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Musing Mondays: Favorite Genre

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Starting off the week with Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading.  

This week’s random topic is: What’s your favorite genre? Why?

Science-fiction is my favorite genre.  It’s the section of the bookstore or library that I gravitate toward first (assuming they have a separate section for sci-fi, of course!) and that I enjoy browsing to find new works, catch up on some of the previous novels I’ve missed or consider re-reading.    There are a lot of things I enjoy about the genre — the diversity of authors and stories, the exploration of the future and making predictions about what could be around the next corner.  I also enjoy that the stories and novels  can be the starting point for conversations and deeper looks at the meanings behind things or the commentary it could be making on our world today.  And sometimes there are just some thrilling stories that keep the pages turning.

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Musing Mondays: Discussions

It’s time again for Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week’s random subject for conversation is this question:

Do you enjoy debating / discussing the books that others are currently reading? Why, or why not?

As with a lot of things, it depends on the book. I’ve been involved with several book discussion groups and have found that some books, while very enjoyable to read, don’t necessarily lend themselves to an in-depth conversation.

One example I can think (that is done by a LOT of sci-fi/fantasy discussion groups when they first begin) is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Don’t get me wrong here — the book is wonderfully witty, well observed and out and out funny. But I’m not sure it lends itself to discussion beyond looking at “well, what was your favorite funny part?”

(I suppose if you were willing to look deeper at it and look at the various versions of the story that Adams wrote over his lifetime (the radio series, the novels, the TV show, the movie), you could get some more out of it. But I’m not sure if this might be homework above and beyond reading the book.) Continue reading

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Musing Mondays: What Are You Reading?

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It’s time again for Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week due to President’s Day, there’s no random question.   So, instead I’m going to answer one of the weekly questions the meme poses.

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

What I’m currently reading — I’m currently participating in the NetGalley challenge to try and clear some of my backlog of ARCs.  I’ve modified it to include both NetGalley and the Amazon Vine program.  That’s why I’ve got a lot of books on my “currently reading” plate right now.

Up next, I’ve got a couple of Doctor Who tie-in novels.  One is an audio book and the other is ARC of the latest Peter Capaldi era novel.

In the past week, I’ve been busy blogging as well.  Here’s some of what I posted.

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Musing Mondays: Recommendations

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It’s the start of a new week and time for Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

For this week’s installment, I decided to look at the random question that asks  the following:

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Give a list of 4 books you read last year that you’d recommend to others — and why.

1.   The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters — I suppose it’s cheating since I’m recommending three books in one, but I liked all the trilogy so much that it’s hard to recommend one without recommending them all.   With a meteor heading toward Earth and the prediction of the end of life as we know it, would solving a murder still be a priority or necessary?   Detective Hank Palace thinks so and he continues to try and close cases, even as the world descends into chaos around him.   A lot of what I like about this trilogy comes from Hank Palace and his struggle as the end of the world looms large.  But there’s also a palatable sense of foreboding and futility that Winters puts into these novels.   It’s a series of books that I’ve thought about a bit after reading them.

2.  My Real Children by Jo Walton — Part character study, part alternate history, My Real Children is a compulsively readable novel that looks at what Patricia Cowan’s life could have been like based on a single decision.   There are positives and negatives to each timeline and the choices that Patricia makes in each.  There are also some fascinating glimpses of alternate history thrown in for good measure, all adding up to a reading experience that I enjoyed a great deal and hope that others will as well.

3.   Lock In by John Scalzi —  I’m a big Scalzi fan and have been since I read Old Man’s War.  He won the Hugo a couple of years ago for Redshirts and while that was good, I think this one is better.  In fact, I’d say it’s one of his best, doing what great science-fiction does by examining on and commenting on what makes us human and what that means.   The book reminded a lot of Issac Asimov’s Bailey and Daneel novels and is at the top of my list for the Hugo Award this year.

4.  Big Little Lies by Liam Moriarity — Sometimes you just want to recommend something that was a lot of fun to read.  And that’s the case with Big Little Lies.   Something tragic happened on trivia night at Piriwee Public.  We get a glimpse of it early in the book and then spend the next 250 pages setting up how and why it happened and the implications of it.  This is a book that kept me guessing as to what the final twist would be and was just a lot of fun to read and enjoy the ride.

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