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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SF&F book meme questions 1

The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
Well, almost every book I read as a child was fantasy. The first adult SF&F book I read was probably one of those skinny Bradbury anthologies from the 60s or 70s that my dad had on his shelves. The first one I read in an adult way--as in, I picked it up for the sake of reading an adult book specifically because kids books were boring me--was Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey.

The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
Oh, man. I've read so many books in the last few years, and most of them are solidly in the "good" category. From the last, maybe, five years, I'd put these in "best":

  • Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
  • Pegasus, by Robin McKinley
  • All the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare
  • Changes, by Jim Butcher
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by NK Jemisin
  • The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun, by NK Jemisin
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmad
  • Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
I don't remember books in order all that much--the actual last one I read that I'd put at the top of the list? I have no idea.

The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
Didn't finish and couldn't finish are different things. There's all sorts of books I start, and then put down and start something else--that's more about what my brain is doing and what book I want to read, than it is about the book.

The only one I can think of that I actually couldn't finish was probably Sphere, by Michael Crichton. It's the one that made me not want to ever read anything by Michael Crichton again. I don't like how he tells stories, and that book took me a year to get through and I never did read the last chapter. Much better as a mediocre movie.

A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
Lots of them! Mostly mentioned before, but here goes again:

  • Jim Butcher
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Cassandra Clare
  • PC Hodgell
  • NK Jemisin
  • Robin McKinley
  • Peter S Beagle
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Marissa Meyer (NOT Stephanie)
  • Jasper Fforde
  • Books written by people I know in person



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