noshowjones

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  1. Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Stand-Alone Books

    I don't usually read SF, but I recently started "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi and I have to say that it is AMAZING. His prose is phenomenal and the concepts of the story are fantastic. I'm about halfway through but have no doubt that it will end as good as it began...it did win the Hugo and Nebula awards.
  2. Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    I really liked the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. It's sometimes a little difficult to read because there are a lot of made up words in the text that aren't really defined. It is left to the reader to figure out what the word is based on context... A challenge, but a challenge that I enjoy. The Prince of Nothing and Aspect Emperor by R. Scott Bakker. This is by far my favorite series. I think the depth of his world surpasses anything I have read and his prose is second to none. The Change novels by S.M. Stirling. I read the first book in this series and will get around to reading the rest. Stirling is a great story teller. His writing seems a little cliched sometimes and there are some discrepancies about the main character being a Marine that really drive me nuts (being a former Marine myself) but the whole concept of the series is really interesting. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Awesome series. Great characters, great story. It is sometimes a little tame for my taste (SPOILER the main characters don't sleep in the same room until after they are married END SPOILER) but the action sequences are well done and his concepts are truly original. A series I read back in the 90's but loved back then was the Deathgate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. A good series with a good anti-hero. Oddly, I read the entire series except for book 3. NONRECS: I recently tried reading Wraeththu by Storm Constantine. This is a compilation of three previously published books, and it reads like bad gay porn. I've no problem with gay characters, but it was handled with a heavy and obvious hand. I couldn't go past page 50. Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. A lot of people love this book. I can't get into it. I'm automatically turned off by the fact that the character has to explain how his name is pronounced "My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe.'" If you listened to someone read said statement (as opposed to reading it silently) it would sound just like "My name is Quothe, pronounced nearly the same as Quothe." It makes zero sense as a statement made by a character...I read something similar in a Margaret Weis/Don Perrin book about the cyborg Xris. It's a real pet peeve of mine. I also don't much care for Peter V. Brett's writing. It seems remedial... like something for teens. That being said, he has two books published and I have none:)