As I’ve mentioned several times, I’ve been working my way through the books that have won the Best Novel awards for science fiction and fantasy, namely the Hugo and Nebula awards. Elsewhere on this site is the list of these books as well as some housekeeping data such as which books I own and which books I have read.
Here’s my latest status:
- Finished Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J. Sawyer and really disliked it. It was simplistic and uncomfortable to read.
- Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear and liked it a lot. The characters were well developed and the story interesting. That said, it could have been about 50 pages shorter. At some point soon I plan to read the sequel Darwin’s Children.
- I’m now reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke. So far, so good, though I’ve only read 50 of the 1000+ pages.
I’m taking a detour from the primary list to go back and read Asimov’s Foundation novels, plus the various prequels, sequels, and estate-authorized books. Like many science fictions books I own, I read them when I was a teenager and in my early twenties, so they are worth a revisit. These are the Asimov books, though books 3 – 5 were the original trilogy:
- Prelude to Foundation
- Forward the Foundation
- Foundation and Empire
- Second Foundation
- Foundation’s Edge
- Foundation and Earth
The authorized second trilogy is:
- Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford
- Foundation and Chaos: The Second Foundation Trilogy by Greg Bear
- Foundation’s Triumph by David Brin