All Things Sci/Fi-Fantasy

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  1. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    hey my fellow AF family,

    i thought that i would start a thread to talk about all things related to sc-fi and fantasy books here. i'm assuming that since we all love our beloved android devices, that would make you more of a geek then your average person. and what geek is there that does not like sci-fi and fantasy books?

    we can talk all things related to sc-fi/fantasy things like what is your favorite book or series, characters you like, movies made from your favorite books.

    so i will start the discussion.

    i just bought an e-book called The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus): Terry Goodkind

    now first off let me just say that this is one thing i really like about amazon, they are all about self publishing. the fact that a big time author like terry goodkind self published thru amazon is huge.

    it is a relatively shorter story compared to his other novels., but it brought back memories of his Sword of Truth Series/Set/Collection 1-11, Wizard's First Rule, Stone of Tears, Blood of the Fold, Temple of the Winds, Soul of the Fire, Faith of the Fallen, The Pillars of Creation, Naked Empire, Chainfire, Phantom, Confessor: Terry Goodkind.

    and now i longed to be back in that world so much so that i decided to read the entire series all over again. if you have not read or heard of the sword of truth series, then i highly suggest that you at least read the first book, Wizard's First Rule it is one of my favorite fantasy series. it is very unique in that yes there are wizards and dragons, but there are no elfs, orcs, or rings in this series. it is a fresh approach to fantasy that i think makes it extra special.

    here some of my other fantasy series that i love:
    the The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever: Lord Foul's Bane; The Illearth War; The Power That Preserves: Stephen R Donaldson: 9780739425480: Books
    and The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, 3 Volume Set. (The Wounded Land, The One Tree, White Gold Wielder): Stephen R. Donaldson: Books

    and of course J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Movie Tie-in): The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King: J.R.R. Tolkien: 9780345538376: Books

    so just to get the ball moving.......what is your favorite sc-fi or fantasy series?

  2. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Well-Known Member

    What do you think of the final series of Covenant books?

    I also like the GAP series by Donaldson.

    C.J. Cherryh, and C.S. Friedman are among my favorite authors.

    If you haven't read George R.R. Martin, then you are definitely missing out-- if he actually finishes the Song of Ice and Fire series (decently), he will eclipse Tolkein in the Fantasy genre.
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    yeah i need to try the martin books. i have the first three, but i can never get too far into the first book......i always stop for some reason.

    i really like the first 2 chronicles of of thomas covenant. they are great in that again it is slightly different from the norm of a typical fantasy novel or series. yes there is a ring and wizards but that is it. thomas covenant makes a great anti-hero who you learn to love over time. now that last chronicles i fell like it was more forced and not at all like the first 2. i think the publisher kind of forced stephen r donaldson to finish the story of thomas covenant with the last chronicles.

    i do need to read the gap series. i hear that it is very good as well. yet more books to add on my reading list.

    and no i have not read anything from those authors. i have heard of them and will check them out. thanx for the tip.
  4. Zarafia

    Zarafia Active Member

    Great thread! I LOVE sci-fi/fantasy everything :).
    Book-wise, my favorite author is Steven R. Boyett, favorite book is his "Ariel". I cut my teeth on Piers Anthony and Anne McCaffrey. Then I got into Mercedes Lackey (she and I share the common interests of falconry, parrots and horses) and I really love pretty much everything Steven Brust has ever written.
    TV wise, I am a hard-core Farscape fan and I love the new Battlestar Galactica (watching it right now LOL).
    My all time favorite movies would probably be Ladyhawke, Legend, Avatar and The Neverending Story.
    I'm sure I am forgetting some, but I'm always happy to talk about science-fiction and fantasy :).
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  5. Zarafia

    Zarafia Active Member

    Oh, duh, how could I forget Douglas Adams? I got into his books just a few years ago and loved them immediately! And I must say that his audiobooks, the ones that he reads himself, are fantastic! It breaks my heart that he's left us :(.
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  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    as far as sci-fi goes,
    i love hitchiker's guide for sure.

    i love anything ann mcafferey specifically when it comes to the dragon riders of pern. i love the pern universe.

    orson scott card's ender's game is awesome.

    i like the dune series as well.

    i really do not like audio books, but hearing it in the author's own voice might be something cool. i might have to check that out.
  7. Zarafia

    Zarafia Active Member

    You totally have to! Douglas Adams is hilarious and delightful! I have "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" and "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" on cassette tapes (both by Douglas Adams) and a CD of DA reading from the Hitch hiker's Guide (an abridged version). My brother has the entire Hitch hiker's series with DA reading, all on casette tapes. He let me borrow them for a while and I could listen to them over and over :). He guards those tapes with his life :).
    I'm really not an audiobook person either, but DA is a fantastic exception IMHO.
  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    hmmmmmmm thanx i might have to check it out.
  9. Zarafia

    Zarafia Active Member

    You wont regret it :).
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  10. Italo

    Italo Well-Known Member

    My favorite fantasy series is The Death Gate Cycle. I love Ender's Game. The other books in that series are good, but considerably slower. I'm also a fan of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis' space trilogy, and dare I say it, Harry Potter.

