Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Ten Books I’m Thankful For
I did this a couple of years ago for Sci-Fi Month and decided to revisit it again as I’ve read some excellent science fiction since. And as a tad bit of a twist to this week’s topic, I decided to go with sci-fi books I’m thankful to have read. I tried to keep it as books that I’m thankful but not necessarily that I absolutely loved, but you know how it is, your favourites sneak in anyway 😉
In no particular order:
- Frank Herbert’s Dune books (see author tag) — One of the early sci-fi novels I read, it continues to stay up there as one of the top sci-fi books I’ve ever read. The societal concepts, the themes that it tackles, the politics involved…The series is fantastic. As an aside I had hoped to finished reading the series in time to review it for this year’s Sci-Fi Month (long story, I only read the first three books prior to this year) but alas, got too busy. In the meantime, stay tuned to the rest of the week as I will be posting reviews from books 2 to 4 xD
- Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Hilarity + British sensibility + science fiction + a very sad robot named Marvin who has all of the best lines? Definitely thankful this book exists and that I got around to reading it.
- Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (review) — Goodness, how did I not read this book sooner? It’s epic, it’s sci-fi all around with all of the ideas that it includes, and yet at the heart of the story is about the characters, told in good ol’ Canterbury Tales fashion. Defnitely thankful that I got around to reading this book.
- Jules Verne’s books — I often forget actually that I did read his books when I was growing up–and then caught up with some of the other books of his that I hadn’t read a few years ago–but his books were very formative for me in terms of the imagination that his stories bring and just the concepts of science fiction from a 19th century perspective.
- Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns series (see author tag) — I will always be thankful to have finally gotten around to reading this series as it filled the hole in my heart left by favourite space operas like Babylon 5, Dune, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 🙂
- John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War (review) — Really enjoyed the premise of this novel and am thankful to finally have gotten around to reading it a few years ago as I always heard about it but never got around to reading it, lol!
- Issac Asimov’s Foundation (review) — Another classic that I’m so thankful to have gotten around to reading. It was a little different than I had expected but nonetheless I’m happy to have finally read and thankful that I did.
- Hannu Rajaniemi’s Jean la Flambeur trilogy (see author tag) — To be honest hard science fiction isn’t really my thing, it usually becomes more about the science than about the story and the characters and I still need the latter to really enjoy the book but this author does such a good job in presenting such crazy complex ideas but it’s still pretty easy to follow the story.
- Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag) — Forever and ever will I be recommending this trilogy because Devi Morris is a badass and scifi stories featuring badass women always makes for a good read 😀
- Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (review) — To be honest it took me a second read of this novel to really appreciate the book for what it is about and the themes it tackles. Plus, Kazuo Ishiguro is just brilliant, so…
And that’s my Sci-Fi Month-esque list for this week’s TTT! What books are you thankful for? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
By: Mur Lafferty
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…
I have been curious about this book ever since another book blogger mentioned it in passing earlier this year. A murder mystery set on a starship deep in space? Yes, count me in, I am intrigued 😛
The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing–nothing anywhere in the universe–will ever be the same.
After reading Hyperion (review), I knew I had to pick up the next book 😛
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
At long last, I am getting around to reading this book. Hyperion was one of those classics I long heard about but of course I’m notoriously behind when it comes to reading science fiction classics (despite loving the genre). I had picked it up early this year with the aim to actually get around to reading it, which I finally did over the summer.
The Inverted World
By: Christopher Priest
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the city’s engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the “optimum” into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death.
The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crèches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum.
Helward Mann is a member of the city’s elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the city’s continued existence. But the world—he is about to discover—is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.
I’d been eyeing this novel for some time; the premise sounded really interesting and different, and it’s considered a science fiction classic. I picked it up in a semi-whim early this year (trying to hit the minimum for free shipping, you know how it is) and got around to reading it last summer at long last as a break from what I had been reading to date.