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Old 03-20-2012, 07:05 PM  
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Only Thread

There is a great thread in the lounge about Books in general, but to be honest, all I really want to read is Sci-Fi (including post-apocalyptic), and Fantasy.

In this OP I will compile every poster's top 3 Fantasy/SciFi suggestions if they give me them. I will try to keep the posters in alphabetical order in case you want to find someone's suggestions easier.

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Baby Lee
1. Fritz Lieber's Swords Against series.
2. George R.R. Martin's SoIaF series [no brainer that will probably make tons of other lists]
3. Umberto Eco, Foucalt's Pendulum [a little more obscure/forgotten to make up for GRRM]

Frosty
1.Raymond Feist - Riftwar Saga
2.Terry Brooks - Shannara series (starting with the Knight of the Word books)
3.Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

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(1) Dune - Frank Herbert
(2) The Stand - Stephen King (1000+ page unabridged)
(3) Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein (checkout the song by Yes, too. lots of great bass)

Jawshco
1. "Book of the Long Sun" by Gene Wolfe
2. "Paradise War" by Stephen R Lawhead
3. "The Dragonbone Chair" by Tad Williams

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1. Edgar Rice Burroughs, any series
2. Robert Heinlein, everything he has written in chronological order (but read Starship Troopers first)
3. Doc Smith's Lensman series

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1. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1, 2A & 2B books are a gold mine for sampling the evolution of sci-fi. (below)
2.The Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards (selected yearly, pick a year)
3. Years Best SF Annual publication, pick any volume from 1 to the current volume 17
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:29 PM   #181
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OK, just finished my techthriller series.

Read Daniel Suarez if you work in IT. Daemon, FreedomTM

Read Ernest Cline if you're over 39. "Ready Player One"

If you are inclined towards unions and work environments for gold miners in-game "For The Win" by Cory Doctorow.

If you like mixing terrorism and cyberspace, "REAMDE" by Neill Stephenson.

I'm going to slush about in cyberspace for awhile between the Hunger Games series and Peter F. Hamilton's "Pandora's Star" and it's sequel.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:36 PM   #182
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Foundation (Foundation, #1)Foundation by Isaac Asimov

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever think to yourself, "oh I'll just sit down and read for this book for about a half hour before I go make something else out of my weekend?"


That just happened to me about 5 hours ago. I was a third of the way into Foundation, but I found out it was a real page turner, and I just finished it.


Very hard sci-fi with some great dialogue. I would give it 4.5 stars if Good Reads had half-star ratings, but it doesn't deserve to be just a 4. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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Alright, I'm not sure how this will look, I copied my review from Good Reads.

Anyways, I thought that Foundation was a trilogy, but according to the book there are like 7 Foundation books. Should I buy the Prelude to Foundation and then read them all in order, or should I just go with the trilogy?
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #183
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Just finished book one of Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, off of recommendations in this thread.

Great book. Love the cast of characters
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:43 PM   #184
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Just finished:

1 second after (post apocalyptic, very realistic scenario seemingly)

I thought it was pretty good. A fast read, nothing fancy just a riveting story. I didn't care too much for some aspects of the telling, but the story was good. Post apocalyptic tale of the USA if it were to be the victim of an EMP terrorist attack. The author's premise (agreed upon by top security experts) is that it wouldn't take more than about 3 nuclear blasts to shut down our whole society as we know it for months or years. He shows how unprepared we are to even live a few days 'off the grid.' This is a must read for anyone who likes apocalyptic / survivalist books. It's really an examination of what would happen if we were hit by serious EMP attack today, told through a personal story of one man's family and town.

I'd grade it out as a solid B, would recommend.

ALso I just read the 1st book in the Mistborn series (Final Empire)

I really liked it. It also was a fast read....I liked the characters...Very interesting twist on a magic system. It is a very good fantasy book, and stands well on its own...You don't really have to read any of the others unless you want to. I think the highlight for me is the very creative new magic system...it is unlike anything I have read before. Very well thought through, and although it has some holes they aren't enough to make you (or at least me) really question it enough to hurt the enjoyment of the story.

A-, Must read for Fantasy Fans

I can recommend those books, along with:

Jordan - wheel of time - Best series I have read
The 1st two books (which should be/ was one book) of Feist's Riftwar saga - Magician APprentice & Master..which is the best fantasy book ever written IMO.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #185
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I would like to recommend Thomas E. Sniegoski's Remy Chandler series. It's about an angel that turns his back on Heaven after the war with Lucifer and tries to live on Earth as a human. He basically wants to be left alone but keeps getting dragged into these epic struggles. The books are kind of a cross between the Dresden Files books and the Supernatural TV series.

There are four books out so far with a fifth coming out in August.

http://www.sniegoski.com/remy/

He's also written a YA series called The Fallen. I haven't read them yet but my son really likes them.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #186
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Finished the Hunger Games trilogy. It was OK, will make good movies. Currently reading "Off Armageddon Reef" by David Weber. A departure from the Honor Harrington novels, but so far so good. Interesting premise.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:33 PM   #187
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Any opinions on "The Name of the Wind" by James Rothfuss?
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Any opinions on "The Name of the Wind" by James Rothfuss?
I've done the audiobooks for both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's fear, and enjoyed them both greatly.

(It's Patrick Rothfuss btw)
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #190
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I've done the audiobooks for both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's fear, and enjoyed them both greatly.

(It's Patrick Rothfuss btw)
Oh, right. I think I'm going to go ahead and pick it up - I read the sample on nook and enjoyed it.
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I picked up Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys for a dime and just finished it. It was the first Gaiman book I've read and I really enjoyed his writing style. I guess American Gods is supposed to be really good, so I will look for that next.
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I picked up Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys for a dime and just finished it. It was the first Gaiman book I've read and I really enjoyed his writing style. I guess American Gods is supposed to be really good, so I will look for that next.
I really like Gaiman, but I had a hard time staying interested in American Gods. My favorite of his books is Neverwhere. I've also heard a lot of people say that his Sandman comics are excellent.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #193
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Neverwhere did look interesting. It's on the to do list also.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #194
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i read the hunger games trilogy and then a song of fire and ice 5 books, anyone have suggestions on another series to start on?

and i'm not talking about 200 page books. i like the asofai 4500 page 5 book series type.
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i read the hunger games trilogy and then a song of fire and ice 5 books, anyone have suggestions on another series to start on?

and i'm not talking about 200 page books. i like the asofai 4500 page 5 book series type.
Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. Only three books (The Dragonbone Chair, Stone Of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower) but they're huge.
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