An 8 Question Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book Meme

I’m always interested in what others are reading, how they read, how much they read, etc.

To that end, here’s another fun science fiction and fantasy book-related meme…

You know the drill: Copy the questions below and paste them into the comments with your answers.

  1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
  2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
  3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
  4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
  5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
  6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
  7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
  8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:

22 thoughts on “An 8 Question Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book Meme”

  1. 1. First SF,F,H book I ever read was The Mind Thing by Fredric Brown-1960.
    2. The last SF,F,H book I read that I would put in my top 20-Dark Eden by Chris Beckett.
    3. The last Sf,F,H book I couldn’t finish-Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.
    4. A Sf,F,H writer who’s work I can’t get enough of-Jack Vance
    5. A Sf,F,H writer who’s work I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet-Neal Stephenson
    6. A Sf,F,H book I would recommend to someone who hasen’t read Sf,F,H is-The Half Made World by Felix Gilman
    7. A Sf, F, H book that is terribly underrated-Galveston by Sean Stewart
    8. A SF,F,H book that is terribly overrated-Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

  2. 1. Neuromancer
    2. Annihilation
    3. Transcendental by James Gunn, urgh
    4. Le Guin.
    5. Scalzi I suppose? Minus the shame, this question comes with an enormous list.
    6. Name of the Wind, every time, although that can be super intimidating…
    7. THE ETCHED CITY. Everyone, go read it. I need as many people to read this as possible.
    8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, maybe? Really didn’t do anything for me. That, or Foundation, argh.

  3. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: “Blast Off at Woomera” by Hugh Walters
    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: “Axiomatic” by Greg Egan
    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: “Accelerando” by Charles Stross
    4 A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Ursula K. le Guin
    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: Neal Stephenson
    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. le Guin
    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: “The Sea and Summer” by George Turner
    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: “Perdido Street Station” by China Mieville.

  4. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: Katzenwinter by Wolfgang Hohlbein (a German fantasy writer, the book title translates to “cat winter”).
    I read everything by him I could get my hands on, then realised he’s actually a really bad writer who rehashes the same story over and over and over. But for 11-year-old me, magical cats and horror stories were just awesome.

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: Top 20 ever?? Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless and Genevieve Valentine’s Mechanique. Top 20 of the last years? Katherine Addison’s “The Goblin Emperor”. Everyone go read it.

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: Rjurik Davidson – Unwrapped Sky

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Catherynne M. Valente, Terry Pratchett, China Miéville

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: William Gibson

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game, Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair

    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora Segunda series (Flora Segunda, Flora’s Dare, Flora’s Fury). Despite the middle volume winning the Norton Award, the series is not nearly as well known and beloved as it should be.

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: John Scalzi – Redshirts + Old Man’s War (although the latter was quite fun to read, in a fluffy, sugary, Hollywood action movie kind of way)

  5. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:

    I, Robot, by Issac Asimov

    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:

    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:

    Pass. I’d rather not hurt some feelings here.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:

    Elizabeth Bear

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:

    Shame is an odd word here. There are simply authors I’ve not gotten to, but there are few that I am ashamed I haven’t read.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:

    (Wait, we did a *podcast* on this!). Leviathan Wakes, James S A Corey.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:

    Bitter Seeds, Ian Tregillis

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:

    Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

  6. Preface all of my answers with “for adults”, but I started with fantasy before I started kindergarten and still read as much spec fic with kid and teen protagonists as for adults… Also, add “that stands out in my memory”. I mostly only remember what I love.

    The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: We count The Hobbit as kids’ these days, right? Let’s say War for the Oaks. Or McCaffrey. I guess McCaffrey may have come first. Brin? Startide Rising? It’s all a blur.

    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: Oh! Paul Cornell’s London Falling. Loved it. Excellent.

    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: Ancillary Justice was tough to get through to page 94, but after that I was in. (I almost always finish what I start. I’m just extremely careful what I start.)

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Caroline Stevermer. Emma Bull. Myke Cole.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: yeah, Scalzi, I guess. (I’ve read plenty of Gaiman, but not Sandman, so there’s that.)

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: War for the Oaks! A thousand times and to everyone. I’ve loaned&lost a dozen copies over the years. Recent? The Incrementalists, Control Point. Sanderson’s Steelheart? For SF, Andy Weir’s The Martian (while not *great*) is a new & topical example of some truly tech-y sf, good for discussion…

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: no idea. Incrementalists got *excellent* reviews, so not underrated, but is terribly under-read. I’d recommend it to everyone.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: couldn’t say. Taste is subjective. Mine, especially.

  7. 1.The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan. Before reading this book I hated reading. Now it’s all I do.

    2.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
    Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. As a matter of fact it’s at number one for the moment.

    3.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    Broken Quill by Joe Ducie.

    4.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    Max Gladstone

    5.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    Joe Abercrombie. I have heard great things about his books!He has another book coming out in July that’s gotten raving reviews and I want a taste of his first series, so I can see how much better he has become.

    6.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    Vicious by V.E Schwab. It’s amazing.

