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Guide to the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
     

Guide to the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

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by Blue Tyson
 
All the 5 star, 4.5 star and 4 star novels, collections, anthologies and short stories.

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All the 5 star, 4.5 star and 4 star novels, collections, anthologies and short stories.

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BN ID:
2940000889480
Publisher:
Blue Tyson
Publication date:
05/14/2010
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
457,000
File size:
719 KB

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Guide to the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
dirtsheep More than 1 year ago
Say you're looking for a long list of books that someone who obviously reads a lot of speculative fiction has read. This is the book for you. It is just such a list. But that's all it is. I like reading speculative fiction myself. When I was a kid, I had a couple of books that might have been titled just as this one was: "Guide to the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror". They were chock-full of interesting tidbits that anyone who cared about the field would enjoy: snippets of author bios and interviews, essays about their writing, commentary on their books, and a lot of "if you like this, then you oughta try that..." You know what I mean. I enjoyed the hell out of them...more, I might admit, than some of the books they were talking about. So, when I downloaded this book, I'll admit that I had some expectations. I was hoping it would be something like an updated version of those guides I had enjoyed as a young man. But no, it's just a list. I'm not sure how you can justify the word "Guide," even. It seems to me that a guide should not just point at the scenery, but comment about it as well...a little bit of history, an interesting anecdote, a personal insight. The idea of a guide is that someone has trodden this terrain before, many times, and can give some context to a person who hasn't been there before. I don't think a mere list can do that. Well, expectations aside, I guess a list might be helpful to someone out there. The book is organized into sections: novels, stories, anothologies, etc. It takes some amount of investigation even to see this aspect of the list; there is no table of contents, and even the headings that break the sections aren't obvious...they're in the same font as the rest of the text. Is this the level of typesetting that one can expect from SmashWords? I'm hesitant to download any of their books now. And I won't, unless they're free. I downloaded this onto my nook, which is no way to investigate this book. I had to look at it on my computer before I could really tell how it was organized. I wasn't about to flip through 95 pages at nook-speed to see that, yup, someone has simply published a list of books they've read and liked. I've read quite a few of the books on the list. I might agree, "Yup, that's a good book," but I guess I would expect a list such as this to at least note the criteria for inclusion...*why* is this a "five star" book? How does it stand out from one star and two star books? What about it has impacted the reader, or the genre? I didn't want to put a star rating on this download. Really, it depends on what you're after. If you want a bibliography of modern speculative fiction, then by all means consider it to be a five star book. Someone has put a lot of time into typing these authors and titles (but not publishers or dates or other bibliographic info) into a list, and that someone seems to have a pretty good grasp of the field. If you want any meat on those bones, though, don't waste the bandwidth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just a list of books. Each book, with its genre, is given a category and 4, 4.5 or 5 star ranking. No explanation or comments are given.
grannywrites More than 1 year ago
Okay if all you're expecting is a list of books. Not a real guide to anything.
summervillain More than 1 year ago
Not a guide, lists of books with zero context, and strange genre identifications, e.g., Dune = Superhero?!
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Vanessa Ballard More than 1 year ago
Not a good book
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Tony Daniel More than 1 year ago
seriously? someone should be fired.
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