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The Sci Fi Experience

February 29, 2008

Hosted by Carl, who specifically explained that it was not a challenge but an experience, this encouraged participants to explore the Sci-Fi genre.  I originally chose five books, but three of them, while by sci-fi authors, weren’t sci-fi.  Nevertheless, I reviewed one of these, so I’m including it.  The two I’m not listing are Enchantment by Orson Scott Card and Orsinian Tales by Ursula LeGuin. Here are the ones I included in the experience:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
The best book: Never Let Me Go. How do I love thee, Ishiguro? Let me count the ways…
What book could I have done without? Lost Boys: it was just so traumatic it sucked all the life out of me for a bit. That being said, I’m totally willing to read more Card in the future: I have plans for Enchantment and I mooched Magic Street. Granted, these still aren’t sci-fi. ;)
Any new authors? Jules Verne (the father of sci-fi!) and Orson Scott Card
Books I did not finish: I read the first three stories of Orsinian Tales and really enjoyed them, but the book has run away. I hope to find it soon, lol. I didn’t get around to Enchantment, once I realised it wasn’t sci-fi, but I plan to!
What did I learn from this challenge? Well, I wish I could say I developed a deep appreciation for sci-fi, but I ended up not reading much sci-fi. I did enjoy reading Verne, the man who started it all, but I wish I had pushed myself more. On the other hand, I gained an interesting perspective on day-to-day LDS life through Lost Boys.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 29, 2008 8:42 pm

    I do think Never Let Me Go is an excellent book. It made me sad; it made me think. Kind of like Remains of the Day… not exactly enjoyable, but terribly moving.

  2. March 1, 2008 12:05 am

    Jenclair, very true. He’s not an author I’d turn to when I was down, but when I’m in need of perfect prose, he’s my go to. :)

  3. March 1, 2008 7:00 am

    I just finished NEVER LET ME GO. It left me speechless and amazed with its brilliance.

  4. March 1, 2008 8:56 am

    It was your review of Never Let Me Go that made me immediately go request it from paperbackswap. Being reminded of your review has me wanting to move it up on the pile…that’s definitely a review that sticks in my mind…it was just so incredibly beautiful!

  5. March 1, 2008 12:05 pm

    Emily, yes! Have you read Remains of the Day? If not, I think it’s even better. ;)

    Debi, thank you so much-it’s so scary to write reviews of incredible books. I really hope you read it and love it!!

  6. March 1, 2008 1:57 pm

    Your review of Never Let me Go had me looking for it at the library, but unfortunately they didn’t have it. I wish I could have read it for the Sci-Fi experience. But it’s definitely a book I want to read in the near future, so I know I’ll end up ordering or mooching it sometime soon, especially now that you reminded me of how much I want to read it. Kazuo Ishiguro really is brilliant.

    I have never read Orsinian Tales, but I was just looking it up and it sounds extremely interesting. I hope your copy turns up soon!

  7. March 1, 2008 1:58 pm

    Oh, yes, Remains of the Day is one of the few books I’ve ever read twice within a period of only about two years. Loved it! (Oh, and forced it on everyone I knew.)

  8. March 1, 2008 9:47 pm

    Nymeth, too bad your library doesn’t have it. Mine doesn’t have ANY Ishiguro, which is a travesty. :( And I found Orsinian Tales today!! Yay-I’ll talk about it for Short Story Sunday tomorrow.

    Emily, awesome!

  9. January 30, 2010 11:56 pm

    Eva, I’m afraid you still haven’t read any “real” science fiction. Card is borderline. His earlier books were pretty good (especially Ender’s War, which I recommend), but since he got bit by the far-right-wingnut bug, he’s forgotten how to write good fiction. Ishiguro, while an amazing writer, does not do sf either. Verne is history (I read most of his novels back in junior high) and sf has changed radically several times since his day. Ursula LeGuin — now THERE is a science fiction writer. One of the best of the past century. I very strongly recommend Left Hand of Darkness, which won every award available.

    • February 10, 2010 2:32 am

      I have since read Ender’s War, which I felt ‘meh’ about. I do need to read Left Hand of Darkness!

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