- Recommend me a book or two – Thriller/sci fi or something else that is gripping
I’m going on a long haul flight in a week and want to take a couple of books with me.
I’m not a big reader (internet and tv attention span) but have enjoyed I am Pilgrim, Enders Game and the Hunger Games books over the last year.
I’ve listened to a few Lee Child, John Grisham and David Baldacci books on audio, but found them a little formulaic.
Something from Jo Nesbo and the book the Martian are on the list, but what else would you recommend that is really brilliant? Doesn’t have to be a thriller or sci fi, but needs to be something you can’t put down once you start reading…….Posted 4 years agochompMember
depending on your age and love of videogame/80’s nostialgia Ready Player One and Armada by Earnest Cline are both good reads (in my opinion, friends have also hated them so you never know).
Little Brother and Homeland by Corey Doctorow are also good (and available free).
I also read the Persona Project (andy McDermott) while on hol last week and that was good (big boys own/thriller/bourney type affair)Posted 4 years ago
Just finished The Stone Man following a previous recommendation on here – really good and quite thought provoking.
I quite liked Ready Player One as recommended by Chomp above but it contains lists, lots and lots and lots of lists. Enough to make me want to launch the book on several occasions despite just glancing over them.Posted 4 years agorazorrazooMember
Dan Abnett is an excellent sci-fi writer if you like a lot of action. Check out any of his Black Library stuff (its Games workshop affiliated, but don’t let that put you off).
If you can find it the Eisenhorn trilogy (out of print but can get ebook / 2nd hand) or Gaunt’s Ghosts series are great.
I’m presently reading another of his (non Black Library) books, Triumff which I am enjoying.
If you want to get into a long, complex storyline, try the Horus Heresy series of novels. There are various authors, some of the books are fantastic, some OK, but worth it if you are in it for the long haul.Posted 4 years agonbtMember
Joe Abercrombie for sword & sorcery fantasy
Justin Cronin – The Twelve (spotted the MP3 CD version in a local charity shop for £1.99 at lunch!) and The Passage – eagerly waiting for the thris book to come out hopefully soon, the film rights for the first book were snapped up for a lot of money
Great North Road by Peter Hamilton – standalone thriller/sci-fi novel.Posted 4 years agosurroundedbyhillsSubscriber
Swedish fantasy thriller – not what you would call fast paced but an intriguing plot line none the less.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
James Herbert? More in the super martial chiller camp though but most quite absorbing. Moon is good or if not of a sensitive disposition The Dark or The Others.
Dune above is a good shout. Read it slowly or you will possibly struggle to follow all the names around.
Thriller/espionage you could try Debt of Honour by Tom Clancy. It is kind of ahead of its time in some aspects of the plot (look when it was written if you choose to try it)Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, the first was great which was why the second was a bit of a disappointment.
If it’s post-apocalyptic you’re after then “Alas Babylon” and “One Second After” are both pretty good with the advantage of being massive so ideal audio books as they last ages.
(My above post should say “wasn’t” not “want”, I’m not Vicky Pollard!)Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
The Genesis Code, and The First Horseman, both by John Case.
Sci/sci fi/crime thrillers. Similar to Dan Brown except well written, not sh1t. Fun, fast paced easy reading, ideal long haul stuff.
Anything by Michael Crichton (science/medical) or Robert Harris (historic) for great stories grounded in background research of the subject.Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueSubscriber
How about some “real life” Sci-Fi??
^^^ an absolutely griping, Warts ‘n All, narrative of what it was like to be a Space Shuttle Astronaut! Once i’d started it, I couldn’t put it down. Extremely funny, brutally honest, and occasionally rather tragic in equal measure.Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
Not SF, not even fiction – but close enough to both at times. Following someone’s recommendation on here (I forget who, but thanks!): Skunk Works – Ben R. Rich. The true story of the development of the U2, SR71 and F-117 airplanes.
And a lot of the stuff mentioned above: Iain M. Banks, Peter Hamilton, Dune…Posted 4 years agohoneybadgerxSubscriber
+1 to Iain M Banks culture novels. As for Peter F Hamilton I prefer the commonwealth saga books.
The Forever War series by Joe Haldeman is worth a look, first book is more of a ‘realistic’ sci fi.
Dune is always a classic, whilst some of the recent stuff is a bit naff, I quite enjoyed the three prelude to dune books.Posted 4 years ago
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