Slamming Sci-Fi Reads before Sci-Fi November

September 18, 2015 Books 16

I’ve been inspired by Rinn’s recently self-imposed challenge to read her Sci-Fi eARCs before Sci-Fi November begins. This is super clever, and since I’ve signed up to participate again this year, I would like to actually be a good participant. Plus, I will be doing NaNoWriMo yet again too, and that means I need to get a head’s start on content for the month because I’ll be busy scribbling storied nonsense.

Here’s what I’m planing to read before November (I just have to finish The Mime Order first!):

The Body Electric the three body problem the water knife

The Body Electric by Beth Revis
This was a gift from Ashley as part of our Beer & Book Exchange (kick-off post soon to come!) I love Sci-Fi stories that involve memories and memory control.  It is a component of my favorite current work in progress, and I need a dose of inspiration so I’m ready to read! *Rubs hands together*

The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin (Translation by Ken Liu)
This is a a wildly popular book in China, and I’m glad I was able to snag a signed copy at BEA. I had not heard of it before, but was pretty much sold on the fact that is a cultural phenomenon in China. I’m so interested to find out why.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi 
This was another book I snagged at BEA. Apocalyptic- and dystopian-sounding, The Water Knife has me intrigued, and also very thirsty. Its synopsis makes it sound like one of the Millenium series books, with a “hardened journalist” and “bodies pilling up, bullets flying,” but I am willing to try a thriller once in a while.

from a distant starreturn of the ascendant The Martian

From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
This is an eARC I haven’t managed to get to yet. The story is small-town & suprisealiens! so I am looking forward to reading this on a laid-back weekend. Love story! Aliens! Agents! Farms!

Return of the Ascendant by Raine Thomas 
This has a fantasy-esque description: the chosen one has to trust her supernatural bodyguard and face her destiny. I mentioned this on a Top Ten Tuesday list once (yea, I never got to this eARC either!), and it sounds like Jupiter Ascending. But with Plot? :P

The Martian by Andy Weir
Who isn’t trying to read this before the movie comes out? [Answer: all the people who were cool enough to appreciate it before they heard there was a movie.] I have to hurry because it releases Oct. 2 and I really do want to catch it in theaters.

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Have you read any of the above? Which would you start first? Are you going to sign up for Sci-Fi November?

16 Responses to “Slamming Sci-Fi Reads before Sci-Fi November”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one slamming back sci-fi reads for November. I’m starting early as well because I have plans to do NaNo too. We’ll see how that goes, ha! :P In the meantime, I’ve been listening to Star Wars audiobooks to prep for a Journey to The Force Awakens post.

    • Anne

      Woot! I’m glad to hear it! I need to get back on track with good books. I feel like I’ve been reading a few stinkers.

  2. Krystianna

    The Mime Order is so great! I read it earlier this year and I thought it was even better than The Bone Season. I actually just finished reading The Martian (about half an hour ago!) and it was amazing! I loved it so much. I’m actually hoping to read The Body Electric & From A Distant Star soon too. Good luck with your reading! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Anne

      I’m in the middle of Mime Season, and its picking up steam! (Mostly because Warden is back!) And yea to the vote of confidence on The Martian!

  3. Jade@ Bedtime Bookworm

    I really really want to read The Martian soon! I’ve been avoiding the movie trailer but it’s getting hard to do haha. I’m also interested in The Body Electric, I’m interested to see what you think. I haven’t heard of the rest :) The one from China sounds interesting!

    • Anne

      I’ve watched the trailer, but it actually made me more pumped to read the book! It looks very good!

  4. Lara

    I haven’t read any of these books, but I have read and enjoyed Beth Revis’ other series, Across the Universe so I’m really curious to see what you think of The Body Electric which I have been meaning to read for aaages!

    • Anne

      I haven’t read Across the Universe but it also looks cool! I will certainly be doing reviews for all these books in November!

  5. Rinn

    Yay, glad you’re doing this too! :D I’ve read three so far, but I’ve now found a few paperbacks of some eARCs I have of other genres in the library, so I’m distracted by those… but hopefully I’ll read at least one more before November for one review per week :)

    Good luck!

  6. Sarah H

    I looove Si-fi books so this was a great list for me as I didn’t know all the books on it. I must be the only one not excited about The Martian. I don’t know I’m just not particularly interested by it. I might try to read it anyway, so I can have my own opinion of it.

  7. Genni

    I love this idea! There are so many sci-fi books on my TBR that I need to get through! I got Body Electric right once it was released and have yet to read it! I’m so ashamed considering I love Beth Revis! I’m looking forward to getting From A Distant Star from my library; anything with aliens is a must read!

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