Dragon (Award) Fire

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Please remember, everything eligible for nomination is first published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. You can the click the above photo in order to start voting.

Technically, I’ve got a single book that is eligible: Good to the Last Drop, book 4 of Love at First Bite.

This, of course, will be a problem with having Silver Empire rerelease Love at First Bite: Good to the Last Drop will not be available for purchase until the votes are already in.

We’ll see what happens. Anyone who has read the book and thinks it deserves another Dragon nomination, feel free. Fire for effect.

If you have not yet read Good to the Last Drop …. sorry about that.

If you want my thoughts on the Dragons, I’ve only got a few items here and there. I’m in so many anthologies, and releasing so many novels, my reading speed this year has been severely compromised.

Last year, I asked everyone to please leave suggestions in the comments. Trust me, I need the reminders.

Best Science Fiction Novel


Karl Gallagher: Torchship Captain.  Yes, really. I haven’t enjoyed a book series so much since David Weber’s earliest Honor Harrington. I reviewed that one here. I enjoyed this so much that I think that if David Weber needs some help getting Honor Harrington going, this should be it.

Robert Kroese: Dream of the Iron Dragon — Kroese puts out good stuff. Vikings in space. This is actually Jon del Arroz’s pick for his Happy Frogs selection.

…. Yeah, I know, I still don’t have more than that. I prefer to have several entries. At least five. I guess I should at the very least read Andy Weir’s Artemis. It’s been on my pile for a while now. Hopefully I’ll get to it before heck freezes over.

To my knowledge, Brian Niemeier doesn’t want another dragon award, but I’ll have to ask him.

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Argh. No Butcher. No Ringo (that I know of). No Carrie Vaughn. No Kim Harrison (… I think. I may be wrong there). I haven’t read the sequel to Terry Goodkind’s The Nest. Can’t suggest Monster Hunter Files. That’s it.

There is War Demons, by Russell Newquist, my editor and publisher over at Silver Empire books… he sent me the ARC, then my Kindle died.  Take a look, tell me what YOU think.

Jon’s slate has Lindsay Buroker for Dragon Storm … whoever that is.

Other than that … Good to the Last Drop if you want it for fantasy instead of horror? But it’s been in horror before. So, right now, I’m going to back Russell at the moment.
Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel

The Awful Truth About Forgetting (Rachel Griffin, book #4)…. seriously, can we get Jagi an award for this series already? I reviewed it here, but really people, just do it already.

This is one category that I don’t feel bad about only having one nominee.

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

I want to say David Weber. But I suspect that this might sooner go to Timothy Zahn for the Honorverse prequel novels. Just a guess. Again, I can’t recall track when their books came out last year.

I know Jon has got a space opera, The Star Entwined, … but he’s reported not wanting the award now that he’s gotten the CLFA BOTY award. So, check that off the list.

Now, since they removed best Apocalypse, you may also which to consider Daniel Humphrey’s A Place Called Hope. Why? Because book 1 received the Dragon Award nomination last year, and Dan mentioned online that book 2 is actually MilSF. So that’s probably a good bet.

Also, Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy — A Fiery Sunset. It’s on my pile … along with the other books they’ve put out. My backlog will soon smother me.

Best Alternate History Novel

Still no sequel to Another Girl Another Planet. Other than that…

Hans Schantz,  A Rambling Wreck. I’ve read it. It was awesome … and damn it, I need to review it before heck freezes over. It’s a book two, so you’ve been warned. Jon’s Happy Frogs concurs.

Best Media Tie-In Novel

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) by [Zahn, Timothy]The category probably opened up as a good way to avoid having a flood of Star Wars or Star Trek books flood a category.

What I would like to happen is to nominate Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn book of last year … but that came out too early for this year.

Don’t worry, there’s a sequel!

…. Except that Thrawn: Alliances is coming out in July.

Argh.

Well, at least it’s eligible for NEXT year’s Dragon Award.

But now that we have a Media Tie-in category, can we have a best comic book movie now? That way it’s not a Marvel Vs DC knock down drag out every year?

