Next 10 books on your 'to-read pile'? / What's on your to-read pile? [MERGED]

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Monty Mike, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. Monty Mike

    Monty Mike Journalist

    Dec 30, 2004
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    I think we can include ones from the sci-fi genre as well, but posting it here will perhaps receive slightly more attention. Anyway, here's the next 10 books I hope to get through (I've numbered them, but they're not really in any order):

    1) Ringworld by Larry Niven (am actually finishing it off)
    2) The Iron Dragon's Daughter by Michael Swanwick
    3) Behold The Man by Philip K. Dick
    4) Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
    5) The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
    6) The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
    7) Jem by Frederik Pohl
    8) Gateway by Frederik Pohl
    9) Newton's Wake by Ken Macleod
    10) Magician by Raymond E. Feist (I'm over half-way through but stopped reading a little while ago, I just need a break and then will go back to it, hopefully before christmas but time flies!)

    It will probably change a little, but they're the ones I've got my eye one. Obviously it's a fair mix of both Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

    Note: If you don't feel you have planned 10 books ahead, then just post 5 (or whatever you have lined up) :)
  2. Severn

    Severn boss of several cats...

    Jun 13, 2005
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    If I look at the structure of the pile itself, and given that my plan is to read one series, one stand alone, and one contemporary fiction then (ignoring the contemporary fiction) and working strictly on pile order it'd be:

    1: Ursula Le Guin: 'The Birthday of the World' - Short story collection

    2: Sean Russel: 'World Without End' & 'Sea Without a Shore'

    3: Storm Constantine: 'Hermatech'

    4: Allan Cole: 'Timura Trilogy'

    5: Alice Borchardt: 'The Silver Wolf'

    6: Anne Bishop: 'The Black Jewels Trilogy'

    7: Mary Gentle: 'Ash'

    8: Tom Arden: 'The Orokon' series - 5 books, could be a sixth out there, not sure

    9: John M Ford: 'The Dragon Waiting'

    10: Isobelle Carmody: 'Darksong' & 'Darkfall' - first 2 in The Legendsong Trilogy.

    Now I know that this reading order will not follow through, but technically it should haha.
  3. Jack

    Jack Hyperpower!

    May 16, 2005
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    Note: contents and order subject to change. Homer and his subsidiaries take no responsibility for the contents of this list, nor the opinions found within them. All books listed are property of their respective authors. All rights reserved. Products containing Olestra may cause anal leakage.

    1) The Eternal Champion - Michael Moorcock
    2) Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
    3) The Worm Ooroubusourss - E.R. Eddison
    4) The Closers - Michael Connelly
    5) Little, Big - John Crowley
    6) Von Bek (Eternal Champion 2) - Michael Moorcock
    7) A Feast For Crows - George R.R. Martin
    8) H.P. Lovecraft: Tales (Library of America) - H.P. Lovecraft
    9) The Wastelands - Stephen King
    0) King of Elflands Daughter - Lord Dunsany

    Actually, the order of this list is extremely volatile, pending the release of Feast4Crowz (holla) and whenver I actually pick up that Lovecraft LOA book. And the Moorcock books could really come at anytime. I could read Von Bek right after EC if I'm into it enough.

    Homer <-is really excited about Moorcock

    EDIT: Severn, I'm in the middle of Russell's Moontide & Magic Rise and am very impressed with it. I would be interested to know what you think.
  4. Severn

    Severn boss of several cats...

    Jun 13, 2005
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    Well since that probably is the series I will read next as I've had it for over a year now (pile keeps growing: tis a shame the bank account acceleration rate doesn't match that of book pile(s) ). I'll let you know. Looks good and I've heard positive things here about it too. :)

  5. butterfly

    butterfly Book-addict

    Dec 29, 2004
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    I actually can contribute a list this time, thanks ever so much to my parents who have given the best birthday present ever! A book for each year... :D :D
    Anyway my ten are:
    1) Always Forever by Mark Chadbourn.
    2) The Shadows and the Light by Anne Bishop.
    3) World's End by Mark Chadbourn.
    4) Neverwhere by Neil Gaimen.
    5) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimen.
    6) The World of Dark Crystal by Brian Froud (not technically fantasy even if it looks like it!)
    7) The Sea without Shore by Sean Russell. (This will probably be next as I have just finished World Without End)
    8) Easter 1916 by Tim Pat Coogan, (research...)
    9) The Cry of the Newborn by James Barclay.
    10) Medallion by Jennifer Fallon.

