Recently read books

I’m trying to ease myself into this blogging thing, so here’s something easy to start off.

What I’ve read during the last, oh, seven or eight months (roughly in order):

The Embedding – Ian Watson

Camelot 30K – Robert L. Forward

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

Children of the Thunder – John Brunner

The Crucible of Time – John Brunner

The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin

Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg

Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke

Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner

Rocannon’s World – Ursula K. Le Guin

Planet of Exile – Ursula K. Le Guin

City of Illusions – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Joy Makers – James Gunn

Can you tell who some of my favorite authors are lately? 😉

The worst of that list: the Robert Forward novel. While the basic plot idea was interesting, I thought his characters were weak and underdeveloped, and behaved in unrealistic ways; and the aliens were just too “cute.”

The best of that list: Gunn’s The Joy Makers, hands down, no contest. And look at that list, it’s not as if there’s a lack of competition there! Brilliant novel. You should read it. Right now. Go on, what are you waiting for?


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