Fall reading list?

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    Sep 27, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
    Well as autumn starts in Utah, at least, I am hankering for some good reading materials.

    I am wondering if anyone has any good book recommends?

    I am such a geek and have read lots of fantasy recently, I just finished the last book in George R R Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series which is the basis for that new HBO series Game of Thrones. I of course thought the first season was AWESOME.

    I also really liked Ken Follet's Pillars of the earth and listened to the audio recording of World Without end (narrator was awesome BTW)!

    Anyroad...I would like to branch out somewhat and open to any recommends, I think a Biography or Autobiography of an interesting person would be great.

    What have you read recently that you liked?
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    Sep 27, 2011 11:57 AM GMT
    Try Aleph by Paulo Coelho i think its releasing in states today...icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    kblake007 saidI am such a geek and have read lots of fantasy recently, I just finished the last book in George R R Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series which is the basis for that new HBO series Game of Thrones. I of course thought the first season was AWESOME.


    I read the first 4 books last year and just finished aDwD over the summer. So I'm looking for something new! I was thinking of reading the Malazan series, which I've heard is just as rich and intricate as A Song of Ice and Fire.
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    I am reading Memory Keeper's daughter and it has been a delight so far.
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    I'm reading the Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell right now. It's really good so far but I've only finished the first of the three novels. I recently finished More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby, which was really good. Highly recommend East of Eden by John Steinbeck if you haven't read it. It's my favorite book along with Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas.
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    Sep 27, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    @Jayneed I'll check out Aleph for sure. I have read the alchemist and liked that.

    @endo Oh duh thats a good idea, I forget what a prolific writer GRRM is.

    @111337S ...says the man with the barcode profile pic ;-)


    @ricky187 I read the first page of the web site for that book. I am not sure if that is a hit for me. I bet I would like a movie of that book, but not totally committed to reading the story. Glad you like it though.

    @Imasrxd Bayou Trilogy looks like a nice change of pace for me, I read East of Eden in high school. It wasn't part of the curriculum at my school, somehow my geeky a$$ just stumbled across it and read it. Love it. I actually downloaded the count of Monte Cristo last week and have read the first two chapters. I got the free one from Kindle, the story seems great so far but I am not sure if it is the best translation.

    EDIT: Oh the Malazan series is not George R R Martin, but Steven Erikson. Looks really good. Euh who even has two middle names I have always wondered about that ;)
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    Sep 27, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    Firethorn is amazing. Its sequel - Wildfire - is one of the best books ever. Epic, tragic, action, semi-fantasy, crazy world. A great main character who happens to live in a not so woman-friendly world. Very cool medieval writing too. The third one comes out soon.. Seriously check them out. Very different from your standard "elves dwarves whatever" fantasy books.

    The River God quadrilogy is awesome. Even if you just read the first one (River God).. these characters & settings are written so well. The first is not very fantasy - historical fiction, really. With great characters like the princess Lostris & the main character Taita (eunuch who loves Lostris but can't love her). So many great scenes in this one. He does have powers & ages well - but in the first book all that is touched on is his ability to have visions by using his disks, as well as his natural talent with healing & herbal remedies. The ending of this book could make Mahmoud cry.

    The next one is called Warlock. Now some fantasy elements come in. He can cast a veil of invisibilty, etc. This one is even more action-packed, but in a different way than the first. Also less sad than the first, except for seeing the other characters age, even die, while Taita lives.

    The third is called the Seventh Scroll. It takes place in the 1920s while alot of archaeological digs are happening in Egypt. There are two main characters in this & their story is great. More mystery in this, but full of action too. A fun read with a different twist on the series, as they try to decipher clues apparently left by Taita.

    The fourth is called The Quest. This is very supernatural. The most in the series (the first & third could be read without inferring any of that). He has been in India learning about wisdom of the world & meeting with other Ancients like himself. One dies, it's revealed that a dark force is trying to take out the rest of the Ancients. It's an awesome journey in this book as he finds a girl who he thinks is the reincarnation of Lostris, & goes south of Egypt further in to Africa to stop this force from destroying Egypt & the Ancients. Very cool side characters - Imbali the warrior woman comes to mind - & a great close to the series.


    Wow i wrote so much haha. Have fun reading! I'm sure there are more, just leaving work haha

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    Sep 27, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    I love the descriptions fithappy, thanks I'll check those out! You're just leaving work, I am just going icon_sad.gif

    I just thought of two more series that are bad to the bone

    The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. Its about an assassin which is awesome, but I really love the descriptions of the mages in that book. Basically they are shaved bald super ripped dudes and when they and casting their skin gets covered in tribal thorny moving black tattoos, before they blow s**t up. Bad A.

    Second one is Joe Abercrombe's “The First Law” trilogy. One of the main characters Jezal in the first book, I thought was a total dbag, but in the later books, wanted him to be my bf. Very clever writing, quite grizzly.
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    Sep 28, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    Those sound nice.
    I don't get much time to read anymore, but I want to check those out. They sound cool.