    phew... :D
  6. RamblinManMike

    RamblinManMike Of Wolf and Man

    Oct 4, 2005
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    lol, I thought i was the only person in the world with a "to-read" pile. I probably have 3 shelves full of stuff i bought and haven't gotten to yet. Yay!
  7. Severance

    Severance Registered User

    Aug 23, 2005
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    1 Robert E. Howard- 8 books that I can see here, 5 from Bison books and 3 from Del Rey
    2 China Mieville- Perdido Street Station(really must get round to reading this soon)
    3 H. P. Lovecraft- Dream Quest of Unknown-Kadath, Loved Dead, The Tomb
    4 Clark Ashton Smith- Sword of Zagan, The Black Diamonds
    5 Barbara Hambly- Sisters of the Raven
    6 M. John Harrison- Viriconium(Fantasy Masterworks)
    7 Patricia A. McKillip- Riddle Master's Game(Fantasy Masterworks)
    8 Leigh Brackett- Sea-Kings of Mars(Fantasy Masterworks) did make a start on this.
    9 Harry Turtledove- Wisdom of the Fox
    10 Pamela Sargent- The Golden Space, Cloned Lives(must read these soon, had them over 2 years now)
    Also loads of Penguin classics inc. Dostoyevsky, Shelley, Stoker, Verne & Stevenson plus many historical novels interspersed now and then.
  8. Julian

    Julian Inter spem metumque iacto

    Aug 1, 2003
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    Hopefully the next books I'm going to read will be something like:

    1. Ptolemy's Gate - Jonathan Stroud
    2. Knife of Dreams - Robert Jordan
    3. A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin
    4. The Mark of Ran - Paul Kearney
    5. Vellum - Hal Duncan
    6. The Warrior Prophet - R. Scott Bakker

    After that, don't know yet. I'm afraid I have a few shelves of unread books, too! But as you can see, the first three books I plan on reading after Cherryh's Fortress of Dragons - which I've just started on - haven't been published yet. So my current to-read pile is not going to diminish much, the next few months :rolleyes: .
  9. Inkswitch

    Inkswitch Winter is here

    Sep 30, 2005
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    In no particular order: (whichever gets uncovered on floor first)

    a fortress of grey ice - jv jones (after pulling a sicky to finish 'black ice')
    aurian - maggie furey
    necroscope - brian lumley
    the ninth kingdom - david zindell
    fool's errand/golden fool - robin hobb
    unless i'm very much mistaken - murray walker!

    and that should keep me busy until
    feast for crows - george rr martin :)
  10. clong

    clong Registered User

    Jul 13, 2005
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    Sorry, I've got 15 in my stack:

    Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake
    King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
    Ringworld's Children by Larry Niven
    Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
    I am Legend by Richard Matheson
    New Spring by Robert Jordan
    Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
    The Devil's Armor by John Marco
    Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Adiamante by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
    The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
    Heavy Time by C.J. Cherryh
    Phoenix without Ashes by Harlan Ellison
    Iron Council by China Mieville
    Titan by John Varley
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  11. Kafka

    Kafka New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
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    1. Anansi Boys by Gaiman
    2. Olympos by Dan Simmons
    3. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctrow
    4. Iron Council by China Mieville
    5. Going Postal by Pratchett
    6. Deadhouse Gates by Erikson
    7. Kushiel's Dart by Carey
    8. The Atrocity Archives by Stross
    9. River of Gods by Ian ManDonald
    10. Speed of the Dark by Elizabeth Moon

    These after I finish "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell", "1776" and the amazing "The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil; the books I am currently reading.

  12. JIF

    JIF Genus Tapirus

    Sep 24, 2005
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    I only have eight planned right now...

    1. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
    2. The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
    3. Iron Council by China Mieville
    4. The One Kingdom by Sean Russell
    5. Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
    6. Shaman’s Son by Robin Hobb
    7.Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
    8. The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
  13. U-Borat

    U-Borat El-Prawno

    Sep 28, 2005
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    hmm...this will be rather cluttered, so there is no particular order:

    Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Mariller
    Otherland SEries by Tad Williams
    Shannara SEries by Terry Brooks
    Feast of Crows by Geroge MArtin
    The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe

    thats all i can think of at the moment...
  14. estranghero

    estranghero Lord Deceiver

    Dec 2, 2001
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    I got five...

    ... but that's not counting the three books I'm currently reading.

