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Wilhelm Riley
Doomheim
#1 - 2013-03-30 03:32:24 UTC
For the last few years I've been reading a lot more, mostly science fiction but a few other genres here and there. I guess the tl;dr is that I need some suggestions, anything is welcome but if you have anything that is remotely like those that will follow and I like it, I might send a few iskies your way.


So far I've gone through:
Most of the Ringworld/Known Space series (Larry Niven) (still working through his stuff)
The Light of Other Days (Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter)
The Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series, done and dusted (George R.R. Martin) (I'll be getting around to the novellas at some point too)
The Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins)
Dexter series (Jeff Lindsay)
Brave new World (Aldous Huxley)
Island (Aldous Huxley)
The Doors of Perception (Aldous Huxley) (That sounds like a fun job)
Chariots of the Gods, Signs of the Gods and Eyes of the Sphinx by Erich Von Daniken, because why not?
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)


Last but not least and my favourite so far, Last and First Men (Olaf Stapledon) which is so amazing you have to go read it right now.

I've heard a lot about Rendezvous with Rama so that's already on my list, as is much of the work by Mr Clarke.
I agree it's not much of a library but you have to start somewhere. So, what do you have for me?
NightCrawler 85
Phoibe Enterprises
#2 - 2013-03-30 03:59:07 UTC
I have two, but it depends completely on your taste.

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub really got my attention. The first time i tried t read it i dident get past the first chapter because it just seemed... boring. But one day when i was bored and had nothing else to read i picked it up again and started from the begging and forced my self to read trough it.
Its a combination of horror/fantasy i guess you can say, and the two authors have really done a GREAT job writing together and i have found my self reading the book over again several times.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Talisman_(King_and_Straub_novel)

The second one is also Stephen King but its not the classic.."Big scary monster! Run for your lives!". Its more..physological (i really hope im using the right word here). The story is pretty simple, but its written in a way that made me really feel..mm..emotions? with the characters and it was really one of those where you just want to keep reading.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Walk


Shandy McFoulster
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#3 - 2013-03-30 04:23:57 UTC
It seems you like distopian novels as do I. Here are a few good ones:

1984, Orwell (animal farm is great too, and you can finish it in a few hours)
Neuromancer, Gibson
Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
Anthem, Rand


Some more political/philosophical reads you might enjoy.
Starship troopers, Heinlein (absolutely nothing like the movie)
Atlas Shrugged, Rand
Fountainhead, Rand

Get through these last two and you wont be the same person you were before you read them.
Eurydia Vespasian
Storm Hunters
#4 - 2013-03-30 06:22:30 UTC
NightCrawler 85 wrote:
I have two, but it depends completely on your taste.

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub really got my attention. The first time i tried t read it i dident get past the first chapter because it just seemed... boring. But one day when i was bored and had nothing else to read i picked it up again and started from the begging and forced my self to read trough it.
Its a combination of horror/fantasy i guess you can say, and the two authors have really done a GREAT job writing together and i have found my self reading the book over again several times.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Talisman_(King_and_Straub_novel)

The second one is also Stephen King but its not the classic.."Big scary monster! Run for your lives!". Its more..physological (i really hope im using the right word here). The story is pretty simple, but its written in a way that made me really feel..mm..emotions? with the characters and it was really one of those where you just want to keep reading.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Walk




*gasp* how can you mention king and not mention "the dark tower?" that's practically a crime!
NightCrawler 85
Phoibe Enterprises
#5 - 2013-03-30 06:43:50 UTC
Eurydia Vespasian wrote:

*gasp* how can you mention king and not mention "the dark tower?" that's practically a crime!


Lol two reasons actually. The dark tower series is a bit more...typical for King and is more something you read if you really like his style of writing. At least thats my own opinion on them.
Second in a way i did since the follow up to The Talisman (Black House) actually ties into the Dark Tower Series.

