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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby My pseudonym is Ix » 03 Dec 2014, 00:13

leapy wrote:Space Captain Smith (and all subsequent sequels) by Toby Frost.

If you're a fan of Pratchett then I think you'll like this, it's a send up of pretty much *every* SF/fantasy trope there is.

Funnily enough, that was written by an old schoolmate of my sixth form maths teacher, and he read some of it out in class once. Good to hear it getting some independent praise
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby bar room hero » 03 Dec 2014, 12:24

The Malazan books of the fallen by Steven Erikson is my favourite fantasy series of all time. Its 10 books long and theres also a few books written by another author set in the same world that I haven't got around to so can't comment. Haven't read much sci-fi but can recommend A red sun also rises by Mark Hodder.
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Smeghead » 13 Sep 2015, 01:45

I'm just going to bump this thread in case more books can be added to it
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Volafortis » 14 Sep 2015, 15:58

Philip K. Dick. Anything by him, really, but:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
A Scanner Darkly
The Man in the High Castle
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Jenelmo » 14 Sep 2015, 22:02

I really like Joe Abercrombie new trilogy
Half a King
Half the World
Half a War
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby RoboNixon » 15 Sep 2015, 11:34

The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny are pretty good if you like fantasy.

As a few stated before, The Dresden Files are great if you like boilerplate detective novels with a wizardy twist.

And I really like Name of the Wind. Have a 1st edition hardcover I need to get signed some day.

P.S. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby CaptainEnder7 » 15 Sep 2015, 13:58

Just got through re-reading the Robot series by Issac Asimov (Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, Robots of Dawn). Good detective stories in a sci-fi universe. First two I'd say better than the third but all well worth reading.

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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby MinniChi » 16 Sep 2015, 17:58

I've been reading Jack Chalker. Just started the Watcher at the well books. Pretty much just reading my way through all his books.
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby AlexAshman » 07 Oct 2015, 14:20

Ann Leckie - Ancillary Justice / Sword / Mercy. Some really high quality, award-winning stuff.
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Kaorti » 09 Oct 2015, 08:47

The Ancillary books are super hard to put down.

William Gibson writes great Cyberpunk books. Neuromancer is a perennial favorite. His latest book "The Peripheral" is also especially good.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. (especially good if you like Noir as well)

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Accelerando by Charles Stross.
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Darkobra » 10 Oct 2015, 09:54

David Gemmell. Waylander, Waylander 2, Hero in the Shadows. That's the trilogy. You also want Druss the Legend Chronicles after that. I forget the name of his books. White Wolf was his last ever book before he died I think. That was a good one.
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Deedles » 10 Oct 2015, 13:22

That'd be David Gemmell. He also wrote Sword in the Storm, which I enjoyed when I read it, even though I wanted to bash the main character's skull at a few points. :P
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Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Postby Thysane » 11 Oct 2015, 11:11

Fantasy - China Miéville has some of this past decade's greatest fantasy under his belt, in my opinion, with his Bas Lag books (they're not quite a trilogy, as each is a self-contained story, but they are all chronological). Start with The Scar and see how you go - it's the most the reader-friendly. Perdido Street Station is a wilder, more sprawling book, and Iron Council is highly experimental. Iron Council is my personal favourite, but a lot of people don't like it, partly due to its structure and partly due to the politics (Miéville is an outspoken democratic socialist).

As well as the Bas Lag books, he has some great stand-alone fantasy as well, like The City & The City, Kraken, and of course his two excellent short story collections, Looking For Jake & Other Stories, and Three Moments of An Explosion: Stories.

Sci-fi - I might cheat and say Miéville again - Embassytown is a fantastic book about, in the author's words, a "linguistic apocalypse" on an alien border world. Iain M Banks' Culture novels are goddamn masterpieces as well, if they haven't already been mentioned. Player of Games is the agreed-upon best starting point, though I started with Consider Phlebas and enjoyed it just fine.

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