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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:14 pm  Reply with quote
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Heading on holidays and need some books.
Anyone recommend some good books in the above genres.
Recent enough stuff though, preferably a series.

I don't like my scifi too complex or space opera-y, more futuristic but I'll give anything decent a go.
I don't like my fantasy too traditional - love The Dark Tower, Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Clive Barker stuff - dark I guess.
Horror? Difficult to get any decent horror really but again will give anything decent a go.

Reckon folks on here should have some good ideas Smile
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R SCott Bakker - the Prince of Nothing series. Starts with the novel The Darkness That Comes Before.

It's fantasy--in that there are Kingdoms and magic and that kind of thing--but it's on a fairly dark and straightly-played level--if that makes any sense--not a frivolous or heroic romp of any kind. I guess the tone it would compare closest to is Game of Thrones--but it's not an accurate comparison.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:35 pm  Reply with quote
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Ace! Wiki looks cool.
A friend mentioned that a while back too but I forgot about it.
thanks, on the list.
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It's not a new novel, but I recently read Frederick Pohl's sci-fi novel Gateway on vacation and was blown away by it.

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I'm out of it,man...I haven't read any good sci-fi or horror in a long while...Philip K Dick,Ballard,Barker,Gibson,Moorecock and HP Lovecraft spoiled me for a long time....will have to check out the Klawful and Joshy Boy's rec's...had the knack to read some good sci-fi lately...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_Girls is a great book as is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bone_Season

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Sweet!
Keep em coming.
All sounding cool so far.
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On the horror side, have you read any Brian Lumley?

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elrrek wrote:
On the horror side, have you read any Brian Lumley?


I read the first few Necroscope books but nothing since.
Any highlights?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:09 pm  Reply with quote
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If you've read the Necroscope stuff and were into it the Vampire Wars stuff he did after that was more of the same but more fantasy themed.

His stand-alone books about Titus Crow are good and very HP Lovecraft.

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elrrek wrote:
If you've read the Necroscope stuff and were into it the Vampire Wars stuff he did after that was more of the same but more fantasy themed.

His stand-alone books about Titus Crow are good and very HP Lovecraft.


I like the sound of the Titus Crow stuff. Always up for a bit of cthulhu.
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if you are into comics, i highly recommend this!



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Thanks guys.
My kindle is now fully loaded and ready to go.
I'll probably get through most of them, so I'll do a mini review when I get back Smile
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Quick bump! In terms of fantasy, I can highly recommend Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. On book 4 so far and it's been nothing short of brilliant. Quite complex at times with multiple threads going off all over the shot, but when you have huge clumps of them come together, it's been some of the most gripping reading I've ever done in recent years.

And Erikson really does not show mercy with his characters. It really is dark and full of death.

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What I read:

Mr Mercedes - Stevie King
- King does pulp fiction. Very entertaining. Still kinda horror but in a human fashion.

The Compleat Crow - Brian Lumley
- gotta love this stuff. Short story collection. Cthulhu fun.

The Darkness That Comes Before - R. Scott Bakker
- Got halfway through and found it a little dense so gave up. Started it again and am enjoying it now.

The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
- Very good. Really liked the way this was written and the interleaving of past and present. Gonna check out more.

The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon
- Young adult stuff that reads like it's trying to score a film deal. Okay and some nice ideas but won't be reading any more in the series.



Also reread The Shining. Hadn't read it in nearly 30 years. Man, such an incredible book. Has he topped it since? I dunno. I totally get why he reckons the movie is rubbish. It obviously isn't but it takes such huge liberties with Jacks charactor that it's hard to see how an author could feel any other way. If you haven't read it in years, dig it out.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
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Recommendations back'atcha:

Justin Cronin - The Passage / The Twelve.
- post apocalyptic vampire stuff. Dark and epic. New twist on vampires.

Carrie Ryan - The Forest Of Hand And Teeth series
- Cool zombie young adult series. First book is definitely worth a read. Again it's post apocalyptic but I guess that's a given where zombies are concerned.

Mira Grant - Newsflesh series
- More zombies. More young adult crap. But cool slant it you're techie. Great charactors in this series.

Clive Barker - The Abarat series
- It's Clive writing fantasy for kids.The man can do no wrong.
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It's that time of year again.
Any suggestions?

So far I've got:
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
The Talisman - King/Straub (re-reading - loved it as a teenager when it came out).
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ready player one by ernest cline

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Armada by Ernest Cline just came out. By the first 1/4 of the book, its heavily 80's influenced just like Ready Player One.

The Martian is pretty technical, but a great survivor tale.

The Peripheral might be up your alley, futuristic but not horrifically technical.

Check out the recent string of Prophet comics (2012 - 2014) as well. Very insane.
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both books for "kids" but i found them pretty gripping and emotional

phillip reeves "mortal engines" series

patrick ness "chaos walking" trilogy

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i loved the mortal engines books

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Thanks guys.
I had read Ready Player One and The Martian already - both brilliant.
I went with 'Mortal Engines' (along with my other ones) - really enjoyed it. Gonna have to check out the rest now. Smile
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