    I'm currently reading Game of Thrones. It will take me a while to catch up to the show. I need to read Hitch Hikers Guide since the movie is one of my favorites. I just started on Ringworld as well.
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  11. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    hmmmmm death gate cycle, might have to look into that one when i finish the sword of truth series(which could take like a month or longer as it is 11 books in the series!!!)

    i still need to try game of thrones......i think the first book just takes so long to develop that it is hard for me to start and finish it. one of these days i need to try it again.

    and if you like the hitchhiker movie then you will love the books

    and lastly ringworld....that is old school. i read once a really long time ago when i was a kid. i need to read that one. almost forgot about larry niven, great author.
  12. dontpanicbobby

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    I've been reading through the Project Gutenberg Bookshelf of Science Fiction. They have a lot of short stories, novellas, and novels from the 30's 40's 50's and 60's and earlier that are no longer copyrighted. I recommend read Murray Leinster's stories they're very entertaining and free.
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  13. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Well-Known Member

    Ringworld is a really good series... actually, anything Larry Niven.
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  14. dontpanicbobby

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    Just finished a very amusing short story by William Morrison called Divinity. It's not really part of a series though. MY favorite all time series are The "Hammer's Slammers" stories by David Drake and The Mercenary series by Jerry Pournelle, almost every series Mercedes Lackey has written and even John Ringo's over the top "Vorpal Blade" and "Kildar" series. Basically the stable of authors being handled by Baen publishers put out the best stuff I've read. You can get some full length samples at Baen Ebooks - Free Library. Enjoy.
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  15. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

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  16. gerry142

    gerry142 Active Member

    Currently reading Storm of Swords and it's amazing.
  17. OutOfPhase

    OutOfPhase Premium Member

    David Wells: Sovereign of the Seven Isles. Is a great series that kept me wanting more.

    Toby Neighbors: The Five Kingdoms series is a good read that but is a little predictable. I just finished Lorik by Toby and it was also a good read but predictable again. Both series are easy to read and does not require complete concentration to follow along.

    Peter V Bret: The Demon Cycle Trilogy. I have read the first 2 books and just download the 3 but If I remember the first book was much better than the second but was still good enough for me to buy the 3rd.

    T.B. Christensen: The Wielders Trilogy: Another good read but somewhat predictable.

    David Dalglish: Pretty much anything he has written as been a great read.

    John Forrester: Blacklight Chronicles: This series kept me entertained throughout the series.

    Robin Hobb: Most of her series are great. The rain wild chronicles are a little slow but have been getting better as the series moves on.

    Patrick Rothfuss: Kingkiller chronicles. Is a wonderfully written series that I am eagerly awaiting book three for a long time.

    I think I will stop here for now, but will add to this list later. Going over this I just went to amazon and ordered some more books.
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  18. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator


    i forgot to mention Patrick Rothfuss. i love his series so far. do you read his blog( if not you should. he is so funny and smart. i love reading them. i too can't wait for his third book as well.
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  19. OutOfPhase

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    Yes I read his blog. It is killing me that he is taking forever to release book 3.
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  20. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    i know.....i feel like i need to re-read them before the third one gets released. i can't remember how the second one ended now......:eek:
  21. OutOfPhase

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    I also want to thank you for recommending the First confessor. I did not realize that he released another book.

    I read a lot and this is definitely my genra.
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  22. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    yeah i kind of stumbled upon it on amazon. i think it is really cool that amazon allows self publishing like that. i hope terry goodkind does more like that as i love the world that is in the sword of truth series.

    i still need to read debt of bones and the omen machine which is all in the same world as well. i have the books, just need to read them....LOL
  23. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    ok so like i said before in an earlier post one of my favorite authors is patrick rothfuss. the best thing is that he likes to blog a lot and he latest blog is just hilarious. here is the link: Patrick Rothfuss – Blog in his latest entry he was doing a photo shoot for a fantasy calender. he even has funny!!!! if you have not read his blogs, i suggest that you do. they are by far vary entertaining.
  24. OutOfPhase

    OutOfPhase Premium Member

    Still waiting for book 3.... :saint:
  25. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    you can probably get the calender while you wait. it will most likely come out before the book.:p:D

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