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I have been reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I lack only one book catching up with him and the next one isn't due until November. That gives me about two weeks before I am out of stuff to read. Then I had a bright idea and thought I would ask for suggestions on what else might be good.

I like old sci-fi that tells a story rather than trying to wow me with the future. I also like fantasy in the tradition of WOT or the Unbeliever Chronicles or Tolkein. Any suggestions?



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I recommend the WorldWar series by Harry Turtledove. It's an alternative history novel that throws an alien invasion into the middle of WWII. It's onto I believe book 7 right now, and they're all good reads. Actually, pretty much anything by Turtledove is good, but particularly Guns of the South.



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I don't know if you'd like any kind of Cyberpunk, but at least give Neuromancer and Snow Crash a look. Also, try the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy by Phillip Pullman. It starts with The Golden Compass. It's a good read. Hmmmm... what else.... for the funny try Terry Pratchet's Discworld books... and right now I can't really think about it. Oh, Orson Scott Card is always good, either Ender's Game (and following with Ender's Shadow), or the Alvin Maker books.


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Without a shadow of a doubt my favorite writer is Michael Moorcock, and all of his books about The Eternal Champion are incredible.

Now amongst those best are the Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, Erekose and Von Bek books. They are also "easiest" to understand.
His champion lives in many carnations throughout countless realms of the multiverse and some are more obscure than others. Ranging from hack-n-slash types to futuristic cyber worlds.



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I know it's not the sci-fi/fantasy stuff, but the Rogue Warrior series by Richard Marcinko has captivated me since the start.

It's Navy SEAL stuff...military, counterterrorism, and whatnot. He's on book seven now, I think...



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I have several favorites, I read about 5 books a month. I love the Vampire Chronicals by Anne Rice. But my favorites are Mission Earth a 10 volume series by L. Ron Hubbard. The Left Behind series (I read Desecration in 2 hours) and The Incarnations of Immortality. My favorite book is a tie between The Stand (unabridged version) and William Sleator's Interstellar Pig (childhood favorite).



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I have quite a few series i like myself. But i cant think of names at the moment. It might be because i didn't get any sleep at all last knight.

Terry Goodkind is a very good author. I dont recall the name of the series but book 1 is wizards first rule.

Terry Brooks is another personal favorite. The Shannara (sp?) series is especially good.

David Eddings. I cannot recall any of the series names but any book of his that i have read has been very good.

If you like some comedy i recommend the hitchhikers guide.... and Robert Aspirins Myth series.

I'm sure i will have more later.



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I have read every Ed McBain novel written - both 87th Precinct & Matthew Hope - not to mention his one offs and the books under his pseudonym of Evan Hunter.

The Spenser Novels by Robert B. Parker are also an old comfortable favorite. Robert Urich & Avery Brooks will always be Spenser & Hawk to me.

James Lee Burke's series of Dave Robicheaux novels take place in the seamier side of New Orleans and South Louisiana - very descriptive in the battles he faces with his inner demons.

Carl Hiassen has a very twisted mind and his portrayals of South Florida and it's underbelly will leave you laughing.

John D. MacDonald - his Travis McGee series has been copied by countless wannabe authors - he also wrote Cape Fear and many other one off novels that have been made into many a movie.

and for sheer crudeness and juvenile humor mixed in with razor sharp sports satire - don't miss any book written by either Dan Jenkins or Rick Reilly. You will never watch football or golf the same way again.



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I have read all the Tom Clancy novels. I love Jack Ryan, and all of those books are fantastic. The new movie "The Sum of All Fears" was a really cool book, but I don't know how good the movie will be.



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House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski is amazing.

Snow Crash (which was already mentioned) is great, but Neal Stephenson's best work so far is Cryptonomicon.

If you like fantasy/sf try Harlan Ellison. His short story collections are amazing. Angry Candy and Stalking the Nightmare are among my faves.



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When I had a Sci-Fi class in grad school, we had to pick one book to teach and I picked Snow Crash.

How can you not love a book where the main character's name is "Hiro Protagonist?"

P.S. I actually got my copy of the book in a package for the Spectre VR computer game.