    7.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    Zero Sight by Justin B. Shier. Deserves so much more notice than some other books get.

    8.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: Harry Potter. I’m sorry but I’ve read the book and it wasn’t all that great. I felt no need to read the next books in the series.

  8. 1.The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: Either John Christopher’s White Mountains or Lloyd Alexander’s Book of Three.

    2.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: Probably Elizabeth Bear’s Shattered Sky series.

    3.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: The fourth or fifth of Simon Green’s Deathstalker books — I enjoyed them well enough but they just kept going and going and going, and I got distracted by other things.

    4.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Guy Gavriel Kay. Jacqueline Carey. K.J. Parker

    5.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: Samuel R. Delany.

    6.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: Subject to the whims of fate and the particular tastes of the person in question.

    7.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Michael Reaves’ Shattered World. Anything by Michael Shea (although that raises the question: Is highly-revered but obscure = underrated?).

    8.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: The Wheel of Time series. But that’s just me.

  9. -The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: That I truly remember, The Giver.

    -The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: To Honor You Call Us. This book was incredibly entertaining and it was what I needed.

    -The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: I’ve never finished Rendevous With Rama

    -A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: I’m not sure. But I do make it a point to read all the Trudi Canavan Books.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: Heinlein.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: It depends on the person. But I’d start off with something that is technically sci-fi but you’d find in the general literature section of a bookstore.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: I don’t know. Anything that isn’t mentioned on IO9?

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: Harry Potter. I’m not a fan. I wish people would let me stay not a fan :)

  10. 1. P.K. Dick – A maze of death
    2. Nnedi Okarafor – Who fears death
    3. Lauren Beukes – The Shining girls
    4. Iain Banks
    5. Harry Harrison
    6. Something by Ursula Le Guin
    7. Karin Tidbeck
    8. Stephen King

  11. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: Possibly the Meg and Mog children’s books – as for “adult” books – possibly Lord of the Rings
    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: The Drowning Girl by Caitlin Kiernan certainly makes the cut. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski is at least close to my top 20 too.
    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: Prefer not to say – more to do with me than the book.
    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Caitlin Kiernan, Jack Vance, Junot Diaz, Richard Parks, Sandra McDonald, Karen Joy Fowler among others.
    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Mary Doria Russell and Arthur C Clarke are all omissions I should get round to rectifying soon.
    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: Everyone has read sf/f/h – they just dont always realise it. If they were around in the 80s then Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One – will appeal to a broad range of readers.
    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Caitlin Kiernan has a dedicated readership but not as large as she deserves, Jeffrey Ford also deserves a wider readership, Gene Wolfe is not underrated but he is certainly under read. As a rule I think many genre readers overlook the amazing quality of short fiction available in the field
    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: Harry Potter – everything that is done well in the HP books was done better in books she borrowed heavily. Ender’s Game, whilst well worth reading and discussing, does not deserve to be so much more widely read than many true classics of the genre.

  12. I’m an old timer, so take that into account.

    1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: read in 1955, Five Against Venus by Philip Latham (Robert S. Richardson), cover by Virgil Finlay – a Winston SF series novel (I read the rest of them over the next years.

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: read in 2013, Existence by David Brin

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: Ancillary Justice.

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Allen Steele. Also Charles Sheffield

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin.

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke.

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:Ringworld by Larry Niven.

  13. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: LUCKY STARR AND THE OCEANS OF VENUS by Paul French aka Issac Asimov

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: THE SHIVA OPTION by David Weber (it was like reading a manual for one of those military role playing games, not my thing, then my car crashed with the book inside it…)

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: (alas) IAIN M. BANKS, but ok, also ADAM CHRISTOPHER (and others)

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: OCTAVIA BUTLER

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Anything by LINDA NAGATA

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: ON A RED STATION DRIFTING by Aliette de Bodard

  14. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    Zozu The Robot by Diana Carter

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
    The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    If it counts The Iliad of Homer, otherwise The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    Joseph Lallo

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    Patrick Rothfuss

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    THe Curse of Chalion by Lios McMaster Bujold

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:
    Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

  15. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    SW: Heir to the Empire (I think)

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
    Hawskbill Station by Robert Silverberg

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    The Darwin Elevator

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    Alastair Reynolds

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    Joanna Russ

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    Hyperion (for literary types, anyway)

    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    Firestar by Michael Flynn

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:
    Redshirts is the most recent one (I could go on and on here)

  16. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: The Lord of the Rings

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Steven Erikson

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: Larry Niven

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Haven’t found something that deserved more credit than it already had so far.

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: A Game of Thrones, it’s not fantasy! Great book, but not fantasy.

  17. 1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    “Invitation to the Game”, by Monica Hughes is the first sci-fi that I remember, purchased at a school book fair. The first fantasy I read was probably “The Blue Sword”, by Robin McKinley.

    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20 list is:
    “Ready Player One”, by Ernest Cline is the last book I gave 5-stars to, which puts it in the top 1%.

