Originally Posted by JD10367
For Asimov star with "I, Robot". Then I'd move on to the Elijah Bailey detective novels ("Caves of Steel", "Naked Sun", "Robots of Dawn"). I hear the Foundation series is also good but haven't read it.
I'm a big fan of Anne McCaffrey's world of Pern, which starts with "Dragonflight", "Dragonquest", and "The White Dragon".
I also like Terry Brooks and his watered-down Tolkienish post-apocalyptic earth in the Shannara series (Sword, Elfstones, Wishsong, and then more) and his Magic Kingdom of Landover series.
Terry Goodkind's "Wizard's First Rule" and "Stone of Tears" are excellent, but then his series bogs town for me.
I like Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. I've read them all except for the newest book, the Omen Machine. There are some slow books in that series, but the first two books and Faith of the Fallen are amazing. I also found the last 3 Chainfire books pretty entertaining.
I don't read much SciFi beyond Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who books. But I love all if Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently books. I'm a tepid fan of Asimov - I liked I, Robot; but got bored with the foundation series. Anything by Bradbury is great. Gene Wolfe is a fun writer to read- the dude writes in his own odd language-the Book of the Long Sun is a good one to try.
I read Battlefield Earth before that crap movie came out, and before I knew about L Ron Hubbard's bizarre religion, but I thought that book kicked anus when I first read it.
I have a ton of favorite Fantasy books. I'll just list the first few I can think of :
Albion Song series- Stephen R. Lawhead.
Dark Tower Series, The Talisman, The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon- Stephen King.
Light Fantastic (Discworld series) - Terry Pratchett
Song of Ice and Fire series - George RR Martin.
Memory, Sword, and Sorrow series - Tad Williams
The Lies of Locke Lamora- Scott Lynch
Wheel of Time series - Robert Jordan
The Dresdin Files series - Jim Butcher