Feature & Follow Friday #81

 Hi! My name is Shelleyrae and this is Book’d Out!

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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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101 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 13:06:53

    I used to be a bit of an SF/F buff, but I’ve always preferred soft science fiction over the hard stuff. I agree that SF lends itself to too much exposition, and there’s often a focus on science, concepts or world-building over story-telling or characterisation, although that’s beginning to change now.

    I love a lot of the old-fashioned stuff such as that by John Wyndham or Philip K Dick, but there’s some good soft sci-fi (arguably even magic realism) coming out of late. I think publishers are aiming to make SF more mainstream, which has led to more of an emphasis on characterisation and writing as opposed to ideas and gadgets.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 27, 2012 @ 17:26:38

      Actually I liked John Wyndham’s books as well – especially The Chrysalis and the Midwich Cuckoos. Maybe I need to look for something similar.

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  2. Amanda
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:06:37

    Congrats on being one of the FF features!

    I’m personally VERY picky about my sci-fi, myself. It just depends on how it’s done.

    I’m a new follower via RSS!

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  3. Christy @TheReaderBee
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:06:40

    I don’t read a whole lot of SciFi either… unless it’s YA. But I haven’t really read much of that either. 🙂 Happy FF!

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  4. Eileen
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:11:34

    Congratulations on being the feature! Followed you via Google Reader. I’m okay toward sci-fi, but I really liked Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I don’t know if that’s sci-fi, though.

    http://eileenlisblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday-12.html

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  5. DeniseF
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:15:59

    Congrats on the feature! I, too, shy away from sci-fi.

    New follower

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  6. Kate S. (@ExLibris_Kate)
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:19:34

    Congrats on being featured! Sci-Fi can be tough. I do like it, but tere are sub-genres within Sci-Fi that I am less fond of.

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  7. maryann
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:19:41

    I used to be the same way, but then gave a few books a try and have found a few that I just adored! Congrats on being featured! New follower 🙂

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter

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  8. Jennifer Bielman
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:19:49

    New follower through Networked blogs.

    I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi but I do like it. But I do understand why you don’t like it. A lot of world building can be annoying. Congrats of the feature.

    Here is my FF: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday-13-tgif-7.html

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  9. Jessi@OtherwhereCo
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:21:36

    Congrats on the feature! I grew up loving sci-fi and read more Star Wars books than I’d like to admit. A staple would be Ender’s Game. It’s an amazing story and, I believe, has something for everyone. I highly recommend it!

    Happy Friday and new follower here!

    Otherwhere.co FF

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  10. Em
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:33:31

    I’m not a big fan of Sci Fi either. I just can’t seem to enjoy them. One of the only series that can be considered Sci Fi that I’ve loved it Across the Universe…
    Em
    A Beautiful Madness

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  12. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:38:36

    Congrats on being this weeks FF feature 🙂

    I don’t read a lot of SciFi either, but I did enjoy Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan which i read in 2011.

    Have a great weekend Shelleyrae!

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  13. sarah@catchingbooks
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:40:12

    Congrats on being the feature blog of the week!! I am not a huge fan of SciFi either!

    Happy reading and I am a new follower 🙂

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  14. Bonnie
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:44:22

    I am a new follower via RSS (Congrats on the feature by the way! 🙂 ). I wish I could be more help to you but unfortunately I don’t usually read SciFi either. Actually come to think of it I can’t remember the last SciFi book that I’ve read. If you do find one for your challenge that you enjoy I would love to hear about it! 😉

    Bonnie @ http://www.handsandhome.ca

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  15. Celine
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:54:11

    I don’t really like Sci-fi as well but I still love watching the movies! Congratulations on being featured this week! I’m also an aussie book blogger and a new follower via email!

    Celine @ Forget-me-not

    Here is my FF

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  16. Nicola @ A Pocket Full of Books
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:59:22

    Definitely see where you’re coming from! I have read very few SciFi books myself.

