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Give me your fiction book recommendations

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by Hammock Hamster, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Hammock Hamster

    Hammock Hamster Full Member

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    Hi All,

    I figured this was the best place to post this but mods please move if it should be somewhere else.

    I’m a pretty avid reader and am just about to finish the pretty epic wheel of time series (one book to go so no spoilers please )

    I’m looking for something new to read on a similar fantasy fiction theme.
    I have read everything by Raymond E Feist, David Gemmell, Terry Pratchett, Mark Lawrence, Bernard Cornwell, Tolkien to name those I can remember off hand what does the collective hive mind of BCUK recommend?

    Ideally I want to find another fantasy saga (swords and spells type thing) or a good EOTWAWKI series where the world has “moved on” like the Jon Shannow series or the Dark Tower.

    Hit me with your favourites, I have an amazon kindle account and an itchy keyboard finger!

    All the best, Hamster


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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Looking at my bookshelves right now I can recommend the following

    Any of the series by Conn Iggulden about Caesar or Genghis Khan.

    James Michener does some cracking books, Centennial, Chesapeake to name a couple

    Anne McCaffery's Dragon Riders of Pern series

    Edward Rutherford 'The Forest' Fictional story of the New Forest

    Stephen Donaldson 'The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'

    Wilbur Smith, any of his books

    Stephen Lawhead did a couple good series

    That ought to be enough to keep you going for a while :)
     
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    Scots_Charles_River Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Try an Assassins Creed book. They span from De Vinci thru to 1700s. I have never played the actual computer game but enjoy the books.
     
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    The Freedom's Landing series, even a bit bush crafty.
    The Adept Series based in Scotland.
     
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    Had to give up on the series, although The Change short story book is worth a punt.


    Anthony Riches
    Simon Scarrow
    Robert Fabbri
    Harry Sidebottom
    all cover various points of Roman history
     
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    I gave up on it at 3rd generation
    I didnt have the interest/investement in the characters
    But theyre fun
     
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    I AM PILGRIM

    You need no other.
     
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    Dune books by Frank Herbert, including prequels and postquels by his son and others
    Anything by Peter F Hamilton
    Anything by Arthur C Clarke

    Historical - anything by Manfredi

    If you want to read a mix of facts and SF, read Churchill’s Second World War
     
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    Thanks all for the replies, I now have a rather long list to work my way through but a few google searches and there seem to be some cracking reads that should keep me going for a while.

    Hamster


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    Perhaps not exactly what you are looking for, but i recommend I Am Legend. Much better than the movie, and the ending has always stuck with me. One of my favourite endings of all the books ive read.

    Brandon Sanderson took over for the last few books of the Wheel of Time series, and his Stormlight Archive series is well worth a look, starting with The Way of Kings.

    Also - The Powder Mage trilogy. Swords,sorcery and gunpowder
    and The Legend of Drizzt series, 30+ books now. May or may not be your thing, less serious than any of the others, but ive always enjoyed the Forgotten Realms setting.
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Sounds interesting, I think I'll put it on my list to read... it might reach the top in a few years :rolleyes: :)
     
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    Try "After London" by Richard Jeffries. He was already p*ssed off by what was happening to the English countryside in the 19th century and wrote this dystopian novel back then. Good job he didn't live to see the thorough job we made of it. He would have understood us: a knowledgeable country lover.
     
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    I'll add the science fiction of Iain M. banks.
    His 'culture' series is superb although strictly SciFi there are definite fantasy and dystopia elements throughout.
    In my view his writing is pure genius.
     
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    Perhaps not right on spec, but you might well enjoy the steampunk fantasy that is The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist. It’s very well written, creating an actual fictional world in your mind, but not for everyone. Maybe try a Kindle sample before you buy.
     
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    I Am Pilgrim. A fantastic read.

    Aimed at a far younger audience than me (but did keep me away from the goggle box for a while) was Cassandra Clares Shadowhunters series. Not sure if I should admit to this but old enough to not be bothered.

    11.22.63 also good.
     
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    Not fantasy but a disturbing dystopic future that is probably set somewhere around the middle of next month. Really.

    Never read a book so fast before.

    The Circle by Dave Eggers.
     

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