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This week’s question:
Q: Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?
While my reading preferences are fairly eclectic I try to avoid the Science Fiction genre. I’m not exactly sure why I dislike it so much, especially since I am a fan of several science fiction television series like Star Trek (The Next Generation and Voyager), Quantum Leap, Terra nova and The Jetsons but each time I try to read a purely science fiction novel I can’t seem to stay interested.
I think it’s mainly because there is a lack of familiarity with known things, I prefer to read fiction that has some grounding in the real world – which is why I love urban fantasy but rarely read high fantasy. Science fiction books often have to spend a lot of time world building, both the physical details and the cultural/political details, and I tend to get bored quickly with the minutia of it all. I have also found a lot of the science fiction I have read to be depressing – the earth has usually succumbed to some type of destruction whether it be environmental, alien invasion or nuclear war and in science fiction someone is almost always trying to kill someone else.
Even though I try to avoid science fiction, I do have to read a novel from the genre for my Eclectic Reader Challenge this year so I would welcome suggestions from you :
What science fiction novel do you think I should read?
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