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Old 03-20-2012, 07:05 PM  
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Only Thread

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.

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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
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:47 AM   #496
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If I can offer a suggestion on the Malazan series, check out the following chart. I know it's a bit crazy but even early on I have found it to be helpful and accurate.

I read Gardens of the Moon first, Deadhouse Gates next, and then discovered this flowchart. My recommendation would be to read GotM, then Night of Knives as it gives background on a few characters, and then jump into Deadhouse Gates. I'm into Memories of Ice now after having read a few of the Bauchelain & Korbal Broach short stoies. It's a really interesting way to approach a series and while daunting to look at, reading has been enjoyable so far.

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Old 02-05-2018, 08:15 AM   #497
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If I can offer a suggestion on the Malazan series, check out the following chart. I know it's a bit crazy but even early on I have found it to be helpful and accurate.

I read Gardens of the Moon first, Deadhouse Gates next, and then discovered this flowchart. My recommendation would be to read GotM, then Night of Knives as it gives background on a few characters, and then jump into Deadhouse Gates. I'm into Memories of Ice now after having read a few of the Bauchelain & Korbal Broach short stoies. It's a really interesting way to approach a series and while daunting to look at, reading has been enjoyable so far.
Much appreciated. I'll keep that handy. Only a few chapters in but I'm definitely intrigued by Erikson's world.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:45 AM   #499
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I'm almost halfway through. The pace is picking up nicely. It a pretty good read so far.
I started in on it a couple of days ago. Still in the building phase, seems to have potential once I get past the fact that spiders have always creeped me the **** out.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:22 PM   #500
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Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

I'm only 15 pages in and it's got my attention.


Just finished it. Not bad at all. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:18 PM   #501
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I started in on it a couple of days ago. Still in the building phase, seems to have potential once I get past the fact that spiders have always creeped me the **** out.
LOL, Yea. It's a pretty good read. Finishes nice. I'd give it 4/5, maybe 4.5/5.

I finished it several days ago. Now that I think about it, right after I finished it I'd say 5/5
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:09 PM   #502
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For those of you that Audible I’ve really been enjoying expeditionary force series by Craig Alanson. It’s military space stuff a little like old mans war and the narration is as good as it gets. The first seems a bit meh at first until halfway though and things change a lot.
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For those of you that Audible Iíve really been enjoying expeditionary force series by Craig Alanson. Itís military space stuff a little like old mans war and the narration is as good as it gets. The first seems a bit meh at first until halfway though and things change a lot.
Glad you posted this. Didn't realize Book 5 was out. Pretty good read.
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LOL, Yea. It's a pretty good read. Finishes nice. I'd give it 4/5, maybe 4.5/5.

I finished it several days ago. Now that I think about it, right after I finished it I'd say 5/5
I'm getting to the end; it's been a pretty good read. Author gets a little too obvious with the gender-role preaching and the deconstruction of religion but he tells a good story.
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Just finished 'A Gift of Time' by Jerry Merritt.
Surprisingly only 99 cents on Amazon/Kindle
Even though I'm a Doctor Who fan I don't usual do much time travel reading. I'm hoping he'll make this a series. Glad I downloaded a sample then bought it.
Real good read. I'd give it 4.5/5
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Starting another read of Seveneves. Still love this book.
Thatís been on my short list forever. Love Stephenson. Iíll get to it a year from now when I finish Malazan. Just finished Gardens of the Moon and I think Iím hooked.
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Starting another read of Seveneves. Still love this book.
It took a loooong time to get to the payout. The back third of that read should have been the majority of the book, imho. Still liked it, just so much technical info.....
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It took a loooong time to get to the payout. The back third of that read should have been the majority of the book, imho. Still liked it, just so much technical info.....
Yeah, I just love the way he writes about technical stuff. With Tom Clancy and his endless technical crap, it felt like literally reading a manual to a nuclear submarine. I often skimmed those sections of his books. Stephenson writes that kind of stuff with a fun, poetic style that keeps it interesting, imo.

But yes, I know more about the physics of a zero-G environment than I ever wanted to after the first read through.
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Thatís been on my short list forever. Love Stephenson. Iíll get to it a year from now when I finish Malazan. Just finished Gardens of the Moon and I think Iím hooked.

Shit, you're hooked from Gardens of the Moon?

You're in for a real treat.
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