I'm a pretty avid reader of fantasy and science fiction novels and as i was reading through these threads i saw a pretty decent Anime suggestion thread and was wondering if anyone would like to start the same type of deal for books of the fantasy/sci-fi department.
I dont know if there is much interest here but i love talking about books that ive read and enjoyed and would like suggestions as well from the community here.
I guess ill just start it out. Titles and authors perhaps? Followed by a very brief summary of the style. I do not have my collection(probably more like a library) with me at my appt. so most of this will be off the top of my head, if i gargle and title with authors apologies and corrections are welcome.
Simon R. Green- Deathstalker saga and tales from the Nightside. This guy has a ridiculous imagination. His books are a mix of fantasy and science fiction both. There usually isnt that much depth in the books but what he lack in that section he makes in sheer awesome characters and ideas.
David Gemmell- Legend. This guy is just an incredible writer, one of my favorite science fiction writers of all time. You can pick up anything off the shelf by this guy and it will usually be pretty damn good. I recommend Druss the Legend because its simply put, his best work.
Frank Hurbert- Dune. One of the most well thought out Science fiction novels ive ever read with ideas in it from the 50s(not sure how long ago but im probably pretty accurate) that most modern authors couldnt dream of. Every single thing in this book just fits into a world that helps to make his universe come to life.
Robert Jordan- Wheel of time series. These are the books that many people define fantasy from, well, right behind lord of the rings lol. This is a damn epic series that starts off small and ends(well its still on going but anyone whos going to read them will know what i mean when they are through) absolutely epic. There is eleven books in this series and the first several, lets say 6, were incredible. The last few ive read havnt been quite up to snuff but one just has to read them anyway to find out what happends.
Carol Berg- The Rai-kirah series. An amazing series. Fantasy at its best. She also wrote Song of the beast. Which completely blew me away.
Terry Goodkind- Sword of Truth. This series was my first. Extremely good with some bombass action. The only problem i had with it was the main character was just too good to be true. A lot of people like that in their fantasy novels though.
[b]R.A. Salvatore- Dark Elf.....series? This guy puts out books like its his job...Yeah you know what i mean. The dark elf series is something like 20 long. I believe its part of the "forgotten realms" line of books but i cant seem to remember. The first six are sheer awesomeness. The following 14 are pretty good, the main reason for this is Salvatore's amazing ability to write action sequences. Solid series. He also has several other series but none are quite as popular as this one.
Robin Hobb- Farseer trilogy. Very good trilogy about assassins and maybe even some beast magic. I couldnt put these books down, the main character is a badass.
Charles Ingrid- Sand wars. Some great science fiction hear. Pretty much everything you want from a mecha/peronalized war suit series.
Orson Scott Card- Ender's Game. A very good science fiction novel about teenage/child genius's training to be the generals of earth. Very deep book with a engaging plotline. This book was so good i recommended to my high school english teacher and it got into the school curriculum. But dont think of it as a school book at all, simply a very enjoyable read.
John Steakly- Armor. Science fiction book about war and the repercussions of it on the human brain. Sounds too scientific but its reall not. If you like science fiction you will like this book.
C.S. Friedman- The coldfire trilogy. A good science fiction with even better characters. It has one of my favorite bad..good guy(you will know what i mean if you read its something like a movie about a badguy that you just really want to win in the end) characters ever in the form of Gerald Tarrent.
Glen Cook- Annals of the black company. Glen Cook is a increadible writer of fantasy. This series will keep you guessing.
Well thats all i can think of right now, I will probably add a lot more but my brain is just about done thinking about authors and books atm.
Edited, Jun 4th 2009 1:50am by Lowgo