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For post-apocalyptic sci-fi, I recommend the Silo Saga by Hugh Howey. It's a trilogy - Wool, Shift, and Dust.


Saw this in the bookstore, glad to hear it's worth it. I'll keep track of it.






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If you are looking for a good space opera I'd highly suggest Stephen R Donaldson Gap series, it's excellent and hits pretty much all the requirements you mentioned.


OOoo just read up about that. I'm interested there.

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I'd suggest Steven Erikson's 10 book Malazan Book of the Fallen series, which is also an excellent finished series.


Added this too.







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Have you ever read James Clavell Freauxzen? If not Taipan might work here, though not straight up pirate in nature. Setting is opium running Era of Hong Kong getting started. He's a superb author, guy who wrote Shogun, which I'm sure you've seen the movie/mini series if nothing else.


Read Shogun, never dug too much int Clavell after that. It was a bit of a chore, but I did enjoy it.

I'll look into that one, good call.






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I'll also recommend Infinte Jest by David Foster Wallace.


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Have it, still haven't read it, haha. And it's probably too big to travel with. I'm on planes a lot.


Get it on Kindle, it is worth it just for that. Makes the footnotes much more manageable. My favorite book and easily, now. It's a tough read the first time. The fourth reading was this summer and I enjoyed it more than ever.

Have you read any Neal Stephenson? Diamond Age and Anathem ought to be right up your alley and are very good. Cryptonomicon is great as is Snow Crash (though dated now). He's probably my favorite current author.

ETA - saw the recommendation for the Amber series and I'll second it. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny is one I'll very highly recommend. Great book.




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It seems we have a few favorite authors in common, so on the off chance you haven't read anything by Paul Auster, I can't recommend him enough. here are a few of my favorites:

The New York Trilogy
The book of Illusions (especially enjoyable if you love film)
Leviathan
Oracle Night

The reason I mention Auster is because you listed House of leaves as one of your favorite books. The emotions you encounter while reading house of leaves are present in many of Auster's novels.


On a side note, I was stranded in a cabin, by myself, snowed in, for four or five days when I first read house of leaves. I thought I was going crazy. At one point I actually got out the tape measure.





Oh...the adventures of auggie march by Saul bellow is one of my all time favorite books by the way, so I obviously recommend it. I try to read it once a year, and just finished it.



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Updated:

So I figure I'd update, due to a few trips, I breezed right through 760 pages of The Terror in under 3 weeks. Not too bad for that read.

I love it, but I'm sometimes partial to Historical fiction with a dash of Poe. It was a little laborious in the end, but I think the last few turns of the narrative were strong enough to keep it moving. Great read, highly recommended for others with similar interests.

With that, I actually didn't read a third book at the same time, so I'm on to Ready Player One.


I might grab some books or get some books for Christmas, so we'll see, but I still say that most likely Mistborn and Star Maker or next with Kingkiller and the Gap Series as alternatives.

As always, thanks.






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Ok so right now the top 5 recommendations would be:

1. The Terror - Simmons
2. Mistborn - Sanderson
3. Ready Player One - Cline
4. Star Maker - Stapledon
5. The Name of the Wind - Rothfuss

Good suggestions all around.


If you liked Gaiman's other works (I saw that you read them), The Ocean at the End of the Lane is fantastic. Gaiman is, in my opinion, the best writer of fantastical realism/magical realism, currently in existence and is one of the best writers, period, of the last half century.

I would also highly, HIGHLY recommend anything by Michael Chabon, but particularly The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which won him the Pulitzer. He is very much literary fiction, rather than genre fiction, but his stories are multi-layered, complex, and beautiful. Kavalier and Clay chronicles two jews in the comic book industry at the start of the industry's first great emergence. I would also recommend Wonder Boys, which coincidentally is a solid movie. It is the story of a creative writing professor who wrote a fantastic first novel and has been tinkering with his second for nigh on 10 years.

Also, David Benioff, another product of UC-Irvine's MFA program, is fantastic. Read City of Thieves, the story of a young boy in Russia during WWII who is imprisoned for being out past curfew and is assigned the strange task of retrieving supplies for a Russian colonel.

As far as Christopher Moore is concerned, his book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is one of the funniest, most poignant tales about growing up, friendship, and religion I can think of. I literally laughed out loud at many parts of the book and recommend it to anyone who is not staunchly Christian.






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Update:

So I finished Ready Player One. Very good. A lot of fun. My only qualm would be that sometimes it felt like he just wanted to list a bunch of stuff from our childhood and nothing more. I would have preferred less references, but more in depth experiences of those fewer references.


And one of my Christmas Presents was...

Drumroll....

Mistborn Trilogy! I'm about a quarter of the way into the first book. Very excellent so far. Really neat world and ideas in there. I can already tell I'll like it.