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  17. Amie@Mom Reads My Books
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:03:57

    I don’t read a lot of science fiction either, though I have read a couple of good books this year (Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan comes to mind). Here is my FF: Mom Reads My Books

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  18. Joder
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:03:59

    Congrats on being featured this week! I’ve found a few enjoyable sci-fi books but I definitely prefer watching this genre than reading it. I’m now following you via RSS and would love for you to visit me when you get a chance…. http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday_26.html

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  19. Varsha
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:13:02

    New fan and follower 🙂 Love your blog. I love sci-fi when it comes with good romance and/or really funny ideas (like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) but anything with gun-toting, stalk-eyed aliens will make me run away screaming. Not into all that dimensional rip and rift kinda stuff either! Congrats on being featured:)

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  20. Ning
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:23:18

    congrats on being featured. I don’t think I’ve actually read sci-fi before. unless you count the Foundation series. I really enjoy world-building and the details of sci-fi and high fantasy though. i think it’s why i have problems with a lot of the dystopian YA nowadays because they have really good ideas but few authors actually delve deep into the details of how society functions. they just kind of leave it hanging. i guess it gives their characters more freedom.

    lol sry for the long comment. anyway new follower!

    My FF

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  21. Tristan Bruce (@larissaharvard)
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:36:06

    I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi either, but Incarceron by Catherine Fisher was really good. It was kind of sci-fi, dystopian blend. You should check it out. I’m subscribed, congrats on being a feature 😉
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

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  22. Jessi Larie
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:37:06

    I somewhat agree…I can read sci-fi but I’m really picky about it. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi was pretty good though =]

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  23. Katie
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 15:38:27

    I don’t read much sci fi either, but I would highly highly highly suggest “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer it is an amazing book!

    New Follower

    http://curseofthebibliophile.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday_26.html

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 27, 2012 @ 18:25:02

      I’d wondered if Cinder could be more sci fi than fantasy. Thanks for the rec!

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      • Laura (@BurgandyIce)
        Jan 28, 2012 @ 03:54:42

        Cinder’s a good suggestion – I bet it would count! Across the Universe and Glow look so good and Under the Never Sky has had such raving reviews. I just got it and I can’t wait to dive in! One of my fav old sci-fi’s is The Crystal Singer – ’cause the girl is so fiesty and sings perfect pitch and sings to crystal to mine it. It’s very sci-fi w/ the different worlds and everything, but I don’t remember a slow moment in the book – plus there’s romance. 🙂

        Congrats on being featured!! Have an awesome weekend!!

        My F&F: Colorimetry

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  24. Insightful Minds (@IM_BookReviews)
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:00:15

    I am also not big on Sci Fi! Lately, I feel like I am about the only one who isn’t into it! Good to see that is not true!

    Check out my – Feature and Follow

    Tabby @Insightful Minds

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  25. Jess @ Gone with the Words
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:11:12

    I haven’t read too much Scifi, but I can’t discard the idea of reading some. I wish I had a suggestion for you to read though! 🙂

    ~Jess @ Gone with the Words | My TGIF/FF post!
    (If you followed my blog via GFC you will no longer be able to get my feed via GFC or Blogger and I would be sad to lose you as a follower! Click HERE to follow my new feed! THANK YOU!)

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  26. Grace @ Books Like Breathing
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:25:26

    Congrats on being the featured blog!

    I am not much use for Science Fiction recs because I hate the genre myself. I have never been able to get into it at all.

    I am a new follower via RSS.

    My Follow Friday

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  27. Lu
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:39:38

    Stopping by from the hop! Happy Friday!
    I agree Sci-Fi isn’t one of my favorite genre’s out there.

    Following via email 🙂

    The Muggle
    US/Can Giveaway of Tempest by Julie Cross

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  28. ReadingPenguin
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:43:52

    Yeah, you know, I like Scifi (books, movies, shows) but the books are the weakest of the bunch. I think it must be really hard to write. I like Ann Aguirre though. New follower! Reading to Penguins

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  29. Melliane
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 17:27:48

    I can understand, I’m difficult with this gere, I don’t read a lot at all.

    old follower

    here is mine

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  30. Raine
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 17:54:23

    Congrats on being featured! New Follower via GFC. 😀 I also stick to sci-fi series that I’ve already exposed too and I also like ST:TNG, ST: Starfleet Academy books (JJ Abrams universe), and Stargate: Atlantis Novels. I don’t know if this will pass your interest tho, I recommend Stargate: Atlantis “Reliquary” by Martha Wells. For me, she captured the voices of the TV characters well on print and the story was an exploratory/adventure which I missed during the show’s run. My FF

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  31. Alison (@AlisonCanRead)
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 18:20:04

    Hopping through. Congrats on being the feature! I’m not a sci fi fan either – books or TV shows 🙂
    My Hop

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  32. Lauren
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 19:28:27

    I’m not a fan of Science Fiction either but I did enjoy Frank Herbert’s Dune.
    I love Sci-Fi shows though.

