A 30 Question SF/F/H Book Meme

It’s been a while since we did a meme around here, and what better way to talk about books than to ask short questions about the speculative fiction books people are reading?

I separated these questions into science fiction, fantasy and horror sections…because fantasy and horror often get the less coverage here. If you don’t care much for one genre or the other, feel free to skip those questions.

Tell us your answers in the comments!

Science Fiction
  1. The last science fiction book I read was:
  2. The science fiction book I am reading right now is:
  3. The next science fiction book I will read is:
  4. The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was:
  5. I didn’t finish it because:
  6. The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was:
  7. The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?)
  8. My favorite science fiction novel is:
  9. An underrated science fiction author is:
  10. My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is:

Fantasy
  1. The last fantasy book I read was:
  2. The fantasy book I am reading right now is:
  3. The next fantasy book I will read is:
  4. The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was:
  5. I didn’t finish it because:
  6. The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was:
  7. The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?)
  8. My favorite fantasy novel is:
  9. An underrated fantasy author is:
  10. My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is:
Horror
  1. The last horror book I read was:
  2. The horror book I am reading right now is:
  3. The next horror book I will read is:
  4. The last horror book I didn’t finish was:
  5. I didn’t finish it because:
  6. The last horror I recommended to a friend was:
  7. The last horror book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?)
  8. My favorite horror novel is:
  9. An underrated horror author is:
  10. My favorite sub-genre of horror is:

24 thoughts on “A 30 Question SF/F/H Book Meme”

  1. 1. The last science fiction book I read was: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    2. The science fiction book I am reading right now is: The third Ketty Jay book, The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding. This is a great series.
    3. The next science fiction book I will read is: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
    4. The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: The Map of Time… I’m not loving it right now.
    5. I didn’t finish it because: It’s slow-going and I wasn’t looking forward to picking it up again.
    6. The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: The Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding…
    7. The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Ready Player One, which was fantastic.
    8. My favorite science fiction novel is: Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer.
    9. An underrated science fiction author is:
    10. My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Probably steampunk, although it’s something I’m just getting into. I’m also never sure where to classify zombies… sci-fi because of the “it was caused by a man-made virus” aspect, or paranormal, or fantasy…

    1. The last fantasy book I read was: Unless I’m counting my Harry Potter re-reads,
    2. The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Just Another Judgement Day by Simon R. Green (part of the Nightside series).
    3. The next fantasy book I will read is: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
    4. The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: Not sure, unless we’re counting The Map of Time again…
    5. I didn’t finish it because: …
    6. The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Nightside series by Simon R. Green, and the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant? Or does that count as sci-fi?
    7. The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Ummmm Warm Bodies? Probably doesn’t count, but I’m going with it. And yeah it was great.
    8 My favorite fantasy novel is: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    9. An underrated fantasy author is: Patrick Rothfuss, and also Richard Kadrey.
    10. My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Paranormal I guess, which seems to be where a lot of zombie/magic stuff falls.

    That was a fun way to kill some time at work :-)

  2. Science Fiction
    1. The last science fiction book I read was: Red Shirts by John Scalzi
    2. The science fiction book I am reading right now is: n/a
    3. The next science fiction book I will read is: Anathem by Neal Stephenson
    4. The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Rama II
    5. I didn’t finish it because: The characterisation was awful
    6. The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Anything by Greg Egan
    7. The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Can’t remember
    8. My favorite science fiction novel is: The Woman at the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
    9. An underrated science fiction author is: Not got a clue
    10. My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Social SF
    Fantasy
    1. The last fantasy book I read was: A Dance With Dragons by you know who
    2. The fantasy book I am reading right now is: n/a
    3. The next fantasy book I will read is: The Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss
    4. The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: My third reading of LotR
    5. I didn’t finish it because: Got narked at the lack of women
    6. The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Name of the Wind
    7. The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) n/a
    8. My favorite fantasy novel is: The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
    9. An underrated fantasy author is: dunno
    10. My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Not sure I have one
    Horror
    1. The last horror book I read was: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    2. The horror book I am reading right now is: The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
    3. The next horror book I will read is: John Dies at the End by David Wong
    4. The last horror book I didn’t finish was: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    5. I didn’t finish it because: I’m Welsh, it’s set in Wales and written by someone who has seemingly never been to Wales. This really irked me and is no real fault of the author’s but I just couldn’t get past the representation of Wales being so far removed from reality.
    6. The last horror I recommended to a friend was: The work of HP Lovecraft
    7. The last horror book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) n/a
    8. My favorite horror novel is: Does the Shadow Over Innsmouth count?
    9. An underrated horror author is: Robert Chambers
    10. My favorite sub-genre of horror is: Supernatural/Occult/Weird

