Reblogged: 10 Science Fiction Books You Pretend to Have Read

Found an article that lists the 10 science fiction books people pretend they read, but really need to read. Decided to check it out, ’cause, hey, sci-fi, anyways..

Here’s the link to the article. 

Here’s how I rank up… and no, I’m not ashamed. haha.

1.) Cryptonomicon – Won’t say I’ve read it, won’t say I will read it. Its apparently the mother of all info-dumps, and that’s not exactly fun for me.

2.) Dune – Ehm. This is more fantasy than sci-fi in my head, which is precisely why I’ve never developed a strong interest in reading it. I’m picky about my fantasy, dangit.

3.) Gravity’s Rainbow – To be honest, I’ve never heard of it. But…but… look at this awesome cover!

4.) Foundation by Isaac Asimov – This is on my TBR list, and I will get to it at some point. There’s just always something new and shiny to read first!

5.) Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell –  They describe this book as fantasy repeatedly, so why is it in a Sci-fi list? WHY? They are NOT THE SAME!

6.) 1984  – Read it, didn’t like it.

7.) Last and First Men and Star Maker – Now officially on my TBR list.

8.) The Long Tomorrow – Now officially on my TBR list.

9.) Dhalgren – Ehm….nope.

10.) Infinite Jest – On my TBR list, but way, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down at the bottom of it.

14 thoughts on “Reblogged: 10 Science Fiction Books You Pretend to Have Read

  1. Lol @ Infinite Jest.
    I hardly read sci-fi but I LOVE to watch sci-fi movies. So for me, the list was more of books I’d like to read: Foundation, Dune, Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell, Gravity’s Rainbow.

          1. Could be. I mean, what really classifies a book as a classic? Most individuals, like me, often call books a classic because everyone else does and because a lot of people have admitted to reading the book.

            1. In my opinion, a classic is a book that is ageless, OR a standing symbol of its time. I think 90 % of the books we consider classics probably don’t meet either of those two criteria.

              1. I agree with you there. Since participating in the Classics Club challenge, I’ve started to form my own definition of the term. I start out calling a book a classic because it’s commonly believed to be one but after reading the book, I determine if it’s a classic if it is ageless. I think a book is great if it’s as enjoyable today as it was whenever it was published and also if I can relate to its story in some way–if it’s message stands the “test of time.”

                  1. Their Eyes Were Watching God = it’s one of my favorite books; well-written; and I love how Hurston presents the characters in it.
                    The Wife of His Youth by Charles W. Chestnutt = the issues explored in Chestnutt’s short story are still prevalent in the African diaspora today. It’d be interesting to see if the story is still strongly relatable a couple thousand years from now.
                    One Hundred Years of Solitude = I love how it’s written and its circular narrative (well, I think it’s circular) shows how there are patterns in history
                    I don’t read many classics and since starting this blog, I began really paying attention to what I read so these are all recent reads.
                    I’d also give A Game of Thrones an honorable mention. I think it’s a classic because of how morally complex some of the characters are. I think it will still be enjoyable years from now. What are your top three?

                    1. Fahrenheit 451 – Flows like honey even though the subject matter is terrifying. Feel like its especially relevant today.
                      The Lord of the Rings – This choice is ironic because I’m not a huge fan of the books, but they’re a timeless fantasy that are very well-written.
                      The Diary of a Young Girl – Maybe not a traditional ‘classic’ but whenever we look at monstrous acts on an epic scale, a story that brings it home in a small-scale to make it more human and relatable will always be important.

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