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    Quote Originally Posted by branthebuilder View Post
    The direct sequels (Speaker and Xenocide) aren't quite as good, but I really liked the Shadow of the Hegemon books about Bean.

    Also, how the hell has there not been an Ender's Game movie yet?
    Speaker drags like a mofo... trying to get through it so i can go check forever free and forever peace. I'll check out the bean books next.

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    I just got through reading Acts of the Apostles by John Sundman. It's his first book in a group (not exactly a series, but not discrete, stand-alone works either) of three.

    It's a melange of different genres--action packed, Crichton-esque, page turner thriller; detailed, Neal Stephenson-style nerdery-$#@!-philosophy; a sort of technologically oriented detective story; and a helping of deliberate, borderline satirical social commentary. It has to do with Gulf War Syndrome, computer chip design (all you tech types will undoubtedly get more out of it than non-IT nerds, but speaking from the perspective of a non-IT nerd, knowingly missing the subtleties didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the story), Borg-like assimilation plots by Bond villains, and it even has a little bit of the coitus sprinkled in for good measure.

    It's self-published, so it's a little hard to find (maybe impossible--hell if I know, though for what it's worth, I struck out at a Borders and a B&N or two before ordering from the intertron) in mainstream bookstores, but his stuff can be found on Amazon as well as on his website: http://www.wetmachine.com/

    He's also a pretty entertaining and engaging character on Twitter-- @jsundmanus

    I'm planning on reading another book from the loose trilogy, The Pains (with the other book being Cheap Complex Devices) over the holidays and will report back...

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    I had forgotten about this one but the HeeChee saga by Frederik Pohl is a great series. The first book, Gateway, is by far the best, and I haven't read the one that came out in '04 (wasn't well reviewed), but the four original in the saga are excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter View Post


    I don't usually read novels written by women, but this was a captivating story.
    I just finished this. Thought it was good, but ended pretty abruptly. Anyone read the sequel, "Children of God"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhrnfan View Post
    Speaker drags like a mofo... trying to get through it so i can go check forever free and forever peace. I'll check out the bean books next.
    I ended up really liking Speaker. I bought the Xeno, but it is also starting slow... not sure whether I should abandon or what.

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    Totally agree with much on this list and will try to avoid posting repeats of previous suggestions. Here are some new books I've enjoyed recently. Buying a Kindle was the best and worst thing I've ever done. I'm poor in money, but rich in books!

    Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series is a gorier more booby filled version of the Dresden Files, which I also love.
    Just finished Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht and really enjoyed it, magic set in the Irish Troubles
    Naomi Novik's Terremaire series is a fun, light dragons in the time of Napoleon.
    James SA Corey is the alias of Daniel Abraham and RR Martin's assistant, they published a book called Leviathan's Wake which is amazing space opera.
    MJ Locke - Up Against It. Really fun and great sci fi.
    Ernest Cline - Ready Player One - Video Games, geeks, and epic story.
    Allen Steele's Coyote books - Really enjoyed some world building sci fi.
    LE Modesitt JR - The Recluse books were fun, the Imager Books are great.
    Peter V. Brett - Warded Man Trilogy. Just good old fashioned fun fantasy.
    Tim Powers - I've always really enjoyed his books, but the Anubis Gates and Last Call are among some of my favorites of all times.

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    I've recently finished the first of the Ulysses Quicksilver books by Jonathan Green, Unnatural History in Abaddon's Pax Britannia series. Victorian Age manners in a steam-punk 1990's. It was pretty good and, apparently, there's a part of the series that takes place in the Americas as well.

    wh

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    could be partly teenage nostalgia, but I still go back and re-read the dark elf series by r a salvatore every few years.. especially the first two books. first book is homeland in case anyone interested.

    I'm reading the genesis of shannara series by terry brooks now. first I've read of him surprisingly, but really enjoying it.

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    I've had a real blast reading any and everything by Kark Schroeder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Schroeder). In a nutshell, he writes very-far- future speculative hard scifi and he has some real fun with everything that allows. His very first novel Ventus* reads like fantasy for the first quarter, but it's just a clear demonstration Arthur C. Clarke's third law. His current series (Virga) is set inside of a fullerene sphere dotted with artificial suns, which may or may not be inside of a larger Dyson sphere.. but it's also a swashbuckling adventure series with zero-gravity airship navy vs sky pirate dogfights, and it's mostly the latter.

