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Sneaky__Sally
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
After looking for some sci-fi / fantasy recommendations, I figure it may be good to have a running thread for people looking for recommendations or discussing some of the series that pop up every few weeks.

We should probably try to mark any spoilers and avoid anything too spoilery when discussing series, but if you haven't read something - just be careful about reading too far.

Some of the stuff I've read and loved include:

Lotr
Wheel of time
Malazan
Lies of Locke/ gentleman bastards
Foundation series
Mistborn
Three body problem
Faithful and the fallen
Dark tower
American gods
Black company

Probably some others I havent mentioned. Trying to get a list together cause I am better about reading regularly if I have a backlog of good recommendations - I'm sure there are some must read books/ series I've overlooked.

I'm more open to fantasy but really loved the foundation and three body problem series so could definitely branch out into more sci fi that is on that level.
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I’m thinking about starting either the Stormlight Archive series (Brandon Sanderson), Kingkiller Chronicles (Rothfuss), or The Wakening series (Jonathan Renshaw) next.

The only downside is none of those series are complete, and The Wakening only has one book out (Dawn of Wonder).

How was Wheel of Time? It’s 12 books, right? I might start sprinkling some of those in. Or maybe just put my nose down and read all of them back to back.


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I love wheel of time - one if my favorites and I've read most of the books multiple times. It does have some problems in the way the female characters are portrayed and is overly descriptive in some instances. That said the scope and thought put into the world building and history is second ti none.

The first book is kind of basic and the story doesn't really come into it's own until the end of book 2. But books 3 through like 7 or 8 is definitely up there as my favorite stretch of anything I've read. The author got sick and the story got too big and there are 3 or so books where it kind of bogs down- but it wraps up well after Brandon Sanderson took over when Jordan passed away.


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Have you read Hyperion? I’m on the last book now and
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No I havent but I'll look at it - gonna do some research on a few series before going to the book store tomorrow.

I actually picked up book 1 of wheel of time for tonight - Amazon is putting out a TV series and I've been meaning to reread the series before that happens. It's been about 5 years since I've read any of them


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I actually picked up book 1 of wheel of time for tonight - Amazon is putting out a TV series


That’s a big reason why I want to read them.


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In no particular order for some of the best fantasy series I've read in recent years that you didn't mention in your post:

Michael J Sullivan- Riyria series
N K Jemison- Broken Earth trilogy
John Hornor Jacobs- Incorruptibles series
Miles Cameron- Traitor Son Cycle
Alec Hutson- The Crimson Queen and Silver sorceress
Brent Weeks- Nightangel and Lightbringer series
Matthew Woodring Stover- Acts of Caine series
Peter Brett- Demon cycle series
Kevin Hearne- Iron Druid series
Jim Butcher- Dresden Files series
Mark Lawrence- Broken Empire, Red Queen's War series
Brian McClellan- Powder Mage series
Django Wexler- Shadow Campaigns series
Brian Staveley- Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne
Rob J Hayes- Ties that bind series, Best laid plans
Sebastian de Castell- The Greatcoats series
David A Wells- Sovereign of the seven isles series
Will Wight- Cradle series
Paul Kearney- Monarchies of God series, Macht series
Chris Wooding- Tales of the Ketty Jay series
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Scifi
The Robot books - Asimov (assuming you didn't read them with foundation)
Ring World and the Ringworld Engineers - Niven
Starship Troopers - Heinlein
The Forever war - Joe Haldeman
Armor - John Steakley
Space Viking - H Beam Piper
The City and the Stars - Arthur C. Clarke (actually just finished this one. Was interesting)

Fantasy
The Hour of the Dragon - Robert E Howard
Conan short stories - Robert E. Howard
The Silmarillion - Tolkien
A song of ice and fire - Martin (don't know if youd count this as close to done though)


If youre a star wars fan, the Thrawn trilogy is pretty good.
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The Great Book of Amber - Zelazny


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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
Are we to assume you have read all the classics already? Heinlen, Vonnegut, Asimov?


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ecb
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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
The sparrow and children of God by Mary Russell are very different sci fi books


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Fantasy - I've read most all the big name stuff. Sci fi I have only read asimov and the three body problem books. Just getting into that genre more but I'm pretty open to anything well written and interesting.
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Sci fi I have only read asimov and the three body problem books. Just getting into that genre more but I'm pretty open to anything well written and interesting.


Try some classics like War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Dune, The Martian Chronicles, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, etc...


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Just getting into that genre more but I'm pretty open to anything well written and interesting.


A few I'd suggest as far as Sci Fi goes:
Richard Morgan- ALtered Carbon
Neal STephenson- SNow Crash
Roger Zelazny- Lord of Light (Amber Chronicles too)
Frank Hebert- Dune
Dan Simmons- Hyperion
William Gibson- Neuromancer
John Scalzi- Redshirts, Old Man's War
Stephen R Donaldson- The Gap series
Lois McMaster Bujold- Vorkosigan saga
James Corey- Expanse series


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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
Lots of recommendations - thanks everyone. Gonna do some research in a few and see what catches my eye for now but ill keep coming back to this thread when looking for something new. Should keep me busy for a while


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I read the Back to Normal series by Randy McWilson a couple of months ago. That was a really good 4 book series.

Just finished up the Gideon Crew series by Preston and Child. That was a really good series too.

I'm going to start the Agent Pendergast series by Preston and Child next week. Book one is The Relic which had a movie based off of it in the 90s.


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If you haven't read it yet, give the Dune series a try. Read only the original Frank Herbert books.


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Anything by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle including The Mote in God's Eye and The Gripping Hand, Lucifer's Hammer and many more.

The Elric of Melnibone series by Michael Moorcock.

All of the Chronicles of Amber by Zelazney



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Have you read Hyperion? I’m on the last book now and


It’s some crazy shite. I may start a spoilers thread just so we can say WTF about everything.


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I really enjoyed the Red Rising series. It was originally a trilogy but a second trilogy that is a direct sequel is in the works - the first book of that second trilogy (Iron Gold) has already been published and the 2nd installment is due for 2019 I believe.

Definitely targeted to younger readers, but there were times when I couldn't put the books down.
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