  3. Science Fiction
    The last science fiction book I read was: Wool, Hugh Howey
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: Endless Voyage, Marion Zimmer Bradley (for SF Mistressworks)
    The next science fiction book I will read is: Empty Space, M John Harrison
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: The Helix and the Sword, John C McLoughlin
    I didn’t finish it because: I found the style of prose really irritating
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: The Wanderground, Sally Miller Gearhart
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) The Explorer, James Smythe (yes, it was very good)
    My favorite science fiction novel is: Coelestis
    An underrated science fiction author is: Rosemary Kirstein
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: don’t really have one

    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was: Throne of the Crescent Moon
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: none, I don’t usually read fantays
    The next fantasy book I will read is: see above
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: King’s Dragon, Kate Elliott
    I didn’t finish it because: lost interest
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: Isles of the Forsaken, Carolyn Ives Gilman
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) The One Kingdom, Sean Russell (not really, it was very slow and dull)
    My favorite fantasy novel is: Evening’s Empire, David Herter
    An underrated fantasy author is: RA MacAvoy
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: don’t have one
    Horror
    The last horror book I read was: The Silent Land, Graham Joyce
    The horror book I am reading right now is: none, I don’t usually read horror
    The next horror book I will read is: see above
    The last horror book I didn’t finish was: I don’t recall
    I didn’t finish it because: see above
    The last horror I recommended to a friend was: I don’t recall
    The last horror book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Blood and Grit, Simon Clark (yes, it was good)
    My favorite horror novel is: X,Y, Michael Blumlein
    An underrated horror author is: John Shirley
    My favorite sub-genre of horror is: don’t have one

  4. last SF book: Larry Doyle’s Go Mutants! (re-read)
    SF reading now: Alan Dean Foster’s Greenthieves (re-read)
    Next SF: Cory Doctorow’s Homeland
    Not finished: any one of a number of not-ready-for-prime-time, vociferously and enthusiastically promoted self-published (but apparently uneditied) SF works
    Why unfinished? pick any two from column A and any two from column B: too many typos, too many grammatical errors, errors in continuity, unbelievable characters, characters engaging in impossible physical actions, mid-sentence tense changes. #1 fault – too many “new” ideas that would have been revealed as retread if the author were even passingly familiar with the genre. Names withheld to protect future authorial careers
    last recommended: body of work by A. Bertram Chandler
    Last recommended to me. LIADEN UNIVERSE SERIES
    haven’t tried it yet
    my favorite SF work? come on, you seriously do not have the time OR the space for my list
    Underrated SF author? without a doubt – A. Bertram Chandler, who for a number of years was a top-rated author as voted by the readers of Astounding. 20+ novels and a couple of hundred shorts, most covering a well-thought out and interesting future history of the Rim Worlds. Good, basic, meat-and-potatoes SF of the kind some refer to as the new space opera’s these days, comfortable, easy reads.
    favorite sub genre of SF? sub genres? we don’t need no stinking sub genres!

  5. The last science fiction book I read was: light, m john harrison
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: nova swing, same author
    The next science fiction book I will read is: empty space, same one again
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: wool, h howey
    I didn’t finish it because: it started to get boring, exhausting, slow, pointless
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: dispossesded by le guin
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) lord of light, wasn’t that thrilled as it was promised to me
    My favorite science fiction novel is: replay, k grimwood
    An underrated science fiction author is: dont know really
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: don’t have one

