I’m still slogging through Ulysses and chuckling through Don Quixote, but am looking forward to participating in two challenges. After Joyce’s long-winded ramblings, science fiction, dark fantasy, and mystery will be especially welcome and refreshing.
My pool of possibilities for this year’s Science Fiction Challenge is:
1. Isaac Asimov, Foundation – Way past due for reading something by Asimov.
2: Robert Silverberg, Lord Valentine’s Castle – Have come to like the Majipoor series.
3. Mira Grant, Feed – Past due for reading; I probably wouldn’t read my first zombie novel if it weren’t by Seanan McGuire. Thinking of her as Mira is just weird.
4. Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers – Remember the movie, heard the book is better and have really liked what I’ve read thus far.
5. Sylvie Bérard, Terre des Autres – Way past due for reading.
6. Anthology, Nebula Award Stories Four – Couldn’t pass up this find from 1969.
7. C.S. Lewis, Perelandra – Liked the Narnia books and Till We Have Faces so would like to give his science fiction a shot.
8. Orson Scott Card, Xenocide – Trying to finish the Ender saga.
9. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (or one of the others in the series) – Re-read.
10. Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me – Homage to L’Engle’s book(s) that was recently brought within my radar.
For Readers Imbibing Peril hosted by Carl I’ll be drawing from:
1. Louisa May Alcott, the Mysterious Key and What It Opened – Something different from her more well known classics.
2. Arthur Conan Doyle, Tales of Terror and Mystery – Haven’t read anything by him in ages.
3. Neil Gaiman, Coraline – Finally!
4. Seanan McGuire, A Local Habitation – Way past due for reading the dark fantasy.
5. A.A. Milne, the Red House Mystery – Pooh and Christopher Robin ain’t home.
6. Bram Stoker, Dracula – I realized I never finished the novel 17 years ago.
7. Edgar Allen Poe, Collected Works Vol. 1 – Haven’t read his stuff in awhile either.
8. H.P. Lovecraft, the Call of Cthulhu – Liked his poetry, time to check out one of his classic tales.
9. Weird Tales magazine- A plethora of short stories.
Also on a speculative note, the Hugos came and went. Paolo Bacigalupi’s the Windup Girl and China Miéville’s the City & The City tied for best novel. I’m glad Moon received a Hugo, it was a great indie film. I’m still a bit annoyed that three episodes of Doctor Who made up five of the nominees, but oh well. With those odds, it’s unsurprising that one of them was awarded. I’m really happy Seanan McGuire received the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, but I’m biased.
I just found out the 2012 WorldCon (Chicon 7) will be in Chicago. I really really want to go to the one in Reno next year, especially knowing friends will be there, but a 14 hour drive is so much more doable than a flight out west. Still plenty of time to figure it all out and conspire with friends.