SciFi Month: Gone But Not Forgotten

Well, well, well, time for a SciFi month prompt. Today’s is “gone but not forgotten.” In other words, share some wall-to-wall geekery about “a book written by an author who is now dead / film or tv made by or starring people now dead / a dead character you miss (spoiler alerts please).”

To be completely honest, I had to think for a hot second about this prompt. These days I find myself more in the fantasy realm rather than that of science fiction. However, I read and watched a lot more science fiction when I was a tween and teen than I do now. Let’s see what I have here…

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Nonfiction November Week 2: Book Pairing

First, thanks to Sahi at My World of Books to alerting me to yet another bookish event occurring during November. I saw her response to the Nonfiction November second week prompt pop up Twitter and thought I’d give it a go. Consider me on the fringes of several of the events ongoing this month–Nonfiction November, NetGalley November, and SciFi Month.

So what is Nonfiction November? It’s a month long (approximately) event that runs from October 31 to December 2 during which we celebrate nonfiction reads. There are five hosts: Katie at Doing Dewey, Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, Jaymi at The OC Bookgirl, Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks, and Rebekah at She Seeks Nonfiction. Social media hashtags to use are #NonficNov and #NonfictionBookParty.

Now, let’s get to the prompt.

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SciFi Month: Space Opera

For my first foray into the world of SciFi Month prompts (aside from my November hopefuls), today’s is about the space opera subgenre. I had not heard about this subgenre until about one or two months ago. So, in case you’re like me, here’s a great definition from Wikipedia:

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes science fictional space warfare, with use of melodramatic, risk-taking space adventures, relationships, and chivalric romance. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it features technological and social advancements (or lack thereof) in faster-than-light travel, futuristic weapons, and sophisticated technology, on a backdrop of galactic empires and interstellar wars with fictional aliens, often in fictional galaxies.

Some well known space operas are Star Wars and the updated Battlestar Galactica show. Today, however, I’m featuring a book marketed as a space opera. (I’ll be surprised if I’m the only one to mention this book today!) It just so happens that this will be my first jump back into a scifi book in well over a year. At the time I’m scheduling this post I haven’t technically started it yet, but I plan to very shortly!

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Spooktastic Reads: Monsters and Beasts

The prompt today for Spooktastic Reads, a Wyrd and Wonder mini event, is “monsters and beasts.” I’m always amazed at authors’ imaginations and the fauna they create. In celebration of this creativity, here’s a list of books that have some interesting and sometimes bone-chilling monsters and beasts.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Given this series brought me back to the world of reading, I have to include it here. There is a slew of unique monsters in these books. I promise no spoilers, but the Suriel, the Bone Carver, Bryaxis, and the Weaver are some of my favorites. If you know, you know.

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Spooktastic Reads: Dark Fantasy Books

The prompt today for Spooktastic Reads, a Wyrd and Wonder mini event, is “dark fantasy.” Definitions of dark fantasy already exist on the internet, including in a great post by Fantasy Book Fanatic. There they define dark fantasy as “a fantasy sub-genre that is typified by a deliberately ominous tone, reinforcing what is commonly perceived as a ‘gloomy’ atmosphere.” To avoid duplicating efforts defining this subgenre, today I’m sharing some of my favorite dark fantasy books.

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