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Geek 501 Science Fiction / Fantasy

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There was a great article on iO9 talking about entry level science fiction and fantasy books. They got a lot of people to give their ideas for great books to introduce someone to science fiction and / or fantasy. I felt bad because there were a lot of books that I had actually never read. At the same time there were a good number that I had read. It was definitely an interesting list of a wide variety of books. The ideas came from authors, publishers, and more, but here are a few books that I think are a great introduction to science fiction and fantasy.

Some of the idea is that science fiction and fantasy can sometimes be so epic and many of the books are such small parts of a larger whole it can be difficult to want to enter in to a potentially large commitment. The books that I think would work well either are single stories or stand on their own enough that they do not further books to get the whole story. Continue reading

5 Books I Have NOT Read, But Should

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So I have decided to use this blog post to shame myself a little bit. The shame comes from a list books that I have not read, but feel that I should have by now. Particularly because I own all the books on the list, buying them with the thought that I should read them. Now obviously I have not felt enough guilt about not reading them to actually read them, so obviously I am not that shamed by it, but it is something I keep telling myself I need to do.

What I mean by books I need / should read are ones that I just remember being a big deal at some point in my past. Either they were widely regarded novels that I had not read that related to some other cultural artifact I was interested in or they are often used as references in other areas I am interested in and feel I should understand the source material better. I know that is vague, but you will understand better when you actually see the list, which will go from my feeling of least shameful to most. Continue reading