io9 Recently had a thread about sci-fi blind spots, supposed sci-fi masterworks that you have just missed. That got me thinking, and the ensuing discussion was interesting, but it left me with a question?
Why can’t I read the Dune series?
Previously, I discussed multiple series books I read this year, the singletons that passable to awful, or were plain good. Here I’ll go through the books I loved this year, the ones that made me happy I read as much as I do.
These are books I really, really liked and recommend unreservedly. No particular order.
These are books I considered well worth the price. Books I liked. Most have a flaw of some sort, but it doesn’t prevent them from succeeding.
OK, these are relative one-offs that were either awful, or “just ok”. “Just ok” means they weren’t worth hardcover prices, but I can respect the effort.
Disasters are books for whom I want my time and money back 🙂
This year I read a bunch of books in series. Here I’m going to go through the ones where I read multiple books in a series. In no particular order.
“But it’s worth at least thinking about the possibility of a dollar bust. The reason the housing bust had such devastating consequences was a failure of imagination: Lenders, regulators, credit raters, and others simply couldn’t believe that house prices would ever fall the way they did, so they were blindsided. ” — Business Week
This quote talks about the need to contemplate what the U.S. might do if the dollar went bust; the idea is that it is so far fetched no one thinks about, so if happened the damage would be doubly extreme because of the massive lack of preparation. The quote cites the housing bust as falling into this category, precisely because no one in the industry even entertained the notion.
This intrigues me, because I think we miss the value of Roads Not Taken everyday.