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Which should I read next?

The Expanse Book 8 - Tiatmat's Wrath
1 (11.1%)
The Interdependency Book 2 - The Consuming Fire
3 (33.3%)
Rememberance of Earth's Past (3 body problem) Book 2 - The Dark Forest
5 (55.6%)

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Offline Tassie Dave

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2019, 03:23:32 AM »
Heinlein is an author I could never get into despite being a huge sci-fi reader of that era.

"The Moon is a harsh Mistress" is ok.
They seem to be his big 2 books.

OK? Wasn't one of the heroes an Aussie?

If they are, I don't remember them  ???

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2019, 08:59:07 AM »
Pulled the trigger yesterday and bought The Dark Forest. Ran out of podcasts. The 10 hour drive is because I'm moving to DC so I'm packing and cleaning and going through audio content really quickly. Who knows I might need to pick up the scalzi before I leave to make it through the drive.

A couple hours into The Dark Forest and I'm enjoying it. I think as much as the hard sci-fi content I really enjoy trying to analyze how Chinese culture (historic and modern day) influences the structure of the story. It makes it harder to follow but also more rewarding when I feel like it's fitting into place.

The Chinese names though - ugh. I'm terrible with remembering names I'm exposed to on a regular basis I feel like I need a reference sheet for the Chinese characters. Thankfully context is usually sufficient.

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2019, 10:46:25 AM »
Heinlein is an author I could never get into despite being a huge sci-fi reader of that era.

"The Moon is a harsh Mistress" is ok.
They seem to be his big 2 books.

OK? Wasn't one of the heroes an Aussie?

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2019, 12:03:14 PM »
I need to read the 3 body problem
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2019, 03:39:02 AM »
The Chinese names though - ugh. I'm terrible with remembering names I'm exposed to on a regular basis I feel like I need a reference sheet for the Chinese characters. Thankfully context is usually sufficient.

That is where the eBook was handy. It had a list of characters and their 'job/connection to other characters' at the front of the book.

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2019, 03:46:52 AM »
I made it to Book 4 (Dune Messiah) before giving up. Dune is my favourite SciFi book ever. The sequels are good, but never reach the greatness of Dune.

Dune Messiah is the second book. It goes Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God-Emperor of Dune. I've read all four, but never any of the others.
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2019, 03:54:27 AM »
I made it to Book 4 (Dune Messiah) before giving up. Dune is my favourite SciFi book ever. The sequels are good, but never reach the greatness of Dune.

Dune Messiah is the second book. It goes Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God-Emperor of Dune. I've read all four, but never any of the others.

That's what I get for having them in the wrong order on my bookshelf  ;)
I made it to Book 4: God-Emperor of Dune.

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2019, 04:00:19 AM »
I'm slowly working my way through Julian May's Saga of the Exiles for the first time again in too many years. Planning to follow through with the Milieu saga as well.
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2019, 04:46:40 AM »
I'm slowly working my way through Julian May's Saga of the Exiles for the first time again in too many years. Planning to follow through with the Milieu saga as well.

I love that series. I first read it when it came out in the early 80s.
It was over 30 years after I read it before I realised Julian May was a woman. Not that it mattered, but I'd always assumed Julian was only a male name.

Some great sci-fi series came out around the same time. Another favourite was the Helliconia series (Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer & Helliconia Winter) I re-read that not long ago. It's still as good as when I read it 30+ years ago.

The best new sci-fi series I have read is "The Lady Astronaut series" by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2019, 10:47:11 AM »
Silly sci-fi people, book 4 of Dune is where things finally start to get interesting.   :P

In all seriousness, God Emperor of Dune is probably the least enjoyable one to read, but it's also where Herbert really sinks his teeth into the nature of tyrants, religion, and rebellion.  I think the 5th book of the series (which tends to have more action and more endearing characters) is better specifically because you see how Arakkis and the political factions that control it were shaped by Leto's reign.  Chapterhouse Dune on the other hand really does start to drag by the end, with all of the philosophical musings of God Emperor but no ultimate payoff.


In a similar vein, I'm almost through the first Mars book by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Looking at other reviews I'm bewildered that many readers seem to gush over the hard sci-fi and technological speculation, but are bored with the character development and politics of colonizing Mars.  I can only take about 20 pages droning on about how to control CO2 levels or which bacteria can survive in Martian soil before I start falling asleep.

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2019, 11:48:45 AM »
In a similar vein, I'm almost through the first Mars book by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Looking at other reviews I'm bewildered that many readers seem to gush over the hard sci-fi and technological speculation, but are bored with the character development and politics of colonizing Mars.  I can only take about 20 pages droning on about how to control CO2 levels or which bacteria can survive in Martian soil before I start falling asleep.

Never was able to get past about 40 pages of that one.  Tried twice.
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2019, 12:22:13 PM »
In a similar vein, I'm almost through the first Mars book by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Looking at other reviews I'm bewildered that many readers seem to gush over the hard sci-fi and technological speculation, but are bored with the character development and politics of colonizing Mars.  I can only take about 20 pages droning on about how to control CO2 levels or which bacteria can survive in Martian soil before I start falling asleep.

Never was able to get past about 40 pages of that one.  Tried twice.
Things don't really start to take shape until about a third of the way in.  I had to alternate reading another book.

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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2019, 12:10:50 AM »
It's been a long time, but The Gap series by Donaldson is one of my personal favourites. Unlike all his other works, it starts like a rocket. The characters are so deeply human it might be classified as a horror series.
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2019, 12:01:52 PM »
So somehow I missed Hyperion when it came out (I was in my prime "read all the things" phase then, no idea how it got by me).  Wow, it is so good.  2/3 through the sequel right now, already filled up my Google Play balance to buy the next one when I'm done.
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Re: Which Sci-Fi series should I continue with next?
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2019, 02:40:18 PM »
So somehow I missed Hyperion when it came out (I was in my prime "read all the things" phase then, no idea how it got by me).  Wow, it is so good.  2/3 through the sequel right now, already filled up my Google Play balance to buy the next one when I'm done.

It remains my favorite science fiction series to this day. I found the forced John Keats portions a little tiresome at times but it's a small critique. I'm probably in the minority but I enjoyed the Endymion half of the series (books 3 and 4) the most.
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