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Your all time SF or Fantasy Book
« on: November 08, 2007, 01:11:06 PM »

There really hasn't been a Outstanding SF read,,I still think  the best is still
A Stranger in a Strange Land
As for Fantasty now that is hard so many good ones around,,never get tired of Anna McCaffrey's Books
Sara Douglass  but as a favourite in these books is hard as each  book always offers new Worlds
 but I was very excited with ,,Into the Dark Realm,,and havinf Pug ,,on the new  adventure is exciting.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2007, 02:03:44 PM »

Scifi - Starship Troopers by Heinlein, absolutely nothing like the horrid movie and a truly wonderful novel.

Fantasy - No idea, I could never cut it down to a single one.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2007, 04:25:47 PM »

Magician is still my n°1 book.

Not only because it's very good, but it's the one that got me into fantasy.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2007, 06:00:39 PM »

Fantasy: Lord of the Rings

Sci-fi: Bit of a tough one, but I'm going for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2007, 11:26:22 PM »

Salmaneser !! The Magician got me into Fantasy too ,,I did find that SF, wasn't worth reading now
Sort of pulled up my nose at the thought of reading Fantasy,,but I gave it a go,NOW ,just try and
take a Book off me LOL!!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2007, 03:07:16 AM »

Hehe.

I have to admit though that I read something from Brooks (legacy of shannara) before, but I was 7 or so, didn't really know what it was
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Re: Your all time SF or Fantasy Book
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 06:15:39 PM »

I'm going to have to go with series for this, not single novels.

SF - "Dune" hands down. As a series the scope is amazing. I read this series at a time in my life when it gave me what I needed from a set of books as well. There's lots of good SF out there, but this series stands out IMO.

Fantasy - I'm far too fickle, whatever I read and liked last many times becomes my favorite. But if I had to choose one right now it would be GRRM's 'Song of Ice and Fire' series. The characterization in particular in those books is simply fantastic in my opinion.
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 07:09:37 PM »

Hmm...hadn't noticed this thread before, I guess.

Sci-Fi - Star by Star by Troy Denning. A brilliant, large Star Wars novel set in the middle of the Yuuzhan Vong war. It's the turning point in the New Jedi Order series. A lot of bad stuff happens, too...:(

Fantasy - A Game of Thrones, probably. It marks the start of what will be a wonderful series of dark fantasy. That's if it's ever completed.
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Re: Your all time SF or Fantasy Book
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 11:08:59 PM »

don't read to much SF but the lies of locke lamora would have to be favorite fantasy
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2008, 03:59:36 AM »

Hmm...hadn't noticed this thread before, I guess.

Sci-Fi - Star by Star by Troy Denning. A brilliant, large Star Wars novel set in the middle of the Yuuzhan Vong war. It's the turning point in the New Jedi Order series. A lot of bad stuff happens, too...:(
Worst f**king Star Wars book ever. Insanely kills off the single character possessed of the most story potential for no real reason at all. Shite x ∞.
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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2008, 04:30:28 AM »

I try to forget that and look past his death. It's hard, but possible.
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Re: Your all time SF or Fantasy Book
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2008, 07:53:26 AM »

SF - It's tough, because I'm not as widely read in the genre, but I'd probably go with Ursula Leguin's The Dispossessed. If one considers Stover's Acts of Caine as a SF series then I'd probably nominate it as my favourite (unlike Leguin's Hainish Cycle, which has a few flat novels, Stover's Acts of Caine is, in my mind, flawless). Just missing out is Gene Wolfe's remarkable Solar Cycle. There's always Heinlein's three final Hugo winners (Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress), and while I was never big on Asimov's Foundation or Robot stories, I'm rather fond of The Last Question.

F - Erikson/Esslemont. The Malazan world is, without a doubt, the pinnacle of the genre. Nothing comes close in terms of scope and sheer audacity. Stephen King's Dark Tower would probably be the closest thing in scope, and it's another personal fave. If Stover's considered fantasy then he'd be right up there, as are Bakker and (begrudgingly) Martin.
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Re: Your all time SF or Fantasy Book
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2008, 07:22:21 PM »

I have posted here before, way back when I hadn't read much science fiction. I still haven't read that much science fiction, but I have read more that I had.

I will always have a place in my heart for Starship Troopers and you can be assured that Scalzi's Old Man's War resides in the same area. I had heard much praise for Richard K. Morgan and Altered Carbon, but it took me forever to actually go out and look for the book, or rather, actively search it out at the local library. I was taking a chance with a genre I wasn't all too fond of and a perspective that I liked even less, but I took the chance and loved every minute of it. Altered Carbon is a rich blend of Hard Boiled noir and science fiction and it works amazingly well. Even now, after having finally bought a copy of my own, along with several of his other works, I have the temptation to put the book I am reading down and go give it a reread. There are two authors who have this effect on me: Richard K. Morgan and Scott Lynch, both relatively new authors and both (forgive me for using this word so many times in one post) amazing talents in the industry.

My opinion as far as fantasy goes has not changed. There is no way I can limit myself to one novel or even to one author, I could list several, but what good would that do? I suppose if I had to choose a novel, and only one novel, to read until my eyes rolled into the back of my head to prevent me from reading any longer, I could likely choose one. However the rest of my collection would have to be on fire and a gun would have to be to my head. The only book that I have ever wanted to reread immediately after finishing the book is A Game of Thrones, but that was a long time ago, back when my idea of fantasy was lead by Forgotten Realms and authors like Feist. It is a shock to read something so good when one has only read the lower end of fantasy. Times, they have changed and now I wouldn't pick a book by Martin if my life depended on it (and indeed it would if I had a gun to my head). Erikson is a fantastic writer and certainly at the top of my list of favorite fantasy authors, but when you look at his books, it is either as a whole or as separate entities. Sadly, I am afraid I wouldn't choose just a single one of his novels, yes they are great and I would like to reread them, but no single novel stands out as something I would want to read over and over again. Bakker, again, great author, but I couldn't bring myself to read his books over and over again. You know, I said it before when I was going over the science fiction bit, there have only been two authors whose books I want to reread pretty much all the time. Morgan and Lynch. Well, as far as fantasy goes, I would have to with Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora as that one novel that I'd select over all the others, in terms of readability I think it surpasses the rest and in terms of rereadability as well. It is fast, it is fun, well characterized (mostly), and just something that I think I could stand to read over and over, even after the thought of it turned my stomach.

Yes, I deviated from this thread, but I am bored.
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