    Right now, I've got:

    Hal Duncan's Vellum
    Tad William's War of the Flowers
    Jeff Vandermeer's City of Saints and Madmen
    (all three in hardbound, dammit!)

    Jonathan Strahan ed, Locus Awards collection
    Michael Chabon ed, McSweeney's Astonishing Tales

    Severn: I just finished reading the 1st book of the Orokon and the thing it most reminded me of was Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange (but less on the prose). It was fascinating but really slow pacing. Unfortunately, the bookshop doesn't have the 2nd book so am averse at getting the rest. (And I think there are only 5 total.)

    Homer: Heh why am I thinking that you didn't have Eddison's book at hand at the moment, hence the title?
  15. Murrin

    Murrin Registered User

    May 30, 2005
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    Five on my to-read pile, and also a number to be bought as soon as the to-read pile hits zero:

    Viriconium, by M John Harrison
    Iron Council, by China Mieville
    Vellum, by Hal Duncan
    The War of the Worlds, by H G Wells
    Mistress of Mistresses, by E R Eddison

    Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
    Looking for Jake and other stories, by China Mieville
    Secret Life, by Jeff VanderMeer
    A Feast for Crows, by George R R Martin
  16. Randy M.

    Randy M. Registered User

    Sep 2, 2005
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    Next 10 on TBR

    Well, ten that look most likely right now, and only those from sf/fantasy/horror:

    _The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances _ -- Peter Beagle
    _Strange Itineraries_ --Tim Powers
    _Looking for Jake_ -- China Mieville
    _13 Phantasms_ -- James Blaylock
    _Ghost Music_ -- Thomas Tessier
    _Mischief_ -- Douglas Clegg
    _The House on the Borderland_ -- William Hope Hodgson
    _Her Smoke Rose Up Forever_ -- James Tiptree, Jr.
    _The Snowman's Children_ -- Glen Hirshberg
    _Neverwhere_ -- Neil Gaiman

    Randy M.
  17. Brys

    Brys Registered User

    Jun 20, 2005
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    I don't know whether these will be exactly the next 10 I'll read, or the right order, but it'll be something like this:
    1) The Iron Dragon's Daughter - Michael Swanwick
    2) Sword and Citadel - Gene Wolfe (2nd two books of the Book of the New Sun)
    3) The Drawing of the Dark - Tim Powers
    4) City of Saints and Madmen - Jeff Vandermeer
    5) Emperor of Dreams - Clark Ashton Smith
    6) The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
    7) Ash - Mary Gentle
    8) The Worm Ourobouros - ER Eddison
    9) Hawkwood's Voyage - Paul Kearney
    10) Tales of the Dying Earth - Jack Vance

    I have a lot more after that, but those are roughly the next 10 I'll read.
  18. DragonReader

    DragonReader Registered User

    Feb 10, 2005
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    That's a tough question. I usually don't know until I finish one book what I will read next. But with the new releases coming out I can name the next four I will read (counting the one I am currently reading) in order:

    1. The Orb of Xoriat, by Ed Bolme (currently reading)
    2. Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan
    3. Promise of the Witch King, by R.A. Salvatore
    4. Master of Dragons, by Margaret Weis

    After that I'll probably need a break from fantasy so I'll probably read:

    5. Hallo'ween Party, by Agatha Christie
    6. Shadows of the Empire, by Steve Perry (Star Wars book)
    or perhaps Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    Then back to fantasy/sci-fi (not in any order)

    7. Gardens of the Moon, by Steven Erickson (have long wanted to read this series)
    8. A Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin (have already read this but want to reread it and continue with the series so I'll be ready when A Feast of Crows comes out).
    9. Tales From Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
    10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (have been searching for a hardcover so I can read Anasi Boys right way (I liked to have series all in the same format)).

    Other possiblilities include:

    Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
    The One Kingdon, by Sean Russell
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  19. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

    May 21, 2002
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    Given your reading habits, Brys, I'm not sure you'll like this one. I would only recommend it if you're looking for something really, really light. As I understand, the series improves after this book, but I found this one to be pretty weak. It reads a lot like Erikson in basic style, but much, much, much lighter. RobB might come along to further bash it if you don't believe me.

    (Not saying it's a bad read necessarily, if you're looking for something light. It was something that normally would be a little too light for me, but I read it right after a big heavy book, so it went down quickly. I have all five books, and will read the second at some time to see how it might improve.)
  20. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

    May 17, 2000
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    Did someone call? I didn't like Hawkwood's Voyage. I wanted to but I found myself not caring at all what happened in the story or to the characters.