God tier book thread.
Need some new shit to read, don't care what genre....
not necessarily god tier, but one of my favorites.
My cousin just showed this to me the other day. It looks fucking rad.
Is it better than Ender's Game?
That is the sequel, correct? I've yet to read any of the sequels...
That is not a high bar to cross. I did not enjoy Ender's Game much at all. Though I did lol heartily at the idea that a couple of kids with a political blog could take of the world.
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind
Speaker for the dead is by far the best book. It has a different tone than Ender's Game. More grown up. My favorite in the series followed close by Ender's Game. I didn't find the last two to be nearly as good.
Really? It was boring and repetitive at times, but the ending made up for it in my opinion.
I've seen that recommended before, I'll check it out. What genre would that be?
Snow Crash is Cyberpunk. It's Nanotech pseudo-sequel Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is also pretty dang good.
I would not call it god-tier but the pictured Obsidian and Blood trilogy was nifty as well. They are Aztec magical mysteries starring a priest of the god of death.
Read more, that's all I can think of.
I didn't start reading as a hobby until about 2 months ago. I was never really into reading...
Since I started, my speed has increased drastically.
Yeah. It had me hooked from beginning to end.
I don't like many of the books in the chart, but there are many god tier classics too.
Moby Dick, Anna Karenina and Count of Monte Cristo are truly awesome, for instance.
Don't let Infinite Jest being #1 deceipt you.
What's with all of the hate on Ayn Rand?
I just finished reading Anthem, and while I wouldn't call it "God tier", I enjoyed it very much.
I feel like people hate her work for no real reason in particular, the same way /b/ hates the movie Drive.
It was a good movie.
This book is what got me into science fiction
People hate Ayn Rand because she wanted some sort of social darwinistic society and ended up filing for welfare, the exact thing she was thought was wrong because everyone could pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
What happens in a future where Africa is a pioneer in space exploration? Given the love of blacks here on /b/, this is a mind expanding novel for most.
So people just hate her as a person, not a writer?
I did think the end of Anthem was very...uh, I don't really know what I'm trying to say. She seems to be a very greedy person.
While I enjoyed Anthem, I didn't enjoy it enough to read any more of her works....
I prefer sci-fi even though it should be apparent with the books I'm posting.
The Dresden Files
I read a lot, i mean A LOT and The Dresden Files are by far my favorite series. As it has progressed throughout the series it has become so packed with action and the story lines of different characters are so well written that you can re-read the series at pick up on things that you either have missed or forgotten and its like you were reading the book for the first time again. I'd suggest you sincerely look into this series.
There are 15 books in the series so far with still more to come. He just released Skin Game back in May.
They made a tv show for one season out of this book. You can check it out, but it is pretty horrible compared to the books. I wouldn't judge the books based on the show. But if you've read some of the books and watch it, you'll enjoy it.
I really wanted to like Metro, but I found it way to long, nothing happened. The climax was in the library.
It also felt like they used google translate to translate it to english
this right here.
Also Arthur C Clark's Childhood's End
How does The Lord Of The Rings trilogy compare to The Hobbit?
I enjoyed every last second of The Hobbit....
Yeah, I have heard the English translation is weak, I read it in Norwegian and I didn't really notice anything wrong with the language in it.
Metro is really hard to define, but generally it is about the why of man and how we are massive dicks to each other for stupid reasons, it is not about action sequences like the game is.
Sup bro, I got a present for you. It's a rather fetching chair. I hope it reminds you of your sister.....it really should.
Ready player one is one of the best books I've ever read.
The book I read right after it is "Freedom" by Jonathan franzen. That book destroyed me. I didn't pick up another book for about a week.
Why would you not post the first book in the series?
Good book if you like fantasy but are fed up with everything reading like LOTR
You would still need to explain how Africa developed past the rest of the world unless this book exists in a universe where Africa always had the lead in development, but that would require you to figure out the world without the middle easterners and greeks for example and making african versions of those.
Development does not happen by chance or because one set of people are way smarter than others, it is a long chain of cause and effect.
Thanks, haha. I've been drinking a little bit....
I don't think that was racism. Africa is just so undeveloped...it always has been.
He was asking how, in the book, does Africa all of a sudden become developed. Or is it set in a world where Africa is already developed?
One of my favorite authors too.
After trying to read the whole series, this is my opinion.
Ender's Game is legendary. One of my favorite books ever. I would recommend it to anybody.
Speaker for the Dead was good, although it was kind of a drag at certain points towards the end, and the mystery of the alien race proved more interesting than its explanation. "Thought-provoking" is the operative word.
Xenocide was awful. I couldn't get through 3 chapters before I dropped it. That being said, I didn't even try to read the last book in the quartet.
Africa has T-O-N-S of mineral wealth. Their situation is actually very similar to the Persian Gulf before the emirates started getting their shit together, with some political stability sub-saharan Africa could be printing money
Also, the best book ever written about a board game.
This is true.
