A 12-Question SF/F/H Book Meme

Here’s a sf/f/h book-related meme for a lazy Saturday…

For EACH of the following questions, name 1 or more science fiction, fantasy or horror book titles…

  1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was:
  2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was:
  3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is:
  4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is:
  5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is:
  6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes:
  7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author:
  8. The first sf/f/h book I read was:
  9. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is:
  10. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is:
  11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is:
  12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is:

36 thoughts on “A 12-Question SF/F/H Book Meme”

  1. 1. “A Shadow in Summer” by Daniel Abraham
    2. “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow
    3. “Red Planet Blues” by Robert J. Sawyer
    4. “2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson
    5. “Existence” by David Brin
    6. The Company Novels by Kage Baker
    7. Robert J. Sawyer
    8. “The Hobbit”
    9. —–
    10. “Redshirts” by John Scalzi
    11. Four first editions of “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi
    12. Over five Hundred

  2. 1. Woman on the Edge of Time
    2. A Memory of Light
    3. The Name of the Wind
    4. The Last City
    5. Death of Vedun
    6. A Song of Ice and Fire
    7. China Mieville
    8. The Hobbit
    9. The Scar
    10. I Am Legend
    11. Clash of Kings hardback
    12. 0

  3. 1. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
    2. The Association by Bentley Little
    3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
    4. Leviathan Wakes series by James S A Corey (broad accessibility)
    5. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (duh!)
    6. The Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe
    7. Gene Wolfe
    8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    9. ?
    10. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
    11. Library of America’s Philip K. Dick collection.
    12. Only a handful.

  4. 1. FALLEN DRAGON by Peter F. Hamilton
    2. THE BREACH by Patrick Lee
    3. ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
    4. HYPERION by Dan Simmons
    5. THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE by Arthur C. Clarke
    6. HYPERION CANTOS by Simmons or NIGHT’S DAWN TRILOGY by Hamilton
    7. Dan Freaking Simmons
    8. HEIR TO THE EMPIRE by Timothy Zahn
    9. STATE OF FEAR by Michael Crichton
    10. WIZARD AND GLASS by Stephen King
    11. Not sure
    12. About 30

  5. 1. The Dervish House by Ian Mcdonald
    2. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
    3. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
    4. The Dispossessed by Le Guin
    5. The Ghost Brigade by John Scalzi
    6. Miles Vorokosigan series
    7. Robert Silverberg
    8. Ender’s Game
    9. Infoquake by Louis David Edelman
    10.Startide Rising
    11.Good-bye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories by John Varley
    12.25

  6. 1. Ha’ Penny
    2. Bowl of Heaven
    3. Ender’s Game
    4. Jack Glass
    5. Homeland
    6. Vorkosigan series
    7. Robert Silverberg
    8. The Martian Chronicles
    9. Not sure…
    10. Consider Phlebas
    11. I don’t know-some first edition or another
    12. 20

  7. 1.Railsea
    2.2312
    3.The Rook,Alif the Unseen,12/22/63
    4.Wool
    5.Insurgent (Divergent #2)
    6.Ender’s Game
    7.Adam Christopher,Connie Willis
    8.Too old to remember but recently 12/22/63
    9.Alif the Unseen
    10.2312
    11.Many Hundreds

  8. 1. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
    2. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
    3. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
    4. Nova – Samuel R Delany
    5. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
    6. Sun of Suns – Karl Schroeder
    7. Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress
    8. Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
    9. Diving into the Wreck Kristine – Kathryn Rusch
    10. Enders Game
    11. Couldn’t tell you
    12. 5

    1. It’s much easier to *ask* the questions than answer them :)

      1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: RED PLANET BLUES by Robert J. Sawyer

      2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: vN by Madeline Ashby. Sadly, another reading experience spread too thin over many weeks before I gave up midway through. That’s no way to read a book.