  6. Science Fiction
    The last SF book I read was Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland
    The SF book I am reading right now is The Story Until Now by Kit Reed
    The next SF book I will read is The Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka
    The last SF novel I didn’t finish was Captain Vorpitrils Allaince by Lois Bujold
    I didn’t finish it because I found it tedious and uninteresting. Reading it was like wading thru molasses.
    The last SF novel I recommended to someone was The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    The last SF book recommended to me:Captain Vorpituils Alliance by Lois Bujold-see above
    My favorite Sf novel is The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolf
    An underrated Sf author is Matthew Hughes
    My favorite sub genre-don’t have one-least favorite Military SF
    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman
    The fantasy book I am reading right now:rereading Weaveworld by Clive Barker
    The next fantasy book I will read is Abarat: Absolute Midnight bk 3 by Clive Barker
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish Little Big by John Crowley
    I didn’t finish it because I found it written in a manner I found irritating
    The last fantasy book I recommended to someone was Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
    The last fantasy book recommended to me was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss-I liked it a lot
    My favorite fantasy book is Weaveworld by Clive Barker
    An underrated fantasy writer is Felix Gilman
    My favorite sub genre of fantasy-don’t have one but detest paranormal romance
    The last horror novel I read was Last Days by Adam Nevill
    The horror book I am reading right now-Scream Quietly-The Best of Charles L. Grant
    The next horror book I will read is-N0S4A2 by Joe Hill
    The last horror book I didn’t finish-I don’t remember
    I didn’t finish it because-see above
    The last horror novel I recommended to a friend-The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliot
    The last hooror novel recommended to me was Mr Shivers by Robert Bennett Jackson-and I liked it a lot
    My favorite horror novel is Last Days by Brian Evenson(yeah, same title as the Nevill)
    An underrated horror author is:Adam Nevill
    My favorite sub genre of horror-don’t have one

  7. Science Fiction

    Last SF I read was: GREAT NORTH ROAD BY PETER HAMILTON
    Next SF book I will read is: COLDEST WAR BY TREGILLIS
    Last SF I recommended to a friend was: GREAT NORTH ROAD!!!
    My favorite SF novel is: GATEWAY BY POHL
    An underrated SF author is: PETER F HAMILTON and ROBERT SAWYER
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is:
    MYSTERIES IN SPACE ala Asimov or McDevitt’s Alex Benedict novels.

    Fantasy

    Last fantasy book I read was: LIBROMANCER by JIM HINES
    Next fantasy book I will read is: SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER by JEFF SALYARDS
    Last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: THE LIES OF LOCK LAMORA
    Favorite fantasy novel is: THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS BY POUL ANDERSON
    An underrated fantasy author is: POUL ANDERSON
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: MEDIEVAL (ARTHURIAN) ROMANCES

    Horror

    Last horror book I read was: ODD INTERLUDE BY DEAN KOONTZ
    Horror book I am reading right now is: WALKING DEAD: ROAD TO WOODBURY
    Next horror book I will read is: GROUND ZERO REPAIRMAN JACK 13 BY PAUL F WILSON
    Last horror I recommended to a friend was: BREED BY CHASE NOVAK
    My favorite horror novel is: THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD BY ZELSTERMAN
    An underrated horror author is: ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF
    My favorite sub-genre of horror is: GOTHIC

  8. Last SF book read was Alarm of War by Kennedy Hudner
    the last SF book I recommended was Thomas Deprima’s series “a Galaxy Unknown”
    Favorite Fantasy novel is Joshua Palmatier’s Cracked Throne series
    an underrated Fantasy novel is Nick O’Donohoe’s Magic and the Healing
    my favorite sub Genre is SF MILITARY

  9. Science Fiction

    The last science fiction book I read was: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
    The next science fiction book I will read is: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
    I didn’t finish it because: the library wanted it back
    My favorite science fiction novel is: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K le Guin
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Dystopia

    Fantasy

    The last fantasy book I read was: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
    The next fantasy book I will read is: City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts
    I didn’t finish it because: never really got into it, wasn’t going anywhere
    My favorite fantasy novel is: The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K le Guin
    An underrated fantasy author is: Robin Jarvis (YA)

    Horror

    The last horror book I read was: Blackout by Mira Grant

  10. Science Fiction
    The last science fiction book I read was: American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennett
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: alt.human (aka Harmony), by Keith Brooke
    The next science fiction book I will read is: probably Falling Out of Cars, by Jeff Noon
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Light, by M. John Harrison
    I didn’t finish it because: I just don’t have the time right now to read it carefully and appreciate its many layers of recursion. I’ll get back to it after the semester ends!
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Count to Infinity, by John C. Wright
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: I’m not really sure….SO many people recommend stuff to me that I can never remember who suggested what.
    My favorite science fiction novel is: The Golden Age Trilogy, by John C. Wright
    An underrated science fiction author is: Sean Williams
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: transhumanist sci-fi with lots of AIs and weird post/para/quasi/abhumans!

