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Buck 07:05 PM 03-20-2012
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.

CP POSTER SUGGESTIONS

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
See Post 142
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Mennonite 07:53 AM 08-15-2019
Read a couple of pretty good short stories last night:

Wasted on the Young by John Brunner
My Object All Sublime by Poul Anderson
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Indian Chief 10:54 PM 08-15-2019
Haven't been around much, but I've been continuing through Malazan. Finished up Return of the Crimson Guard (Esslemont) and Toll the Hounds. First half of TtH was a slog but it really made up for it in the end.
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duncan_idaho 08:23 AM 08-16-2019
Originally Posted by Indian Chief:
Haven't been around much, but I've been continuing through Malazan. Finished up Return of the Crimson Guard (Esslemont) and Toll the Hounds. First half of TtH was a slog but it really made up for it in the end.

So youíre reading them in chronological order? Thatís cool.

RotCG is the first Esslemont book that really shined, IMO.

The final acts of Toll the Hounds are some of the finest points of the series. The convergence that occurs at the end is epic.

Spoiler!


Dust of Dreams and the Crippled God are LOOOOOOOOOONG but, DoD is awesome.

The book is also heartbreaking in general. Cuz, Erikson. He really does laugh at George RR Martin when it comes to gut-wrenching ends for characters heís made you love.

Spoiler!

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vailpass 03:00 PM 08-16-2019
Originally Posted by Mennonite:
Read a couple of pretty good short stories last night:

Wasted on the Young by John Brunner
My Object All Sublime by Poul Anderson
Poul Anderson is a master, thanks for the recommendation.
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vailpass 03:03 PM 08-16-2019
Originally Posted by Indian Chief:
Haven't been around much, but I've been continuing through Malazan. Finished up Return of the Crimson Guard (Esslemont) and Toll the Hounds. First half of TtH was a slog but it really made up for it in the end.
Agreed on TtH. I just finished Dust of Dreams and have Crippled God on order. Some of the series has been, as you say, a slog. Just too many characters and too many attempted story lines with occasional pages of needless dialogue. Better editing owuld have served.

But all in all it's been a very enjoyable read with some great world building and very likable characters. I'm glad to have made the journey.
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Mennonite 06:47 AM 08-17-2019
Originally Posted by vailpass:
Poul Anderson is a master, thanks for the recommendation.
Why read when you can listen?




I plan on reading his "The Queen of Air and Darkness" soon.







Any one read any of the Star Trek books? They're fast-food fiction, of course, and I'll be the first to admit that they're not great literature, but for fans of the older shows who want new stories, some of them are worth checking out. I've read more than 430 of the damn things over the years.





My favorite TOS novels:

Troublesome Minds (End of original 5YM era)
Ghost-Walker (original 5YM era, I think. Hilarious cover art)
To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
The Lost Years (Pre TMP)
Ex Machina (post TMP)

There are two trilogies written by Kevin Ryan that are worth checking out, too. They are called "Errand of Fury" and "Errand of Vengeance." The plots of both trilogies are very good, but be warned: both scripts suffer from poor editing and proofreading. Both stories take place during the original 5YM.







My favorite TNG books:

The Forgotten War (set during series)
The Devil's Heart (set during series)
Engines of Destiny (Post Generations Scotty/TNG story.)
A Time to Kill & A Time to Heal (duology set between Insurrection and Nemesis)




My favorite Voyager book:


The Nanotech War

There are a series of books by Kirsten Beyer set after the end of the series and after the Destiny trilogy of books that have been very well received by fans of the series. I'm not a huge fan of the show, so they aren't my favorites, but if you're a fan you will probably like them.



My favorite Enterprise books:

Daedalus & Daedalus's Children (Not related to the awful season 4 episode. Trip fans should like these two books)







My favorite Deep Space Nine Books:

The DS9 series was relaunched after the series ended and they were pretty damn good imo. Basically, it's a season 8 of the show.

If you want books set during the show, I recommend:

The Never Ending Sacrifice (the ultimate Cardassian world building book. Probably my overall favorite trek book.)
Prophecy and Change (an anthology of short stories)
Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers (a prequel about the Cardassian takeover of Bajor)

DS9 Relaunch book recommendations.



These books are serialized so you have to read them in order. Season 8 is a series of about ten books running from the excellent opening duology "Avatar" and ending with "Unity." Avatar is very good and anyone who enjoyed the series will likely enjoy it. Another highlight of season 8 is "Twilight" by David R. George.



Recommendations for Klingon stories:

The Final Reflection (this is a pre TNG book that does some interesting things with TOS Klingon culture that is quite different from what was developed in the movies and later series.

TNG Diplomatic Implausibility (this is a pilot for the four I.K.S. Gorkon books by Keith R. A. DeCandido. They're pretty solid reads.)



Mirror Universe Recommendations:


The MU books are so much better than what we saw on screen. Particularly the ones written by David Mack. "Sorrows of Empire" is a great follow-up to TOS's "Mirror Mirror."


Mini-series Recommendations:

The Destiny Trilogy by David Mack is excellent. It's set several years after Nemesis, and even though I hadn't read up on any of the current continuity, I still thought they were awesome.

The Prey Trilogy by John Jackson Miller. A very good post Nemesis, post Destiny TNG story.





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Miles 01:22 AM 08-18-2019
I’ve dabbled a little in Star Wars books over the years but the three recent Thrawn books are legit pretty good.
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Mennonite 01:05 PM 08-18-2019
Originally Posted by Miles:
Iíve dabbled a little in Star Wars books over the years but the three recent Thrawn books are legit pretty good.

My local bookstore owner has been trying to get me to check out the original Thrawn trilogy for a while now, but I'm not a huge SW fan (outside of the first two movies and KOTOR) so I may need to give them a shot.
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keg in kc 03:00 PM 08-18-2019
Since the tv show is coming in the not-too-distant future, I just started listening to the Witcher books on audible. The first one ain't easy to get through. All short-stories.
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Bowser 05:12 PM 08-18-2019
Originally Posted by Mennonite:
My local bookstore owner has been trying to get me to check out the original Thrawn trilogy for a while now, but I'm not a huge SW fan (outside of the first two movies and KOTOR) so I may need to give them a shot.
I liked them very much back in the day but someone did say the original Thrawn trilogy hadn't aged well (Dane, maybe?), so take that for what it's worth. I would say that if you have never read the trilogy, give them a ride at least once.
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TipRoast 11:56 AM 08-21-2019
If you're a fan of hard science fiction, then Robert L. Forward's Dragon's Egg may appeal to you.

It's the story of a race of intelligent beings living on the surface of a neutron star; the star is careening through the solar system at the time of the story.




(I mistakenly posted this in the Tarantino thread this morning. And I had already had two cups of coffee, so I don't have a good explanation for how that happened.)
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