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February 5, 2007 / jadettman

SF/F Quiz

More memery, this one from the LJ of heron61:
Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror
I don’t really have a preference for SF or F, though I do think I own more books that qualify as fantasy. I don’t read horror very often any more. It just doesn’t do anything for me.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
MM paperback all the way.

Heinlein or Asimov?

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Depends on the price and whether the B&M store is a big box or a local operation. If it’s a local operation and I like them, I’m more likely to buy there.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Either, neither.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
That is a tough one. Both?

Bookmark or Dogear?
Who the hell dog-ears books in this day and age?!? And why the hell haven’t they been hunted down like the animals that they are?!?

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

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep unless it sucked, then I sell it.

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

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Keep, of course.

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
I remove it while reading.

Short story or novel?
Novels are always preferable.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Usually at chapter breaks.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
If I must, “Once upon a time”

Buy or Borrow?
Lately, I prefer borrow.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
I will generally take a recommendation over a review, and a browse over both especially if it doesn’t look interesting. If I’m borrowing, it’s a whole different story.

Lewis or Tolkien?
I prefer The Hobbit to Narnia, but I prefer much of Narnia to The Lord of the Rings.

Hard SF or Space Opera?
Depends a great deal on the characters and character development. I prefer a good story with interesting characters above all else.

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

A collection by an author I like is always preferable to an anthology.

Hugo or Nebula?

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
No real preference provided it has good characters.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Mostly afternoon and evenings.

Series, or a really wrapped-up standalone?

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
Don’t care.

New or used?
Don’t care so long as the used is in good condition.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Norstrilla by Cordwainer Smith.

Top X favorite genre books read last year? (Where X is 5 or less)
(in no particular order)

Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton

The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Black Company by Glen Cook

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Gypsies by Robert Charles Wilson

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 10 or less)
(again in no particular order)

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMasters Bujold

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Job: a Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein

Chung Kuo by David Wingrove

Norstrilla by Cordwainer Smith

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The Towers of Sunset by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Sundiver by David Brin

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
(and yet again in no particular order)

The Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny

The Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMasters Bujold

The Dune books by George Herbert

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

Scanners Must Die by Cordwainer Smith

Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr.

The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMasters Bujold

The Sleeper by Roger Zelazny

The Warriors by Larry Niven



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  1. Britt / Feb 6 2007 11:12 am

    I can’t believe Larry Niven made a Top X list of yours! Wild!

    The Man-Kzin Wars, one of the short story collections that contains “The Warriors,” has my favorite blurb of all time: “[The Kzinti] learned the hard way that the reason humanity had decided to study war no more was that humans were so very, very good at it.”

  2. J.A. Dettman / Feb 6 2007 11:57 am

    Yep. I think that may very well be my favorite line from that book. 🙂

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