      3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: OLD MAN’S WAR by John Scalzi. Accessible and fun. Or THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy. It’s mediocre by regular sf/f standards, but most sf newbies really like it. Ursula K. LeGuin’s THE LATHE OF HEAVEN was hugely enjoyable as well. Maybe Nancy Kress’ BEGGARS IN SPAIN as well.

      4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: Keith Brooke’s THE ACCORD had enough ideas for a multitude of good sf novels, all packed into one story.

      5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: OMG, where do I start? Let’s go with THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: THIRTIETH ANNUAL COLLECTION edited by Gardner Dozois. Or Jean Johnson’s HELLFIRE. Or George Mann’s THE EXECUTIONER’S HEART. Or Brenda Cooper’s THE CREATIVE FIRE. Or…

      6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Scalzi’s OLD MAN’s WAR Universe is pretty fun. I like Hamilton’s NIGHT’S DAWN Trilogy a lot. Also Donaldson’s GAP series. Matthew Hughes’ Hanghis Hapthorn series was good fun, too. Dan Abnett’s EISENHORN series was the most recent series I read and enjoyed the hell out of. (I’ve only dipped my toes in the rest of the Warhammer 40K universe, and then only via audio short stories — all fun, as well.)

      7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Theodore Sturgeon. Nancy Kress. Alastair Reynolds.

      8. The first sf/f/h book I read was: RINGWORLD by Larry Niven (not counting the stuff I was force-fed in school like 1984 and ANIMAL FARM).

      9. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro. I don’t hear that one talked about that often.

      10. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard. This has to take the prize for the book I most regret finishing.

      11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: SECOND ANNUAL COLLECTION. I paid $75 for it, I think, since it was long out of print and hard to come by.

      12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: Even before we started receiving review copies from publishers, it had to be more than 1,000. Yes, I know that’s more books than I can read in my lifetime. Yes, my name is John and I’m a biblioholic.

  9. 1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: CHAMPION OF MARS, by Guy Haley

    2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: EMBASSYTOWN, by China Mieville

    3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: DOORWAYS IN THE SAND, by Roger Zelazny

    4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: RESURRECTION MAN, by Sean Stewart

    5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH, by Alastair Reynolds

    6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: THE LYHHRT TRILOGY, by Phyllis Gotlieb

    7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Sean Stewart

    8. The first sf/f/h book I read was: JHEREG, by Steven Brust

    9. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: RITE OF PASSAGE, by Alexei Panshin

    10. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: DUNE, by Frank Herbert

    11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: N/A; don’t collect books

    12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: 2

  10. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: Year Zero by Rob Reid
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: Rendezvous with Rama
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: Surface Detail (Banks)
    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: The Winds of Winter
    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Iain Banks Culture series
    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: LeGuin & Banks
    The first sf/f/h book I read was: Raumschiff Monitor by Rolf Ulrici
    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: Child of Fortune by Norman Spinrad
    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: Greg Bear’s books.
    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: The Art of Chesley Bonestell
    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: way too large.

  11. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was:
    The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was:
    A Case of Conscience – James Blish
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is:
    Barrayar – Lois McMaster Bujold
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is:
    The Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter Hamilton
    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is:
    Wool – Hugh Howey, Best Science Fiction of the Year 24 -Gardner Dozois(I’m running behind)
    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes:
    Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold, Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter Hamilton
    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Stephen King, Peter Hamilton, Neal Asher, (and non sf/f/h Khalid Hosseini..this guy is gifted)
    The first sf/f/h book I read was: Cities in Flight – James Blish (1st “adult” book)
    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is:
    Replay – Ken Grimwood (not many people seem to know about this)
    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: A Case of Conscience – James Blish, (This won awards??BOOORING!!!)
    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: Nothing over 20 bucks probably
    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: Out of control

  12. 1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: Sawyer’s RED PLANET BLUES

    2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: Heinlein’s BEYOND THIS HORIZON. Big Heinlein fan but somehow had never read this. Hated it. Read it mid-November and it ruined Thanksgiving for me.

