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Old 26-10-2010, 16:39   #21
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Interesting list of sci fi that got away here:

New Scientist

I especially like the sound of The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem.
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Old 07-11-2010, 14:59   #22
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Never Again edited by Joel Lane and Allyson Bird has just been published. It's billed as "weird fiction against racism and fascism". I've read some of the short stories and they're pretty good.
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Old 16-12-2010, 14:42   #23
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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
Yes...as long as you stop after Darkness At Sethanon (and the empire trilogy) as his books get progressively worse as they go on (says muggins who's got them all in hardback)

The Original Riftwar saga was excellent as was Empire....did some marvelous story telling and created 2 incredible fantasy worlds...I'll even give you prince of the blood and kings buckaneer as a fairly good quick read

later on it really comes down to "magicians sit around pontificating and discussing whilst an evil army masses, then in the last chapter, they all get together and go and have a dust up with the bad guy who's just slightly more evil/dangerous than the one in the last one was".....yawn....He's essentially rewritten the same book over and over ever since Sethanon...and the bringing back of Macros in the Dustari "plane".....yawn

As for the "other" characters, none of them have the charisma that Arutha/Jimmy etc had although he's again tried to make the same characters over and over...To be honest, I couldn't tell you the name of any of the other characters since Tal (who was mildly interesting)

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Old 16-12-2010, 15:20   #24
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Personally I think you should just read Magician, be wowed by his writing and then not disappoint yourself by reading any of the others.
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Old 17-12-2010, 08:01   #25
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Science Fiction and Fantasy book recommendations

The empire trilogy is also very very good
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Old 30-12-2010, 21:13   #26
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For SF with lots of space ship battles and a great story as well, Peter F Hamilton take's some beating. This one is a good place to start, and only a £1.00 for the KIndle edition or a fiver for the paperback Pandora's Star
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Anyone into classic science fiction you might be interested to know that the first true sequel to H G Wells' orginal classic has been released in paperback and Kindle. The War of the Worlds: Aftermath follows straight on from Wells' original and manages to capture not only the voice of the original, but also expands the story with a gripping adventure. Well worth a look and it's currently only 74p ($1.04) at the moment.

Amazon.co.uk (UK)

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I recently picked up an Elizabeth Moon omnibus called The Serrano Legacy in a charity shop for £1.50. Never read any of her stuff before, does anybody here know if she's any good?

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Old 19-01-2011, 11:17   #29
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As you've picked it up - why don't you tell us
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Ah, well it will be a long time before I get around to it given the big pile of books I know I'm looking forward to reading I have stacked up!
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I've read some of the Serrano stuff light weight mils and boon space stuff, not too bad overall though. Not one for hardcore scifi fans.
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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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The long-awaited sequel "Wise Man's Fear" arrives on 1st March - all 1008 pages of it!
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Perfect timing.
I am reading best served cold now. I blooming well can't remember if I have read it before (as the first chapter was at the end of his last book and that is as far as I have gotten yet!)
and then have Abercombie's new book on the phone to read next but Wise Man's fear arrives to great timing as I go away for easter!
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Old 07-02-2011, 16:49   #35
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Baen do FREE downloads for several of their books in various electronic book formats

http://www.baen.com/library/

There are some excellent reads in there, whilst there is a lot of military SF on their lists it is usually pretty entertaining. I would certainly commend the March Up country and March to the Sea books by John Ringo, On Basilisk Station and the other Harrington books by David Weber and the 1632 series and Rats,Vats and Bats by Eric Flint.

However these are all free, I have to point out that the first few books only are on the free list, if you want to read the rest you'll have to buy them.
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I've read some of the Serrano stuff light weight mils and boon space stuff, not too bad overall though. Not one for hardcore scifi fans.
Anyone who likes the sci-fi / romance crossover stuff should try Catherine Asaro's The Spacetime Pool (part of it here). I actually really enjoyed it first time round, tried to read it a second time a while back and thought it was stupid. YMMV.

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If you want another fantasy recommendation then you should try The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Got this now, enjoying it.

On that Baen list, I can remember finishing (which means they can't have been too bad) Earthweb, Genellan, On Basilisk Station (not convinced you need to read more than one of the Honor Harrington series though). Sure I read more than that, but can't recall which ones.

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The long-awaited sequel "Wise Man's Fear" arrives on 1st March - all 1008 pages of it!
Reading it now. It is VERY good
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Been reading it - I'm not enjoying it as much as the first one, but it's still perfectly readable.
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Reading it now. It is VERY good
Waiting until after my holiday, so it will be a few weeks until I read it, but it's a fair old size isn't it.
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