    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was: Imajica, by Clive Barker (for the hundredth time)
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: No Return, by Zachary Jernigan
    The next fantasy book I will read is: probably The Secret History of Moscow, by Ekaterina Sedia
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: Robert Jordan’s incredibly bloated Wheel of Time series.
    I didn’t finish it because: It just went on…and on…and on…and on…and on…and on…and on…and never seemed to be going ANYwhere.
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories.
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: Again, too numerous to single any one volume out.
    My favorite fantasy novel is: Imajica, by Clive Barker/Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville (tie)
    An underrated fantasy author is: Ekaterina Sedia
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: steampunk/pseudo-scientific

    Horror
    The last horror book I read was: Blood Oranges, by Kathleen Tierney (Cait Kiernan)
    The horror book I am reading right now is: Edge, by Koji Suzuki
    The next horror book I will read is: the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft…for the 900th time.
    The last horror book I didn’t finish was: The Dark, by Jason Brant
    I didn’t finish it because: Brant is an absolutely horrible writer. Full of great ideas, but he writes like a third-grader.
    The last horror I recommended to a friend was: The Light Is The Darkness, by Laird Barron.
    The last horror book someone recommended to me was: The Light Is The Darkness, by Laird Barron! And it was AWESOME!
    My favorite horror novel is: Swan Song, by Robert McCammon.
    An underrated horror author is: Laird Barron.
    My favorite sub-genre of horror is: anything involving monsters or ancient, incomprehensible gods.

  11. Science Fiction

    The last science fiction book I read was: Legion by Brandon Sanderson
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: None, currently reading a fantasy novel.
    The next science fiction book I will read is: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: I almost didn’t finish Brasyl by Ian McDonald, but I did, and I regret that.
    I didn’t finish it because: I hated all the characters and thought the plot was boring. The only reason I kept going was periodically something mildly interesting would pop up and I’d go, oh, maybe this will get better once we get past all the set up. It didn’t.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Wool by Hugh Howey
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) We read Spin by Robert Charles Wilson for book club recently, so I assume someone recommended that. I thought it was pretty good, enjoyed the world and am considering picking up the second book in the series.
    My favorite science fiction novel is: The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons
    An underrated science fiction author is: I guess Hugh Howey? Because he is new and was self-published for awhile, he didn’t get out there as easily. But Wool was my favorite book last year hands down.
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: I’m pretty diverse in my sci fi reading, so I will say in general I just enjoy my science fiction to be well-written, have interesting characters and ideas, and use technology well.

    Fantasy

    The last fantasy book I read was: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
    The next fantasy book I will read is: Probably Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson, I’m getting really into that series.
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: I finished The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham, but decided at the end I would not continue with the series.
    I didn’t finish it because: What I liked about the first book was the banking system, and the merchant class being an important factor in the society as a whole, which I felt was an interesting and new idea. The second book didn’t have as much to do with that and I was only reading the book for the 2 characters I liked, and that wasn’t enough.
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) The Night Circus, which…I didn’t read.
    My favorite fantasy novel is: Hmm….I really enjoyed the Patrick Rothfuss books, and have been forcing them on unsuspecting people. I’m enjoying the Steven Erikson series right now.
    An underrated fantasy author is: I don’t know, I don’t think I veer too far off the common path in fantasy.
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Probably sword and sorcery, but I also enjoy epic fantasy when it’s done well, and have been reading more urban fantasy lately. Again, mostly I just enjoy things that are well written, with interesting characters and story lines, and in fantasy specifically, I will always enjoy a good magic system and interesting world building. I also enjoy having a little humor in fantasy as well, particularly when the books are very long.

