Sometimes I catch myself going through reviews not to know whether a book is good or not, but to try to understand what is inside it. Yes, for sure, the blurb, genre, metadata and descriptions can help a lot, but sometimes the trick is in the details.
That’s when I had the idea for Sci-Fi Fantasy reads. Is there romance, is there no romance? Are, uh, intimate scenes described in detail? Those are things I wonder when I want to pick up a book. And I have my pet peeves. I don’t really like when feminist books have a minority of female characters. I don’t know. Sometimes it can make sense, but sometimes it doesn’t. But at least I would like to know before reading that it’s a book about women in a masculine world. Again, of course it can make sense, and of course it can be feminist, but I want to know.
Now, I felt that the idea was to have books with ingredient lists, just like food. And I don’t know if the comparison makes sense or not, but I do know that I’m a weird person: I love sushi and I hate cucumber! How can that be? Anyways, I always look carefully at what’s inside my sushi roll. I also like burritos. Now, sure, I’ve heard there’s no decent Mexican food in Montreal, but let me be, I find it pretty decent. But it’s not all the same. A burrito is a burrito, right? Right? Oh, it depends. It can come with or without guacamole, with or without cheese, with or without rice. I’ve even seen it with green peppers, which, I thought was weird, but hey, what do I know? Anyways, it’s good to know I’ll find green peppers in it before I order or decide not to order.
So now we have Sci-Fi Fantasy reads, And although it’s not meant to be a comprehensive catalogue, all the books here were posted with care and love by the authors and by me. And I think it works. As I started reading what’s in each book, I actually wanted to read them! You know, like the burrito. I read beans, chicken, guacamole… and my mouth can start watering imagining what the combination of these ingredients is going to be like. Well, I felt the same about the books here!
And why fantasy and science-fiction? Well, first because I like these genres, second, because I think there are some common elements that can tie these books together for a project like this. Although, actually, I considered it and thought somebody could do something similar for literary fiction. For elements, they would have: enui, white people’s problems, minorities as inferior and suffering, boredom of being male and white, and… I think I’m going off track a little. Anyways, I did it with speculative fiction. I guess any genre could be classified in sub genres and any genre has common possible elements, but that’s a whole other story. For now we can look at the elements on the books at Sci-Fi Fantasy reads.
So I hope you enjoy it and come back for more books with that special ingredient you love!