A Sci-Fi Book Meme

I saw this at SF Signal and thought it looked fun. Hopefully they don’t mind me borrowing it, as it was posted all the way back in 2005 🙂

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?

Science Fiction and Fantasy. Horror ain’t really my jam.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?

ALL OF THEM. But preferably paperbacks, unless it’s a favorite and I want a hardcover copy to keep forever and ever.

Heinlein or Asimov?

I’ve only read Asimov (I, Robot) and that was good, so I’ll go with him. I want to try Heinlein though, I have Stranger in a Strange Land at home.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?

Brick and mortar whenever possible.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?

Borders! This isn’t really a relevant question anymore, but I miss Borders so much.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?

I’ve only read the first Hitchhiker book, so that.

Bookmark or Dogear?

Bookmark. Or just try to remember the page number.

Magazine: Asimov’s Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?

No clue.

Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title, or random?

Alphabetize by author’s last name. Duh. Although I don’t alphabetize my books at all because I don’t have the room for that, but it’s not random. I have a system.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?

Keep, or donate / giveaway.

Year’s Best Science Fiction series (edited by Gardner Dozois) or Years Best SF series (edited by David G. Hartwell)?

No idea!

Keep dustjacket or toss it?


Read with dustjacket or remove it?

Remove it.

Short story or novel?

NOVELS. It’s hard to do short stories well, and unless they’re all interconnected somehow I really lose interest fast.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?

I haven’t read Lemony Snicket yet, so Harry Potter! Although I’m sure I’ll love Lemony Snicket, but in a different way than how I love HP.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Chapter breaks. Unless I fall asleep while reading, which is always a possibility…

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

“Once upon a time.”

Buy or Borrow?

Buy. Because I’m ridiculous like that.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?

ALL OF THEM! I find out about books all of those ways.

Lewis or Tolkien?

Haven’t read enough of either to really have an opinion yet…

Hard SF or Space Opera?

Ummmmm no idea.

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Collection I suppose.

Hugo or Nebula?

No clue, I don’t really pay attention.

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?

No idea.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?

Tidy ending! Unless it’s a series, and the cliffhanger is really well done.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?

ALL THE TIME. But I think I read best in the morning or at night. When I try to read in the afternoon I tend to end up taking a nap.

Standalone or Series?

Both have their merits, but sometimes I get really sick of everything being a series or trilogy.

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?


New or used?


Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding, which is book 1 of the Ketty Jay series, WHICH IS AWESOME AND YOU SHOULD READ IT.

Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)

(I’m guessing my “genre books” this means sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror… right? Sure, that.)

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  2. Feed by Mira Grant
  3. Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
  4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  5. Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)

  1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. The Postmortal by Drew Magary
  3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (shut up it was a good series)
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)

  1. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding
  3. Nightside series by Simon R. Green
  4. Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant
  5. Tales of the 500 Kingdoms by Mercedes Lackey

Top X favorite genre short stories? (Where X is 5 or less)

  1. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  2. any Diana Gabaldon short stories (and yeah I’m counting them, they usually have a time travel type of aspect to them).


So that was interesting! And a little confusing here and there. And I really want to know how to classify stuff into certain categories… like zombies for instance. They could be considered sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy, or horror. I really just prefer lumping all of those categories together, as we can see here… it just makes things a bit easier, because so many books could fall into more than one sub-genre.

Feel free to join in, and check out the original post on SF Signal. And if you feel like answering some or any of the questions, you can answer them in the comments or do your own post 🙂

Happy Monday everyone! Hope it’s not sucking.




    1. The little hardcovers have the uneven parchment thing too! I think I’m going to start slowly buying them as I find them at the library used bookstore. I want to read them (and probably own them) but I’m cheap, lol.


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