Like Octavia Butler, but even more awesome?
July 26, 2014 10:44 AM Subscribe
I'm sure this has been asked before, but searching the archives didn't help much. I'm an avid reader, but can't find any compelling new books to read. Feminist, sci-fi-ish books with a literary bent would be ideal. Detailed likes and dislikes inside!
posted by snaw to Writing & Language (45 answers total) 95 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I like:
Sci-fi/dystopian fiction that falls on the literary end of the spectrum (Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Vonnegut, Dick, Le Guin, Kafka).
Literary fiction that's not realistic (Borges, Bulgakov, Victor Lavalle, Victor Pelvin, George Saunders, Heidi Julavits, some Don DeLillo, David Mitchell, Ron Currie Jr, Mo Yan, some Will Self).
Fun sci-fi/fantasy/adventure that's fast-paced and decently written (Pratchett, Gaiman, Scalzi, Neal Stephenson, A Lee Martinez, Heinlein when he's not too sexist).
I have not enjoyed: China Mieville (pretentious writing), Richard Powers (ugh), Rivka Galchen (just wasn't quite my thing), Roberto Bolano (sexism), Paolo Bacigalupi (so close, but I found the writing grating), or Gary Shteyngart (unbearable sexism, otherwise pretty good), or Samuel Delany (I'm trying but struggling to commit to Dhalgren - let me know if there's a better starting point with him).