  12. The last science fiction book I read was: “Ramal Extraction: Cutter’s Wars” by Steve Perry
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: “Miles, Mutants & Microbes” by Bujold …Also reading serial “Human Division” by Scalzi
    The next science fiction book I will read is: “Miles in Love” by Bujold
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: don’t know
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: “Wool” by Hugh Howey
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: “Ready Player One” (didn’t read it cause I’m not a gamer)
    My favorite science fiction novel is: currently “Wool”
    An underrated science fiction author is: Nathan Lowell (does he count?)
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Space Opera

    Fantasy

    The last fantasy book I read was: “Midnight Blue-Light Special” by Seanan Mcguire
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: (currently reading SF see above)
    The next fantasy book I will read is: “Unspoken” by Sarah Rees Brennan
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: “A Game of Thrones” by Martin
    I didn’t finish it because: I didn’t like the characters
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: “Frost Burned” by Briggs
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”(haven’t tried yet)
    My favorite fantasy novel is: “Codex Alera” Series By Jim Butcher (cheatin’)
    An underrated fantasy author is: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Urban Fantasy

  13. Science Fiction
    The last science fiction book I read was: The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: Wool by Hugh Howey
    The next science fiction book I will read is: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
    I didn’t finish it because: It was plodding and pretentious.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
    My favorite science fiction novel is: The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
    An underrated science fiction author is: Michael Flynn
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Space Opera

    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
    The next fantasy book I will read is: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
    I didn’t finish it because: I became apathetic about the characters and didn’t care if anyone lived or died. Also, the gloom and gratuity became tiring.
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Order of Odd Fish by James Kennedy
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: High House by James Stoodard
    My favorite fantasy novel is: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Heroic Fantasy

    Horror
    The last horror book I read was: Pines by Blake Crouch
    The horror book I am reading right now is: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    The next horror book I will read is:NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
    The last horror book I didn’t finish was: Under the Dome by Stephen King
    I didn’t finish it because: I got distracted.
    The last horror I recommended to a friend was: This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
    The last horror book someone recommended to me was: The Matrix by Jonathan Aycliffe
    My favorite horror novel is: This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
    My favorite sub-genre of horror is: Psychological

  14. The last science fiction book I read was: “Starship Spring” by Eric Brown
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: “A Great North Road” by Peter F Hamilton
    The next science fiction book I will read is: “Redshirts” by Scalzi
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: 2310 and Blue Remembered Earth
    I didn’t finish them because: Well, actually I contemplated not finishing them, but did finish them nonetheless. I should have saved my energy. No plots.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: “A Talent for War” by Jack McDevitt
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: “Old MAn’s War” by Scalzi
    My favorite science fiction novel is: “Starman Jones”
    An underrated science fiction author is: Joan Hunter Holly, Michael Coney
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Post-apocalypse

  15. The last science fiction book I read was: The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld.
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: Ex-KOP by Warren Hammond
    The next science fiction book I will read is: Wool by Hugh Howey
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Voices by John Vornholt.
    I didn’t finish it because: It was terrible. I enjoyed Babylon 5, but the writing in the book was just awful.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: The Killing of Worlds.
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Wool. I haven’t read it yet.
    My favorite science fiction novel is: Ouch….I’ll go with Dune.
    An underrated science fiction author is: Poul Anderson
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Space Opera

  16. Science Fiction

    The last science fiction book I read was: Stargate Atlantis : Inheritors
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: None
    The next science fiction book I will read is: I’m not sure.
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Metro 2033
    I didn’t finish it because: Couldn’t get into it, too slow moving.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Leviathan Wakes
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?): Leviathan Wakes (I loved it)
    My favorite science fiction novel is: Some questions are too hard to answer.
    An underrated science fiction author is: Melissa Scott
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Space Opera

    Fantasy

    The last fantasy book I read was: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: None
    The next fantasy book I will read is: I’m not sure.
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: The Waters Rising
    I didn’t finish it because: When you actually wish for everyone to drown, you’re clearly not invested in the story.
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?): World War Z – an oral history of the Zombie War (haven’t read it yet).
    My favorite fantasy novel is:
    An underrated fantasy author is: Charles de Lint
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: anything that avoids mushy vampires.

