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Do you read books?

OK, that's a silly question. Let's try: Do you read speculative fiction books? How about comics and/or graphic novels?
What are some of your favorite resources for choosing what to buy or read next?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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geekhyena
Mar. 4th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
I tend to go by what friends recommend, or what looks good. io9.com has a lot of good book recommendations, as do my boyfriend and girlfriend (and they own a lot of good graphic novels). I have this huge 'To Read' list as a google doc, too.
beamjockey
Mar. 4th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC)
Any answer I might give to this, you probably already know about me.

Buzz-- in the old days, Usenet buzz, these days, Livejournal or blog buzz-- often alerts me to books or authors that might interest me. Though it often takes five or ten years before I actually read a hotly-touted novel.

In some cases, long before I actually read a book by an author I'd probably like, I find myself on a panel with him or her.

In my to-be-read pile are books by old Net friends who have since become novelists.

We have a short shelf in the guest room of "books by authors who have stayed in our house;" I have read most of these.

Since I started writing history, nonfiction has eaten into my fiction-reading time (there's a neverending list of books I think I should read for research), while Internet-reading has encroached upon both.
sartorias
Mar. 4th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Word of mouth or cruising shelves.
minnehaha
Mar. 4th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Yes.

Yes. No and/or no.

I ask friends.

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eddvick
Mar. 5th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Going to conventions like Potlatch and browsing the tables. Going to used book stores and browsing the shelves.
apostle_of_eris
Mar. 6th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
This is a quandary I've been trying to raise the profile of for years. It's just gotten worse since you moved to the Land of the Mildew.
The small presses and chapbooks and whatnot have only made it more problematic. I keep meaning to subscribe to Locus.
johnridley
Mar. 7th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I use a mix of asking friends and using awards lists from previous years, and also "best 100" type reading lists from various sources. It's not unusual for my reading list for an entire year to consist of Hugo winners from the 1960s, for instance.

I have very little familiarity with current authors, though I'm trying to get better. Up until 2 years ago, I don't think I'd read anything written in the previous 10 years, and usually hadn't even heard of titles that had won awards in the last few years. I have been working on that a bit and in 2011 I actually read the majority of the Hugo nominees before the voting was finished. This also involved me reading titles from genres that I normally would not have touched, and while I can't say I gained a love of new genres, I did enjoy them more than I thought I would.

Edited at 2012-03-07 01:28 am (UTC)
apostle_of_eris
Mar. 11th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
fortuitous example
This year's winners of the Tiptree Award have just been announced.
The sources of the titles in the Honors List are from:
Aqueduct Press
Scholastic Press
Aqueduct Press
Night Shade Books
Aqueduct Press
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Strange Horizons
Small Beer Press
Big Mouth House
Harper Voyager Australia

How the hell do you keep up with that?
I wish I knew.
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