I would recommend Frank Herbert's Dune series as a terrific SciFi option. More complex and adult than Hunger Games. It is still being written, now by Herbert's son, and it's still well done, but the original series by Frank H is best. Also the Foundation Trilogy by Asimov which is pure, hard SciFi. Asimov has many titles, most of which can be sequenced into the Foundation saga. The original trilogy can stand alone, but over many years you can fill in a lot of spaces by reading all of his in this series. I, Robot is one of the associated titles that was turned into the Will Smith movie by the same name.
The Rama series by Arthur C Clarke is another great series and very creative. It starts with Rendevous with Rama.
I'd also recommend Lee Child, to get out of the SciFi/Fantasy genre, if you want an adrenaline pumping thriller series. The books are better than the current Reacher movie.
Ian Rankin for mystery is a good read.
FYI to anyone who might choose it, don't go into I, Robot, expecting it to be like the crappy movie. It's much more than that, more theory on the nature of robotics
"What a horrible night to have a curse."
"Please bury me with all my stuff, because you know it's mine..."
"Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood."
Song of Ice & Fire. My wife liked it, and I like Game of Thrones.
Probably not going to be a popular opinion but I'm not a huge fan of this series. I read the first three books in this series and there's just an insane amount of what I consider "filler" material within the context of the books. He does do a good job of hitting every last detail and painting a vivid picture of the characters and the surroundings, but to me it's just too much. There's just too much stuff to keep track of, I find myself having to check the back of the book to see who is who and what house they're in and who that house is affiliated, etc.
I would suggest The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanly Robinson
It is a fun sci-fi series about the colonization of Mars. Its full of very detailed descriptions of the process of sending team to set up the first colony on mars and covers ~200 years concerning the colonization including scientific advances and inter planet politics. It follows these events through the eyes of the original colonists and their children.
The one draw back to the song of ice and fire books (I have read them all and really enjoyed them) is that the series isn't finished and it could be years until Martin finishes the series.
I saw the other thread about needing a new drama series to watch, and kind of chuckled because I have the same dilemma but with books instead. I'm looking for another good fiction book to read for entertainment, as I have plenty of other "intellectual/learning" books to read but am not in the mood to pick up.
For reference, I just finished the Hunger Games series and got totally sucked into it (don't knock it if you haven't read it). Great writing and I thought it brought up a lot of interesting topics. Surprised it is labeled as more of a "young adult/teen" book, as some of the things in there I don't now that I would want my kids reading it that early.
Anywho, something along the lines of that would be great. Preferably a series, as I kind of like things getting drawn out and very descriptive (like JRR Tolkein). So any suggestions?
You serious? I thought the Hunger Games were some of the poorest writing that I have ever read. The first person story telling as it happened was atrocious and unbearable. I thought it was very amateur at best.
If you want Hunger Games-type stuff, go for the Legend series by Marie Lu , or Divergent, by Veronica Roth. My choice, however, would be the Maze Runner series by James Dasher or the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Both are excellent.
Forever trying to find a cure for the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Darth Plagueis. The story of the Emperor's master.
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I wouldn't say it's the greatest piece of literature ever, but I thought it was an enjoyable read. It's basically a crime thriller, but the story takes place in 1964 Berlin shortly before Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday. The Nazis have won WWII, and the detective in the story quickly discovers that the Gestapo is none too happy about his investigation.
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