What Are You Reading, Sci Fi Edition (sort of)

itsmondayI think it’s about time I checked back in on the What Are You Reading meme from Book Journey…and this is good timing, since I have plans.  We’re launching on the Sci Fi Experience from Stainless Steel Droppings, after all!

I’ll be starting the Experience off today with some Star Trek viewing.  In the book realm, I first want to finish off Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, third book of the Tiffany Aching subseries of Discworld.  I’ve never felt much concern about finishing Discworld (despite my two-year effort to complete series), but the Tiffany books feel more tightly woven into each other than other Discworld subseries, so I am trying to complete those four.

What Are You Reading Sci FiAfter Wintersmith, I plan to go on to The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, a first read for the Sci Fi Experience.  By the time I finish that, I will most likely have watched all relevant Trek and be ready for the next stage of The Great Khan Adventure, reading The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume One.

And somewhere in there I plan to finish a collection of essays, The Intimate Life of L. M. Montgomery.  I have officially run out of new-to-me writing by Montgomery herself (including novels, short stories, letters, journals and poetry).  This collection included a comic journal she co-wrote with a friend over several months.  It was, to my knowledge, the last of her writing I hadn’t read–at least until they make available any other currently-unpublished writing!  In the meantime, I’ll probably keep looking for essays and biographies.  I had doubts about this particular collection because I read a previous book by the editor and found her conclusions exceedingly far-fetched, but so far this set of essays has been well-reasoned and engaging.  I’ve got about four left I hope to finish reading soon.

So much for my plans…what are you reading?

20 thoughts on “What Are You Reading, Sci Fi Edition (sort of)

  1. I must confess I haven’t read any sci-fi books for some years now. Lately I’ve been reading mostly romance novels. I’ve just finished a book by Sveva Casati Modignani, an italian author.

    1. I read all of Pern, up to a point (I think I got about as far as All the Weyrs of Pern…it was a while ago!) The Masterharper is one I haven’t read in a long time, and Robinton is one of my favorite characters–though part of my intention on a reread is to decide whether it’s one still worth keeping on my shelf!

      1. I hated the series after Thread was destroyed (hopefully that is not a spoiler)! But yes, I really like all the harper aspects. But I seem to remember the plot was very thin at best. I would argue that she didn’t construct enough dissension causing forces (other than thread) into her world. That said, the books were always some of my favorites.

        1. No, that wasn’t a spoiler! I can’t remember exactly which book I stopped at, but it was right around when they destroyed Thread or were about to. I got very disappointed with the series when they rediscovered technology, got rid of Thread and so on…I felt like the books were losing everything that made Pern distinct from Earth.

          That said, I did (and still do) love earlier books in the series!

    1. Yeah…I don’t know whether to be sad or pleased that I’ve read everything by Montgomery. Though I heard there’s a good 200 short stories out there, currently unpublished, so I still have hope of more reading in the future…

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