Well, he finished Good Omens last night, and he liked that.
I also managed to find all but the first two Dragonlance books (going to have to request those from the library) kicking around the house, and he seems interested in those mostly because a friend of his had read them.
I can not --for all that is good and holy-- get him to read past "Dark is Rising" in the Susan Cooper series ("it got a little boring, but that book was...OK")
I found the first two Shanara books but I'm not sure he's going to read them (they are old copies, and he has looked rather dubiously at the covers... bah, kids! Get off my lawn!)
I almost gave him Dan Simmons "Hyperion" but leafed through it before handing it off and found some sex scenes that hadn't stuck out in my memory.
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I'm hoping to find something at the library like Starship Troopers and other books of that sort that are classified as YA. I'm fine with him reading violence, language, and some sexual situations, I mostly just don't want to give him anything that has long drawn out explicit sex scenes. Sadly a lot of sci-fi and fantasy have just that sort of thing shoehorned into them for some reason, otherwise I would set him to reading all the Neil Stephanson I have around (though I'm pretty sure the lack of any appreciable ending to any of his books would drive my brother even more insane than it does me)
Originally posted by LiseI also managed to find all but the first two Dragonlance books
If you're going to let him slum all the way to TSR books, might as well hit R.A. Salvatore's Icewind Dale Trilogy or the Dark Elf books
Originally posted by LiseI can not --for all that is good and holy-- get him to read past "Dark is Rising" in the Susan Cooper series
They get better as you go along, but I suspect they're getting a little dated by this point.
Originally posted by Lise...otherwise I would set him to reading all the Neil Stephanson I have around...
Stephenson was on the table?! I specifically didn't mention Stephenson due to sheer pagecount. I just convinced my wife to read Snowcrash (shame about the one sex scene in that one, really) and The Diamond Age. I'm sure your brother would totally dig The Cryptonomicon, but it strikes me there was some typically Stephensonian crappy sex in there, too. Oh right: furniture-related letter to Penthouse.
Stephenson aside, if your brother liked Good Omens, it can't hurt to take a shot with more Neil Gaiman and/or Terry Pratchett. Neverwhere would be an excellent place to start.
As long as he isn't being forced to read, or forced to write a report about what he read, he'll read about 200 pages a day.
And just to update on the Susan Cooper argument... (which I had all but given up on) We found a crack in one of the sea cliffs around here, shined a flashlight back in it, and he found that it went about 30 feet back. Suddenly he turns to me and says "Wow, it's just like the cave in "Under Sea, Under Stone".
Oh, I have no problem keeping track of the plots. I do find myself not caring about half of them, and that simplifies things. Also, yes - characters need to bite it. And not just the two-pages-of-narration characters, either.