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Old 13-07-2010, 16:51   #1
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Science Fiction and Fantasy book recommendations

I haven't read a Science Fiction or Fanatasy book for a good few years and am in the mood to read one.

I remember reading David Eddings Belgariad series of books and enjoyed them.

I don't have time, or really want to read a trilogy, so is there a good fantasy book which starts and finishes in one book?

Are there any good SF books out there, which are based well into the future and has a few space attacks, has futuristic gadgets and so on.

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Old 13-07-2010, 17:24   #2
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Some of Richard Morgans books are pretty good(Altered Carbon, Woken furies and Broken Angels). Although they use the same character, they are pretty much stand alone.

In a way it's a shame you don't wish to read a series as probably the best Sc-Fi I ever read was Dan Simmons's Hyperion series. The first two books simply blew me away and should be thought of as one book(A little like Lord of the rings comprises of 3 books). The final two are kinda optional, but still of high quality.

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Old 13-07-2010, 17:29   #3
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Some of Richard Morgans books are pretty good(Altered Carbon, Woken furies and Broken Angels). Although they use the same character, they are pretty much stand alone.

In a way it's a shame you don't wish to read a series as probably the best Sc-Fi I ever read was Dan Simmons's Hyperion series. The first two books simply blew me away
I'll have a look at the Dan Simmon's series.
If it seems really good, I'll most probably give it a go.
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Another recommendation for the Hyperion Cantos. Absolutely adored the first two books - they're probably my favourite SF novels.

On the fantasy side, Perdido Street Station by China Miéville is pretty incredible. If you want something different from the standard medievil fantasy then it's definitely worth a go. The writing is gorgeous and the world is fantastic. It takes a while to get going as the first third is bogged down with a lot of world building, but it's definitely worth the effort.

Miéville's written two other books set in the same world, but the books are all self-contained and independent from each other. I haven't read either of the other two yet, but the general consensus seems to be that they're even stronger than PSS.
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Old 13-07-2010, 23:07   #5
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Well, as I posted in the what are you reading thread, I just finished Alfred Bester's classic The Stars My Destination which should tick all of your boxes. Being written in the 50s it has a different style to modern fare, but is beautifully written and has a deep intelligence behind it, as well as a very strong story.

I'd also echo Jaime's Miéville recommendation - PSS is an amazing book. I also haven't read the other two - I have The Scar. What is the other one?
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Thanks for the replies.
I'll have a look into the books mentioned.
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Old 17-07-2010, 15:30   #7
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Inherit the stars by James P Hogan
First in a trilogy but can be read on its own.
Must've read it twenty years ago but still one of my favourites!

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I will say try pretty much anything by Alistair Reynolds or Peter F Hamilton. Hamilton's tomes tend to be epics, but his 'Reality Dysfunction' trilogy is one of the best things I've ever read. Don't be put off by the size as you'll fly through them. If you want gadgets, space wars, sex, violence, weapons that can destroy suns and a cracking good plot with twists and turns you'll be happy as a pig in ****.

I also loved the Hyperion books. He's also done an interesting looking sci-fi twist of the Odyessy poems, Iliad and something else whos name escapes me, but they look good. Have them sitting on my 'to read' shelf.

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Another recommendation for the Hyperion Cantos. Absolutely adored the first two books - they're probably my favourite SF novels.

On the fantasy side, Perdido Street Station by China Miéville is pretty incredible. If you want something different from the standard medievil fantasy then it's definitely worth a go. The writing is gorgeous and the world is fantastic. It takes a while to get going as the first third is bogged down with a lot of world building, but it's definitely worth the effort.

Miéville's written two other books set in the same world, but the books are all self-contained and independent from each other. I haven't read either of the other two yet, but the general consensus seems to be that they're even stronger than PSS.
Just started this and am enjoyong it very much so far and im only about 150 pages in
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Orson Scott Card - Ender series:absolutely brilliant. Very very good.
Ian Banks - Culture series: mind blowing, very clever.
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Thanks for the latest replies.
I'll have a look at them aswell.
Keep them coming.
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Old 18-07-2010, 21:23   #12
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Another vote for The Stars My Destination but also Bester's The Demolished Man , a remarkable piece of work which Babylon 5 paid homage to what with 'Alfred Bester' being head of the Psi Corps.

I'd also like to add The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (my link is to the book with the three novels in it, value for money there), incredibly imaginative.
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Perdido street station is long enough to be a trilogy
Try looking through the Fantasy Masterworks selection and SF Masterworks
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Forget the movie, and get hold of Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein.
It's a totally different beast - And make sure you also read the aforementioned Forever War, as it's kinda the flipside of the same artistic coin.

And again, I know you said you didn't want a series, but the "Bio Of A Space Tyrant" books by Piers Anthony are excellent sci-fi fare. Each reads fine individually, but form an overarcing saga.

Same goes for the sci-fantasy Incarnations Of Immortality books by the same author.
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I'd also echo Jaime's Miéville recommendation - PSS is an amazing book. I also haven't read the other two - I have The Scar. What is the other one?
The third one is Iron Council. I don't believe it's as strong as PSS and The Scar, but it is still very much worth a read.

On the space SF front, I'd recommend Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space trilogy:
Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Absolution Gap

Also set in the same universe, the fantastic Chasm City
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Thanks CiderMyth - think I might start on The Scar for my holiday reading
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I think mostly people have given you Sci-fi.

So for a Fantasy style book the you should read Magician by Raymond E Fiest

It is part of a series, but it also can be read on it's own. You'll probably find you'll want to read the others in the series afterwards anyway
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hmm!!!
try reading twilight

i mean its the most hyped of the times now with it getting into movies !!

beware of bats !!



see yah around !!
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If you want another fantasy recommendation then you should try The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, i read it earlier this year and really enjoyed it. If you've enjoyed David Eddings in the past then this isn't a million miles away. The second part is due out next year too i think.
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If you want another fantasy recommendation then you should try The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, i read it earlier this year and really enjoyed it. If you've enjoyed David Eddings in the past then this isn't a million miles away. The second part is due out next year too i think.
Seconded. A good book and the long-awaited sequel should be out early next year. One of the best fantasies of recent years. I also enjoyed:-

- The First Law trilogy and "Best Served Cold" by Joe Abercrombie
- "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch
- "The Painted Man" by Peter V.Brett
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