Fantasy Faction

Fantasy Faction => Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books => Topic started by: Arry on October 02, 2013, 08:47:45 AM

Title: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on October 02, 2013, 08:47:45 AM
Come share what Sci-Fi book you are currently reading :)

Right now, I'm about half way through Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. There are some things I really like about it but sometimes I also lose I interest a bit. Not sure why.

Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on October 02, 2013, 03:31:09 PM
Soon (TM) to start Hydrogen Sonata by Iain Banks. It was featured at my favourite SFF bookshop so I thought, why not ...
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on October 03, 2013, 07:41:08 AM
For some reason i have yet to start the culture. But consider Phlebus is on my wishlist so ill be catching up pretty soon.

I am reading the reality dysfunction. A big turd, very good so far. Although i am wondering if i can get some sort of inside on the lose sexual morality that is displayed in.. every.. female character. I dont really get that, yet.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on October 10, 2013, 12:11:13 PM
The story is getting in high gear now: plot oulines are forming clearly now(or not). The character introduction was elaborate but not boring at all. The wonders introduced in Hamilton's universe are awesome and wicked. The characters are clever, funny, ubbeat or psycho to the bone. 

The first major clash between protagonists is coming and it how this will be.. man, i am curious!

I thought is saw fangs!


The reality dysfunction! So far a must read!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on October 10, 2013, 02:44:16 PM
I wish I could say the same about Hydrogen Sonata. Still on it though.
The Culture series can be a bit of a hit-or-miss thing I understand. Haven't had much luck with my SF books lately =(
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on October 10, 2013, 10:17:47 PM
Yea, but thats true for many series. Consider Plehbas stays on my to read list. The culture has a nice ring to it. :-) (aaaah.. a nice ring to it: what a motivation. omnomnonmnomnom)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on October 10, 2013, 11:47:44 PM
The Hydrogen Sonata as your 1st Culture novel? That's really a bad place to start. Start wwih Consider Phlebas, Player of Games or Use of Weapons. I am reading Ben Aaronvitch Remembrance of the Daleks.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on October 11, 2013, 04:09:20 AM
No, Hydrogen Sonata isn't the first. I enjoyed Consider Phlebas, and Matter was sort of fun too. This on the other hand ... maybe it picks up a bit later ...
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on October 21, 2013, 08:33:05 PM
I'm reading 'The long earth', by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I wanted to like it, but I just can't get into it... So, they're 2 english authors, but it's such an american book, it's putting me off.
I'll finish it, but I don't think I will bother with the next volume  :-\

Back to fantasy after this one... much better, hehe
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on December 23, 2013, 05:23:39 PM
Started Emphyrio by Jack Vance!

Finished the first couple of chapters so im not very far yet. But it is definitely a page turner
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on January 09, 2014, 09:46:25 PM
Hydrogen Sonata by Iain  M Banks. Bittersweet knowing it's the last time I will read a Culture book afresh.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on January 16, 2014, 03:40:16 PM
I'm reading The Waking Engine by David Edison. His prose is amazingly descriptive and is a joy to read so far. And the story definitely has me intrigued at this point (about 60 pages into a 400 page book).
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Charlemagne on January 18, 2014, 12:37:37 AM
I just read Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, and I absolutely adored it. Really fun, light read, but it also brings up some interesting questions of identity. Plus, fuzzies! Really just a ton of fun - classic Scalzi in that it's so entertaining, but also thought-provoking.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: moonspawn on January 21, 2014, 03:57:08 AM
Recently I've been reading the Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton. Now that is epic space opera.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: wildmike40K on January 22, 2014, 10:37:57 PM
My first post yay, just finished reading Fist of Demetrius (The Macharian Crusade) by William king (Warhammer 40k) good read but the ending seemed rushed with characters who had been mentioned through out the book suddenly being forgotten about.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on January 29, 2014, 03:44:08 PM
I have never read anything from The Culture but thats going to chance because i am
starting in: Consider Phlebas from Iain M. Banks!
Wish me luck because its time to brave the dangers of deep space!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on February 01, 2014, 11:57:53 AM
Great how he gives space that enormous feeling. Love how he givs that human feel to droids. Like the races and the technologie. As a "trekkie" its nice to race around in a warp drive instead of a FTL our something like that.
Dont yet  really know what to think of these Changers for alignment. So far i would think chaotic neutral our something. This Culture seems very awesome. Need to read more!  love it!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 01, 2014, 12:15:21 PM
Great how he gives space that enormous feeling. Love how he givs that human feel to droids. Like the races and the technologie. As a "trekkie" its nice to race around in a warp drive instead of a FTL our something like that.
Dont yet  really know what to think of these Changers for alignment. So far i would think chaotic neutral our something. This Culture seems very awesome. Need to read more!  love it!

There are 9 novels and one novella so get stuck in!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on February 03, 2014, 06:22:22 AM
O i will. But man, thnx to sfgateway.com i have like a zillion books on my to read pile. What a great site that is, if youre a sci-fi reader.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Loram on March 05, 2014, 10:38:07 AM
I'm going through a time travel phase. Recently read 11/22/1963 by Stephen King which was really good, trying to read The Time Traveller's Wife because it's so popular but having trouble as it's written in present tense, and about to start Night Watch by Terry Pratchett.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: moonspawn on March 10, 2014, 01:22:07 AM
Currently I'm reading Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a funny little book and highly entertaining but I wouldn't consider it great.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on March 15, 2014, 01:04:12 PM
Just finished Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke and started in Flow my tears the policeman said by Philip K. Dick.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: David Gullen on March 17, 2014, 10:08:49 PM
I've just finished 'Native Tongue' by Suzette Haden Elgin. This was quite a compelling read, very interesting and definitely a book of its era -1985 first pub. It's kind of a feminist 1984 (but not really).
My review on Goodreads/Librarything

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/285563.Native_Tongue

https://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=DKGullen

(Well, I think I got it for LibraryThing - still finding my way around, it's a bit weird)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on March 20, 2014, 03:44:01 PM
Reading The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F Hamilton. Second book of the Night's dawn trilogy.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: TomTheBeliever on April 28, 2014, 05:23:16 PM
Never been massively into Sci-Fi before, I've always generally stuck to the fantasy section in bookstores.

Just finished Hyperion though, and I adored it.  The story was so well done, the way the individual tales fed into the over-riding tale was sublime.  A solid 10/10 from me .. already bought Fall of Hyperion; thoroughly looking forward to the conclusion of the books - I hope the second half stays as strong as the first half!!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: moonspawn on April 29, 2014, 01:24:09 AM
Never been massively into Sci-Fi before, I've always generally stuck to the fantasy section in bookstores.

Just finished Hyperion though, and I adored it.  The story was so well done, the way the individual tales fed into the over-riding tale was sublime.  A solid 10/10 from me .. already bought Fall of Hyperion; thoroughly looking forward to the conclusion of the books - I hope the second half stays as strong as the first half!!

Glad to hear you liked it. Hyperion is definitely in my top 5 favorite series'.

Recently I read The Left Hand of Darkness. I thought it was absolutely brilliant.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on April 29, 2014, 03:17:24 PM
The left hand of darkness is one of my favorites. Brilliant!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Brother of the Sixth Order on June 15, 2014, 01:24:53 PM
After a bit of persuasion i am now reading Leviathan Awakes by James S A Carey, what a book so far am loving it
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Fellshot on June 17, 2014, 05:09:58 AM
Just finished The Martian by Andy Weir. :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: CheshireGrin on June 30, 2014, 05:55:11 PM
My husband has been telling me I should read the Sprawl trilogy for a while now, so last night I finally started reading Neuromancer. I'm liking it so far. He owns all the books, so once I'm done with the first one, I'm planning on starting Count Zero.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: xiagan on June 30, 2014, 06:18:26 PM
My husband has been telling me I should read the Sprawl trilogy for a while now, so last night I finally started reading Neuromancer. I'm liking it so far. He owns all the books, so once I'm done with the first one, I'm planning on starting Count Zero.

We read Neuromancer two years ago with the book club. Feel free to use those threads for your thoughts. :)
-> http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28junejuly-2012%29-neuromancer/
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: CheshireGrin on July 02, 2014, 11:55:47 PM
My husband has been telling me I should read the Sprawl trilogy for a while now, so last night I finally started reading Neuromancer. I'm liking it so far. He owns all the books, so once I'm done with the first one, I'm planning on starting Count Zero.

We read Neuromancer two years ago with the book club. Feel free to use those threads for your thoughts. :)
-> http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28junejuly-2012%29-neuromancer/

Cool, thanks for letting me know! :) I'll do that.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Janaki on July 21, 2014, 08:58:07 AM
Just reading "Fire by Fire", by Charles E. Gannon ...
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on August 08, 2014, 05:38:14 PM
Starting in: The player of games. Iain Banks!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: The Red Herring on August 11, 2014, 04:23:55 PM
I'm about halfway through The Man in the High Castle after just finishing A Scanner Darkly. I'm on a bit of a Philip K Dick run.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on August 11, 2014, 04:43:26 PM
I'm about halfway through The Man in the High Castle after just finishing A Scanner Darkly. I'm on a bit of a Philip K Dick run.

Then... keep on running!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: michaelramm on August 11, 2014, 05:20:23 PM
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson with my department at work.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Serenity on August 20, 2014, 09:22:40 AM
Starting in: The player of games. Iain Banks!

Great book!