    Have a good weekend and congrats on being the feature.
    New follower.

    Stop by my HOP if you have a chance.

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  33. DannyBookworm
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 19:46:59

    I can totally relate to the SciFi dilemma. I do love the TV shows and .. oh much I adore Star Wars, but books? I’m not so much into SciFi novels, maybe because it’s easier to “see” than to imagine?
    Happy Friday!!

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  34. Maja
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 21:24:07

    Oh, definitely try Grimspace by Ann Aguirre. It changed my mind about SciFi.
    New subscriber.

    Here’s our #FF post

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

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  35. Not Your Momma's Book Blog
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 21:31:24

    Congrats on being a featured blogger! I guess my Sci-Fi recommendation would be Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I haven’t read much Sci-Fi but that one I did enjoy very much. Have a great weekend!

    Following by email

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  36. Lynsey
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 21:37:03

    I am a card-toting Urban Fantasy lover as well. My blog name probably gave that away already. I’m a bit scared of SF too but I promised myself this year I would try at least one so I’m going to try the Sirantha Jax series by Anne Aguire which is SF written in a very UF style – a total cop out, I know, but hey. I’m ascarded!

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  37. Stepping out of the Page
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 21:45:17

    Congrats on being featured! I’m with you on the science fiction – Some of it goes a bit over my head!

    Here’s my FF post!

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  38. Rebecca Bradley
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 22:10:53

    Hi, I’ve hopped over from Parajunkees blog and am now following. Like you I’m not a big fan of science fiction, but I am attempting to widen my reading range this year. I look forward to blogging with you!

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  39. anna
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 22:33:43

    Hm. Guess I haven’t really read anything science fiction really. Could you make something like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy work?

    I’m a new follower 🙂

    Herding Cats & Burning Soup

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 12:19:12

      I did try to read that once but it didn’t really grab me, it was quite a while ago though so maybe I should try again. Thanks for the suggestion

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  40. danielakaine
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 22:59:54

    Happy FF. New follower here.

    Daniel @ Bound By Words

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  41. kah_cherub
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 23:13:47

    I usually avoid Science Fiction, too, but am surprised to say that almost all the books in that genre that I tried were very enjoyable. O.o LOL go figure.

    I follow on networked blogs

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  42. Small Blonde Hippy
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 23:21:53

    Sci-fi is a strange one isn’t it. I lreally like sci-fi programmes and films but I don’t like reading it very much. Not sure why. Congrats on being a feature.

    Liz
    http:\\elizabethbaxter.blogspot.com

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  43. Taylor
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 23:37:51

    Congrats on being featured!! 🙂

    I do read Science Fiction from time to time but none of the really heavy stuff that goes over my head lol.

    Here’s my FF: http://thoughts-of-an-endless-dreamer.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday-30.html

    Hope you have a great weekend!


    Taylor

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  44. Kristan
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 00:19:24

    Ohh I didn’t think of Sci-fi. I don’t really ever read this genre either, unless is YA. Like you though, I’m totally open to suggestions of what’s out there! Congrats on being the feature this week!

    New Follower
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves
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  45. Christy's Book Basket
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 00:39:45

    Congrats on being the feature this week. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi either and sometimes find them hard to finish. Following on email via the hop. Have a great weekend!

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  46. trish dechant
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 00:53:51

    Congrats on being one of the blogs on #FF- I don’t like science fiction myself, but I steer clear of the zombie themed books.
    Check out my blog:
    http://csmaxwell.blogspot.com/2012/01/feature-and-follow-friday_27.html
    I am a new follower via twitter.

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  47. Sarah
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 01:02:10

    I don’t like SciFi as well but I did enjoy Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four. 🙂 Happy Friday and Congrats on being featured!

