Sorely tempted to just turn this into a Jane Austen Book Club like the movie in case I lure someone like Hugh Dancy in *coughs*. But I’m getting carried away here.
Normally, I would probably go off and wish for a fantasy book club, but since I go out of my way to read fantasy on a regular basis, and my friends tend to lean toward that genre to begin with, it’s not too difficult to squee over books I’ve read with them. Ergo, not necessary for book clubs (though, I suppose, it could still be fun).
Science fiction, on the other hand, is much harder for me to squee about–and the “hardcore” SF can go over my head and would probably be better if someone read them along with me so we could at least discuss it. Yes, this makes me look less cerebral, but as I said, I am more familiar with fantasy than I am with SF, and I would really like to vary my SF pool a bit more.
Ten Books I’d Love To Read If I Had A Science Fiction Book Club
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi – Read this already, but I feel like I missed a lot because I mostly griped about how inessential the titular character was. In any rate, maybe other SF enthusiasts would have a different perspective and could shed some light on the finer points of the book.
Neuromancer by William Gibson – I think I glazed through this in college, which is weird because I thought the premise was interesting. It was probably a mixture of me juggling too many classes at once along with clubs, because I don’t think I ever finished the book. If I did, I don’t remember it much.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – This is on my TBR, and I’m eventually going to get to it, but a book club would probably facilitate my reading this.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – The entire series because I love it. And women representation. And, just this series.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – The cover always creeps me out, but I should totally read this book at some point.
The Giver by Lois Lowry – I’ve mostly forgotten this book at this point, and I have been meaning to pick it up and read it again. After all, before there was the need to make a dystopian subgenre, there was The Giver.
To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey – I will shamefully confess that I have not even read McCaffrey’s Pern series, which makes me a horrid fantasy reader. But I figure a book club could motivate me by getting through her stuff at some point? Some of her SF series sounded cool, though.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This is a book I’m definitely going to get to at some point this year, and I know a number of bloggers who’ve enjoyed this book–and the series in generall–tremendously, so I probably won’t need help from a book club to get me on-track. That said, it’d still be fun to read together with people.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – Space opera! I do not read enough space opera, but considering Bioware’s Mass Effect Trilogy is my favorite game of the past decade, how could I not want to read space opera? And female protagonist? Yes! Definitely book club material.
Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I have seen reviews of this floating in blogs, and I had the fortune of recently picking up and flipping through the first volume at the bookstore. It looks like a good series to get hooked into, and I love reading graphic novels, so win-win!
8 thoughts on “TTT: SciFi Book Club”
I enjoyed reading The Giver a lot and think it would be a good book club book.
Here’s a link my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-id-love-to.html
I’m pickier about my scifi anymore too.
The Windup Girl was on my want to read list, but I heard it has rape in it. Wrinkle in Time was my favorite as a kid! McCafferey’s Pern series is scifi. (It’s my sister’s favorite so of course I’ve been forced to read it.) Cinder is great! Predictable, but fun. Ancillary Justice just sounds weird. A space ship as a narrator and everyone is called she.
Yeah, the rape is one reason I wasn’t such a big fan of The Windup Girl. And ohh, good to know about the Pern series. I always assumed because of dragons and dragonriders that it was strictly fantasy. I don’t know why I didn’t think otherwise, when she has Pegasus in a scifi title, lol.
I think I fell asleep watching Never Let Me Go on the first run through (I haven’t given it another chance) but have always dismissed it as not sci-fi/dystopia (which it totally is). And now that I think about it, I don’t even know why I thought of it like that. Maybe it felt like historical fiction in my mind or something. Ah, I don’t even know anymore. Now I just sound like a terrible person for coming to these snap judgments. Eeek.
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts
I make snap judgments on certain books too, especially when I fall asleep in the middle of reading a few pages. I do realize this happens more often when I read SF, especially when some of them do read like a history retelling (which is saying much, because I occasionally LIKE historical fiction!).
I would totally join your sci fi book club! Some really great titles on your list that would be great to discuss. I really need to read Ancillary Justice and from what I’ve heard, there would be plenty to talk about in a group read with the unusual way it approaches gender and such. Never Let Me Go made my list as well – I found it to be a completely engrossing read and lots to discuss. The other Sci Fi book on my list was Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh.
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Never Let Me Go is so good! I loved the book and the movie’s really well done too. The Lunar Chronicles is absolutely great. I love reading those books and I cannot wait for the conclusion to come. 🙂 Great list!
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