I love a great SF read. A book that not only inspires me and opens my mind, my also pushes me through its pages at blinding pace because it's just too good to put down. Such great reads are rare… which is both a curse and a blessing.
The curse is, of course, there aren't enough great reads. If only every book could shine that brightly! The blessing is that we don't have to suffer the same withdrawl symptoms all the time. When I finish a great read, I want/expect my next read to be just as good. It almost never is, leaving me feeling a bit lost and depressed.
Note use of the word "almost". I just had a rare double-header of great SF novels: James S.A. Corey's "Abaddon's Gate" www.amazon.com/Abaddons-Gate-E… and Ranez Naam's "Nexus" www.amazon.com/Nexus-Ramez-Naa…. I heartily recommend both… though be warned, each one will probably have you itching to read the sequel by the last page. "Nexus'" sequel www.amazon.com/Crux-Ramez-Naam… comes out in August. The next James S.A. Corey Expanse book won't be out for AT LEAST a year.
But that brings me to the interactive segment of this blog. What are the Really Great SF books you've read in the past couple of years – the ones make you sad when you realize you've digested the last word on their last page and/or the ones that seem to call you back for a re-read, if only to relive some of its reader experience? Care to share?
And finally… on the subject of sharing… here are my recent picks for really cool deviations. Explore and enjoy!
I totally know what you mean. I was on such a roll with the Expanse books, and then I encountered some real stinkers immediately after, which probably seemed even worse in comparison to the Expanse books. I had such a visceral reaction to the mediocre book I read after finishing one of my favorite books, China Mieville's Perdido Street Station, that I chucked it across the room and have had a vendetta against it ever since. It was like being served a processed Hostess cupcake when I'd grown used to high quality chocolate cake.
Some good recommendations here! I tend to read books that are a little hard to box in--rarely straight-forward hard SF or high fantasy. As mentioned, I love China Mieville's "weird fiction." (I will cut anyone who calls them 'steampunk'). I've also really enjoyed Paolo Bacigalupi's dystopian "bio-punk" work.
I recently read Gene Wolfe's Shadow of the Torturer and hated it x_x
On the burner I've got some Iain Banks, more Paolo Bacigalupi, Gibson's Idoru, and Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312. Also making my way through an 800 page nonfiction brick about post-independence Africa, just to mix things up!
Reading Shipbreakers now! Really enjoying it, and amazed how they'll slap the YA label on anything with a younger protagonist. Windup Girl is one of my favorites. It's imperfect, but it's really stuck with me in the few years since I read it. I've always been an Asiaphile (I was in steamy Hong Kong when I read it!) but the book got me interested in Thailand in a way I haven't been able to shake. I also enjoyed Pump Six, his collection of short stories.
I fear he's eerily prophetic about a lot of things. I'm excited about his next "adult" book, The Water Knife, due out next year or later, about a war between Phoenix and Vegas over water resources.
Oh no, I was looking forward to The Drowned Cities after this one! Was it a downer because it was disappointing or because it was depressing?
I really enjoyed the Pump Six collection. Most of the stories felt Baccigalupi-like, but it was nice to see him explore a wider variety of themes.
Drowned Cities was technically accomplished... it was just a downer. It's not the setting, it's the character's stories. Maybe I was in an over-sensitive mood when I read it? I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.
So is The Water Knife set in his established future history or is it stand-alone?
I can do without the zombie book, though I'm sure his publisher will love it. I have a friend who's an established SF author and his publisher has, at times, suggested he work vampires into his stories. Sad.....
Ugh, seriously? Yeah, zombies do nothing for me. They often just become a metaphor for the poor or some other undesirables, and then we get to watch a (usually) white dude butcher a bunch of them. Fun.
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