Mass Market Paperback Bingo #2: Pick a Book; I’ll Read and Review It

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I had a bit of an disaster today:  I got stuck in a thunderstorm, which resulted in my backpack, my notebooks, and my copy of Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear getting soaked through.  Since the Bear book is the one I’m supposed to be reading for MMPB Bingo, I’ve decided to temporarily jump ahead to the next shelf on the same bookcase (front row of books) so I can at least start reading something else while Ink and Steel dries out.

If you’ve not seen this before, here’s how it works:
  1. You find a book in one of the images below that you’d like me to read (if you load the images on their own, they should be large enough to read everything without squinting).
  2. You leave a comment below telling me why you’d like me to read and review it.  There are no guidelines for this part.  You can say something silly.  You can be dead serious.  You can appeal to my corrupt side.  Doesn’t matter.  I’ll pick whichever comment sounds most appealing to me.
  3. I pick a winner, and then I read and review the book.
It’s pretty straight forward, no?
So have at it.  Here are the images:

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

11 thoughts on “Mass Market Paperback Bingo #2: Pick a Book; I’ll Read and Review It

  1. I know that appealing to your corrupt side works, but I'll try the honest path this time :-).

    NOVA. You are a philistine if you have not read it. I call you out as a lover of the literature for not having read it. You must read it. It is essential and fantastic. Well, DHALGREN is too, but I love NOVA more.

  2. Oh, left off the "why". The Dark is Rising does some interesting and different things with myth, fairy tale and YA/MG (though I don't think either of those categories existed when it was written, it was just "children's literature"). It has a bit of poetry to it, as well.

  3. Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" has been on my bookshelf for a very long time. Technically "Over Sea, Under Stone" is the first book in the series, but I prefer to consider it a prequel which should be read after "The Dark is Rising". If the series is new to you, I'd love to see your review of "The Dark is Rising".

    Pat Cadigan's "Fools" and Sylvia Engdahl's "The Far Side of Evil" have been on my list of books to acquire and read for a while, so I would appreciate reviews of those, to tell me how hard I should be looking for them.

  4. I second the recommendation for The Dark Is Rising. Don't bother reading the two Eddings books. They won't make any sense if you haven't read their previous series, the Belgariad and the Malloreon, and those aren't worth reading if you're older than 13.

  5. The winner has been chosen. Three people mentioned a Delany title, so I went with Nova on the basis of it receiving two recommendations and being considerably shorter than Dhalgren 😛

  6. I'm going to suggest "The Mysterious Planet" by Lester Del Ray.

    The reason? He was important in getting me to read science fiction when I was about 12 and it's a shame to see how much of his fiction has been forgotten.

    The bribe? I'm sending you a link to one of the songs my band has on YouTube. Who knows? You might like it. It's a live performance.

    Alf

  7. I'm going to suggest "The Mysterious Planet" by Lester Del Ray.

    The reason? He was important in getting me to read science fiction when I was about 12 and it's a shame to see how much of his fiction has been forgotten.

    The bribe? I'm sending you a link to one of the songs my band has on YouTube. Who knows? You might like it. It's a live performance.

    Alf

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