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Antonio Moss
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The sparrow and children of God by Mary Russell are very different sci fi books


The Sparrow is great.


I'm reading Wool right now, the first book of the Silo trilogy. So far, it's very good.


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The Conan series


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brian_wilson
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I'm reading Wool right now, the first book of the Silo trilogy. So far, it's very good.


i didn't like Wool or the series overall, although I did finish it.

The sparrow was pretty good though.

I am working my way through the revelation space series right now. the two I have read (revelation space and chasm city) are fantastic.


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Three Body Problem



Sneaky__Sally
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That one is on my "recently read" list in OP - great series though


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If you want a fantasy novel that is what I would term as “rock and roll fantasy”, I highly recommend Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.

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Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

I’m finishing the first one now and just bought the 2nd.
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Since I didn't see this one listed:

Memory, Sorrow, Thorn by Tad Williams

I also second the Riyria Chronicles.

Based on your book list, we seem to like the same type of fantasy so I highly recommend the above two for you.


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Riyria Chronicles
Absolutely. Highly recommend the audiobook.


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Riyria Chronicles


I am early into this as well, and it's a really solid series.

The author wrote the first 6 books before they were published, so the story fits together better than others.
He went back and made sure things were well-connected.


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ShamelessPel
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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.


As a gigantic Malazan fan for Fantasy and Dune 1-6 for sci-fi, my arse couldn’t make it through 2 books of the Wheel of Time. I was bored half to death. There was nothing intellectually stimulating and there’s a whole lot of nothing going on for a good chunk of the book and a half I read. I’m glad I read it just to try it out, but it was definitely not my cup of tea.


PillageUrVillage
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Maybe I'll just try the first book. If it intrigues me enough, I'll continue.


Sneaky__Sally
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Wheel of time is a real you either absolutely love it or hate it series. Malazan is probably my favorite but I've read wheel of time more. It is the ultimate world building series imo. People bitch about the overly descriptive stuff but I could probably draw you a map of most of the cities.

He also does an incredible job of setting up the characters early in the series for stuff that wasnt going to happen for another 8 or 9 books. I'm really into story structure and all, plus this was the first fantasy I really dove into other than Harry Potter and red wall if you count that - so there is probably also a nostalgia factor

Eta: another thing that I loved about WOT is that with 14 books you get to see an unparalleled level of character development for many different people in the series. The main character had at least 4 or 5 more major shifts in his attitude / mood or however you want to say it as he struggles through the series.

Dont want to say anything too specific, but others you also can clearly see multiple different shifts in other characters before they become who they are supposed to be.

And Jordan had essentially the whole mapped out early on into the series. So its developed very well with subtle nudges and you can see the progression of how the character got to their point. Most of the characters as re annoyingly stubborn though, especially in the beginning.

The thing is it is not a plot driven story and you essentially know what the end is going to be after reading books 1 through 3 - but characters and scope of the world and history drew me in unlike any other series I've read.


Long post I know but I just reread the first 4 books and remembered how much I loved them
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Sneaky__Sally
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Honestly you should give it 3 books, at least 2.


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Having just finished book 2 of WOT I would definitely say the second half of book two is the best section of the first two books. Starting book 3 as soon as it’s available.


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You should think about splitting up the series so you dont get burned out on the story / his writing style (14 books running from 700 - 1,000 pages is a lot)

I'm rereading them now before I get to the suggestions on this list and considered stopping after book 3 to pick up some other things but i am going to go through book 6 / Lord of Chaos because the end of book 3 really makes you want to keep going.


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You should think about splitting up the series so you dont get burned out on the story / his writing style (14 books running from 700 - 1,000 pages is a lot)

I'm rereading them now before I get to the suggestions on this list and considered stopping after book 3 to pick up some other things but i am going to go through book 6 / Lord of Chaos because the end of book 3 really makes you want to keep going.


I can definitely see that - but the good/bad news is that I don't have a choice. Our library carries 1 kindle copy of each book and someone is just ahead of me so I am always having to read a book in between each.

I will say this - half way into book 2, I was considering giving it up at the end of the book. I was glad I had read it and given it a chance and could see why it had acclaim, but it would be like picking up the old atari system now - cool briefly for the nostalgia factor, and enjoyable intellectually because you could see how it helped build/shape the current, but not enjoyable enough to put that much time into. The second half of the book changed that with how things starting coming together.
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The moon is a harsh mistress.


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PillageUrVillage
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Honestly you should give it 3 books, at least 2.


Will do


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The Martian Chronicles.


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brian_wilson
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Honestly you should give it 3 books, at least 2.


First three books are fantastic. Then it streadily goes downhill.

I only read to book 10 though, I tried book 11 and I was like - who the frick are these people?


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