    I'm trying to think of what my favorite book of his is, but to be honest it's a toss-up between all of his standalone novels. The Virga books are good (The Sunless Countries being my favorite), but not mind blowing like the first time I read Lady of Mazes.

    *There's a free ebook version of Ventus on his website (http://www.kschroeder.com/weblog/my-...-ebook-version)
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    This thread and the Kindle app on my new tablet are going to cost me a lot of money in the coming months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadSalamander View Post
    Awesome - I didn't know anybody else loved those 2 books by Bear. Great stuff - read each several times.

    For Fantasy, it's tough to beat Martin. However, (as pointed out above) I fear he'll die before getting to the end.

    Have you ever read Donaldson's Thomas Covenant? I would read the 1st 2 trilogies and avoid the 3rd.
    I remember reading Thomas Covenant. I am pretty sure I read the 1st 2 trilogies and do not remember the 3rd. Wait, didn't his ex-wife go into the other world? Was that in the 3rd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burntorangebongos View Post
    I remember reading Thomas Covenant. I am pretty sure I read the 1st 2 trilogies and do not remember the 3rd. Wait, didn't his ex-wife go into the other world? Was that in the 3rd?
    Yes, the 3rd

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    In case anyone is interested in reading some excellent sci-fi pulp in advance of the March film release, the John Carter of Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs are all in the public domain and can be downloaded to the Kindle or Ipad for free.

    I burned through Princess of Mars last night, and though it starts slow, it gets REALLY good by the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleverNickname View Post
    +1 on Rothfuss name of the wind. Very good and second book comes out soon. If y'all like Martin's big series also check out Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing. It's rad. A mix of philosophy and religion, set in a fictional spin on the crusades only in a fantasy world. Just super good. Very heavy like ASoFAI. It's intellectual in ways often the best scifi fantasy can be. After those go to the library and check out the classic Dying Earth collections and Farfdd and the Grey Mouser. Oh, and also for Martin fans: Tuf Voyaging is a fun read. Martin doing fanciful speculative scifi.


    finishing bakker's fifth book. wow thanks for the recommendation. Great series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junon View Post
    blah blah Karl Schroeder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Schroeder).....
    The final book in his Virga series came out this week.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Candesce...9345699&sr=8-1

    Really, I've never been more enthusiastic about recommending a 'new' scifi author.

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    I didn't like American Gods because I thought it fell short. I had a couple conversations with friends, and we both generally agreed...the worlds Gaiman creates are fantastic. The concept was absolutely fantastic. I just didn't feel like he tied it together very well with what Shadow was doing all the time. Shadow never really finds a purpose, he just sort of meanders around, not knowing what the $#@! was going on the entire time, until the end, when he just sort of makes a decision, which is the equivalent of him shrugging him shoulders and saying "Why not?" He never really felt impassioned by what he was doing, really. It's just him wondering around in a small town, eating some food. Or him being generally confused. Same with the side stories. I could care less about his wife. She doesn't do anything either, doesn't have any kind of narrative arc. $#@!, the extent to which he explains her presence is "I feel forced to follow Shadow around, so I do." Ok, so, she's now just wondering around with no purpose? She's just kind of "there." I guess what I'm saying is he doesn't develop his characters much at all, they just kind of run into things and you don't learn much more about them than when he started writing.

    What really disappointed me was the things he does really well, create these worlds, he didn't take advantage of. I wanted to learn more about the mythology, and how things work, and the limit of Wednesday's powers, and what the hell killed the Leprechaun when he lost "the coin," etc. The guy just winds up dead, and it's a thread never explored or resolved. And Shadow couldn't care less. It just felt like loose ends everywhere, and what I really wanted him to focus on more was this wold of the gods. Instead I got trudging indented chapters every few pages tracing the history of these gods in America and their history, which were mostly just weird and didn't contribute much, I thought. Its just "Oh, and there were sad gods trudging through the countryside" and then shadow would wake up, shrug his shoulders, and go eat breakfast. Tell me more about Low-Key, tell me more about Wednesday, Johnny Appleseed, etc. Explain something about some of their powers, and more about how they subsist.

