Friday, March 6, 2015

A 15 Question Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book Meme

I vaguely remember seeing this meme on SF Signal last year, but it was Niall over at The Speculative Scotsman who posted his response today (he, in turn, saw it over Pornokitsch), reminding me of the idea. It actually took a bit more thought than I anticipated to answer all 15 questions, but it was still a fun exercise.

1. What was the last sf/f/h book you finished reading?

Well, the last review I posted was for The Usurper by John Norman, but I actually finished reading that a few weeks ago. The last book I finished was The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth.

2. What was the last sf/f/h book you did not finish reading and why?

The last book I didn't finish was Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes. I really wanted to like it, but I found the narrative rather weak, the pacing slow, and the characters bland. I gave it a fair shot, but ended up skimming a lot.

3. What was the last sf/f/h book you read that you liked but most people didn’t?

I know a lot of friends and fellow bloggers only gave it 2 or 3 stars, and at least one tagged it as a DNF, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Unremembered by Peter Orullian. Now, to be honest, I read his new Author's Definitive Edition, so I can't compare the two versions, but I can confidently say I enjoyed it and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of its forthcoming sequel.

4. What was the last sf/f/h book you read that you disliked but most people did?

Doll Face by Tim Curran is one that got a lot of stellar reviews but, after 4 fantastic reads in a row (each of which both wowed and delighted me), this was my first Tim Curran disappointment. As much as I was excited by the concept, and as much as I expected to enjoy it, it just fell completely flat for me.

5. How long do your 1-sitting reading sessions usually last?

I usually take a half hour during lunch in the office, and then generally get an hour or two at night, while my son is having snack and getting ready for bed, and then while my wife and I wait to ensure he's asleep before digging into the DVR.

6. What are you currently reading?

I always have a few books on the go, hopping between them as my mood shifts. Right now that includes The Damned by October Weeks (for a tour), The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett (I sat on the ARC as long as I could), and The Madonna and the Starship by James K. Morrow (for an upcoming WTF Friday feature).

7. Do you like it so far?

Of the three, I've made the most progress with The Skull Throne, and while I can see why some readers are challenged by the focus on the supporting cast, I've just read through one of the 'big' events in the book and I'm starting to appreciate what he's accomplishing here. It's different, but I binge read 180 pages last night, which has to tell you something!

8. How long ago did you buy the book you are currently reading (or the last book you read)?

I've actually been sitting on the ARC of The Skull Throne since January.

9. What was the last physical sf/f/h book you bought?

During my travels for work back in January I stumbled across a used bookstore I hadn't been to before and picked up 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz, The Tiger Warrior by David Gibbins, and Dispatch by Bentley Little.

10. What is the sf/f/h sub-genre you like the most and why?

I'm usually drawn to either epic fantasy doorstoppers or weird/bizarro horror.

11. What is the sf/f/h sub-genre you dislike the most and why?

Hard sci-fi (the kind that's heavy on the technology and the science) and cyberpunk are two sub-genres that I struggle to get excited about.

12. What is your favorite electronic reading device?

I've tried reading on my laptop, my tablet, and my phone, but nothing beats the true e-ink technology of my Kobo Glo. It's very much like the Kindle Paperwhite, but has more flexibility regarding formats, and I've been told its illumination is a bit more even.

13. What was the last sf/f/h eBook you bought?

I think the last e-book I purchased (not counting Kindle freebies) was The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones. I missed out on the Goodreads giveaway, but it made enough of an impression on me that I went out and bought a copy.

14. Do you read books exclusively in 1 format (physical/electronic)?

Nope, I'm an equal opportunity reader. Generally, I'm quite happy to devour sci-fi and horror electronically, but I enjoy fantasy novels most when I can hold them in my hand, feel the heft of the pages, and be able to dog-ear scenes and flip back to the glossary or character list.

15. Do you read eBooks exclusively on a single device (eBook reader/ smartphone / tablet)?

I'd say about 99% of my eBooks are read on my Kobo. Once in a while I'll read something on my phone that I've just downloaded from Amazon or Indigo, but I'll transfer those books to the Kobo as soon as I get home.

2 comments:

  1. I'll admit I didn't fall in love with The Skull Throne, but there was definitely something very addictive about it! I devoured the parts that focused on The Hollow folks - the baby daddy drama and scandals!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  2. I have always been a kindle guy mostly because it was the fist one given to me. I will soon be trying to read on a iPad because I have to carry one for work and have no desire to carry around four separate media devises (work and personal phone, plus tablet, PLUS kindle?).

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