#51 – Read a science fiction book.
I have actually completed a handful of the things on my “To Do” list recently, all of which I will write about shortly.
I had never read a genuine honest to goodness science fiction book before, and Dave challenged me to do so. That’s why this goal made the list.
First, I chose to read The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells, because I had actually heard of H.G. Wells, Wikipedia referenced it as one of the original science fiction works and, I’ll be honest, I was browsing the book store in my office building one day and I noticed how short it was. Dave told me it didn’t count…no spaceships!!
My second choice, after realizing the spaceship criteria, was Ender’s Game. Another quick search online revealed it as a quintessential spaceship science fiction book. Turns out that Dave had recently read the same book. Shame on me for not actually caring what he was reading, just lumping all of his selections into the evil category of science fiction. But there it was, we already owned a copy of the book.
So, I read it, and it was good. Not like John Steinbeck good, but I did honestly enjoy reading it. It had lots and lots of spaceships in it, and it was well written and entertaining…until the big plot twist…which I read standing up on a Chicago Avenue bus one day and it made me want to put the book down and give up on my goal all together. I won’t reveal the plot twist, but I will say that I didn’t see it coming and I really kind of hated the book and gave up on it for a couple days. But I did go back and finish the book. In retrospect, I would give the book 3 out of 5 stars.
Anyhow, something that struck me in reading this book are the similarities between science fiction and the scary horror books that I always enjoy. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. He is known for the dramatic, the inappropriate and the gruesome. But often times his books have an element of fantasy or, quite honestly, science fiction. I didn’t fully appreciate this until I read a genuine honest to goodness science fiction book.
Turns out our interests in reading aren’t that different after all.