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Halbert
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I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's dbal is my new favorite My last favorite was the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

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Right now I'm reading the third book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely loved the first 2 and this is growing to be one of my favorite series of all time. I'm going to continue reading Sanderson books after this, apparently they're all connected.

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Posted : February 4, 2018 1:04 am
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Right now I'm reading the third book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely loved the first 2 and this is growing to be one of my favorite series of all time. I'm going to continue reading Sanderson books after this, apparently they're all connected.

I like that series too but I goofed it. Without realizing it I started book four which starts a different time frame. A fantastic world and great characters. I like the story better than "The Way of Kings" even though that one is very well done.

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Posted : February 11, 2018 6:12 am
Morgan
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I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's my new favorite. My last favorite was the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver.

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Posted : March 2, 2018 6:40 am
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That reminds me, Zer0es by Chuck Wendig is really good if you're into modern speculative fiction (and care about technological accuracy in your hacker-culture fiction).

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Posted : March 2, 2018 6:45 am
Morgan
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That reminds me, Zer0es by Chuck Wendig is really good if you're into modern speculative fiction (and care about technological accuracy in your hacker-culture fiction).

And THAT reminds me of another favorite -- BZRK by Michael Grant.

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Posted : March 2, 2018 8:29 am
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Right now I'm reading the third book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely loved the first 2 and this is growing to be one of my favorite series of all time. I'm going to continue reading Sanderson books after this, apparently they're all connected.

OMG I'm addicted to Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn series was awesome. I also recommend his Reckoner series which is quite entertaining. wotf001

Oh -- and Morgan -- totally agree on Ready Player One. I hope the new movie doesn't chop it up too much. At least Speilberg is directing, so there's hope. wotf011

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Posted : March 19, 2018 10:33 am
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I too am reading the mistborn sort of. Without realizing it I started with book four the new series. Haven't gotten to the fist thee yet,

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Posted : May 23, 2018 3:19 pm
BLAlley
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I recently discovered two gems by Robert L Forward, Dragon's Egg and Starquake. As a lifelong SciFi fan I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't read them sooner.

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Posted : June 4, 2018 11:58 am
Mike Resnick
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Northwest of Earth, by C. L. Moore
Dimension of Miracles, by Robert Sheckley
Galaxies, by Barry N. Malzberg
City, by Clifford D, Simak
The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon

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Posted : October 17, 2018 2:01 pm
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Northwest of Earth, by C. L. Moore
Dimension of Miracles, by Robert Sheckley
Galaxies, by Barry N. Malzberg
City, by Clifford D, Simak
The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon

thanks for this! added to the queue

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Posted : October 18, 2018 12:50 pm
johnprater
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I'm a big fan of The Lord of The Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. Also, Solaris by Stanislaw Lem is a great book. Very intriguing and I was enjoying every part. However, I started to read more non-fiction books. You can learn different things and facts from them, and I think they are very useful.

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Posted : January 23, 2019 6:55 pm
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The last SciFi book I read was Artemis by Andy Weir. It's more of a thriller and it's not as drawn out as The Martian. Like The Martian, it does take creative liberties with science. But it was a real page turner and I couldn't put it down.

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Posted : September 3, 2019 4:18 pm
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I'm not sure I could list them all! Older Sci-Fi/Fantasy favorites are Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and anything by Tolkien. Newer favorites though are The Mapmaker Trilogy by S.E. Grove, Caraval trilogy by Stephanie Garber, Timeless Fairy Tales series by K.M. Shea, most of Jasper Fforde's books, Time Traveler's Never Die by Jack McDevitt, Legend of the Guardian-King series by Karen Hancock, Rock by Sharon Cameron, and The Classical Kingdoms series by Brittany Fichter.

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Posted : October 2, 2019 6:41 am
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To many to list, but anything by Robert E. Howard, Douglas Adams, Lovecraft, Eddings, Jordan, Weiss, Heinlin, Taylor Anderson, John Ringo, Eric Flint... the list just keeps going on and on.

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Posted : August 29, 2020 10:17 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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Some favs.

Yeah, Brandon's Mistborn series is fantastic. I've only read the first two, yet to devour the third.

