Your 'to-be-read' list

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Boreas, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    I envy you, reading Malazan for the first time. Erikson is the most complete writer I have read (except perhaps for Gene Wolfe, but in a totally different way). Enjoy the journey!
     
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  2. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    Prince of Nothing IS strange...
     
  3. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Gardens of the Moon has been on my bedside table for almost a year. I need to find some more time to read fantasy too.
     
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  4. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I’m almost finished with Butler’s Patternmaster. Next, I would like to manage a better balanced 5 book list. I find it I get very excited and carried away by new recs I pick up from here, but then I saturate myself by reading only SF and therefore I don’t get to enjoy or learn as much as I should do from some great books.
    So there!
    • Science Fiction: It is high time I start with Le Guin: The Left Hand of the Darkness.
    • Fantasy: Not sure whether to stick to Le Guin and her Earthsea Cycle#1, or begin with Steven’s Gardens of the Moon or Gemmell’s Legend or perhaps continue with M. Sullivan and begin The Riyria Revelations#1. I shall see...
    • Historical fiction: Musashi#1 by E. Yoshikawa. @Boreas, I will let you know when I begin this, in case you still feel like a re-read.
    • Noir: D. Silva’s The Kill Artist.
    • Classic: The Egyptian by M Waltari.
    It looks great!
     
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  5. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    Re: LeGuin The Left Hand of Darkness: A must-read. You take from it what you put into it.

    Re: Steven Erikson: Yikes! Gardens of the Moon is almost a prequel to the Malazan world. Read it if you plan to stick with the series because it's a pretty difficult book to get into (Erickson dumps you in the deep end on page 1 and assumes you can swim). From the second volume on -- Deadhouse Gates -- the story is epic and mind-boggling, but GotM lays down vital arcs and beats. I find Erickson's epic fantasy writing voice to be authentic, sure, and masterful.

    You may have reservations about reading A Wizard of Earthsea if you are reading LHoD, but aside from LeGuin's accomplished writing, they are each completely different beasts.

    In any event, enjoy!
     
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  6. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, @Dtyler99! So, I need to read the Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates before I decide whether I’d like to continue with this series or not...
     
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  7. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    In a nutshell, yes. But that's 1500 pages combined and it is not a small commitment. I know many who put down GotM and never got further, which is unfortunate, but to each his or her own. The series demands a hell of a lot from the reader but the rewards are manifold. You will never see the world the same way and characters, places, and emotions will stay with you always. Of course, everyone's mileage will vary.
     
  8. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    I have always said that you really need to read the first 5 books before you can decide if it's for you or not. A big commitment I know, but there's so much variety between books 1-5, that I think you need to give it a go before giving up!

    Books 3 and 5 are like literary orgasms!
     
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  9. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    6, 8, & 10 ain't bad, either!
     
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  10. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Well, after your comments @Dtyler99 and @TomTB, how could I not possibly go for it...?
     
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  11. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

    Watch what you ask for...you might just get it! :D
     
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