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Res_Ipsa 01-13-2015 09:17 PM

Wired's Best of 2014 List
 
http://www.wired.com/2015/01/best-of-best-of-books/

Whenever I make money, I usually spend a good amount of it on books that look interesting or have been recommended to me. I do not think I will ever finish every book that I buy.

Isabel 01-14-2015 05:05 AM

So do you read a lot of non sci fi / fantasy?

Res_Ipsa 01-14-2015 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Isabel (Post 225667)
So do you read a lot of non sci fi / fantasy?

I do, I primarily read history and political science. I just finished Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy. I started it ages ago, but finally finished it. In terms of political science, I recently finished retired Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Wintersheimer's book about the cases he authored on the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Isabel 01-14-2015 05:53 PM

Ah:) sounds good.
Altough weirdly enough i dont read many history books or political science books. Dont know why.

Sarevok 01-16-2015 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Isabel (Post 225679)
Altough weirdly enough i dont read many history books or political science books. Dont know why.

Because there's too much fantasy to get through first to bother with anything else? :D

Res_Ipsa 01-16-2015 09:46 PM

I could use some more fantasy reading, the problem is that RJ and GRRM and JR Rowling have ruined me.

Any good recommendations for a worthy series?

Isabel 01-17-2015 01:14 AM

There are so many good series, although it really depends on what you like:D

So what do you want to read:)

Weird Harold 01-17-2015 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Res_Ipsa (Post 225698)
I could use some more fantasy reading, the problem is that RJ and GRRM and JR Rowling have ruined me.

Any good recommendations for a worthy series?

I just started a re-read of the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain. It's not terrible deep or complicated, but it is well written.

Isabel 01-17-2015 12:30 PM

Hmm, i would advise other series to read ;)

- Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. He is an amazing writer. Every book in the series has a slightly different style, should be read in non chronological order and are short fun to read books.

- the multiple series books written by Robin Hobb. These are more dramatic and harder to read, but i think it's well written and + there are many huge books.

- Engineer trilogy by K.J. Parker

- C.S. Friedman

Res_Ipsa 01-17-2015 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Isabel (Post 225700)
There are so many good series, although it really depends on what you like:D

So what do you want to read:)

I like high fantasy, but I guess I should explain what I mean by that by explaining what I do not like.

I like sweeping epics with interesting characters and a central good/evil theme. I admit, I like BS, but I find his need to find evil as something less than evil a bad thing.

I like an inordinate amount of detail. What others did not like in RJ or Tolkien, I enjoy or at least it does not bother me.

I do not like an overly simplified plot resolution, either deus ex machina or too easy. For example, I enjoyed Raymond Feist's Riftwar saga, but quickly lost interest after book three because they all seemed to have the sitcom ending where everyone ends up laughing after 30mins.

I do not like rehashing stories, like Shanara. I read the first few and they all seemed like a rehash after the first.

Based on that, any recommendations?

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Originally Posted by Isabel (Post 225718)
Hmm, i would advise other series to read ;)

- Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. He is an amazing writer. Every book in the series has a slightly different style, should be read in non chronological order and are short fun to read books.

- the multiple series books written by Robin Hobb. These are more dramatic and harder to read, but i think it's well written and + there are many huge books.

- Engineer trilogy by K.J. Parker

- C.S. Friedman

Adding them to my list, ty.

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Originally Posted by Weird Harold (Post 225709)
I just started a re-read of the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain. It's not terrible deep or complicated, but it is well written.

Ok, got it, ty. Simple can be enjoyable. Perhaps even a strength when you consider the downfall of many series is their ambitions were lofty and the quality could not be maintained for long.

yks 6nnetu hing 01-19-2015 04:08 AM

I'd second the recommendation of Robin Hobb, she is amazing! I think you'd like the level of detail and balance of good and evil.

Based on your wish for evil to be evil, I think you wouldn't like Eriksson. However, that makes me think of another military Fantasy series, which I think you'd like, "The Thousand Names" by Django Wexler. It's a sort of historical fantasy, reminiscent of the Napoleonic campaigns, but then with a big looming evil. It's a page-turner with lots of interesting details.

Speaking of Napoleonic military books, there's a chance you might like Bernard Cornwell's stuff, particularly the Sharpe books, though the Beginning of Britain stories are fun too. they aren't Fantasy, but rather extremely meticulously researched Historical military fiction. The best battle (strategic) descriptions ever. Perhaps worth noting is that Bernard Cornwell was consulted for the WoT Last Battle ;) On the down side though, the plots of the books can get a little repetitive, but then that's a bit... unavoidable because he picks big battles/military campaigns from history and then structures his books around that.

