Recommendations for Picky Reader

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Jade1157, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Jade1157

    Jade1157 Picky Reader/Writer

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    I've always been a very picky with what I read. I love reading but I have read so little it's ridiculous and at times embarrassing when I say "I love reading" and people list tons of books that assume I've read.

    My main interest has always been scifi and I prefer outer space adventures but I can enjoy some earth-base scifi books. I love the use of cloning, cyborgs, super power characters with special abilities, duels/sword fighting/combat, space/epic battles.

    I can't seem to get into fantasy, no matter how hard I try. I've attempted to read C.S. Lewis's space trilogy several times but I can't get past chapter 8 before getting seriously bored. I thought Ender's game would be an excellent novel for me but the main character(and others around him) are too young for me to make it believable. A ton of 5-10 years old battling, running around and attempting to save the galaxy is weak to me. I like to see character backgrounds and mysteries of their past. These characters have like no past.

    I've even tried to read EU novels from favorite films or fandoms but they are so badly written. I've wasted alot of money on novels, but I love to read yet I can't find anything.

    I need some recommendations and here are some specifics I know will keep my interest.
    I've noticed alot of older fiction, like 1930's to the 90's I can't get into. The books seem so limited when they shouldn't be and in a sense I understand cause there wasn't a lot about scifi known as there has been in the last 2 decades.
    -So anything from the mid-90's to the present(2011) should be ok for me.
    -I like the use of clones, resurrections(nothing graphic), cyborgs, super powered/special ability characters, telepathic connections, bonds between characters...etc
    -For a series, focusing on the original characters from the first novel
    -A series set, trilogy or more.
    -Limited on the romance. (I hate when the romance/character relation dominates the story/adventure.)


    I do also have an interest in ancient cultures, so if there is some scifi like or mythology book or book series that takes place in the ancient culture or futuristic with ancient culture style, then that's good too.

    I appreciate the help anyone gives me with finding something to read :)

    ETA: Also wanted to add anything with alternate dimensions/universe/realities.
     
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  2. HellsGuardian

    HellsGuardian Locked in the Golden Cage

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    Hrm how about...
    The Culture series by Ian M. Banks
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_series

    i.e Excession or Consider Phlebias. They're all independent but set within the same universe and often not too long from eachother.

    Or some works by Peter F. Hamilton
    i.e the Nights Dawn trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night's_Dawn_Trilogy

    or the Void trilogy (The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Void_Trilogy

    Just a few off the top of my sleep deprived head :)
     
  3. Ropie

    Ropie Member of the Monthâ„¢

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    That's a broad list of requests.

    I agree with the recommendation for Iain M Banks and reading this...

    ..I'd say one of his recent books, Matter, should work well for you.

    I could recommend Hyperion by Dan Simmons also. Although I didn't enjoy it that much myself many people seem to and it fits your criteria reasonably well.
     
  4. JimF

    JimF Registered User

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    I'd like to second the Peter Hamilton reccomendation. I am reading the Night's Dawn series now. I really loved Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained. Very vivid characters, great action, and some of the characters have body mods/implants so they are basically superpowered.

    I know you want to stay away from some of the older stuff because it is dated, but if you like space expolration and ailien first contact check out Mote in God's Eye by niven and Pournell. Or Legacy of Hereot and Beowulf's Children by Niven, Pourell and Barnes. A great couple of novels about colonizing a planet.

    Jim
     
  5. algernoninc

    algernoninc Now I'm an axolotl

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    For cloning, space battles, likable hero, adventures and mystery: the Miles Vorkossigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. Possibly with an introduction through Falling Free - a prequel with some relation to next novels, but with different characters.
     
  6. Chuffalump

    Chuffalump A chuffing heffalump

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    I could be reading the OP wrong but I suspect that IMB and Hyperion are going to be too heavyweight for Jade1157's taste.

    I would suggest checking out the Baen Free Library (David Weber etc) to get a taste of the mil-sf on offer. I think Algernoninc's recommendation of the Vorkosigan Saga is on the money too.
     
  7. Loerwyn

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    Weber's military sci-fi isn't heavyweight? It's like an encyclopaedia of technobabble at times.

    I'd warily suggest Moon's Ky Vatta series, but it really doesn't seem to fit most of the criteria.
     
  8. Sipwood

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    I would third the Peter Hamilton reccomendation. I would suggest starting with Pandora's star/Judas Unchained, which seems to fit most of the criteria.

