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    Lightbulb Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Discussion/Appreciation Anyone..??

    Hey..!!

    I love reading and was looking for a thread to talk about it, as I dind't find one (sorry if I'm in the wrong place or there is one already, I'm kinda new...) I decided to create one.

    So... what good Sci-Fi/Fantasy books have you read..??

    Personally, I love Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles and Farenheit 451

    What about you..?? Anyone interested..??

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    I read more than anyone I know. All sci-fi fanasty books. So I like your thread. My quote says it all. Have you read the Pern series? I love the dragons in it.
    Have you read the Wheel of time series?
    I will stop there, cause boy did you every open a can of worms with me!
    I liked Farenheit 451 as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake View Post
    Have you read the Pern series? I love the dragons in it.
    Have you read the Wheel of time series?
    Can't say I did... are they good??

    One of the reasons I started this was to find some good books to read..!!

    What about Out The Silent Planet??

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    ive just read American Gods, if you havent read it, read it.
    it's bloody brilliant, it combines a load of genres but i'd say overall fantasy kind of fits it...... kind of.

    Also the City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke is a favourite of mine, it has such an amazingly realised future society thats utopian and dystopian at the same time, but seems plausible somehow even though its set millions of years in the future, speaking of millions of years in the future...

    i'm also a big fan of Red Dwarf and ive got to say i prefer the story in the books to the tv series, because their not under pressure to get a laugh every minute the writers can properly explore the story and the characters are subtely different to their tv counterparts, such as Lister going into stasis on purpose and not being quite as dumb as he is portrayed on tv, and rimmer is even more of a git than in the show if thats possible.
    The characters are just so much more rounded, they even delve deeper into holly's computer senility and seeing rimmer's hatred for himself slowly build and build in the me2 section of Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers makes you almost feel sorry for him, and the cat society, argh... too much to go into, i highly recommend those books if you like the show and out of the books written by Grant Naylor seperately go for Rob Grants Backwards, the Last Human by Doug Naylor is a bit too much star trek not enough Red Dwarf for my tastes but still good if only for the alternate psycho Lister, but Backwards is simply brilliant and continues from Better Than Life, the second book in the series.

    1984, i cant really say enough great things about this book, a classic, ive read it about seven times.
    The Time Machine, another classic, but not to every ones tastes its a bit distant in its narrative and hasnt got that much if any character development especially considering we never find out the main characters name or anything about him other than that he has a time machine!

    oh and Kafka on the Shore, really, really, really weird but such a good story, gloriously surreal.

    too much to write, i'll leave it at that.
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    I gotta second the recommendation for Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. I grew up reading those, and really loved them!

    Another good fantasy is Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. The fantasy world itself is wonderful, but his story has meaning behind it (it's very much a commentary on organized religion). The movie version of the first book ("The Golden Compass" here in the US, or "Northern Lights" across the ponds) comes out this December, so that'd be a neat one to read before seeing the film.

    Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" is another good one. Very engrossing, and written in a way that's easy for anyone to read.
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    I honestly dont read alot (and I realy do mean that but...)

    *points to Sig*

    I am a fan of the Gaunts Ghosts series and a few others WH40K series but thats about all...

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    Personally, I love Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles
    Never read the book, but we had to watch the 'laser disc' in school and I hated every minute of it, though maybe part of that hate is because our english teacher made us look for insanely unimportant details that would be on the test over the movie...like what color is a certain object in the background in the diner scene, only he didn't tell us what to look for before hand. Hated that teacher.
    By the way, there's a new scifi series coming out in may called Star Rogue that you might want to check out.

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    HEAPS!!!!!

    Raymond Feist - THE king OMG i wish they would turn ALL his books into movies...
    David Eddings (and Leigh)
    Janny Wurts
    Anne McCaffrey
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfkirsten View Post
    Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" is another good one. Very engrossing, and written in a way that's easy for anyone to read.
    I confess, I haven't read a lot of scifi/fantasy, but I'm a big fan of Ender's Game. (That was a book that got passed along through a bunch of friends in college.) I have read the entire Ender's series, but you can read just the first book.

