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post May 2 2013, 06:03 PM
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Dune. You want to read Dune. Except for the books by Brian Herbert. Those are bad.

Arthur C. Clarke's space odyssey series--of which 2001 is a part--is necessary to understand the movie fully, but Final Odyssey is not good, so don't bother.

Again I will reiterate: Foundation foundation foundation foundation foundation. The first three books are brilliant, the fourth is good, and I haven't yet read the other three, but the quality seems to be going down, since these are sequels and prequels separated from the genesis of the series by several decades. It's still Asimov, though, so it's still good.

You mentioned wanting to read fantasy but not being sure where to start; my recommendation: Dragonlance. There is much better fantasy out there, but Dragonlance is the most sincere introduction to the genre possible--I mean we're talking about a series in which all of the named characters were taken straight from the authors' D&D campaigns--and they're short, quality reads. If you finish the first three Dragonlance books and you're not sure you still want to read fantasy, go read Heinlein's Glory Road--like Dune, Glory Road experiences genre-bleed, so it's somewhere between sci fi and fantasy.

The problem with fantasy is that where every two-bit hack without a Y chromosome seems to write Harlequins, every two-bit hack with one goes to write fantasy, so if you can't find a Wikipedia page about the author of a book you're considering, don't read it. There's probably going to be dragonsex, and I assure you the writer doesn't know anything about either topic.



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post May 2 2013, 11:43 PM
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honestly not sure yet. gonna convert my family room into a library so I'll be doing a lot of reading but I'm unsure what exactly I'll start with.

first step's to get all my AZ books to VA, then we'll go from there.


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post May 3 2013, 02:33 AM
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For real though, right now I'm reading a couple of classics I never got around to reading as a kid, and also hoping to finally read The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith soon.
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post May 3 2013, 03:11 AM
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The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Let me know how hard a read it is. If it wouldn't be too much effort (non-AcDec time), I'd love to read it.


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post May 3 2013, 05:20 PM
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However, you can read it for free anyway because it's in the public domain.


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post May 3 2013, 05:39 PM
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I think I'll be reading:

The Divine Comedy (probably just Inferno)
World War Z
A book or two from A Song of Ice And Fire
Wicked
Les Miserable
Delusions of Gender
His Dark Materials
The Millenium Trilogy
the Beautiful Creatures series (even though I think the writing is a bit weak and the plot excessively drawn out)
and I'll probably reread The Sun Also Rises

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post May 3 2013, 09:20 PM
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QUOTE (Lackluster @ May 3 2013, 12:39 PM) *
I think I'll be reading:

The Divine Comedy (probably just Inferno)

World War Z
A book or two from A Song of Ice And Fire
Wicked
Les Miserable
Delusions of Gender
His Dark Materials
The Millenium Trilogy
the Beautiful Creatures series (even though I think the writing is a bit weak and the plot excessively drawn out)
and I'll probably reread The Sun Also Rises

Honestly the inferno is the only one you need to read. The purgatorio is ok but the paradiso is dead boring.


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post May 12 2013, 08:41 PM
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I made it through Matt Hults's Husk. (Pretty good and it did some different stuff with the generic, ancient evil that the genre pretty much beat to death in the '80s, so that's nice.) Now, I'm trying to decide between Dashiell Hammett and an anthology of sea creature horror.

I bought so much stuff that I didn't have time to read. Now I have time. Everything is fantastic.


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post May 13 2013, 07:16 PM
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the new dan brown book, so long as the new dan brown book is actually written by this guy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/1004945...-Dan-Brown.html


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post May 27 2013, 05:09 AM
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Does anybody else like Terry Pratchett's books? =)


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