Screech
Not being registered for Noreascon (since I have no frickin' clue how I'd afford it), I don't get to vote for the Hugos this year. But that doesn't mean I don't get to bitch about the nominations and winners.
I shouldn't sound off about the Best Novel nominees until I have the one that I haven't read under my belt (Blind Lake, for the record). Omissions first: where the heck is Quicksilver? (yeah, "it's not really SF", okay, fine, it still deserved to be on the list) Where's Alastair Reynolds' Redemption Ark? I don't see any grievous sins of commission this year. With Humans I have the same kvetch as I had about Hominids last year; it was fun, but ultimately just didn't seem like Hugo timber. Singularity Sky I liked, though it didn't quite live up to the Strossolatry I'd been hearing up until I picked it up. Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations, but it just wasn't mindblowing like I'd been led to expect; and the characters did spend a hell of a long time on that damn ship, which didn't advance the action.