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    Star wars books, there easy to follow, and tend to have good plots and exciting twists, plus all our fav characters from the movies and exciting new ones, try the X wing series, they are V funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom Limb View Post
    ive just read American Gods, if you havent read it, read it.
    it's bloody brilliant, it combines a load of genres but i'd say overall fantasy kind of fits it...... kind of.
    Ooh, this might be my favourite book ever. Absolutely genius, and I've just borrowed it again to read for the second time. Basically anything written by Neil Gaiman is gaurenteed to be a good read- I'm currently reading Sandman Volume Eight: World's End.

    There is a sort-of sequel to American gods (though I'd tend to prefer the term "Companion") called Anansi Boys, which is a quite a bit lighter and very funny.

    Ender's Game is definitely another Sci-fi must-read.

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    Good books guys!
    I'll add a few of mine.
    R.A.Salvatore- The demon awakens(series)
    Elizabeth Hadon-Rhapsody(series)
    David Addings-The Belgariad series, the Malloreon series
    Terry Pratchett- the Disc world novels (very funny)
    The Starwars series(especially the bounty hunters)
    And many more!
    I love books


    Good selections everyone!
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    Ender's Game is awesome, as are the Star Wars novels.

    I'm a huge fan of Isaac Asimov. Nightfall is one of my favorites, and the Foundation series is, IMO, a must-read (or more accurately, seven or eight must-reads) for every sci-fi fan.

    Arthur C. Clarke is another favorite of mine, especially the four Rama books and The Gods Themselves.

    Somebody mentioned H.G. Wells' The Time Machine––I love that book! In its defense, character development wasn't the point (which may partly be why the Time Traveller never gets a name); rather, the extrapolation from the society of the time to the distant future and what we are turning ourselves into. The really terrifying part about it, I think, is that we're still on that same path.

    The same author's The Invisible Man is a great book, as are Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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    Oooh, also "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Two amazing authors smooshed into one book makes for a fanatstic book!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfkirsten View Post
    Oooh, also "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Two amazing authors smooshed into one book makes for a fanatstic book!
    Hey good call, I just read that again two weeks ago. How did you know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aer'ki View Post
    Never read the book, but we had to watch the 'laser disc' in school and I hated every minute of it, though maybe part of that hate is because our english teacher made us look for insanely unimportant details that would be on the test over the movie...like what color is a certain object in the background in the diner scene, only he didn't tell us what to look for before hand. Hated that teacher.

    Never saw the movie, but I bet that if had seen it at school I'd hate it too...

    It's a series of short stories concerning Mars conquest and the martians trying to avoid it, not with much success... but the ends they got to do it are, well, kind of creepy but very amusing... Bradbury is a Sci-Fi genious..!! (in my opinion)

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    Two of my favorites are "Starpilot's Grave" and "By Honor Betray'd" by Debra Doyle and James MacDonald. They're the two best books in their Mageworlds series, which bears some similarity to the Star Wars universe.

    The two books were the actually the second and third of the original Mageworlds trilogy, but the first book ("The Price of the Stars") should be skipped. --Entirely, in my opinion.

    If the reader finds the technical stuff tough going, skimming will still net a good story.

    Addendum: These books aren't aimed at kids. While there's little detailed violence, it tends to be frank. And getting to know a character does not mean that character can't die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeKay Sheppard View Post
    I'm a huge fan of Isaac Asimov. Nightfall is one of my favorites,
    I was hoping someone would mention that one. However, I've never been able to stick with the middle third. The other two parts are fine, though.

    I've never been able to get into Foundation either, but I like his four robot books "The Caves of Steel", "The Naked Sun", "The Robots of Dawn", and "Robots and Empire". The first two are early work, and the last two much later. The first and fourth have really stuck with me.
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    I have only really just started reading Si fi books, but i have read a lot of fantasy. i am reading the Stargate SG-1 series at the moment, which is acctually really good. i have also read some of the Star wars books. But as far as fantasy goes in will read anything by Tolkien. absolutly love the work of middle earth. also i know it sad but i am a huge Harry potter fan. J K Rowling is a genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen Isis View Post
    I have only really just started reading Si fi books, but i have read a lot of fantasy. i am reading the Stargate SG-1 series at the moment, which is acctually really good. i have also read some of the Star wars books. But as far as fantasy goes in will read anything by Tolkien. absolutly love the work of middle earth. also i know it sad but i am a huge Harry potter fan. J K Rowling is a genius.
    How is that sad? one of my best friends knitted a scarf to match Griffindor so she can wear it to the movies. I loved the books!
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