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Old 05-29-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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A list of favorite sci-fi and fantasy that are NOT Twilight or Harry Potter

Just put this list together. Kinda fun...

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A couple of recent books I've read and will recommend are "Singularity Sky" and "Iron Sunrise" by Charles Stross. Stross combines hard science, physics, cosmology and computer theory with spy thriller themes. For me, they were page turners I couldn't put down. And because they are large books (1000+ pages), the trip wasn't over before I was ready to put the book down.

Stross's Accelerando is another good read. Imagine a near future when the digital age progresses to where all of the matter in the Solar System is converted into a monstrous thinking machine and humanity is looked at by its creation as just more matter with no significant intelligence and that humans can be put to better use as organic matter assimilated into the brain.

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I'd recommend Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, for non-sword-and-sorcery fantasy.

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Some of my favourites (mostly fantasy) include:

- Anything by Anne Bishop
- Anything by Tanya Huff
- Anything by Sharon Shinn
- The Battleaxe series by Sara Douglass (not currently available as e-books)
- Anything by Jennifer Fallon (no e-books here either)'
- The Black Magician Series by Trudi Canavan (available from BoB UK)
- WoT by Robert Jordan (had to put this one in)
- The Deed of Paksennarion by Elizabeth Moon (has anyone read the latest one yet?)
- Magician by Raymond Feist

And an sf recommendation ... the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter Hamilton

OK. I have to stop now, or I'll be here all day listing favourite books
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:43 AM   #5
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I was using StumbleUpon and found this site that recommends some books:

http://www.skorks.com/2008/09/10-awe...potter-or-lotr
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For fantasy I love anything by Carol Berg and Lynn Flewelling. Freda Warrington has some good stuff too. I've got the first ten books of WOT by Robert but got bored half-way through book 4 or 5. I might take it up again someday but there are so many other interesting books I want to read first

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A couple of recent books I've read and will recommend are "Singularity Sky" and "Iron Sunrise" by Charles Stross. Stross combines hard science, physics, cosmology and computer theory with spy thriller themes. For me, they were page turners I couldn't put down. And because they are large books (1000+ pages), the trip wasn't over before I was ready to put the book down.

Stross's Accelerando is another good read. Imagine a near future when the digital age progresses to where all of the matter in the Solar System is converted into a monstrous thinking machine and humanity is looked at by its creation as just more matter with no significant intelligence and that humans can be put to better use as organic matter assimilated into the brain.

Just read all 3 of those in the last week or so, great stuff!
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:32 PM   #8
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For fantasy -- Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Anne McCaffrey, Gene Wolfe (sometimes crosses over into SF)
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SF: Alastair Reynolds, Vernor Vinge, Liz Williams, Joan D. Vinge
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:53 PM   #10
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Some of my favourites (mostly fantasy) include:

- Anything by Anne Bishop
- Anything by Tanya Huff
- Anything by Sharon Shinn
- The Battleaxe series by Sara Douglass (not currently available as e-books)
- Anything by Jennifer Fallon (no e-books here either)'
- The Black Magician Series by Trudi Canavan (available from BoB UK)
- WoT by Robert Jordan (had to put this one in)
- The Deed of Paksennarion by Elizabeth Moon (has anyone read the latest one yet?)
- Magician by Raymond Feist

And an sf recommendation ... the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter Hamilton

OK. I have to stop now, or I'll be here all day listing favourite books
Oath of Fealty is very could but frustatingly very much afiller for the next in the series. I hate waiting.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:39 PM   #11
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that was a mistake of mine - never start such a list b4 sleeping

Fantasy:
  1. Sapkowski Andrzej: Wiedźmin-Saga (witcher)
  2. Leiber Fritz: Fafhrd & Gray Mouser
    Eddings:
  3. Tamuli Saga
  4. Althalus
  5. Belgariad Saga (incl. the Belgarad and Polgara books)
  6. Colfer Eoin; Artemis Fowl series
  7. Canavan Trudi Black mages Series
  8. Alexander, Lloyd: Taran Saga
  9. LeGuin Ursula: Earthsea Saga
  10. Williams Tad: Dragonbone Saga
SF:
  • Heinlein Robert A.: Stranger in a Strange World
  • Asimov Isaac: Foundation Saga
  • Harrison Harry:
    Stainless Steel Rat
  • Deathworlds
  • Herbert Frank: Dune Saga
  • Gibson William: Neuromancer Trilogy
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:03 AM   #12
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Love that the Amazon list has Lloyd Alexander on it.

The post made reference of Twilight and Harry Potter. There is another YA series that is really getting its legs under it: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's fun and smart like Harry Potter, but also full of moody teenagers like Twilight.
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Except for Kay (fan for years), these are all authors I picked up in the last year or so and have really enjoy.

Fantasy
Guy Gavriel Kay
Joe Abercrombie
Steven Erikson
Peter V. Brett

Sci-fi
Peter F. Hamilton
Alastair Reynolds
Iain M. Banks
Neal Asher
China Mieville
Paolo Bacigalupi

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I'd recommend the Myth Adventures series. Some of the books are by Robert Asprin and some by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye. It's a series of 18 books, and some are available in paperback as a two-in-one pack. The first book in the series is "Another Fine Myth." The following is a link to the Myth Adventures website: http://www.mythadventures.net/index.html.

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The First Law by Joe Abercrombie

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny

Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb

The Dark Tower by S. King
The Stand by S. King

Tigana by G.G. Kay
The Last Light of the Sun by G.G.Kay

The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
The Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams

Jon Shannow(Jerusalem Man) Novels by David Gemmell

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

(possibly) Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks
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