    Horror: not my thing really

  17. Science Fiction
    1.The last science fiction book I read was: The Island and Other Stories- Peter Watts
    2.The science fiction book I am reading right now is: Wool Omnibus Hugh Howey
    3.The next science fiction book I will read is: The Best of All possible Worlds- Karen Lord or Bad Monkeys by Matt ruff
    4.The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Maelstrom – Peter Watts
    5.I didn’t finish it because: Because I returned the copy to the library and will finish it on the Kindle
    6.The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: The Uninvited- Liz Jensen
    7.The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Wool and yes it lives up to the hype
    8.My favorite science fiction novel is: Blindsight Peter Watts
    9.An underrated science fiction author is: Tough one – we’ll go with Robert Charles Wilson- almost all his novels are worth investigating but I get the impression that his work is not as appreciated as other more prolific writers.
    10.My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Varies but currently I feel more in tune with space opera than anything else.

    Fantasy
    1.The last fantasy book I read was: Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson- I think it is much more fantasy than SF – and Wilson’s appearance as an unnamed character throughout the book annoyed me intensely. Very disappointed with it.
    2.The fantasy book I am reading right now is: none at the moment
    3.The next fantasy book I will read is: not sure- possibly The Chronicles of Amber
    4.The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: Galveston – Sean Stewart
    5.I didn’t finish it because: I need to be able to focus on a novel that involving and I couldn’t make suitable time
    6.The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Lyonesse Saga Jack Vance
    7.The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Perfect Circle- Sean Stewart
    8.My favorite fantasy novel is: little, Big John Crowley tied with Winters tale- Mark Helprin
    9.An underrated fantasy author is: Don’t read enough fantasy to comment fairly
    10.My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Conan, Kull- Robert E Howard basically

    Horror
    1.The last horror book I read was: Pet Semetary Stephen King
    2.The horror book I am reading right now is: none
    3.The next horror book I will read is: most likely, Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon
    4.The last horror book I didn’t finish was: The Ritual- Adam Nevill –
    5.I didn’t finish it because: simply put I couldn’t keep which character was which straight in my head
    6.The last horror I recommended to a friend was: House of Leaves- Mark Z Danielewski
    7.The last horror book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Pet Semetary – yes I did, I’ve fought against reading King for years- worth the wait but the size of most of his major work is extremely intimidating
    8.My favorite horror novel is: Voice of Our Shadow – Jonathan Carroll
    9.An underrated horror author is: Gary A Braunbeck
    10.My favorite sub-genre of horror is: – the scary kind! Vampire romance level “horror” is a complete turn-off to me

  18. The last science fiction book I read was: The Heart Valor by Tanya Huff
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is:Crossover by Joel Shepherd
    The next science fiction book I will read is:Valor’s Trial by Tanya Huff
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Control Point by Myke Cole
    I didn’t finish it because: bored, whiney, slow moving.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?)
    My favorite science fiction novel is: Ender’s Game
    An underrated science fiction author is:
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Military Sci-Fi

    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was: The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
    The next fantasy book I will read is: The Green Rider by Kristen Britain
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
    I didn’t finish it because: Just too much and too long (will pick back up later)
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: Inheritance Trilogy N.K. Jeminsin
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) James Barclay’s Raven series, haven’t read it yet.
    My favorite fantasy novel is: Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
    An underrated fantasy author is: Peter V. Brett
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: Epic Fantasy

    Horror – Don’t Read

  19. The last science fiction book I read was: The Postman, by David Brin

    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: catching up on recent issues of Clarkesworld and Lightspeed magazines

    The next science fiction book I will read is: I have a couple candidates in the queue. I usually decide spontaneously, but the contenders are Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Embassytown by China Miéville, or Orxy and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Titan, by Ben Bova

    I didn’t finish it because: I recall thinking the characters were more like caricatures, with very transparent motivations. Probably didn’t help that I was simultaneously reading Pride and Prejudice, which, by comparison, is all nuanced dialog and character development.

    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: I gave my copy of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light to a friend.

    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Can’t remember last direct recommendation, but I do add books to my queue if I read a lot of interesting references to it. Last such example was probably Triplanetary by E E “Doc” Smith. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it at all.

