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Looking for some new Sci/Fi or Fantasy novels.

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Perdido Street Station from China Mieville

http://www.amazon.com/Perdido-Street-Station-China-Mieville/dp/0345459407/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_2

I started reading this somewhat against my will. A good friend recommended it and it was one of those 'well Ill give it a try for my buddy' books. Im about 100 pages short of finishing and it almost doesn't matter how it ends, Id still highly recommend it.

Between the steam powered analog computers, flintlock firearms and just enough magic to make it all work Mieville has managed to create a truly alien city/world of remarkable depth and grit. The characters span an amazing array of races without ever feeling like they are the typically disposable alien life forms of so many SciFi authors. While Im not a big fan of fantasy pretending to be SciFi or of steampunk in general this book somehow manages to defy the limitations of any of those sub-genres while embracing the flavor of all of them.

This is one of those few novels for which the word epic it truly appropriate.

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Just finished Temeraire.

Not usually my type of book: a "Horatio Hornblower" or "Master and Commander" naval serial style novel about the Napoleonic Wars with one slight historical adaptation... Dragons.

Not usually into Dragon books, this one was pretty damn good. Vivid, tactically interesting, very detailed and quick reading. Not gonna change your life but great for a long plane ride or vacation.

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I've really got to read some of this stuff you guys have suggested... I had gotten out of reading during TV season... time to get back into it... Good stuff

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I too bought all the books in "A Song of Fire and Ice" after watching the first couple episodes on HBO. I think being able to picture the characters from the show as I read the first book helps me visualize it and get even more into it.

I'm not a big reader in the first place, so me already being into A Game of Thrones over 200 pages says a lot. I'm going to stay a little bit ahead of the series just so I know what is coming (besides Winter... haha!). I already have some things I am expecting based on the foreshadowing symbolism used.

Martin reminds me a lot of Tolkien, but he just may even be better.

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The first 300 pages of A Game of Thrones are boring as fug and dry as hell to boot. I almost didn't make it through them. You don't really give a poo about anyone, and nothing really happens.

Once poo kicks into gear though, Martin really separates himself from all other authors in any genre.

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just ordered the hunger games trilogy. has anybody read this or know if its any good. or any suggestion of books that are as good as game of thrones?

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message 6: by Tacuazin (new)

Feb 01, 2011 12:57am

Tacuazin | 12 comments Books like GRRM's saga? That, my friend, is the question we all want answered.

Some time ago, I gathered some recommendations from other groups. I've read some, but not all, so I cannot give my opinion about the entire list.

* Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy and Tawny Man trilogy. I am in the middle of the Farseer one, and so far I like it. It is no SoIaF, but it's not bad either.

* Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. This one I've read, and I loved every bit of it.

* R.Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing trilogy. It is in my to-read list.

* Steven Erikson's Malazan books. I've been struggling with the first book, and so far I've been defeated. But many others love it, so I personally will give the guy another chance. Sometime in the future.

* Wheel of time has been mentioned before. I have no idea because I've not read even 1 page of it.

* Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince. No idea either.

* Lord of the Isles by David Drake.

Never read any of them so I really don't know, but that was gleamed from a forum that had a thread asking if anything was as good as aSoIaF, and sadly the resounding answer was no.

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the problem with finding something like asoiaf is that everything else is predictable and shallow in comparison

i quit reading fiction entirely after asoiaf

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before asoiaf i've been reading alot of zombie novels. i like the whole post apocalyptic scenario and i read the first three dexter books. i still need to read fear and loathing also.

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The Walking Dead comic series is very good after the first 20 or so issues. It comes as close to what Martin does in a zombie comic form as anything could I think of.

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