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So that makes it:

Current Read: Mistborn Trilogy

Upcoming

1. Star Maker - Stapledon
2. The Name of the Wind - Rothfuss
3. Silo Sage
4. Moorcock Books
5. TBD (Probably go Unbroken or Axis of Time)

Read:
1. The Terror - Simmons
2. Ready Player One - Cline






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The Mistborn Trilogy has been fantastic. I'm close to the end of book 2, and it really worked on all levels.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Upcoming

1. Star Maker - Stapledon
2. The Name of the Wind - Rothfuss
3. Silo Sage
4. Moorcock Books
5. TBD (Probably go Unbroken or Axis of Time)

Read:
1. The Terror - Simmons
2. Ready Player One - Cline
3. Mistborn - Book 1,


I'm still sticking to the list above. It seems to be a good mix of genres, although I might throw 11-22-63 in there since I haven't read it and it seems more interesting than I though.






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If you liked Gaiman's other works (I saw that you read them), The Ocean at the End of the Lane is fantastic. Gaiman is, in my opinion, the best writer of fantastical realism/magical realism, currently in existence and is one of the best writers, period, of the last half century.


Seems interesting.

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I would also highly, HIGHLY recommend anything by Michael Chabon, but particularly The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which won him the Pulitzer. He is very much literary fiction, rather than genre fiction, but his stories are multi-layered, complex, and beautiful. Kavalier and Clay chronicles two jews in the comic book industry at the start of the industry's first great emergence. I would also recommend Wonder Boys, which coincidentally is a solid movie. It is the story of a creative writing professor who wrote a fantastic first novel and has been tinkering with his second for nigh on 10 years.


I've tried to get into Chabon. I really can't for some reason. Klay was just boring, I put it down quickly. Wonder Boys would be more my territory if it's as good or better than the movie.







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Historical Fiction: As a subgenre of science fiction, mostly (or maybe horror), I like something that takes the real world and flips it over. I could do steampunk or something similar.


The Winds of War (covers 1938 through Pearl Harbor)
War and Remembrance (Pearl Harbor through VJ Day)

Both are about 40 years old and were written by Herman Wouk -- who wrote The Caine Mutiny -- and they're (IMO) on the level of War and Peace in terms of historical realism intertwined with gripping fictional character subplots. They're about an American Navy officer who crosses paths with several historical figures in his posts, as well as his family. Both sons are Navy officers, one of whom is married to an Italian Jew caught in Europe during the Holocaust.

I've read both books about four times, and I'm re-reading War and Remembrance right now. They are two of the best books I've ever read.



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Just seeing this thread...i don't know if anyone had mentioned the coldfire trilogy by CS Friedman...it combines horror, fanasty, and a little post apocolyptic vibe...one of the most original books i have ever read...food for thought.





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Post nuclear soon after bombs drop....

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
On the Beach by Nevil Shute






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I love historical fiction, but I like medieval or ancient era. Just finished Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series. 6 books of Saxons fighting Vikings in medieval England. Highly recommend anything by Cornwell.

Just downloaded Gates of Fire and Ten Thousand based on recommendations in this thread.






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C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. You will not be disappointed.





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I'm really interested to see what you think of Star Maker. I haven't gotten many other people's perspective on it.





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I'm really interested to see what you think of Star Maker. I haven't gotten many other people's perspective on it.


A book and a half away from it.

Last half of Mistborn Part 2 and Mistborn Part 3. Already have it on the Kindle so it's ready to go. I have a couple of business trips coming up so I'll probably burn through those books a little faster than I have been lately.






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Since I mined this thread for recomendations, I thought I'd throw a few things out in repayment.

- I was going to recommend some very specific Ann Rice stuff until I re-read and saw you don't care for her. For me, the parts of the early Vampire books (talking Interview and Lestat here) dealing with the protaganists human lives (ie: the non supernatural parts) stand up with some of the best fiction out there. The supernatural parts admittedly are pretty run of the mill. Likewise most of the Witches books are pretty blah. Now The Devil Memnoch is something all together different and I think its worth a read.

- Straight up literary fiction - I've always been partial to Hemingway (especially The Sun also Rises and The Old Man and the sea) and I really like Keroac's On the Road. I've tried most of the other stuff on the various "100 best books" lists and some are very good but these are the ones that I like the best. Also, someone who is mostly overlooked these days is Thomas Wolfe (not to be mistaken for Tom Wolfe ) His stuff is really very good though I haven't read it in quite some time.

- Since you like Vonnegut and Catch 22, I'd suggest the Douglas Adams Hitchiker's Guide books. (except for Mostly Harmless) if you haven't read them yet. A lighter tone than Vonnegut and Heller for sure but the humor is pretty sharp and they are great reads).

Also, as someone said above, there are some good collections of George R.R. Martin's early works - mostly short stories. Dreamsongs is very good in that the nonfiction introductions by Martin to each group of stories are worth reading even apart from the actual fiction.



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