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Old 06-11-2017, 10:16 AM   #226
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Arthur C Clark Time Series and odyssey series. All his books and short stories are good.
His Rama series is awful. It's dry and boring.
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His Rama series is awful. It's dry and boring.
I didn't think so, but that's only my opinion. Feel free to differ.
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I'm getting stick to do death of reading variations on the "space US/Space UN vs the colonists" theme in contemporary Sci-fi. I want some cool aliens damn it! Wide vistas, unimaginable strangeness.
Try Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:06 AM   #229
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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. I liked some of them, I really liked a few of them (Tigana, Memories of Ice, Midnight Tides) but not loved.

So I am looking for recommendations! I want something I will look forward to reading at night, not something to merely help me sleep.

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.

I like big concepts, interesting likeable and outsider characters.

Any recommendations?
Going back to the OP on this one, The Goblin Series by Jaq D. Hawkins is one I really like for worldbuilding. I love going back there and hope she writes more for the series!
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You might want to take a look at the following, which are my recent favorite reads in the fantasy/SF realm, all fabulous:
Bennett, Robert Jackson City of Stairs (trilogy)
Liu, Cixin The Three-Body Problem (trilogy)
Jemisin, NK The Fifth Season (trilogy)
Wilson, Kai Ashante A Taste of Honey
Dickinson, Seth The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Hawkins, Scott The Library at Mount Char
Strugatsky, Boris & Arkady Roadside Picnic
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Dan Abnett is worth a look. He's done plenty of titles set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and whilst these are very variable in quality on the whole, his are definitely a cut above the rest.

Amongst his works are the Gaunt's Ghosts series, which follow a squad of troopers through a massive interstellar war. They're rather similar to the Sharpe series of books except set in the far future with campaigns across entire star systems that feature billions of combatants. There's also the Eisenhorn series that describes the adventures of one of the Imperium's Inquisitors as he roots out heretics and traitors and uncovers plots within plots.

Abnett has also done a few novels set in the Horus Heresy period, which are set ten thousand years in the past from the perspective of the 40k universe amidst a galactic civil war, including the debut novel in the series, Horus Rising.

Action sequences are definitely his strong point, and whilst many of the 40k books feature cardboard cutouts, Abnett does properly rounded characterisation, even when describing the Space Marines (who despite being genetically engineered superhumans hell bent on religiously motivated genocide in the name of humanity, are often a bit... well... boring, when described by other authors)
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