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Old 01-25-2015, 06:35 AM   #61
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Also Chasm City apparently inspired a 4 track prog rock album...

http://ultranaut.bandcamp.com/album/the-chasm-city-ep
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:56 AM   #62
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hello, folks

I'm again in a literature rush. I have lots of hobbies, including videogames and piano, so I cycle through them when my mood changes.

Anyway, I discovered the amazing compilations called The Science Fiction Megapack. Bought the sixth, really enjoyed it and also ordered the first and second for the kindle.

They're extremely cheap (each ebook about 1 dollar) and each brings about 28 short scifi from all ages: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s whatever, but mostly classics from scifi mags such as Astounding

a fine deal, if you ask me. Quality of content is variable, but mostly good, almost all quite intriguing in one way or the other. Poul Anderson, Harry Harryson, Asimov, Clarke, Philip L Dick among many other authors show up. In fact, there's a whole novella from Samuel R Delany on the first compilation, Captives of the Flame. So far, to be true, the best one from that volume, which seems to have got the scifi wrong for some stories. Still, I read the sixth and am confident it's very worthy.
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:04 PM   #63
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She has very specific political views and projects them onto all her characters, including the ones supposedly from different cultures.
can you name one author who doesn't?

fiction comes out from the views, preferences and prejudices of the people who write it. I don't have to worship wicca to dig Prachett, or be a racist to enjoy most of 19th century litetature
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:09 PM   #64
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Chasm City; kind of flabby in places but still a good read.
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I recently finished The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham and I'm currently reading The Warded Man by Peter V Brett. Great, great characters in both of them.
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Great books, looking forward the next installment of the dagger and coin series. I did think that, Peter V Bretts, last couple could have been better. Will the last one longer and the one before that better.
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Any new suggestions? Big concepts? Interesting or likeable characters?
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http://bestfantasybooks.com/
Million and a one list, with detailed descriptions and recommendations. Do some work and dig around.
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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.[...]
Hello,

I can give a strong recommendation on the Steerswoman series. Jo Walton has a very nice description on how the books feel on her blog without giving spoilers.

The only real downside is that the series is yet unfinished (and will stay that way for a couple of years). I usually hate that a lot (it is why I stopped reading Games of Thrones) but it did not bother me that much here. Each of the novels has a real conclusion. Also the series concentrates on one main character instead of jumping around.

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Trying to fit another person's tastes is always difficult, so take what I suggest with a grain of salt (or a boulder).

John Brunner - Shockwave Rider - cyberpunk before there was cyberpunk (1975). You can't get any more outsider than Nickie Halflinger...

The Works of Cordwainer Smith (Paul Linebarger). Total output 36 stories and one "novel" (actually 2 linked novellas). Unlike anything you've ever read...and very, very, good.

Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination. An unfolding flower of a book.

Jack Vance - The Demon Prince series. (Not Fantasy, far future space opera) Not open ended, 5 books with a definite ending. Star King, the Killing Machine, The Palace of Love, The Face, The Book of Dreams #1 and #3 aren't the best (but read #1 anyway for the intro to the series), #2, #4, and #5 are superb.

And I can't resist throwing in a couple of Heinlein Juveniles - The Star Beast and Citizen of the Galaxy. Big Ideas, expertly handled.
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:35 PM   #71
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I'm reading John Scalzi right now -- The Ghost Brigades, sort of a sequel to Old Man's War. Seems to stand alone very well for those who might not have read the prior book.

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Old 03-06-2015, 01:43 PM   #72
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Newish authors

I like a few of the newer authors:

Michael Sullivan's Riyria series. Two characters, complete opposites are forced to work together and after initial contempt a grudging respect develops. Very good fantasy and very readable. The tale could also be set in medieval times. There are fantasy creatures but they are rare and there's politics and intrigue.

Karen Azinger Silk and Steel Saga. Very readable series and very interesting plot and characters. Well worth a read. I am reading her most recent book at the moment and enjoying it. Some really good concepts. Very much in the fantasy genre with Monks and magic artifacts secretly hidden. There's murders as well and the Mordant is a great creation - very evil.

War of the Fae by Elle Cassey. Urban fantasy set in modern times, but with a hidden world of the Fae, both dark and light. Very light hearted read. Very easy to read and some excellent characters and creations. Book 1 was a free e book so that's always handy.

I have a list of fantasy authors I like at http://www.writingabook.ninja/p/davids-author-blog.html if anyone is interested.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:44 AM   #73
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Re-Read Clifford D. Simak's The Big Front Yard last week! Had not read it since I was a kid, but Wow! What a blast from the past! Somewhat aged technology-wise, B&W TV, Radio, etc. but wonderful writing. Read it if you have it or can find it.

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Old 05-27-2015, 11:09 AM   #74
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Love Clifford D Simak. I will also read anything by Stephen Baxter, Ben Bova, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford. Larry Niven, with or without Jerry Pournelle. Not to forget Greg Bear and Orson Scott Card's Ender series.

Current read is Peter F. Hamilton's "The Abyss Beyond Dreams"

I prefer scifi (NOT fantasy) to almost any other genre.
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Patrick Rothfuss. The Name of the Wind. Stephen King's wasteland series
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