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the day's Hugo progress 
19th-May-2017 08:53 am
Yesterday evening, I spent time during a crashing thunderstorm reading the rest of The Ballad of Black Tom. It was a horror story that crept up on me slowly, gently, luring me with a vivid juxtaposition of the rich and gritty Harlem with fantastical otherworld dimensions. The end was shocking, lurching, abrupt.

Nicely done.

I also read "A Taste of Honey" which had fascinating world-building and decent characters for the most part. But wow that ending was... disappointing.

Best Novella (progress: 4/5, with 1 abandoned)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (read it, liked it)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (read it, liked it)
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (wow)
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (meh)
This Census-Taker by China Miéville (abandoned)

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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