    Also, he's not a talented writer at all. Very basic. He's gift is these ideas. I think he's much better suited to graphic novels than he is to regular novels. But when it comes to ideas, the guy is tip top.
    We're pretty close on American Gods. I thought the concept was brilliant, particularly the way he developed the idea of our gods being things we worship, & television & technology developing personas like the old gods. Gaiman's writing is sufficient for me, but his characters, particularly Shadow, tended to be wooden. I liked the wife being a living corpse & he explored it without dropping into any of the cliches.
    Neverwhere was, I think, his best book. Door, Hunter, the Marquis De Carabas, and Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were all great characters. Again, the main character, Richard Mayhew, was the weakest. He just kind of drifted through the story, with everything happening to him & him being nothing but a wooden block.
    American Gods could have been his best work, but IMHO, it reads more like a first draft than a completed novel. Course, Gaiman sells tons of books & I post on a message board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milk_monitor View Post
    A number of people have suggested some of Philip K $#@!'s work. A lot of the short stories are very good, and some of the novels (though honestly many are crap). I don't think anyone has mentioned VALIS yet, which remains one of the most hallucinatory, intense books I have ever read. I don't even know if it qualifies as science fiction, since it is unclear how "fictional" it is from the author's perspective. The Empire never ended, bitches.

    Also, I have a question about Robert Heinlein - I tried to read Stranger in a Strange Land, but got really bored and stopped about halfway through. The endless exposition of Heinlein's rather garden-variety nonconformist social and political positions was pretty heavy-handed. Show us, don't tell us, Bob. Apparently I got some "expanded" edition, whose main additions were more of the stuff I didn't like. Might I have more luck with the rest of his work?
    I liked Starship Troopers, but it also has quite a bit of Heinlein's political philosophy. If I was only going to read one Heinlein book, it would be Troopers.

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    Stranger in a Strange Land is a book that time has not treated well. It was cutting edge and revolutionary for it's time, but it's shock value is lost on today's generation, including myself.

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    Stranger in a Strange Land is a book that time has not treated well. It was cutting edge and revolutionary for it's time, but it's shock value is lost on today's generation, including myself.
    True. It hasn't aged well.
    Philip $#@! is my favorite sci-fi author, but some of it's pretty weird because of his mental problems. I don't think any of the books based on his novels have used either the title or the plot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Kimball View Post
    True. It hasn't aged well.
    Philip $#@! is my favorite sci-fi author, but some of it's pretty weird because of his mental problems. I don't think any of the books based on his novels have used either the title or the plot.
    I've tried a couple of his books and I just don't care for them. I think it is part the mental problems and part that he often was addressing current affairs in a round about way.

    Anyone catch the Science Channel show 'Prophets of Science Fiction'? I saw the Asimov episode last night. Somewhat interesting but not great. I'm hoping the others are better.

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    ^ The H. G. Wells one was fantastic. That guy was $#@!ing brilliant. He basically predicted many of the major innovations and some of the major events of the 20th century. He had vision that's for sure.

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    I'm new to this board but can't believe that its gone 5 pages without anyone mentioning Peter F. Hamilton. This guy is basically the George R.R. Martin of Sci Fi, but he actually finishes books.

    His best work, in my opinion is, the Commonwealth Saga:
    Pandora's Star
    Judas Unchained

    The above books are the best, but there is a subsequent trilogy that is also very good and part of the Commonwealth Saga.
    The Dreaming Void
    The Temporal Void
    The Evolutionary Void

    He also has another series dealing called The Night's Dawn, but it is not for the faint of heart:
    The Reality Dysfunction
    The Neutronium Alchemist
    The Naked God

    Finally, he also wrote a standalone novel that was very good and not related to either series above:
    Fallen Dragon

    These books are some of the best Sci Fi I have read. All are pretty much epic space opera, but very adult in nature.

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    Also, I have read very few fantasy novels that I highly recommend but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the George R.R. Martin books and Patrick Rothfuss books that have already been mentioned. I don't know of any fantasy that comes close to those series (which are very different from each other).

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    Just finished A Canticle for Leibowitz. Fantastic book. I can't believe I missed it all these years. Left me with a profound sense of satisfaction and a vague sense of unease. Amazing cautionary tale and I can't quit thinking about certain aspects. That's good literature. I shouldn't be surprised since I've never read a bad Hugo winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richter View Post
    Also, I have read very few fantasy novels that I highly recommend but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the George R.R. Martin books
    I'm about 150 pages into Clash of Kings right now. This series is gripping. But I'm going to be pissed if it unwinds and either Martin dies before he ends it or the finale just kind of sucks and ruins the whole series. I went through that $#@! with LOST, and don't care to do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrickHorn View Post
    I'm about 150 pages into Clash of Kings right now. This series is gripping. But I'm going to be pissed if it unwinds and either Martin dies before he ends it or the finale just kind of sucks and ruins the whole series. I went through that $#@! with LOST, and don't care to do it again.
    Yeah, man... welcome to the club.

