In honor of the SciFiMonth, it’s time for the science fiction version of the Bookish Memory Check! The rules:
- Go to your Goodreads ‘sci-fi’ + ‘read’ shelf
- Sort by random
- Test your memory on the top five books
Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold (Vorkosigan Saga #5.1-5.3)
I think this is one of the first, or maybe the very first book I’ve read in this series. It’s three connected short stories, one of which take place in some old village where Miles Vorkosigan has to go to because of some people dying mysteriously or something? And another one is him visting a prison, it might have been a women’s prison and I think he maybe breaks someone out of there. I don’t remember what happens in the third one but I think the three stories are stories that he’s telling his cousin Ivan while Ivan is in a hospital.
OK, so one of the stories is about infanticide so my ‘people dying mysteriously’ guess is kinda right. The second one is about a prison and getting someone out of there, so I got that right as well! But I forgot about the third story, Labyrinth, where Taura appears for the first time… I think it’s time for me to re-read the Vorkosigan Saga.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui
The name is familiar, but that’s it. I’m assuming it’s a time travel story, based on the name.
One of Tsutsui’s best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she’ll constantly have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality.
The blurb makes it no clearer. I still have no recollection of this. It’s kinda scary, really. GR says I read it 10 years ago so at least it wasn’t very recently but it’s still strange.
Aftermath by Katherine Applegate (Remnants, #12)
I remember the series, but I don’t know what happens in this book specifically. I do know that it was a great series and I meant to re-read the first part this month. It’s the end of the world and everyone is gonna die except the people on one spaceship – I was in love with the first book, but they got a bit weaker by the end. This is the 12th book, so maybe they’re back on Earth by now?
They are back on Earth and they’re not the only ones! There are Marauders and Beasts but none of this is really clear in my head even though I gave this book 5 stars.
Acquainted with the Night by Tymber Dalton
Ok, I hope I’m not wrong about this because I read it a long time ago, but I think in this book aliens kidnap humans and use them as sex slaves. And humans love it. I gave it 4 stars so apparently I was into it as well. I don’t remember much plot, just flashes of people being pets to aliens and aliens sharing their pets with each other. There was also some super weird pregnancy stuff, I think one the men was pregnant a bunch of times and he thought it was awesome.
I was completely right, here’s the blurb for anyone who may be interested in weird alien sex books:
Dale despised the Terran military. He was drafted, not a volunteer. He never expected to get captured by the Algonquans and sold as a breeder pet, either. He only prays his new owner is kind and doesn’t eat him. Then he meets fellow pet, Mark, who informs him getting captured was the luckiest day of their lives.
Mark also hated the military and now spends his days in a life of sexual leisure, enjoying poetry and totally at peace with his fate. Dale settles in and finds not only does he enjoy this life, he loves Mark, too. Despite tragedy striking too close to home in their protected world, they find room to love their Master’s newest pets, Cooper and Nate.
When the war ends and the Terran pets are granted their freedom, the men are faced with a choice: return, or stay with the owner they’ve grown to love?
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Remember when everyone was reading Divergent and it was the next Hunger Games? Well I was reading it along with everyone else and I also saw the movie so I actually remember quite bit about this. The world is divided, no wait, one city is divided into 5 sections. Divisions? or maybe some other name but there are 5 parts to it: Candor, … and that’s all I know. I cannot think of the other names dammit. I know there was one section that was about danger and everyone looked badass and fought a lot, and Tris picked that one and Four was there (I never found him interesting though). Anyways, some people are Divergent and the government doesn’t like that and Tris is in danger. I don’t know if I ever read the sequel. My clearest memory of Divergent is the movie scene where Tris is picking where she wants to go and her dad, the president in Scandal, is sad when she picks the badass section. Ugh, I hate that I can’t remember the name.
“Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent)” – fucking Dauntless, I can’t believe I forgot that, but remembered Candor. And it’s faction, not section.
Yay, only one out of five books has been completely wiped from my memory! I might do this again this month, see how I’m doing with other sci-fi books. Feel free to join me!