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I've read every one of the books throw out so far, and I own a fair chunk of them. I'm good with whatever, but if people think Dune is heavy, I'm scared to think what isn't.

And just because I'm contrary, I'm going to suggest William Gibson's Neuromancer. Shorter than Dune, and prescient. And because I want a reason to re-read it.

Now THIS makes me happy. Incredibly happy.

About 3/4ths of the way through Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides. I'd give it a thumbs' up or two.

Magic for Beginners is pretty darned funny. Lightweight, sure. But funny.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: June 10, 2012, 02:48:14 PM »
Hello there, Bob, and welcome!  ;D

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Newbie's Space Opera?
« on: June 10, 2012, 02:46:57 PM »
Hamilton can be a bit...overwhelming at first. As can Banks. Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns is...well, pulpy. But I didn't think it was that bad. It was, however, definitely summer beach reading.

The only other one I can think of off the top of my head (and without looking too hard at the bookshelves) is Charlie Baxter's Manifold Space. Intriguing concepts, not too much handholding, but not too sprawling, either.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What u waiting for!
« on: June 10, 2012, 02:36:00 PM »
The third Ringil book (whatever Morgan titles it). That's about it. Everything else, well, I'm sort of done waiting for. I know, sad.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: sci fi recommendations
« on: June 09, 2012, 01:50:17 AM »

Personally I'd recommend Downbelow Station, although the Morgaine stories (Gate of Ivrel, etc.) may be a good starting point for a fantasy fan.  (Double-checking spellings on Wikipedia, it turns out there's a fourth Morgaine book, Exile's Gate, that isn't in my collected volume.  Excited grin! ;D )

Gotta admit that I read the first Morgaine book and didn't read anymore...too cliched for me. But that may be because I read it after reading folks like Morgan and Banks, and got a little spoiled. I just don't think those are her best work.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: June 08, 2012, 04:49:34 AM »
Tim, you sound like a busy guy! Glad you found us, and welcome! The writers around here are pretty amazing folks!

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: sci fi recommendations
« on: June 08, 2012, 04:47:51 AM »
But I like the puns!

One author I love, but many people find a bit...hard to get into is CJ Cherryh. Her aliens are truly alien, and she makes no effort to humanize them. Her easiest book, I suppose, is either the Faded Sun trilogy (because the arc is familiar to those conversant with Dune) or, most likely, Cyteen. But she's totally worth it.

Warning: The Algebraist starts off VERY slowly. There's a reason for that.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: sci fi recommendations
« on: June 07, 2012, 04:46:07 AM »
Consider Phlebas is one of the earliest Culture novels, if not THE earliest...it has a certain charm. I highly recommend The Algebraist!

Introductions / Re: Level of Education?
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:51:52 PM »
I got a late start. I'm working on my first BA...it might be in Sociology, if I stick with that. I'm 32 and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. :)

That's okay...I started my doctorate when I was 34. You've got some time!

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:50:47 PM »
Welcome C. Hill! Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine, or...well, you get the idea) and come on in!

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: June 05, 2012, 03:14:58 PM »
Hi, I'm new thread :P

You're new thread? That's terrific. I only have old thread, and it keeps breaking on me! Welcome!

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:01:35 PM »
Hi, caf! There's plenty of advice (and great discussions, and even people willing to read your stuff and give you feedback) to be had over in our writer's corner! Welcome to FF!

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