Is anyone following the Hugo nominees for best novel in 2012? I'm trying to get through all of them before the winner is announced at the end of August. So far I have been slightly underwhelmed: Redshirts - I actually enjoyed this book a ton for most of it. Very tongue in cheek, very funny for any Star Trek fan. It was a little short though and I disliked the way it ended, which kind of left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I thought it could have been a bit more developed. Throne of the Crescent Moon - Solid book but didn't really blow me away. I like Arab fantasy, though I admit I don't read much of it. It's the first in a series, and while I like the world and I see the potential, it felt more like set up for a bigger story than a story in itself. 2312 - Reading this book has been agony. It is hard hard science fiction, with often long drawn out explanations of the speculative science which I simply do not care about. To be fair, I haven't finished it yet, I've made it through 400/560 pages before I had to take a break and move on to something else. But I've found the characters and plot completely uninteresting and dull. Deadline - This book is the third in a zombie trilogy which I had not read. I haven't gotten to it yet, but I'm about half way through the second book. However, if Deadline is anywhere near the quality of the first two, its a runaway winner for my favorite of the lot. Fast paced plotting and story. A very interesting and well developed zombie scenario. Plus fun and interesting characters. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance - Opted not to read this one because its like the 15th book in a series, and that's not a commitment I was prepared to take on, so I can't speak to its quality.