2 Subjective 2 Chaotic: The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021

I’m joining a most exciting event this year, one that gives praise to the only constant in life: CHAOS.

That’s right, the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards, and definite awesome supplier of reading greatness, are back for a 2021 run: fast and furious style. And by that, I mean super chaotic and family-focused. We’re ready to throw hands great books at each other and have a beer and bbq at the end of it all, like a good ol’ Toretto function. A big thank you to Matt for reaching out to invite me to join the event!

If you’d like to know more about the awards, head over to Womble’s humble abode, Run Along the Shelves, for the intro post to this year’s edition. But here’s the gist of it: these blogger awards are back, more subjective and more chaotic than ever. Juries go at it with all they got. Like a sick type of reverse dodgeball, headshots are not only allowed, they’re highly encouraged. We’re here to blow each other’s minds, in the best figurative sense. Once you get a look at the nominees, you’ll get what I mean.

As usual, this year’s edition features many most beloved genres and genre-mashups: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Blurred Boundaries, Series, Novella, and Short fiction. But the 2021 edition comes with a sprinkle of renewal, as we are bringing a Debut category into the fold! Unsurprisingly, we wanted to battle over discuss our favorites in the category. We’ve all been stunned by the fantastic debut authors taking the industry by storm and I’m eager to enter the fighting dome on this one.

Besides the Debut category, I’m throwing my hat in the ring for Sci-fi, Blurred Boundaries, Series, and Short Fiction.

Find all nominees below and click the links to be taken to their Goodreads page!


The Nominees

Sci-Fi

Deal with the Devil - Kit Rocha cover

Deal with the Devil – Kit Rocha

Nophek Gloss - Essa Hansen cover

Nophek Gloss – Essa Hansen

The Vanished Birds - Simon Jimenez cover

The Vanished Birds – Simon Jimenez

Goldilocks - Laura Lam cover

Goldilocks – Laura Lam

The Space Between Worlds - Micaiah Johnson cover

The Space Between Worlds – Micaiah Johnson

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Repo Virtual – Corey J White

Fantasy

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The Once and Future Witches – Alix E Harrow

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The Midnight Bargain – CL Polk

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Comet Weather – Liz Williams

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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – KS Villoso

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Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Blurred Boundaries

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The City We Became – NK Jemisin

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The Bone Shard Daughter – Andrea Stewart

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Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

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Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu

Debut

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A. Brown

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Legendborn – Tracy Deonn

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The Scapegracers – Hanna Abigail Clarke

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Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas

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The Year of the Witching – Alexis Henderson

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Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko

Novella

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Upright Women Wanted – Sarah Gailey

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The Four Profound Weaves – RB Lemberg

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Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi

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Sweet Harmony – Claire North

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Ring Shout – P Djèlí Clark

Series

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Dominion of the Fallen – Aliette de Bodard

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Islands of Blood and Storm – Kacen Callender

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Sweet Black Waves – Kristina Pérez

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The Poppy War – RF Kuang

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The Daevabad Trilogy – SA Chakraborty

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Witches of Lychford – Paul Cornell

Short Fiction

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Tiger Lawyer Gets It Right – Sarah Gailey (from Escape Pod anthology)

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Convergence in Chorus Architecture – Dare Segun Falowo (from Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora anthology)

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In Kind – Kayla Whaley (from Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite anthology)

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Volumes – Laura Duerr (from Cast of Wonders podcast)

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You Perfect, Broken Thing – CL Clark (from Uncanny Magazine)

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Yellow and the Perception of Reality – Maureen F. McHugh (from Tor)

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Juice Like Wounds – Seanan McGuire (from Tor)


Meet the Judges

To achieve complete chaos, you need a fully dedicated team of highly-operational supervillains. Meet the dream team below, and feel free to play a guessing game of who nominated what, and which judge will wreak the most havoc with their expertly-placed KO books of choice.

Adri (@adrijjy) is a semi-aquatic mammal who divides her spare time between reading, interacting with dogs, and resolving to do more baking. She is a co-editor at Hugo-nominated fanzine Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together.

Fabienne (@flschwizer) is an aspiring editor and a girl who reads too much for her own good, who reviews at Libri Draconis and Grimdark Magazine.

Jonny (@SFFjonbob) reviews SFF at Parsecs & Parchment, and can be found shouting about books, spewing left wing propaganda and posting general nonsense on Twitter.

Kris (@hammard_1987) blogs at Cloaked Creators and other venues including Geek Syndicate and Galactic Journey. They spend far too much time reading genre fiction and insist on telling people about them. They love trying everything, the weirder the better.

L.A. (@mistyaquavenatus) is an avid reader and a writer of many WIPs, who blogs at Aquavenatus and contributes to Fantasy Faction.

Lisa (@deargeekplace) is a dragon in a human suit who enthuses about books at Dear Geek Place. Co-host of Wyrd and Wonder and SciFiMonth.

Matt aka Womble (@runalongwomble) is a book tempter – ahem, blogger – at Runalongtheshelves. The sweet voice on your shoulder telling you that it’s ok to get a new book.

Noria (@noriathereader) discusses books on BookTube at Chronicles of Noria and is the founder and host of The Fuckathon (which I dearly hope comes back this July!)

Sean (@DowieSean) is Assistant Editor at Augur Magazine. He writes about SFF at Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together and occasionally FIYAH.

Sun (@suncani1) is a genre fan who can be found getting overly excited about a bunch of things on Twitter and occasionally pausing to pass longer comment on Dreamwidth.

Anna (@imyril), blogger at There’s Always Room For One More and spreadsheet dragon for Wyrd and WonderSciFiMonth and Subjective Chaos (even chaos benefits from a little organisation, shh).

And me?!

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