So I just finished my last final for my undergrad and I told myself that I was going to start reading more after I was done. I'm looking for a good sci-fi/fantasy book, maybe a series. Either something with dragons and magic or something in the future but not set on earth. Any suggestions? I keep asking the gf and shes keeps telling me to read Magical Thinking and I keep telling her that i want magic in the book, not in the title.
OT - nerd books
I guess you get a nerd hall pass for not having been on top of this already since your excuse is that you were studying other books. Read the books, then watch the series on HBO. It doesn't get much better right now in fantasy/dragons/sex/magic/blood/guts/intrigue/power politics.
Yeah, you can't go wrong with the Song of Ice and Fire series, but be prepared to wait awhile for Martin to release the next book (the sixth), there have been some significant gaps in between releases.
But honestly they are worth the wait, a very good series.
SM Stirlings Dies the Fire series is good. Post Armageddon. Also Johnny Ringos Prince Rdger March Up Country books are good too.
my roommate has the series but out of principal i cannot accept his opinion on anything
Came here to recommend that one as well. I just finished the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones), and it did not disappoint. I would highly recommend it.
amazing series so far (2 and a 1/2 books in).
I can't belive how well he writes and the way he uses the third person limited but with multiple characters is very well done.
Read about eighty percent and gave up. To many new characters. Made me hate the dornish folks as well as the iron born. Second thought never mind. Try it out .
It took me so long to finish that volume that I forgot what happened before, but I'm glad I made it through, because "A Dance with Dragons" picks up the pace and is much more entertaining. Skip ahead and read the last 5 chapters or so of "Feast of Crows," as major events occur therein.
Ugh, I'm a little over halfway through right now. I read the first three books in about a week each on my commute to work. This book feels like a chore to read and I've been reading it for about a month.
That said, I highly recommend the Dunk and Egg series - three short stories (so far) written by Martin that take place in the same universe about 90 years before A Game of Thrones. Read the first one novella before A Feast for Crows since the fourth book has some spoilers for the mini-series that takes away from a few of the reveals.
I would have to disagree with this. George martin's writing is subpar and nothing like that of vonnegut, lem, Phillip k dick and other prominent sci-fi writers
The first book was very good, second book good, 3rd pretty good. The storyline seems like it is being dragged out just to get some more dollars. I'm stopping at book three. There are better suggestions here IMHO.
the last two books IMO have been huge letdowns--little happens, we follow some characters that I don't care about at all, and he seems to have lost the strong narrative thread that the first three books had. I'm betting the tv series will do a better job of portraying the events in the last two books than Martin did.
Most people don't know about this but it is a great series: Harry Potter.
I read all three books in a week...
a good suggestion, but don't expect anything special. Basically good fodder...
If you've got the time there's the Wheel of Time series. If you start it now you might be caught up when the last book comes out early next year.
The wheel of time series might be the best suggestion on here (outside of harry potter, but those should be read before you turn 21) in that they are well written, extensive, and about to finish.
Agreed. Most epic/awesome fantasy series ever. I've read the series 3 times and I'm already on book five for the 4th time through. If only it could be made into a TV series.
Release of Memory of Light (book 14) scheduled for early January.
Honestly OP, would scrounge up nickels, dimes, etc., fly to SE Asia or Europe and live it up. Books will always be available for you when you come back.
I read much of the series then gave up and donated the first 9 back to the library. I had an honest discussion with myself and decided that the reality of the situation was that I wasn't going to finish the series. Most of the books I read were good, but it got to the point where it seemed like it was long for long's sake.
Not sci-fi fantasy but it is nerdy...give this Douglas Coupland classic a bit of your time:
Read every MGoBlog post ever including all diaries.
If you have some time and don't mind a series which has almost 40 books in it, I would highly recommend the "Discworld" series by Terry Pratchett. It is an intelligently written and pretty funny series that makes many modern references as well.
Terry Pratchett's books are fantastic, and you definitely don't have to read them in order or anything to enjoy them. He is basically the Douglas Adams of the fantasy genre, brilliant satire.
There are lots of books in the Halo universe. Some follow games and some are separate stories.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. I barely read any sci-fi at all, but it is fantastic.
Great fantasy series by Erikson
Not sure if it qualifies but Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorites. I'm somewhat of a nerd myself so I think you will appreciate his writing. I especially enjoy Welcome to the Monkeyhouse, a series of short stories that's very fun to dip in and out of. For a novel, Slaughterhouse Five is always a good one.
Never thought of Vonnegut as sci-fi, but his books do have tons of sci-fi influence in them it seems. Slaughterhouse Five, Sirens of Titan, and Cat's Cradle are my favorites.
Twilight. But only if you're Team BuddSegz
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.
"The Magicians" by Lev Grossman.
Beat me to it...
I think this is what i'll start with. now i just need to get a library card
Currently reading "The Magicians" and I second that recommendation
The Magicians is great, and the second book in the series (The Magician King) is also fantastic. Third book will be coming out in the next year or so, I believe?
Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. Don't Panic.
5 books in total, and 1 that was written by someone else, so 6 sorta.
Very good dry british humor if you are looking for something a little more light hearted.
The Increasingly Inaccurately Named Hitchhikers Trilogy
Starts with Gardens of the Moon
im on book 6 right now. very enjoyable.
is a personal favorite. Start with Sabriel. It has necromancy and plenty of other magic set in a thoroughly fleshed-out (non-earth) world.
Valis - Philip K Dick
How can you go wrong with a series set on a flat world balanced on the back of four elephants standing on a turtle? Or where Death (yes, THAT Death with robe and scythe) rides a horse called Binky and has a granddaughter named Susan?
In addition to song of ice and fire and wheel of time, which are probably my top 2 but have already been suggested, Mistborn is a great series. It is by Bradon Sanderson, who is also writing the final books of the Wheel of Time series.
Agreed. Everything he's written has been good. I just finished Alloy of Law and that was solid as well.
Philip K Dick is great. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Is probably my favorite, but most of his stuff is really good. VALIS is good & weird and I really liked Time Put Of Joint also.
Also second the Vonnegut suggestion.
Out. Time Out of Joint.
I can't believe nobody has mentioned DUNE! Seriously, "Dune" by Frank Herbert is an epic book and anyone who calls themself a sci-fi fan should read it. Frankly, even people who aren't probably should. You will not be disappointed.
Yes. That series was pretty good. I would like to see someone do a reboot of the film. That steaming pile of shit released in '84 did the book no justice.