Posts Categorized: 2012 Juice Box Awards

2012 Juice Box Award: Book of the Year

I’m cutting it close getting this post done before my Hugo ballot is due. It’s a shame I’m only now finding the time to recognize the best books of 2012 three months in to 2013. Such is life. Last year, I gave the Juice Box to Maureen McHugh’s After the Apocalypse, a collection of her… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Debut of the Year

Of the one-hundred books I read in 2012, nearly one quarter of them were first time authors. I read slightly more last year (28), which makes some sense considering that 2011 was a far better year for debuts than 2012. Regardless, I would happily stack up this year’s Juice Box short list against last year’s…. Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Best Book I Read Not Published in 2012

My 2012 Juice Box Awards hit a bit of a snag called a new job. I quite underestimated the challenge of moving into a new work environment after ten years. But, I’m going to do my damnedest to get my 2012 awards done this week! One of my favorite awards is recognizing books from years past… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Cover of the Year

My short list for Cover of the Year is six books long (see below). There’s not really a connective thread between them except that none are photograph based — a trend I loathed in lasts years award, and I continue to find repellent  Additionally, you’ll see no hooded men because hooded men are still lame and… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Editor of the Year

In previous years, I’ve awarded this Juice Box to the editor whom I felt best directed an imprint. To do it any other way is really difficult. While I believe an award for best editor SHOULD go to an editor who best improves the work they buy through actual editing, it’s impossible to judge. I… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Most Consistent Press

Consistency is how brands are built. I buy Land O’ Lakes Butter because I’ve baked with it so many times and it does the trick. There’s certainly something to be said for happenstance, I mean how many other kinds of butter have I realistically tried? But, it’s never let me down, so here we are…. Read more »

2012 Juice Box Awards: Best Small Press

A year ago I would given this award to Night Shade Books without hesitation. They were publishing consistently good novels, most of which were debuts, that felt polished. 2012 not so much. Their debut line-up slipped noticeably, although there were several standouts, and even their more seasoned authors felt untouched by the editorial process. Who then wears… Read more »