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Green Chili Tiger
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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The Stormlight Archive


Isn't the new one supposed to drop in November?


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I kept coming back to The Wheel of Time series (mainly because they had the whole thing) but man that looks daunting for someone new to the genre.


It is an ok series but the author is highly overrated. It could be far shorter and much better. I actually think his wife wrote much of it. No way a man wrote some of the female characters and scenes.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
It does have its faults for sure, but the breadth and scope is makes it still one of my favorites though.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
I think I am going to give The Fraser Trilogy a shot and see how it goes. Surprisingly, it's the only set of books mentioned in this thread available on ebook from my local library.

If it's goes well, I'm going to check out more in this thread. If people want to keep posting refs, please do! I'm going to bookmark this for future reading.
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Hyperion Cantos
Old Man's War


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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Isn't the new one supposed to drop in November?


It is. Haven't seen an actual date. Everything just says Nov. '17


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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It is. Haven't seen an actual date. Everything just says Nov. '17





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lsugorilla
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
for a newb
like others have suggested The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
also Harry Potter

i'm not much help with sci-fi but have a friend that likes the new Star wars books. He also enjoyed the old ones


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chryso
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
As a transition from crime to fantasy I would recommend the Dresden Files. It is about a wizard/detective in Chicago.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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As a transition from crime to fantasy I would recommend the Dresden Files. It is about a wizard/detective in Chicago.


Great call on a great series. One of my favorites, but OP should be forewarned that the series picks up a ton after the first couple books.

Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch would another good transition book.



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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Whomever suggested Dune, nailed it. So great.
I think the Sword of Truth series was awesome...author is Goodkind


Sneaky__Sally
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
I just picked up the foundation series by Isaac Asimov. There are multiple, but i just got the original / main three, Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation.

Just finished the first one - really quick, easy sci-fi type reads at around 300 pages each. First one was very good and I usually gravitate more towards fantasy stuff. Really fast paced and gets a lot done in those 300 pages. Definitely recommend.


bobby_3_sticks
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
mostly fantasy suggestions here. I am going to recommend Scalazi - Old Man's War. It is an incredible book, especially for anyone over the age of 40.

every person I gave it to, loved reading it. Sci fi and non sci fi fans alike.


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llfshoals
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Safehold series by Dave Weber.

Best series I've ever read.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Dresden Files.

Iron Druid Chronicles



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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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Foundation series by Asimov was the second.



Does he get preachy with the atheism? That's the main reason I haven't tackled his work yet.


Sneaky__Sally
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Not noticeable in the one i read but i don't really pay attention to that a ton. For example lots of people complained about the socialism / anti-capitalist themes in Malazan series, but it never really bothered me much.

Its a quick and very fast paced read. Also a very unique story for me since i don't read a ton of sci-fi (more fantasy usually). Definitely check out the foundation trilogy (foundation, foundation and empire, second foundation).


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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Does he get preachy with the atheism?


I don't remember this from Asimov at all but it's been a while.

You may not want to read Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Definitely read The Gentleman Bastards series


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tigahbruh
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson.
A little tough for the first 50 pages or so but once you "get it," it's hard to put down. Mindbending stuff. Written in the early 1970s and sometimes it shows. Seems politicalat first (and sometimes is) but goes into far deeper territory. Very based in the world of conspiracy theories: Illuminati, JFK Assassination, Ancient Atlantis, and more.
Not for everyone, but if it fits you, you'll thank me.


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