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*gasp* Another update!

I'm bored. And need something new to read. Preferably big fat space opera, along the lines of Weber, Bujold, or Zahn's good stuff. I've kinda blown through all their books recently, so I'm looking for someone new.

I'll also take any fantasy recommendations, so long as there's no dragons. I tried Naomi Novik's books, but found that Anne McCaffrey has too thoroughly warped my mind to make them enjoyable. (Let me preempt [livejournal.com profile] brendan_moody's A Song of Ice and Fire recommendation—I'm looking for something a bit less... heavy.)

Thank goodness the new mobo arrives tomorrow...

Date: 2006-06-14 05:32 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sub-divided.livejournal.com
Well, there's always C.J. Cherryh. Upside is that her books are complex and anthropologically thoughtful, downside is that they're very, very dense, all rely on each other, and often take hundreds of pages to get going (because her narrative voice is SO tight that critical information is often not revealed until many pages after the place where knowing it would have been most useful, Cyteen is her best-known, 40,000 in Gehenna is a first-contact book that can be read as a standalone, and Tripoint is a fun, character-driven merchants in space book.

Less dense would be... I haven't been reading too much non-literary sci fi lately, actually. I really liked The Sparrow, IN SPITE OF its religious-parable nature. For more thoughtful sci fi see this (http://www.steelypips.org/paired/author.html) page.

If you can stand Celtic people who act irrationally, Kate Forsyth's Witches of Eleanan series is pretty good. It even has a sci fi origin story ala Dragonsdawn. There are dragons in it, but they're the wise non-interfering type and not integral to the story.

Date: 2006-06-14 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sub-divided.livejournal.com
Also: His Majesty's Dragon is not, at heart, fantasy -- at least, it's not epic fantasy. It's not a worldbuilding book. It's historical AU which is all about the Cool Factor (I mean this in a completely supportive way, because I am all about the Cool Factor as well -- but some of its best features are also its most superficial).

I think you'd probably like Paticia McKillip. Try The Riddlemaster of Hed?

Date: 2006-06-15 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atimson.livejournal.com
Try The Riddlemaster of Hed?

Don't mind if I do. ;)

Date: 2006-06-15 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atimson.livejournal.com
Unlike you, I don't mind Celts, so I'll give Forsyth's work a try. And while Cherryh's not what I'm looking for at the moment, I do eventually want to give her work a try.

Date: 2006-06-14 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michaelschuster.livejournal.com
I can't not invoke the name of He Who Is Named After A Rather Large Asian Nation in a reply to a subject like this. If you've spent some time at MfE during the last year or so, you know of whom I speak. :D

Also, I found the interweaving of Arthurian lore and Greek hero tales in Robert Holdstock's Merlin Codex series rather well done, so I recommend it (the first book - Celika - at least, which is the only one I've read so far).

Date: 2006-06-15 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atimson.livejournal.com
Yes, I do know of whom you speak. Fine, fine. I surrender. *requests PSS*

I'll keep Holdstock in mind; I've never been a big fan of Arthurian tales (PAD's Knight Life being the exception, mainly because what he does is rather... different), but it still deserves a shot.

Date: 2006-06-14 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steve-roby.livejournal.com
Well, with the warning that I've only read one Weber and I'm not particularly a fan of Zahn or Bujold... have you read any of the British space opera stuff? Like for instance Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks? Or Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs books, starting with Altered Carbon, which combines bits of space opera, cyberpunk, and noir?

Date: 2006-06-15 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atimson.livejournal.com
I've tried to try Banks, but my local library can't get any; OTOH, I apparently never thought to check the one back home (where I'm at over the summer), which can. So I'll give him a try.

Date: 2006-06-14 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kradical.livejournal.com
They aren't big and fat, but Jay Caselberg's books are fun noir-ish space opera and might fit your bill: Wyrmhole, Metal Sky, and The Star Tablet.

Date: 2006-06-15 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atimson.livejournal.com
Well, they certainly sound interesting, so I'll give Wyrmhole a shot. Thanks. :)

Date: 2006-06-14 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jawajames.livejournal.com
i'm gonna recommend two books that i've read recently/am reading now:

Mindscan by Robert J Sawyer
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (nanopunk?)

or if you want big fat space opera - how about The Golden Globe by John Varley.. it's in space.. and there's opera?! (ok, the protagonist is an actor)

Date: 2006-06-16 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiggerallyn.livejournal.com
Space opera, hmm? Have you tried any A. Bertram Chandler? Or David Feintuch?

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