Sunday, July 28, 2013

SFF Book Suggestions for Folks Who Don't Read SFF

John E. O. Stevens has a list of "Five Books For “Non-Genre” Readers":
1) Megan Lindholm: Wizard of the Pigeons
2) Ben Aaronovitch: Midnight Riot (aka Rivers of London)
3) Lois McMaster Bujold: Paladin of Souls
4) Kim Stanley Robinson, The Wild Shore
5) N. K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Bummer. I haven't read any of these. That makes me question the list, to be honest, although the Bujold has been on my to-buy list for ages.

HT: SF Signal


  1. I've read a couple by Kim Stanley Robinson, he tends to write about environmental disasters

    1. i read "red mars" by robinson and liked it, but i don't remember reading anything else by him.

  2. Not only have I never read any of these books, I've never heard of them, either. It's good you are here to educate us slow and slightly ignorant readers. I ALWAYS learn something when I come here.

    1. i'm not at all favorably impressed by this list. i would hope genre books for non-genre readers would be a bit more well-known or accessible, so that maybe they could mention having read it and most of the fans would be able to discuss it with them. i guess i'd like to think of it as not just an entry into reading in a genre but entry into discussions with fans.

      for example, that first one on the list is out of print, and the cheapest copy at amazon is over $36. it would never occur to me to suggest something that hard to get to someone who isn't already invested in the genre. and i'm not likely to give oop $36 paperback copies to folks as introductions to sff.