Need a new read

As to the latest WOT book, I''ve thought about picking it up, but my mind has been changed. It''s got a 2 out of 5 star rating based upon 400 customer reviews on Amazon, and that''s pretty bad. All the reviews talk about how the book doesn''t move anywhere. After 600 pages, you''re still in the same spot you were before. No thanks.

As to good reads, in Sci-Fi:

Larry Niven''s Ringworld series. I loved those books

Arthur C. Clark - 2001 (A classic) and 2010, which I''m currently reading.

It''s a fast read, 2010, and its got a lot of interesting ideas in it. I''m curious about the rest of the series, and will be picking those up shortly.

I''m curious anyone finish (or even start) the new WOT book?

I finished it up last weekend. What can I say? It still dosen''t seem to go much of anywhere. Nothing is resolved. It''s so damn bloated, I have a hard time remembering who everyone is and what they''re supposed to be doing. I just don''t care that much about the characters anymore! I''ll see this series through to conclusion, but only because I''ve invested so damn many hours into it at this point, not because I really give a sh*t anymore. I''d give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5.

Wow ok harsh, I guess I''ll wait for this one trickly out in paperback. Sad I was realy hoping he start the wrap up and stop milking it. Ah well, plenty of other good reads out right now.

If you liked Hyperion and Endymion give his horror books a try. I 1st read Carrion Comfort about 8 years ago and it''s still a great read. The rest of his novels are just as good except for one i can think of offhand A Winter''s Haunting (sequel to Summer of Night) which i thought was complete trash.

Let''s see,

The 2001 series by Arthur C. Clarke, the guy who literrally defined space exploration for the past 40 years (60 if you count his invention of the communication satellite in the 1940s)

Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy, featuring a youthful, more down to Earth Jack Ryan.

Bush at War by Bob Woodward, which gives you more insight into the past couple of years at the White House then you''d thought you''d ever see only a year and a quarter after 9-11.

And the ever so-good Dune series, the Lord of the Rings of science fiction, with the possible exception of the Foundation trilogy.

I recommend John Varley - funny, excellent characterization, astonishingly original. A better, if not as prolific, Heinlein. Both his short stories and his novels are great. Start with ""Iron Beach"" or the ""Titan"" trilogy.

Or, for the more intellectually inclined, there''s Tolkien''s Tree and Leaf (non-fiction), which contains his wonderful treatise on why we need fantasy - ""On Fairy Stories."" Great stuff.

I was so saddened by COT. Winter''s Heart and Path of Daggers had seemed to get the plot moving in the right direction again, particularly WH. To see the wheels come off so completely in the latest Jordan is just a travesty. 60% of the book is descriptions of women''s clothing. I am not kidding. You could skip this and buy the next and would have absolutely no trouble just reading onward. <sigh> I agree with many here - the first 3 books were so tight, focused, and portrayed such an interesting world. I just don''t get how it all got lost so badly. Problem is you liked it so much to start it is hard to abandon it.

Notice: Robert Jordan''s latest WoT book is 600 pages of NOTHING.

You''ve been warned.

with the possible exception of the Foundation trilogy.

Awesome books. Love them. Even the ones outside the trilogy that he wrote are pretty good.

Recently I had time to kill at an airport so I picked up William Gibson''s Neuromancer. Awesome, awesome book. I can''t believe it was written when I was two. The environments are described beautifully, and mesh well with the story being told. Its also why I dont like Mona Lisa Overdrive as much as Neuromancer, its using the same world with a different story, so it didn''t seem to mesh as well. Anyways, back to Neuromancer, if you haven''t read it, you need to, as it pretty much establishes the cyberpunk genre. The characters are very thorougly explored, and each has thier moments. Even the main character is rather thorougly described, which is a feat in itself because he spends most of the story as a tagalong.

"Pyroman[FO" wrote:

""]Recently I had time to kill at an airport so I picked up William Gibson''s Neuromancer. Awesome, awesome book. I can''t believe it was written when I was two.

When you were two?

My god, I think I''m beginning to feel old.

Gibson''s later efforts have been good as well, although in a different way. His writing matured and had a little more to say overall, IMHO.

Just picked up the first Fire and Ice book by Martin. Seems pretty nifty thus far.

My god, I think I''m beginning to feel old.

Yeah, that was sorta the reason I said it, it made me feel like a little kid.


Have just finished Underworld by Don DeLillo. It''s a terrifyingly large book, but is enormously satisfying. I seriously recommend it, particularly if you''re after something mind expanding.