Wednesday, December 26, 2007

SF Meme

Well, I finally found one of those annoying meme's that I'll actually do. I was searching for something, and stumbled across this post from SF Signal.

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Depends on the book. Some, I just want to have in Hardback (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, etc) while others I'd only buy in paperback (Foundation, anything by Vonnegut, etc)

Heinlein or Asimov?

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Brick and Mortar is my preferred version. I like holding books, and feel the need to read the blurb before making a buy decision

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Books-a-Million? My favorite store gets no love. Of course it's a bit too far away from my new home, so I fear Barnes & Nobles get my business these days...

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Hal Spacejock.

Bookmark or Dogear?
Depends. Dogear for mass market paperbacks (unless I have a bookmark handy), bookmark for everything else.

Magazine: Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Asimov, though I don't really read either magazine.

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Fear it has to be random. An active, book-loving, 14 month old keeps books from being organized.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep. Much to my beloved's chagrin

Year's Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?
Don't touch either

Keep dustjacket or toss it?

Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Short story or novel?

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
When tired--probably be more accurate to say "when asleep"

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?

Buy or Borrow?
Buy. Again to the wife's chagrin

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Browsing. I love physically holding a book, looking at it, and making the buy decision there on the spot

Lewis or Tolkien?
Depends on my mood. Tolkien is great, but he requires a lot more thinking than Lewis does..

Hard SF or Space Opera?
Hard SF

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Hugo or Nebula?
Neither bother me. I usually remember to look at their nomination lists after the actual awards have been handed out.

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
I like them both. I love my Heinlien, Asimove and Bova, but the stuff that Doctorow and Scalzi are putting out are wonderful as well.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?

Standalone or Series?

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
High fantasy.

New or used?
Depends on how much I'm looking forward to the book.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Dead Heat by Del Stone, Jr.

Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. His Majesty's Dragon by Noami Novik
2. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
3. Ringworld by Larry Niven
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by you-know-who
5. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
2. I, Jedi by Micheal Stackpole
3. Conquest by Greg Keyes
4. Foundation by Asimov
5. 1984 by Orwell.

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. Star Wars by Lucas Books
2. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCraffey.
3. The Tremaire series by Noami Novik
4. Asimov's Robot & Foundation books.
5. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)
err...sorry, blacked out here...

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