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Recs for Hugo novel reading?

As the year comes to a close, the thoughts of the Hugo nominator turn to planning her reading for the next four months. Obviously, I cannot read every single novel that was published in 2016, not even every novel that reviewed well and/or seems likely to be a contender, even if I wanted to. The end-of-year lists are already coming out, and I'll be applying to those, as well as the always-helpful Hugo eligibility spreadsheet, but there's almost too many options there.

So I figure, why not start by asking my friends and followers, whose opinions I trust? What's your must-read book from 2016? (I'll get started on short fiction and other categories later; new series are probably more than I'm willing to tackle right now.) I'm already planning to read All the Birds in the Sky and Ninefox Gambit; books published in 2016 that I've read are here. Some possible nominee contenders there, but only one slam-dunk, so your thoughts are definitely welcome.

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owlmoose
Jan. 3rd, 2017 10:24 pm (UTC)
I finished All the Birds in the Sky about a week ago and thought it was fantastic.
iamleaper
Dec. 4th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
I was utterly flabbergasted with delight at the conclusion to The Three-Body Problem series, which was called Death's End, and came out in English translation this year. That one - indeed the whole series - is on my must-read list.
owlmoose
Jan. 3rd, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
I bounced off the first of that series, unfortunately. Read just enough that I was comfortable putting it above "No Award" on my Hugo Ballot, then was never inspired to get back to it.
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