It wasn’t until recently that I’ve seen or read a lot of these ‘defining’ pieces in science fiction and fantasy. Last year I watched Blade Runner for the first time. Earlier this year I read The Name of the Wind and a couple years ago I dove into Dune and the Riverworld series.
On the whole I wasn’t really impressed. Watching Blade Runner I could see all the depth and glimpses at the stories that could be told in this setting but the movie itself was just decent. I watched the most recent directors cut or the definitive cut, whichever one they have out in the last few years with the precious seconds of extra footage but overall it was a ‘meh’. Considering it was something akin to the birth of cyberpunk I was really looking forward to it. I dove into the Sprawl with William Gibson as my guide and loved that touch of the early genre.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, no, the entire original series isn’t worth the hype. How did this get such a following before The Next Generation?
The first book in the Riverworld series was interesting, dated, but interesting. I had accidentally bought a later book in the series first which almost killed it for me. Thanks to eBooks my interest woke up later on the banks of an online books store for further adventures.
Dune. My wife tried to get me to read the book. It’s such an amazing book… twenty years ago. This is coming from me, who went through a two year stretch where I would scour the local used bookstore for post-apocalyptic stories written no later than 1990.
The Name of the Wind, while not a long standing classic, has been called groundbreaking. Really? It was enjoyable, but I don’t see what the fuss is about. It’s rather hard opinion to have too, the author sounds like a great guy and I’d love to meet him one day.
Black Company by Glen Cook. Wow. That was amazing. Such amazing characterization. Like the character One-Eye, who had one eye. Or the character Silent who never spoke. It took fantasy to from the level of kings and queens and put it on the soldiers’ level. That’s what the dust jacket proclaimed. It was pretty much Vietnam in a fantasy world and the writing was amateurish.
I’m jumping around here, sorry, but I’m just not impressed by most of these ‘amazing’ pieces.
Here’s a fun idea. Suggest your favorite book or movie. I’ll give it a go. Right now I’ve got Flash Gordon and Iron Man 3 on my To-Watch list. My To-Read list is pretty much just Redwall. I’m open.