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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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My tastes vary genre-wise  - depending on what mood I'm in - so I often wind up reading several books at a time - but I'm not a fast reader, so it might take me 3 months to finish several books.


For fiction I like action/thriller/ techno-thriller/sci-fi stuff - - some of my fav authors are Stephen Hunter, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Philip K. Dick, C.J. Lyons, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Michael Crichton, James Rollins...late last year I finished "The Eye of God" by James Rollins - and have not started reading another novel yet.


For non-fiction I jump around on what interests me at the time: history, philosophy, science, technology, theology...I recently finished "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived" by Rob Bell.


I started reading "The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self" by Jean Shinoch Bolen... I've also been reading a few other books - "Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained" translation and annotation by Derek Lin. (after starting Bolen's book I wanted to look into taoism - fascinating stuff!)... "Understanding The Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals" by John A. Buehrens..."Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together" by Van Jones..."The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything" by Michio Kaku...and "Music Theory for The Bass Player" by Ariane Cap.


Like I said, I'm not a fast reader - and sometimes I have to back up and re-read a section if I have a tough time comprehending something - so in a given day I might read parts of several books - like someone would series-surf on Netflix or Hulu, catching a few episodes of different series...uhm - I do that too...one of the luxuries of being retired. :rolleyes:

 

Here's what else is in the lineup for reading this year - in no particular order:


"Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief" by John M. Frame

"The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert

"Sapians: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari

"The U.S. Constitution for Dummies" by Dr. Michael Arnheim

"The New Testament In Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians" by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird

"How To Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin Diangelo

"Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy" by Judd Apatow

"The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself" by Sean Carroll

 

My reading interests are varied - but my retention is weak. So I have an ongoing read-and-review-list of books that I really enjoyed - and I maintain the list on paper - it's sort of like a self-imposed remedial program for someone like me who has challenges in comprehension and retention :rolleyes:  ... anyway - I started it way back in 1990, I think -  it has some 250 books on it so far - and I already know I'm going to add "Love Wins" and "The Tao of Psychology" to the list. Being on the list doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to re-read the entire book; sometimes I just go to sections I've highlighted/bookmarked (on Kindle) or if it's a printed book I'll refer to my own index I've made at the front of the book - to again enjoy or think deeper on the author's salient points.


I didn't put any fiction books on my to-read-list -  that usually depends on if I need a break from non-fiction stuff - a telltale sign is when I see smoke coming out of my ears. :biglaugh:
 

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