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Posted 27 March 2011 - 08:04 PM

just ordered a game of thrones 4 book bundle for $23. hope it's as good as yaw say it is. also got day by day armageddon (1 and 2), the infection and patient zero. i've been hooked on zombie novels since WWZ. I also want to pick up EX-Heroes seems like a cool book.


The series is coming out on HBO in less than a month. So if you have trouble getting into that first book (the first 1/3rd is boring as poo) then maybe the series will help jump start your interests.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 01:15 PM

Old Mans War - John Scalzi

Hugo Nominated in 2006 for Best Novel.

Reads like an old school Heinlein as it follows a recruit in the CDF (Colonial Defense Force) from his enlistment through the ranks to Captain, think Starship Troopers or The Forever War. Dont get me wrong, this guy isn't Haldeman or Heinlein but he is a solid story teller. This is his debut novel and the first in a loose series.

At < 350 pages its a good weekend read.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 07:31 PM

I've heard good things about Old Man's War.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:03 AM

Perdido Street Station from China Mieville
http://www.amazon.co...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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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:35 AM

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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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:43 AM

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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Posted 29 April 2011 - 10:26 AM

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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Posted 29 April 2011 - 10:38 AM

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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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:29 AM

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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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:48 AM

message 6: by Tacuazin (new)
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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.