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Old 03-20-2012, 08:05 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

Huffmeister
(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

listopencil
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

vailpass
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 08-01-2012, 04:17 PM   #241
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Recently finished "Redshirts" by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton. Fantastic, and recommended for ST:TOS fans. Also finished "Fuzzy Nation", a modern update of the classic H. Beam Piper "Little Fuzzy" from '62. Once again, narrated by Wheaton. Fantastic. Currently doing another Scalzi/Wheaton audiobook, "Agent to the Stars". I'm having a blast.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #242
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Finally read Ender's Game - really enjoyable book glad I finally read.

The Strain - Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - pretty good 'summer blockbuster' type of book. Part 1 of a trilogy.

Reading now - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Taking some time with this one. Set in early 20th century England. Worth checking out.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #243
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Finally read Ender's Game - really enjoyable book glad I finally read.

The Strain - Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - pretty good 'summer blockbuster' type of book. Part 1 of a trilogy.

Reading now - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Taking some time with this one. Set in early 20th century England. Worth checking out.
I really thought I would like Jonathan Strange...but I didn't. Just sort of boring to me, unfortunately.

You definitely need to read Ender's Shadow since you read Ender's Game. It's, arguably, better. The series drops off pretty steeply for me after those two books, but a lot of people like them all.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:34 PM   #244
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I really thought I would like Jonathan Strange...but I didn't. Just sort of boring to me, unfortunately.

You definitely need to read Ender's Shadow since you read Ender's Game. It's, arguably, better. The series drops off pretty steeply for me after those two books, but a lot of people like them all.
I had read about 140 pages of Jonathan Strange before I gave up. Just picked up again a week or so ago. Its a bit of a slog but I like the subtle jabs it takes at society in turn of the century England.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #245
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How long in The Name of the Wind does Kvothe's back story go on for? I'm definitely interested in it, but the stuff with the Scraels in current day seems more interesting. So far I'm enjoying the shit out of this novel.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:42 AM   #246
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Recently finished "Redshirts" by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton. Fantastic, and recommended for ST:TOS fans. Also finished "Fuzzy Nation", a modern update of the classic H. Beam Piper "Little Fuzzy" from '62. Once again, narrated by Wheaton. Fantastic. Currently doing another Scalzi/Wheaton audiobook, "Agent to the Stars". I'm having a blast.
Finished "Agent to the Stars" by Scalzi. Had a couple of nice twists that kept the story interesting. Thought about either listening to some classic sci-fi ("Foundation" by Isaac Asimov) or an action/thriller ("The Lions of Lucerne" by Brad Thor), but I looked over my audiobook list and realized I had another Scalzi/Wheaton collaboration on my Zune... "The Android's Dream"... starts off with a human trade negotiator killing an alien emissary with a series of insulting farts.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #247
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Finished "Agent to the Stars" by Scalzi. Had a couple of nice twists that kept the story interesting. Thought about either listening to some classic sci-fi ("Foundation" by Isaac Asimov) or an action/thriller ("The Lions of Lucerne" by Brad Thor), but I looked over my audiobook list and realized I had another Scalzi/Wheaton collaboration on my Zune... "The Android's Dream"... starts off with a human trade negotiator killing an alien emissary with a series of insulting farts.
Sold! LOL. I gotta read that now.

There is a Doctor Who parody with Rowan Atkinson where he uses Alien fart language to communicate with his companion.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:55 PM   #248
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Put Jonathan Strange aside for now. Picked up Mistborn trilogy. About 100 pages into first book. Liking it so far.

Read The Graveyard Book by Gaiman a couple months ago. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the movie adaptation.
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Put Jonathan Strange aside for now. Picked up Mistborn trilogy. About 100 pages into first book. Liking it so far.

Read The Graveyard Book by Gaiman a couple months ago. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the movie adaptation.
Jonathan Strangr started dragging for you too? I liked it, but at a certain point the book wasn't calling for me to pick it up and read nightly.
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Just started reading "Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke. Supposed to be one of the greatest works of science fiction ever. The first few chapters are pretty intriguing.
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Jonathan Strangr started dragging for you too? I liked it, but at a certain point the book wasn't calling for me to pick it up and read nightly.
Pretty much. Felt more like a chore or reading for an assignment rather than reading for enjoyment.
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Just started reading "Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke. Supposed to be one of the greatest works of science fiction ever. The first few chapters are pretty intriguing.
That one is a mind trip.

One of the few books that really made me think about what we're here for.
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I tried to go the audio route with The Dreaming Void, by Peter F. Hamilton. The story sounds interesting, but the narrator isn't working for me.
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That one is a mind trip.

One of the few books that really made me think about what we're here for.
Awesome. I like that.
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Finished "Agent to the Stars" by Scalzi. Had a couple of nice twists that kept the story interesting. Thought about either listening to some classic sci-fi ("Foundation" by Isaac Asimov) or an action/thriller ("The Lions of Lucerne" by Brad Thor), but I looked over my audiobook list and realized I had another Scalzi/Wheaton collaboration on my Zune... "The Android's Dream"... starts off with a human trade negotiator killing an alien emissary with a series of insulting farts.
Finished "Year Zero" by Robert Reid. Don't waste your time. It's a great big "Microsoft Sucks" piece.

Started a good one though, "The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Lots of potential here.
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