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Old 12-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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I just finished the last Vorkosigan story. Now what?

I just this moment finished the last of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books. ("Cryoburn" in internal chronology order...I finished "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" last week.)

Wow. Good series. Military SF adventure and space opera and intrigue, then once she hooks you, she takes you to character drama, romance, farce, and more.

So now what? What should I read next?

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Old 12-16-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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David Drake's Lt Leary series?

C. J. Cherryh's Merchanter series?

Wait... what have you read already?

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I just this moment finished the last of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books. ("Cryoburn" in internal chronology order...I finished "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" last week.)

Wow. Good series. Military SF adventure and space opera and intrigue, then once she hooks you, she takes you to character drama, romance, farce, and more.

So now what? What should I read next?
Something very different. Similar stuff will probably leave you with a feeling of "it is nice, but ...". E.g. how about "Among Others" by Jo Walton?
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Have you tried the Liaden series?
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #5
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David Drake's Lt Leary series?

C. J. Cherryh's Merchanter series?

Wait... what have you read already?

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The suggestions so far look like they are right on track.
Keeping to SF, in no particular order, some stuff I've liked would include:


Nathan Lowell's Trader's Tales. I found that whole series to be a remarkably enjoyable change of pace.

David Weber's "On Basilisk Station" and a couple other Honor Harrington books, but got bored with all the political and strategic minutia.

John Scalzi's "Redshirts", and the first "Old Man's War" book.

Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One."

Robert Asprin's "Time Scout."

Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon", but didn't care for much of his other stuff.

Let's stop there, and see what "same but different" stuff folks come up with it.

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Not quite in the same league as the Bujolds, but Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series is quite fun.

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Old 12-17-2013, 01:54 AM   #7
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Have you read Ms Bujold's Chalion and Sharing Knife series? Quite different from the Vorkosigan series, but I like them better.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:53 AM   #8
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I just this moment finished the last of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books. ("Cryoburn" in internal chronology order...I finished "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" last week.)

Wow. Good series. Military SF adventure and space opera and intrigue, then once she hooks you, she takes you to character drama, romance, farce, and more.

So now what? What should I read next?

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Old 12-17-2013, 11:03 AM   #9
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I just this moment finished the last of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books. ("Cryoburn" in internal chronology order...I finished "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" last week.)

Wow. Good series. Military SF adventure and space opera and intrigue, then once she hooks you, she takes you to character drama, romance, farce, and more.

So now what? What should I read next?

ApK
How about some Georgette Heyer? Not SF, but 17th Century England is a pretty strange place in itself.
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How about some Georgette Heyer? Not SF, but 17th Century England is a pretty strange place in itself.
And similar (but different) to Bujold's "A Civil Campaign". You might miss Miles, though.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:04 PM   #11
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The Liaden series, certainly. And I would also suggest the Empire of Man / Prince Roger series from David Weber and John Ringo
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Might you try The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell? They're thrilling.
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Lots of good suggestions. Definitely the Liaden series.
I really loved the Lt. Leary series (most are available on The Fifth Imperium - The Rising Tide cd).
Stephen Hunt's Sliding Void series - really novellas
Allan Cole & Chris Bunch's Sten series - Got mine at Fictionwise, but should be available at Amazon, etc.
James S.A. Corey's Expanse series
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And similar (but different) to Bujold's "A Civil Campaign". You might miss Miles, though.

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A Civil Campaign was the "romance/farce" foray I mentioned earlier. You really have to like those characters if that's not the genre you're otherwise looking for.

Note to others SF readers who are considering trying the Vorkosigan books and want to get a taste of the series: Don't start with "A Civil Campaign!"

What about this Georgette Heyer 17th Century England series brought it to mind here?
Is it steam-punk or something?
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A Civil Campaign was the "romance/farce" foray I mentioned earlier. You really have to like those characters if that's not the genre you're otherwise looking for.

Note to others SF readers who are considering trying the Vorkosigan books and want to get a taste of the series: Don't start with "A Civil Campaign!"

What about this Georgette Heyer 17th Century England series brought it to mind here?
Is it steam-punk or something?
I was chiming in on the Georgette Heyer suggestion because you had read "A Civil Campaign" (the title is an homage to Heyer's "A Civil Contract").

Bujold's touchstone for "A Civil Campaign" was Heyer's Regency romances.

I keep meaning to read them myself. They were (possibly still are) my mother's favourite books.

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