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    Just stumbled onto this thread....add me to the "Ender's Game" groupies. Also, re: that NPR list -- any "top 10 sci fi / fantasy" list that leaves Arthur C. Clarke off is worthless. "Childhood's End" is one of the best novels I've ever read, sci fi or not.

    And no sci-fi list is complete without Fahrenheit 451.

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    Most of the top reads have been mentioned but if you liked Hyperion, I'd suggest Dan Simmons' Illium & Olympos, an amazing sci-fi series that shares a lot from Homer, Shakespeare & Proust.

    I don't think I saw Ender's Shadow mentioned, but it's my 2nd favorite book in the Ender's Game series.

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    I highly recommend the Jason Wander series by Robert Buettner. Its five books, all quick reading all highly entertaining. Series follows the military career of the main character who was orphaned during an alien attack (yes exactly like Starship Troopers which the author acknowledges). Some of the funnier sci-fi stuff I have read in a while.

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    I have a suggestion you fantasy wonks and fiction-gays: get a job. Then with your little pay check, go buy a second hand how-to book about self finance. Then you'll really be learning and living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THujone View Post
    I have a suggestion you fantasy wonks and fiction-gays: get a job. Then with your little pay check, go buy a second hand how-to book about self finance. Then you'll really be learning and living.
    I read Grafata son of Trasmon's "An egg-shell saved is a dragon hatched"

    ???s

    Do you THujone Knight of the $#@! suggest savings in precious stones, manna, or the King's Gold?

    Mayhaps privateer's gold?

    I'm also looking into a new sword for my quest to find the Lute of a Thousand Voices, should a finance, pay cash, offer my servitude to a Master, or just use the sword my father gave me on my 14th name day on the summit of Mount Dra'flarioys?

    My gratitude. May the Lord of Love and Light Reign for all the Moons and May his blessings and grace shine on you, Sir Knight.

    I'll hang up and listen.

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    Just read "The Hungering Saga" by Heath Pfaff.

    Decent read, popped up as a recommendation on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrickHorn View Post
    I'm about 150 pages into Clash of Kings right now. This series is gripping. But I'm going to be pissed if it unwinds and either Martin dies before he ends it or the finale just kind of sucks and ruins the whole series. I went through that $#@! with LOST, and don't care to do it again.
    I'm tempted to start a fund to pay for an onsite nurse to make sure Martin takes his diabetes medicine. They get paid extra if they have an editing background and can tell him no the next time he wants to drop Jon, Dany and Tyrion from a book to focus on side characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCHorn View Post
    I'm tempted to start a fund to pay for an onsite nurse to make sure Martin takes his diabetes medicine. They get paid extra if they have an editing background and can tell him no the next time he wants to drop Jon, Dany and Tyrion from a book to focus on side characters.
    They could always bring in Sanderson to finish like he did for Robert Jordan. We'd have this series finished in 2 years tops.

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    The Time Weaver

    My debut novel, The Time Weaver is an action packed fantasy.

    I also support a local charity with my royalties, so it's double good for you guys. A portion of my royalties from every sale goes toward Austin, TX based The Helios Initiative, a charity that provides free PC's to underprivileged children and families.

    Here's the pitch:

    It started with a car accident.

    What should have killed thirty-year-old Seth Alkirk, instead causes time to stop. He didn't know what was happening as he took in the frozen world around him. He didn't know why he was the only one who could move, or breathe, or see what was going on. But when a rift opens in the middle of the intersection, and a vicious twelve-foot-tall creature steps through into his world, Seth does know one thing for certain...

    He has to run. Or die.

    Enter Galadir, a parallel world where magic rules. Discover a kingdom in danger of being overrun by a massive army. And follow Seth as he discovers he's not human - but a Time Weaver who can change the balance of the coming war, if only he can learn to control his powers in time.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0061GJX0U

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    Thomas A. Knight has spent most of his life either immersed in or building fantasy worlds and bringing characters to life.

    From Middle Earth, to the skies of Pern and beyond, no world is too great a challenge for him to conquer. His favourite places include a pair of worlds that spawned from his own imagination, one of perpetual light, and one of perpetual darkness.

    When he is not living a life in one of these worlds, he is a husband, father of two little girls, software developer, and avid role-player. He grew up and currently resides in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Holding a diploma in Network Engineering from a private college in Toronto, Ontario he currently works as a software developer at one of the world's leading vinyl siding manufacturers.

