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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
The biggest problem of the whole thing was the long and boring search for Faile in the middle section.

Personally, I thought it really picked up in Book 3 and was fantastic up until Path of Daggers or something in there. If I remember correctly, I enjoyed Knife of Dreams (book 11) though and it was a turn in the right direction. The three or so books around Winters Heart were a tough stretch. Book 11 was the last one Jordan wrote though and Sanderson did a good job of wrapping up everything the last three.


Also, i think i'm gonna edit this thread to make it more of a general fantasy / sci fi recommendation and discussion thread. We usually have the same people talking so it may be nice to have some of it compiled into one spot as opposed to a new thread every few weeks which is largely the same as the old ones.
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boxcarbarney
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Have you read Hyperion?


I got the first book for Christmas. I'm about 50 pages in, and I really like it so far.


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I am up to date on all 3 of those series. Nothing comes close to the Stormlight Archives to me. Hands down my personal favorite series. Kingkiller Chronicles is very good but book 3 has to be some kind of special for it to move up on my list. The Wakening is decent but definitely the last of this group.


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Finally finished Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.

Fantastic book and ended exactly as I wanted it to.

I highly recommend it.


Sneaky__Sally
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Is that a stand-alone book?


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It is a series called The Band.

As far as I am aware, the books connect, but only somewhat.

The 1st book is a perfect standalone story though.

Has a 4.4 out of 5 on Goodreads.

I haven’t started the 2nd one yet which is the story of the daughter of one of the characters in the first book.

I think there is supposed to be an overarching story, but I think each is somewhat standalone.

The end of the 1st book alluded to a big bad that may come in eventually.


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Safehold series by Dave Weber. Off Armageddon Reef is the first book.

I have read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy in my years, but this series is the best I have run across.

John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising series is excellent also.


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I'm reading The Witcher series right now.

It's not just extraordinary but it's entertaining and I'm enjoying it


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Three Body Problem


How does this compare to Hyperion. I’m new to SciFi and I think Three Body Problem is kind of weird. Maybe it’s just the writing style since it was originally in Chinese.

Anyway, now I’m hesitant to try Hyperion


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Anyway, now I’m hesitant to try Hyperion


Don't be, it is very good. All four of the books in the series are worth a read.


boxcarbarney
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How does this compare to Hyperion. I’m new to SciFi and I think Three Body Problem is kind of weird. Maybe it’s just the writing style since it was originally in Chinese. Anyway, now I’m hesitant to try Hyperion


I enjoyed the hell out of Three Body Problem. Though everyone I have lent the books to have not even finished the 1st book.

Hyperion is not written in the same style as 3 Body; it is way easier to digest. I'm almost done with the first book, and I'm enjoying it immensely.


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Sneaky__Sally
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I went ahead with Hyperion after seeing so many people pick it up and talk about it. Got halfway through the first book today and it's very interesting this far.

ETA: Hyperion is awesome, great recommendation. Love the way the story unfolded in a Canterbury Tales style as my friend who is also reading put it. Will definitely be getting through this series quickly.
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finished Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.


The sequel, “Bloody Rose”, is much, much better, if you can believe it. I was impressed.


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I’m halfway through the four book Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell, and really enjoying it. Clearly inspired by the Three Musketeers but wholly unique otherwise. Told in the 1st person, which I enjoy, very well-written. Fast paced with plenty of action but still emotionally involving. Not too much magic, just enough to keep things interesting. And best of all, the series is complete - no waiting.

Book One - The Traitor’s Blade


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What I don't want is to get into a series, if I can help it. So I prefer stand alones when they are available. Two good recents for me were THE MARTIAN and ARTEMIS (same author).


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enjoyed the hell out of Three Body Problem. Though everyone I have lent the books to have not even finished the 1st book.


I am in Part 3 of Book 3. The style is very matter of fact and has tons of exposition. But frick if this is not a masterpiece. I mean wow. The mental gymnastics this guy went through to write these books is astonishing. I find myself thinking about them all day. I'm actively researching topics covered by the books.

It's not a typical character driven series. It's very plot oriented. But he does enough with character to make you care to keep reading, imo. Although the entire ETO can choke to death on an AIDS riddled horse cock.


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alphamicro
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I prefer stand alones when they are available
Okay, here a few (some previously mentioned):
1. The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (has a sequel set years later, don't need to read it)
2. Lucifer's Hammer - Niven and Pournelle
3. The Legacy of Heorot - Niven, Pournelle, and Steven Barnes
4. Lightning - Dean Koontz
5. Watchers - Dean Koontz
6. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
7. Dune - Frank Herbert
8. The Stand - Stephen King



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I’m halfway through the four book Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell, and really enjoying it. Clearly inspired by the Three Musketeers but wholly unique otherwise. Told in the 1st person, which I enjoy, very well-written. Fast paced with plenty of action but still emotionally involving. Not too much magic, just enough to keep things interesting. And best of all, the series is complete - no waiting.



This is an excellent series, all the way through really.


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To add, I've read most of the stuff in this thread...F&E is one of my favorite reads...

But, if you care to delve into the 40kverse, I highly recommend ADB's Night Lords trilogy. The books are: Soul Hunter, Blood Reaver, and Void Stalker and come in an Omnibus.

I've read a bunch of 40k novels, and this series is the best. There are other stand outs, but this beats them...

It's is about a squad of space marine supermen one by one being slowly corrupted by the demons they mingle with...while the main character deals with his psychic visions guiding their path.



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