My SF Book Meme
I thought I’d jump on the meme bandwagon and start one of my own, mainly centered on genre fiction books. Well, actually, only on science fiction, fantasy and horror.
You know how this works: Copy the questions and give your own answers…
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction. Although I do like to sneak in other genres and even non-fiction from time to time.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Mass Market Paperback. Easier to store and cheaper. Not that I’m cheap, mind you. Cheaper means more books for my book-buying dollar and biblioholic ways.
Heinlein or Asimov?
Asimov. Always enjoyable. Heinlein’s later stuff is (I hear) weak.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Brick and mortar. I’m more of a Gatherer than a Hunter.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Hitchhiker, but only because I haven’t read Discworld yet. (I’ll slap myself for you.)
Bookmark or Dogear?
Yikes! Ruin a book? Bookmark.
Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Asimov’s tends to have better stories, but I’m not a steady reader of either.
Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Alphabetize by author’s last name. Duh.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep. A book is like a trophy that says, “Look at me! I can read!”
Year’s Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
Dozois’ series is usually of higher quality. Of course, I only read 2 from each series.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Short story or novel?
Both. Novels require a bigger commitment of time. Short stories are like quick fixes that hold me over until I have the time for a novel.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
I’ve yet to read either although I’ve seen two of the Potter movies.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
“Once upon a time”
Buy or Borrow?
Buy. See previous comment on Gathering.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Definitely Browsing. I like the physicality picking up a book from a shelf, reading the cover, sampling some pages. Oh, and if I find something recommended by others, all the better!
Lewis or Tolkien?
Tolkien. I had a hard time with Lewis’ Space series. I’ve yet to read Narnia.
Hard SF or Space Opera?
Hmmm. Tough one. I’ll go with Space Opera since it (hopefully) has the sense of wonder that I enjoy from hard sf but with the added intrigue/drama.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Anthology. I get to sample more authors that way.
Hugo or Nebula?
Doesn’t matter. My track record is hit-or-miss for enjoying award-winning books.
Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
Golden Age. It has a flavor unmatched by the newer stuff.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Nighttime is the only time I can get.
Standalone or Series?
Standalone. Starting a new series is a way bigger commitment. (OK, I’m starting to see a pattern. Do I have commitment issues?)
Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
New or used?
Used. It’s the only way to support my bibliophilia. And my current backlog of books means I’m never left without something to read.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Dead Heat by Del Stone, Jr.
Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. The Risen Empire/The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld.
2. Nightwings by Robert Silverberg.
3. Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds.
4. To Marry Medusa by Theodore Sturgeon.
5. Singularity by Bill DeSmedt.
Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon.
2. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.
3. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke.
4. The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis.
5. Millenium by John Varley.
X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Night’s Dawn by Peter Hamilton.
2. The Gap by Stephen R. Donaldson.
3. The Dingillian Family by David Gerrold.
4. Asimov’s Robot books.
5. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.
Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin.
2. “Diamond Dogs” by Alastair Reynolds.
3. “Downloading Midnight” by William Browning Spencer.
4. “Fondly Fahrenheit” by Alfred Bester.
5. “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes.
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