Anyone who knows me will attest to my affection for Speculative fiction. I haven't done much creative writing, my degree in English Text & Writing was more focused on discourse analysis than production, but what I have produced in the few creative writing classes I allowed myself was all speculative fiction. The question, 'what if...?', is a strong motivator. I'm reading Margaret Attwood's thrilling book The Handmaid's Tale at the moment, revelling in my favourite genre so brilliantly realised & I'm itching to share my thoughts. I haven't blogged any book reviews yet for a number of reasons...
1) What if I'm coming too late to the game? Has it all been said before much more brilliantly, making anything I say embarrassingly inadequate or at the very least repetitive? (all my insecurities are showing, I know).
2) What if I don't have the time to do them justice?
3) What if my critique just isn't interesting reading?
4) What if I can't come up with a snazzily concise rating system (I've noticed some extremely innovative ones in my blog-lurking).
I haven't come to any conclusions yet but, as I know many people who say 'what fiction?' when I say my favourite genre is speculative fiction, I think I'll risk embarrassment and review this fantastic dystopia Atwood has created (when I finish it of course!).
Easy Go by John Lange (Michael Crichton)
15 hours ago