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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

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

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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 09-22-2013, 06:26 AM   #316
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I liked Crytponomicon the first time I read it (summer of 2008 I think it was). I tried reading it again this summer and stalled. Not sure why.

Dufris for me is a hit-or-miss narrator. I either really like his reading (first 3 books of Modesett's Imager Portfolio), or really hate his reading (Woken Furies, the final story of Metatropolis). Not much in the way of middle ground with him.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:31 AM   #317
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Two more names to add to the fantasy list (probably listed them both earlier in the thread, but it's early and I'm too lazy to look my own posts up):

Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies. His third novel in the Locke Lamora series, The Republic of Thieves, is coming out in a couple weeks.

Brent Weeks: The Night Angel Trilogy and The Lightbringer Series (currently 2/4 novels finished).

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:01 AM   #318
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There's a self published sci fi writter that I can't get enough off.

There are two series that I'm following.

Warrior's Wings (book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Wings-W...9861917&sr=1-9

Odyssey One (book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Into-Black-Ody...9861917&sr=1-7

I follow him on Google+ and I believe that he said Warrior's Wings will be at least a 15 book story arc. He's only done 4 so far.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #319
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Currently into Book 8 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Having a blast with this series, but I know within the month I'll be through Book 14 and looking for a new fix.

Has anybody read the Nightside series by Simon R. Green? Looks like it's in the same vein as Butcher, but would like another opinion by someone with more experience with the series.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:02 AM   #320
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Love the Dresden books.

Sort of similar series that I like a lot is Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series, which right now includes Monster Hunter: International (self-published originally, believe it or not), Monster Hunter: Vendetta, Monster Hunter: Alpha and Monster Hunter: Legion. I think there's 3 more planned volumes. It's urban fantasy with a military bent.

He also has a trilogy called The Grimnoir Chronicles which was really good. Also urban fantasy, but set in the early 20th century (after WW1). Sort of a mix of hard boiled detective and military sci fi.

Similar series to that set during and after WW2 is Ian Iregillis' Milkweed Triptych, which I may have mentioned already. It's sort of like a german version of the X-men versus british wizards, with a sort of lovecraftian twist.

I think I'd recommend any or all of those after the Dresden Files.

Right now I'm working through Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. Really, really good. Like can't put it down good.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:26 AM   #321
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I need to start reading the 2nd Kingkiller Chronicles book. I bought it as soon as I finished Name of the Wind 6 months ago, but haven't touched it yet.

I'm not sure if I've asked this before bit was anyone upset with Book 2? I forget what it's called.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #322
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Love the Dresden books.

Sort of similar series that I like a lot is Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series, which right now includes Monster Hunter: International (self-published originally, believe it or not), Monster Hunter: Vendetta, Monster Hunter: Alpha and Monster Hunter: Legion. I think there's 3 more planned volumes. It's urban fantasy with a military bent.

He also has a trilogy called The Grimnoir Chronicles which was really good. Also urban fantasy, but set in the early 20th century (after WW1). Sort of a mix of hard boiled detective and military sci fi.

Similar series to that set during and after WW2 is Ian Iregillis' Milkweed Triptych, which I may have mentioned already. It's sort of like a german version of the X-men versus british wizards, with a sort of lovecraftian twist.

I think I'd recommend any or all of those after the Dresden Files.

Right now I'm working through Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. Really, really good. Like can't put it down good.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:25 AM   #323
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In my queue now - the balance of the Dresden books (8-14), followed up by Larry Correia's books, and I also snagged some of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. Those, combined with Simon R. Green's Nightside series ought to get me into spring.

Eventually, I must do the Dark Tower series. Yeah, I'm a loser. I get too distracted, but next year I'll definitely do Dark Tower.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:24 AM   #324
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Not sure if it follows the whole Sci-Fi / Fantasy genre but I have been reading Harry Turtledove's "The War That Came Early" series. Up to book 3 in an anticipated 6 book series.

Good read and Turtledove has “fixed” most of the complaints that I had about his writing style from previous books I have read.

If you like history, or like to play “what if” with historical events, you’ll enjoy this series.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:43 AM   #325
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Hey keg,

Pulled Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series off Audible.com, and gave my youngest brother (truck driver) access. He texted me last night to let me know how much he was enjoying that series. The guy goes through a book every day or two. I need to find some longer books.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #326
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Just finished reading Michael Vey 2: The Rise of The Elgen. I enjoyed it just as well as I enjoyed the first one. Part 3 came out a couple months ago and I will be getting to that soon. I also just discovered that this is supposed to be 6 or 7 parts. What?
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #327
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In my queue now - the balance of the Dresden books (8-14), followed up by Larry Correia's books, and I also snagged some of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. Those, combined with Simon R. Green's Nightside series ought to get me into spring.

Eventually, I must do the Dark Tower series. Yeah, I'm a loser. I get too distracted, but next year I'll definitely do Dark Tower.
You're in for a real treat. Butcher really finds his footing in the next several books. The world really starts connecting and the story really starts to come together.

You might look at the Malazan Book of the Fallen next. Big series (10 books), very unique fantasy setting.

It's a complex story with a lot of moving parts and storylines, but it really picks up steam as you go.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #328
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Hey keg,

Pulled Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series off Audible.com, and gave my youngest brother (truck driver) access. He texted me last night to let me know how much he was enjoying that series. The guy goes through a book every day or two. I need to find some longer books.
Awesome, glad to hear he likes it.

Periodically I go to the best sellers on there and search by length, just to feel like I'm getting my money's worth.
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Not sure if it follows the whole Sci-Fi / Fantasy genre but I have been reading Harry Turtledove's "The War That Came Early" series. Up to book 3 in an anticipated 6 book series.

Good read and Turtledove has “fixed” most of the complaints that I had about his writing style from previous books I have read.

If you like history, or like to play “what if” with historical events, you’ll enjoy this series.
This is the theme I've been gearing up for lately. Reading "Warday" (loved it) and recently King's 11/22/63 kind of geared me up.

I think I'll start with Dick's "The Man In The High Castle" and work from there. Apparently there's a big surge in alternative history books out there...
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You're in for a real treat. Butcher really finds his footing in the next several books. The world really starts connecting and the story really starts to come together.

You might look at the Malazan Book of the Fallen next. Big series (10 books), very unique fantasy setting.

It's a complex story with a lot of moving parts and storylines, but it really picks up steam as you go.
I'll add it to the queue. Thanks! Long is good... but I'll put off the Wheel of Time series for awhile yet.
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