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Eternalmajin
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Mistborn series - 9/10 excellent. All 3.

If you find you enjoy these, check out the rest of Sanderson's books. I've enjoyed all of the ones I've gotten to so far.


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I recommend Ready Player One to everyone. If you grew up in the 80's, you'll appreciate the nostalgia.

Also, Stephen Hunters first Bob Lee Swagger novel, Point of Impact, is good reading. Some are better than others, and the quality noticeably diminishes as the series goes along, but I really liked that one.

I read the Axis of Time trilogy by John Birmingham. Deals with a Navy task force in 2024 that is accidentally sent back in time on top of the US Navy during the battle of Midway, and the accompanying alternate history that goes with the allies and axis having access to future tech.
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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.


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I recommend Ready Player One to everyone. If you grew up in the 80's, you'll appreciate the nostalgia.


Great book.

For Christopher Moore my favorite of what I've read if Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

I'm actually reading Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the first time right now. Really good so far, but I'm sure most of you here have read it.

John Lindgvist writes some strange but good ones. He wrote Let the Right One in, which is good. Also wrote Little Star, which I enjoyed. They can be strange though.

Ghost Story by Peter Straub is one of my favorites. Hell House also, but I'm sure you've read that. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill is pretty good. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver is good. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach was really good. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is interesting, but I'm not sure if it's just on Kindle.

I read a lot, but for some reason I'm just drawing a huge blank on recommendations.

The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce. Just remembered that one.
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Freauxzen
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I read a lot, but for some reason I'm just drawing a huge blank on recommendations.


That was at least 7 recommendations. Thanks!

Penpal looks intriguing.


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Penpal looks intriguing.


Was actually a poster on reddit who used to post on the subreddit nosleep. His stories were good, so he ended up getting a book published because of it. It's good though.


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The Hyperion Cantos is my favorite Sci-Fi series

The first book is awesome. One of my favorite books.

American Gods was really good as well.




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Fantasy


Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber



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If you find you enjoy these, check out the rest of Sanderson's books. I've enjoyed all of the ones I've gotten to so far.


I downloaded (get most of my stuff from audible) The Way of Kings for that reason, but haven't gotten to it yet.


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I downloaded (get most of my stuff from audible) The Way of Kings for that reason, but haven't gotten to it yet.


Knowing it's the start of a long series, I haven't started it. I've gone through Elantris, Emperor's Soul, Warbreaker, Mistborn Trilogy and Rithmatist. I feel like I may be leaving out at least one. I also enjoy reading his annotations on his website after I finish with a book.

I've never been much of a "read a book for fun" kind of guy, but after picking up Mistborn due to a recommendation here in a "what do I do while waiting for GRRM to kill the rest of my favorite characters?" book suggestion thread, I can't seem to put down Sanderson's works.


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I recently read the entire "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz. I highly recommend if you are looking for something unique.

As said by others, all of Sanderson's work is excellent. His latest, Steel Heart, is a simple read and a unique look at what would happen if people suddenly developed super powers.

Also, The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World is a great fantasy novel. I loved the entire series even though it gets muddled a bit around book 8. Sanderson did an excellent job closing the series out.


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Anyone read the A Raven's Shadow series? It popped up on my recommendations and looks like it's pretty sweet.

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Battle Royale - If you enjoy the movie, is the book still worth it?


Yes, it's awesome.

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I'm probably going to read Game of Thrones with whatever other books I get, but I'm not one to read one at a time and I'm pretty sure I'll dislike it (Tolkien, Pynchon and King are the only wordy authors that I've been able to enjoy, because they are great WRITERS and great storytellers). Wordiness bothers the heck out of me.


Martin can create a brilliant story, but someone needs to tell his editor to do his fvcking job. Those books could easily be trimmed significantly and it would improve the reading experience.

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What about any non-fiction from WWII? "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand might be the best story I've ever read


This book is so incredible you'll think it's fiction.

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The Terror - Simmons


Good, I didn't love it, though.

Based off what I know of your movie tastes, have you read Bridge of Birds? It's a phenomenol, and pretty funny, story set in ancient China.


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Ohh, almost forgot about David Eddings. Belgariad/Mallorean series were good also. ~ 8.5/10


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I didn't read the thread, so I don't know if this was posted. But Swan Song by Robert McCammon is a great post apocalyptic book. Takes place during the cold war and the aftermath of a full scale nuclear conflict.


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Freauxzen
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I recently read the entire "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz. I highly recommend if you are looking for something unique.


Yeah I haven't been into the later Koontz too much, so I haven't looked into this too much.

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As said by others, all of Sanderson's work is excellent. His latest, Steel Heart, is a simple read and a unique look at what would happen if people suddenly developed super powers.


Interesting concept.

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Also, The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World is a great fantasy novel. I loved the entire series even though it gets muddled a bit around book 8. Sanderson did an excellent job closing the series out.


See the wordiness comment. People around me wish I read this, but I just don't think I can even start.




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Dan Simmons Olympos and Illium are really interesting.


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Freauxzen
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Yes, it's awesome.


Good to hear.

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Martin can create a brilliant story, but someone needs to tell his editor to do his fvcking job. Those books could easily be trimmed significantly and it would improve the reading experience.


THat's what I thought.

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This book is so incredible you'll think it's fiction.


Creeping up the list.
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Good, I didn't love it, though.


I am a HUGE Poe fan, and many say it's a good comparison (and I know it's wordy but I think I trust Simmons and the content.)

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Based off what I know of your movie tastes, have you read Bridge of Birds? It's a phenomenol, and pretty funny, story set in ancient China.



I've come across this many times and just can't pin down if I'll like it. It looks different enough for me, I might give it a shot.


Freauxzen
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re: Movie Board Recommendations: Books (Kingkiller or Stormlight?)
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So I purchased The Terror and Ready Player One tonight. I actually tried for Sanderson but they either had the box set, which I didn't want to commit to, or large hardcovers. Oh well.

Something big and complex and something lighter.

I'll update as I read through this list. Probably Sanderson next. Then maybe one of Bridge of Birds or the Elrich saga.


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but I just don't think I can even start.


If you ever do, you won't stop until you finish the entire series. Jordan created characters you truly get invested in, so even when the story drags in the middle, you'll push through. Even the muddled middle of the series isn't bad.


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elprez00
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So I purchased The Terror and Ready Player One tonight



I'm actually excited for you. I can't tell you how much I enjoy Ready Player One.

Check out Ernie Clines website after you finish it. He's the ultimate nerd.


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