Never tried them--too spacey for me. I prefer my book landscape to be mythical and medieval-y versus robots. I personally can't stand things that take
place in outer space because they aren't very believable and there are usually a load of plot holes. I also dislike Asimov.
The best sci fi book
that I've read would have to be The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Also, the author China Mieville is very good--just got done reading Kraken.
Which was a great book about a futuristic london divided by strange religious cults--one of whom worships the Kraken. There are ninjas, wizards,
necromancers, esp-users, basically there's anything and everything lol. Really weird but quite enjoyable.
The Dune books always looked like a weird rip off of Earthsea to me, so I never tried them. They were popular with boys but I've not really met any
girls who enjoyed them.
With regards to newer scifi, of course, Feed is good. So is Unwind--my personal YA sci fi favorite. Then of course the Uglies/Pretties/Specials by
Westerfeld. American Gods and Neverwhere by Gaiman. The Magicians by Grossman. Slaughterhouse 5 wasn't bad...
But yeah, 50 years shmifty years. I read older books--I love literature. Dune gave me an 'ehhh' feeling looking at it and I trust my booksense. I'm
good at picking out what I'd like based on covers alone usually. Which sounds stupid but for me it works. Something about good
aesthetics/eye-catchingness, creativeness of the title.
Dune has been done before. And I am not feeling it. Sorry to those who like it--I also hate the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And I can go into why
but that would be a bit derailing.
Dune sounds contrived--oh the big hooray savior against the galactic evils! eh, i'm not buying it. To get me to love it, a book has to make me trust
it so i can get lost in it. Reading about a cliche protagonist who does cliche things to save a planet isn't my cup of tea. I'd rather read something
that sets my imagination on fire and that teaches me something useful. I don't care about relationships between characters in dune because I cannot
relate. That kinda thing.
Same reason why I don't like the Enders series. Something about space books--they usually aren't very smart-feeling for some reason. It's like the
author took all his creativity and made up the environment--but had none left for the actual plot or for character development. Things aren't as
surprising as in other books--maybe because space is such a limiting environment. Now, I'd love reading a book about how space is time and the
characters traverse through the aether or something. That would be better. But stranding me as a reader on some planet I care nothing about...how
about not having a planet. Like, where is middle earth? might not be our earth--but it might be. Same with Robert Jordan--there's that air of mystery
that leaves something up to the reader to imagine.
I'm a bookworm lol whee
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