|07-19-2009, 01:22 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Robert E. Howard's Conan series. Lots of action and imagery.
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian Tales. Truly strange creatures and swash buckling action. Lot of the roots of Star Wars and other sci-fi can be found here.
Frank Herbert's Dune
Arthur C. Clarke's 2001,2010 etc. reading 2001 gives you a much better understanding of the movie.
|07-19-2009, 01:42 AM||#12|
Join Date: Feb 2007
I know a lot of people wouldn't agree with this as being some of the best SciFi series, but I've enjoyed the Star Trek books post Star Trek: Nemesis they've really taken the crews of each set of ships in some new directions and the last set of books the Destiny books sent the Trek universe off in a very differant place where the Federation is not the most dominate force in our galaxy, and it also for the first time knows mass devestation and want.
|07-19-2009, 01:43 AM||#13|
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|07-19-2009, 02:40 AM||#14|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Zealand
And if there are any fans of 300, see if you can find a copy of Gates Of Fire by Stephen Pressfield. Hands down one of the best books I've ever read.
|07-21-2009, 03:56 AM||#15|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Hmmm... IMO you should try the Otherworld series by Tad Williams. It is like an epic murder mystery crossed with The Matrix; pretty cool and it spans 4 books.
As for stand alone novels; you should try Blade Dancer by S.L. Viehl, Drinking Midnight Wine by Simon R. Green, and The Sardonyx Net by Elizabeth A. Lynn; all great quick reads IMO.
|07-21-2009, 04:06 AM||#16|
Join Date: Nov 2007
For Military Sci-Fi with a huge established universe I would defiantly go with Dan Abnett's WarHammer 40k work. The Gaunt's Ghosts series (I think it's at 11 now) are just fantastic reads. You can pick the first 2 arcs up in Omnibus format cheap (about $9 and it has 3 books) Don't worry about not being familliar with warhammer, this was the series I started with when my son wanted to play the game and I wanted to know more about it (I knew nothing about 40k at the time and was able to jump right in)
|07-21-2009, 04:13 AM||#17|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Spokane, WA
Damn, you guys have good taste. You already mentioned all of my favorites (Robert Heinlan, Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert) I also like Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, very mainstream, but very good. If you like military themes, the Star Wars Clone Chronicle books are rad. ( I wasn't sure if you had already read these, as you mentioned them in your post).
|07-21-2009, 08:46 AM||#18|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Cobra Island
David Farland's fantasy series THE RUNELORDS is not bad
Dan Simmon's THE TERROR was an excellent horror novel
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs have written a number of good suspense/thriller novels together, most notably A MURDER OF CROWS
James Rollins writes good action/suspense stuff--THE BLACK ORDER and THE JUDAS STRAIN were both good
|07-21-2009, 08:56 AM||#19|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northwood, NH
Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. My all time favorite series. Great stuff.
Matthew Sturges' Midwinter was a good read. Hope there's more to come.
I didn't like Martin's Song of Fire and Ice. Read the first book, couldn't get into the second.
Stopped reading Jordan's Wheel of Time. I'll probably wait for all the books to be published and start over. I noticed that waiting for new books to be published is what killed it for me as I had to spend so much time getting reacquinated with all the characters and what they were doing since there was just so many of them. Only series ever had that issue with.
I didn't like the Friedman series either. Read the first book, tried the 2nd, couldn't get into it.
I haven't been reading as much fantasy as used to, just not finding stuff I like. But for good political thrillers check out Brad Thor and his Scot Harvath novels, about 8 of 'em now I think.
Joe fans should like the Harvath series. Ex-Navy SEaL. Good stuff.
|07-21-2009, 09:00 AM||#20|
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I would also recommend Robert E Howard. His original Conan stories far surpass anything anyone else has done with the character. Also Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" or Golden Compass series. And of course, Stephen King's Dark Tower opus.
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