I'm nearly at the end of Woken Furies by Richard Morgan.  He seems to be a very angry man  :o ;D
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: tylerkendo on August 20, 2014, 12:10:46 PM
I am about to start Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on August 22, 2014, 12:13:37 AM
The Martian by Andy Weir. Enjoying it. Smart-ass botanist/mechanical engineer stuck on mars. He's kind of a sarcastic Bill Nye the Science Guy/McGyver mix. If they had a love child, it would be this guy.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Perfidious_Albion on August 22, 2014, 12:35:39 AM
I loved The Martian. Probably my favourite book of the year so far. I have to admit to having a fondness for science fiction that has an engineering focus despite having no particular skills in that field myself. Another Martian engineering novel I greatly enjoyed is Voyage by Stephen Baxter. The BBC made a pretty good radio play of it, too.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on August 26, 2014, 10:13:27 PM
In a few days i will start in The sirens of titan by Kurt Vonnegut or The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Which one should i choose? O heavenly dilemma!

The player of games, which i am reading now, is a true masterwork btw! I really like Iain Banks his style.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on August 28, 2014, 07:45:43 PM
So, started in The Forever War. Curious and with high expectations.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Richard Bendall on August 28, 2014, 11:26:42 PM
Just finished reading HG Wells War of the Worlds for the first time. Massive fan of the musical version since childhood and grew up with the earlier films, never felt like reading the book. Glad I have at last and a shame I didn't read it sooner.

Shame on me, but it's probably the first sci-fi I've ever read! Love sci-fi TV/film, but not been drawn to sci-fi books that much. I think it would be too dangerous to start right now too with so much fantasy I need to catch up on.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on August 29, 2014, 06:14:47 AM
Shame is not needed young friend. Science fiction and Fantasy are not nearly the same. Both fantastic, yes. But not nearly the same. I mostly read Science fiction. But it is my occasional wanderlust into the Fantasy genre that brought me to this place: fantasy Faction. Which deserves much kudos for there Science fiction support.

Have fun reading H.G. He wrote a damn good book. Enjoy!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Richard Bendall on August 29, 2014, 11:08:50 PM
Shame is not needed young friend. Science fiction and Fantasy are not nearly the same. Both fantastic, yes. But not nearly the same. I mostly read Science fiction. But it is my occasional wanderlust into the Fantasy genre that brought me to this place: fantasy Faction. Which deserves much kudos for there Science fiction support.

Have fun reading H.G. He wrote a damn good book. Enjoy!

It was and it's really messed with my head considering the year he wrote it and how futuristic it felt. His grasp of things felt far beyond his years!

I doubt it will be my last sci-fi outing, but since I'm currently writing fantasy, it's only sensible to absorb myself in it for the time being. I won't be copying, too far through the worldbuilding and plotting for that, but it's good to know the competition  ;)

One day though, I can almost guarantee I'll end up writing some sci-fi in an attempt to pay homage to the fantastic shows like SG-1 and Babylon 5. The themes and underlying messages in those are what draws me to sci-fi in much the same way as I get drawn to fantasy. Both genres are true explores of the famous best question for writers - "what if?"
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on September 03, 2014, 05:17:13 AM
Finished Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach. This book was just plain fun, and that's how I like my science fiction. Fast-paced. Lots of action and mystery. Kickass main character.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Serenity on September 03, 2014, 10:14:36 AM
Finished Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach. This book was just plain fun, and that's how I like my science fiction. Fast-paced. Lots of action and mystery. Kickass main character.

Oh, good to know - I've had that one on the wishlist for a while, might need to get it now  :)


I'm currently reading Heinlein's The Door into Summer.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Phil Norris on September 03, 2014, 01:38:24 PM
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, my first SF book in ages.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on September 03, 2014, 05:28:51 PM
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, my first SF book in ages.

That's a great series. Hope you like it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on September 08, 2014, 01:09:02 PM
Finished The forever war and starting in The sirens of titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on September 08, 2014, 08:25:33 PM
Actually I just started a YA SF by Sophia McDougall Mars Evacuees. You have to love a book that as as it's opening line: When the polar ice advanced as far as Nottingham, my school was closed and I was evacuated to Mars. She mentioned it at a panel at Worldcon and I was so hooked that I went out and bought a copy in the dealers room.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on September 13, 2014, 11:56:41 AM
Just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir.

I adored this book, every word of it.  One of the best books I've ever read.  Would recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It's gripping, laugh out loud funny, well-paced, brilliantly written and emotional.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on September 15, 2014, 01:40:07 AM
Just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir.

I adored this book, every word of it.  One of the best books I've ever read.  Would recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It's gripping, laugh out loud funny, well-paced, brilliantly written and emotional.

The Martian was quite a fun book! :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Serenity on September 15, 2014, 02:11:59 PM
Over the weekend I read Ethan of Athos and Labyrinth by Lois McMaster Bujold, both of which were very enjoyable.

Now I'm reading The Myriad, the first of R. M. Meluch's 'Merrimack' series, and so far - 200 pages in - it's been great fun.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Serenity on September 17, 2014, 11:32:40 AM
Finished The Myriad.  The final quarter of that book elevated it from being 'merely' good to being brilliant, for me.  As a result I'm straight into the sequel, Wolf Star  :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on September 18, 2014, 12:40:19 AM
Recently I finished On Basilisk Station by David Weber. Not the best writing in the world. A few too many infodumps. But I enjoyed it overall.

I also finished The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. It took me a while, but I really started liking it toward the end.

I've started on Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey. This is a great series, and this one looks to be pretty good so far. They always start a bit slow, then build toward a great climax.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on September 29, 2014, 07:58:51 PM
Finished Cibola Burn. Another great entry in the series. Probably my favorite so far. In this one, I actually liked the new POV characters that were added, especially once I got farther into the story. As usual, there was a good amount of action, and the characters were handled very well. One of my favorite space operas.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Serenity on October 08, 2014, 10:03:17 AM
I'm just getting into the first of Taylor Anderson's 'Destroyermen' series, Into the Storm.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Luke Matthews on October 12, 2014, 07:47:18 PM
Once I finish Republic of Thieves, I'm likely moving on to Ancillary Justice. I've heard nothing but good things. Really looking forward to this one.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Jon.M.Jones on October 12, 2014, 10:43:59 PM
Currently 30% into "Vicious" from V.E. Schwab.

Is there anyone here that's read "Vicious" and if so what were your thoughts? It got a lot of great reviews.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on October 13, 2014, 06:54:13 AM
Eagerly awaiting The naked God by Peter F hamilton. To bring closure to the Night's dawn trilogy and use of weapons by iain M banks to be dragged further and deeper into the culterrrre. Which i will start first when they arrive is yet to be decided.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Idlewilder on October 13, 2014, 11:37:32 AM
Currently 30% into "Vicious" from V.E. Schwab.

Is there anyone here that's read "Vicious" and if so what were your thoughts? It got a lot of great reviews.

I'm around 50% through it. I can see why people loved it so much - it's very fast-paced, a little unusual and a fun read. But it's a bit lightweight for all that. It all hinges on some pretty big leaps of the imagination, SF or no SF.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on October 13, 2014, 11:01:51 PM
I just started Kage Baker's In The Garden of Iden, and while I see it as much fantasy as sci-fi, it is classified as SF.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Phil Norris on October 14, 2014, 12:38:20 PM
The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronical Of The Fallers #1 by Peter F Hamilton, I could be sometime.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on October 15, 2014, 12:08:20 AM
The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronical Of The Fallers #1 by Peter F Hamilton, I could be sometime.
Never read Hamilton, but the sheer size of them puts me off a little. Do we expect to see you sometime before Christmas?
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on October 17, 2014, 02:59:05 PM
Started in The naked God. Last of the night's dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Could be some time :-)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Saraband on October 20, 2014, 02:29:33 AM
Will start The Call of Cthulhu, my first H. P. Lovecraft experience.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on October 26, 2014, 07:09:42 AM
Started the last installment on Elisabeth Moons "Serrano" series, in omnibus format - The Serrano Succession.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on October 26, 2014, 10:06:26 PM
Hive Monkey by Gareth Powell. It's the sequel to Ack-Ack Macaque, and despite containing a number of the same characters and one of the settings it's an entirely different type of book to the first one.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on November 08, 2014, 05:28:04 AM
Finished Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach. It's the second in a trilogy, and I loved it just as much as I did the first. These books have tons of action, and a kickass main character. There's also a lot of mystery throughout. They're not "deep" science fiction books, but they're a whole lot of fun.

For anyone who doesn't know Rachel Bach is also Rachel Aaron, the author of the Eli Monpress fantasy series, which I also loved.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on November 12, 2014, 12:09:06 PM
Taking a pause from Peter F Hamilton's The Naked God. And started in Use of weapons by Iain M. Banks!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Lady Ty on November 19, 2014, 11:00:09 PM
Just read The Martian  by Andy Weir, absolutely great. Clever and also with humour. Believe there is a film in the pipeline and hope they don't spoil it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Dutson on November 20, 2014, 08:18:51 PM
Currently reading Embassytown by China Mieville. I never tended to enjoy SF that much but I might have to try some more after this because it's really good!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on November 21, 2014, 06:11:31 PM
Finished Use of weapons by Iain Bank a couple of days ago. A must read. So far one of the greater Culture novels.
Its drags you into the  psychological world of the main character, of love, family and it finishes with a surprising twist. My only complaint is that it could have been somewhat longer.

