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Old 01-05-2015, 02:25 PM   #31
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The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey starting with Leviathon Wakes (actually there's a short prequel The Butcher of Anderson Station published later)
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:46 PM   #32
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Most of these are quite old, but for big concept SF:
Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park and Prey.
Larry Niven - Ringworld
James P. Hogan - Inherit the Stars
Gregory Benford - Timescape
Greg Bear - Darwin's Radio
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl (published this century!)

Fantasy:
Sergei Lukyanenko - The Night Watch
Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel's Dart
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Maybe [I]Perdido Street Station
I'm actually going to be reading this for a book club in February. It's not a small book. About double the average size of mist books.
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:26 PM   #34
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Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel's Dart
Really really really boring. Don't bother.
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For hard sci-fi, if you haven't read them yet, take a look at

Red Mars / Green Mars / Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
I would also say check out 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
I'm sure you've read it if your a Sci-Fi fan but if not Dune
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:44 PM   #36
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons
If you do read Hyperion, you'll also need to read The Fall of Hyperion as Hyperion is not standalone or complete. There are more books in the series but the 2nd books is a lot different then the first book.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:26 PM   #37
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The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

They all have likeable characters.
Loved the trilogy. Moon writes really well - very nice simple style.

For big concept/worlds, likeable characters, I would suggest:

Wizard of Earthsea Books (for young adults yes, but still really good books for any age)

Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan. Lighthearted, engaging fantasy - imagine Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in a fantasy world.

The Shannara books are great reads as well. I especially like Elfstones of Shannara, Wishsong of Shannara, and Elfqueen of Shannara. Solid epic fantasy with great characters. Some consider a bit of a rip off of Tolkien but I think if you start with Elfstones of Shannara the novels will seem less like LOTR. Sword of the Shannara is the culprit.

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Have you read Wool by Hugh Howey? If not, I recommend that.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:40 AM   #38
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Some consider a bit of a rip off of Tolkien but I think if you start with Elfstones of Shannara the novels will seem less like LOTR. Sword of the Shannara is the culprit.
I can't recommend starting with Elfstones instead of Sword, but I definitely agree that Sword is the culprit. After it the quality of the books goes up for the most part and the story changes/grows. I do think Sword is the proper starting point for the series though - it introduces so much about the world that jumping into Elfstones would be difficult.

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Have you read Wool by Hugh Howey? If not, I recommend that.
I highly recommend this too. Excellent book and series. One of my favorite books from the last couple years and the only book I have read twice since 2011. (All my other re-reads were originally read before 2011.)
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:49 AM   #39
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Ancillary Justice, damn fine book. Bit short though.
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Counting that?
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I have read many books over this last year (including the first six Malazan books) and I have come to the annoying conclusion that I have loved none of them.
Ahh, too bad. But just because I think the series is great doesn't mean you have to.

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My four favourite books of all time are in order, Anathem, A Deepness in the Sky, A Fire Upon the Deep, Let the Right One In.
Have you read any other of Neal Stephenson's books? I think some are quite good. Others, well ...

Books in the Culture series by Iain M. Banks (mentioned by some others). They aren't all great but still ...

More space opera: Alaistair Reynolds (yes! yes!). Have you read any Peter Hamilton?

I liked Kay's Tapestry series.
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I wonder if you would like the Retrieval Artist series by Kristine Katherine Rusch. It reads in some ones like a police procedural set mostly on the moon (but not always). The big concept of the series is about how Earth chooses to deal with the "alien" cultures and laws.

ETA: The books started out published by one of the mainstream publishers but they dropped the series. She's re-released them herself, and continued to add to the series. I've found almost all of them on one or other of the Overdrive libraries I belong to, and I "recommended" the rest - just waiting to see if they'll bite. And I've seen them at Kobo, and they appear to be couponable.

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Old 01-18-2015, 02:13 PM   #43
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The Martian is a good hard-science read, and very accesible (no math required ). The Golem and the Jinni is a current (fantasy) favorite of mine as well.
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The Martian is a good hard-science read, and very accesible (no math required ). The Golem and the Jinni is a current (fantasy) favorite of mine as well.
I've read both of those in the past year, and they're both solid 5/5s from me.
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I think you would really enjoy the three books in Neal Asher's "Agent Cormac" series: "Gridlinked", "Brass Man", and "The Line of Polity." The threads involving the hyperjacked, super psychotic "Golem 25" --- the 8-foot tall Mr. Crane (Ichabod, anyone? ) --- are quite intense, and run through the whole series. He is surely one of the most imposing characters that I've ever encountered in the science fiction universe --- that is, if you disregard Martin Gardner's planet-eater, Thang, and the even larger entity who chowed down on Thang...
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