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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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duncan_idaho 05:12 PM 12-29-2018
Reaperís Gale is excellent. Itís where the Bonehunter characters beyond Fiddlerís squad really begin to shine.

In Malazan news, the campaign Iím running is going pretty well. My PCs have recently recruited a young - and two-armed - Dujek into their party and are feeling out an alliance with some Napans.

Theyíll have the opportunity to recruit Whiskeyjack into their crew soon. Mostly because I want to NPC Whiskeyjack.
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mnchiefsguy 12:05 AM 01-02-2019
Started Gardens of the Moon yesterday...really liking it so far.

My list of books from this thread is now huge. Got a lot of good reading to do!
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duncan_idaho 12:29 PM 01-02-2019
Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy:
Started Gardens of the Moon yesterday...really liking it so far.

My list of books from this thread is now huge. Got a lot of good reading to do!

Man, if you like GotM, youíre in for a huge, huge, huge treat.
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keg in kc 02:51 PM 01-02-2019
Picked up Mark Lawrence's latest series (two books so far). While it's completely unrelated to the Broken Empire and Red Queen's War trilogies, including a whole new setting, it's great in its own right. Highest recommendation...
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vailpass 03:00 PM 01-02-2019
Gary Wo9lfe's latest Sci-Fi classic compendium is coming out later this year . For those of you who haven't read any of the old school classics this is a solid way to do so.
AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION: EIGHT CLASSIC NOVELS OF THE 1960S EDITED BY GARY K. WOLFE.
In 2012, prominent science fiction scholar Gary K. Wolfe put together a magnificent pair of novel collections for Library of America: American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s. The two-volume set contained some of the best works of the decade, and this year, he’s releasing the long-awaited followup: American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s, which will contain Poul Anderson’s The High Crusade, Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, Roger Zelazny’s . . . And Call Me Conrad [This Immortal], R. A. Lafferty’ Past Master, Joanna Russ’ Picnic on Paradise, Samuel R. Delany’s Nova, and Jack Vance’s Emphyrio, which should provide a great survey of a critical year in the genre’s history. (September 2019)

Here's a link to his most recent effort prior to the new one:

American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s: A Library of America Boxed Set
by Amazon.com
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1598531573..._IwslCbDNVNGGK
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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 07:22 PM 01-02-2019
Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy:
Started Gardens of the Moon yesterday...really liking it so far.

My list of books from this thread is now huge. Got a lot of good reading to do!
Yeah, I loved it too. It's one of the weaker books in the series so you should really love the rest.
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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 10:37 PM 01-06-2019
So I finished Reaper's Gale a few days ago. Another great one. Didn't love it quite as much as some of the others but still very good.
Spoiler!

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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 01:07 PM 03-13-2019
Just finished Toll the Hounds. Took me a bit longer to finish than normal. Busy with classes this semester. I’m a little confused about a few things. Major spoilers.

Spoiler!

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vailpass 03:22 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by ShiftyEyedWaterboy:
Just finished Toll the Hounds. Took me a bit longer to finish than normal. Busy with classes this semester. Iím a little confused about a few things. Major spoilers.

Spoiler!
I finished Toll a week ago. No idea on where the HoL came from or what Hood and AR's plan was all about other than to maybe fend of Chaos from taking over all the realms. I found the whole Dragnipur scene to be unclear to the point of being sloppy. It was good to see some favorite characters again.
It may be my least favorite book of the series to date.

I started on Dust of Dreams, looks like the K'Chain Che'Malle are main characters this time.
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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 03:59 PM 03-13-2019
It did feel sloppy. I was really enjoying the first half but the ending was pretty meh. I’m snowed in with no power. Been reading DoD for a couple hours so far.
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vailpass 07:28 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by ShiftyEyedWaterboy:
It did feel sloppy. I was really enjoying the first half but the ending was pretty meh. Iím snowed in with no power. Been reading DoD for a couple hours so far.
If ever there was a perfect time to read.
Now get busy with your school work!!! :-)
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Fishpicker 09:24 PM 03-13-2019
https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Valian.../dp/0740777378

Prince Valiant: Far from Camelot.

I bought this from a bargain-shelf at a comic shop. I remember reading PV in newspapers when I was a kid. I didn't stick with it because it seemed a long series of non-events and the art was downgraded when on newsprint.

this book, however, is one of my favorites. I'd rate it higher than all my Savage Sword of Conan omnibuses. I think this latest PV is best because of the format. there are no dialog bubbles, no thought bubbles. the entire story is contained in narrative captions.


the other thing I noticed is that the book is a collection of strips. the first panel on every page gives a quick summary of the last strip. the last panel on every page is a preview of the next strip. I really liked it because, I had the book memorized after reading it once. reading a continuous story in strips actually makes you read the same content 2 or 3 times.

Prince Valiant is very light/fun reading and the artwork is superb. Gianni (illustrator) is every bit as good as Alfredo Alcala when it comes to inks.

I wish I could find Ivanhoe in a collected strip like this.
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DaFace 10:17 PM 03-13-2019
The Red Rising trilogy is lots of fun. Kind of a weird cross between Hunger Games and Star Wars
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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 11:08 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by vailpass:
If ever there was a perfect time to read.
Now get busy with your school work!!! :-)
I have the convenient excuse of my laptop dying for my schoolwork that needs doing. :-)
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Indian Chief 11:22 PM 03-13-2019
Reading Toll the Hounds now. I skipped some of the posts above because it looked like some plot discussion and I'm only a couple hundred pages in.

Non-spoiler reflection on the series though. I love the world, the characters, the story, the writing, pretty much everything but having characters and groups disappear for entire books, maybe even two really breaks my flow. The last half of Reaper's Gale went quickly and then I hit a wall at the start of Toll the Hounds.
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