"Connection to The Dark Tower

When first released, King and Straub did not intend a connection between The Talisman and Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. However, the book's sequel Black House presents a soft-retcon that the Territories are a parallel to All-World. This is most clear by King's introduction to The Little Sisters of Eluria where he states the pavilion where Jack Sawyer meets Sophie is the same one in The Little Sisters.[3]'

But both The Talisman and The long walk are books that can be enjoyed by people who dont like the "classic" idea of King (Scary clowns and movies that always gets the ending ruined by a "monster"), thus its a better choise to start off with if you have already decided to hate the author based on bad movies and "Oh no you cant like King! Everyone else does so ofc he is a bad writer!" Lol

Noriko Satomi
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#6 - 2013-03-30 07:27:12 UTC  |  Edited by: Noriko Satomi
Anathem - A stunning achievement of hard science fiction. This is how science fiction used to be, matched to the literary elevation of Dune.

The Elegant Universe - String theory for the curious and intelligent non-scientist.

Dune - Seriously, just read it.

Nine Princes in Amber, or really all of the Amber Chronicles - Unique fantasy of multiple parallel universes that are all a pale reflection of the one true Amber.

The Dresden Files - Harry Dresden, Wizard, the only one in the phone book. Hard-boiled noir detective meets Lord of the Rings. The only problem with these books is that you'll read each one in a single sitting (neglecting food, sleep and work) and be sad that book 14 isn't out yet.

In the Ocean of Night and the Galactic Center series - Over the course of the series you get an amazing look at machine life as dominant, and mankind hanging on and trying to survive. Written by a physicist, it is very good hard SF.

The Xeelee sequence - Massive in scope, these books take you through a war between "real matter" beings and dark matter beings. We come to understand that the war has already been lost for a long long time. Another physicist penning grand SF.

There's so much more, but let's start there. Big smile
Zimmy Zeta
Perkone
Caldari State
#7 - 2013-03-30 08:14:23 UTC  |  Edited by: Zimmy Zeta
Why is Philip Jose Framer never mentioned in these threads? He is my favorite SF author, 1950's SF is still the best.

The Green Odyssey and The Stone God Awakens are both excellent books.

Also, anything written by Frederic Brown- many of his stories are so weird that they meet somewhere in the middle ground between SF and satire, but Brown is maybe the most important writer of this genre.

I'd like to apologize for the poor quality of the post above and sincerely hope you didn't waste your time reading it. Yes, I do feel bad about it.

Graygor
1kB Realty
#8 - 2013-03-30 09:38:03 UTC
If you want a good chuckle and like your SF I recommend the Ciaphas Cain series of 40k books. It's a very refreshing take on the 40k universe with some good laughs and really fleshes out the people.

"I think you should buy a new Mayan calendar. Mine has muscle cars on it." - Kenneth O'Hara

"I dont think that can happen, you can see Gray has his invuln field on in his portrait." - Commissar "Cake" Kate

mr ed thehouseofed
Wrought iron Industries
#9 - 2013-03-30 09:56:42 UTC  |  Edited by: mr ed thehouseofed
The second one is also Stephen King but its not the classic.."Big scary monster! Run for your lives!". Its more..physological (i really hope im using the right word here). The story is pretty simple, but its written in a way that made me really feel..mm..emotions? with the characters and it was really one of those where you just want to keep reading.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Walk


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this.... read it when came out brilliant book Big smile the stand and the dark tower series are also good Big smile

i want a eve pinball machine...  confirming  CCP Cognac is best cognac

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#10 - 2013-03-30 11:46:03 UTC  |  Edited by: Krixtal Icefluxor
Shandy McFoulster wrote:
It seems you like distopian novels as do I. Here are a few good ones:


Anthem, Rand
Atlas Shrugged, Rand
Fountainhead, Rand

Get through these last two and you wont be the same person you were before you read them.



Yeah. You'll be a neo-conservative Capitalistic jerk about to join the Tea Party.

Boo!


EDIT: even Neal Peart of Rush has now disavowed espousing any of her ideas and has posted a recant of the dedication on the album cover of "2112". It's on the web searchable.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#11 - 2013-03-30 11:48:10 UTC  |  Edited by: Krixtal Icefluxor
Noriko Satomi wrote:
Anathem - A stunning achievement of hard science fiction. This is how science fiction used to be, matched to the literary elevation of Dune.




