Well, we’re all here because of one reason: We love fantasy, science fiction and other related topics. But that can’t be everything you like. Even the most dedicated SF/F reader can afford to have a few other kinds of books that she or he likes to read now and again, so what’s your poison?
Me? I’m nuts about narrative journalism. Mary Roach, Jon Ronson, Evan Wright, Louis Theroux, Sebastian Junger, John Krakauer, Richard Grant, Steve Volk…these are my kinds of authors. I just finished Volk’s excellent Fringe-Ology, an even-handed exploration of paranormal topics like UFOs and hauntings. Loved it. I’m on Mark Pilkington’s Mirage Men now, a book that proposes that the government stirs up UFO reports (I’m on a jag, I admit it.) as a cover for experimental military technology. I don’t always read “out there” stuff like that, but I’ll get interested in something and binge on it.
I also like mythology and folklore. You know in vampire or werewolf movies where the guy goes to the old occult bookstore to research the monster and learn how to kill it, and there’s always some old guy who comes out and hands the hero a dusty old book full of creepy medieval etchings? Yeah, I have a fantasy about being that guy one day. I’ll leave the monster slaying to you. I’ll just supply the necessary research materials.
I read crime fiction sometimes, too. I’m a big fan of Elmore Leonard, Martin Cruz Smith and Jonathan Kellerman, among others. Usually the creepier, more sordid end of the spectrum is what appeals to me. Tales about gangbangers, crooked cops and serial killers are what I like.
So what about you? Let’s get off-topic for a minute. Tell me what else you like to read.