If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sci Fi Marthon II

I finally finished my Octavia Butler marathon. I ended where she did, with Fledgling. A great read. I've always been a fan of vampire stories and this one does not disappoint (except of course that there can be no sequel...but that is sad on many levels).

So I've decided to move on to my other favorite sci fi writer, Ursula K. LeGuin. However I'm not sure where to start. I have 2 collections of her short stories, so I may start there. However I first found Ms. LeGuin through her Earthsea books, so part of me feels I should start with that series. This would mean having to re-buy the first book, as that one has somehow gotten misplaced. I will also have to repurchase The Left Hand of Darkness. However it is highly likely that I never actually owned that one. Much of my sci fi reading started by borrowing from my mother's bookshelf.

I have never read any of her Hainish series. Once I work through everything I have I'll have to decide whether to start on them. It won't classify as a reread of course but there is something very satisfying about reading an entire body of someone's work. She even has a new novel out, which will definitely be on my Christmas list this year.

This is going to take a long time.

b and I often talk about our retirement/escape plan. It mostly consists of getting all of our earthly possessions down to a car load and hitting the open road. The other day we discussed how this would mean parting with all my books. Luckily retirement is still in the distant future as I've decided that I will need to reread the entire collection before I can do that.


Soxy Deb said...

Oh no! I read and reread and I just cant even think of not having my books with me. That would be torture. Pure torture, like worse than bamboo shoots under the fingernail torture.
Maybe by then you will have a big car, or SUV and you can take the books with you (lol). Maybe even a cube truck :)

Anonymous said...

My books are one of the few things that I insist on bringing with me whenever we move.

I have always meant to read LeGuin and Butler. In fact, I have The Dispossessed sitting on my shelf staring at me as we speak. I swear, I will never read all of the books I want to read.

Julie said...

Oh yeah! Gotta take those books! We'll need a separate U-haul just for that. And I'll take your blog with me!!