Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

This week’s T5W (Top 5 Wednesday) is favourite sci-fi and fantasy of all time.

I used to read exclusively sci-fi and fantasy. A lot of it was Ray Bradbury, but I also read various books by Ursula K Leguin, Anne McCaffrey, and variety of others. I didn’t start testing out authors like Asimov until much later in life. And, while I’ve also enjoyed a couple of books by current authors, like John Scalzi, I’ve been largely forgetting scifi and fantasy in recent years. It’s something that I’d like to remedy, so I might make it part of my 2018 reading plans (I already have too many reading related things on the go for 2017).

Despite not reading much lately, I do have some favourites, including some more recent stuff:

  1. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

I often cite Ray Bradbury and Margaret Atwood as being the catalyst for my love of reading. The Martian Chronicles probably wasn’t the first of his books that I read (dad had a large collection, including several short story collections, which is probably what I would have started with). But, it was a book that absolutely gripped me. Despite the fact that I haven’t read it in over 20 years, I can still remember being in awe of this book.

I think I might read it again this year.

  1. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Leguin

I remember avoiding Ursula K. Leguin for a long time, but I can’t remember why. I know I read at least one of her books as a teen (dad had a number of them), so maybe I just didn’t like the first one I read?

Eventually, I started reading the Earthsea series. The first one was good enough to move on to The Tombs of Atuan and I fell in love. Perhaps it was the rare female characters, perhaps it was the religion she was part or, or perhaps it was the labyrinth – something sucked me into the book (and, the series as a whole, as I became fond of the world).

It’s been a few years since I read the series. I’d like to read it again and find some new similar series to try (let me know if you have any suggestions).

  1. The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher

I’d nearly forgotten about these, but as I wrote about The Tombs of Atuan it occurred to me that I seem to enjoy fantasy novels about girls sucked into mysteries or adventures because of a religious sect. This is another intriguing story centered on a girl. I vaguely remember being slightly confused at the end of the last book in the series, but the first book was absorbing and hard to put down.

  1. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

This is where I have to admit that I can’t, for the life of me, remember which specific book I loved. I’m pretty sure it was Dragonsong (the synopsis sounds about right), but I read it so, so long ago and I know that I read at least a couple of the books in the series (my dad, again, had a lot of Anne McCaffrey).

I was intrigued by the world, the culture, and the fire lizards.

  1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Anyone who reads my blog with any degree of regularity is probably sick of me mentioning this series, but it’s really good. I’ve picked the first in the series as my favourite because I was so delighted to find it. It was so unexpected – the imagination that went into this story is incredible. It charmed me as quickly and easily as any book by Diana Wynne Jones or movie from the Ghibli studio.

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Given that I’ve been largely ignoring scifi and fantasy lately, I will be watching and reading a lot of this week’s T5W posts for ideas. And, if you have any recommendations, please let me know.

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