30 Days of Genre: Day 29

Ria, over on Bibliotropic has started a new meme in which we discuss thirty topics on genre in thirty days. For a full list of topics covered, see my first post on this meme.

Day 29 – A genre novel you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving
I always believed I didn’t much like Science Fiction and would prefer to just read Fantasy. Then I became pregnant and most of my awake time was spent nauseous and later on unable to sit behind a pc after having worked all day. So I read, a lot, a whole lot. One day when I was looking for something to read, my husband gave me Marianne de Pierres’ Nylon Angel and said read this, you’ll like it. I looked at it and it was SF and also looked sort of cyberpunky, so I was dubious about me liking it. Wiebe insisted I try it, telling me I could always put it aside, if I didn’t like it. He knows me well enough to know I don’t easily put books away, so he actually tricked me. I still blame hormones for walking into that one. But even if it was hormones and a sneaky spouse that got me reading, I’m glad they did, because I absolutely adored Nylon Angel and went on to rip through Code Noir and Crash Deluxe. Nylon Angel taught me to be open to new reading experiences and not keep to books I think I might like based on previous reading experiences.

So have you ever got tricked into reading outside of your comfort zone?

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2 Responses to 30 Days of Genre: Day 29

  1. Salt-Man Z says:

    So do you read/enjoy much in the way of sci-fi now, or are you still mainly a fantasy reader?

    I'm kind of the opposite; I started in sci-fi, and it's only the past few years that I've made the shift over to being a fantasy fan. (Having said that, I've been dipping back into sci-fi again recently.)

    And I just want to say that I've been reading and enjoying these posts. I've fallen a bit behind, and it's been nice to consider someone's else answers before having to formulate my own.

  2. Mieneke says:

    I'm still mainly a fantasy reader, though I'm still trying to branch out. I just have to make a conscious effort to do so. But am planning to read Peter F. Hamilton after I finish my Dracula books this week :-D

    And thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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