Back to The Naked God by Hamilton.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on November 24, 2014, 08:41:19 PM
Finished Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It was good, but I didn't enjoy it much as I hoped I would. For me, it felt like the ambition of the story exceeded the execution. Not that it was bad. I just found myself confused at many points, and it took me a while to connect with the story.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on November 26, 2014, 11:04:37 AM
Finished Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It was good, but I didn't enjoy it much as I hoped I would. For me, it felt like the ambition of the story exceeded the execution. Not that it was bad. I just found myself confused at many points, and it took me a while to connect with the story.

I liked it in general but for me it slowed down to much towards the end.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: isabellawalker on January 02, 2015, 06:35:18 AM
A Time For Susan 8)

As a young man David Jameson creates a time machine capable of allowing travel both into the future and into the past. One day, before the time machine is even past the planning stage David Jameson receives a visit from someone very special; his daughter Susan from the future! This is the story of an enduring and unconditional love which can sometimes exist between a parent and their child. Read how Susan prevent prevent the World War Nazis from taking over the world!

http://www.afterlifenovels.com
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on January 02, 2015, 11:36:00 AM
Finished Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It was good, but I didn't enjoy it much as I hoped I would. For me, it felt like the ambition of the story exceeded the execution. Not that it was bad. I just found myself confused at many points, and it took me a while to connect with the story.

I liked it in general but for me it slowed down to much towards the end.

I had quite the opposite reaction: Ancillary Justice felt quite slow at the beginning, but sped up quite nicely and really delivered for me.  A really strong 3.5 stars in my personal rating.  Ancillary Sword on the other hand was good but not great. A strong 2.5 stars.

I've also been reading the Expanse novels by Corey, which a mix of almost really good and really really good.  And I re-read the entire Vorkosigan series by Bujold in October.  One of my favorite series of all time.  Almost no book below a 4.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on January 05, 2015, 06:13:29 AM
Ah my next book on the pile is Leviathan wakes. Im looking forward to it but i still have some reading to do in The naked god from Hamilton.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Katmandu on January 05, 2015, 08:03:45 PM
I really consider Star Wars more space opera than straight scifi, but I finally got my ARC for Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne, so I'm going to be reading it.  HttJ doesn't release until March and I can't do spoilers pre-release, but I'll let you know what I think.

FYI, all the new Star Wars books starting in October (I think), 2014 are part of canon.  Anything prior to that is now part of Legends.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on January 05, 2015, 10:24:49 PM
If Connie Willis' Doomsday Book qualifies as science fiction then I'm currently making my way through that. It's not at a bad book, but I have trouble believing a story partially set in Oxford in 2060 that didn't foresee the use of devices like cell phones
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: RussetDivinity on January 06, 2015, 05:38:25 AM
I'm gradually rereading Dune. Aside from that, though, I haven't been much into science fiction books lately. That'll change soon, since I've got a reading pile of four sci-fi books, and that pile will only grow over the next few days.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: MarcoM on January 10, 2015, 06:59:04 AM
What a coincidence, I just finished Dune for the first time. Found it to be pretty disappointing and even put it down for two months after 2/3rds. Next Sci-Fi book is not on the screen yet, as I have some nonfiction and Fantasy to work through.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on January 11, 2015, 07:16:33 AM
Finished the night's dawn trilogy by Peter Hamilton last night. For a series with 3000+ pages im not really convinced with the ending. Most a the time that would bother me. But because i liked reading the books i can let that slip this time.

Starting in Leviathan wakes by James Corey. Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Vagabond on January 30, 2015, 02:30:56 PM
Just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, really enjoyed it. Lots of references to the 80's music, films and computer games but set in 2044.

(http://media.tumblr.com/f5484ef1dc5f659dbb0a04c1781e452c/tumblr_inline_niqvv9SnDq1qak2r0.jpg)
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved -- that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt -- among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life -- and love -- in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on January 30, 2015, 10:02:14 PM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on January 30, 2015, 10:20:37 PM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on January 30, 2015, 10:30:12 PM
Ow nice!

I wanted to read ready player one but simply forgot about it! I will order it soon!

Now, im reading Excession. A Culture book by Iain M Banks.
Really a big fan of the Culture novels.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on January 30, 2015, 10:58:25 PM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Speaking of filmed SF concepts. SyFy's version of James S.A Corey's Expanse novels should be out this year, that should be really good.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on January 31, 2015, 12:28:31 AM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Speaking of filmed SF concepts. SyFy's version of James S.A Corey's Expanse novels should be out this year, that should be really good.

Ow! Sounds great! Could be brutal.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on January 31, 2015, 10:36:34 PM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Speaking of filmed SF concepts. SyFy's version of James S.A Corey's Expanse novels should be out this year, that should be really good.

Ow! Sounds great! Could be brutal.
I think there's a trailer floating around on the internet somewhere, it looks pretty good.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on January 31, 2015, 11:21:47 PM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Speaking of filmed SF concepts. SyFy's version of James S.A Corey's Expanse novels should be out this year, that should be really good.

Ow! Sounds great! Could be brutal.
I think there's a trailer floating around on the internet somewhere, it looks pretty good.

I also found out that there are some people working on a movie about a The Culture book. Its unclear which book but i hope Use of weapons.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on February 01, 2015, 10:56:01 PM
I finished Symbiont that was a disappointment, still chugging away through Doc Smith's Valeron collection. It's awful writing, but it is interesting to see where a lot of what is currently written came from.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 02, 2015, 04:57:39 AM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Speaking of filmed SF concepts. SyFy's version of James S.A Corey's Expanse novels should be out this year, that should be really good.

Except it is on CheapFy ...
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on February 02, 2015, 08:05:58 AM
Ready Player One is really cool. They've been talking about a movie version of it almost since it first came out, but it never seems to progress much past talk. It would make a good film, though.

But they would really need Rush to play themselves.   :D
Speaking of filmed SF concepts. SyFy's version of James S.A Corey's Expanse novels should be out this year, that should be really good.

Except it is on CheapFy ...

True! SyFy channel should rethink there strategy. A brilliant SF series can easely be created out of the SF canon  with some help of a talented SF minded scenarist. They clame to be all hart but i think there alll about the green back.

There is need for a new, more serious, darker, more dystopian, more steampunk more intellectual SF channel/series.

StarTrek is doing a reasonably good job after the disasters that were Genesis and Nemesis. They have taking a reasonably good direction. SF is still not taken seriously enough but they might inspire other talented people.

Hollywood (i am not including StarTrek in the Hollywood machine. For me StarTrek is StarTrek and can not be compared to Hollywood. But thats probably because i grew up with the StarTrek universe. Although my mind knows that is wrong.)
Well a lot op SF blockbusters came out of Holywood the last couple of years. Think of Gravity, Guardians of the galaxy, Inception, District 9, Avatar.. that movie in which Johnny Dep became a supercomputer... and well, yea they are all fine movies to watch but they are all made to please EVERY generation and everyone who fancy's a movie from time to time. And thuss they dont really connect with anyone. For example: gravity. A big hype, a lot of positive critics, Oscar nominations... you name it. Offcourse, as SF minded humble humanoid i went to the cinema and guess what i got to see ? My Lordilord. A B rated comedy and B rated drame combined . A B rated Western to if you insist of counting in George Clooney his part.
It was with over the top acting and a SF story that clearly is not worthy of the SF label.

Guardian of the galaxy: well okey, its not what i have in mind for SF. But i liked it and deem it worthy for entertainement.

Inception: great ending and story but dull overall. Why? To clean, over directed, to much stereotyping.

District 9? No, this one is for yuppies only.

Avatar. The perfect examply of contemporary SF. Created to please the young and to old, the cowboys and the romantics, the girls and the boys.
 But lacks in vision, in incentive, in inspiration.

Compare them with: 2001 a space odissey, Alien: the directors cut, Star Wars: a new hope, ... Blade runner!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoAzpa1x7jU

We should not be content with the Syfy and hollywood goble!
So what does contemporary SF lack?
Feel free to comment!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on February 02, 2015, 12:15:13 PM
I actually loved Gravity, but no worries  ;)

In terms of SyFy, I avoid it almost entirely.  The scripts In the few shows  I ve seen were awful and the production values second rate.  The idea that they are doing the Expanse gives me hives.

Re: your litany of bad science fiction films recently, as I said, I'm not as down on them.  There was a lot of only OK science fiction interspersed with the really good ones you mention.  But I was not as taken with Interstellar.  It felt very predictable in its basic premise and the end had many plot holes.  What I loved was Matt Damon as a cad, coward and conniver. 

Back to SyFy for a minute.  I attended a media conference some years ago just as iPads were making a big impact on how network types thought about their productions.  The head of SyFy spoke and made no bones about the re-branding to "SyFy".  It's all about te money and a broader audience. Think MTV: starts as a particular concept.  Gets into every cable company carriage list.  Not enough viewers.  Change the concept of the network to broaden the appeal.

He also said at the time that SyFy would launch no new series that couldn't be leveraged into many versions: TV, online video, games, feature films...   I found the whole speech quite cynical, where he thought he was being smart and savvy.  Maybe both points of view were true! 
Title: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nino on February 02, 2015, 05:10:31 PM
Recently finished Ancillary Justice and found it quite refreshing. I did struggle a bit wrapping my head around the non-gender aspect at first. It got me realy confused. But after a while I got used to it and almost didn't even jotice it any more.

Also just finished Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron. This I realy loved! The world building was just so interesting and new.

I see many of you enjoyed The Martian. I downloaded the preview a while ago. And now you motivated me to move it up my tbr list. Thanx.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on February 02, 2015, 07:20:16 PM
Recently finished Ancillary Justice and found it quite refreshing. I did struggle a bit wrapping my head around the non-gender aspect at first. It got me realy confused. But after a while I got used to it and almost didn't even jotice it any more.

