@Ropie - Never read Ings before. Wolves certainly has a mundane nastiness about it, but I wouldn't say it's over-the-top or particularly brutal.
I remember reading this book when I was... a lot younger ( ).
Blew me away, read it weeks before the movie came out IIRC... and then
Are you looking for simple, entertaining science fiction or the more thought provoking ones?
"Leviathan Wakes" by James Corey
Not so big on fantasy but my fave is - by far - the late, underrated Karl Edward Wagner.
I am talking about his Kane stories of course!
I want to say "all of them", but I won't. The ones I would have are:
--my failed series set in a Scandinavia type land, following the