    My favorite science fiction novel is: Dune, by Frank Herbert. (My favorite book, overall, is Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, but I’m not sure what genre it’s considered to be.)

    An underrated science fiction author is: out there right now, writing mind-blowing books that have yet to be picked up by fad-obsessed publishers.

    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: hard to say. Space operas and planetary romances, yes. “Sociological” sf – dystopias, but also broader cultural puzzles (le Guin). Whatever Paolo Bacigalupi writes – eco-grunge? I struggle to differentiate “top level” genres sometimes, let alone sub-genre.

    Abridged answers for fantasy and horror:

    Favorite fantasy I read recently: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
    Least favorite: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

    I’ve never really identified as a horror reader, but I have to credit a couple short fiction venues (Pseudopod, Tales to Terrify, Nightmare mag) for challenging my preconceptions about the genre. Their eldritch hooks have lodged in my brain.

  20. 1. The last science fiction book I read was: The Prefect by Alistair Reynolds
    2. The science fiction book I am reading right now is: Great North Road by Peter Hamilton
    3. The next science fiction book I will read is: The Best of Henry Kuttner
    4. The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: The B-Team by John Scalzi
    5. I didn’t finish it because: I have trouble with Tribbles
    6. The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Palace by Katherine Kerr and Mark Kreighbaum
    7. The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson – No
    8. My favorite science fiction novel is: The Mote in God’s Eye
    9. An underrated science fiction author is: Christopher Rowley
    10. My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Mystery

    1. The last fantasy book I read was: Clark Ashton Smith anthology
    2. The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Rhialto the Magnificent by Jack Vance
    3. The next fantasy book I will read is: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
    4. The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
    5. I didn’t finish it because: Artistically austistic – perhaps original in 1930
    6. The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: Lyonesse by Jack Vance
    7. The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – No
    8. My favorite fantasy novel is: Eyes of the Overworld by Jack Vance
    9. An underrated fantasy author is: Jack Vance
    10. My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: prose stylists

  21. Science Fiction
    1.The last science fiction book I read was: Redshirts by John Scalzi
    2.The science fiction book I am reading right now is: Every Day by David Levithan
    3.The next science fiction book I will read is: Something by PKD
    4.The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: The Unincorporated Man by the Kollin bros.
    5.I didn’t finish it because: I lost interest in the fate of the protagonist.
    6.The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    7.The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Hunger Games trilogy (yes, very much)
    8.My favorite science fiction novel is: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (that’s my pick for today, anyway…)
    9.An underrated science fiction author is: Audrey Niffenegger
    10.My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: End-of-world / post-apocolyptic / dystopic

    Fantasy
    1.The last fantasy book I read was: Honoured Enemy by Raymond Feist & William Forstchen
    2.The fantasy book I am reading right now is: None
    3.The next fantasy book I will read is: Murder in LaMut by Raymond Feist & Joel Rosenberg
    4.The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: Can’t recall.
    5.I didn’t finish it because: N/A
    6.The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: Magician by Raymond Feist (sensing a theme here?)
    7.The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Game of Thrones by GRRM (haven’t read it yet)
    8.My favorite fantasy novel is: Magician by Raymond Feist
    9.An underrated fantasy author is: (duh) Raymond Feist
    10.My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: good, ol’ fashioned Sword & Sorcery

    Horror
    1.The last horror book I read was: World War Z by Max Brooks
    2.The horror book I am reading right now is: N/A
    3.The next horror book I will read is: Dunno…maybe some more Joe Hill
    4.The last horror book I didn’t finish was: Can’t recall
    5.I didn’t finish it because: N/A
    6.The last horror I recommended to a friend was: Horns by Joe Hill
    7.The last horror book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) The Stand by Stephen King (LOVED it)
    8.My favorite horror novel is: The Stand by Stephen King
    9.An underrated horror author is: Joe Hill
    10.My favorite sub-genre of horror is: Mindf*** horror. And zombies.