Yay ! Someone else likes it. My favorite novel OF ALL TIME. Read it 9 times so far. EDIT: (You left out the author's name here: Neal Stephenson, author of "Snow Crash").

But it is NOTHING like Dune at all. ( What? )

It's more of an assemblage of the entirety of Western Philosophical Thought from Plato to Wittgenstein and beyond !

Don't forget to read the 14 page Acknowledgements on the Web.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Kitty Bear
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#12 - 2013-03-30 11:55:56 UTC  |  Edited by: Kitty Bear
Ken Follet - Pillars of the Earth, World without End, Fall of Giants

Lionel Shriver - We need to talk about Kevin

Jack Campbell (John G Hemry) - Lost Fleet series.








edit

ANY book from the SF Masterworks range
Covers authors such Asimov, ****, Clarke etc

edit 2
**** = Philip K D.i.c.k. curse you eve-language-filter
Tee Kay Solus
Poseidon Industries And Trading
#13 - 2013-03-30 12:35:42 UTC
If you enjoyed "Brief History of Time" by Hawking you`ll really like "The God Particle. If the universe is the answer, what is the question?" by L.Lederman (who received the nobel prize for elemental particles research) and D. Teresi.

It`s a scientific approach to the evolution of the universe, its future, quantum physics and who we really are, laid out in simple terms mixed with peculiar, scientific humor.

"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."

  • Maj. Gen. James Mattis
Graygor
1kB Realty
#14 - 2013-03-30 12:40:34 UTC
Speaking of science and humour.

The Science of Discworld trilogy are pretty damn good. They explore literally, the creation of life, the universe and everything.

"I think you should buy a new Mayan calendar. Mine has muscle cars on it." - Kenneth O'Hara

"I dont think that can happen, you can see Gray has his invuln field on in his portrait." - Commissar "Cake" Kate

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#15 - 2013-03-30 13:32:42 UTC
Just remembered:

Gene Wolfe's original "Book of the New Sun" quadrilogy.

"The Shadow of the Torturer"
"The Claw of the Conciliator"
"The Sword of the Lictor"
"The Citadel of the Autarch"

and the coda: "The Urth of the New Sun"

Utterly blurs the line between fantasy and science fiction. And some of the best writing of the 20th Century.

Fascinating, but so complex after 7 readings I'm still not sure what exactly is going on in some of the passages. Neither are a lot of people. Appeals because it's never completely resolved in the mind.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
#16 - 2013-03-30 13:59:44 UTC  |  Edited by: Akita T
Frank Millar
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#17 - 2013-03-30 15:19:48 UTC
As per usual for this kind of thread I'm gonna push Dan Simmons' Hyperion- (4 books) and Ilium- (2 books) series.

You also might want to look into the various Culture-books by Iain M. Banks.
Shandy McFoulster
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#18 - 2013-03-30 15:26:56 UTC
Krixtal Icefluxor wrote:
Shandy McFoulster wrote:
It seems you like distopian novels as do I. Here are a few good ones:


Anthem, Rand
Atlas Shrugged, Rand
Fountainhead, Rand

Get through these last two and you wont be the same person you were before you read them.



Yeah. You'll be a neo-conservative Capitalistic jerk about to join the Tea Party.

Boo!


EDIT: even Neal Peart of Rush has now disavowed espousing any of her ideas and has posted a recant of the dedication on the album cover of "2112". It's on the web searchable.


I'm not sure if you've read these or not. I am a moderate progressive that can appreciate personal responsibility and achievement. I don't claim Rand as being the answer to anything, just one of those writers that will change your life. Rand's world would never work which is why I lump it in with the Distopia genre. Needless to say some of her ideas have merit. Regardless of your political position.
Jno Aubrey
Galactic Patrol
#19 - 2013-03-30 17:42:45 UTC
Since you like Larry Niven, I'd recommend his collaborations with Jerry Pournelle, especially "The Mote In God's Eye."

Name a shrub after me.  Something prickly and hard to eradicate.

Bear Templar
iMine Industries
#20 - 2013-03-30 18:05:01 UTC
The Horus Heresy series.

If a fish weighs 1 Kilogram plus half its own weight, how much does it weigh? (It's not 1.5kg btw)

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