Originally Posted by SuperBobo
books is definitly what I buy the most. Have a heap right on my living room table. Topics like reinforcement learning, cognitive evolution, decision theory, game theory, evolutionary game theory, behavioral economics... Still so much to learn!
Anyone got recommendations for good fantasy btw? Read the "game of thrones" series, which was enjoyable, anything else new worth reading?
Prince of Thorns (GOT publisher)
The Name of the Wind
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Ryiria Revelations
The Fionavar Tapestry
Steampunk: Chris wooding, the Black Lung Captain series (again, basically firefly)
SciFi: Leviathan wakes, The Half made World
Brandon Sanderson is like all the rage right now (Mistborn, the Stormlight Archive, finishing the Robert Jordan cycle), but I find him insufferable. He's Mormon, and a good 50% of everything he writes is about the characters struggling with their shitty ass invented religions. fucking awful. That said, the Way of Kings has some awesome action sequences. Dude's kinda like the Michael Bay of fantasy writing.
Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence is targeted to a younger audience but is a super solid series of books, and one of my all-time favorites. The Legend of Eli Monpress follows on Locke Lamora's/ Ryiria's coattails, and reads much, much younger, but is occasionally charming.
The Dark is Rising and Fionavar both fall firmly under the Welsh myth/ Arthuriana umbrella but are probably the pinnacle of that genre. The Name of the Wind is...really good. Lock Lamora and Ryiria Revelations (and PoT) are all character-driven adventures and are sort of edge-of-your-seat exciting, while Prince of Thorns is, really, quite original. Fionavar is one of those sould-crushingly beautiful stories that, if you're me, leaves you somewhere in between elation and total emotional breakdown. I cried a lot.
The Half-Made World is an interesting exercise in fantasy that really combines Lovecraft and the Wild West in a surprisingly successful way.
Leviathan wakes and Chris Wooding's books are actually fairly similar. LW is really enjoyable Sci Fi, and CW writes entertaining afternoon reads. Oh, if you haven't read Neverwhere (Neil gaiman), Dune (Frank Herbert - one of the best books ever written) or Tolkien, do yourself a favor and pick those up ASAP.
Prince of Thorns has actually really stuck with me. I'd pick that up for sure.
Oh, I'd also recommend a book called The Raw Shark Texts, which hits somewhere between Neil Gaiman and Zadie Smith.
Oh, also, a shout out to "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms." Totally different take on fantasy, and it makes me happy whenever there are female authors publishing in a totally male-dominated world. I haven't finished the series, but i actually really liked the first book.