Booking Through Thursday

Last week, the question was:
In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. But how about books? Does where a book is set affect your reading choices? Are you more or less likely to read books set in places you know or love?

Yes and no. 🙂 I love and “know” Babylon 5 and the Enterprise-D, not to mention Chalion, Dragaera, Ankh-Morpok, and many others) and I’m likely to read novels set in them. But I’m less likely to read books set in Finland where I live.

In SF and fantasy I’m attracted to places which aren’t real and sometimes can’t be, (although I’m hoping we will get starships, large space stations, and settlements on other planets in the future).

But I also read historical mystery and there the setting, and time, definitely influce my choices. Most of all I enjoy ancient world: Rome, Greece, Egypt. I’d love to read about ancient China and Japan and India if anyone can recommend books from then.

I’d love to read more books set in Venice.

And today:
An off-shoot from last week’s question: Do you read books from places you DON’T know and haven’t been as a substitute for actually travelling there?

A little bit, yes. I’d love to travel to all those ancient sites (and Venice!) but don’t have the money. (Traveling to Venice is actually possible. It’s the staying which would cost a lot.)