|06-22-2012, 01:33 PM||#31|
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South Georgia
Device: Nook Color / Nook HD+
H. Bean Piper's Uller Uprising. This is a Sci Fi book based on the British Seapoy Mutiney.
|06-22-2012, 03:49 PM||#32|
Join Date: May 2012
|06-22-2012, 10:36 PM||#33|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Device: Kindle Fire
if I were trapped in a space craft ..traveling for years on end ( spaces version of a desert island ) and could only have a small box of books with me ..I would have
lord fouls bane ( and all the follow ups )
The Pawn of Prophecy
The Dresden files .
|07-03-2012, 11:40 PM||#35|
Join Date: Apr 2012
Device: Nexux7 2nd Gen & Kobo Touch
If I were on a desert island, and could bring some books....
Ok. Here I go, in no particular order...
I, Robot- Sir Isaac Asimov - Short Stories
(Yes, the movie was LOOSELY based)
Brave New World- Aldous Huxley
And in the same vein....
1984- George Orwell- though, I've not gotten around to it...
Tick Tock - Dean Koontz- Hilarious and supernatural
Relentless- Dean Koontz- Hilarious and.... serious?
Skeleton Crew- Stephen King- Short Stories
Nightmares & Dreamscapes- Stephen King - Short Stories
|07-04-2012, 12:36 PM||#36|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Device: Kindle Touch
I second reading the classics. Sure maybe Tolstoy, Pasternak or Oscar Wilde are not for everyone but there is a lot of variety to be found here and most likely you will soon discover your favourite book amongst classic books.
I can't really tell you a good book or many a recommendation since tastes differ a lot.
|07-04-2012, 06:10 PM||#37|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Have you read 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' ? Amazon had all 5 books of the trilogy on special offer a few weeks ago. I've enjoyed them all, and they are worth reading.
|07-04-2012, 06:42 PM||#39|
Join Date: Apr 2012
Device: Nexux7 2nd Gen & Kobo Touch
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|07-05-2012, 10:48 AM||#40|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Device: Kindle 4, Nook Simple Touch
I have to put in a mention for Kurt Vonnegut - he was branded a Sci-Fi author early on, but he didn't really set out to write science fiction; he was more interested in ideas about society and people, and the crazy ways people have devised to kill each other - his WW2 experiences polarized his opinions on this, which is why Slaughterhouse-Five would be a good place to start.
He has a fairly informal, irreverent style, often writing like he's telling a personal anecdote to a rapt audience: unclear plot, placing himself into the narrative, foretelling events, outlining up front what will happen to a character later on.
He often makes narrative excursions to other worlds, not to inject science-fiction, but to ask "what if society were like this instead?", and you can see some of his influence in Douglas Adams' work later.
Breakfast of Champions features a story-within-a-story called Plague on Wheels which may remind you of the Vl'hurg / G'Gugvuntt / swallowed-by-a-small-dog incident in HHGTTG.
You could dip your toes in with his short story collections, but his style really comes through in his novels and essays (A Man Without A Country is one good collection).
|07-05-2012, 05:47 PM||#41|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Dayton, OH
Device: iPad 4, iPhone 4, iPod touch, Sony PRS 300
Two weeks ago in church, the pastor told us to turn to the person next to us and tell them our favorite novel. I turned to my 21 year old son and said "The Stand by Stephen King" and he replied "The Count of Monte Cristo". We agreed we'd read the other's book.
I finished TCoMC in about a week. Awesome. I'd read The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask before, but for some reason I'd never picked up this book. It is definitely a classic.
One word of caution, though. My son handed me his paperwork B&N Classics version and I found out that it is abridged. So much so in fact that there are a couple of sub-plots that are entirely gone. The unabridged versions are available in ebook formats all over the Net so I'm going to re-read the longer version some months down the road.
I was more aware of what I was doing when I handed him the restored, full length version of The Stand. ;-)
|07-05-2012, 07:25 PM||#42|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Device: Galaxy S, Nook w/CM7
Philip K. Dick
This is one of my favorite SF writers. His short stories fall under the "Ice Berg" principle. On the surface he writes simple to read short stories but underneath they have deep psyc/social meanings.
Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep = Movie(Blade Runner)
... Tones more short stories
The movies have a very lose parallel with the short stories. Personally I've enjoyed the movies as much as the short stories.
Trollslayer series (Not the deepest nor the funnies fantasy novel but the author has a lot of character in his writing style. )
Anything from Robert E. Howard (Conan, Kane, etc..)
Carlos Castaneda - The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
Suppose to be a real life account of an Archeology student (some however consider it fiction). Regardless it is a good book, has some great philosophy and all in all a fun story. It's a total of 12 books but smaller than two Harry Potter books. Don Jaun (the mentor) is a colorful character.
Dan Millman - Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Very much like the Carlos Castaneda except the mentor in this book is Buddhist. The philosophy is just as rich but the story/characters do not match Castaneda's book
|07-07-2012, 12:08 AM||#43|
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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Los Angeles
I will curse you by not telling you about incredible books, but incredible authors.
Try "Jurassic Park" and you will start to hunt for every Michael Crichton novel.
Try "Ringworld" by Larry Niven.
"Gateway" by Frederick Pohl and you will start to devour the Heche saga.
For lighter stuff - try "Terry Pratchett" diskworld series. There is a rough-order but you can pick up any one and start. Try "Soul Music" or "Maskerade".
And any Jasper Fford is entertaining.
Try Michael Connelly "The Poet" for a good serial killer novel and the start of another great author to look for.
Want slightly strange FBI agent who investigates odd things? Try the Agent Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Both of these authors have some great series in their own right).
|07-07-2012, 04:17 PM||#44|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Device: sony PRS-T1 and T3, Kobo Mini and Aura HD, Tablet
Perhsps Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt Series
Or Tim Dorsey Serge Storms
James Lee Burke
I'll stop now
|07-08-2012, 08:59 PM||#45|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Jersey
I second most of Helen's recommendations, and also Jim Butcher's Dresden series. Incredible authors (for me, incredible means memorable)- Connie Willis, Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Kage Baker, Laurie King (Beekeeper's Apprentice series), Sean McMullen, Daniel Suarez, Ian Tregillis, Liz Williams, Kristine Katherine Rusch. So many good authors.
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