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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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Buck 11:24 AM 06-13-2012
The narrator is pretty good, he changes up his voice for the different characters. Unfortunately I realized after 15 min of working that I want paying nearly enough attention so I'll be using it for car rides only.
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keg in kc 11:31 AM 06-13-2012
Originally Posted by Buck:
The narrator is pretty good, he changes up his voice for the different characters. Unfortunately I realized after 15 min of working that I want paying nearly enough attention so I'll be using it for car rides only.
I have the same problem at work sometimes, and sometimes when I'm gaming at home. There's even been a few times on my bike where I realize I've zoned out for a half hour and have no idea what's going on.
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Huffmeister 11:39 AM 06-13-2012
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
I have the same problem at work sometimes, and sometimes when I'm gaming at home. There's even been a few times on my bike where I realize I've zoned out for a half hour and have no idea what's going on.
I had that problem in some of the later Dark Tower audio books. You can't really just "kind of" pay attention to stories like that.
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Bowser 11:40 AM 06-13-2012
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
Looking in my library, Bevine narrated those books. Veitor was part of the ensemble for the first one, but the rest were Bevine alone.

I've actually never made it through Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. The Fall of Hyperion seemed like a big step down from Hyperion to me (I relate that to losing the ensemble cast, not the quality of the book itself), and I went on to listen to other things after. They're in my library, so I should probably finish them sometime.
That's correct. I had it backwards.

I really liked the ensemble cast of Hyperion, but Bevine did do the story justice in the remaining novels. Hyperion is the best of the series, of course, but I did grow to enjoy the Endymion tales, as well. The whole concept of that universe just seemed to resonate with me.

Give them a second chance sometime.
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Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan 10:30 PM 06-13-2012
Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy:
The Black Company is a great series. Has Cook written anything at all in the last 10 years or so? I had thought another Black Company book was on the horizon, but it has never come.
Yes, He's re-releasing all of his books under a new publisher as well as continuing the Garrett series under Roc.

I think he's released 6 plus a short story collection for the Dread Empire, 10 for the Black Company and maybe 11 or 12 for the Garrett P.I. series. (Please be advised this is from memory, so the count may be slightly off.)
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Lzen 05:36 PM 06-14-2012
Here are a couple of recommendations.

Sci Fi - Brain Jack

Fantasy - Stormbringer series
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Buck 11:08 PM 07-31-2012
So after ditching the audio recording, I started reading The Name of the Wind tonight and got about 50 pages in (Chronicler just talked to Kite at the Inn for the first time). I really enjoyed reading that. It was the least confusing fantasy I've ever read. Glad that its not intentionally wordy.
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Buck 11:14 PM 07-31-2012
I also picked The Stand back up today after a 2 month break. About 60% through that one. Its really good, but its also a grind. I've only been reading that one in hour long chunks at work. I want to see what happens really badly.
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Buck 11:17 PM 07-31-2012
And for triple post let me recommend Ready Player One.

Not quite Sci Fi, not quite fantasy....but really fun to read. Its got a lot of 80s pop culture references in it too. If you're a gamer, you'll love it.
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Jawshco 11:47 PM 07-31-2012
Don't know if this horror/scifi book fits the genre of this thread, but "Horns" by Joe Hill is pretty fantastic and freaky as hell. Also his more fantasy graphic novels, Locke and Key - are some of the vest comics I've read in awhile.
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Lzen 08:10 AM 08-01-2012
Currently reading Michael Vey, The Prisoner Of Cell 25. Pretty good young adult sci fi.

http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Vey-eb...d_sim_kstore_1

I'm not really big into the young adult books, but I really have enjoyed this one and the Supernaturalist.
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Buck 08:21 AM 08-01-2012
Originally Posted by Jawshco:
Don't know if this horror/scifi book fits the genre of this thread, but "Horns" by Joe Hill is pretty fantastic and freaky as hell. Also his more fantasy graphic novels, Locke and Key - are some of the vest comics I've read in awhile.
I almost bought the hardcover Locke and Key the other day just by looking at the art. Without being spoilery, can you tell me what its about?
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QuikSsurfer 08:47 AM 08-01-2012
Originally Posted by Buck:
So after ditching the audio recording, I started reading The Name of the Wind tonight and got about 50 pages in (Chronicler just talked to Kite at the Inn for the first time). I really enjoyed reading that. It was the least confusing fantasy I've ever read. Glad that its not intentionally wordy.
Great series. And the books are "adult books 4 teens" -- so yeah, you should find them easy to read and follow :-)
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QuikSsurfer 08:49 AM 08-01-2012
Originally Posted by Jawshco:
Don't know if this horror/scifi book fits the genre of this thread, but "Horns" by Joe Hill is pretty fantastic and freaky as hell. Also his more fantasy graphic novels, Locke and Key - are some of the vest comics I've read in awhile.
I posted in another thread that I had started "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill. I finished it a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely saw a little of his father in his writing. I'll pick up Horns soon.
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Frosty 03:03 PM 08-01-2012
When I was hitting the used book stores earlier this summer, I picked up Fred Saberhagen's Books of the Swords series, as well as the Lost Swords series. I read through the first trilogy pretty quickly and have read the first two Lost Swords books. Enjoyable fantasy.

I also picked up the first few books of his Berserker sci-fi stories.

I'm currently taking a break from sci-fi/fantasy (maybe) and reading 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and The First Idiot In Heaven.
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