Res_Ipsa 01-19-2015 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by yks 6nnetu hing (Post 225762)
I'd second the recommendation of Robin Hobb, she is amazing! I think you'd like the level of detail and balance of good and evil.

Based on your wish for evil to be evil, I think you wouldn't like Eriksson. However, that makes me think of another military Fantasy series, which I think you'd like, "The Thousand Names" by Django Wexler. It's a sort of historical fantasy, reminiscent of the Napoleonic campaigns, but then with a big looming evil. It's a page-turner with lots of interesting details.

Speaking of Napoleonic military books, there's a chance you might like Bernard Cornwell's stuff, particularly the Sharpe books, though the Beginning of Britain stories are fun too. they aren't Fantasy, but rather extremely meticulously researched Historical military fiction. The best battle (strategic) descriptions ever. Perhaps worth noting is that Bernard Cornwell was consulted for the WoT Last Battle ;) On the down side though, the plots of the books can get a little repetitive, but then that's a bit... unavoidable because he picks big battles/military campaigns from history and then structures his books around that.

Ok, added. Thank you. More to look for at Half-Price Books. Tbh, I have never read any military fiction, I will look into those. I went ahead and picked up "The Thousand Names" from Amazon, can't beat a hardcover for a buck.

Davian93 01-26-2015 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Res_Ipsa (Post 225664)
http://www.wired.com/2015/01/best-of-best-of-books/

Whenever I make money, I usually spend a good amount of it on books that look interesting or have been recommended to me. I do not think I will ever finish every book that I buy.

Yup...that's the joy of buying them. I probably have 30-40 books that I haven't read yet. That doesn't stop me from buying more though.

Though I need to buy at least 2-3 new large bookcases to hold them all.:(

Davian93 01-26-2015 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Res_Ipsa (Post 225777)
Ok, added. Thank you. More to look for at Half-Price Books. Tbh, I have never read any military fiction, I will look into those. I went ahead and picked up "The Thousand Names" from Amazon, can't beat a hardcover for a buck.

I feel awful saying this but Harry Turtledove is a guilty pleasure of mine. The books (his alternate American history series) aren't that great but they are a fun read...especially if you love Civil War history.

If you want any suggestions on history books, I'd imagine yks, Khoram and me would be happy to help. Uno too most likely.

Uno 02-06-2015 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Res_Ipsa (Post 225698)
I could use some more fantasy reading, the problem is that RJ and GRRM and JR Rowling have ruined me.

Any good recommendations for a worthy series?

I thought Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards series was rather good. Not like high literature or anything, but an amusing enough read. As these things tend to go with me, I picked up the first volume at an airport.

Uno 02-06-2015 12:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Davian93 (Post 225956)
I feel awful saying this but Harry Turtledove is a guilty pleasure of mine. The books (his alternate American history series) aren't that great but they are a fun read...especially if you love Civil War history.

If you want any suggestions on history books, I'd imagine yks, Khoram and me would be happy to help. Uno too most likely.

Meh, sometimes you read just for amusement rather than edification. I read Paul Hoffman's Left Hand of God series over the holidays. It's not going to be a classic ever, I think, but it was entertaining, and that was what I was looking for.

Davian93 02-06-2015 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Uno (Post 226246)
Meh, sometimes you read just for amusement rather than edification. I read Paul Hoffman's Left Hand of God series over the holidays. It's not going to be a classic ever, I think, but it was entertaining, and that was what I was looking for.

Definitely...I like to refer to them as "great airport books" for obvious reasons. I believe other people would probably call them "summer beach reads" and what not.

Uno 02-06-2015 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Davian93 (Post 226302)
Definitely...I like to refer to them as "great airport books" for obvious reasons. I believe other people would probably call them "summer beach reads" and what not.

There's an entire genre of books that is only published for sale at airports, I strongly suspect.

Davian93 02-06-2015 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Uno (Post 226313)
There's an entire genre of books that is only published for sale at airports, I strongly suspect.

James Patterson's next book (well the next book one of his ghost-writers does at least). I wonder if he even submits the story outlines that he used to at least give when doing that setup. Same with Tom Clancy towards the end or any number of other "popular" authors sadly.

Uno 02-06-2015 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Davian93 (Post 226329)
James Patterson's next book (well the next book one of his ghost-writers does at least). I wonder if he even submits the story outlines that he used to at least give when doing that setup. Same with Tom Clancy towards the end or any number of other "popular" authors sadly.

Yeah, Patterson comes to mind. And Thomas Clancy. Those books only exist in airports. Possibly they spontaneously generate there.


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