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I used to reread the LotR annually...first read th Hobbit in third grade, first finished Return in fifth grade, then every summer until I fell off around the release of RotK in theaters.

 

Some other favorites: Glen Cook's The Black Company series; most anything Heinlein, but primarily The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and I Will Fear no Evil; China Mieville's Embassytown.

 

Currently reading Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. A group of friends and I are starting a very informal book discussion club, and this is the first one up...it's two different books, so far, but they're both pretty good.

 

Station Eleven is on my list, and now Ancillary Justice is, too.

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Ever since Internet (and a wifi connection), I almost stopped reading altogether. My mind doesn't want to stop and immerse itself on single pages with words anymore when it knows there's always something else to do.

 

Last things I remember reading were The Hobbit and the first compilation of Sherlock Holmes stories (A Study in Scarlet being my first ever Sherlock story). I realized I tend to prefer "proven" classics than to buy something that may be trendy now, but doomed to oblivion in a decade. So my criteria is: If the author is long dead and people are still talking about his/her works, I might look into it. Though I admit in the 90s I geeked out with all the D&D novels, Drizzt novels, and Anne Rice vampire novels.

 

Aside from the that, the only thing I read on a regular basis are reference manuals; a few TPB comics; mangas; gaming manuals. Nothing very literary, and all can be put down at any moment.

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Can't believe I didn't mention the comics I read.

 

Paper comics, I only subscribe to three titles, and pick up the trades for a fourth: Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and the tpb for Ms. Marvel. ASM and WW are continuing to be pretty typical superhero books, with ups and downs in how much I like them, but I love the characters and have subscribed to both books for a long time. I will say, Finch's art in WW angers me on a level I haven't experienced in some time...my nerd rage has skewed feminist in recent years. TMNT is a consistently fantastic superhero team book, and I would say that even if I didn't have my child-of-the-80's upbringing to make me a fan. I love ID's reboot of the franchise, and I love that April is A) no wilting flower and B) not skewed into illogical badarse territory as happened in some of the cartoons (I love April standing up for herself; I never understood April becoming a ninja).

 

Ms.Marvel is probably a book everyone should be reading. I applaud Marvel for it...I'm at work, so I have limited time to gush, but it fires consistently on all cylinders.

 

I also read Girl Genius online.

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Some of my faves:

 

The Rifkind Saga (Daughter of the Bright Moon, The Black Flame, & Rifkind's Challenge) by Lynn Abbey

 

Forerunner series (Storm Over Warlock, Ordeal in Otherwhere, Forerunner Foray, Forerunner, Forerunner: The Second Venture, The Forerunner Factor) by Andre Norton

 

Witch World series also by Andre Norton

 

Anything by Andre Norton (Moon of Three Rings is what got me started on her)

 

The Thieve's World series including Lythande and Tempus.

 

And all time fave: The God Stalker Chronicles by P. C. Hodgell <3

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Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series. It's only on book 2 (of 10 planned, I think) but it is super fun. The first book especially seems to have hardly a dull moment. Even the bits where it's a noble lady trying to get herself apprenticed to a princess/scholar, there's exciting stuff happening in there. And it's Sanderson so there's always more happening than you're aware of, hidden details that only become obvious when you find out the truth later on.
 
James S A Corey's The Expanse series. SF, sort of a neat mid-future scenario where the solar system is pretty extensively colonised and humanity's starting to try its first steps out into the wider universe. First book is a zombie book mixed with a detective story and a crazy intense action/adventure story... I'm sick to death of zombie crap, but I still loved the book. And the zombie thing dies down over the later books. Last one was weaker, but still decent... The first few are just amazing. Near-constant action, heavy character development, fascinating background universe... just good times. Highly recommend.
 
Anicllary Justice: +1.
 
John Scalzi's Redshirts... Opinions are very mixed on this one. It won the Hugo, and I think it deserved it (and I don't think it was a particularly weak field that year) but other people hate it and use its win as "proof" that the Hugos are somehow rigged. Politics aside: You know how in Star Trek, the redshirt always dies? This book is about the folks in the red shirts. And they realise right up front that something is very, very wrong. It's one of the neatest pieces of stunt writing I've ever seen. It's a story, and it's the story about that story, and it's the story about the story about the story, and then it's the story about the story about the story about the story... and depending on your reading of certain scenes, it might go another level or two. Some people don't understand that, some people just don't enjoy it, others don't think its clever, but obviously a lot of people got it and loved it, so... yeah. I'm in the camp that loved it, in case there's any doubt. :;): Nice thing is, it's short by modern standards, so if you don't end up liking it you haven't wasted a lot of time on it.
 
