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Nov 30, 2014 02:47PM

4170 I suspect some of the other genres to be more gender-bound, especially romance and techno-thrillers. The methodology of this poll is vague--did everyone list their top 50, or did GR take 20K men and pull out the 50 most common books? Or the most recent book?

Here in S&L, often in recommendation threads I notice that some people only seem to read or recommend male authors. (see this thread most recently for example)

My personal library is currently 57% male, 43% female. And I'm a female.
4170 A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay, fantasy planetary travel from the 1920s, which is a combination metaphysical trip and peyote trip. It feels completely disconnected from the post-Tolkein era fantasy.
Nov 27, 2014 10:36AM

4170 Where's My Cow? probably makes more of an impact if you've read the Guards series in Terry Pratchett.

The Thing Beneath the Bed was...memorable. Oops, it's part of a series.
Nov 27, 2014 10:27AM

4170 I've read four of the books in the series--the focus varies in the books between the arts and the social background. You don't get the same book twice with Kowal!

Nina Kiriki Hoffman does interesting contemporary things with magic in the context of family. I really enjoyed A Fistful of Sky.
4170 I really enjoyed this book also, and was glad that it was a co-winner for the Hugo award. I like that Mieville can write so man different worlds and genres so well.

Do you think that a non-sf reader would be able to do well with this book?
Nov 27, 2014 10:11AM

4170 I think infodump is still a good term, and a style to avoid. But Mary Sue should probably go--in the original comments, there were easily four different versions of what the phrase refers to (and more on this page). Thus, it is basically an undefined and negatively sexist term.

I haven't heard the term Head Hopping, multiple POVs are usually fine with me (unless the fist instance happens 3/4 through the story.)
Nov 23, 2014 02:37PM

4170 Finished Clariel by Garth Nix. Didn't like it much. But I feel like I should go back and read the other books in the series now--especially Sabriel.
Nov 22, 2014 07:26AM

4170 Thanks for posting that! I just heard the tail end of the NPR piece about her speech.

As brought up in the Lathe of Heaven thread, Le Guin often uses Taoist themes in her work. Any clear Taoism here?
Nov 18, 2014 08:49PM

4170 Pat Rothfuss' Worldbuilders is once again running an sff lottery and auction to benefit Heifer Intl.
4170 For contemporary (fantasy) African society, Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. (or the Okorafor above).
For history of gender issues, The Female Man by Joanna Russ.
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein--Summer of Love time.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Something Shakespeare--Hamlet, or Tempest.
4170 I've had various authors enter and leave this category over time (I remember OSC's historical fiction about Mormon settlers). The one author who hasn't disappointed me yet is Lois McMaster Bujold. I even liked her fantasy romances.
Nov 12, 2014 07:22PM

4170 I usually go to Boskone, but I just signed up with the Jonathan Coulton Cruise, which falls right between the two cons.

If I do Arisia, I'll try to find you though! I tend towards last minute decisions...
Nov 05, 2014 10:49PM

4170 Fact check, benzos like Valium came out in the 60s ('mother's little helper'); Prozac and the SSRIs came out early 90s. Per the CDC, 11% of Americans were on an SSRI in the mid 00's.

SF usually is reflecting the society it's written in more than any actual future.
4170 Lots of le Guin books have Taoist themes (including a translation of a Taoist text, Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way). In LoH, there was a definite distinction between striving for rightness, and trusting the universe to right itself. George is more successful the more passive he gets. (Note I have not actually studied Taoism in depth)
Nov 05, 2014 10:17PM

4170 I want to second @2 Conservation of Shadows.

Also Kelly Link Magic for Beginners, for magical realist stories.

For multi-author anthology, I've had good luck with the Eclipse series (edited by Jonathan Strahan) so far.
4170 Look, DADOES is on the list too.
Nov 01, 2014 09:16PM

4170 All the McKillip books with the Kinuko Craft covers are gorgeous! But I think Alphabet of Thorn is one of the best of her recent books. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
4170 I'll agree with the author on Reforged Weapons (aren't they more likely to break?) and Race-Specific Weapons (lazy characterization). The ultra-sharp knife isn't one I've really run into as much as some of the others.
4170 I've read it a couple times over the past decades (and seen one or two tv versions). Like Ben, Dispossessed is my favorite, but LoH has some haunting scenes that stick with me...like a certain Beatles tune.
Oct 26, 2014 10:29AM

4170 I really enjoyed Ancillary Sword. It picks up shortly after the first book left off, then moves off to a new direction.

I also read A Darkling Sea, not quite as good but the underwater aliens were well done.


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