Tuesday 1 March 2016

Top Ten Books If You Are In The Mood For Something Sci-Fi

This is something new for me - it's a meme from thebrokeandbookish that happens every Tuesday. I've been reading them for aaaages and sort of writing down my own ones, and then I thought I would join up!

The theme this week is Top Ten Books If You Are In The Mood For Sci Fi.

In retrospect, it's probably not the best week to have chosen to join in as I haven't read an awful lot of sci-fi, but I've decided to go ahead anyway. This is my list (I'll try for 10!).

1) 1984 by George Orwell

If you haven't read this, then you're probably living in an alternative
universe. Or you don't read. Fab book. (Duh).

2) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Again, it's likely you have read it, but if you haven't -
go forth! Another dystopia, and completely

3) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

(The hardback I read had a much cooler cover under the
dust jacket. Alas can't find a picture of it). Margaret Atwood
at her best. Horrifying, but amazing.

4) The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey

Much more modern one here. I loved it.
From start to finish. I've heard it called a YA,
but I think any reader would enjoy this.

5) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Another very obvious one. I studied this at school and,
though a lot of it is over-referenced and a little obvious,
it's a great story.

6) Ancillary Justice by Ann Beckie

I think this is the first of a trilogy and I haven't
read the other two, but it's an absolutely
fascinating premise. It's from the PoV of a spaceship
in a world where there are no genders! I have
to say I found it somewhat difficult to read
but this is my stupidity rather than the book.

7) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 

This is kind of a YA fantasy/sci-fi cross over, I'm
not sure how you would classify it. It's a beautiful
coming of age/mystical/magical bizarre concoction
of brilliance.

8) The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I'm not really sure whether this is classed as sci-fi or not
to be honest. Where does the genre end/begin? Anyway,
I loved this book so much (the film was inferior) and
the way in which the story unravelled in such a non-
linear way.

9) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Some die-hard Ishiguro fans see this as a dip
in his work; writing for popularity rather literature.
I love it, couldn't put it down, and have reread it loads.

10) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I kind of forgot that these were sci-fi somehow, but I guess dystopian
fiction always is. In which case, I've read a hell of a lot more YA
dystopia than I have in this list... Ah well. I'll leave it as it is.
Fantastic trilogy, as everyone who's anyone knows. The growing
darkness through the trilogy is handled well, and Collins is an
amazing story crafter.

Well, I certainly managed 10, and could've kept going! What are your top ten (or first ten that come into your head is more what I did) sci fi books? Anything amazing that I've missed out.

Happy TTTuesday!


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