    New follower,
    Sarah @ Smitten over Books
    #FF post

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 12:37:19

      I dodn’t read that Sarah but i did watch the movie with my daughter and liked it, so maybe I should pick up the book.

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  48. Jennifer (@feministfairy)
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 01:49:04

    Congratulations on the feature! I am not a huge sci-fi fan either though I have a few authors I enjoy. One that I have recently become obsessed with is Linnea Sinclair who does sci-fi romance (if you are into that kinda thing). I highly recommend her “Games of Command.” Wonderful setting and a terrific hero!

    New email follower!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday-13-and-tgif-4.html

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  49. Lucy
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 01:53:24

    Congratulations on being Featured! This is my first time participating and surely not my last!
    I am also a new follower,

    XOXO
    Lucy

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  50. Shelagh @ The Word Fiend
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 02:22:28

    Hi Shelley – good to meet you and congratulations on being one of this week’s FF features!

    I do read Sci-Fi, but I tend to be quite picky with it. As you do, I find some of the work tedious to read and overly complex. I’m an enjoyment reader. But my suggestions to you would be either Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card or one of Ursula K. Le Guin’s books.

    New Follower (Networked Blogs)

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  51. Ali @Ali's Bookshelf
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 02:25:50

    New Follower!!! Congrats on being featured. I love Science fiction lol Great post.

    Ali @Ali’s Bookshelf

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  52. mary Ann Langan
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 02:49:19

    Just hopping by, congrats! on being featured.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday_27.html

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  53. MonieG
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 03:00:52

    Have you read The Host by Stephenie Meyer? That’s a great sci-fi read. Congrats on being the Featured Blog. I’m a new follower. My FF post.

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  54. Samina - Escapism Fanatic
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 03:46:20

    I know how it is.I try and stay away from science fiction most of the times too but I love Urban Fantasy.
    New Follower
    Samina – Escapism Fanatic
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  55. Nereyda Gonzalez
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 03:49:28

    New follower by RSS, check out my FF and follow me preferably by GFC at:
    http://BooksandSparkles.Blogspot.com

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  56. Tabitha @ Tabithas Book Blog
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 04:26:22

    Congrats on being featured! I’ve never really read science fiction novels, so I don’t have any recommendations.
    Check out my FF:
    http://tabithabookblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/feature-follow-friday-5.html

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  57. Laura Wiley (@llwlpn)
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 04:52:32

    Happy Follow Friday. I’m not real big on science fiction either but I really loved the Across the Universe books. I’m a new follower.

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  58. Tristen - Totally Booked Solid
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 05:20:12

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  59. Ashley
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 05:26:31

    Congrats on the feature! What little of science fiction I’ve read I do mostly enjoy, but it’s just not a genre that I’ll immediately pick out. I hear some great things about it, too! If you’re open to YA Sci-Fi, I’d definitely recommend the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis (book 2 of 3 just came out this month!) – it’s fabulous and engaging and I feel like there’s just enough to keep the interest.

    New follower via RSS 🙂
    My FF

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  60. Kim Justice
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 05:39:41

    I am a new follower.. I am not much in to science fiction either, all though my daughter has me interested in a few. Congratulations on being featured..

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  61. Erica @ Ink Spots and Roses
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 05:54:02

    Stopping by from the hop, congrats on being a feature! I think that science fiction does take some familiarity with the genre and ideas used in it. I suggest Ender’s Game!

    ~Erica
    Ink Spots and Roses

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  62. Aaron Pound
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 06:47:40

    Okay, so science fiction that doesn’t have a whole lot of world building and probably not people trying to kill each other too often seems like it would be something you would want.

    I might suggest some of Robert J. Sawyer’s books – Flash Forward, Hominids, or Wake might be good. Maybe if you want something older you might like something by Ursula K. Le Guin, like The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven, or even The Left Hand of Darkness. Kelley Eskridge’s Solitaire might be a good choice for you too. I could probably come up with a number of other suggestions given enough time, but that will probably start you off fairly well.

    Aaron (Dreaming About other Worlds).

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  63. cmriedel
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 07:37:19

    It’s nice to be introduced to you and anyone would enjoy all these eyes on their efforts. I’m a crazy editor on my blogs alone and a shame if no one saw what we put into them, eh!? 🙂 A treat to find another chick Trekkie too; what’s more, one familiar beyond the cliche “I like the original series”.