    If ancient culture is your thing you could try Ilium/Olympos from Dan Simmonds. A mixture of sci fi and ancient greek Gods, I mush preferred it to Hyperion and found it an easier read.
     
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    Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination
    Richard Morgan - Takeshi Kovacs
    Jack Vance - Planet of Adventure, Demon Princes
     
  10. dheiner

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    Picky reader

    Try Jack L. Chalker. In particular, the Well of Souls series. (But only if you don't need complete resolution.)
    Also "Glory Road" by RHH is a nice, self contained hero tale.
     
  11. ArtNJ

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    Wow! Someone else that remembers Chalker fondly! I think we are rare birds around here. As a teen I *loved* Chalker, though I eventually wondered wth was wrong with him that in *every* single book a male character needed to get body switched into a female body. The series were all different, very creative, but that element was always there. They are pure science-fantasy, with no real attempt at being true science fiction, but I remember them fondly for their creativity and adventure.

    Having completed my random aside, OP, dont feel bad about not liking Ender's Game, I gave it a 3 star review myself for the same reasons you stated.

    I can also recommend the previously recommened Hamilton's space opera, Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained. I believe someone recommended his other space opera, Neutronium Alchemist, which is also great, if you can get past the wierd premise and the violence.
     
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  12. Lazerus

    Lazerus Way Too Human

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    As others have said, Peter F. Hamilton.

    Add:

    Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space novels.

    Anything by Neal Asher.
     
  13. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    If you can handle e-books you can get the series real cheap.

    http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/24-CryoburnCD/CryoburnCD/index.htm

    Reviews:

    http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/User...ew_of_Vorkosigan_series_by_Lois_McMaster.html

    http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Komarr-1666171-204768-Best_of_SF_series_by_L_M_Bujold.html

    psik
     
  14. Thirdbase

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    I second David Weber's Honor Harrington series. It meets much of your criterion and can be found at Baen's Free Library. http://www.webscription.net/c-1-free-library.aspx On Basilisk Station is the first: http://www.webscription.net/p-304-on-basilisk-station.aspx
     
  15. Floydman625

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    Definitely recommend the weber safehold series starting with Off Armageddon Reef. Be prepared for overly heavy duty weaponry descriptions. Mixes religion and sea battles and man vs. man.

    But try Zelazny's Amber series for dipping into fantasy. You might like the Trump cards communication among the royal family. One or two books go a little far out there with chaos etc. But good family rivalry. I've read every roger z. novel.

    Honor Harrington series are very good but I find the space ships must be the worst looking ships ever conceived. If you watched any of the str trek series you'll see weber needs an artist!!!
     
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  16. DurzoBlint

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    I would recommend Morgan's Kovacs as well. Future Earth with a "clone" like technology although not exactly a clone. Good bit of adventure and mystery. Plenty of fighting. Should be right up your alley.
     
  17. Tomposer

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    Yep Peter F. Hamilton mostly fits your criteria very well.

    Having said that, I have major issues with parts of his writing. His hip lingo for Ozzie Isaacs was almost put-down-the-book irritating, especially to begin with. IMO certain philosophical issues about identity surrounding the re-lifing tech upon which the story hinges should have been given a cursory nod, but was left being perplexing.* His narration is dry and sometimes tedius, in those parts of the story where not much is going on.

    What he does really well, however, is the bad guys. The primes are totally kick ass, and quite believable. They're menacing and genuinely scary - a reader will want to shoot them often. He's also pretty good with the action scenes which are involving.





    * Namely, how is an identity preserved when someone is re-lifed; although their memories are transferred, is this sufficient to preserve identity? Case in point: Dudley Bose - his original person is presumed dead on Dyson Alpha, yet his memories are re-lifed; later the original Bose escapes Dyson Alpha (in the form of a Prime), and ultimately the two meet up. If only one is the original Bose, this inductively suggests that re-lifing, though successfully preserving memories, does not in fact preserve a person's identity.
     
  18. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    That is funny.

    The first time I saw Star Trek I though that was one of the stupidest looking ships I had ever seen. Now it's NORMAL.

    But the design of ships to operate in a vacuum will depend on function and the physics of the propulsion system.

    psik
     
  19. pox

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    yes, agreed.
     
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  20. pox

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    yes, agreed...