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Any SF fan must read Dune by Frank Herbert at some point in their lives. Absolutely amazing book that doesn't deserve the crummy movies it has been saddled with. And if you like it there are another 5 great books in the series -- but avoid the "sequels" and "prequels" written by Herbert's son. It's damn morbid that he would leech off of his old man's life work that way.

Neuromancer is effing cool and rocks six ways to Sunday.

For fantasy you can't go wrong with Robert E. Howard's original Conan short stories from the 1930s. (Well, unless you don't have the soul of a bloodthirsty 13 year old boy). I'm pretty sure they are out of print so a used book store is probably the way to go. Not so much Tolkien as hack-and-slash sword and sorcery. Often imitated but never duplicated, as they say.
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I also loved the Thieves World series that came out in the late '80s. Interconnected short stories set in the same city written by a variety of good fantasy writers -- it was brilliant in concept and execution. Huh, I'll have to go dig them out and give them a re-read.




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I can second the recommendations for Eddings, Robert E. Howard and Frank Herbert. One author that hasn't been mentioned yet is George R. R. Martin and his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. If you read fantasy, go buy these books right now. You won't be able to put them down. The only flaw I see is that the series isn't finished yet. Three (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords) are out now, with the fourth coming this fall.

Let's see, who else... though aimed toward a younger audience, Jane Yolen's Pit Dragon trilogy is pretty good. Just about every David Gemmel book I've read has been fantastic. Robin Hobb's "The Farseer" and "The Liveship Traders" series are pretty damn good too. Though the Xanth series should have ended a long time ago, I still like to read Piers Anthony. He also has an autobiography out which is a good read.
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I won't call them "great" because they're pulps. But nothing made me happier in the last couple years than the reissuing of all the Sax Rohmer Fu Manchu novels.

I did enjoy reading them, though, especially as a study of cultural relations from when they were written. Oh yeah, the whole "yellow peril" phenomenon is a bit much, but to me, the whole pulp good vs. evil over-the-top stories were worth wading through the racism.

And for good summer throwaway reading, I'd also vote for Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, my favorite being the one featuring Death.





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Oh, one more thing I recommend highly is William Fortschen's Gamester Wars Trilogy of books. Bringing some major old historical figures into a future many millenia from now and watching them run amok in a world almost but not quite like ours. Well written, solid grasp of history and of sci-fi.



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hmmmmmm what about some fantasy. Anne Mcaffrey (sp?) has some easy reading but very enjoyable books. Also Edgar Rice Burroughs and E.E. Doc Smith (i believe thats it) have some good old sci fi.

hmmmmmmmmm thomas covenant series? donaldson i believe is the author.



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Well if you are a star wars geek like me I realy liked the Timothy Zahn first 3 SW book. Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and Last Command. They are well writen and a very good, fast easy read.
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    Originally posted by calvinh0560
    Well if you are a star wars geek like me I realy liked the Timothy Zahn first 3 SW book. Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and Last Command. They are well writen and a very good, fast easy read.


Of all the non-movie SW books, Zahn's trilogy is easily the best. There's also a bounty hunter's trilogy out there (I can't remember who wrote it) that's pretty good. They all have Boba Fett on the cover.

A series I discovered at the library is the Chung Kuo series by David Wingrove. It's a pretty amazing and incredibly detailed story that takes place a few hundred years in the future. I think there are 10 books in all. I read the first three then had to take a break, but I'm getting back into them as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now.

As far as non-SF stuff, I generally enjoy Tom Robbins. I didn't like his last book so much (Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates), but Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas is very entertaining.



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Since: 30.1.02
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#19 Posted on
I've read some of these and heard of several of the rest, but they all sound good. Thanks for your input!

BTW, I would also like to put out for your consideration another couple of recommendations: The DeathGate Cycle and The Darksword Trilogy, both by Weiss and Hickman. The Darksword has a fourth installment, but I thought it was a weak addition to a strong trio, IMHO.



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I read the first four Theive's World novels, but I couln't find the other eight until after I lost interest.

I can also recomment Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain: The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King. But I recommend against Disney's version of Cauldron.



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