    3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: JUMPER -The original novel if you can find it, NOT the movie tie-in. I think this one works regardless of the age of the reader being assimilated.

    4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: Why would they want recommendations from me? ‘Seasoned’ readers already know what’s good or bad before they read it.

    5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: Don’t really have anything I’m excited about or that I’ve settled on right now. When I finish the EDGE OF INFINITY collection I will probably read Stephen Baxter’s Doctor Who book, THE WHEEL OF ICE, just out of curiosity.

    6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Jack McDevitt’s Academy novels if that counts as a series, and Ed Lerner’s Fleet of Worlds novels.

    7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Too many really. I guess if I pick favorites it’d be Jack McDevitt, Robert Sawyer.

    8. The first sf/f/h book I read was: No idea, far too long ago. Can’t recall exactly when I read anything that might be considered adult science fiction or what they were. I do remember that the elementary school library and the children’s section at the local public library had Heinlein, Del Rey, Norton, etc. so it was something of theirs.

    9. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: I could name several candidates but I’ll put in my standard plug for McDevitt’s DEEP SIX.

    10. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: ENDER’S GAME (I wanted to say the Game of Thrones novels but feared for my safety.)

    11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: I bought a copy of Raymond F. Jones’ THE YEAR WHEN STARDUST FELL because of fond memories of reading it with a friend as a kid. Paid 40 bucks for a well-worn ex-library copy.

    12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: Why? What did you hear?

    Mike

    1. Read and re-read that book – The Year When Stardust Fell when i was a kid. Had not thought about it in decades until you mentioned it. Hope you read it again every so often. Gerry L.

  13. 1.The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: “The Drowning Girl” Caitlin R. Kiernan
    2.The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: “A Door into Ocean” Joan Slonczewski
    3.A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” NK Jemisin
    4.A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: “Who Fears Death” Nnedi Okorafor
    5.The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: “The Melancholy of Mechagirl” Catherynne M. Valente
    6.My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Dragon Prince/Star trilogies, Melanie Rawn
    7.I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Catherynne M. Valente
    8.The first sf/f/h book I read was: “The Halfmen of O” Maurice Gee
    9.The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: “Titan” John Varley
    10.The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: Toss up between Ender’s Game, Game of Thrones, and Twilight
    11.The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: “The Art of Michael Whelan”
    12.The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: 50+

  14. 1 Worm by Tim Curran
    2 Quintessence by David Walton
    3 Weaveworld by Clive Barker
    4 Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
    5 Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
    6 The Dark Tower Saga by Stephen King
    7 Clive Barker
    8 Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Weis & Hickman
    9 Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
    10 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    11 A secondhand copy of Alien Flesh by Seabury Quinn
    12 816 (according to Goodreads)

  15. 1. Last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland.
    2. Last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois Bujold
    3 A sf/f/h book I would recommend to new readers is The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned readers is The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.
    5. The sf/f/h book I want to read next is The dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard.
    6. My favorite sf/f/h series-The Dying Earth books by Jack Vance.
    7. I will read anything by the sf/f/h author-Robert Charles Wilson.
    8. The first sf/f/h book I read was The Mind Thing by Fredric Brown
    9. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised more people don’t like is The Inverted World by Christopher Priest.
    10.The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like-Asimov’s Foundation novels.
    11.The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is The Autopsy and Other Stories by Michael Shea.
    12.The number of sf/f/h novels I own and have yet to read. 50+(counting crime and mainstream fiction I probably have another 100)

  16. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was:
    The red knight – Miles Cameron

    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was:
    Shadow Ops: Control Point: Myke Cole

    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is:
    The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is:
    The whole Malazan Book of the Fallen cycle by Steven Erikson

    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is:
    So many, SF: Caliban’s War – James S.A. Corey; F: Nights of Viljamur – Mark Charan Newton; The Blade itself – Joe Abercrombie; H: The Twelve – Jasper Kent for released books and
    The Winds of Winter – George R.R. Martin and the next Steven Erikson for non released books.