Also just finished Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron. This I realy loved! The world building was just so interesting and new.

I see many of you enjoyed The Martian. I downloaded the preview a while ago. And now you motivated me to move it up my tbr list. Thanx.

I really liked Ancillary Justice.  Agree on gender language, but did find that in a few cases it felt like a good idea taken too far.

Shades of Grey?  For a minute there I thought I was on a bondage romance site  ;)


Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on February 02, 2015, 07:23:11 PM
Recently finished Ancillary Justice and found it quite refreshing. I did struggle a bit wrapping my head around the non-gender aspect at first. It got me realy confused. But after a while I got used to it and almost didn't even jotice it any more.

Also just finished Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron. This I realy loved! The world building was just so interesting and new.

I see many of you enjoyed The Martian. I downloaded the preview a while ago. And now you motivated me to move it up my tbr list. Thanx.

I really liked Ancillary Justice.  Agree on gender language, but did find that in a few cases it felt like a good idea taken too far.

Shades of Grey?  For a minute there I thought I was on a bondage romance site  ;)

Be careful. Our Overlord is a massive fan.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on February 02, 2015, 11:12:01 PM
I actually loved Gravity, but no worries  ;)

In terms of SyFy, I avoid it almost entirely.  The scripts In the few shows  I ve seen were awful and the production values second rate.  The idea that they are doing the Expanse gives me hives.

Re: your litany of bad science fiction films recently, as I said, I'm not as down on them.  There was a lot of only OK science fiction interspersed with the really good ones you mention.  But I was not as taken with Interstellar.  It felt very predictable in its basic premise and the end had many plot holes.  What I loved was Matt Damon as a cad, coward and conniver. 

Back to SyFy for a minute.  I attended a media conference some years ago just as iPads were making a big impact on how network types thought about their productions.  The head of SyFy spoke and made no bones about the re-branding to "SyFy".  It's all about te money and a broader audience. Think MTV: starts as a particular concept.  Gets into every cable company carriage list.  Not enough viewers.  Change the concept of the network to broaden the appeal.

He also said at the time that SyFy would launch no new series that couldn't be leveraged into many versions: TV, online video, games, feature films...   I found the whole speech quite cynical, where he thought he was being smart and savvy.  Maybe both points of view were true!
Don't confuse what SyFY are doing with The Expanse as being at all similar to what they do with their dreadful movies like Sharknado. SyFY also made shows like Eureka and Warehouse 13, both of which were highly entertaining, well acted and for the most part fairly well written. Also Battlestar Galactica and . Haven is kind of losing it's way, but Battlestar, it's final season and ending aside, was one of the most highly regarded SF shows in recent times. I've seen a trailer for The Expanse and on the strength of that they seem to have captured the noir feeling of the books. They also cast Thomas Jane in the key role, which having seen him before he seems tailor made for.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on February 04, 2015, 04:28:18 AM
I finished 'Doc' Smith's Skylark saga and boy was that a struggle, however it is done now, I persevered and I succeeded! I think I'll take a break from science fiction for a bit now.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: RussetDivinity on February 05, 2015, 03:51:29 AM
I've actually been doing a fair bit of sci-fi reading lately; I'm taking a class about religion and science fiction, and so far, it's all been rereading (I kind of binged on the sci-fi section of my public library in high school): Childhood's End, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and Stranger in a Strange Land. Childhood's End was as good as I remember it, though I'll probably pass it along to my sister once the term's over. The last time I read A Canticle for Leibowitz I think I was sixteen, and it was interesting to come back to it years later and realize that I understand so much more than I did the first time around. As for Stranger in a Strange Land... well, I'm trying. There are parts of it that are utterly brilliant, but at the same time it can be painfully sexist, and I have to admit that I'm rather eager to be done with it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on February 05, 2015, 12:37:13 PM
As for Stranger in a Strange Land... well, I'm trying. There are parts of it that are utterly brilliant, but at the same time it can be painfully sexist, and I have to admit that I'm rather eager to be done with it.
I belong to a secret tribe of liars who will talk about SIASL, grokking and all that with authority, but actually never finished the book  8)
I sort of petered out maybe 2/3rds of the way through.  That was many years ago.  I recently read The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, which has much of the same flavor, and enjoyed many parts but eventually went "huh".  Speaking of Heinlein and cats, he has a book titled The Door into Summer, which has a central image of a cat that keeps wanting to check out every closet door every day, because, thinks the narrator, it suspects one of them will be a door into summer.  Love the image.  The book is about cryo sleep, and a young girl falls in love with her family's older friend.  When he goes into cryo, she is able to catch up and they live happily ever after.  I think RH must have been reading Lolita, but missed the point.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on February 14, 2015, 12:49:47 AM
Okej! I finished Excession (iain M. Banks) a few days ago. And thought to start in Look to windward. Same auther. But after 2 pages decided against it. I am starting in Stand on Zanzibar (John Brunner). I do not know  what to expect and have no high expectations. I guess that is a good thing. And a reason for taking a break in between the two Culture novels. Of which i expected to many. After The player of games and Use of weapons. So.. yea maybe even some more books in between as a pause... maybe.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on February 14, 2015, 05:44:27 AM
I'm currently reading The Deaths of Tao (the sequel to the equally excellent The Lives of Tao) by Wesley Chu. I really like these, they have elements of Quantum Leap, Chuck and Burn Notice with some James Bond chucked in for good measure. He manages to keep all these balls in the air without ever taking it too far. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on February 14, 2015, 02:50:21 PM
I'm currently reading The Deaths of Tao (the sequel to the equally excellent The Lives of Tao) by Wesley Chu. I really like these, they have elements of Quantum Leap, Chuck and Burn Notice with some James Bond chucked in for good measure. He manages to keep all these balls in the air without ever taking it too far. Highly recommended.

Loved these books, The Rebirths of Tao is coming out April 7th!

For sci-fi, I recently read Touch by Claire North, which may be a bit nebulous in regards to genre, but I would guess science fiction. Really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on February 14, 2015, 11:18:32 PM
I'm currently reading The Deaths of Tao (the sequel to the equally excellent The Lives of Tao) by Wesley Chu. I really like these, they have elements of Quantum Leap, Chuck and Burn Notice with some James Bond chucked in for good measure. He manages to keep all these balls in the air without ever taking it too far. Highly recommended.

Loved these books, The Rebirths of Tao is coming out April 7th!

For sci-fi, I recently read Touch by Claire North, which may be a bit nebulous in regards to genre, but I would guess science fiction. Really enjoyed it.
May have done myself a bit of a favour by waiting for a while to read them then. I don't have to wait too long for the 3rd one this way.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: RussetDivinity on February 25, 2015, 04:52:32 AM
I'm about two-thirds of the way through Parable of the Sower, and I've been really enjoying it. Part of the enjoyment may be because it's nice to read a book not written by a white man in the 1960s (sorry; I may be slightly bitter about spending most of my science fiction class slogging through casual sexism in the assigned texts), but I also really like the way the book treats religion. I'll have to find the next book somewhere or pester some relative to get it for my birthday.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on March 04, 2015, 01:23:45 AM
Finished Gridlinked by Neal Asher. This was a good, action-packed science fiction read. I wasn't blown away, but I'll probably read something more by him at some point.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on March 06, 2015, 05:18:18 AM
Finished Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. It's the final book in her apocalyptic science fiction trilogy. Overall, this was a very interesting read. I'm not sure I found it believable all the time, but I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on March 06, 2015, 05:25:46 AM
Picked up Soda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole, early on it has a very Ready Player One feel about it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on March 06, 2015, 06:04:52 PM
Finished Heaven's Queen by Rachel Bach (who is also Rachel Aaron). This was the last in her Paradox trilogy, and I loved it even more than the first two. This is the kind of science fiction I wish I could find more often. Some people complained that the romance took over too much, but it didn't bother me.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on March 10, 2015, 08:58:54 PM
Finished The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke. I must say that while it isn't "bad" I much prefer Michael Moorcocks "Dancers at the End of Time" for the same kind of time period stuff.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on March 11, 2015, 12:05:58 AM
And I've finished Soda Pop Soldier, the Ready Player One comparison I made is very apt, and I loved Ready Player One, so another book covering similar territory was always going to be a hit with me, and it was.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Dloheeb on March 13, 2015, 12:03:27 AM
So, I started in Matter by Iain M. Banks. At first i was unsure about what i was reading. Is this a fantasy? I wondered. What is this for a pittyfull world building attempt. I wondered some more. But slowly but surely the pass quickend and the story progressed. Now i find myself wondering what boggling question, what plots and twists and what Science fiction is yet to come my way.
It is after all SC and a combat drone.
Greetings!

Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Mikaela A. Ingram on March 22, 2015, 10:24:52 PM
Right now, I'm reading "One Realm Beyond" by Donita K. Paul. It's a Steampunk/Science Fiction crossover, and I'm loving it very much.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on April 20, 2015, 06:53:43 PM
I finished The Rebirths of Tao this weekend. Another excellent book, and great ending!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on June 02, 2015, 12:04:22 PM
I've started reading Nemesis Games this morning, Expanse #5.

Only made a small inroad into it, but it's good to be back with a lot of the familiar faces already.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on June 03, 2015, 12:57:42 AM
I've started reading Nemesis Games this morning, Expanse #5.

Only made a small inroad into it, but it's good to be back with a lot of the familiar faces already.

Didn't realize that was out already.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 03, 2015, 06:17:23 AM
I've started reading Nemesis Games this morning, Expanse #5.

