Let’s talk about all things sci-fi. What are some of your favorite sci-fi books? Or do you shy away from the genre?
I struggle with the sci-fi genre because many of the books I’ve read have been lengthy and sometimes overly detailed to the point of dragging on for too long. Sci-fi translates very well to the screen though, and I enjoy watching movies in the genre. My Dad loves to read sci-fi so I find it strange that I tend to struggle with it. Recently one of my book clubs read The Martian, and everyone loved it – well, I thought it was only alright. I tend to find my mind wandering and a little bit of boredom sets in when the books go on a bit too much. I did really enjoy Ender’s Game, despite the extra stuff that I didn’t think was necessary, but by the 3rd book in that series I gave up. I’m definitely open to suggestions for some good sci-fis that don’t drag.
This is a genre that I usually do not pick up on my own. The only way I read Sci-Fi is if someone forces it upon me. I will sometimes even ENJOY reading the book, but I will not generally agree to reading Sci-Fi without a fight. About as Sci-Fi as I get is paranormal ish aliens… yep. That is about it. And even then, those aliens tend to be just like humans… like The Host by Stephenie Meyer… that is Sci-Fi, no? ha
I’m going to guess that out of Julie, Rose, and I, I’m probably the only one who regularly reads science fiction. I can see why a lot of readers a turned off by science fiction, though. Lots of characters and places with names that are difficult to remember. Many of the books are long. And even longer when you start into a series. And there are definitely some bad science fiction books out there, like any genre. But there are also some excellent ones. I read science fiction because I like to believe that we are not alone. And reading, or even watching, science fiction strengthens that belief. As a kid, I was reading Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Madeleine L’Engle. Then I moved on to Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clark, and Michael Crichton. Now, it’s Douglas Adams, David Weber’s Honorverse, John Scalzi, and Ernest Cline. If you haven’t yet, don’t be afraid to try some science fiction. And I really loved The Martian.