    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes:
    The cliche A Song of Ice and Fire by Martin and The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author:
    Patrick Rothfuss

    The first sf/f/h book I read was:
    Dragons of Autum Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Yes, I guess Dragonlance was a tiny bit before LotR.

    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is:
    I have to go with A Game of Thrones here, cause so many of my non-SF/F friends read it and liked it.

    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is:
    Twilight and The Hunger Games

    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: Don’t know, maybe my Dragonlance Chronicles collector’s edition.

    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: After switching to mostly reading E-Books this is in the hundreds.

  17. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey, can’t wait for the next one!
    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: Shadow’s Return. Only because I had forgotten too much of The Nightrunner Series.
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: Actually Leviathan Wakes was a really good book that I think people who are into action but haven’t tried Sci-fi might get into that one.
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. It’s really hard to follow, but Murakami is one of the best authors.
    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: I’m excited to try Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights by Ryu Mitsuse
    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Its a tie between the Samaria series by Sharon Shinn or The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.
    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Haruki Murakami. While not all of his novels are considered to be sci-fi, he’s an author I will read anything from.
    The first sf/f/h book I read was: That isn’t the magical schoolbus? Randevous With Rama in high school.
    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. I think it came out somewhat around the peak of Harry Potter, and many people I know were comparing the two, but it’s a really good series and has very strong female characters.
    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: I’m actually quite suprised how many people like Tolkien. Only because I know alot of people who aren’t into sf/f/h, but they are obsessed with Tolkien.
    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: It’s not a novel, but the AA’ graphic novel by Moto Hagio after it went out of print. It is true sci-fi in every way.
    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: Probably 30-40.

  18. 1. Last sf book read and enjoyed – Great North Road by Peter Hamilton.
    2. Last sf book unfinished and not enjoyed – The Map of Time by Felix Palmer. Last books finished and not overwhelmed by – Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis.
    3. From various times throughout my reading career – Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt, The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Leviathan Wakes by James Corey would all be good introductions to hard sf.
    4. The Eden Trilogy by Harry Harrison would be rewarding for seasoned readers who love complex and detailed addenda to the story.
    5. The latest book on order from SFBC (obviously I am old school having been a member since 1960 or so) The Human Division by John Scalzi.
    6. So many series, so little time left – The Uplift Series by David Brin, Man-Kzin Wars by Larry Niven et al, Worldwar by Harry Turtledove, the Dominic Flandry books by Poul Anderson, the Sector General books by James White, the Felix Castor books by Mike Carey and more.
    7. Not anything nor everything but most things by Peter Hamilton, Robert Heinlein, Kevin Anderson, David Brin, Larry Niven, Jim Butcher, Andre Norton, Jack Chalker, Charles Stross, Julie Czerneda.
    8. The first sf book I might have read was Tom Swift and His Flying Lab by Victor Appleton (1954 or 1955) or a Tom Corbett book by Carey Rockwell which featured soccer played with a mercury-filled ball (again 1954 or so), And a bit more adult was Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein and the dreaded “stobor.”
    9. A complete blank.
    10. After reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest I studiously avoided the sequel.
    11. The most valuable book in my library is a 1908 edition of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (NOT The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – 1900). My grandmother kept things. Also, a signed copy of Rally Cry by William Forstchen.
    12. On January 1 there were more than a dozen unread books, now down to one – Bronze Summer by Stephen Baxter.