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    Sorry, I'm a bit slow. How do parallel worlds work?

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    I know they've been mentioned many times, but I'll put my two cents in for the Kingkiller Chronicles. I thought the two books published so far were incredible. Oh, and Martin can't be beat either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Math Mudrat View Post
    Lately I've been reading the Xeelee Sequence books by Stephen Baxter. There are probably 10 or so books in the series that are all related and chronicle the rise and fall of humanity starting in the present and going till the end of the Universe. Each one can be read pretty much independently but together they are much better. Only extreme $#@!ing nerds like myself would read them but I liked most of the books a lot.
    Nice call on Stephen Baxter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taknight View Post
    My debut novel, The Time Weaver is an action packed fantasy.

    I also support a local charity with my royalties, so it's double good for you guys. A portion of my royalties from every sale goes toward Austin, TX based The Helios Initiative, a charity that provides free PC's to underprivileged children and families.

    Here's the pitch:

    It started with a car accident.

    What should have killed thirty-year-old Seth Alkirk, instead causes time to stop. He didn't know what was happening as he took in the frozen world around him. He didn't know why he was the only one who could move, or breathe, or see what was going on. But when a rift opens in the middle of the intersection, and a vicious twelve-foot-tall creature steps through into his world, Seth does know one thing for certain...

    He has to run. Or die.

    Enter Galadir, a parallel world where magic rules. Discover a kingdom in danger of being overrun by a massive army. And follow Seth as he discovers he's not human - but a Time Weaver who can change the balance of the coming war, if only he can learn to control his powers in time.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0061GJX0U
    did you get this idea from paul? if not i turn my nose up at your puny offering. unless there is a chick with 3 tits on the cover. in THAT case, tits or GTFO. learn the rules.



    <Good luck with your book and charity though.>

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    Just started a book called "Cordyceps" by Ian Duncan.

    Is about the Cordyceps fungus making the leap from insects to humans and the ensuing panic etc that ensues. Pretty entertaining and an interesting take on the traditional viral/CDC outbreak zombie genre.

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    Anybody read this?



    Thinking about picking it up..........

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    I read The Windup Girl in the last month. Strong dystopian vision, good writing. Worth the time, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrazilHorn View Post
    Just started a book called "Cordyceps" by Ian Duncan.

    Is about the Cordyceps fungus making the leap from insects to humans and the ensuing panic etc that ensues. Pretty entertaining and an interesting take on the traditional viral/CDC outbreak zombie genre.
    So based on your recc I read it on my kindle. It was good. Pretty standard zombie lit (kindle's are great for niche fiction - there are dozens and dozes of apocalypse and zombie apocalypse books $3 and less written by semi-pros) - but the image of a man climbing a light post, tieing himsulf up there with duct tape - and then a large fungal anther emerging from the eye socket blowing zombie-making fungal dust into the air - is $#@!ing terrifying. It would make for a great TV movie or film image. The overall ending - meh.

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    SIAP but I thought the Night's Dawn trilogy was awesome.

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    I just read Orson Scott Card's new Earth Unaware, which is a prequel to the Ender series. It's actually one of the best new books I've read in quite some time. OSC goes into the right amount of detail about the right type of things. In some cases the detail was about something I didn't know I cared much about until he described it. I can't wait for the next one in the series whenever it comes out.

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    Just finished a book called Wool by Hugh Howey, which is 5 short stories put into one book. It's a fantastic post-apocolyptic book that revolves around people that live in a silo. Each short story in the book tends to follow different characters along a chain of events. Pretty sure I picked it up for cheaper than the $5.99 it is on Kindle now, but I still highly recommend it. In April, a new book came out in the series that starts a new chain.

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    So, I decided to get around to reading the Riftwar series. Why the $#@! is the original trilogy not available on Kindle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deviant Khan View Post
    I just read Orson Scott Card's new Earth Unaware, which is a prequel to the Ender series. It's actually one of the best new books I've read in quite some time. OSC goes into the right amount of detail about the right type of things. In some cases the detail was about something I didn't know I cared much about until he described it. I can't wait for the next one in the series whenever it comes out.
    Have you read the rest of the ender/bean series? I'm finishing up children of the mind, and I'll be done except for earth unaware. The bean series was far more compelling to me.

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    Just picked this up cheap on the Kindle and I'm surprised at how good it is so far. Definitely worth the 3 bucks.

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