Only made a small inroad into it, but it's good to be back with a lot of the familiar faces already.

Didn't realize that was out already.

I decided to go back to the beginning and reread Levithans Wake and Caliban's War first as have a memory like a sieve, and  read all 5 back to back. Have only read the first two.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on June 03, 2015, 10:57:26 AM
I've started reading Nemesis Games this morning, Expanse #5.

Only made a small inroad into it, but it's good to be back with a lot of the familiar faces already.

Didn't realize that was out already.
I read them all earlier this year, so don't have that problem.  My memory is the same though - anything more than a year old, I'd need to re-read to stand a chance of knowing what the hell was going on in a sequel.
I decided to go back to the beginning and reread Levithans Wake and Caliban's War first as have a memory like a sieve, and  read all 5 back to back. Have only read the first two.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on June 03, 2015, 10:58:49 AM
Not sure what happened there  :P

My response was meant to say:

I read them all earlier this year, so don't have that problem.  My memory is the same though - anything more than a year old, I'd need to re-read to stand a chance of knowing what the hell was going on in a sequel.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on June 03, 2015, 12:18:04 PM
Also hadn't known it was out. Downloaded it last night. I have no idea when I'll actually read it. I'm finding it dreadfully hard to get through the monthly book club read, no less other things. Oh to be back in school, where I have the summer off. (Well, no. Not wanting to be back in school. Twenty+ years of not having take exams is not to be casually discarded.  :o )
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Raptori on June 03, 2015, 02:02:31 PM
I've only read the first one, and only gave it 3 stars... how do the sequels compare?  :-\
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 03, 2015, 07:37:41 PM
I've only read the first one, and only gave it 3 stars... how do the sequels compare?  :-\

The first book is pretty representive of it as a series. If you didn't love the first book you probably won't love the rest of the series either.

What James S A Corey has done well is write an accessible space opera. Space operas can be quite heavy with big themes and ideas, heavy on the science and suprisingly literary actually. For anyone who just wants to read fun, exciting space opera the Expanse series is just the ticket to adventures in the galaxy.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Idlewilder on June 03, 2015, 07:48:58 PM
I've only read the first one, and only gave it 3 stars... how do the sequels compare?  :-\

The first book is pretty representive of it as a series. If you didn't love the first book you probably won't love the rest of the series either.

What James S A Corey has done well is write an accessible space opera. Space operas can be quite heavy with big themes and ideas, heavy on the science and suprisingly literary actually. For anyone who just wants to read fun, exciting space opera the Expanse series is just the ticket to adventures in the galaxy.

I bought the first two today - they look like fun reads for the Summer and I only ever hear good things said about them. Quite excited to give them a go actually!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on June 03, 2015, 08:03:08 PM
I've only read the first one, and only gave it 3 stars... how do the sequels compare?  :-\

The first book is pretty representive of it as a series. If you didn't love the first book you probably won't love the rest of the series either.

What James S A Corey has done well is write an accessible space opera. Space operas can be quite heavy with big themes and ideas, heavy on the science and suprisingly literary actually. For anyone who just wants to read fun, exciting space opera the Expanse series is just the ticket to adventures in the galaxy.

I bought the first two today - they look like fun reads for the Summer and I only ever hear good things said about them. Quite excited to give them a go actually!
I really liked them a lot. I have such a clear image of the detective in book 1 as
(http://i.imgur.com/usgN4FQ.png)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Henry Dale on June 03, 2015, 08:07:54 PM
I had the Dandelion Girl in ebook for some time, finally got to reading it  :D
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Raptori on June 03, 2015, 08:17:29 PM
I've only read the first one, and only gave it 3 stars... how do the sequels compare?  :-\

The first book is pretty representive of it as a series. If you didn't love the first book you probably won't love the rest of the series either.

What James S A Corey has done well is write an accessible space opera. Space operas can be quite heavy with big themes and ideas, heavy on the science and suprisingly literary actually. For anyone who just wants to read fun, exciting space opera the Expanse series is just the ticket to adventures in the galaxy.
Thanks, shame really since I love Long Price and I haven't read much sci-fi for a while now. Our bookshelves are overwhelmingly fantasy these days.  :o
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: RussetDivinity on June 04, 2015, 06:35:56 PM
I just started The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin, and after I get a little more writing done, I'm going to dive right back in.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 06, 2015, 06:16:45 PM
Glad I went back to the beginning of the Expanse series. I remembered the broadstroke but my memory is awful on the various factions! (And there are quite a few!) Reading the 5 books currently out in the Expanse Sequence will take me up to the Summer Holidays I think.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on June 07, 2015, 02:02:57 PM
The trailer actually looks decent - could Syfy soon become the channel of choice for great SFF series?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQuTAPWJxNo
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on June 09, 2015, 01:23:39 AM
I finished The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Really enjoyed it! Quite a dark dystopian. The level of grittiness, grimness, etc could rival any grim dark book.

Starting The Mechanical by Iain Tregillis.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on June 09, 2015, 01:49:13 AM
I finished The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Really enjoyed it! Quite a dark dystopian. The level of grittiness, grimness, etc could rival any grim dark book.

Starting The Mechanical by Iain Tregillis.
Just started the Mechanical, myself, on a recommendation from Elfy. One chapter in and a lot to like.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on June 09, 2015, 01:50:52 AM
I finished The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Really enjoyed it! Quite a dark dystopian. The level of grittiness, grimness, etc could rival any grim dark book.

Starting The Mechanical by Iain Tregillis.
Just started the Mechanical, myself, on a recommendation from Elfy. One chapter in and a lot to like.
Tregillis is brilliant. If you like The Mechanical, read his Milkweed triptych.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on June 14, 2015, 09:05:37 AM
Finished Nemesis Games. Fantastic, best book of the series since Leviathan Wakes imo.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: CameronJohnston on June 25, 2015, 10:28:46 AM
Currently reading Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson.

Absolutely fantastic!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on June 26, 2015, 12:26:12 AM
Definitely enjoyed The Mechanical.

Lock In by Scalzi and Alive by Scott Sigler are next up for me for Science Fiction.

Currently reading Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson.

Absolutely fantastic!


Glad to hear that! Have been thinking about getting the audiobook, but have been waiting to hear a few reactions to it first.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on June 29, 2015, 11:39:28 AM
Just finished Emely St John Mandels "Station Eleven". A very different almost poetic narrative of the world after a highly deadly flu has ravaged the planet. Will finish a monograph on Sherlock Holmes and then start with Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Never tried one of those "never ending" things.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on June 29, 2015, 12:23:23 PM
Just finished Emely St John Mandels "Station Eleven". A very different almost poetic narrative of the world after a highly deadly flu has ravaged the planet. Will finish a monograph on Sherlock Holmes and then start with Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Never tried one of those "never ending" things.

Really enjoyed that one as well.

I just finished Alive by Scott Sigler. Decent, but didn't blow me away. Will hopefully start Lock In soon.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on July 16, 2015, 02:21:27 PM
Currently reading Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson.

Absolutely fantastic!

By the description of this it sounds a little bit similar to Altered Carbon; a book I struggled with.  I just don't get on with the whole detective noir-style thing ...
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on July 16, 2015, 06:56:07 PM
I finished Time Salvager by Wesley Chu, which was fun and interesting. Definitely recommend.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on August 03, 2015, 03:04:55 PM
I have taken a break from the Expanse and now exploring Ian Sale' s excellent Apollo Quartet.  An alternative history of  the Apollo missions. Proper hard sci fi.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 07, 2015, 12:08:04 AM
A few chapters into Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin/ John Barnes. Interesting to see how they imagined space exploration going in the early 2000s.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: MeganOKeefe on September 20, 2015, 09:29:40 PM
I'm currently about 30% into Windswept by Adam Rakunas and it's a lot of fun. I had some trouble figuring out what was going on at first regarding the different factions and how they relate, but now that I've got that clear I'm really enjoying the story.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on September 20, 2015, 09:31:13 PM
I just finished The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, very dark and funny, really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nora on September 22, 2015, 02:58:18 PM
I'm over 50% in The Quiet War by Paul McAuley, and have put it down for a week to focus on my writing as I hit a sort of lull in the story.

I remain very impressed by the fabric of characters he's laid out. It's also an Omniscient PoV so rather unusual for me.
I'm a bit flustered by some details. He mentions quite a few things that I was using in my own in-work-novel. I imagine there is only so-much realistic science one can apply to maintain society in a post apocalyptic world, but now I almost feel like I'd be ripping him off even though I thought it all out myself before hand..  :-[
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on September 22, 2015, 03:21:00 PM
I'm over 50% in The Quiet War by Paul McAuley, and have put it down for a week to focus on my writing as I hit a sort of lull in the story.

I remain very impressed by the fabric of characters he's laid out. It's also an Omniscient PoV so rather unusual for me.
I'm a bit flustered by some details. He mentions quite a few things that I was using in my own in-work-novel. I imagine there is only so-much realistic science one can apply to maintain society in a post apocalyptic world, but now I almost feel like I'd be ripping him off even though I thought it all out myself before hand..  :-[

You've gotta keep going with yours anyway. I want to use goblins in one of my story lines, but darned if others haven't been using them before me.  :o

Meanwhile, in my usual thrashing around between books, I'm reading the new book "Nova". Fun, easy read; very solid premise.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on September 27, 2015, 11:25:25 PM
Finished Nemesis Games. Cleared lots of time today just to read. The strongest book since book 2, and a lot of pieces set up for the next two or three books in the series. Also rather dark! The human cost in lives in this book is mind boggling.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on October 07, 2015, 01:03:12 PM
I just finished Planetfall by Emma Newman. Lots of aspects of his book were unexpected for me. It is definitely good, but a book that I may need to process for a bit.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on November 03, 2015, 05:27:29 AM
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Fairly decent so far ...
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on November 04, 2015, 10:01:41 PM
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Fairly decent so far ...

