I'm after a good read – Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Horror & Crime genres.
a man with taste !
alistair Reynolds revelation space series dark hard scifi
Dan simmonds illium is awesome too not so dark still scifi
China mievilles perdido street station would probably ne right up your alley dark steampunkish fantasy
fantasy wise George rr martins game of thrones kicks ass – hbo series better do it justice ! and be as brutal
Ian m banks culture novels are superb space opera
cormac macarthy -start with no country for old menPosted 6 years ago
I’m currently off work with an injury and am busying myself reading but am drying up of decent material.
What’s worth a read? I’m looking for recommendations in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Horror and Crime genres.
In terms of Sci-Fi I’m into stuff like the Takeshi Kovacs saga by Richard Morgan. Fantasy/Horror wise I’ve previously enjoyed Michael Moorcock’s ‘Elric’ sequence of Eternal Champion novels and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos tales. As far as Crime goes I’m into anything by James Ellroy, Jim Thompson etc.
Essentially I’m after anything dark, gritty, noir-ish in any of those categories.
Cheers.Posted 6 years agoThe Flying OxMember
For sci-fi, I’ve always enjoyed the Iain M Banks books, especially the Culture-based ones. Basically, humans/humanoids 20,000 years down the line and after the AI singularity. In a similar vein are the Isaac Asimov Foundation series.Posted 6 years ago
Neuromancer by William Gibson is always worth a shot too.emma82Member
Fantasy/horror and crime? You are clearly a bit detached from the world, a bit twisted and likely murder someone and cut them into little pieces or sew them together to make one lone centipede. Why not try something like a nice Lesley Pearce instead? Good for the soul and will bring a tear to your eye. Some of them even have rude bits in them!!Posted 6 years agoEdwardHSubscriber
Joe Abercrombie is good, sort of norse / medievel full of dark and often nasty characters, where things dont always turn out for the best. Best Served Cold can be read on its own, though some of the plot lines make a bit more sence if read after The First Law trilogy.
I would also second anything by Alistair Reynolds and Iain M BanksPosted 6 years agofunkynickSubscriber
For dark and gritty sci-fi I’d be looking at some of the Cyberpunk authors… William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling…
For a bit more of the noir side of things I’d suggest Phillip K. Dick… his ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ is what become the film Bladerunner. He wrote a huge number of books so should keep you going for some time there…
Iain M. Banks for pure sci-fi… but just remember to go for the ones with the M in his name… he also writes ‘normal’ fiction as just Iain Banks, which is bloody good too by the way.Posted 6 years agotadeuszkriegerMember
Really …….just dump the Sci fi/fantasy/speculative fiction or whatever the hell it’s called this week, Work your way through the Jim Thomson and James Ellroy you ain’t already read. Jo Nesbo is kind of ok, but can suffer from very leaden translations and really blindingly obvious plot arcs, so be careful when you pick one up .
If you like Ellroy and Thomson, try Raymond Chandler,James M Cain, David Goodis, Ken Bruen, Horace McCoy, Kenneth Fearing( his “The Big Clock” is a great read in any genre) Otto Penzler and of course Henning Mankel if you haven’t already. If you’re really keen, try Don Delilo’s Underworld.Posted 6 years ago
tad williams war of the flowersPosted 6 years ago
neil gaiman American Gods…………sorry a must read
David Gemmell…..druss the legend
HG Wells……………time machine/the island of dr moreau
Joe abercrombie…………..brilliant one of the great characters of any genre
Peter Hamiltion…. oh forgot the name now
Iain Banks…….all intresting
Clive Barker…………Weave worldCoyoteSubscriber
Read the rest of Moorcocks “Eternal Champion” series, plenty to keep you doing there.
Also, Clive Barker’s “Great and Secret Show”. His “Books of Blood” volumes I to VI are worth a read too.
Neil Gaiman for “Neverwhere”, “American Gods” and the “Anansi Boys”. “Neverwhere” is a must read.
There’s a few weeks worth right there!Posted 6 years ago
Thanks very much – some excellent suggestions there.
China Miéville has at times piqued my interest but I suspect his works might just a bit too weird even for me.
I’ve read a number of the other authors mentioned such as Lumley, Gibson, Banks.
Having done a little research this morning I must say that I like the look of Joe Abercrombie, Alistair Reynolds and Neil Gaiman (I love graphic novels and have encountered Gaiman in that sphere but never got round to reading any of his novels). Ken Bruen seems appealing as well.
Cheers.Posted 6 years agojwtMember
Poul Anderson – There will be timePosted 6 years ago
+1 Clive Barker – Weaveworld
Larry Niven – Ringworld / Known space
Anne McCaffrey SF / Fantasy – its all quite good.
Robert Heinlein – Starship Troopers (forget the film, only thing it shares is the title!)
Bob Shaw – Orbitsville, etc
Patrick Robinson – Nimitz class (more of a thriller, but very enjoyable)
Arthur C Clarke – worth a trip to the library and see what they have
Douglas Adams – Hitchikers guide
Stephen Donaldson – The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Unbeliever.CregMember
Another vote for Alastair Reynolds and the Revelation Space series. Chasm City was a personal favorite.
I’m assuming you have read Market Forces by Richard Morgan?
Iain Banks has done some great sci-fi stuff. Even his non sci-fi stuff is brilliant. I read The Wasp Factory a few years back and it was great, a good mix of humour and plain wierdness.Posted 6 years agojuanMember
Brian Lumleys Necroscope series
I concur, SF wise I’ll add the books from Karen miller and the shadow trilogy from brent week.Posted 6 years ago
Greywalker from kat richardson is worth a look.
While we’re on the book topic I am willing to buy book if some of you want to get rid of your stuff. I read mostly SF. And getting books in France is a pain in the ass (plus lets face it I am currently broke so can’t afford new book anyway).
Let me knowif someone is interested jfernandezcarmona on the gmail dot comjuankingSubscriber
All of the Malcolm Pryce stuff, From Aberystwth with love, Last tango in Aberystwth, Don’t cry for me Aberystwth. Can you see a theme?. If you like noir, spy, detective stuff then try these. These are still my favourite books in this genre and Malcolm Pryce is truly excellent.Posted 6 years ago
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