Book Recommendations?

Quintin_Stone wrote:

For fans of Red Country:
Abercrombie's Some Desperado, "an exclusive reprint of a new story by Joe Abercrombie originally published in 'Dangerous Women'."

I think I will wait and just get Dangerous Women.

Rykin wrote:

FYI You can get the Kindle versions of all the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books for less than $20 combined right now.

$2.90 for some of them... good deal! I picked up Dance with Dragons, which was the only one I hadn't bought yet. I still haven't read past book 3 yet.

I paid $50 for the first 5 books.. that is beyond amazing if you ask me.

This is where I remember selling my 1st edition HC Game of Thrones for $8 at Powell's.

Sigh.

(In my defense, This was in 2000 or so. I bought it off the bargain rack at B&N for $4, so at the time I just needed cash and shelf space.)

That's nothing. In the mid-80's, there was a guy who literally stood on the corner near what was then the comic book shop in Amherst, Mass. He was from Northampton and trying to sell the last few copies of his first two or three issues of his new comic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He'd tried to place them in the store, but the owner was not interested. I wanted to grab them, but I didn't have any cash and my friend didn't want to loan me any.

Sigh.

Robear wrote:

That's nothing. In the mid-80's, there was a guy who literally stood on the corner near what was then the comic book shop in Amherst, Mass. He was from Northampton and trying to sell the last few copies of his first two or three issues of his new comic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He'd tried to place them in the store, but the owner was not interested. I wanted to grab them, but I didn't have any cash and my friend didn't want to loan me any.

Sigh.

Ouch dude... ouch.

Hey, how else do you get *good* stories in life?

What's the secret to life? Good judgement.

How do you get good judgement? Experience.

How do you get experience?

Spoiler:

Bad judgement.

Squee9 wrote:

What's the secret to life? Good judgement.

How do you get good judgement? Experience.

How do you get experience?

Spoiler:

Bad judgement.

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Welp, I'm going to be sitting on a plane for around six days (~140 hours) in the next month and a half. I enjoy genre stuff like Dresden and Alex Verus, trashy-but-good fantasy series, epic fantasy such as A Song of Ice and Fire or the Kingkiller trilogy, I've quite enjoyed the Vorkosigan Saga though I'm almost done with it, I like military science fiction such as Falkenburg's Legion and I'm going to have a lot of free time so chances are I'll at least download the first book in any series suggested.

So, as the title says, recommend me a book!

Peter F Hamilton's "Neutronium Alchemist", which starts a space opera series called "Night's Dawn". Sean McMullen, "Souls in the Great Machine", and it's follow-ons. Anything by Alastair Reynolds, really.

Robear wrote:

Peter F Hamilton's "Neutronium Alchemist", which starts a space opera series called "Night's Dawn". Sean McMullen, "Souls in the Great Machine", and it's follow-ons. Anything by Alastair Reynolds, really. :-)

That's the second book. The first is called The Reality Dysfunction.

Geez, you're right Dudley. Been a while, I guess...

bnd, perhaps the DragonRiders of Pern?

bnpederson wrote:

Welp, I'm going to be sitting on a plane for around six days (~140 hours) in the next month and a half. I enjoy genre stuff like Dresden and Alex Verus, trashy-but-good fantasy series, epic fantasy such as A Song of Ice and Fire or the Kingkiller trilogy, I've quite enjoyed the Vorkosigan Saga though I'm almost done with it, I like military science fiction such as Falkenburg's Legion and I'm going to have a lot of free time so chances are I'll at least download the first book in any series suggested.

So, as the title says, recommend me a book!

Have you read Joe Abercrombie's First Law hexalogy?

bnpederson wrote:

Welp, I'm going to be sitting on a plane for around six days (~140 hours) in the next month and a half. I enjoy genre stuff like Dresden and Alex Verus, trashy-but-good fantasy series, epic fantasy such as A Song of Ice and Fire or the Kingkiller trilogy, I've quite enjoyed the Vorkosigan Saga though I'm almost done with it, I like military science fiction such as Falkenburg's Legion and I'm going to have a lot of free time so chances are I'll at least download the first book in any series suggested.

So, as the title says, recommend me a book!

+1 to Abercrombie

More recommendations:
Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series
Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon
Charlie Stross's Laundry books

Yo bnd, here's a triple shot of one shots.

My new reccomend-at-all-times book is The Dragons of Babel by Swanwick. It's a fantastic fantasy one-shot with a little con artristy mixed in. Also contains the best euphamism for masturbation of all time.

For scifi one shots it is still Treason by Oh! Scott Card.

The most classic of one-shots has gotta be Watership Down. BigWig for life.

You know what? I think I'll throw "Pride and Prejudice" in there. Or maybe "The Mayor of Casterbridge", by Thomas Hardy. Both could be quite absorbing for a long flight.

And no one's mentioned Neal Stephenson yet. Oh, oh, and Anno Dracula by Kim Newman.

bnpederson wrote:

Welp, I'm going to be sitting on a plane for around six days (~140 hours) in the next month and a half. I enjoy genre stuff like Dresden and Alex Verus, trashy-but-good fantasy series, epic fantasy such as A Song of Ice and Fire or the Kingkiller trilogy, I've quite enjoyed the Vorkosigan Saga though I'm almost done with it, I like military science fiction such as Falkenburg's Legion and I'm going to have a lot of free time so chances are I'll at least download the first book in any series suggested.