I really enjoyed that one, and felt the books got better as the series progressed.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on November 05, 2015, 06:52:44 AM
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Fairly decent so far ...

I really enjoyed that one, and felt the books got better as the series progressed.
The first one had one of the best openings I can remember reading from a recent book. Grabbed the attention right from the get go.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on November 05, 2015, 11:52:17 AM
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Fairly decent so far ...

I really enjoyed that one, and felt the books got better as the series progressed.
The first one had one of the best openings I can remember reading from a recent book. Grabbed the attention right from the get go.

I loved the opening and then became generally bored and underwhelmed as our human schlub became more and more competent. I might try the next, but there are some self-pubbed authors on this site calling out for a reading.

Ah, the TBR. We could write hymns of bitter devotion to you........
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on November 05, 2015, 04:41:17 PM
The reason I'm reading this is that I saw a new installment at my Sci-Fi bookshop. I can't start a series in the middle now can I?  :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on November 20, 2015, 12:22:11 PM
I'm really enjoying The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell at the moment.  I'm on book #2, and whilst it's not deep, it's fun and fast-paced.  Has anyone else read these?
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: G_R_Matthews on November 20, 2015, 04:27:35 PM
I'm really enjoying The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell at the moment.  I'm on book #2, and whilst it's not deep, it's fun and fast-paced.  Has anyone else read these?

Just got to the end of Book #6 - I enjoyed them all and the personal relationships, politics gets better and better as the books continue.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Titus on November 20, 2015, 06:21:46 PM
I'm really enjoying The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell at the moment.  I'm on book #2, and whilst it's not deep, it's fun and fast-paced.  Has anyone else read these?

Just got to the end of Book #6 - I enjoyed them all and the personal relationships, politics gets better and better as the books continue.
Great ^-^ pleased to hear it gets better!

Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Lanko on December 01, 2015, 03:47:30 AM
What do you guys think of Steampunk?

Before the book club in the forum returned, i joined one in Goodreads and that is the theme for December. Book chosen was Perdido Street Station, by China Miélville. Don't know the genre, so not sure if i pick up the book.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Lady Ty on December 01, 2015, 05:12:14 AM
What do you guys think of Steampunk?

Before the book club in the forum returned, i joined one in Goodreads and that is the theme for December. Book chosen was Perdido Street Station, by China Miélville. Don't know the genre, so not sure if i pick up the book.
@Lanko (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40739), Perdido Street Station isn't really steampunk, or urban fantasy, or SciFi but a strange mixture of all and more.  China Mieville defines his writing as 'New Weird" and that sums it up pretty well.

I would suggest that you do not read any in depth reviews but go to this book with a very open mind. You could google it just for images which may prepare you for what to expect.  It is unlike anything I have ever read before and it is now one of my favourite books. Great admiration and awe for the writing, imagination and the strange, crazy, horrible world that unfolds. 

In brief it basically takes place in the city of New Crobuzon, which is huge  miserable and filthy, inhabited by strange misfits - humans and many other species, also some interbred and Remade. It follows two lovers, Isaac, a human and Lin, a Kephri (flying insect like being) and what happens when an experiment goes wrong and also when each takes on a new work contract, but far more than just that. There are questions of morality and politics all mixed in with strange action and characters.

Won't say more - this story is grim all the way through, no let up, but if you are prepared for that it is fascinating.  You may love it or hate it, but it is worth giving it chance.  Maybe get from the library in case you hate it. ;)




Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Lanko on December 01, 2015, 05:45:22 AM
I actually looked a deep review before I read this  ::)

But yours convinced me. I decided to get it. Nation is done and I have nothing major for December anyway. It's a large book as well.



Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nora on December 01, 2015, 11:11:30 AM
I love Mieville. He's definitely weird.

I'm well into the beginning of Ancillary sword, after having read Ancillary Justice. I'm enjoying these books. Space Opera, when well written, is a great genre for me.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Rostum on December 27, 2015, 04:24:08 PM
Read old man's war by scalzi nice idea got a bit sentimental for me.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Overlord on December 29, 2015, 08:14:21 AM
The Last Exodus by Paul Tassi was a lot of fun... look forward to the next 2 books in the trilogy. Think it lived up to its promise of being a Walking Dead / Guardians of the Galaxy hybrid :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on January 20, 2016, 04:26:02 AM
Finished Planetfall by Emma Newman. I really enjoyed it. There were some great ideas there, and I loved the depiction of a character suffering from severe mental health issues.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: NoteSpelling on February 03, 2016, 04:17:13 PM
I have just started the  Shipscat series By Mercedes Lackey - it turned out that I have read all of her fantasy series not all of her series though lol. So far it is as good as I would expect her novels to be.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on February 04, 2016, 11:37:23 AM
I have just started the  Shipscat series By Mercedes Lackey - it turned out that I have read all of her fantasy series not all of her series though lol. So far it is as good as I would expect her novels to be.

Hey, @NoteSpelling (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=33339)... You seem to be of a maybe comparable age, based on having read a bunch of older great stuff. Have you read C.J. Cherryh? What do you think? She was one of my favorites in the 70s and 80s.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: NoteSpelling on February 04, 2016, 01:38:37 PM
I have just started the  Shipscat series By Mercedes Lackey - it turned out that I have read all of her fantasy series not all of her series though lol. So far it is as good as I would expect her novels to be.

Hey, @NoteSpelling (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=33339)... You seem to be of a maybe comparable age, based on having read a bunch of older great stuff. Have you read C.J. Cherryh? What do you think? She was one of my favorites in the 70s and 80s.

@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) I don't know how to say this but I am 'only' 23...I do read a lot of the older novels though as they are better than the books being published these days :). I haven't heard of C.J. Cherryh though having now had a look at her novels I might give her Fortress series a read. They seem like my kind of book.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on February 04, 2016, 01:53:24 PM
I have just started the  Shipscat series By Mercedes Lackey - it turned out that I have read all of her fantasy series not all of her series though lol. So far it is as good as I would expect her novels to be.

Hey, @NoteSpelling (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=33339)... You seem to be of a maybe comparable age, based on having read a bunch of older great stuff. Have you read C.J. Cherryh? What do you think? She was one of my favorites in the 70s and 80s.

@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) I don't know how to say this but I am 'only' 23...I do read a lot of the older novels though as they are better than the books being published these days :). I haven't heard of C.J. Cherryh though having now had a look at her novels I might give her Fortress series a read. They seem like my kind of book.

Well, keep digging into the greats!
My favorite CJ Cherryh novel, and one of my favorites of all time, is "Downbelow Station", which won the Hugo that year. Along with "Startide Rising" and "The Uplift War" by David Brin, it has defined space opera excellence for me.

You should also check out Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. 
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: NoteSpelling on February 04, 2016, 03:16:45 PM
I have just started the  Shipscat series By Mercedes Lackey - it turned out that I have read all of her fantasy series not all of her series though lol. So far it is as good as I would expect her novels to be.

Hey, @NoteSpelling (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=33339)... You seem to be of a maybe comparable age, based on having read a bunch of older great stuff. Have you read C.J. Cherryh? What do you think? She was one of my favorites in the 70s and 80s.

@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) I don't know how to say this but I am 'only' 23...I do read a lot of the older novels though as they are better than the books being published these days :). I haven't heard of C.J. Cherryh though having now had a look at her novels I might give her Fortress series a read. They seem like my kind of book.

Well, keep digging into the greats!
My favorite CJ Cherryh novel, and one of my favorites of all time, is "Downbelow Station", which won the Hugo that year. Along with "Startide Rising" and "The Uplift War" by David Brin, it has defined space opera excellence for me.

You should also check out Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. 

All of those sound great! I will begin looking for copies of them... The Uplift series by David Brin sound really great. They sound a little like the early Pern novels crossed with some other series I read and enjoyed but can't remember...lol
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Phil Norris on February 21, 2016, 05:04:40 PM
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, about a third in and loving it.
 
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Arry on February 23, 2016, 08:24:32 PM
I'm about a third of the way through Arkwright by Allen Steele. I haven't read anything by him before, find I am really enjoying this one. Very character driven, but spans generations. It's interesting seeing how he is piecing this story together with the different timelines.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Hedin on February 24, 2016, 12:15:23 AM
For you Sci-Fi readers who haven't noticed, the Fantasy-Faction Favorite Sci-Fi Series Book Battle is going on right now.   The battle can be found in the Interactive area of the forum, the link below will also work.   Please feel free to join in the ddiscussion if you haven't already.


 http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-faction-book-battles/fantasy-faction-book-battles-favourite-sci-fi-series-bracket-discussion/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-faction-book-battles/fantasy-faction-book-battles-favourite-sci-fi-series-bracket-discussion/)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Idlewilder on March 09, 2016, 11:26:16 AM
Nothing right now, but I've a craving to read a Space Opera. Preferably one that does something narratively interesting, a bit like Hyperion. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on March 10, 2016, 06:58:20 AM
Nothing right now, but I've a craving to read a Space Opera. Preferably one that does something narratively interesting, a bit like Hyperion. Any suggestions?

Well you can't go wrong with the Culture novels. Use of Weapons, Player of Games or Consider Phlebas all great starting points. Algabraeist is a big idea space opera as well by Banks but not within the same world.