  19. 1 THE GREAT NORTH ROAD by Peter Hamilton
    2 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    3 HEAVEN’S SHADOW & HEAVEN’S WAR by David Goyer
    4 AUTOMATIC DETECTIVE by A. Lee Martinez
    5 JACK GLASS by Adam Roberts
    6 ODD THOMAS, REPAIRMAN JACK, RINGWORLD, GATEWAY, AMBER + MORE
    7 KING, KOONTZ, JOE HILL, ROBERT SWAYER, HAMILTON, VANCE, BANKS, ASIMOV + MORE
    8 DON’T REMEMBER
    9 JACK MCDEVITT’S ALEX BENEDICT SERIES
    10 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    11 KANE 2 volume set slipcased Karl Edward Wagner or first printings set SOF&I
    12 400-500

  20. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: Woman on the Edge of Time – Marge Piercy
    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: Ringworld – Larry Niven
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: I don’t consider myself experienced enough to say.
    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Lilith’s Brood – Octavia E. Butler
    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: I could name a lot of people here, but I’m also very lazy about tracking books down.
    The first sf/f/h book I read was: Z for Zachariah was an early one, though most kids’ books have some element of fantasy.
    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: Not sure, haven’t spent much time listening to complaints.
    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: Ringworld. I couldn’t bear to finish it, yet it remains popular.
    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: A hardback copy of The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, but it’s not especially expensive.
    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: close to 100, with another already in the post…

  21. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson
    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: Fade to Black by Francis Knight. It has potential, but the mysogyny is just too much. Might get better in future books.
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: Ender’s Game, b/c people like books with movies.
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: I forced a member of my book club to read the Malazan series with me, so let’s go with that.
    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: I have a list of 40 books that I want to read sitting next to me right now, but I’m going to go with The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke, which is jumping off the page at me.
    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: Dresden Files, just keep getting better as they go on (I’d say The Kingkiller Chronicles, but I consider a series more than 4 books)
    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Patrick Rothfuss
    The first sf/f/h book I read was: Either Redwall by Brian Jacques, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, or Patricia C Wrede’s dragon novels.
    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: Recently Sword and Laser was reading Wool and some people were saying they couldn’t get into it, and I thought that was surprising, I though it was a pretty gripping book.
    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: Among Others by Jo Walton. I’m sorry but I don’t get it, I think it’s a girl whining followed by an extremely generic list of sci fi books that could have been replaced with any genre of literature and it wouldn’t have changed anything in the story.
    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: A few signed copies of my favorite authors, probably none worth more than 50 dollars though.
    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: I as a rule try to get the majority of my books from the library, but I probably have about 5 around the house either on an e-reader, or from a garage sale.

  22. 1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was:
    Roger Zelazny’s The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth. Incredible short story collection; “Divine Madness” has one of the most affecting endings I’ve ever read.

    2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was:
    Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The characterization and prose style just were not for me.

    3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is:
    J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. What the hell? You’re not exposed to any of the genres, so give this a shot and see if the roots of Fantasy are for you. If it is, then we can have many happy chats.

    4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is:
    Seems even more futile than #3. A hardened reader of Hard SciFi isn’t going to be excited for a YA Fantasy Magical School book, and vice versa. You really ought to get to know people before recommending books to them. I guess I’ll toss out Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast, since it was formative for Fantasy and has touches of Horror, and yet is read by almost no fans of either genre today, and for absolutely no good reason.

    5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is:
    I just bought a bunch, and am particularly antsy to get to Jeff Smith’s RASL and see what he did in an adult narrative.

    6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes:
    A magic ring, an old wizard, and second breakfasts.

    7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author:
    Shirley Jackson.

    8. The first sf/f/h book I read was:
    A picture book of King Arthur’s greatest hits. It begat my love of the Black Knight. Poor guy got screwed.

    9.& 10. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: AND The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is:
    I’m not surprised that anything is popular. I’m quite aware of and comfortable with my limited ability to predict what people will enjoy. If anything, I’m surprised how many people are utterly incapable of looking beyond what they enjoy and figure others are nuts for not agreeing with them.

    11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is:
    Grant Morrison and Frank Quitley’s Absolute All-Star Superman, a gift from my brother and a truly great comic, but also grossly overpriced. Some of my older books (including a 100-year-old Twain) might be worth more, but I’ve never had them evaluated.

