I was nominated by Rin over at The Thirteenth Shelf, a truly excellent human being with a blog to match! A big thank you to her for tagging me, and asking some really fun questions, and to Okoto Oke Enigma for creating this award in the first place.
The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
- Nominate 10 – 20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
- Share a link to your best post(s).
Three Facts About Me
I have double jointed thumbs. This is especially useful for picking up very thick books in the bookshop, which then sit on my shelf unread for years because they intimidate me so.
I don’t use emojis. I have no issue with people who do, I just like to do things the long winded way.
My dream home is a canal boat, which I plan to give an appropriately sci-fi name to, such as Serenity or Wayfarer.
1. Create a character in which you Mary Sue/Stu the heck out of yourself. Place it in a SFF subgenre. Who would you want to write the story and why?
I would be a psychically powerful Inquisitor, probably of the Ordo Xenos, hunting down dangerous alien artifacts like a kind of Indiana Jones in space. I’d want Dan Abnett to write it, as he wrote the Eisenhorn trilogy and would give me some wild adventures across all kinds of worlds. But I would like it very much if he could keep me in one piece throughout.
2. Do you read (or want to read) any other genre besides SFF? What is it and what attracts you to it?
I read all sorts of other things actually – mostly what I would think of as literary fiction I suppose, but I’ve read some historical fiction and creative non-fiction too. Recent favourites include Normal People by Sally Rooney, Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and Milkman by Anna Burns. I also occasionally read horror, but I never really know how to pick good books to read in that genre. I loved World War Z by Max Brooks, and recently raved about Eden by Tim Lebbon, which I believe is considered an eco-horror. So I’ll say I’d like to read more horror I suppose. I think what appeals to me about the genre is the same thing that appeals with films – I just like being scared. I’ve also been making an effort to read more non-fiction recently, in a vague attempt at self improvement.
3. What’s a small inventive world-building aspect from a novel that’s always stuck with you?
There’s a few that spring to mind, but I have to pick the Babel fish from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It manages to both elegantly explain why everyone in space can understand one another despite speaking wildly different languages, as well as being wonderfully surreal. I would gladly stick a fish in my ear if it meant I didn’t have to get those Duolingo reminders anymore.
4. Which book does everyone LOVE, but you could not bring yourself to get on the hype train?
Ooh, that’s a tricky one. It’s a struggle to remember which books have been popular that I’ve ignored for whatever reason, but I suppose the one that really stands out is David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. Everyone seemed to be reading it, but I had already read another of his books – Ghostwritten, which I think he wrote afterwards – and disliked it so much that no amount of praise or Wachowski films could make me pick up Cloud Atlas.
5. Do you have a set time or situation where you usually read? Can you read anywhere and on any medium, or are you a strict schedule/atmosphere reader?
I don’t really have a set time or situation for reading, no – if I could, I would read day and night, in the sun if it’s good weather. When I was doing my MA, I did a lot of reading on the train, and now when I go to job interviews I read on the coach a lot – as long as there’s no really distracting noise, I’m pretty adaptable.
Like Rin, I haven’t been doing this blogging thing all that long, so I don’t have that extensive a list to chose from. However, I have already seen some great blogs out there, so I can think of a few people off the top of my head! They are:
Arina, at The Paperback Voyager
Sahi, at My World of Books
Jake, at Jake is Reading
Which would you rather crew – a fantasy seafaring ship, or a science fiction space faring one?
Has a book ever scared you so much that you abandoned it unfinished?
Do you prefer to see a series through before you start another (assuming all installments have been released already)?
If you were to write your autobiography, what would be its title?
If you could live anywhere from science fiction or fantasy, where would it be and why?
My Best Posts
I was quite pleased with my review of Eden by Tim Lebbon, as well as my review of Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I also had a lot of fun writing the first installment of my semi-regular feature, Long Range Scan.