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  1. OJneg

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    @OJneg

    Nah, as was discussed earlier I try my best to only read completed works. For the exact same reason you mention, haha. I'm very much looking forward to reading it once it's finished though. Sanderson knows what he's doing.
     
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    Lyer25 Too sensitive for SBAF

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    Brandon Sanderson's writing style is kinda... robotic? but it gets the job done. The worlds he builds are spectacular though, Cosmere FTW. I've also been a fan of loads of his other books (except maybe the Reckoners, which reminded me a bit too much of Maximum Ride), and he got a hearty laugh out of me for something that happened in Legion.

    The Stormlight Archive can occasionally feel fatiguing to read but man does it make me fanboy out with all the tie-ins and such. I do think it'd be worth re-reading the first few novels (I had to, eventually) because of how hard it is to keep all the story threads and characters in mind while going through em— literally had the Wiki constantly on refresh to jog my memory while reading Oathbringer, but stopped that the second time I came across a big spoiler.

    All that said I really hope I live long enough to see Sanderson's Cosmere completed. And Kingkiller book 3.

    My sister's been lending me her books lately, because I figured why not. I'm very slowly making my way through My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga as a sort of palate cleanser when I'm not trying to slough through textbooks. All the Bright Places was a striking book, but may not appeal to most past the age of seventeen, while The Girl with All the Gifts was genuinely enjoyable.
     
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    OJneg The Most Insufferable

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    Bad writing, poor story structure, and painful cliche are all what you get used to as a fantasy/scifi reader

    I had just read:

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    Over the holiday, which was packed with all of the above, but did not stop it from being a page Turner. They call it "fan" fiction for a reason!
     
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    Kattefjaes Mostly Harmless

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    Witty, dreamlike and occasionally harrowing. Beautiful writing. Has a satirical vein that makes me want to re-read Journey to The West (any excuse).
     
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    I finished reading Empires of Eve last night. I find the game to be incredibly boring, but the journalistic reporting of some of the conflicts that I’ve read over the years has always been fascinating, I decided it was finally time to read this one.
     
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    I read over 100 books last year, mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I just finished this series, and I highly recommend it for those who want a dose of solid and enjoyable sci-fi that isn't too heavy.

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    Have you tried L.E. Modesitt, Jr.? Either the Imager series or the Saga of Recluce series. The stories kind of have the same theme after a while, but they are a fun read. You can read them in chronological order or in order of publication.

    Also, I like the Harry Dresden stuff from Jim Butcher. His Codex Alera series was enjoyable, too.
     
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    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    I have not read Modesitt Jr, I'll have to check them out. I have read all of the Dresden files though and I really liked them.
     
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    Recently finished this. It's amazing how much we take for granted, when the biggest problem in the world < 200 years ago was how to reliably travel around it. A short read, but really interesting.

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    In studying programming I found out I needed to improve my mathematical skills. This book (I have the Dutch version) actually makes me want to study and observe mathematics for the fun of it. This book is fun and educational...

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    Skyline Double-blindly done with this hobby

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    #1 was fantastic. Onto #2:

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    Continuing to enjoy the Revelation Space Trio... Alastair Reynolds does exceedingly well with blending hard science fiction with engaging, out-of-this-world imagination.

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    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    Just finished the Hyperion Cantos quadrilogy. The first two books were incredible. Totally different from anything I have read before. The last two books, Endymion and Rise of Endymion, are more standard fare but with the very interesting universe/backdrop of the first two novels. Overall a good sci-fi read.
     
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    I just finished reading this light hearted scifi series called the Bobiverse, it is light hearted and humorous, but also genuinely good and entertaining.

    It’s about a guy named Bob that dies and gets his brain scanned and then gets turned into a von Neumann probe to replicate across the universe


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    When I first read Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" for some reason it did not resonate with me. It seemed to lack a flow. I liked the images but the story did not grab me. Picked up this newer version (2015) last week, and in the introduction Gaiman states that he significantly revised the original book. Just finished reading it late last night (stayed up late to finish it) and really enjoyed this version. It is still the same overall plot but seems more cohesive and I found it much more enjoyable (it helps if you have had some experience with the "tube" aka London underground (trains that is, not subversive music scenes)).

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    Edit - also just noticed that captkirk recommended this book on previous page of thread.
     
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