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TigerLord
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Suggest Sci-fi Summer Readings to me

I got myself a new kindle so I may read more again.

I'm looking for suggestions within the sci-fi genre. Either space opera or sci-fi dramas or thrillers.

I prefer novels with well defined characters that concentrate on plot over form. I'm not big on high flowery prose like GRRM.

I'm open to series as well.



darcilicious
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1 recommendation

In Conquest Born a stunning first novel.
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Thane_Bitter
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The Light of Other Days by Stephen Baxter (based on an idea by Arthur C. Clarke).



ekster
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A couple of the top of my head...

»www.goodreads.com/series/43762-otherland
Otherland series: Sci-fi (with a lot of fantasy thrown in)
Pretty cool series about a virtual reality game.

»www.goodreads.com/series/44634-t···i-kovacs
Takeshi Kovacs series is one of my favourites. A bit of a mix between a thriller and a detective novel.

»www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E···+rifters
Peter Watts does some very dark sci-fi and he loves to use some unusual main characters (most of them are outcasts, psychopaths, sociopaths, and all other sort of crazies.) But this has been by far my favourite read in a long time. A lot of the story happens under the ocean.

»www.goodreads.com/book/show/48484.Blindsight
A book in the same universe as the Rifters series, but way into the future and it happens in space. And the style is pretty similar to the rifters series.



darcilicious
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An overlooked trilogy, first book Sword of the Lamb, Amazon reviews are right on. I've worn out my paperback version over the years and at $5/ebook, I'm getting that version. »www.goodreads.com/book/show/1228···amb?ac=1

Re: my post/recommendation above: just saw there's an audio (unabridged!) version that I just might have to get...
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Niarlan
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reply to TigerLord

A couple for you by Hugh Howey...

Wool - get the omnibus
Shift - same
Dust - end book

Read in that order...nice story line and good characters.

»www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_···ilo+saga

Nia



RockCake
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reply to TigerLord

In Her Name series by Michael R. Hicks is quite good, I've just finished the prequels (The Last War trilogy) : First Contact, Legend of the Sword, and Dead Soul.
If you like those there's also the Redemption trilogy Empire, Confederation, and Final Battle. Lots of space/land battles with likeable characters and good stories.

There's also The Harvest Trilogy: Season of the Harvest, Bitter Harvest, and Reaping the Harvest, also by Hicks. (although Reaping is not out yet). More of a earth based/thriller type.

The first book in each series is free, so you can check 'em out risk free.



darcilicious
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Speaking of free, a lot of public libraries (even ones in Canada) offer ebooks and audiobooks for loan/free. Definitely worth checking into at your public library (or on their website).
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Karl Bode
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Another vote for the WOOL omnibus on Kindle. It's cheap, it's good, and there's additional series if you get hooked.



Snakeoil
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I read this trilogy:
»www.goodreads.com/book/show/4332···of-earth

quote:
The first intelligent species to Earth attacked without warning, and only three colony ships escaped. 150 years later, planet Darien hosts humans at peace with indigenous scholarly Uvovo. Buried on the forest moon are secrets of an epic battle between ancient races. In a galactic war, what will Uvovo choose, when their nature is revealed, and the enemy comes?

I felt it was an ok trilogy, but not as good as John Ringo's series:
Posleen Wars.
Troy Rising [Interesting premise about Maple syrup in the 1st book]
Empire of Man

David Weber, the Honor Harrington series

David Drake, the Hammer's slammers series.
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PX Eliezer
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"Tales of the Star Wolf" by David Gerrold

What Star Trek [should] have been....!



Snakeoil
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Seeing "Star Wolf" made me recall this omnibus: Star Wolf.

»www.amazon.com/Starwolf-Edmond-H···tar+wolf

quote:
"Starwolf" is actually a collection of three novels from the late 1960s: "The Weapon from Beyond," "The Closed Worlds," and "World of the Starwolves".

The Starwolves are Viking-like space pirates whose world's harsh gravity imparts to them a superhuman strength and musculature. Morgan Chane was almost one of them...though his family had come from earth. Finding himself an outcast after killing a fellow Starwolf in a feud over their plunder, Chane joins a band of tough interstellar mercenaries to survive. However, his troubles are not over--if any but Dilullo, the aging Merc in charge of the mercenary band, learns his secret, his life could be forfeit, for Starwolves are considered such a menace that they are usually shot on sight.

These books owe a lot to "Conan: The Barbarian," some to the pulp SF books of the 30s and 40s, and a bit to "The Stainless Steel Rat". Though somewhat derivative, they are nonetheless competantly and entertainingly written, with sufficiently interesting characterization, that they are well worth the time they take to read.

Quoted from a review which is spot on to what the book was like.
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mareastrum

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reply to TigerLord

If you're up for a few extra daily emails, I can recommend a few blogs that send free/discounted books available on Amazon for Kindle.

Pixel of Ink
BookBub (this one you can specify what kind of genre you want)
eReaderNation

As far as space opera/sci-fi dramas, the husband has been hitting David Weber pretty hard. He just dropped about $30 on some Honor Harrington books.
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Snakeoil
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I've read one or two of those books. I need to get the earlier ones to see where it started.



Snakeoil
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reply to TigerLord

I just recalled this series:
The Clone Republic [not based in Star Wars].

The wiki gives a lot of spoilers, just for a heads up:
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clone_Republic

»www.amazon.com/The-Clone-Republi···41013937
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darcilicious
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said by darcilicious:

An overlooked trilogy, first book Sword of the Lamb, Amazon reviews are right on.

This trilogy "The Phoenix Legacy" (Sword of the Lamb, Shadow of the Swan, and House of Wolf, by M.K. Wren) is available in ebook format for $5/each, DRM-free from the ebook publisher: »www.scribd.com/tag/the%20phoenix%20legacy
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Rook008
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reply to mareastrum

said by mareastrum:

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As far as space opera/sci-fi dramas, the husband has been hitting David Weber pretty hard. ...

One of my favorite space opera novels was written by Weber and Steve White, I read it at least once a year. It's called In Death Ground.
Also read at least once a year is a David Drake novel called Redliners which can be downloaded for free, in different formats, here: »www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-libr···lterID=0
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Karl Bode
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reply to TigerLord

You might also want to try out Nexus.

quote:
In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he's thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage - for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.
I really enjoyed it. I think his follow up just came out this week.

»www.amazon.com/Nexus-ebook/dp/B0···ds=Nexus