So, as the title says, recommend me a book!

Try David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Start with "On Basilisk Station". More than enough stuff to keep you occupied. Be warned it can be heavy on the infodumps.

BreechLoad wrote:
bnpederson wrote:

Welp, I'm going to be sitting on a plane for around six days (~140 hours) in the next month and a half. I enjoy genre stuff like Dresden and Alex Verus, trashy-but-good fantasy series, epic fantasy such as A Song of Ice and Fire or the Kingkiller trilogy, I've quite enjoyed the Vorkosigan Saga though I'm almost done with it, I like military science fiction such as Falkenburg's Legion and I'm going to have a lot of free time so chances are I'll at least download the first book in any series suggested.

So, as the title says, recommend me a book!

Try David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Start with "On Basilisk Station". More than enough stuff to keep you occupied. Be warned it can be heavy on the infodumps.

I agree, although some have complained about the series. I through in Bujold's Vorkosigan books. And I've recently been reading The Lost Fleet series after seeing it mentioned here as an alternative to the Honorverse books.

Also throw Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War books in the mix. And Tanya Huff's Confederation Series for military noncom officer fun (also a female protagonist).

Alrighty, I went and bought The Reality Dysfunction, Dragonflight (The Dragonriders of Pern), The Dragons of Babel, Trading in Danger, and Throne of the Crescent Moon.

I have read and enjoyed all of Joe Abercrombie's book set in the First Law universe as well as the Honor Harrington series (though I think I stopped after about six books in), the Lost Fleet series, and the Gentlemen Bastards series (excepting the newest one).

Thanks, those and the other recommendations will probably keep me busy for a few cross-country flights.

Breechload wrote:

Try David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Start with "On Basilisk Station". More than enough stuff to keep you occupied. Be warned it can be heavy on the infodumps.

When the politics in the series devolves into Tea Partiers In Space, just stop reading. In spite of your hopes, it won't get better.

The Dragons of Babel! Another convert incoming! Let me know what you think.

Robear wrote:
Breechload wrote:

Try David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Start with "On Basilisk Station". More than enough stuff to keep you occupied. Be warned it can be heavy on the infodumps.

When the politics in the series devolves into Tea Partiers In Space, just stop reading. In spite of your hopes, it won't get better.

Absolutely. I kept with those books for far longer than I should have.

What is it with Science Fiction writers tending to be hard right and letting that slip into their work, to its detriment?

I am actually not talking about Orson Scott Card, who is more famously known for that recently, but John Ringo and his "Troy Rising" books. They had a lot of good things in them, but I never recommended them here because I found a lot of the main character/author's bleed over opinions to be really upsetting. As an example most characters are basically like "Man, it actually worked out really well for us how the aliens mostly stuck to destroying huge cities. It's mostly lefties that live in cities, and now that millions and millions of them are dead we can totally do all this war stuff without getting held back!"

Lewis Carroll's Tea Partiers in Space, as read by Miss Piggy. Free today on Audible.

I'd have said that most SF types are liberals; I guess it's maybe tilted towards the action genres and military SF for the conservatives? Heinlein, Pournelle, a bunch of those guys were on the Right, but I can think of many more who were liberals.

Yonder wrote:

I am actually not talking about Orson Scott Card, who is more famously known for that recently, but John Ringo and his "Troy Rising" books. They had a lot of good things in them, but I never recommended them here because I found a lot of the main character/author's bleed over opinions to be really upsetting. As an example most characters are basically like "Man, it actually worked out really well for us how the aliens mostly stuck to destroying huge cities. It's mostly lefties that live in cities, and now that millions and millions of them are dead we can totally do all this war stuff without getting held back!"

The reverse is true, too. Lots of authors of both directions assume their thinking is correct, and project it into their fiction.

You probably see the right leaning stuff more readily if you're more liberal, and the reverse. Personal bias to assume your thinking is normal and these people that project different visions are nutjobs.

I'm pretty sure I've never read a book that slipped a "The Aliens killed a third of the country's population, but they were all registered Republicans, so the nation is stronger than ever!" by me.

Yonder wrote:

I'm pretty sure I've never read a book that slipped a "The Aliens killed a third of the country's population, but they were all registered Republicans, so the nation is stronger than ever!" by me.

No, but you've read a lot of "Business has killed the world, so we're in a distopian future", though.

This probably isn't the place, but I see a lot of complaints in this threads about this, and I see books that go both ways pretty strongly. A lot of both sci-fi and fantasy books have some political opinions underneath, but this thread only seems to point out the conservative authors.

Eh.. I get that some folks have a really strong dislike of certain authors based on socio-policitco-economical viewpoints, but would it be possible for folks to check that at the door? I personally could give two reps about what the author cares about, so long as the book's even halfway decent(evidenced strongly by the fact that I've read/re-read the entirety of sword of truth).

I'm not saying everyone should be like that, but the "I hate x author because x politics" gets kinda tiresome for anyone who really doesn't care, and there is a forum for all that. :/