And of course: Virtually anything by Terry Pratchett. The first Discworld book was not good, and the last couple have been very structurally weak (the Alzheimer's definitely hurt his writing) but the rest range from very good to truly extraordinary. If you're at all an engineer or a computer person - especially if you were in any way impacted by the dot-com bubble - I can't recommend Going Postal highly enough. Thud! is also a favourite, and Small Gods is highly recommended both by militant atheists and devout Christians. (Which is a neat trick. I suggest reading it to find out how that works. :;): )
 
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens. If you haven't read it, read it. Go. Now. You're welcome.

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This week I read:

 

California Bones and Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout.

 

Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

 

A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire

 

 

My favorite Tolkien is actually the Silmarillion.

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Good Omens is amazing. Pratchett's body of work is amazing.

 

I also didn't mention: The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. Logen Ninefingers is one of my favorite not-a-hero characters in a long time, and reading Abercrombie will help you understand why people should stop allowing Salvatore to write fight scenes. Abercrombie's other books, Best Served Cold and The Heroes, are also quite good.

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I read Michael Chabon's _Summerland_ for the first time last weekend, a "kids in magical country" YA. It was the first new fantasy I've read in a while. I'm past the point where just another epic trilogy appeals to me; I can reread Tolkien for that...

 

Have you read his The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay? Not fantasy, but concerned with the (fictionalized) early days of comics. A truly fantastic book.

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a few of my favorites are heinlein's the extended version of stranger in a strange land and the moon is a harsh mistress especially, but so many other great books

 

marion zimmer bradley's darkover books

 

zelazny's amber series

 

moorcock's elric

 

tolkien, salvatore's drizzt, McCaffrey's pern

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Puff, with a library in paper of about 500 books at home now (we need a larger house) there are tons of books I love. 

 

But basically my latest jam has been Neil Gaiman (Ocean at the End of the Lane is incredible, and the book that got me into his books, but everything is good), and now I am reading what I didn't from Discworld (at book 23 now, need to read them all, so good).

 

Other than that... I would read anything Rothfuss or Sanderson put out, sincerely. Heralds of the new era of mainstream fantasy... and awesome writers too.

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John Scalzi's Redshirts... Opinions are very mixed on this one. It won the Hugo, and I think it deserved it (and I don't think it was a particularly weak field that year) but other people hate it and use its win as "proof" that the Hugos are somehow rigged. Politics aside: You know how in Star Trek, the redshirt always dies? This book is about the folks in the red shirts. And they realise right up front that something is very, very wrong. It's one of the neatest pieces of stunt writing I've ever seen. It's a story, and it's the story about that story, and it's the story about the story about the story, and then it's the story about the story about the story about the story... and depending on your reading of certain scenes, it might go another level or two. Some people don't understand that, some people just don't enjoy it, others don't think its clever, but obviously a lot of people got it and loved it, so... yeah. I'm in the camp that loved it, in case there's any doubt. :;): Nice thing is, it's short by modern standards, so if you don't end up liking it you haven't wasted a lot of time on it.

 

 

 

Great book and I second everything that you said. It had me laughing out loud many times. A good follow up is his book Android's Dream, also has some funny parts and some great scenes. I am usually not a fan of Sci-fi books but I am now hooked on Scalzi.

 

I am currently making my way through the Dresden files for the third or fourth time and enjoying them as much as I did the first time. Some other favorites are Michael Stackpole's Dragon Crown War Cycle (the Hawkins in my name comes from the main character), Michael Sullivan's Riyria Chronicles, Brent Weeks's Night Angel Trilogy, and Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Series.

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Over the summer, I read Brave New Worlds, an attempt to create the definitive Dystopian Short Story Anthology. If you're the sort of person who likes thinking about how things could go horribly wrong, I recommend it.

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I read Michael Chabon's _Summerland_ for the first time last weekend, a "kids in magical country" YA.

 

 

Have you read his The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay? Not fantasy, but concerned with the (fictionalized) early days of comics. A truly fantastic book.

I haven't, but I'll have a look at it...

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Oh it says favorite books too! There are two and I believe they are out of print. The first one is called Mystery Walk, it was the first novel I read by myself when I was about eight. Then They Thirst. My mother read this to me when I was younger than that. It was a good horror book, which is why I think I love horror so much now. Books she was reading, I always wanted to know what was so funny or had her in suspense so she started reading them to me and we'd do a chapter a night. We read Salem's Lot together, Carrie, she got me hooked on the Repairman Jack series. I have a lot of fond memories with books and my mother.

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