What’s Next?

After a couple of weeks of lacking the attention span to finish a book, I find myself recovered and on something of a reading binge.  In just the past few days I’ve read Jedediah Berry’s The Manual of Detection, Charles Stross’s Saturn’s Children, and Joanna Russ’s We Who Are About To…. I’m currently working my way through Nancy Kress’s collection Beaker’s Dozen, but when I finish that it will be time for another novel.  The question is: which one?  I have a huge stack of unread fiction, which you can look at on LibraryThing.  I have a few preferences among those; some books I’m more interested in than others.  Help me decide what I should read next.

What Book Should E. J. Read Next?

  • Something else from my unread list, which I will identify in the comments. (44%, 4 Votes)
  • A FIRE UPON THE DEEP by Vernor Vinge (33%, 3 Votes)
  • THE BRIEF AND WONDEROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz (22%, 2 Votes)
  • LIGHT by M. John Harrison (0%, 0 Votes)
  • THE ALGEBRAIST by Iain M. Banks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • MOCKINGBIRD by Sean Stewart (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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  1. I voted for Vinge, but I think the really adventurous thing to do would be to let people suggest books and vote them up and down. You’d likely end up reading something by Dr. Phil, but it’d be more fun for me.

  2. Huh. You and I have a fair lot of overlap in our unread list. So, wanting to vote for something I’ve actually read, and being a good Irish girl, I’ll cast my ballot for The Dubliners.

  3. Jeff: Already read it. Pick something else.

  4. Ken: Ah, but that would be counter to my goal of shrinking the stack of books I already own but haven’t read. It would be interesting, though.

  5. Regarding my vote, I just think that THE BRIEF AND WONDEROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO has an awesome cover. I know nothing about it or the other books.

  6. That said, it looks like there is some crazy shit in A FIRE UPON THE DEEP:


  7. Since I’m not familiar with the books on your survey, my vote is for Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.

  8. Winter’s Tale, or Wind-up Bird. Otherwise, Light. Winter’s Tale is my favourite of the three; Light made me excited about science fiction.

  9. A note from the future: the next book I read ended up being A FIRE UPON THE DEEP.

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