    I have to say I’m uncertain of what defines science fiction vs fantasy. If fantasy is a division of sci-fi, I’ve read John Tolkien of course. I love David Eddings. I say he even exceeds Tolkien. A series I’m trying is by a Canadian who has gained their reputation: Guy Gavriel Kay. How cool is it that law students at University Of Toronto, find a Narnia-type portal through there? Next time I’m in Toronto, I’m going to look! LOL!

    Shortly I’m going to post an article about how I got into fantasy at all. It’s a funny story! I am here: http://www.cmriedel.wordpress.com/

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  64. Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 09:16:04

    Congrats on being the feature!! I really do not read Science Fiction either, so I cannot suggest one of the top of my head. Thanks for sharing and I followed through Networked Blogs!

    My Friday Post

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  65. Marg
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 09:48:15

    I used to read very little sci-fi but I think that I am slowly coming around to it, especially through some of the dystopian YA and some older standards.

    One genre I don’t read much of is horror.

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  66. Kendra Edens (@EdynzTrybe)
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 09:53:30

    Great point on the Sci-Fi negatives. I have read some books with Sci-Fi components, but never tried a specifically Sci-Fi read. I love Sci-Fi shows as well – especially SyFy channel shows like Stargate, Farscape, and so on. Star Trek is a classic. You pretty much have to enjoy it no matter who you are. But I do worry about being able to immerse myself in a potentially complicated world. I will have to give it a shot sometime and see how I fare. Otherwise, I avoid horror. I can’t watch it, therefore I can’t read it. 🙂 Great looking blog. I look forward to future reviews. Following via Goodreads. I sent a friend request (GzNKz4evr). Congratulations on the feature this week!

    Kendra @ Reader’s Edyn
    http://readersedyn.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-my-book-blog-friday-6.html

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  67. Cassie @ The Anfractuous Bookaholic
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 11:19:47

    I like some sci-fi. But I am definitely a person that like to stick to vampires, werewolves, faeries, angels, witches/warlocks or shape-shifters. Those are usually my favorites.

    I’m a new follower, you can find my FF here! CLICKY HERE! =D

    & enter my 300 Follower Giveaway here! CLICKY HERE! =D

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  68. Tarah Dunn (@TarahDunn)
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 11:43:26

    Hi, I’m a new follower from FF. Your blog is very slick! You’ve probably already read it, but my top suggestion for enjoyable sci-fi would be Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.

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  69. margie c
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 12:21:06

    Congrats on being a featured FF! I am a newbie, and your blog looks fantastic!
    I don’t read much Sci-Fi either. It’s hard for me to follow since most create such out-of-this world scenes and characters with their own languates, etc. The closest thing I ever got to any of that was prob Star Wars, lol!
    I’m a new follower too! Happy Friday!
    margie (http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com)

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  70. BarkLessWagMore
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 05:03:52

    Found you via FF and am a new follower. I’m not a fan of hard scifi but if you want to venture out I’ve really enjoyed Catherine Asaro’s work.

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  71. Sean the Bookonaut
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 20:27:41

    I avoid Christian Lit/Fiction simply because I am not interested in fiction that is thinly veiled propaganda or that has a Jesus saves message(quite happy to read author who are Christian tho). Followed closely by romance. I like romance in my novels, just not the central theme being romance.

    As for Science Fiction reads – Dark Space or Nylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres

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  72. cmriedel
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 11:03:01

    My fantasy recommendation is above. If folks try any of them let me know. 🙂 http://www.CMRiedel.Wordpress.com J. Tolkien, David Eddings, Guy Gavriel Kay. Dorothy Daniels did a young adult one “The Maze In The Heart Of A Castle” that became a collector’s quest. It’s mentioned in her mystery “The Tightrope Walker”.

    Someone bravely remarked on Christian literature, called “inspirational”. I’m of strong spiritual faith but dislike that genre too. It’s nice if a character turns to God / Jesus for help, or thanks Him in a story. Music or novels to promote the christian religion (or any), turns me off. It feels wrong. Positive messages work better in a natural time and place. Jesus *does* save but I don’t like books or songs that use it as an ‘obey this church’ slogan. 😉

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