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Member: grizzly.anderson

Book tastes

Obviously Science Fiction is my main taste genre, and since reading Liu Cixin's series and being given We by Yevgeny Zamyatin some years ago, I've been on the look out for good stories from other cultures available in English. If you think you've got the perfect recommendation that isn't Sci Fi, I'm good with that too. Murakami, The Goldfinch, Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte are all things I found that way.

Don't get this!

A series that isn't done. I hate getting turned on to an author only to find out that it is the first book in an unfinished series. ( Patrick Rothfuss I'm looking at you.)

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United States

Santa: Select books from Book Depository

Store: Book Depository (http://www.bookdepository.com)

Amount to spend: $40.00 USD

archaism's picks so far.

9781937009366https://www.bookdepository.com/Apex-Book-World-SF-S-P-Somtow/9781937009366?ref=grid-view&qid=1543704770965&sr=1-3Apex Book of World SF V117.62
9780356512549https://www.bookdepository.com/How-Long-til-Black-Future-Month-N-K-Jemisin/9780356512549?ref=grid-view&qid=1543895264821&sr=1-1How Long 'til Black Future Month8.06
9780241339398https://www.bookdepository.com/Three-Electroknights-Stanislaw-Lem/9780241339398?ref=grid-viewThe Three Electro-Knights3.17

Secret Santa

grizzly.anderson's Secret Santa is archaism. Help archaism pick the right book.


archaism: I picked the Apex book in hopes you'll find at least one story that leads you to a new favorite author. There are currently 4 more volumes of the anthology series if you want to keep digging deeper.

Feed picked because you have some horror and humor stuff in your library. I also believe everyone should read Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire and this book stands well alone even if it is part of a trilogy (with a 4th followup volume and a story collection, in the Adams sense of "trilogy").

I suggest Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. It's got a golden age SF feel with modern polish. I didn't pick it for you because the series isn't finished yet. However, the coming books in the series (after second volume The Fated Sky) are currently expected to run mostly parallel or with different POV characters. The gotcha is that there will be another book (expected around 2022) that will directly follow The Fated Sky. Kowal has a few free short stories in her Lady Astronaut series available online if you'd like to sample the universe to see if you want to go deeper. I'd suggest "Rocket's Red" as that story doesn't contain anything that really spoils bits of the books.

Once I pick a 3rd book for you, I'll add another comment with my entirely self-serving justifications for why I picked it. (Sat, 01 Dec 2018 19:14:09 -0500)

archaism: I've picked How Long 'til Black Future Month, even though the author is American, because she's won the Hugo 3 times running and writes from a different perspective than many of the past winners. This is her collection of short stories, so you should be able to see if you'd like to read more without tying yourself to one of her longer works.

Finally, I picked the Stanislaw Lem book because it's one you don't already own (and because the title is amazing).

In mostly going with collections of shorter works, I'm aiming for the literary equivalent of dim sum or at least a nice buffet.

A further suggestion, again for a series that has not yet completed, is Jim Hines' Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series. The first book is Terminal Alliance. The paperback edition was recently released. The second book is due out next year. It's in the same vein as John Scalzi's writing. (Mon, 03 Dec 2018 23:28:09 -0500)

lorannen: Removed The Three Electroknights (9780241339398) due to budget.

Done. (Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:07:43 -0500)

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