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The Big Science Fiction Recommendation Thread

Discussion in 'Books & Literature' started by Neon, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Saikotic

    Saikotic Scraping a dull blade across your tender eyeball
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    Ahhhh meta for the sake of being meta. Damn, but I did not like that book.
     
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    Me either though I got a little further along. Typical David Weber. Gets sidetracked with a million subplots. I've pretty much given up on all his stuff.
     
  3. Falldog

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    Finished Redshirts. Well, the novelish part. Apparently the latter quarter the book are short stories or something. Will get to that later tonight.

    Redshirts as a novel is okay, starts off strong with a fun premise but then stutters as soon as it tries to take a fun premise and make a story from there. Once they discover a way toward resolution it becomes extremely boring without any sense of suspense/drama/compelling reason to care.

    It's essentially a short story with a bunch of fluff for length (nevermind the larger font, line spacing, and margins).

    2013 must have been a weak year for Hugo contestants.
     
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  4. Falldog

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    I was SHOCKED to see the last Kloos novel had such great reviews on Amazon/Goodreads that I felt compelled to add my own...

    I look forward to seeing that buried along side my Armada review.
     
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    I get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time I see someone on the internet bash Armada.
     
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    I dont think I ever gave my thoughts on Three body Problem.

    It's fantastic. The story is good, not great, but the science fiction aspects are as good as anything ever written. Miles ahead of the Cline/Kloos world we live in, obviously.

    One of the characters is great too so that helps with the story part.
     
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  9. Saikotic

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    I'm in the latest Expanse novel. So far so good
     
  10. Falldog

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    Forgot to mention that I finished The Fold a few weeks back. The first chapter completely ruins 75% of the novel by removing all mystery of what's happening.
     
  11. Falldog

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    Finished Babylon's Ashes. Always enjoy hopping into the universe, so many great characters.

    Felt like the book spent a bit too much time on 'mah feelings.' I also had my expectations subverted with what happened to Marco and Filip. Not sure how I feel about either, but I think what happened was for the best.

    Interesting how the book wrapped up the story so much. It'll be interesting to see how the last three novels play out.
     
  12. Saikotic

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    There's a jump forward in time for the next one, but it makes sense.
     
  13. Falldog

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    I saw, think it'll be a good thing. You sort of lose the idea that the events of the series take place over at least a decade.
     
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    so i was told about this book called Armada that its fantastic. i think maybe we should read that as a group or something. sounds right up @LiddyRules and @Pigdango s alley
     
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    I’m in.
     
  16. Falldog

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    Starting on Altered Carbon tonight.
     
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    @Falldog @Neon

    Is there a sci-fi book series like Berserk? I believe they call it "dark high fantasy" or whatever.
     
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    Hurry!
     
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    God I wish that novel had a better narrator.
     
  20. Falldog

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    Reviews on Audible looked good, but the sample was enough to nope out.
     
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    It's like he was dared to do the worst gumshoe detective voice possible.
     
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  22. Falldog

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    Almost half way through Altered Carbon, I look forward to reading it every night. At this rate it won't quite make my top 10 sci-fi novels but it'll be in the top 20 for sure.
     
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    Finished Altered Carbon. Enjoyable, but I don't think people should be clamoring over each other to read it. It's been placed as #20 on my top sci-fi novel list.
     
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    Care to share your list?
     
  25. Falldog

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    I'm holding off on publication until I can re-read some classics I haven't read in ages and get them slotted in.
     

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