I held off reading David Eddings for years (mostly I think because it was 'old'). The Belgariad is awesome, though. Big fan of the world and diverse characters.

Another winner is Raymond E. Feist. His 'Magician' trilogy (at least it started as a trilogy Smile ) has some really cool takes on magic and fight scenes in general. Compelling, easy read. Love the scope.

I'm also a massive Star Wars fan. Short of the Thrawn trilogy (also the new Thrawn: Alliances stuff) by Timothy Zahn, Darth Plagueis by James Luceno was a cool perspective to read. Plus SW books by Claudia Gray, John Jackson Miller, Karen Traviss... And of course, the Jedi Apprentice young-readers series, the first of which was written by Dave Wolverton (David Farland). I read that series over and over. Loved it.  

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Posted : June 8, 2021 11:27 pm
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I loved Mistborn, and think it has one of the best shapes to a trilogy that I've ever invested my time in (by which I mean, the whole story feels naturally complete as a trilogy, rather than feeling like three books that just happen to have been written one after another, if you follow me). Another one that meets that specific criteria for me is the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, another series of three that feels like it naturally belongs together, and where the whole exceeds the sum of its parts.

I also very much enjoyed the Engineer Trilogy by K.J. Parker.

I suspect, eventually, I might be able to say the same about the Alvin Maker series--if Orson Scott Card ever damn well finishes it, anyway--and likewise for the KingKiller series, which is still pending its final book. I hold out hope for these books with the same dwindling optimism that some others hold for The Winds of Winter (which I also hope to read, eventually). As a rule, I try not to read series if they aren't complete, and all three of these are reminders to me of why that was a good idea.

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Posted : June 8, 2021 11:51 pm
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Posted : June 9, 2021 9:35 am
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When it comes to Science-fiction I like so many writers it's always hard to name a favorite, but I really enjoy Robert A. Heinlein's 'Citizen of the galaxy', Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451', Isaac Assimov's 'I, robot' (I haven't read all short stories, just one collection of them), and Richard Mathewson's 'I Am legend' to name a few. 

At the moment, I'm reading 'A handmaid's tale' by Margaret Atwood, which I'm also enjoying a lot. Additionally, I'm in the middle of reading the 'Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy trilogy' by Douglas Adams, which is very funny. 

For both Fantasy and Science fiction I really enjoy any book by Brandon Sanderson.

For just Fantasy some of my favorite writers are: Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, and Terry Pratchett. 

Currently I'm not actively reading a specific book for Fantasy, but I do have some nice books lined up on my bookshelf, which I haven't started yet. (The summer holidays are finally coming up, so those will probably all be finished then)

The latest Fantasy book I finished a few days ago was 'The witch king' by H.E. Edgmon. I enjoyed it a lot! Especially the world building. The last few sentences of the book are very funny, and make me look forward to the rest of the series. 

 

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Posted : June 9, 2021 10:23 am
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I could name cliché'd favorite authors such as Tolkien or Bradbury, but—and although I like them a lot, I'll try to name some underrated work that need more love.

Gary Whitta's Abomination is a dark fantasy masterclass. It features lovecraftian monsters in a vinking-decimated Europe. The descriptions are great.

Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX has one of the most comical (and best) premises I've ever seen. A witch haunts a US town that used to be New Netherland. She's hundreds years old and just won't die, no matter the method the villagers try. So, if she won't die, what do they do nowadays? What everyone would do: create a smarthone app to keep track of her! But things escalate quickly, and the climax is terrifying!

I also like Derrick Boden's cyberpunk short-stories a lot. 

 

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Posted : July 4, 2021 5:58 pm
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I just finished Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy (book 3). A very cool take on allomancy and feruchemy. Such easy to read, enjoyable characters. I got up to the last 20-30 odd pages of book 3 and it still didn't really look like ending. Then it ended swiftly, with a nice twist. I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Pretty sure I have 'The Way of Kings' on my shelf, although there are a couple of other books I've been hanging to read first.

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Posted : September 19, 2021 5:55 am
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I read an article about KJ Anderson being a fan of Terry Goodkind so I read one of his books, and another, and.......

Very good writing. I sure wish I'd met him before he left.

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