When it comes to popular fiction, I tend to be the most conservative and hesitant. It’s probably due to me knowing if I like something, I’ll go too deep too fast. Just look at my Harry Potter obsession years. That said, I do try to expand my reading horizons.
This year I decided to read more Sci-Fi. Besides classic Jules Verne tales like ‘Around the World in Eighty Days‘ and ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’, and Ender’s Game, most of the stories I’ve encountered in the genre left me wondering: “Why do people like this so much, why is it a classic, I don’t understand!” I wanted to know if I was just bad at picking the good stuff.
So far, two books stand out. Both I’d classify as Sci-Fi, but not the same type. The Martian is the kind that strives for technical accuracy. Good Morning, Midnight uses space travel and apocalyptic circumstances as a backdrop to study characters. (more…)