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Dichotomy

Currently reading the Red Rising trilogy which is a pretty enjoyable sci-fi romp.

@Elodin Those three authors are really good, but I'd pick Abercrombie as my favourite, probably. Rothfuss has done too little and his spin-off book did nothing for me. Sanderson is solid too, but I think Abercrombie's characters are a bit more memorable. I also like his current approach to writing his next trilogy, he is not releasing his first book until the first draft of the last one is complete. He basically said that, as he had to wait to find a publisher for the first book in his First Law Trilogy, he could change things in the first book as he wrote more and he feels it allows him to make a better story overall. It also means we won't be waiting over 7 years for the final part like with Rothfuss

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Th3solution

@Elodin 😮 That’s so cool that you got to meet Rothfuss. From all the interviews of his I’ve read he sounds like a really witty and fun person. His personality seems to be just what I would imagine from his writing style. I even liked that little novella The Slow Regard for Silent Things even though Rothfuss said he didn’t really expect people to like it at all. His writing is just so smooth that I didn’t care that the story wasn’t even a story after all.

I will put Schwabb on the watch list. Thanks for the recommendation.

@Dichotomy Red Rising series was great too! A nice debut for Pierce Brown. You mention that you’re reading the “trilogy.” I read it a couple years ago and thought it ended after Morning Star but now I saw the release of Iron Gold a couple months ago, which I wasn’t expecting. Have you read it too? I need to read that. It’s not clear to me whether it is the beginning of a new trilogy in that universe or just an extension of the storyline. It’s in my reading backlog too. (Which is getting a large as my gaming backlog)
Speaking of which, I would also like to try Joe Abercrombie too. His stuff sounds highly praised and I’ve never read any of his. Where am I supposed to start? I see in Amazon a series called “The First Law Trilogy” with book 1 - The Blade Itself, but I also see a whole series “The First Law World” Book one, Best Served Cold. Which is the best starting point? Or is there another?

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Dichotomy

@Th3solution The Blade Itself is the first one (the other two I think are Before They are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings), the other three are separate stories set between 1 and 10 years after the main trilogy and contain some of the same characters. Save them for later as they will contain spoilers to the main trilogy. There is also a short story collevtion called Sharp Ends set in the same universe, but you can safely save that til last.

I'm on the second book in the Red Rising trilogy, I think the new one (and I'm pretty sure there is a fifth) are separate books and maybe prequels. I didn't want to read the synopsis though in case of spoilers

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Elodin

@Th3solution , @Dichotomy The Red Rising trilogy is amazing! I'm in the middle of the 4th, Iron Gold, and it is great as well. It continues the story with the same characters only 10 years later or was it 15?, either way it's a continuation of the same story line.

Elodin

Th3solution

@Elodin @Dichotomy Great! Sounds like we have similar tastes, so I’m looking forward to try Schwabb and Abercrombie.
It’s also good to hear that Iron Gold holds up. I was worried it would be a cash-in on the original 3 books’ success and feel tacked on.
Other notable favorites would be Orson Scott Card and Stephen R. Donaldson. Anyone a Peter F. Hamilton fan? Been thinking of getting into his books at some point.

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The Lyra Novels By Patricia C. Wrede.

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KALofKRYPTON

@Th3solution ah, 'the PFHamilton' as my mate calls him. He's been recommended to me a lot on the strength of my affinity for Gene Wolfe and Frank Herbert, but I haven't dived in.

Book 9 in The Wheel of Time ongoing.

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andreoni79

I dusted off a book I studied years ago for an exam in North American history, "The Free and the Unfree" by Carrol and Noble, to read once more the chapter about the late XIX century. It surely makes me appreciate the RDR2 world much more.

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KALofKRYPTON

Finally finished The Wheel of Time 😀

Pretty satisfying. Good luck to Amazon in making it a TV show!

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Thrillho

Huh, not sure how I've missed this thread before.

I'm currently reading The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks. He is easily my favourite sci-fi writer so far and this is the seventh of the eight Culture books he wrote.

They're all amazing books and brilliantly done so they are all completely separate stories but just based in the same general universe. It means the first book you read can be a bit confusing but it's well worth it. Surface Detail is his magnum opus for sure though.

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ApostateMage

@Thrillho I remember way back in school doing an essay on The Wasp Factory, to the utter bemusement of my teacher. I think I got a gold star for it though.

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Thrillho

@ApostateMage Ha, I can imagine. I've read a few of his non-sci-fi books (he uses the M. initial in his sci-fi ones) which are good but not a patch on the Culture books.

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Hego

Recently finished Stephen Frys two mythology books, there decent if a bit summarised. I’m halfway through The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, a story about a black slave in America trying to escape to freedom set before the Civil War. It’s pretty good. I’ve also started Caraval by Stephanie Garber which has seemed good from the bit I’ve read

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nessisonett

Still waiting on Kingkiller Chronicles 3... Hopefully the TV show's decent with GoT finishing imminently.

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Heavyarms55

Anyone else here a fan of The Expanse? By James Corey? I just pre-ordered book 8 on Kindle. Also I am a big Star Wars fan - of pre-Disney Star Wars at any rate. I've been re-reading through the expanded universe books again. The X-Wing series, Thrawn Trilogy, iJedi, Hand of Thrawn, and am currently in the New Jedi Order. Always loved these books and the way the draw content from the comics and games as well in one big shared universe. It's that big shared universe feeling that I like in The Expanse too.

Any other big series you could suggest?

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KALofKRYPTON

@Heavyarms55 I haven't read any Expanse. But the TV show is very good!

The Thrawn trilogy are the finest Star Wars books out there for my money. No idea what happened with The Hand of Thrawn though. I thought they were awful.
Scoundrels is a good read though.

Peter F. Hamilton is recommended.

I'm starting Dune soon. Just reading some Alfred Bester first.

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Heavyarms55

@KALofKRYPTON I liked the Hand of Thrawn too... I'll look into those other suggestions though.

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ellisael

I am currently reading Amy Poehler's Yes Please. It is a memoir of her and it is so starkly brave. For all the vulnerable stuff she has written. She has still kept it so fresh and funny. I am also reading Paul Kalanithi, a doctor and a writer's book on cancer. He wrote it months before he passed away. It is such a moving book which reminds me of the insignificance and impermanence of human life. it is called When Breath Becomes Air I am also very interested in learning about myself and it has become like a self project so i am reading some psychology books. I am also thinking of taking up an art therapy class because of how interesting i find this.

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Elodin

@ellsworth004 moved the thread to here. I have read all of Sanderson's books except his wheel of time books he finished for Jordan. Hmm that reminds me the Oathbringer series could work as an rpg. Seeing/using the spren could be very interesting.

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