Today, I’m participating in the 2019 Winter leg of the Bookish Blog Hop, and we’re looking at this question:
What’s an award-winning book that you feel is worth the hype?
For me, that’s the 1984 science fiction novel Neuromancer, by William Gibson. Gibson’s book, a futuristic heist tale set in the world of cyeberspace, a term Gibson introduced into the culture and the English language through his book, created the SF subgenre cyberpunk, won many awards, including the 1985 Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel, 1984’s Philip K Dick Award, and 1985’s Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award.
Gibson’s book built on the foundation laid down by such seminal SF authors as Philip K. Dick, Samuel R Delany and A.E. van Vogt, utilizing a prescient sense of emerging trends in popular culture and persistent traits of human nature to create a classic that everyone who reads should be reading today.
Let’s see what other folks had to say:
Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com
I’m going with The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for this one. It really was a powerful read.
The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Kim J www.writersideoflife.com
I am going to recommend a New Zealand book for this answer. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton won the Booker Prize in 2013. It is set around the goldfields of the West Coast of the South Island in the 1860’s. It is wonderfully written and beautifully evokes the native bush and the extreme poverty of the area at the time. It is intelligent and compelling and the characters are vividly drawn and desperate for one thing: gold.
Leslie Conzatti www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
Okay, so I mentioned this book a few days ago… but it’s now an “AWARD-WINNING” book (after I found out that the book I was going to mention was only a “Nominee” for a bunch of awards, it didn’t actually win…) so I’m going to talk about it again!
Time Tree: The Emergence by Lisa Rae Morris recently won the “Author Academy Award” for “Best Science Fiction Book”, so it counts as my answer for this question as well!
The thing about it that makes it such a great sci-fi book is that Ms. Morris took the time to deeply research everything and it shows! Every little miniscule detail is laid out in such a way that you can absolutely accept it as fact. Even the comments that in other books might qualify as “throwaway lines”–those show ample evidence of good, hard research for accuracy, and the technical specifications are exact. She’s created a “watertight” book that hits all the “emotional highs” to leave you breathless and absolutely elated by the end!
Thanks for reading this, and keep on reading!