These thoughts of mine are mine and not based on reality or fact....just say'n.
It would seem the Hugo's have gone a bit populist this year, with four of the five books nominated for Best Novel actually being books that normal SFF fans might read.
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor) - Represents the normal up ya nose trash that normally makes the list.
A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) - Granted I haven't read this but I'll find it extremely funny if this actually wins given that it's the most poorly rated aSoIaF book to date. ie. stinks like a pooh.
Deadline, Mira Grant (Orbit) - A Zombie book! hehehahahah....no seriously it's a good book for a book about zombies.....
Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey) - Well if I believe Christopher Priest, China must have ripped of his shirt and wooed all the female voters to get the nom.
Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit) - Clearly voted for by the same people that thing Scalzi's books are mind-blowingly good scfi(there good just not mindblowing). I think I read two chapters of Wakes right after I'd finished devouring and loving 'The Dragon's Path'. I din't get any further.
The Best New Writer cat, should be renamed Best New Unheard of Writer.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form - Not sure why they'd even bother having other noms other than 'Game of Thrones'.
If I could vote, my totally bogan vote would be for Feed, Countdown and Game of Thrones.
Full list of nominations HERE.
That is all.