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Jeff C.
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I just bought a nook and I was hoping I could get a few recommendations from you guys on what to read. I thought I'd ask here since we're all fans of OSC's work and we'd probably have similar interests in novels and authors, so let them fly!

Recently I've read Old Man's War, the Last Colony (sequel to OMW), and Pathfinder. And before anyone mentions an OSC book, don't bother. I've read just about all of them with the exception of the Lost Gate [ROFL]

I tend to prefer military science fiction, but scifi in general is interesting to me (and it's what I write, myself), so I'm open to anything.

And don't think I won't check out what you guys list. Anyone with a nook knows you can download samples of novels before you buy, and I am a HUGE fan of samples. [Wink]

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Robert J Sawyer is my favorite sci-fi author. My first was Calculating God. If you like OSC for the dialog and characterization, then you might like Sawyer as well.
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Lois McMaster Bujold does a great job with characterization as well and writes military SF though I personally prefer her fantasy.
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Hi, Jeff. Welcome to Hatrack. [Smile]

Since you're asking about book recommendations I'll make the public announcement here: create an account on goodreads.com and you'll find many of us there. It's a much easier way to share recommendations, especially if you list and rate some of the books you've read.

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Patrick Rothfuss has only two publications to his name but in the interest of quality over quantity the man is golden. The Name of the Wind and second part of the trilogy A Wise Man's Fear have kept me in a state of awesomeness withdrawl for the last month or so.
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I've been on a long Alastair Reynolds kick. He's a rare hard sci-fi writer that also develops likeable characters. I've enjoyed every book of his I've read.

Military sci-fi. Hmmm. Belle mentioned Bujold, which is an excellent place to start. The Nicholas Seafort novels by David Feintuch might be worth your while. The Honor Harrington series by David Weber is another good series. Then there's Joe Haldeman's Forever War books for a unique take on military sf. Another book you might like: Passage at Arms by Glen Cook. One of the best military sci-fi books every written, IMO.

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quote:
Originally posted by Belle:
Lois McMaster Bujold does a great job with characterization as well and writes military SF though I personally prefer her fantasy.

Belle beat me to it. I follow Bujold's mailing list and know that she very recently got a bunch of stuff in the various ebook stores, including nook's. If you can't get much Bujold there, try Baen, her SF publisher's website. My impression is that everyone who was reading adult SF in the early to mid 90s knows Bujold, but she's been largely but not entirely missed by the generation of people who are of the age to have grown up with Harry Potter. It's not that the books aren't hugely popular, it's not that Bujold's books haven't won the very awards Ender's Game and Speaker have (they did too!), but for how good they are, there's a giant chunk of fans that should exist, but are missing. In my guess it's a combination of timing of popularity, the fact that they become flatly brilliant on multiple readings, and the fact that her books don't translate downwards in age. They are not gratuitously graphic or even pornographic, they simply don't ignore things that YA books do. Also, Bujold is refreshing in that she genuinely likes women, gay people, support engineers and other redshirts, artificial reproduction and technology in general and it comes off in the books. Also horses. Joss Whedon did not invent horses in scifi.

You want the Vorkosigan series. Start with either Shards of Honor or Warrior's Apprentice. After about 7 books, series shifts away from milsf in the end and skirts romance and mystery in a rather delightful way, but, the first few books are milsf all the way down. Heck there are five wars that take place before the Warrior's Apprentice even begin (three before Shards).

That being said, her latest hardback, Cryoburn, which is fantastic, comes with a CD that has a ebook reader version of every novel in the Vorkosigan series, save one book in the middle that was forgotten by mistake (Memory, should not be missed).

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quote:
You want the Vorkosigan series. Start with either Shards of Honor or Warrior's Apprentice. After about 7 books, series shifts away from milsf in the end and skirts romance and mystery in a rather delightful way, but, the first few books are milsf all the way down.
I would recommend Warrior's Apprentice. Shards of Honor/the first half of Corelia's Honor was Bujold's first book, and it shows.
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Jeff C.
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Thanks for the recommendations, guys! That's a lot more than I expected!

Robert J Sawyer's novels seem appealing, so I will probably start there. I'm going to keep coming back to this page and going through each and every author/book recommendation until I'm done, so thanks a lot [Smile]

I'll also get on the Vorkosegan series if I can find it.

I've already read Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and its sequels Forever Peace (this is more of a spiritual sequel) and Forever Free (direct story sequel). Like Ender's Game, I recommend Forever War all the time [Wink]

I'll check out goodreads.com and see what I can find there, but just from these books listed here I should be busy for a little while.

Feel free to keep them coming! Any other recommendations are great appreciated.

[ May 06, 2011, 10:46 AM: Message edited by: Jeff C. ]

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