Journal Entry

SciFi Book Meme
Tue 20 Feb 2007

I've run across a few bloggers answering this meme and finally tracked down the originator. SF Signal's SF Book Meme posted 3 March 2005 (and the resurgence post 14 Feb 2007). It's a pretty good blog, and reminded me of a few books I need to pick up. heh, like my wish list isn't long enough.

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction and a Fantasy book here and there. No horror, please.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Mass Market Paperback or an eBook is my preference. Storage space is becoming an increasing problem, since I like to keep my books... so I try to get ebooks whenever I can. I did belong to the Science Fiction book club for a while, so I do have a few hardbacks.

Heinlein or Asimov?
I hate Asimov. I've only read one Heinlein. I think I liked it. It's been a while.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Amazon. I'm a prime member and I totally love the two-day shipping. I do enjoy browsing through a store, but I rarely bother with the drive.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
eh. No difference to me.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
I enjoyed the Hitchhiker series. I've not read Discworld yet.

Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark!! Altho I occasionally have trouble finding my bookmark after I put it down, I would never ruin a book by bending a corner.

Magazine: Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
I get Fantasy & Science Fiction, and have for many years. I've never read an Asimov's.

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
oh geez. My bookshelves and boxes are Random. Completely and Utterly.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
I keep my books. I'm a little obsessive about it.

Year's Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
I've been reading Dozois' series for ages and I usually like his selections. I just started reading Hartwell's, so this one might be a tie. :)

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep it! It adds to the value of the book.

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
I take it off when I'm reading to keep it in good condition.

Short story or novel?
Novel. I do read quite a few short story collections, but I would never just read a short story... They are now selling individual stories on Amazon and FictionWise and I can't be bothered.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Nope, neither. Never read, and my TBR list is long and doesn't include these books at all!

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
When tired. Very often authors put chapter breaks in very exciting spots, so you want to keep reading through. So, yeah, I just stop randomly.

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"Once upon a time" for me. Unless it's a dark and stormy night on another planet. :)

Buy or Borrow?
Totally buy. I hate borrowing. I hate to touch "used" books.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
hm. If I'm in a store, it's browse... but I'm rarely in a store. Usually, I think it's a combination of reviews and recommendations.

Lewis or Tolkien?
Tolkien. Lewis is so simple minded with his Christian propaganda. Tolkien does some serious world building. Honestly, there's no comparison between the two authors.

Hard SF or Space Opera?
Hard Science Fiction.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
I like Anthologies better. More variety!

Hugo or Nebula?
eh. Both!

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
New Wave, Please.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Some of my favorite books are cliffhangers. Tidy endings are nice, and all, but ... um ... yeah ...

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Night during the week and afternoon during the weekend!

Standalone or Series?
I enjoy series... when I find an author I love, I definitely want more! But series that go on and on for millions of books, I am unlikely to begin.

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
Urban fantasy... You read one "high fantasy", you've read them all. And I've read the One. heh.

New or used?
New, preferrably. As mentioned, I don't like to touch used books. Another thing I'm obsessive about.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
I didn't read extensive sci fi last year and nothing qualifies as "favorite", but here are the best...
Year's Best Science Fiction 20th edited by Dozois.
Year's Best SF 1 edited by Hartwell.
Rider at the Gate and Clouds Rider by C.J. Cherryh.
Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin.

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
Moon of Three Rings and Flight in Yiktor by Andre Norton. (out of print)
Watersong by Mary Caraker. (out of print)
Riders of Leviathan by Toni Anzetti.
Earth by David Brin

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
David Brin's Uplift Series.
Tara K. Harper's WolfWalker series.

Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
Richard Chwedyk's "The Measure of All Things". The rest of his collection is good, but "Measure" is brilliant.
Vonda McIntyre's "Grass" (which is the basis of her novel Dreamsnake).
And "The New Prehistory" by Rene Rebetez-Cortes is a good one that amuses me.


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