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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.

Of course ive read all of Gaimans work, and also all Dune books (including the ones written by his son). The original Dune series is amazing, the dialouge is sublime (esp. for being sci fi I guess). And Tolkien of course smile.gif

I remeber seeing that HBO will make a series based on Gaimans "American Gods", could be promising.
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It's hard to let them go. Thankfully, back in CO there's a local used bookshop that I love, but even now I have trunks of books in storage that I refuse to give up. No one will ever touch my copy of The Magus!

#booksthatchangedyourlifeforeverandnoweverythingisruined

My mom has always collected something - she had a massive record collection that she finally let me put through the eBay shredder about 10 years ago - so I guess I'd rather have it be books than something stupid like ceramic cats. After a lifetime of storing her books on a hodgepodge of yardsale and Target-quality bookshelves, she finally let us talk her into paying a friend of a family member build her this bookshelf that takes up the entire wall in the spare bedroom of her place. It only houses about half of the books she still owns, but it's been an easy way for me to thumb through some of what she has and finally read some of the classics and find "new" authors.
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those are some great recos synth. guy kay and James Corey are the shit. for more top notch fantasy check out Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. Embassy town along w leviathan wakes/Caliban war is the best sci fi I've read in a long time.

right now am reading Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson, The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler, and Prometheus Rising by RAW. Finished Railsea not too long ago - mieville rules


I wish publishers would include the electronic copy gratis if you buy the hard copy. that way you read book at home and while mucking about you can use e reader.
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Oh, also - The Chroicles of the Black Company (the first series) really started the gritty fantasy stuff, so if you're into that sort of brutal GoT thing you might enjoy those. Some great characters in there, too. The White Lady is on the all-time list!
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Originally Posted by BreezyBirch View Post

those are some great recos synth. guy kay and James Corey are the shit. for more top notch fantasy check out Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. Embassy town along w leviathan wakes/Caliban war is the best sci fi I've read in a long time.

right now am reading Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson, The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler, and Prometheus Rising by RAW. Finished Railsea not too long ago - mieville rules


I wish publishers would include the electronic copy gratis if you buy the hard copy. that way you read book at home and while mucking about you can use e reader.

Have you read The White Goddess? It has been sitting on my table for a month now, but you might find it interesting.

MBoF has been on my list for a while, but something about starting a 10+ book series is daunting. I'm one of the few fantasy geeks who doesn't give a shit about Robert Jordan, so I could be biased. Or something.


Damn, I've edited my original post like 6 times, I keep forgetting things. Sadly, for each book that gets recommended, there are probably 6 or 7 that are borderline unreadable. Ah, well.
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synth i assume you've read the dark tower series (not new i know)? seems right up your alley.

already did in another thread but i have to recommend the mars trilogy again by kim stanley robinson. so good.

also, not exactly sci-fi:

voice of the fire - alan moore
terrifying mind-fuck

from hell - alan moore
huge beautiful/disturbing graphic novel
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Nope, never read dark tower. would like to. Mars trilogy's on the list but always loses out to newcomers.
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my favorite one in that series (wizard and glass i think?) manages to combine the gunslinging cowboy story with medieval fantasy in a really awesome way. must read.
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I do not aim with my eye;
He who aims with his eye has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my hand.
I do not shoot with my hand;
He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.

I do not kill with my gun;
He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart
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Anyone have any good recs for high quality space odyssey type books? Nothing too out there, more so reasonable extrapolations about the future of humanity, etc
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^foundation series is good
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artishard literally - literally - just posted the mars trilogy.
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haha.. right.

it's really weird to read and then watch happen with this whole mars-one thing. it's all going to go down just like he wrote it in the 80's basically.
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Dark Tower series, so very flawed, but when he gets it right, some of my favorite moments in fiction.

reedo, kind of a young-adult recommendation, and will probably pale in comparison to the recs other people here might give, but Left Hand of Darkness sounds like a good fit for what you are looking for
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^agreed
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haha.. right.

it's really weird to read and then watch happen with this whole mars-one thing. it's all going to go down just like he wrote it in the 80's basically.

one of the first sci-fi collections I ever owned was one of those, uh, marsploitation things with sexy venutians and giant dragonflies and stuff. I still hope.
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