1. How many books are too many in a series?
Well, given that these days most books seem to come in series and that stand-alone novels are becoming rarer than pandas, this is an interesting question. Experience taught me that series that run too long are often in danger of creating reader fatigue if the author is unable to keep the narrative fresh and interesting: there are notable exceptions of course and the one that springs to mind is my beloved The Expanse, which will close with book 9 while still going strong, narratively speaking. So, I guess that the average number for series should go from 3 to 5 max, but give me a good, engrossing story and I could go on forever…
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
That depends: if a book ends in a cliffhanger but I know the next one is already available, the cliffhanger does not bother me, but having to wait – on occasion even for a long time – to know how things progress can be quite frustrating and, from my point of view, it works to the detriment of the overall narrative arc.
3. Hardcopy or paperback?
Until a few years ago I would have replied with ‘paperback’: they take up less space, are easier to handle and cost less (which for a compulsive reader is a factor to always keep in mind!), but since I turned digital the question has become moot. When a new book comes out, the paperback might not be immediately available, but the e-book is 😉
4. Favorite book?
Mmmmm… I don’t want to name AGAIN my cornerstones for FY and SF – the LOTR and Dune – because I risk sounding repetitive, and there are a lot of books, or even series, I loved reading and that will always hold a special place in my heart, so it’s almost like asking a parent the name of their favorite child, because the answer would inevitably be “all of them”. As long as a book holds my imagination from start to finish, it is my favorite for that moment.
5. Least favorite book?
That’s an easier question: all I have to do is look at the list of the books with lower ratings and pick one: in this case, one of my biggest disappointments was REVENGER by Alastair Reynolds. Until reading this book I had had only positive experiences with this author, so finding a novel that “betrayed” my high expectations was doubly disheartening.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
No. Most emphatically NO. This trope has been so overused and over-abused that every time I encounter it, I break out in a rash 😛
7. The Most Recent Book You Just Couldn’t Finish.
It was NOPHEK GLOSS, by Tessa Hansen: I had high expectations for this space opera novel, maybe too high, but it ended up feeling confusing and messy, no matter how much I struggled to go on.
8. A book you are currently reading?
I just started the new novel by Kali Wallace, DEAD SPACE: I enjoyed the previous one, Salvation Day, and I have high expectations from this one as well. The first few chapters look more than promising!
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
My most recent, highly enthusiastic review was for John Gwynne’s THE SHADOW OF THE GODS, and although I freely admit being biased toward this author, it’s the great, promising start to an amazing series, and I keep recommending it to anyone who would listen. And even to those who wouldn’t…
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
I guess it would have to be BEOWULF: as a Tolkien enthusiast it’s one of the books one almost feels compelled to read to better understand the Professor’s inspiration.
11. Newest book you’ve read?
Adrian Tchaikovsky’s SHARDS OF EARTH: the first volume in a brand-new space opera saga from this very prolific author. I was fortunate enough to be granted the e-ARC from the publisher and I thoroughly enjoyed it, hoping the next one will not take long to come out.
12. Favorite author?
The one whose book I’m currently reading and happily losing myself in 😉
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
Buying of course, because when it comes to books I love I turn into a replica of Gollum (mine, my own, my precioussss…). I might consider as borrowed the books whose ARCs I’m granted thanks to NetGalley, but most of them I subsequently buy, so…
14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?
I guess it was THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir: much as I liked the core concept of the story, I found the overall tone and the character’s “voice” a bit… off, for my tastes. One of the oh-so-rare instances in which the movie ended up being better than the book.
15. Bookmarks or dogears?
Bookmarks of course! You just DON’T dog-ear books, unless they are e-books and the virtual dog-ear is allowed because it does not damage the page!
16. A book you can always reread?
Will you be annoyed at me if I mention again LOTR and Dune? 😉
17. Can you read while hearing music?
Yes, indeed! That’s my favorite combination: a comfortable armchair or sofa, some music in the background (preferably instrumental, so it’s less distracting) and a good book. My idea of heaven!
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
That depends on the story, and the ability of the author in juggling several POVs in an effective way. And of course it also depends on the characters: when they are interesting and well-crafted, moving from one POV to another makes the story more intriguing and helps expand the background it’s set in.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Unless it’s a short novella (say under 100 pages) I always take a few days to read a medium-sized book (say around 400/500 pages). How many days it takes depends, of course, on the level of involvement I establish with the story.
20. One book you read because of the cover.
Any one with a dragon on it? 😀
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