The Anne Leckie series is fantastic as well. (You have read those surely?) If you liked Hyperion, I also really liked Illuim by him which is a very clever space opera take on the Illiad. Stephen Baxter is very hard sci fi but have an interesting future narrative which covers milleniums. The inital one actual starts with the Romans! Coalescent first in the Destiny Children sequence.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Idlewilder on March 10, 2016, 09:52:11 AM
The Anne Leckie series is fantastic as well. (You have read those surely?)

Nope! I really don't read much (enough) SF. Usually only when I'm really in the mood for it. Probably only once or twice a year. I should really try Ilium out, but I'd rather go for something I actually have on my kindle or bookshelf somewhere, so Player of Games or Ancillary Justice it is.

(Also @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) I have to recommend a book to you I'm afraid - you need to get yourself a copy of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. It's utterly fantastic and deserves all the awards I'm sure are coming its way...)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on March 10, 2016, 01:29:24 PM
The Anne Leckie series is fantastic as well. (You have read those surely?)

Nope! I really don't read much (enough) SF. Usually only when I'm really in the mood for it. Probably only once or twice a year. I should really try Ilium out, but I'd rather go for something I actually have on my kindle or bookshelf somewhere, so Player of Games or Ancillary Justice it is.

(Also @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) I have to recommend a book to you I'm afraid - you need to get yourself a copy of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. It's utterly fantastic and deserves all the awards I'm sure are coming its way...)

You can't go wrong with either of those two. Added Aurora to my wishlist on Amazon. Will try and read some of my already owned books before buying any more!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Idlewilder on March 13, 2016, 02:37:37 PM
The Anne Leckie series is fantastic as well. (You have read those surely?)

Nope! I really don't read much (enough) SF. Usually only when I'm really in the mood for it. Probably only once or twice a year. I should really try Ilium out, but I'd rather go for something I actually have on my kindle or bookshelf somewhere, so Player of Games or Ancillary Justice it is.

(Also @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) I have to recommend a book to you I'm afraid - you need to get yourself a copy of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. It's utterly fantastic and deserves all the awards I'm sure are coming its way...)

You can't go wrong with either of those two. Added Aurora to my wishlist on Amazon. Will try and read some of my already owned books before buying any more!

I actually found my copy of Leviathan Wakes (it had fallen down the back of the chair I read on in our conservatory) so took it as a sign and will finish it at last. About 200 pages in now.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on March 13, 2016, 02:41:39 PM
The Anne Leckie series is fantastic as well. (You have read those surely?)

Nope! I really don't read much (enough) SF. Usually only when I'm really in the mood for it. Probably only once or twice a year. I should really try Ilium out, but I'd rather go for something I actually have on my kindle or bookshelf somewhere, so Player of Games or Ancillary Justice it is.

(Also @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) I have to recommend a book to you I'm afraid - you need to get yourself a copy of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. It's utterly fantastic and deserves all the awards I'm sure are coming its way...)

You can't go wrong with either of those two. Added Aurora to my wishlist on Amazon. Will try and read some of my already owned books before buying any more!

I actually found my copy of Leviathan Wakes (it had fallen down the back of the chair I read on in our conservatory) so took it as a sign and will finish it at last. About 200 pages in now.

The Expanse series is fun, and I am a signed up fan who has read them all now.  I didn't recommend it though initially as you seemed to be seeking big idea sci fi with the mention of Hyperion.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Idlewilder on March 13, 2016, 03:13:28 PM
The Anne Leckie series is fantastic as well. (You have read those surely?)

Nope! I really don't read much (enough) SF. Usually only when I'm really in the mood for it. Probably only once or twice a year. I should really try Ilium out, but I'd rather go for something I actually have on my kindle or bookshelf somewhere, so Player of Games or Ancillary Justice it is.

(Also @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) I have to recommend a book to you I'm afraid - you need to get yourself a copy of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. It's utterly fantastic and deserves all the awards I'm sure are coming its way...)

You can't go wrong with either of those two. Added Aurora to my wishlist on Amazon. Will try and read some of my already owned books before buying any more!

I actually found my copy of Leviathan Wakes (it had fallen down the back of the chair I read on in our conservatory) so took it as a sign and will finish it at last. About 200 pages in now.

The Expanse series is fun, and I am a signed up fan who has read them all now.  I didn't recommend it though initially as you seemed to be seeking big idea sci fi with the mention of Hyperion.

I definitely was and will read one of the others next. Like I said I just came across LW so thought I may aswell get it read first.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: lolsroyce on April 06, 2016, 12:06:57 AM
Currently I'm reading Songs of Cosmos Prologue by Filip Majkic. It's a prelude into a huge Space Opera, but it might not suit everyone's taste. It's a mix of space opera, military SciFi and political SciFi in a world that retrograded to a sort of neo-feudalism. No aliens, no techno-babble, it's not that typical, feels more grown. The book is about a nobleman from a distant planet fighting to preserve his domain, but whose ambitions grow in time.

Prologue itself is a short read and I can recommend it to all who enjoy space opera (I saw some inquiries on earlier pages, that actually prompted me to write about this), but I don't know when the rest will come out. In a description on iTunes and Leanpub there is a mentioning of 3 books on top of this one, but none of those are currently available. I got mine at Barnes and Noble digital store.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Mythago on April 06, 2016, 09:24:54 AM
Just finished I Robot:To Obey by Mickey Zucker Reichert. I really enjoyed it but not as much as the first book in the series. The character of Susan Calvin is fascinating to anyone who likes the Asimov universe, but I did think there was a bit of a diatribe going on against anyone who doesn't have a strictly materialist world view. I have no opinion on the issues this raises, but just thought it bogged the story down a bit at times. Would still give it 4 stars out of 5 for sheer entertainment though.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on May 21, 2016, 07:12:12 PM
Something Coming Through - Paul McAuley. Quite low on the science actually for a quite high Science concept.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Kitvaria Sarene on June 14, 2016, 12:11:03 PM
Somewhere around the middle of "player of games". Had to pause or - I need something with more action at the moment!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on July 07, 2016, 04:35:29 AM
Finished Three by Jay Posey. A lot of action, but you feel a bit like you're thrown into the deep end. It worked for me, and I liked it, but I didn't connect quite as much as I would have liked. If you like post-apocalyptic, action-packed stories, it's worth a shot.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on August 01, 2016, 04:48:49 PM
Finished Nemesis Games by James SA Corey. My favorite Expanse novel so far.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Rostum on August 07, 2016, 06:45:33 PM
The water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi it hasn't grabbed me yet the way his writing normally does.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 08, 2016, 01:05:10 AM
I'm nearing the end of The Dark Forest .  Not quite as good as the first book to start with, but it's really picked up. Can't wait for Death's End.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Ryan Mueller on August 10, 2016, 04:25:25 AM
Finished Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I didn't like it as much as Red Rising. I'd forgotten quite a bit, and it was a struggle to get back into the story at first. By the end, though, it had me frantically turning pages.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: DaveEllis on August 11, 2016, 12:59:31 PM
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

I don't think I've read a Star Wars book like it, written in a unique voice that I assume is Wendig's style, it is great to see an author not to conform to a house style.  But I can see why that would put off some fans of the tie in fiction.  It's written in present tense, and very short, terse sentences, which really helps keep the pace quick and me engaged with the action.

Seems to also be based around tertiary characters at the moment rather than the holy trinity of Luke, Han and Leia which is refreshing.  After a few chapters I'm really enjoying it, and will be picking up some more of Wendig's own stuff.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: night_wrtr on August 11, 2016, 02:11:10 PM
I enjoyed Aftermath, and loved the sequel, Life Debt.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Kitvaria Sarene on August 11, 2016, 10:24:46 PM
Just started "the long way to a small angry planet". I'm about 1/3 in and I ADORE it! Had to rave about it in the ff facebook group already...
It is amazing!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 13, 2016, 11:51:33 PM
About to start Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Heard a lot of varying opinions about this one. Hopefully it can improve on the past few books I've read.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Elfy on August 14, 2016, 01:14:36 AM
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

I don't think I've read a Star Wars book like it, written in a unique voice that I assume is Wendig's style, it is great to see an author not to conform to a house style.  But I can see why that would put off some fans of the tie in fiction.  It's written in present tense, and very short, terse sentences, which really helps keep the pace quick and me engaged with the action.

Seems to also be based around tertiary characters at the moment rather than the holy trinity of Luke, Han and Leia which is refreshing.  After a few chapters I'm really enjoying it, and will be picking up some more of Wendig's own stuff.
The style is very Chuck Wendig. A lot of readers seemed to struggle with it, but I was familiar with his style, so don't have an issue. The sequel Life Debt is also quite good, and continues the story begun in Aftermath. I do like seeing what happened elsewhere in the galaxy just after the rebels brought the Empire down.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Delaney on August 14, 2016, 07:01:38 AM
About to start Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Heard a lot of varying opinions about this one. Hopefully it can improve on the past few books I've read.

I just recently read Old Man's War, found it to be a fun easy read. I'll definitely read more in the series at some point in the near future.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: DaveEllis on September 08, 2016, 09:34:43 AM
Currently reading The Fireman by Joe Hill, so far so good, a post-apocalyptic novel where the world literally burns
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Lady Ty on October 17, 2016, 12:16:12 AM
Not quite currently reading yet, but had notice pre-order of A Cold and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is on its way as release date is 20th October ;D
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: SimonVale on October 21, 2016, 10:13:27 AM
I just finished reading The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. This was, I think, the seventh novel by Heinlein I read and it really puzzled me. It was perfect untill the plot line suddenly exploded with all the traveling: time, space and sexual. Now thinking, what's next?
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on October 21, 2016, 11:43:07 AM
I just finished reading The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. This was, I think, the seventh novel by Heinlein I read and it really puzzled me. It was perfect untill the plot line suddenly exploded with all the traveling: time, space and sexual. Now thinking, what's next?

