Hello all. I am wanting to expand my reading horizons this year and want to dip my toes more into the Sci-Fi / Fantasy genres. What are some of your favorite stand alone or series of novels that you would recommend?
Recently, my favorite is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Even if you've seen the film, the novel is worth the read. And if you're a Star Trek fan, Redshirts by John Scalzi is a hoot. Others I've enjoyed:Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series - Douglas AdamsDirk Gently duology - Douglas AdamsChronicles of Narnia - C.S. LewisSpace Trilogy - C.S. LewisHis Dark Materials - Phillip PullmanThe Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood1984 - George OrwellThe Martian Chronicles - Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451 - Ray BradburySlaughterhouse Five - Kurt VonnegutDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. DickDune - Frank HerbertRingworld - David NivenRendezvous With Rama - Arthur C. ClarkeRobot Series - Isaac AsimovStranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. HeinleinA Clockwork Orange - Anthony BurgessEnder's Game - Orson Scott CardJurassic Park - Michael CrichtonTimeline - Michael CrichtonHunger Games trilogy - Suzanne CollinsLightning - Dean Koontz
Great list tho mostly classic SF ( My generation!)I would add almost anything from Neil Gaiman's ouvre-Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, American Gods, and my fav- Good Omens. OH gosh The Graveyard Book!Anne Mccaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. ( Lessa is such a bitch!)Max Brooks World War Z ( NOTHING like the movie except there are zombies)Ursula K Le Guin - Left Hand of Darkness, A Wizard of Earthsea, - oh hell anything she wrote.Octavia Butler- Bloodchild (short story) the Patternmaster / Patternist seriesSamuel R Delany ( oK he can be an acquired taste I never really Patrick Rothfuss- The Kingkiller Chronicles ( and others)Harlan Ellison- Short story collections - I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamOrson Scott Card- Well that's some of my bookcase- I'll try to think of some more.Explore and enjoy!
Thank you so much, you two. I really appreciate it and have added a lot of these to my TBR list. For myself, I would recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson (especially the Mistborn series. SOOOOOO good). And my favorite book of all time which is 11/22/63 by Stephen King. If you haven't read this please, please, please do yourself a favor. *sigh*But, that being said I can't wait to dive into the books on your lists!
I highly recommend The Three Body Problem series by Liu Cixin.
Thanks, Erik. I have added it to my TBR list as well. I looked up the synopsis and it seems very interesting.
You must read His Dark Materials if you haven't already.
I've had the books for years but for some reason never read them. I will need to get to them soon.
Speaking of Stephen King, I adore The Eyes of the Dragon, which was a huge stylistic departure for him when it was first published.
I read Eyes of the Dragon a few months ago and I liked it a lot more than I thought it was. It was very straight forward and matter of fact (which went against his usual style as you mentioned) so it took me a while to get used to it but I ended up really liking it.
Try the myth-based series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. It is really good!Check it out here: https://iprice.ph/hobbies/books/
Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy.The Children of Men by P.D. James
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