Perhaps I was enjoying my sci-Fi and fantasy month too much, I extended it half way into July. Admittedly, I enjoyed entering into new worlds, an author’s imagination, imagining ‘what if?’, what’s out there, what are the limits…
it was good to get away from the ordinary and humdrum; to travel to another planet, to imagine the future.
I can begin to understand the genre’s appeal. A little like habitual readers of romance novels, reading a sci-fi or fantasy novel is a time to escape,to turn away from the domestic everyday concerns and let Ian author take you on an incredible journey.
But at heart, what really matters, what I think draws people back is the humanity (even if not humanoid); it’s seeing what people do, think, feel, interact in extreme circumstances. Even if they’re a vampire. Or green.
P.S. here’s what I managed to read:
The Passage – Justin Cronin
Enter Wildtyme – Paul Magrs (an almost random choice from my library; a time-travelling fantasy with its roots in Darlington bookshop. And there’s a sequel: Wild Thyme Beyond)
The Light Fantastic -Terry Pratchett (a rollicking ride!)
The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks (hard work but it paid off; I had to be totally focused)
(Non sci- Fi: This Is How It Ends – Kathleen McMahon (passed the time entertainingly for a day in hospital); The Betrayal – Helen Dunmore (a reading group choice; I alway love her novels))
Here’s what I have left in my overly ambitious pile to read – one day:
The Gone Away World – Nick Harkaway
Darkmans – Nicola Barker
Under the Dome – Stephen King
The Magician – Raymond E. Fiest
The Left Hand Of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
The Earthsea Quartet – Ursula Le Guin
Jack Glass – Adam Roberts (I can’t wait to start that; a combination of the Golden Age of sci- Fi and the Golden Age of crime fiction.)
Oh, perhaps I can squeeze another book in….