Here’s a book meme that focuses on book recommendations.

You know the drill: Copy the questions below and paste them into the comments with your answers. Answer as many or as little as you’d like.

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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:

I’m always interested in what others are reading. 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 last sf/f/h book I read and liked was:
  2. The last sf/f/h book I read and wasn’t crazy about was:
  3. The sf/f/h book I am reading now is:
  4. The sf/f/h book(s) I most want to read next is/are:
  5. An underrated sf/f/h book is:
  6. An overrated sf/f/h book is:
  7. The last sf/f/h book that was recommended to me was:
  8. A sf/f/h book I recommended to someone else was:
  9. A sf/f/h book I have re-read is:
  10. A sf/f/h book I want to re-read is:

Here’s a simple science fiction and fantasy book-related meme (with a “last” theme) for a lazy Saturday…

For each question, you can name one or more science fiction books, fantasy book, and/or horror books. For extra credit, you can add to each answer if you wish.

Copy the questions below and paste them into the comments with your answers.

  1. The last sf/f book I finished reading:
  2. The last sf/f book I did NOT finish:
  3. The last sf/f book(s) I bought:
  4. The last sf/f book I bought that I already owned:
  5. The last sf/f book I shared with someone:
  6. The last sf/f book I raved about:
  7. The last sf/f book I did not enjoy at all:

I have been on this short fiction review gig for eight months now and it has been largely a one-sided affair, as these things are wont to be, with me sharing my thoughts and (hopefully…possibly) listening. In a week where work has taken its cue from episodes of The Twilight Zone, I have not had nearly enough time to read. This set me to thinking about our busy lives and the time we carve out for reading and what informs our reading choices. For none of us have the means by which to read everything we want to read every day.

Short Fiction seems to be an oft-maligned, or perhaps just oft-ignored, format though I do believe the sheer volume of short fiction magazines and print collections over the past years shows that its near-death has been greatly exaggerated. Thus I am curious, about you. About what you read. About the choices you make in regards to where you get your short fiction if short fiction is a part of your reading regimen. About why short fiction appeals to you and what stories you feel represent the best that short fiction has to offer.

So what I’ve done is put together a list of questions that you can cut and paste in the comments, in whole or in part, if you have the time to talk about you, your reading habits, and what about short fiction turns you on…or off.
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Here’s a 17-question science fiction book meme for a lazy Sunday.

Answer as many of the following as you can…
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Quick Meme: 2013 SciFi Films

2013 is a hot year for science fiction films: Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Oblivion, Ender’s Game, World War Z, and many more.

Here’s a simple 7-question meme, mostly about 2013 SciFi films.

Paste these questions in the comments and tell us your answers…
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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:

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:

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The Five Most Influential Books in my Life

A meme going around recently in the genre blogosphere is to name the five most influential books in your life, and how they changed your life.

Some examples recently include : Ian Sales), Justin Landon , and Aidan Moher.

I can never resist a chance to talk about books, and so here are mine:
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It’s time for a Quick Meme!

Answer these three questions:
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If social media conversations are to be believed, I think many of the folks that read SF Signal are voracious readers. And with such a large appetite for reading comes the inevitable stack of books yet to be read. I always find myself envious of others who are reading books that are still on my to-be-read pile. That should be me! So many books and so little time…

At the risk of exploding in a burst of envy at hearing the answers, I’d love to know what folks out there are reading right now.

So tell me: What Books Are You Reading Right Now?

Me? Having just finished The Year’s Best Science Fiction #28 edited by Gardner Dozois — I like to mix short fiction reading between novel reading — I’m currently reading Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It’s the third book in a series that I am so far enjoying very much.

How about you?

Here’s a simple Meme…answer the following questions:

  1. What Book Are You Reading Now?
  2. Why did you choose it?
  3. What’s the best thing about it?
  4. What’s the worst thing about it?

Here are my answers…

  1. The Spiral Labyrinth by Matthew Hughes.
  2. I chose it in preparation for reading the newest book in the sequence, Hespira.
  3. The best thing: It’s accurately described as “Sherlock Holmes meets Jack Vance’s Dying Earth“. What’s not to like about that?
  4. The worst thing: One plot twist confused me to the point of going back and skimming a past chapter — all for naught. My confusion was soon explained. A clarifying sentence earlier on would have helped my slow, addled brain.

Now it’s your turn!