Sunday, October 12, 2014

(Sci-fi) books recommended

i asked twitter for some book recommendations.  either my twitter followers read a lot of science fiction, or they think i should read a lot more!

thought i'd share the list here, in case anyone is looking for new books. the ones i've chosen to start with are The Martian by Andy Weir and The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, which each received quite a few independent recommendations!

the new ann leckie book, if you like sci-fi
fun sci fi-ish books: redshirts, ready player one, & mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore
Brandon Sanderson series
great nonfiction: the immortal life of henrietta lacks & anything by mary roach (packing for mars is great)
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer (sci-fi)
The Martian by Andy Weir (tale of Mars survival).
Fantasy-ish, which I usually don't like. Mistborn trilogy is complete. New one starts with Way of Kings -- also good.
Lock In (John Scalzi),
Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Clare North),
Girl with all the Gifts (M. Carey)
Southern Reach
Octavia Butler is always awesome. Martian and California are pretty good newer sci fi too :)
@jasperfforde's marvellous Thursday Next series. Starts with The Eyre Affair. Scifi, humorous, crime drama.
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson….
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
for a long recuperation: the Horatio Hornblower series.
@robertjbennett 's City of Stairs
Everything by @JonathanLHoward : start w/Johannes Cabal the Necromancer.
anything by Daryl Gregory or @maxgladstone .
Best non-fic of my year: Tony Judt's Postwar. Also Bloodlands (tho a painful read).
the Long Earth trilogy.
Unbearable Lightness of Being
@cantrell's Containment

feel free to add your own in the comments and i'll update the list. 


StuntTrader said...

Robert Sheckley is my favourite sci-fi author.
Real sci-fi not sci-fantasy, his stories are imaginative, clever, humorous, often with a wicked twist at the end.

Julia said...

The Thursday Next series is a HUGE favorite of mine; I hope that you enjoy it tremendously!