    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    “Wizard’s First Rule”, by Terry Goodkind.

    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Why? I really don’t know, exactly.)

    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    It’s a specific book, for me. I still haven’t read “1984”, by George Orwell.

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    Lois McMaster Bujold’s sci-fi. Such great, accessible stories.

    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    I was going to say “Lord of Light”, by Zelazny, then remembered that it won the Hugo… I’ll have to go with “The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox”, by Barry Hughart.

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:
    “The Handmaid’s Tale”, by Margaret Atwood. That *should* have been the last book I couldn’t finish, but I made myself grind through it, hoping it would be edifying. Maybe if I hadn’t read so much of what’s been published since, it would have seemed original, but alas…

  18. Oooh…fun!

    1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was: Stoker’s Dracula. Still one of the best.
    2. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is: Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute by Jonathan Howard
    3. The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was: Confessor by Terry Goodkind. Ugh.
    4. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is: Alan Moore or Warren Ellis, in equal measure.
    5. A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is: Herbert’s Dune.
    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is: Neil Gaiman. I’ve used “The Sound of Her Wings” as an intro to Sandman in particular, and fantasy and comics in general.
    7. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is: Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”. Rand has been horribly slandered by Randians.
    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is: The “A Song of Ice and Fire ” series by GRRM. It’s a dungeon crawl that lacks any of the interesting characteristics of the TV show. It’s one of the few times when the adaptation is better then the source material.

  19. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
    King of Thorns, Mark Lawrence

    The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    Legend, David Gemmel

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    Joe Abercrombie

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    Robin Hobb

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    Leviathan’s Wake, James S.A. Corey

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    Dark Eden, Chris Beckett

    A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:
    1Q84, by Haruki Murakami

  20. Could read these responses all day. Thanks(already added a few books to my list)

    1. The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    -Read The Chrysalids by John Wyndham in school. (Dune was the first one I read on my own)

    2.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
    – The Lies of Locke Lamora By: Scott Lynch

    3.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    -Jonathan Strange & Mr.Norrell By: Susanna Clarke. Just not for me I guess, too boring.

    4.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    -David Gemmell. Love everything he has ever done. My personal favorite.
    -Jonathan Maberry. Pine Deep trilogy is some of my favorite horror, and can’t get enough of his Joe Ledger series.

    5.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    -Joe Abercrombie, Larry Niven, Brandon Sanderson etc..(not enough free time!)

    6. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    -Retribution Falls By Chris Wooding ( for adventure lovers or Firefly fans)
    -Into The Storm By Taylor Anderson (got my ex-navy father in law started here,he loved it)
    -Lions of Al Rassan By Guy Gavriel Kay (more literary types)
    -The Breach By Patrick Lee (got my Vince Flynn loving father onto it, slide some sci-fi into the thriller genre)

    7.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    -Heroes Die By Matthew Woodring Stover (Great sf/fantasy hybrid with a badass hero,although it’s starting to get some more notice I think)

    8. A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:
    -The Terror By Dan Simmons.(hurts to say it as I love Hyperion and Ilium and most of his pre 2000’s work but feels about 200 pages too long, a little too slow for me.He’s like Stephen King now, telling good stories in a bloated overlong fashion. Needs a more ruthless editor.)

  21. 1.The first science fiction, fantasy or horror book I ever read was:
    Hard to say. The first one I remember reading *as* sff was Have Spacesuit Will Travel by Robert Heinlein. I can even remember the way the school library (late seventies) looked, and where the book was located. Around the same time I also read the time travel novel, Crusade in Jeans.

    2.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I read that I’d put in my “Top 20″ list is:
    The Martian by Andy Weir. I read it a few weeks ago, and promptly reread it. Twice. I haven’t done that since high school

    3.The last science fiction, fantasy or horror book I couldn’t finish was:
    Double Cross by Carolyn Crane. This is going back three years, though, since I have trouble giving up on a book. This was the second book of a trilogy where I quite enjoyed the first book. I got about 50 pages into this one, then checked the ending and decided to give up. The fact that the third book ended up moving from Bantam to a small press says something.

    4.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work I cannot get enough of is:
    I still buy anything by Charles de Lint or Guy Gavriel Kay

    5.A science fiction, fantasy or horror author I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet is:
    Can’t think of one. If I feel I should try an author, I do. Okay, some of them were put down quickly (like the Dune books), but I read quickly, so I’ve tried most of the so-called ‘must-read’ authors

    6.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book I would recommend to someone who hasn’t read sf/f/h is:
    Snowcrash, by Neal Stephenson. I ended up buying the hardcover based on someone reading me the first few paragraphs. Anyone who doesn’t want to read it after the first page has no sense of humour

    7.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly underrated is:
    There’s a lot of small-press and self-published authors that are underrated, but it’s hard to identify just one.

    8.A science fiction, fantasy or horror book that’s terribly overrated is:
    Pretty much anything by Stephen King. The only one of his books that I finished was The Stand. He’s popular, but he just doesn’t grab

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