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5 x 15 Question SF, F, Horror Book Meme

memeOriginated at SF Signal and spotted on Gail Carriger's blog. She's one of our role models, so if she's meme-ing, we can too.

Featuring four of the Pornokitsch team, and a wide variety of evasive responses!

1. What was the last sf/f/h book you finished reading?

Anne: [Can't answer because professional and stuff]

Jared: Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck. (It was great. Also the sort of book that I think only I would classify as SF/F/H.)

Jon: Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer.

Mahvesh: Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman; Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, Anita Roy

Molly: Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 4, by Thomas Siddell

2. What was the last sf/f/h book you did not finish reading?

Anne: [See above]

Jared: City of Halves, by Lucy Inglis.

Jon: NOS4R2, by Joe Hill. I should stress, not because I've given up on it. I just got distracted part way through. I will go back to it.

Mahvesh: City of Stairs, byRobert Jackson Bennet (I had a false start & I will get back to it, I will!)

Molly: Conan the Swordsman


3. What was the last sf/f/h book you read that you liked but most people didn’t?

Anne: [See above]

Jared: According to Goodreads, the last book I gave 5 stars to, where the average rating was under 3 stars: Sadie Jones' The Uninvited Guests. From, uh, June 2012. Also, what's up with people? That book was great.

Jon: I'm rubbish at keeping track of what other people think of books, so I really don't know

Mahvesh: I have no idea! What did most people dislike recently?

Molly: I have genuinely no idea! 

4. What was the last sf/f/h book you read that you disliked?

Anne: [See above]

Jared: Satellite Sam, Volume 1, by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin

Jon: 14, by Peter Clines

Mahvesh: I'll never tell.

Molly: Eona

5. How long do your 1-sitting reading sessions usually last?

Anne: Anywhere from 15 minutes to four or five hours, depending on how engaged I am with the material and how free my day is looking.

Jared: An hour every evening, plus one morning/week [as a kind of treat-myself ritual], but also a lot of 20 minute sessions whenever I'm on the underground.

Jon: 1-2 hours

Mahvesh: 45-60 minutes

Molly: An hour...?

6. What are you currently reading?

Anne: Tracy Boorman's biography of Thomas Cromwell. Fascinating stuff!

Jared: The Bloodbound, by Erin Lindsey. She guest-posted herself to the top of the TBR.

Jon:  The Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath (graphic novel version), Declare by Tim Powers and two other non-sf/f/h books

Mahvesh: Escape from Baghdad, by Saad Hossain

Molly: Molesworth

7. Do you like it so far?

Anne: It's an excellent and very accessible popular biography of a surprisingly famous man, and I'm enjoying learning about him from a perspective beside Hilary Mantell's.

Jared: Yes, very much.

Jon: Yes, yes, yes and the jury's out.

Mahvesh: Yes

Molly: Cheers cheers cheers!

8. How long ago did you buy the book you are currently reading?

Anne: This one I got free from work; the last book I read (Courtesans by Katie Hickman), I bought at a used bookstore for £2.

Jared: Two weeks ago.

Jon: Recently bequeathed, bought by the other half a couple of year ago, last week, yesterday.

Mahvesh: I didn't! But I've had the review copy for a couple of weeks.

Molly: Last month.

9. What was the last physical sf/f/h book you bought?

Anne: (I have no idea)

Jared: I bought three today online, two yesterday online, two at an event on Thursday night,... crap, is Anne going to read this?!

Jon: The Boy Who Wept Blood, by Den Patrick

Mahvesh: The Peripheral, by William Gibson and Blue Lily, Lily Blue, by Maggie Steifvater

Molly: I bought, or was bought for me? Last one I bought was probably... The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard. Bought for me... probably the Sailor Moon Boxed Set Vol. 2

10. What is the sf/f/h sub-genre you like to read the most?

Anne: Low fantasy, probably.

Jared: Epic fantasy.

Jon: Lovecraftian. (If I can claim that as a sub-genre.)

Mahvesh: Speculative. (Does that count or is that too wide?)

Molly: Grimdark.

11. What is the sf/f/h sub-genre you dislike the most and why?

Anne: Probably military SF; I find it completely inaccessible.

Jared: Hard SF. 

Jon: Cyberpunk. Done to death.

Mahvesh: It'd be really harsh to write off an entire sub-genre because I'm pretty promiscuous in my reading and always have been. I tend to not pick very dry hard SF, but that's only when it's more concerned with technical detail as opposed to plot, story and characters. Oh wait, I'm really bored by teen paranormal romance too, though I really enjoy a lot of other genres of YA. I'd happily write teen paranormal romance off. 

Molly: Wait, is my name going to be on this?

12. What is your favorite electronic reading device?

Anne: My iPad has a Kindle app that I use to read everything. Barring that, I'll read on my mobile phone or my computer.

Jared: iPad mini with the Kindle app on it

Jon: Kindle

Mahvesh: I loathe them all! I'm not immune to their convenience or the fact that some books are not worth killing trees for (why don't we print on recycled paper yet? or synthetic paper? what is science for?), but I do really dislike reading on e-devices. Obviously, this is of no importance because I seem to be reading a lot of ebooks on both my iPad and Kindle.

Molly: I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it.

13. What was the last sf/f/h eBook you bought?

Anne: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

Jared: Half Bad, by Sally Green. (I bought most of the Waterstones Childrens Prize and Carnegie lists.)

Jon: Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman

Mahvesh: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers

Molly: Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

14. Do you read books exclusively in 1 format (physical/electronic)?

Anne:  Nope; I read in all formats.

Jared: eBooks when I'm out of the house (commuting, travelling, whatever); physical books at home.

Jon: Nope

Mahvesh: Nope. As much as I'd like to only read physical books, I don't want refuse access to e-ARCs or have to wait for books to arrive in the local bookstores. Hey, I only did manage to get a Kindle just so I could get things fast!

Molly: Nope

15. Do you read eBooks exclusively on a single device?

Anne: Nope; I primarily use my iPad but not all the time.

Jared: iPad Mini is my favourite, but I also read a lot on my phone. And I do all my Jurassic-related reading (submissions, edits, story-hunting, research) on my laptop.

Jon: No, I have the Kindle app on my tablet too.

Mahvesh: Nope. iPad for pdfs. Incidentally, pdfs suck. Can we ban pdfs for books?

Molly: Yes, my Kindle.