Yup. Have you read "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"? Earlier book, absolute classic, some of the same characters. Not nuts.

But TCWWTW? Nuts.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: SimonVale on October 21, 2016, 12:09:54 PM
I did! And I loved it so much! And I loved Stranger... and The Door into Summer. Those are my favourites! That's also why The Cat puzzled me.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on October 21, 2016, 12:57:48 PM
I loved the door into summer, even if a bit, er, Lolita-ish?
I read about half of Stranger in a Strange Land. I think it and Walks through Walls are very much his psychedelic '60s phase.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Steve S on October 29, 2016, 08:35:36 PM
About two thirds the way through The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick. It does to have its share of critics, but I'm enjoyed the book so far.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Hormann on November 17, 2016, 03:23:55 PM
I'm a few chapters into The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J Anderson. Very good so far. Really has a Star Wars-y feel to the universe.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: night_wrtr on November 19, 2016, 06:16:04 PM
I'm about halfway through Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel  by James Luceno. It has already become my favorite of the new canon.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Kitvaria Sarene on February 08, 2017, 10:07:50 PM
Three body problem by Cixin  :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 09, 2017, 12:53:03 PM
Three body problem by Cixin  :)

An excellent choice. The first book is brilliant, but the sequels are two of the best books I've ever read.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: CT_Phipps on May 07, 2017, 09:25:43 AM
I just finished the ALEXIS CAREW novels by J.A. Sutherland which are YA versions of Honor Harrington basically, except arguably even better. Certainly, they focus strongly on what I liked best about the Honor books (the characterization) but have less of David Weber's obsession with larger events. It's a more interesting personal look.

I also just finished the second book in the SECRET KING series by Dawn Chapman. Jack Kirby-esque psychic beautiful human aliens escape from their dying world Krypton/Battlestar Galactica style and end up visiting modern day Earth with all the strangeness that entails.

I really enjoy both.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on December 03, 2017, 08:36:53 PM
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu is the follow-up to The Three Body Problem, which I really liked. Hopefully this will also deliver.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: shieldfire on January 27, 2018, 05:07:43 AM
Hmm Altered Carbon coming to Netflix (at least over here). Maybe I need to re-read the book ... Still got to finish Never Let Me Go first.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Nighteyes on January 29, 2018, 10:27:18 PM
Just started Altered Carbon as want to read before watching
 
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Rostum on March 04, 2018, 08:37:17 PM
Very different but a great read
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: dinogenetics on May 07, 2018, 01:43:36 PM
About to start Armada by Ernest Cline. Really liked Ready Player One when I read it last year. Heard this one isn't quite as good, but I have to give it a try!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: nettletea on November 28, 2018, 08:01:52 PM
I'm just getting back into my reading now, and before I could think too much about what to read first I picked up.. Startide Rising by David Brin. So far so good. At times it feels a little dated (or "Golden Age", depending on your POV), but there's a lot going on, a growing sense of wonder, and the dolphins are really interesting. :)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on November 30, 2018, 12:09:49 AM
I'm just getting back into my reading now, and before I could think too much about what to read first I picked up.. Startide Rising by David Brin. So far so good. At times it feels a little dated (or "Golden Age", depending on your POV), but there's a lot going on, a growing sense of wonder, and the dolphins are really interesting. :)

Yee ha! One of my favorite books.
I almost don’t ever want to read it again in case it really does feel dated. (Or as Elfy says: “to avoid the suck fairy.”

But boy when I read that thirty years (?) ago, I couldn’t put it down and had to tie a hand behind my back from jumping forward in the pages.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: nettletea on November 30, 2018, 09:20:34 AM
> But boy when I read that thirty years (?) ago

I can only imagine!

The moments it feels dated are, IMHO, very brief; simple turns of phrase perhaps, or a Golden Age feel to things in some of the Galactics sections.

The dolphins are wonderfully portrayed, I love their Trinary speech haiku, and Brin's understanding and use of sonar and cetacean biology is well done - just enough to take you away from that "alien but still basically human" problem many authors have when portraying alien species.

The world-building is starting to open up now.. I'm just getting into Charles' theories about Kipruth, and I'm starting to have my own theories about the Progenitors. The story is already turning out to _not_ be about what I thought it would be about. :)

And he has a knack for the large canvas:

"The ships lay in space like serried rows of scattered beads, dimly reflecting the faint glow of the Milky Way. The nearest stars were the dim reddish oldsters of a small globular cluster, patient and barren remnants from the first epoch of star formation - devoid of planets or metals."
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: JMack on December 01, 2018, 12:25:22 AM
@nettletea, the next book in the series, “The Uplift War” is also fantastic, fantastic, and did I say fantastic?

I read the first book, Sundiver, and it was good without being amazing.

The second trilogy? I couldn’t get far into the first book, but maybe one day i’ll give it another try.

Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Isabelle15 on January 17, 2019, 07:15:38 AM
I am a fan of Fantasy and Mystery books. The book I'm currently reading is "THE EMERALD DOORWAY" by R. Scott Lemriel. One of the best authors in my opinion, love all his I am a fan of Fantasy and Mystery books. The book I'm currently reading is "THE EMERALD DOORWAY" by R. Scott Lemriel. One of the best authors in my opinion, love all his books on . I get all the latest books from his website https://www.totalspectrumproductions.com/ (https://www.totalspectrumproductions.com/)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: CameronJohnston on January 25, 2019, 02:48:29 PM
Just finished The Bastard Legion #1 - a great and fun military SF read. Killjoys meets The Expanse.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: dinogenetics on May 09, 2019, 07:19:45 PM
About a third of the way through Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan. Loving it so far!
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on September 20, 2019, 07:39:05 PM
Starshine by G.S. Jennsen.  Not bad for a debut novel.  Also, it is free of charge
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on December 22, 2019, 08:22:05 PM
Pulp magazines of August 1938.

I believe that 1939 was the year of the first fantasy magazine, as The Orchid Garden (1919) was mostly horror, and Fantasy (1938) was actually science fiction, despite the name
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on December 23, 2019, 12:11:12 AM
The first fantasy magazine was Unknown (March 1939), followed by Fantastic Adventures (May 1939)
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on December 24, 2019, 01:09:09 AM
The Emissary by Terrance Mulloy.  It is similar to 12 Monkeys
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on December 24, 2019, 01:32:19 AM
I really like it, so far
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on January 13, 2020, 09:48:49 PM
URP 113 by Mike D. Parker.  Military horror novella.  Good stuff
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: RochelleStephens on February 19, 2020, 04:14:58 AM
(https://i.vgy.me/LePnn8.png)

Daughters of Twilight (https://www.daughtersoftwilight.com)

The special tactical teams had been trained for normal encounters with flesh and blood… not supernatural beings. A quiet little city in the Midwest town of Waterloo, Iowa is about to come to life… with angels! When an earthquake measuring seven hits Waterloo, a huge black pyramid shaped tower pushes it’s way up through a corn field in Blackhawk County spinning the city into the national spot light. It’s thought that the “Black Tower” is dormant, but when special tactical teams are sent inside to investigate, special team member Dane Coles is confronted by the impossible…a beautiful creature that has been cursed and cast down into oblivion within the Garden of Eden, using the ‘Black Tower’ as a doorway to the surface…
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: ScarletBea on February 20, 2020, 07:58:57 AM
^ I'll give you a pass this time and not delete the post, but we don't like self-advertising in this section. Also it might backfire, because your book doesn't look like sci-fi, which is what this thread is about....
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on February 21, 2020, 01:10:16 PM
It seemed like paranormal romance story? I'm still all hands for deleting advertising posts, though Bea.  ;D *cheer malevolently*
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Bender on February 21, 2020, 02:50:25 PM
Deleting would be a bit harsh. Perhaps can be moved to small press or critique works section.

Doesn't look like usual teen-centric PNR. Has some romance, but sci-fi and fantasy elements seem to be in the fore.

Have way too much in my tbr list already.

Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on March 23, 2020, 04:31:09 PM
Pulp magazines of the year 1951.  1952 will see the premiere of If and Fantastic
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on April 06, 2020, 01:48:08 AM
A Rain of Fire by Ralph Kern
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: hexa on July 31, 2020, 06:13:41 AM
Shadows of Arcturus by Tom Chattle
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Cherie on July 31, 2020, 09:21:18 AM
I've just started on All Systems Red the first in the Murderbot books by Martha Wells.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Caith on July 31, 2020, 10:03:12 AM
I'm about half way through the May/June issue of Interzone (UK based SF magazine). First time I've read it, quality writing all round and three good (if a bit weird) stories so far, out of four.

After that, its the 2000AD sci-fi special then on to Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Bender on July 31, 2020, 07:06:23 PM
I've been debating between Ancillary Justice and Revelation Space for some time now.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Cherie on July 31, 2020, 07:37:20 PM
@Bender I loved Ancilliary Justice. Although the story was very different, it reminded me a lot of Anne McCaffrey's Brainship novels. I think it was more the feel of it, and how the MC is trying to find their own identity.
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: isos81 on July 31, 2020, 08:05:14 PM
Halfway through Children of Time
Title: Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 05, 2020, 03:04:37 PM
Halfway through Children of Time

How are you finding it?