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Recommend any books?
« on: June 18, 2005, 09:41:58 pm »
Well to put it basiclly I would like to read a new book.  I have no idea what to read next.  I would like to go to another sci fi book since I just finished reading the 5 Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (I bought then all in one book collection called The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).

If you all would be kind enough to recommend a book I am looking somewere along the lines of a sci fi genre.  I would like it to be long, around over 800 pages or a series of a handfull of books.  I would also like it if it were funny since I just got off the Hitchhikers Guide series.


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Re: Recommend any books?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2005, 08:15:38 am »
Definately check out Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul, and to certain extent The Salmon Of Doubt, which contains the manuscript for Dirk Gently book 3, and other stuff.

Most of the Tom Holt books are amusing, too.

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2005, 02:06:07 pm »
Lois Mcmaster Bujould's Vorkosigan saga starting with Shards of Honour is an amazing scifi series and I'd recommend them to just about anyone.  Really fun and really intriguing.  -leeman

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2005, 06:20:39 am »
Starship Troopers - R Hienlien (the movie had almost nothing to do with the book)
Rogue Warrior - Richard Marchinko (the building of the conuter-terrorist Navy Seals) ignore the rest of the series though only the first has any basis in fact.

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005, 02:05:29 pm »
War of Honor
Eon
Red/green/blue mars
Man-Kzin Wars
Any Battletach book
Ender's game series

Lots of good fantasy books, but you only wanted scifi, so I'll leave themout ;)
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2005, 07:01:28 pm »
If you like books in the line of Heinlein, check out the Jupiter Novels, they use a similar writing style. John Ringo is also good, when it comes to fighting off the hordes of space aliens that seem to want our chunk of earth for whatever inexplicable reason. Read is "Gust Front", you won't regret it. If you REALLY like military sci-fi, the Robert Fortschen (sp?) lost regiment novels are quite good, if somewhat bloody.



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Re: Recommend any books?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2006, 04:34:56 pm »
Starship Troopers - R Hienlien (the movie had almost nothing to do with the book)
Rogue Warrior - Richard Marchinko (the building of the conuter-terrorist Navy Seals) ignore the rest of the series though only the first has any basis in fact.


I loved Starship Troopers - that book is a masterpiece. Pretty much all of Heinlein's works were awesome - also consider checking out Philip K Dick and (obviously) William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson.
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Re: Recommend any books?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2006, 09:34:03 pm »
my personal favorite this year is Accelerando by Charles Stross
and the best part it's free online but It's better in print.

It's a collection of his stories that are part of a single naritive
If you read "Lobsters" you'd remember it ;)

also "Gaudeamus " or "Finity" by John Barnes

just read "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi
Great for fans of Military SciFi
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Re: Recommend any books?
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2006, 09:42:25 pm »
The Sci Fi Crash Course:

Ray Bradbury (The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451), Larry Niven (Ringworld, The Ringworld Engineers, Tales of Known Space), Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey, => 3001: The Final Odyssey) Isaac Asimov(Bicentenial Man; I, Robot) Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, Red Planet) Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game)

But you want something funny? Then I reccomend Larry Niven's Rainbow Mars which is actually a collection of short stories, but you shouldn't put quantity over quality. Rainbow Mars is not as funny as the Hitchhiker books, but it is a lot less serious than Niven's other books. ( SPOILER Teaser:One example of the comedy in Rainbow Mars is the main character will travel back in time, accidentally making Henry T. Ford competiting power source win out, steam power. When he returns to his own timeline, he cant hardly breathe because humans had by that time evolved to require carbon dioxide in the air!)

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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2006, 07:06:19 am »
"Road To Mars" by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame).
About two standup comedians and their robot. They are on tour throughout the universe, and their robot Carlton is studying humour and comedy and trying zo understand it.
Just as great and hilarious as the Douglas Adams books!!!

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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2006, 12:49:39 pm »
If you like World of Warcraft I advise the War of the Ancients by Richard A. Knaak. It is a trilogy but it is really good.

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2006, 11:12:03 pm »
Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War(David Brin)
 
Battlefield Earth(L. Ron Hubbard)

Dig or The Dig, I forget.(No idea)

That's actually all I've read in Sci-fi so far.

Brightness reef is next I think.  Whatever is next in the uplift series. I also have the illustrated guide for kicks.(David Brin)

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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2006, 11:33:37 am »
I know someone's already mentioned him, but Neal Stephenson is certainly worth a read.  Start with Snow Crash; with the exception of Zodiac - not scifi, though - I don't think his earlier stuff is that funny.  I also found HeadCrash by Bruce Bethke, amusing.

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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2006, 09:36:42 pm »
The Sci Fi Crash Course:

Isaac Asimov(Bicentenial Man; I, Robot)

How could you not mention The Foundation Trilogy? Those books are right up there with Starship Troopers, Ender's Game, and Dune as my favorite Sci-fi books of all time.

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2006, 07:10:19 am »
The Sci Fi Crash Course:

Isaac Asimov(Bicentenial Man; I, Robot)

How could you not mention The Foundation Trilogy? Those books are right up there with Starship Troopers, Ender's Game, and Dune as my favorite Sci-fi books of all time.
Your mileage may vary. ;D I only listed examples of works, I was more interested in mentioning the authors, rather than the works.

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« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2006, 04:22:32 am »
Totally new to the forums but I have quite a few books to list. I am a very avid reader of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

For starters, let's go fantasy.

Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Some of the absolute best fantasy written.
The Dragoncrown Cycle by Michael Stackpole(Start with the prequel to the trilogy called Dark War I believe). Very good series of books, couldn't put them down till I finished it.

David Gemmell's Drenai Saga. Another really good set of fantasy.

Any, and all of Neil Gaimans writing. Be it Sandman to Anasi Boys.(Though Good? Omens, I think that was the name was a really good book.)

And onto Sci-Fi.

Greg Bear - Moving Mars, Excellent read along with Eon. Both written by him.
The four books that make up the Enders series along with the four Shadow books that tie the universe together(I loved all eight, but I think I enjoyed the Shadow books a lot more than the other ones).
Asimov - How anyone can mention this man without the foundation series boggles me. Foundation is absolutely brilliant writing. It's a shame Asimov died, the series feels unfinished, but be that as it may it's a wonderful series of books and a truly great read.

It's one of those books that's sort of life changing(In my opinion) because of how great it's written.

Of course, the Dune series(Original series). He sort of went off the deep end in the later books though, and the ones his done are doing just aren't up to the par of the original IMHO.

Anyway, i'll quit rambling, but there's my list.

Oh! I forgot. Snowcrash. Go read it definately another life changing type book. And ok, so I babble. Masters of Doom is another good read. It doesn't fall into either category but it really is a good read.
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2006, 08:35:25 pm »
I recomend Alien Chronicals It's written by Lucasfilm and is about a galactic imperial lizard empire who enslaves other alien races, and is saposed to be the literature dumping grond of the alien designs that didn't make it into any of the star wars movies.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2006, 03:56:30 am »
Gileads Blood by Dan Abbett

Set in the warhammer world, It takes place with our main charecter Gilead (an elf who's family came to the Old World during the sundering) We join the story at the end of Gileads 10 year quest to kill his the man who's soldiers killed his twin brother.

I wont ruin the story but well worth a read. 

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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2006, 08:58:51 am »
Yes Man by Danny Wallace was hilarious. It's basically about this guy who, when asked a yes or no question, has to answer yes. This can be anything from "Do you have change for a twenty?" to "Do you want a punch in the face?" It's really funny, he goes on all kinds of weird adventures.

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