    12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is:
    61, not including the contents of the Hugo Packet that just arrived.

  23. 1. I suppose it depends on whether you consider Austin Grossman’s You sf/f/h. It is basically the existential crisis of a man who cannot find a place in the world until he join’s his high school friends’ video game company where he has to solve the last mystery of the company’s deceased founder to finish the game they are creating. He is visited by characters from the company’s games, but they may only be in his head.

    The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was The Hunger Games, but the best I have read lately was Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series.

    2. Poul Anderson’s Harvest of Stars.

    3. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.

    4. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi.

    5. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo.

    6. Is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld a series? If not, The Laundry Files by Charles Stross.

    7. Terry Pratchett

    8. No idea, but the book that had the biggest impact as far back as I can remember was Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron, along with his entire Chronicles of Prydain series.

    9. The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip.

    10. Brasyl by Ian McDonald.

    11. No idea.

    12. Several dozen? More?

  24. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was: NOS4A2
    The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was: The Human Division
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is: Old Man’s War
    A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: The Quantum Thief
    The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is: The Land Across
    My favorite sf/f/h book series includes: The Book of the New Sun
    I will read anything by this sf/f/h author: Gene Wolfe
    The first sf/f/h book I read was: Lost in Space tie-in fiction
    The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is: Cities in Flight
    The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is: Anything by Asimov, especially The Gods Themselves
    The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is: The Lifecylce of Software Objects (subpress limited edition, signed)
    The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: Dozens

  25. 1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was:
    Redshirts, by John Scalzi

    2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was:
    The Legend That Was Earth, by James P. Hogan

    3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is:
    The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

    4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is:
    The Man on the Ceiling, by Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem

    5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is:
    Clockwork Angels, by Kevin J. Anderson

    6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes:
    The Gap Cycle, by Stephen R. Donaldson

    7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author:
    Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ed Bryant. Oh, only one author? Too bad.

    8. The first sf/f/h book I read was:
    It was either Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein or R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury. I don’t remember which came first any more.

    9. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is:
    Silverlock, by John Myers Myers

    10. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is:
    Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. (Really? It just seemed like a Michael Bay version of Neuromancer to me. His later works are much better, though much more intimidating.)

    11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is:
    Until October, it was a signed first edition hardback of Contact, by Carl Sagan, with dust jacket. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by water in storage. :-(

    12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is:
    Too many to count.

  26. 1. The last sf/f/h book I read and enjoyed was:
    Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey, so good!

    2. The last sf/f/h book I read and did not enjoy was:
    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

    3. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to new sf/f/h readers is:
    Depending on the reader, Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. All of these are my favorites, even if they are slightly obscure!

    4. A sf/f/h book that I would recommend to seasoned sf/f/h readers is: the Parable books by Octavia butler (they’ve escaped most people), or some crossover literary books like Snow Crash by David Mitchell or C by Tom McCarthy or Gravity’s Rainbow by Pynchon

    5. The sf/f/h book I most want to read next is:
    The Ocean At the End of the Lane. Get here!

    6. My favorite sf/f/h book series includes:
    Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle, Chronicles of Narnia, MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (still incomplete).

    7. I will read anything by this sf/f/h author:
    Catherynne Valente. Gimme.

    8. The first sf/f/h book I read was:
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    9. The sf/f/h book I’m most surprised that more people don’t like is:
    Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente. Why do people not understand her genius, to the extent that she won’t even talk about this book anymore? It makes me so sad, such a gorgeous and moving book.

    10. The sf/f/h book I’m surprised so many people do like is:
    Leviathan’s Wake

    11. The most expensive sf/f/h book I own is:
    The Weird edited by the Vandermeers (only because I don’t often buy full-price books, but I went to a reading….)

    12. The number of sf/f/h books I own and have yet to read is: 20

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