- 3 weeks hols – Reading Recommendations…
as i’m going for a 3 week hols in around our home in scotland, i’m preparing for a number of days reading while awaiting the wind/midges/rain to clear up…..
I’ve not been into books recently, keen on fantasy or scifi saga’s (i loved the classics, like Dune, etc) but prefer something with a quick pace,
I’ve missed out on the Game of Thrones whirlwind at the moment, should i get the books?
Thanks !Posted 4 years ago
My suggestions:Posted 4 years ago
* The Culture stuff by Iain M. Banks
* Peter F Hamilton – Night’s Dawn trilogy (light weight, entertaining big spaceships and exploding stars type SF).NorthwindSubscriber
Game of Thrones goes downhill very fast. I loved the first few mind.
Just re-reading Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy, it’s horribly written and paced but still, when it’s good it’s good, proper holiday blockbuster stuff. Should have been edited with an axe not a pen, though. Slow in places so might not hit your mark. Night’s Dawn is his best idea but the older Greg Mandel novels are written better.
And yeah, if you’ve not already, Iain M Banks, when he’s good he’s very very good.
Little bit off the recommendation but I just went through Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London in record time, it might appeal- a cross between a police procedural and a magic-n-monsters fantasy, in present day London. Loads of fun.
Straighter fantasy- Joe Abercrombie, master of the new fantasy subgenre made popular by George RR Martin, “fantasy in which absolutely everyone is a dick”. Absolutely revels in it, The Heroes is maybe the best example but The Blade Itself is probably the starting point. Maybe getting a wee bit repetitive/formulaic now.Posted 4 years ago
Just re-reading Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy, it’s horribly written and paced but still, when it’s good it’s good, proper holiday blockbuster stuff. Should have been edited with an axe not a pen, though.
Very hard to argue with any of that! The rest of his stuff is similar, also ideal holiday reading, his latest (Great North Road) is a single book and unrelated to any of the others – could be a reasonable starting point if you don’t want to buy a whole trilogy.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
The first third of Reamde is bloody brilliant. Rest of it, I don’t know how good it is really but it felt pedestrian and a bit repetitive compared to the early bits. Still good. Welsh terrorism is a genuine fear!
There’s a bit in Snow Crash where he ends a chapter with “After that, it’s just a chase scene”, and it all happens off camera. About half of Reamde is the chase scene.Posted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
I have done (on audiobook) just what Mogrim suggest the top 100, surprising few I couldn’t bear to listen to (3 I can think of), and others that you assume you would know are very different (invisible man/war of the worlds). Good way to get introduction to ‘old’ authors not usually mentioned, and series to follow up on.
Again if you haven’t read the Ian M Banks, not because he’s just died, but because there ace books.
Also Stephenson/hamilton (so many great ideas) are worth a read , though I’d add Dan Simmons, David Brin, Richard Morgan & Alastair Reynolds to that list
but I’m currently championing China Mieville, I avoided his stuff, as it looked a bit to “off-the wall” & well recommended (I can’t stand overhype stuff) but eventually took the plunge and now regret not having read his stuff earlier. Don’t be put off by the subject matter/descriptions, his writing is just so goodPosted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Neil Stevenson’s Diamond Age is excellent, as are Charles Stross’ various books. He writes a bunch of different styles, but they’re all hugely enjoyable. Halting State is set in a completely devolved Scotland, and is a high-tech police proceedural, there are others which are a Lovecraft/James Bond crossover…Posted 4 years ago
Kate Griffin’s Urban Magic series, starting with A Madness Of Angelsis also really very good indeed, great characters, and very gritty, too. She’s been brought up in London,and uses the hidden parts of the city to great effect.
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