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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 08:21 PM 02-16-2021
I've been reading the Kane series by Karl Edward Wagner. Nothing fancy; just pulpy sword & sorcery. The protagonist, Kane, is closer to being a villain than an anti-hero. He's Cain from the Bible, if the Bible had been written by Robert E. Howard. Elder gods, ancient Lovecraftian aliens etc. There are about a dozen short stories and three novels. I prefer the short stories. The best of the bunch, imo:

The Dark Muse
Misericorde
The Other One
Reflections for the Winter of my Soul
Two Suns Setting






I'm also reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus. I'm not really enjoying it. Young orphan boy trains to fulfill his destiny and avenge the death of his parents. The plot is so standard it almost feels like a YA novel.

The worst part is that the main character is awesome at everything. He's insufferably confident - and for good reason - because every setback is just a minor prelude to his next triumph.
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duncan_idaho 12:07 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by Mennonite:
I've been reading the Kane series by Karl Edward Wagner. Nothing fancy; just pulpy sword & sorcery. The protagonist, Kane, is closer to being a villain than an anti-hero. He's Cain from the Bible, if the Bible had been written by Robert E. Howard. Elder gods, ancient Lovecraftian aliens etc. There are about a dozen short stories and three novels. I prefer the short stories. The best of the bunch, imo:

The Dark Muse
Misericorde
The Other One
Reflections for the Winter of my Soul
Two Suns Setting






I'm also reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus. I'm not really enjoying it. Young orphan boy trains to fulfill his destiny and avenge the death of his parents. The plot is so standard it almost feels like a YA novel.

The worst part is that the main character is awesome at everything. He's insufferably confident - and for good reason - because every setback is just a minor prelude to his next triumph.
I kind of get that with The Name of the Wind. The pace is maddening - it has been 10 years since the second book was released. Dude writes at a Martinian pace.

But the writing, the actual composition and word choice, is genius. This passage still haunts me.

It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.

The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed through the trees, set the innís sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with conversation and laughter, the clatter and clamor one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of night. If there had been music...but no, of course there was no music. In fact there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.

Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. They drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussions of troubling news. In doing this they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.

The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone hearth that held the heat of a long dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth of a white linen cloth rubbing along the grain of the bar. And it was in the hands of the man who stood there, polishing a stretch of mahogany that already gleamed in the lamplight.

The man had true-red hair, red as flame. His eyes were dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things.

The Waystone was his, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the others inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumnís ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.

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lawrenceRaider 12:37 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by Mennonite:
I've been reading the Kane series by Karl Edward Wagner. Nothing fancy; just pulpy sword & sorcery. The protagonist, Kane, is closer to being a villain than an anti-hero. He's Cain from the Bible, if the Bible had been written by Robert E. Howard. Elder gods, ancient Lovecraftian aliens etc. There are about a dozen short stories and three novels. I prefer the short stories. The best of the bunch, imo:

The Dark Muse
Misericorde
The Other One
Reflections for the Winter of my Soul
Two Suns Setting





That cover reminded me of this book I picked up used as a teen.

Post apocalyptic stuff that I remember being a fun read. Been probably 30+ years since I read it. My copy is pretty fragile, so I'll have to see if I can find it as an ebook.


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Mennonite 12:44 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by lawrenceRaider:
That cover reminded me of this book I picked up used as a teen.

Post apocalyptic stuff that I remember being a fun read. Been probably 30+ years since I read it. My copy is pretty fragile, so I'll have to see if I can find it as an ebook.


Interesting. That is the same author who wrote Kirinyaga which I mentioned on the last page. He passed away early last year.
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NewChief 07:35 AM 02-18-2021
Been getting to read a lot with COVID and now winter wonderland.

Tried to read the Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler which is a fantasy series set in an era analogous to the Napoleonic era. I liked the first one, but then it just started dragging.

I then read the first Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan. Loved this, so I went on to the second trilogy and am finishing up the first book now. My understanding is that they're making this into a television series in the future, which would be awesome.
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lawrenceRaider 07:47 AM 02-18-2021
Originally Posted by NewChief:
Been getting to read a lot with COVID and now winter wonderland.

Tried to read the Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler which is a fantasy series set in an era analogous to the Napoleonic era. I liked the first one, but then it just started dragging.

I then read the first Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan. Loved this, so I went on to the second trilogy and am finishing up the first book now. My understanding is that they're making this into a television series in the future, which would be awesome.
I had the same issue with the Shadow Campaigns. First book was great, couldn't finish the second book.

I'll look at adding the Powder Mage to my reading list. I've got a big back log right now though.
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Mennonite 02:25 PM 06-10-2021
Let's see, I finished up the last of the Karl Edward Wagner stuff with the novel Dark Crusade. It was ok, but the short stories I listed above are better.

Next I read Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. It kept me entertained. I wish the robots had been written a little less human.

Then I read some Arthur C. Clark. The Star, If I Forget Thee Oh Earth, and The Sentinel were highlights.

I also read a pretty good short story by Fredric Brown called Letter to a Phoenix.


I'm still slowly tracking down old stories by Robert Sheckley. They've all been disappointing so far so I may have to give this up. Maybe all of his best stuff has already been collected.

Currently I'm reading Going Postal by Terry Pratchet.
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