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Friday, January 15, 2010

Anyone Know a Good Book?

I love reading. My mother introduced me to Sci-Fi and Fantasy at an early age and I am still hooked. The problem I run into is finding something worth reading. So I am asking you:

What are a few of your favorite books?

I am not just talking about ones you have read lately. I am talking about ones you would consider reading again. And maybe even a third time!

In the spirit of sharing, here are the ones that immediately come to mind:

The Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. The first two books, Shards of Honor and Barrayar have been republished in the omnibus Cordelia's Honor (June 1, 2000).

Cordelia is a science officer surveying a planet which happens to host a forward scout base for an enemy world. All I can say is it is an interesting story with great male and female leads. After the first two books, the story shifts to focus on her son. He is brilliant but handicapped in a world that highly values physical prowess. There are moments where I laughed aloud while reading and other darker moments that I still think about today. It's a great series. You can (legally) check out one of the short stories for free here.

The next series is the Honor Harrington books by David Weber. Pictures left is the first book in the series, On Basilisk Station, though it has had several different covers. There are 11 books in the series if you like it and there are a few more dealing with the universe he created. Honor Harrington is the name of the main character. She is a strong female lead with her own demons. Life is tough and she has to be tougher. The space battles are amazing and the military side aspect is well developed. I think I am doing a lousy job explaining why it it is a great series, but it is.

Part of this idea came from cruising the web. I came across Green Skeleton Gaming Guild. It's not miniatures but but he has a few pics of his game room posted, including his stack of books. They are impressive, check 'em out =)

I have several other books in mind that I have gone back and read again. I guess I am hoping you might have a favorite to share here or on your blog. If you do, link back to here so I have something to read this spring =)


nikko said...

I've read all the Vorkosigan's books and i've begin the "med-fan-italian-renaissance" books and they're quite good indeed.

Karitas said...

As a 40k Fan, you should read Dan Abnett.

the gaunt's ghost books, and especially the Eisenhorn trilogy are awesome.

outside 40k, I'm fond of the Robert Jordan wheel of time books, anything by David Gemmell, and David Eddings, but those are just mostly fluff reading.

for awesome you have to read Dune. (Frank Herbert) and the next few written by him, skip his son's books. :)

oh my i could go on and on, I read voraciously :)

Shelexie said...

@nikko - Thanks for the post! I checked out your sight and I LOVE the rocking skeleton on the broken alter! That is really nice work! I am not familiar with the "med-fan-italian-renaissance" books. Who is the author?

@Karitas - I have thought about reading some of the 40k stuff but I didn't know where to start. I think I will give Eisenhorn a shot. I have read the Robert Jordan books, up to book 6, then I lost interest. Dune was amazingly weird, though I am still disappointed there were no weirding modules =) Gemmell and Eddings both look interesting. Thanks for the suggestions!

I appreciate the

David said...

If you like Bujold, you'll probably enjoy Mike Shepard's Kris Longknife series. Some good sci-fi there.

Maria J Snyder's first trilogy starting with Poison Study is also really great. Fantasy, not sci-fi.

Shelexie said...

Thanks David! Shepard is one I hadn't heard of and the series looks interesting. I am checking that one out too =)

Mik said...

I second the Dan Abnett, both the Eisenhorn and Ravenor omnibus version are great reads. I think I've reviewed both at one point...

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