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Generally, I read Science Fiction and Fantasy for fun.   A lot of it tends to lean a bit more for a consistent world, where the author put some thought into consistent rules for magic and so on.    Some of it is also modern-day supernatural stories in specific series'.        As of this week, I've been taking time to read lighter fare in both SF and F.  In between, I read through a light biography on Ben Franklin and I'm currently zipping through one on Thomas Jefferson. 

If any of the above interest you, I can recommend specific series' for each.  I tend to stick with a specific series if I find it's worth reading, then I continue it if at all possible.  I also reserve the right to abandon a series if I find the quality drops too low (I've dropped at least 2 authors over that in the past.)

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On 1/22/2021 at 6:05 AM, GeorgeStGeorge said:

Honestly, except for comic books, the Bible, and occasional scientific articles, I don't read much.  I did read Mark Levin's Men in Black recently.

George

Oh, okay!

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On 1/22/2021 at 10:56 PM, WordWolf said:

Generally, I read Science Fiction and Fantasy for fun.   A lot of it tends to lean a bit more for a consistent world, where the author put some thought into consistent rules for magic and so on.    Some of it is also modern-day supernatural stories in specific series'.        As of this week, I've been taking time to read lighter fare in both SF and F.  In between, I read through a light biography on Ben Franklin and I'm currently zipping through one on Thomas Jefferson. 

If any of the above interest you, I can recommend specific series' for each.  I tend to stick with a specific series if I find it's worth reading, then I continue it if at all possible.  I also reserve the right to abandon a series if I find the quality drops too low (I've dropped at least 2 authors over that in the past.)

Sounds interesting! I read science fantasy as well. What sci-fi have you read recently? And which sci-fi do you like the most and why?

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On 1/25/2021 at 11:17 PM, Human without the bean said:

I've put it down for a few weeks but I have been reading "The Sun Also Rises".  Hemingway.

That's great to take a break. But what's your usual go to genre?

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59 minutes ago, CafeCap said:

Sounds interesting! I read science fantasy as well. What sci-fi have you read recently? And which sci-fi do you like the most and why?

I am all over the map with what I'm reading currently.  It varies with what's close at hand and any passing whim.

I finished the "Wheel of Time" saga a few months back.  I'm currently alternating some Star Wars books (right now, the Black Fleet Crisis, which isn't bad but isn't great either),  The Lone Wolf gamebook series, and the "Phule's Company" series.  The Wheel of Time is an excellent read if very long.  Robert Aspirin's "Phule's Company" is meant as light science fiction, and is a fun read.

Here's the premise... in some future, The Space Legion is the least-respected of the military branches.  Each soldier takes on a new name when he/she joins, usually wanting to break with their past.  The series began with Lt Scaramouche's court martial.  The General in charge of the meeting was evasive as to why they COULDN't throw the book at him.  Finally, he revealed the Lt's last name was "Phule"- he was the son of the CEO of Phule-Proof Munitions, their main weapons supplier and main employer of retired Space Legionnaires.   They settled on an assignment so unpleasant he'd just quit.  They forced him to change his name, and gave him a promotion to Captain.  Captain Jester was then put in charge of the current "omega company" -the dumping-ground for those who can't even make it in the Space Legion.   Rather than just quit, Captain Jester/ Willard Phule decided to put his talents (and his finances)  into turning the unit around, and the trouble REALLY started after that.

 

For SF, I tend to prefer lighter fare- with little heavier than the Star Wars "Legends" Extended Universe.  For fantasy, I'll read the lighter stuff as well as the heavier stuff.  My preferences there are for settings with coherent magic systems- the Recluce series, the Dresden Files (modern fantasy), and the Wheel of Time.  I've enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but I've also noted some glaring problems with the magic system (from the last 2 books- the others held together reasonably well.)

 

If you want, I can recommend every single thing in either setting that I WOULD recommend, but I don't think you're looking for that. 

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21 hours ago, WordWolf said:

I am all over the map with what I'm reading currently.  It varies with what's close at hand and any passing whim.

I finished the "Wheel of Time" saga a few months back.  I'm currently alternating some Star Wars books (right now, the Black Fleet Crisis, which isn't bad but isn't great either),  The Lone Wolf gamebook series, and the "Phule's Company" series.  The Wheel of Time is an excellent read if very long.  Robert Aspirin's "Phule's Company" is meant as light science fiction, and is a fun read.

Here's the premise... in some future, The Space Legion is the least-respected of the military branches.  Each soldier takes on a new name when he/she joins, usually wanting to break with their past.  The series began with Lt Scaramouche's court martial.  The General in charge of the meeting was evasive as to why they COULDN't throw the book at him.  Finally, he revealed the Lt's last name was "Phule"- he was the son of the CEO of Phule-Proof Munitions, their main weapons supplier and main employer of retired Space Legionnaires.   They settled on an assignment so unpleasant he'd just quit.  They forced him to change his name, and gave him a promotion to Captain.  Captain Jester was then put in charge of the current "omega company" -the dumping-ground for those who can't even make it in the Space Legion.   Rather than just quit, Captain Jester/ Willard Phule decided to put his talents (and his finances)  into turning the unit around, and the trouble REALLY started after that.

 

For SF, I tend to prefer lighter fare- with little heavier than the Star Wars "Legends" Extended Universe.  For fantasy, I'll read the lighter stuff as well as the heavier stuff.  My preferences there are for settings with coherent magic systems- the Recluce series, the Dresden Files (modern fantasy), and the Wheel of Time.  I've enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but I've also noted some glaring problems with the magic system (from the last 2 books- the others held together reasonably well.)

 

If you want, I can recommend every single thing in either setting that I WOULD recommend, but I don't think you're looking for that. 

That's great and sounds interesting. I haven't read any of the SF/fantasy you've mentioned. I'll love to read them once I'm done with my book stack. 

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On 2/22/2021 at 10:35 PM, CafeCap said:

That's great to take a break. But what's your usual go to genre?

My go to is Thriller's and drama.  I like both Tom Clancy and John Grisham.   Surprisingly, (to me anyway) is that I like to read crime-drama  but I do not particularly care for any crime drama TV shows.  House and maybe Bones just a bit were the exceptions.  I actually have been wanting to read some non-fiction early American history works.  Jefferson or Monroe but I'm not that familiar with early American history I only know that I want to learn more about it.

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