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#41 User is offline   Kulon 

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 07:19 PM

View PostPapa Goob, on Dec 31 2009, 05:57 PM, said:

Yep, three.


So, twelve more?
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 08:35 PM

Yeah, probably. ;)
"I don't mind telling you I have no idea what any of the words in that last sentence meant. This is the problem with the youth of today: too much time inventing nonsense words, not enough time taking a bullet in the lung defending a hill. I don't have to know what the hell twitters and texting and body sprays are to understand that they're not the sort of thing men should be engaged in. Like conversations, or painting things that aren't a house.

The following is a short list of things men should be engaged in, at all times:

1. Getting a haircut
2. Yelling
3. Digesting ribs
4. Hill defense

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:24 AM

Neal Stephenson's
Snow Crash
Cryptonomicon
Lv 18 Barbarian - Von Dolin Van Dellin (Deceased)
Lv 5 Rogue Scholar - M. Tresor (Retired)
Lv 21 Elven Alchemist - Alfarin (Retired)
Lv 14 Mad Alchemist - Eugene Copperpot (Lost all his Money)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 03:22 PM

Okay, chapter 34 of this book is probably the funniest thing I've ever read. I think this guy is doing a fine job of rescuing Jordan's catastrophe.
"I don't mind telling you I have no idea what any of the words in that last sentence meant. This is the problem with the youth of today: too much time inventing nonsense words, not enough time taking a bullet in the lung defending a hill. I don't have to know what the hell twitters and texting and body sprays are to understand that they're not the sort of thing men should be engaged in. Like conversations, or painting things that aren't a house.

The following is a short list of things men should be engaged in, at all times:

1. Getting a haircut
2. Yelling
3. Digesting ribs
4. Hill defense

At any rate, enjoy your pretty portraits, Fried Green Tomatoes. Don't cry all over 'em when you're painting pictures of poems tonight, or you might electrocute yourselves." -- TF Soldier.
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 11:54 PM

Finished it, it's totally worth it.
"I don't mind telling you I have no idea what any of the words in that last sentence meant. This is the problem with the youth of today: too much time inventing nonsense words, not enough time taking a bullet in the lung defending a hill. I don't have to know what the hell twitters and texting and body sprays are to understand that they're not the sort of thing men should be engaged in. Like conversations, or painting things that aren't a house.

The following is a short list of things men should be engaged in, at all times:

1. Getting a haircut
2. Yelling
3. Digesting ribs
4. Hill defense

At any rate, enjoy your pretty portraits, Fried Green Tomatoes. Don't cry all over 'em when you're painting pictures of poems tonight, or you might electrocute yourselves." -- TF Soldier.
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Posted 03 January 2010 - 12:12 AM

I want to second Pillars of the Earth

Just finishing Ender in Exile, Orson Scott Card

Also Firethorn by Sarah Micklem
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Posted 03 January 2010 - 12:15 AM

Robert A. Heinlein

http://en.wikipedia...._a_Strange_Land
http://en.wikipedia....Enough_for_Love

Excellent, if a bit granola-crunchy.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:25 AM

Heinlein is one of my favorite authors, but you are definitely throwing people off the deep end with those two recommendations. Maybe start them off with something like:

http://en.wikipedia....hans_of_the_Sky
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http://en.wikipedia....nnel_in_the_Sky
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 08:42 PM

I've started reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and I'm loving it! I'm already a Lincoln nut, and I like the macabre so this was right up my alley. My personal opinion: the story is all the more enjoyable if you already know about Lincoln's childhood/early life and see how the vampire stuff can fit in. :lol:
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Posted 05 May 2010 - 08:21 PM

To add to this topic:

The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher (of Harry Dresden fame) are excellent, and all six are out now.

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik are also most excellent.
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Posted 05 May 2010 - 08:27 PM

I second both of those recommendations. And if you're into audiobooks, the audio versions of Codex Alera are great.
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:37 PM

Dave is right. Codex Alera is the shit.
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:48 PM

I can't remember if they're in here already, but I liked the Wizard of Earthsea books, by Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:33 AM

sort of related...

One of the best books I've read, "Pillars of the Earth", will soon be released as a mini-series on "Starz".




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Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:37 AM

View PostVicious the Jester, on Jul 7 2010, 12:33 PM, said:

sort of related...

One of the best books I've read, "Pillars of the Earth", will soon be released as a mini-series on "Starz".



Miniseries finished last Friday. It was well done. I'd say it was about as true to the book as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This means if you watched the series and liked it, you'll probably like the book more.
I also picked this up as an audio book recently. After watching the series, I wanted to reread the book because there were parts I had forgotten and wanted to remember.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:23 AM

Tor is doing a poll on best SFF books of the last decade. It looks like a whole slew of good reads, whether they make the final top 10 or not. I will be adding some of these to my reading list.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/best-sff-...oll-update-0113

ETA: The final results are here.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 11:19 AM

Another book list from Tor to check out:

Books for Every Dimension: The Non-SFF Novels that SFF Fans Love
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:38 AM

Zelazny is great, the Amber series is very fun to read. He also has some good stand alone novels, it's hard to find, but 'a night in the lonesome october' is awesome.
Pretty much anything by Orson Scott Card is good, his ender series is the main work, and he has rewritten it from the viewpoint of a different character somewhat recently, with some pretty interesting style there. He has some other series, Memories of earth started amazing, becomes less so as the series progressed.

Weis and hickman have done a lot of good stuff, not just dragonlance.
Dragonlance, darksword, deathgate cycle, etc. Weis alone did a series called star of the guardians that was quite good as well.

Wheel of time is of course good, once you get past the 'how many enormous books did you say that was??' phase. Theres also a non-series book 'new spring' out there.

I'm sure I'm missing plenty of big ones, but thats just the ones that come immediately to mind.

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PS: I havent read pillars of the earth, but I've played the board game, which was somewhat fun.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 02:36 PM

Depending on how liberal you are on your definition of "fantasy", House of Leaves by Danielewski was weird and brilliant. Creepy, sad, smart, a bunch of damn lies about some true things. Recommended!
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:57 PM

Seconded, house of leaves was aaaaaawesome! You could read that thing 8 times and each time it would be different.
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