Book Meme: Day 10

Edits are done – for now. Now I get to sit back and relax, er, write more stuff. I’m finding it difficult to get back on the writing wagon, but that’s just me being a lazy-ass. It happens.

Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

I didn’t think I’d like Ender’s Game. It’s hard scifi. Worse, it’s popular.

Popular books generally don’t live up to my expectations, and books with too much hype or that have been recommended by a friend make me wary (excepting a very, very few individuals that I trust not to lead me astray). Whenever people hand me a novel and gush about how great it is I immediately get all analytical and wonder if it’s going to grow fangs and bite me.

But Ender’s Game… it was simple, satisfying, and I liked the setting and scenario. Ender himself wasn’t the Greatest Character Of All Time, but I didn’t mind him. Not a love book, but a strong like. The only real disappointment came when I discovered what a homophobe Orson Scott Card is. Boo.

Another book I didn’t think I’d like was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Granted, I read it quite a few years ago now, but I remember being impressed by the voice. The author convinced me that the kid was real, and moreso that he was autistic – although I must admit that I don’t have a lot of experience with autism, so his interpretation may have been way off base. Mostly, though, I remember being impressed at how the author could show us a scene that the main character interprets one way, but the reader interprets another. Fascinating stuff.


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