Who the heck actually reads?

03-11-2014, 12:39 AM
#1
Who the heck actually reads?

I'll admit, I haven't actually read a book for leisure in about 6 years. I used to LOVE reading but school kinda ruined it for me. All of a sudden though, I got a recent urge to actually start reading again after I walked into a Banes and Noble. I just picked up the Marvin eReader app from the appstore and am exploring eReading for the first time. That being said, I'm pretty out of the loop for what's popular, so is there any one else here who reads (lol) and what you'd recommend?

I have no idea what my tastes are really since it's been so long, but I did like fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure.

I've heard a lot of good things about Brandon Sanderson, so I'll probably start with his books, possibly after rereading the Pendragon Series or Harry Potter.

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03-11-2014, 02:35 AM
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try Oryx and Crake, picking up fast

And funy enough, I was abot to suggest Mistborn series as a fantasy fix, but you already mentioned Brandon Sanderson

And if you havnt dug into the epic mythos of 'The Dark Tower' from Stephen King.. its 8 books long and should keep you entertained as long as you dig that kind of books.

And of course Douglas Adams for the more lighthearted, yet still a lo of pseudo-philosophy mixed in with all the madness. Besides the obvious 'Hitchikers' series, look into the Dirk Gently books.

So there you have it.. a bit more 'serious' ScifI, an epic adventure/scifi/fantasy and a lighthearded fun scifi

03-11-2014, 03:31 AM
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I found that audiobooks are a great way to supplement reading when you're unable to pick up a book, but have to perform a menial task.

Here's a fairly mixed list to get you started - most of these have ebook versions:

The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings trilogy

World War Z (the book is amazing, the only one to actually give me chills)

Game of Thrones (reading these at the moment)

The Accident Man (and the following series - by Tom Cain)

Stolen (Lucy Christopher - an unusual book in my eyes, but quite enjoyable)

The Dog Hunters (a little-known book from David Bell, who I've met and spoken to. Got a signed copy, and it's quite a good and imaginative read, definitely recommended)

Sherlock Holmes

Greg Keyes books - he wrote a few short ones for the Elder Scrolls universes that are very interesting.

Pretty much anything from Simon R Green (Wikipedia), particularly the 'Hawk & Fisher' and 'Secret History' series are my favorites. I can't seem to get my hands on the Deathstalker books, but no doubt they're great too.

The Vampirates series by Justin Somper. These are written for young adults and admittedly I've only read the first book, but it was well written and interesting.


That should start you off. In fact, there's a couple I ought to look up myself...

Edit: Stainless Steel Rat and Deathworld series by Harry Harrison. Old, old books (1961) but still a damn good read. I only wish I could get my hands physical copies of these in English...



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03-11-2014, 03:54 AM
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I read quite a bit it's a decent way to unwind and get to sleep, I use pretty much every trick in the book to adjust to my night-shift hours.

For fantasy type stuff I'd recommend the Dresden files by Jim butcher their quite entertaining and there is enough to keep anyone going for a while I think of them as an adult harry potter.

I've read tons of great books in all sorts of genres though it really comes down to what interests you, mobileread is a good site for finding ideas.

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03-11-2014, 04:10 AM
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03-11-2014, 05:04 AM
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I JUST started the third book in the Mistborn series. Very good stuff by Sanderson. Ever since my first son was born (He is twelve now), I've gone old school reading actual books. I like being able to look at a full book shelf and saying, 'I read all of those.'

My tastes skew to the fantasy, but I would recommend the following:

R. A. Salvatore - He writes in the D&D world. He created one of my favorite characters, Drizzt Do Urden, the drow.

Brandon Sanderson - I am reading Mistborn now, but I also have started the Stormlight Archives. He had only released book one of the epic ten book series, but I highly recommend it

Robert Jordan / Sanderson - I understand that The Wheel of Time isn't for everyone. It even took me two tries to get thru the whole series. Having said that, the payoff for finishing the entire fourteen book series was well, well worth it.

David Eddings - He authored two series of five books each (The Belgariad and The Mallorean - sp?). I found these books to read entertaining and easy to pick up and become engrossed in Eddings' world

Sorry to ramble, I just wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks!

Rob
03-11-2014, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by RLennon View Post

My tastes skew to the fantasy, but I would recommend the following:

R. A. Salvatore - He writes in the D&D world. He created one of my favorite characters, Drizzt Do Urden, the drow.

Brandon Sanderson - I am reading Mistborn now, but I also have started the Stormlight Archives. He had only released book one of the epic ten book series, but I highly recommend it

Robert Jordan / Sanderson - I understand that The Wheel of Time isn't for everyone. It even took me two tries to get thru the whole series. Having said that, the payoff for finishing the entire fourteen book series was well, well worth it.

David Eddings - He authored two series of five books each (The Belgariad and The Mallorean - sp?). I found these books to read entertaining and easy to pick up and become engrossed in Eddings' world

Sorry to ramble, I just wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks!

Rob
You Sir, got a very good taste in fantasy literature

Drizzt Do'Urden nearly wrrecked my life as I got caught up in a time consuming MUD (Final Realms) playing a drow warrior.. lol.. think it ended up at around 50 DAYS playtime=1200 hrs
03-11-2014, 09:34 AM
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I love reading, but prefer to do it with either real books (easier on my aging eyes) or with a text-to-speech software like Voice Dream reader.

With Voice Dream I have no need for audiobooks, since the TTS has gotten quite good. It's no substitute for a voice actor but it's getting closer and closer.

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03-11-2014, 09:51 AM
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You Sir, got a very good taste in fantasy literature

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03-11-2014, 10:36 AM
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I read all sorts of crap (depending in your definition of crap)
At the minute I'm reading Chris Ryan's strike back, but in he past year I've read nearly all bear grylls books and if you count fighting fantasy books as reading I picked up some of them over the past year (physical books not digital)
I read mostly on the bus or in waiting rooms.