There is only one problem: This category replaced best Apocalypse. Huh. I wonder if everyone hit peak Distopia fatigue all at the same time.

And yes, you’ll notice that, no, I don’t actually have a nominee for this one. I have nothing. If you have something, comment below.

Jon del Arroz and Happy Frogs suggests Deadlands: Boneyard …. who or what, I don’t know. Moving right along…

Best Horror Novel

And we’re back to this.  Sorry, but the only horror I go near is what I write.

So, there’s Good to the Last Drop. Again. Yes, sorry about that.

Now, I could argue that Good to the Last Drop is the culmination of the previous three novels, two of which were nominated for Dragon Awards. I’ve got demons, Vatican Ninjas, vampire hordes, shapeshifters, and anti-Vampire “civilians” (a collection of police, street gangs, and the Mafia, because welcome to New York, you bloodsucking bastards).

Personally, this might be more Urban Fantasy than horror, but the last two were in horror, so I guess no one at the Dragon Award committee objects.

Happy Frogs suggests Russell for this. For conflict resolution, I have some thoughts below.

Best Comic Book  / Best Graphic Novel

Happy Frogs wants Timothy Lim — My Hero MAGAdemia #1. Because Jon.

TV Series, TV or Internet

iZombie … Is okay this season, which is what would win if they got it. I’m not sure they do. While I like most of what’s going on, there’s some stupid in the plot that’s gotta go.

Midnight Texas was fun, and Charlaine Harris has a solid fan base. Truthfully, I’d vote for this.

Lucifer is interesting this season. Not sure if it’s good enough for the Dragons though.

Arrow … not this year. I’m getting fed up with it.

The Punisher …. no.

The Defenders … No

The Orville. Probably. Also the Happy Frogs pick.

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Justice League?  No

The Last Jedi: Hell no.

Thor: Ragnarok … maybe.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Bright …? No. It was okay, but I wasn’t anywhere near as blown away as everyone else. Happy Frogs wants this to win. I rate it a solid meh.

It will probably go to Black Panther or Thor 3.

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

This is a problem when you have so many games doing loot boxes that I have urges to just tell all of the games to go screw themselves.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War
X-Com 2: War of the Chosen
Cuphead
Super Mario Odyssey .

There are, of course, Persona and Yakuza games that came out this year…. just don’t ask me when. and Nier: Automata I’ve heard great things about, but it came out in January or February, and thus aren’t eligible.

You know what? This might come down to Cuphead or Super Mario Odyssey.

Happy Frogs wants the “Doki Doki Literature Club”… whatever the heck that is.

Best SFF Mobile Game

Middle Earth: Shadow of War:

Yes, I like the mobile game. Move along.

Happy frogs will go along with it.

Best Board /Miniatures / Card / Role-Playing Game

Star Wars: Destiny – Fantasy Flight Games  (stolen from Happy Frogs)

Alternate Nominees

Now, of course, there are alternate options. Brian Niemeier went from Horror to SF. I, Daniel or Russell could be in any of several categories. So could Jagi.

So let me run down the list of awesome and I’ll give you some suggestions in case you have definite nominees for certain categories, but not others.

Good to the Last Drop …. Fantasy / Paranormal. Military SFF (I have Vatican Ninjas), Horror (because Vampires) … and I suppose YA. I had written for that reading level originally.

Karl Gallagher: Torchship Captain.  Best SF, MilSFF,

Robert Kroese: Dream of the Iron Dragon — Best SF, Best MilSFF

War Demons, by Russell Newquist, — fantasy / paranormal; MilSFF (war veteran comes home with a magic sword); horror;

The Awful Truth About Forgetting (Rachel Griffin, book #4)…. YA, fantasy / paranormal.

Daniel Humphrey’s A Place Called Hope…. MilSFF, Horror, Fantasy (it has zombies)

Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy — A Fiery Sunset. Best MilSF, Best SF,

Hans Schantz,  A Rambling Wreck: Best Alternate History, or best SF.

Right now, that’s all I have. Suggestion box is open. Please submit.

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About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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