SciFi Book Memeon January 26, 2007 at 9:36 am
Another meme taken from Carl :
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction. I know you never would have guessed. Though I do love a lot of fantasy series as well.
Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Hardbacks, only if I plan on keeping the book or rereading it several times. Otherwise, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d rather not spend the money. I usually go with mass market, cheaper and smaller (to fit in the purse).
Heinlein or Asimov?
Asimov. The one Heinlein novel I tried reading, didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go so well. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve enjoyed the few works of Asimov that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve read.
Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Both. I love browsing Amazon online, or when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking for something rare. I usually find what I want. But I love just hanging out at the bookstore too. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rare when I come away empty-handed.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Borders. Their frequent buyer program is FREE. I get coupons all the time. And I have a Borders VISA card, which means double points in the store. And more free books. But I do love B&N because they have Starbucks coffee. And there’s one just down the road from me. But there are several of both Borders and B&N within a short driving distance. I love living near a big city.
Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Hitchhiker. I love the Hitchhiker series. Douglas Adams was great!
Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark. The only thing I dogear are puzzle books, and I throw those away.
Magazine: AsimovÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
The only scifi magazine I really enjoy is SciFi Magazine, produced by the SciFi Channel.
Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m completely anal about alphabetizing. If one book gets out of order, I get frustrated. I do the same with my DVDs and CDs. I alphabetize by authour, except when it comes to series written by various authors (such as Star Trek, X-Men, Star Wars, etc.). Those, I have in their own book shelves alphabetized by title of the series, all in order.
Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep. Unless I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enjoy the book, or know for sure IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never read it again. Then, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d sell it. The only time IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever thrown a book away was when I found it so disgusting and offensive, that I knew I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want anyone to ever put themselves through that either.
Keep dustjacket or toss it?
I never toss them unless itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ripped and looks ugly.
Read with dustjacket or remove it?
I usually take it off while reading.
Short story or novel?
Novel. I rarely find short stories worth reading. I come away feeling disappointed.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get into Lemony Snicket. But I absolutely love Harry.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I try to reach the end of a chapter, even when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m tired.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a dark and stormy nightÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once upon a timeÃ¢â‚¬Â?
It was a dark and stormy night. Definitely.
Buy or Borrow?
Buy. Unfortunately. Right now I have several huge stacks on my floor waiting to be read. I should borrow from the library more. I still do occasionally.
Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
All of the above. Book reviews are a major factor lately. But most of the time, when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in Borders, I find myself picking more books up just by browsing.
Lewis or Tolkien?
Lewis. I enjoyed the LOTR Trilogy well enough. But nothing compares to C.S. Lewis for me. His books are beyond powerful. His Space Trilogy was probably some of the first science fiction novels I ever read. And his Narnia series will always remain my favorite series. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure that I cry every time I read them. I get so engrossed.
Hard SF or Space Opera?
Space Opera. Hard SF has itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place. But Space Operas are so much more fun.
Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
As IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve said before, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not big on short stories. But if I had to pick, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be an anthology. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve read a few I enjoyed.
Hugo or Nebula?
CouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care less about either. I like what I like.
Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
New Wave. While I enjoy a little Golden Age, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m more of a new wave gal.
Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
I need a tidy ending. Though if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a part of a series, there can be a FEW loose ends that can wait to be tied up till another book. I hate cliffhangers. They drive me nuts! Especially, waiting for a new season to start on tv. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s torture.
Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
AnytimeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ All the time.
Standalone or Series?
I prefer series. If itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a book that I really enjoy, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want it to end.
Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
I enjoy both. Though lately urban fantasy has been booming. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really enjoying some of these new authors emerging!
New or used?
I prefer new, but budget-wise used is better.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Well, most of my friends havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t heard of it, though some of you mightÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably reread and review it next month, in honor of Black History Month.
Top 5 favorite genre books read last year?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
Rogue Angel: Destiny, by “Alex Archer”
X-Men: Dark Mirror, by Marjorie M. Liu
Top 5 favorite genre books of all time?
Wow. This is going to be hard to narrow downÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia), by C.S. Lewis
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Metamorphosis, by Jean Lorrah
Area 51, by Robert Doherty
The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
5 favorite genre series?
Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Area 51, by Robert Doherty
The Noble Dead, by Barb and J.C. Hendee
Harry Potter, by JK Rowling