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Booking Through Thursday June 18

June 18th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


It has been awhile since I participated in Booking Through Thursday but I could not resist this one.

This week’s Booking Through Thursday:

“One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day.

As she puts it:

So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.

So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?”

I don’t know what I may do to celebrate but I do love fantasy/sci-fi.  I think I enjoy it because you can enter entirely new worlds in which things not possible is our lives are common things in their world.  Or that there may be more than meets the eye even in our own world.

One of my favorite authors that I’ve blogged about before is Mercedes Lackey.  Her Valdemar series is probably my all time favorite fantasy series.  I love the world of Valdemar, the Heralds, mages, gryphons and more.  If you have not read her books I really suggest you go out there and read one now.  I listed here what I thought about each book in the series to give you an idea of where you might want to start.

For science fiction my favorite book is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.  When you read the premise it is a sort of disturbing idea of kids being trained in warfare at such young ages.  But the world Card creates will transport you into the story and not let you go until the very end.

I’m not sure if this contributed to my reading of fantasy and science-fiction but I love, love, love Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager.  I also a fan of Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis and was getting hooked into Battle Star Galactica until we lost access to the sci-fi channel and now I believe the series is done.  I will admit that I do enjoy reading a good Star Trek novel every now and then.  In fact, I have 4 Star Trek books that I read over and over because I enjoy them so much.  In case you are curious, they are:

Possession (ST: TNG)

Intellivore(ST: TNG)

Survivors (ST: TNG)

Three Minute Universe (ST Original Series)

Now I am not sure where stories about vampires fall.  There are romance stories like the Sookie Stackhouse books, a ton of young adult series like Vampire Academy, Blue Bloods, House of Night, etc., horror stories like I Am Legend and The Strain and many more.  I personally feel they fall into fantasy since they create a new world with beings that may or may not really exist.  Either way I do love vampire stories.

What about you?  Do you enjoy reading fantasy/sci-fi?  Any suggestions on must read books?

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6 Responses

  1. imbookingit

    I used to regularly read Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’d like to add more back into my mix.

    One of my favorite SF authors is Connie Willis. She writes very character driven books, but makes good use of whatever technology she’s working with. I’d recommend starting with “To Say Nothing of the Dog”, a funny time travel novel.

  2. Belle

    When I was a kid, I loved science fiction. Nowadays I enjoy fantasy more, and in particular urban fantasy. Give me anything with a storyline about magic in our everyday world and I’m all over it!

    I was never much into Star Trek but for some funny reason, Star Trek 4 (the one about the whales) is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. Strange, isn’t it?

  3. dsuzuki

    thanks imbookingit. I’ll have to check that book out.

    Belle-I love the dolphin one. I thought it was hilarious when Scotty tried talking into the mouse to try and get the computer to work.

  4. aka dogfish

    if you like urban sci-fi fused with magic realism, psychological thriller, crime drama and bold social commentary, check out a title by first time author Eugene Kachmarsky, called Let Slip the Dogs of Love. google it. it’s on amazon or has a write up and short author bio. the book that changed my life.

  5. Mish

    Valdemar is a long-time favourite. Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead are newer favourites. If you’re interested in an alternate history, I recommend Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes. If you can find them, Rod Serling’s stories from the Twilight Zone are also really good.

  6. dsuzuki

    Thanks Mish! Alternate history books sound interesting.

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