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Booktubers Mentioned:

Michael @ Fit2BeRead

Angela @ Literature Science Alliance

Books Mentioned:

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor

Echopraxia (Firefall #2) by Peter Watts

Schild’s Ladder by Greg Egan

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson

The Shadow of the Gods (Bloodsworn Saga #1 by John Gwynne

Wild Seed (Patternmaster #1) by Octavia E. Butler

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David Wiley says:

Michael's channel is beyond excellent. I need to get around to Shadow of the Gods sometime soon, as I do enjoy Norse influence in books so it sounds like a fantasy that is up my own alley.

AltoonaYourPiano says:

I'm glad to find you today and it's awesome you liked the HG Wells books. I've always loved The Time Machine and The Comet. My favorite part of The Time Machine is when he goes into the future, I guess billions of years when the sun begins to transform into a red giant (taking a few liberties but I guess it wasn't as well known then that the Earth won't become tidelocked until the sun becomes a white dwarf and that the Earth will probably lose its atmosphere too), but I loved the vivid depictions of the later lifeforms like the giant moths, giant crabs, and weird football jellyfish thing. On a side note, I really like your glasses, they're so cool and stylish!

Jackie L says:

I think I may check out "The Time Machine" now! It sounds very interesting. And oh I know your pain I was really looking forward to "Under the Whispering Door" by T.J. Klune because I loved "House in the Cerulean Sea" but it really didn't work for me, wasn't a bad book by any means but I was still pretty disappointed plus another newly released title ("Light From Uncommon Stars") I've been reading is just a lot heavier than I thought it would be and all together they've put me in a bit of a slump.

Cindy Winget says:

Binti sounds interesting. I have been meaning to read The Island of Dr. Mareau for a couple of years now and have just never gotten to it. Probably because it's a Kindle and I tend to forget my Kindle books and opt for the physical 😉

Kevin Willcocks says:

Hi guys ,just want give a shout out for an English author Mo Hayder she writes thrillers and they go to places other authors fair to tread ,sorry I know its not si- fi , but really worth a look into.

Amanda Blount says:

The next book in the Patternist series by Butler is quite different and more accessible. I absolutely loved it while I was lukewarm on Wild Seed. Definitely going to check out Blindsight!

Clara says:

Greg eggan has a lot of books with fascinating concepts. I read his short story collection « Instantation » recently and some of those I still think about everyday

redfoot2 says:

Blindsight was absolutely fantastic! First contact is my favorite sub-genre of sci-fi and Blindsight was such an innovative and refreshing take on it, really unique in that way. Also yes the sequel was really not good lol And oh man when I saw your video had "disappointed" in the title I was terrified Vinge's Fire was gonna be on this list and I didn't wanna click on it! 😂 glad it wasn't! Appreciate the honesty though 👍

Scully's House of Thrillers says:

You can't win them all.

FIT 2B READ says:

Great video. Glad you liked Schilds and totally get your take on the characters. Thanks for the shout out too. I def recommend Dichronauts as the next Egan
Better characters too

John Barela says:

Mostly when I read sci-fi/fantasy, I am more of a bystander, observing the action. But with H. G. Wells' The Time Traveler, when I've read it (3x), I've always thought I'd like to do my own time travels. It's no longer a novel concept but The Time Traveler's comfortable and doesn't require a huge time or multi volume commitment.

Let's Read says:

Blindsight really stuck with me as a novel, I still think about it years later. Hearing that it's not as good definitely kills my excitement for Echopraxia. I'll still give it a go, Don't think I'd feel terrible if it turns out to be a dud.

psikeyhackr says:

The Time Machine and War of the Worlds were social commentary on British culture at the time. Don't you think that matters in analysis rather than just entertainment value?

Anthony Lynam says:

It's amusing that you, a horror reader (amongst other genres, of course) read all but horror in October! Although maybe Dr. Moreau may count… that's one I want to try sometime. I'm interested in getting into more classics in 2022, like HG Wells and Jules Verne. And more Sci-fi as well, I recently purchased Octavia Butler books (sorry you didn't like Seed to Harvest, lol) and Christopher Paolini's To Sleep In a Sea of Stars. Last month I finished the fourth Hyperion book, and loved the whole series.
I read Shadow of the Gods earlier this year, and loved that one, too. I guess it wasn't quite a hit with you, but that's cool. I read it at a time when I was really feeling for a good Viking/Norse mythology book, and that one hit the spot.
I enjoyed your video! Thanks

Bill Burris says:

I need to re-read my Greg Egan collection.

Seema Singh says:

Glad you enjoyed H G Wells. I like most of his work but enjoyed the time machine the most. Recommend you watch the series Time after time if you enjoy Wells

Steven Gentry says:

I always enjoy your reviews. I'm glad you were pleased with the H.G. Wells books. I like all of the ones you mentioned, so it's nice to hear that someone else had a good time reading them. The book Shild's Ladder sounds very interesting; I may give that a try. That Dungeons and Dragons related book at the end sounds fun. I haven't played since the late 70s and 80s, but my son and one of my daughters play now, so if I get it for them, they might have fun with that one. Thanks for your video.

Nakia's Hideaway says:

So glad you gave Binti a reread and enjoyed it as much as I did. The second one definitely wasn't as good as the first one and I plan to read the last book next month just to finish the series.

Chris Williams says:

My first HG Wells book was The Invisible Man. It a fun read as a kid, but I think I remember some aspects about race that didn't age well. Still a fun story.

Zachary Ertengrass says:

I agree 100% with your take on Blindsight and Echopraxia.

Jacques Rodier says:

Hello Rachel Appolo 10 went to the moon also. They had the lunar lander with them, and two astronauts when down to about 10 miles from surface of the moon and then they went back to the command module.

The Bookish Mom says:

Shadow of the Gods was good, I also really liked Orka. I ended up liking it more than malice, which is the one where I sisn't understand the hype


Anyone who enjoyed The Time Machine should read Felix J. Palma's The Map of Time, where H. G. Wells is the main character. And then, read the rest of the trilogy: The Map of The Sky and The Map of Chaos.

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