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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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keg in kc 10:50 AM 07-18-2020
So good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad.

Peace Talks released on Tuesday, the long awaited continuation of The Dresden Files. And now we know why the next book is coming out so soon (September): Peace Talks is half a book. I don't know if Butcher or the Publisher is to blame, but my advice to anyone interested is to wait until Battle Grounds releases and read them both. Peace Talks is one of the weakest Dresden books, padded with fluff and filler, and ends abruptly in what amounts to a cliffhanger. And not even an interesting one. The story basically just stops, like it's the end of a paragraph. I had to rewind to make sure I hadn't missed something. Not good.

On the flip side of the coin, this week Amazon released an Audible full cast recording of Neil Gaiman's Sandman.



I'm a few hours in and it's just fantastic. The cast is ****ing loaded with big names, and it's (so far) one of the best things I've heard on Audible, right up there with the full cast recording of Dune. It's basically an old school radio play and I can't recommend it strongly enough.

Go listen to it. Right now.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Sandm...ook/B086WP794Z
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vailpass 04:49 PM 07-18-2020
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
So good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad.

Peace Talks released on Tuesday, the long awaited continuation of The Dresden Files. And now we know why the next book is coming out so soon (September): Peace Talks is half a book. I don't know if Butcher or the Publisher is to blame, but my advice to anyone interested is to wait until Battle Grounds releases and read them both. Peace Talks is one of the weakest Dresden books, padded with fluff and filler, and ends abruptly in what amounts to a cliffhanger. And not even an interesting one. The story basically just stops, like it's the end of a paragraph. I had to rewind to make sure I hadn't missed something. Not good.

On the flip side of the coin, this week Amazon released an Audible full cast recording of Neil Gaiman's Sandman.



I'm a few hours in and it's just fantastic. The cast is ****ing loaded with big names, and it's (so far) one of the best things I've heard on Audible, right up there with the full cast recording of Dune. It's basically an old school radio play and I can't recommend it strongly enough.

Go listen to it. Right now.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Sandm...ook/B086WP794Z
Thanks for the recommendation. I recall reading a few of the Dresden books and enjoying them. Iím glad I didnít get hooked on them then get set up for a reader-fucking of GRR Martin or Robert Jordan proportions.

Sandman is Geimanís graphic novel series, right? I see on Amazon they have it as a paperback series. Does it translate well to book or audio formats (i.e. without illustrations)? I donít spend much time driving. Where do you listen to audio books?
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keg in kc 05:40 PM 07-18-2020
I've never read the graphic novel, never been a comic or graphic novel guy, but it's been a fantastic experience on audio so far, and a few reviews I've seen have all hailed it, as well, so it's not just me.

As for where I listen to audio books, I've had an audible account for 10 or 11 years.
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vailpass 08:44 PM 07-18-2020
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
I've never read the graphic novel, never been a comic or graphic novel guy, but it's been a fantastic experience on audio so far, and a few reviews I've seen have all hailed it, as well, so it's not just me.

As for where I listen to audio books, I've had an audible account for 10 or 11 years.
Thanks, going to add the audio to my list for next time I travel, whenever that may be.
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Frosty 01:42 PM 07-21-2020
Originally Posted by Frosty:
Did you like the TV series? The books (so far, I've only read the first 3) were even better. And most people say it doesn't drop off later on.
After reading the first three books of The Expanse, I took a bit of a break. I recently got back into it. Book 4, Cibola Burn, was so good that I ended up burning through it in a couple of days (fast for me). Nemesis Games started slow. I was disappointed that the crew was splitting up and it looked like it was going to be a fluffier book. But then - HOL-LEE SHIT!!!

I'm about halfway through Babylon's Ashes and it is by far the worst of the books so far. It's an excessive amount of just talking about what's going on. Most of the action happens outside of the story and it's mostly Holden and Pa moping around. I'm hoping it gets better but it's been a bit of a slog so far.
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OKchiefs 05:57 PM 07-22-2020
I'm sure this has already been mentioned, but it's getting ridiculous how long it's taking for Winds of Winter and Doors of Stone. You'd think being stuck at home would help GRRM and Rothfuss to focus on finishing their work.
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Megatron96 06:12 PM 07-22-2020
Originally Posted by Frosty:
After reading the first three books of The Expanse, I took a bit of a break. I recently got back into it. Book 4, Cibola Burn, was so good that I ended up burning through it in a couple of days (fast for me). Nemesis Games started slow. I was disappointed that the crew was splitting up and it looked like it was going to be a fluffier book. But then - HOL-LEE SHIT!!!

I'm about halfway through Babylon's Ashes and it is by far the worst of the books so far. It's an excessive amount of just talking about what's going on. Most of the action happens outside of the story and it's mostly Holden and Pa moping around. I'm hoping it gets better but it's been a bit of a slog so far.
Me too. Cibola Burns was great. Just finished Babylon's Ashes; I won't spoil it for you. Also finished the novella "The Churn." Amos is the main character in that one; it's about his early life before he went to space. Ties into Babylon's Ashes.

Didn't start reading Expanse books until after I'd seen both season 1 & 2. But I'm really enjoying reading them.
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lawrenceRaider 04:34 AM 07-23-2020
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
So good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad.

Peace Talks released on Tuesday, the long awaited continuation of The Dresden Files. And now we know why the next book is coming out so soon (September): Peace Talks is half a book. I don't know if Butcher or the Publisher is to blame, but my advice to anyone interested is to wait until Battle Grounds releases and read them both. Peace Talks is one of the weakest Dresden books, padded with fluff and filler, and ends abruptly in what amounts to a cliffhanger. And not even an interesting one. The story basically just stops, like it's the end of a paragraph. I had to rewind to make sure I hadn't missed something. Not good.
Based on Butcher being a pretty damn good guy, I'd guess the blame is on the publisher. I think he turned in a pretty damn long book, and they said nope. After that long, we need more than just one long book and split it up.

The book does get much better, right before it abruptly ends.

Thank God Battle Grounds is nigh.
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NewChief 06:03 PM 07-26-2020
About to start book 4 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Really enjoying it.
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vailpass 09:24 PM 07-27-2020
Originally Posted by NewChief:
About to start book 4 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Really enjoying it.
Not familiar with it but just added Black Prism to my paperwhite.
Thanks.
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keg in kc 05:10 PM 07-28-2020
Originally Posted by NewChief:
About to start book 4 of the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. Really enjoying it.
I've read the first three a couple of times, didn't even realize 4 and 5 (the final book?) had come out.

His first series, the Night Angel trilogy, is really good too.
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NewChief 11:10 AM 07-30-2020
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
I've read the first three a couple of times, didn't even realize 4 and 5 (the final book?) had come out.

His first series, the Night Angel trilogy, is really good too.
So I'm about halfway through book 4. It's equally good... but it also seems to get really obsessed with sex (but that's also because Kip is coming of age and his relationship with his "wife" is a huge part of it)... but there's also a big sex obsession with other storylines as well in this book.

It's not a huge distraction, but it is weird for it to just crop up as a major theme 4 books into the series.
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