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TigersOfGeauxld
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
The Imager Portfolio by L.E. Modessit, Jr.

Image: https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/lemodesittjr/images/a/a2/The_Imager_Portfolio_%28Rhennthyl%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20120804140707


11 books in the series, and I'm really hoping that Assassin's Price wasn't the last one. The first three (pictured above) are my favorites. Be advised the first book serves to set the background for the rest of the series, and thus goes into great detail about the setting.

Amazon


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OldTigahFot
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The Mote in God's Eye


Fantastic book, one of my favorites. I also enjoyed The Gripping Hand (sequel).

Haven't seen any mention of Asimov, e.g Foundation series or Robots of Dawn.

Also The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazney and the Elric of Melnibone series by Michael Moorcock (one of my all-time favorite fantasy series).


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BloodSweat&Beers
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The first 2 Hyperion books


I loved that series. The first book is so awesome.

Edit: Also Redshirts by John Scalzi (Old Man's War) is probably the best book I have ever read.
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Bard
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
Dresden Files

The Iron Druid Chronicles

Rivers of London series

Alex Verus series


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PillageUrVillage
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The Forever War


Has anyone ever read Forever Peace and Forever Free?

As I understand it, Forever Peace isn't exactly a direct sequel, while Free is.

Just wondering if it would be worth the time.


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Peazey
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
My favorite book ever is The Starmaker by Olaf Stapledon. Arthur C Clark referred to it as "possibly the greatest work of imagination ever."

I am currently reading "The Three Body Problem" by Cixin Liu. I'm enjoying it so far, but I need to finish it before I can give a real evaluation.


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bounty9
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
Not sure if it qualifies for the genres your talking about but, A Clash of Eagles trilogy was great. Written by Alan Smale

Alternate history

Rome still surviving around the year 1200 AD and Rome’s ventures into the Americas/ conflicts with natives


BitBuster
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If you like fast/fun military space SciFi, B.V. Larson's Undying Mercenary series (currently 8 books) is good.

It follows a space marine and a cast of recurring characters. It's the near-distant future, soldiers have their consciousness uploaded, when they die - usually on a hostile alien planet - their body is remade in a machine with their updated consciouness. The books remind me a lot of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt books.


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StrongBackWeakMind
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Currently going through The Lost Fleet series. Not the best, but it's entertaining.


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StrongBackWeakMind
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bumping this thread to see if anyone has read the suggestions posted
I read A Fire Upon the Deep by Verner Vinge. Loved it. After I finish this Lost Fleet series, I circle back to that series.


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MrFelixx
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
Some great suggestions on here. I would like to add a few that I didn't see:

The Matador Series - Steve Perry (First book is The Man Who Never Missed - but The Musashi Flex and The 97th Step are prequels. Enjoyed all of those books. Light "action" sci-fi mixed with martial arts. Just fun. Nothing heavy.)

Liege Killer - Christopher Hinz (Book 1 of the Paratwa Saga)

Star of the Guardians - Margaret Weis (space opera series I read in high school - still good)

Armor - John Steakley

I would echo all of the previous posts about Dan Simmons' HYPERION SERIES - this is the "high literature" of sci-fi in my humble opinion.

Also good recommendations on Old Man's War and The Forever War. Check those out for sure.


StrongBackWeakMind
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The Matador Series - Steve Perry (First book is The Man Who Never Missed - but The Musashi Flex and The 97th Step are prequels. Enjoyed all of those books. Light "action" sci-fi mixed with martial arts. Just fun. Nothing heavy.)

This definitely has my attention. I love martial arts and I've read the Books of Five Rings a few times.


MrFelixx
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You should definitely check out Perry's MATADOR series then. You'll probably enjoy it. Lot of combat & martial "philosophy" in a sci-fi setting.

That being said, if you like those, you'll really enjoy the LIEGE KILLER and ARMOR books, too. Happy reading!


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Bert Macklin FBI
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I have read the entire Ender's game saga and continue to read every book Orson Scott Card writes in this universe.

i have also read another book that he wrote called Treason. It's more of an epic. It was also really good.


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Bert Macklin FBI
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Old Man's War


This is a good series!


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PillageUrVillage
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I would echo all of the previous posts about Dan Simmons' HYPERION SERIES - this is the "high literature" of sci-fi in my humble opinion.


Given the high praise I’ve seen on here, plus the countless other reviews I’ve read, I’ve decided I’m going to read this next.

I just finished reading Forever War for the second time. First time I read it was over 15 years ago. I heard they may be making a movie out of it, so I wanted to read it again.

I’ve never read any of the Hyperion books. I’m excited to dive into it.
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MSMHater
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I would echo all of the previous posts about Dan Simmons' HYPERION SERIES - this is the "high literature" of sci-fi in my humble opinion.


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I’ve decided I’m going to read this next


Admittedly, the prose is beautiful and the historical literary references to **spoiler** are incredibly well done.

But he gets long winded at times. Not Rothfusss long winded, where entire chapters are dedicated to ridiculousness. But he knows he's a good wordsmith, and isn't afraid to show off at times.

So push through those slow times. The world he built and the concepts and lore behind it are really good.
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StrongBackWeakMind
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
Someone was cutting onions when I was reading Sol Weintraub's story.


StrongBackWeakMind
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
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"high literature" of sci-fi
I would include Lord of Light in this category, as well.
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MSMHater
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Someone was cutting onions when I was reading Sol Weintraub's story.


I was so frustrated with myself for not figuring out who Rachel was until it was revealed.

I had a very love/hate feeling for the poet, which I'm sure was intentional by the author.

And I loved Kassad and Moneta's story, and all the revelations that it brought to light.
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