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1redderik First Message
Feb 13, 2007, 3:53pm Top

Just wanted to lay down something to fill the great void until some discussions open or we have enough people to browse what others are reading and ask if they're any good.

Out of courosity, who here has been able to remember when they got previous books and started and finished them?

Personally I don't have a clue, but will note them now that I've started.

2pkacner First Message
Feb 14, 2007, 2:18pm Top

Cory, hello...hope you are good. Been some time.

Anyway, I have focused more on SF than Fantasy. Are there Genre limits or focus? I just finished five books this year and started on a new massive SF series...Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars.

I'll check the posts later.

Feb 15, 2007, 11:35am Top

Peter! It's been too long. No there is no Focus what's so ever!

I figured we could all pile on books, so we we are looking for that next great series, or a something really good, we can see what others have picked up and ask about them. Ideally I'd like everyone to Rate the books in there list, but that may be time consuming. I'm personally doing review when I can for my favorites and more recent.

For those with the time and or pention I figure we can discuss what we like/don't like, fantasy-Sci Fi- Non Fiction, I read it all.

I'll make a post for total off topic for just chatting

Feb 19, 2007, 11:59am Top

Let's see..I'm currently in my sci-fi reading phase. I am also reading the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. I'm almost finished with Red Mars. It is pretty good, it can get tedious at times, with all the descriptions of the landscape of Mars can bore you to death. Craters, mesas, duststorms, canyons and more...but the characters make it worth trudging through it all. Lots of political manuevering going on between factions. It's not a very action-packed book, if you enjoy more socio-political in your sci-fi then this book is for you.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes was very good. It's about a mentally retarded man that is given an experimental surgery to enhance his intelligence and he goes to the other extreme, becoming a genius. The book touches upon what really is considered a normal person. It was a pretty sad and emotional book though. It has a bittersweet ending.

If you want military sci-fi try out Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet series. It's a short, sweet read and you can probably read it in a day. Or the master of military sci-fi, and his famous Honor Harrington series.

I go through phases where it's one genre or another. Nothing starts or stops it..I just start gravitating toward another book.

For a while I was in a mystery reading phase and couldn't get enough of Sue Graton's Kinsey Milhone series (A-S has been published in paperback) and I started O is for Outlaw but got bored with it. I had started at A is for alibi and just couldn't put the series down. I would recommend that series, it is really good, I love following Kinsey into her many scrapes and situations. She is always encountering odd, screwball-type characters that makes her seem normal.=)

It by Stephen King is a great horror read. Forget the preconceptions you may have gotten from the movie, it doesn't do the book justice. It is a long read (1000+ pages) but it's worth it.

Apocalyptic books:

The Stand, also another book where the movie doesn't do it justice. If you haven't read it, I'd recommend it.

Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. A comet is on a course for Earth and all hell breaks loose. The main location is Southern California. The book ends on a hopeful note.

Some good contemporary fantasy reads:

Blood and Chocolate is a YA book but don't let that stop you from reading it. It is about a teenage werewolf named Vivian that is caught between her wolf and human nature as she falls for a human boy. There is a movie based on this book, but I'd read the book first.

Shadows in the Darkness by Elaine Cunningham. Yes, it's that author that has written the Forgotten Realms books but she is now trying her hand in the contemporary fantasy genre. This is a new series following a changeling named Gwen. She's really an elf, grown up believing she's human.

Feb 20, 2007, 8:43am Top

#4 and grafton's Kinsey. I just bought S is for silence and re-read from A through to S. I seriously DON'T recommend you do this. Its too much all in one go. O was one of my favourites when I first read it but on the re-read after several weeks of Kinsey I was just bored with her whole life. They are fun and its worthwhile to read a few in sequance but not the whole lot.

I've no idea on dates I just read from one to the next. I don't like ot read the same genre time after time but do like ot read series' completely from start to finish.

Recommendation for authors you may not have read: Cherryh every word I've ever read of hers has been stunning.

Feb 20, 2007, 6:41pm Top

Yes, I agree it is not wise to read all through the series at once. That's why I stopped at O for Outlaw, it was too much. After a while, I got annoyed at how stubborn and unwilling to change Kinsey is, enough of those peanut-butter and dill pickle sandwiches..argggh!lol. =)

I have read Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh and it is a good book. It's the only book I've read of hers.

Feb 23, 2007, 5:37pm Top

I've never read the those, they looked interesting though. Are they supposed to be in order, e.g A is the first book?

I wonder what they'll do when they hit Z? ;)

Feb 24, 2007, 8:16am Top

Go to sleep, duh.


Feb 24, 2007, 8:39pm Top

Yes, A is for Albi is the first book in the series. It is told from first person pov. It is my fave mystery series. I've also read Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mystery series. That one is good too, in a different way (more humourous!).

I will be sad when the series end. No more Kinsey stories! Oh well, I'll live.=)

Edited: Feb 27, 2007, 5:47pm Top


How could you possibly go to sleep knowing that there is THAT much mystery and intrique going on! ;)


I'll have to check them out. I was never much of a mystery gumshoe fan until I started reading jim butcher and the Dresden Files. It's fantasy but also gum shoe, I liken it to if Harry Potter grew up and became a Private Detective.

Feb 28, 2007, 6:53am Top

mr. redderik-
I just meant that when I hit Z...as in on my keyboard...ZZZZZZZZZ. isn't there some kind of amnesty for lame jokes that come out of a befuddled prego mind? Tardo.
I admit I am not up on new SF series much, because I've never found a better SF author than Ray Bradbury. Which, btw, you should really read if you have not b/c his style of writing is not dissimilar to your own.


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