  22. Science Fiction
    The last science fiction book I read was: The Space Willies/Six Worlds Yonder by Eric Frank Russell
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: (not currently reading an SF book)
    The next science fiction book I will read is: Metahuman by Ian Wood
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
    I didn’t finish it because: Too much talking, not enough happening.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Solis by A.A. Attanasio
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) Altered Carbon (haven’t read it yet)
    My favorite science fiction novel is: Dune
    An underrated science fiction author is: Tom Gauld
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: space opera

    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was: When We Were Executioners by J.M. McDermott
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Valentine Pontifex by Robert Silverberg
    The next fantasy book I will read is: Walking the Tree by Karron Warren
    The last fantasy book I didn’t finish was: The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
    I didn’t finish it because: Talky.
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: Last Dragon by J.M. McDermott
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) The Book of Jhereg, no
    My favorite fantasy novel is: Red Nails by Robert E. Howard
    An underrated fantasy author is: me! ;-)
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: sword & sorcery
    Horror
    The last horror book I read was: Hikikomori by Lawrence Pearce
    The horror book I am reading right now is: (not currently reading a horror book)
    The next horror book I will read is: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    The last horror book I didn’t finish was: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
    I didn’t finish it because: I LOVE Chuck Palahniuk, but just didn’t connect with this one.
    The last horror I recommended to a friend was: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
    The last horror book someone recommended to me was: (Did you enjoy it?) can’t remember
    My favorite horror novel is: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
    An underrated horror author is: Melanie Tem
    My favorite sub-genre of horror is: not sure I have a favorite sub-genre

  23. Science Fiction
    The last science fiction book I read was: Ubik-Philip K.Dick (Rereading my classics)
    The science fiction book I am reading right now is: La Compagnies des Glaces – GJ Arnaud
    The next science fiction book I will read is:The Fall of Hyperion-Dan Simmons
    The last science fiction book I didn’t finish was: Nope. I finish them, alright.
    The last science fiction I recommended to a friend was: Old Man’s War-Scalzi
    The last science fiction book someone recommended to me was: Flatland, not read yet
    My favorite science fiction novel is: The Foundation Cycle and the Ender Series
    An underrated science fiction author is: Not too sure.
    My favorite sub-genre of science fiction is: Cyberpunk, steampunk, and I’m a sucker for space op.

    Fantasy
    The last fantasy book I read was: Storm of Swords- Martin
    The fantasy book I am reading right now is: Otherland-Tad Williams
    The next fantasy book I will read is: Red Country-Abercrombie
    The last fantasy I recommended to a friend was: The Song of Ice and Fire Series
    The last fantasy book someone recommended to me was: Alvin the Maker, haven’t started yet
    My favorite fantasy novel is: The Silmarillion
    An underrated fantasy author is: Not sure about that one either.
    My favorite sub-genre of fantasy is: I love meself Alternate Universe, and Science Fantasy

    Horror
    The last horror book I read was: Just Before Sunset-King
    The horror book I am reading right now is: The Call of Cthlhu (Told ya, rereading my classics)
    The next horror book I will read is: I’d say Night Circus, but I’m not really sure about the genre
    The last horror I recommended to a friend was: World War Z. Actually gave it to them.
    The last horror book someone recommended to me was: Ancient Sorcery and other weird stories-Algernon Blackwood. Haven’t started yet.
    My favorite horror novel is: The Cat
    An underrated horror author is: Brian Lumley
    My favorite sub-genre of horror is: Creepy Kids, Lovecraftian, Gothic, Psychological

  24. Science Fiction
    1. Greener Grass by Michael J Sullivan
    2. none
    3. Hollow World by Michael J Sullivan
    4. Foundation by Asimov
    5. Wasn’t in the mood for it at the time will try again later.
    6. can’t remember.
    7. can’t remember.
    8. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    9. I haven’t read a lot of underrated sci-fi authors
    10. Military

    Fantasy
    1. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
    2. Blood Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
    3. Gauntlgrym by RA Salvatore
    4. Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri
    5. blah
    6. Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
    7. Sojourn by RA Salvatore
    8. Michael J Sullivan
    9. High

    Horror
    1. I Am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney
    2. The Spook’s Blood by Joseph Delaney
    3. Knight of the Black Rose by James Lowder
    4. It was too slow for me.
    5. I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
    6. none
    7. I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
    8. Don’t know
    9. supernatural that isn’t lame.

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