March 7, 2005
John@SFSignal has created a LiveJournal style SF meme, so here we go.
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction. I had fantasy burn out at an early age, too much Tolkien and Terry Pratchett. Never read much (any?) horror.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Mass Market. Although I do love it when I get a hardback as a present, and I have some Trade Paperbacks that look glorious too. But smaller == easier to read.
Heinlein or Asimov?
Neither really. Haven't read any Heinlein (I should rectify that) and only "I, Robot" from Asimov.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Waterstones. Not that I have much choice near me.
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
The orginal BBC TV series of Hitchhiker, but Discworld for books, although I haven't read a DW book for years.
Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark. I hate damaging books.
Magazine: Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Interzone. Asimov's and F&SF are too hard to get hold of in the UK. Although with the exchange rate weak/strong I'm tempted to subscribe.
Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Pseudo-random. Organised by size, then love, then author. Sort of.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep. You never know when you might want to read it again.
Year's Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
Only read one and that was a Dozois.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
On. So you can look at the pretty pictures.
Short story or novel?
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter, the first book is a masterpiece. The last book could have done with a good edit. I've only heard of Lemony Snicket recently because of the film.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Aim for chapters, reality is that I get tired before a chapter
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"
Buy or Borrow?
Buy. Although I like it when friends and family say "you must read this" and thrust a book at me.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Combination. I browse for authors I know and find new author's by review and recommendation.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Tolkien. The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe was classic book that got read to us at school, but I tried to read the others in the series and got nowhere.
Hard SF or Space Opera?
Space Opera, which is a bit ironic considering I have a PhD in Particle Physics.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Hugo or Nebula?
Arthur C. Clarke, which is always more atune with what I like and subtely different from the Hugos/Nebulas.
Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy, or rather "resolved".
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Nightime. I dream of morning and afternoon reading.
Standalone or Series?
Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
New or used?
New. Although a couple of years ago I bought 24 of the Science Fiction Masterworks series for £24, which somewhat dulled my buy-it-new addiction.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
The Affirmation - Christopher Priest. Well, not quite "unheard of" but certainly undervalued/overlooked.
Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
Err..bad memory. What did I read last year?
The Separation - Christopher Priest was definitely one of them.
Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson
Neuromancer - William Gibson
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
Pacific Edge - Kim Stanley Robinson
X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
Wiliam Gibson's sprawl series (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive)
Night's Dawn Trilogy - Peter Hamilton
Mars trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson (hard work but worthwhile)
Harry Potter - J K Rowling (but I pray for a satisfying ending)
Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
Tricky. Too many read and not enough remembered.
One standout is by Paul J McAuley, I think it was called "Gene Wars"? It was really short but so crammed with ideas. Awesome.