There's a sad documentary out there about illegal gold miner's in South Africa.
If they stopped feuding and killing each other, they could probably pool enough resources to legally open the mine and start making bank.
But nope, goddamned in-fighting and blaming the white man for being exploited is holding them back
I second this.
The only warning I'll give is not to judge them based on the first 2-3 books. His writing wasn't nearly as polished then as it is now.
His other series, Codex Alera is really good too.
My other recommendation would be pic related. Currently my favorite Sci-fi author.
No it's not. It was weird at first, but he lays down some real shit in that book. He examines aspects of humanity that I haven't experienced elsewhere. He examines humans from the broadest perspective I've seen in any literature.
It also sets up the last two books which are the best part of the series
finnes den på norsk? ante jeg ikke
I did like playing the game again though. The story may not be 100% the same, but you could tell that they had used many of the stories banter that was in the book. You could hear people in the background talk about it
>Mfw I bought a copy today
>Mfw I'm gonna go far innawoods and hike for 3 days
>Mfw I'm gona read the hell out of it
It's gonna be so comfy
A few decades ago Dubai and Qatar didn't know how either, now they do. Learning how to mine isn't some unattainably-complex thing, if anything Africa has an advantage by already having an obscenely-lucrative mining industry that is marred by largely servicing the black market. Again, the issue is political more than anything else, break the chain of corrupt leadership to direct that wealth to legitimate sources and the resources are there to make Africa an economic powerhouse
Read this. Best book I've read in years.
Also Ready Player One was THE SHIT!! Loved that.
Ifølge han jeg lånte boka av, var det den siste boka til ett døende forlag en venn av han hadde startet, tror ikke det er mange kopier og finne.
This is true, but I don't see the whole political system in Africa suddenly working properly, also, the big powers in the world want it that way because cheap resources.
Pic related, and the Altered carbon series.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.
This book got Rushdie nearly assassinated several times, and the translator was killed for this. Read it.
>Ifølge han jeg lånte boka av, var det den siste boka til ett døende forlag en venn av han hadde startet, tror ikke det er mange kopier og finne.
Are you talking about Jo nesbo?
A long forgotten book from 1974. Seems stupid to start with , but I read this 20 years ago and it's one of the most memorable things I've ever read.
My reading queue is as following
>Heart of Darkness
>Greatest Show on Earth
>Under the dome
>Hunchback of notre-dame
And after this thread
>Ready Player One
I'm currently reading Dantes Inferno. So much to read, so little time
I'm enjoying the Charlie Parker series. Private Eye investigating seriously fucked up crimes. Think True Detective.
Harry Potter... welp im done with this bullshit
This was a pretty good 4 book series.
If you happen to be a fan of historical fiction I really recommend Count Belisarius. Obviously I, Claudius is the more well-known book but I actually found this one more interesting just because of the time period being this odd crossroads that is past antiquity but isn't yet medieval.
Memoirs of Hadrian is another great one. Very 'slow' and reflective but beautifully written.
You could have just used google translate to find that while I am speaking in Norwegian, I am not talking about Jo Nesbø who writes crime fiction which I find boring and trite.
I have read two of them when I was like 8 or 10. Is there more?
Anything by John Varley
Anything by Daniel Suarez
Anything by Gary Jennings
If you havent read the classics of sci fi, like Heinlein, Niven, or Azimov, start there, it will keep you busy for a couple of years.
One of my all time favorite books is "Silverlock", by John Meyers Meyers, but you have to be a lit fag to understand why it's so good.
Mark Twain is always a good idea.
Anything by William Gibson
Anything by Bruce Sterling
Anything by Neal Stephenson
Early Stephen King, if you havent.
Huge fan of Peter Straub, Ghost Story and Shadowland are a must
Umberto Ecco is excellent, Foucault's Pendulum is amazing, really enjoyed Name of the Rose (the movie sucked, the book is really good)
Mark Helprin is very good, Winter's Tale is amazing, again, the movie sucked ass. Soldier of the Great War is excellent.
Hunter S. Thompson is a must, all of his books. Start with Hells Angels and follow that with The Great Shark Hunt, then dive into the rest.
Story was thoroughly interesting, but I think it's the writing that makes it so good.
Reynolds is one of the best.
My picture is a very good one. And it's getting better in the second book. I'll buy the third soon.
I'm starting to read more often. Half way through this series. Any recommendations after this? I really liked the sense of espionage. Something a little more widely respected would be nice.
Wait a minute, that's not the book I meant to post. Does any one know what I'm talking about. I'm sure it's called "The Healer".
It's about a guy in the future who gets infected with a non sentient symbiotic alien which attaches itself to this guys brain and it becomes intelligent. It can change the structure of the hosts body. Grows a second heart and shit. Eventually they realise it can change the structure of other beings it touches and goes on to cure a galaxy wide plague?
I've been looking for this book for fucking years.
All of Genghis Aitmatov's books. He was the best. Trust me I real A LOT of books.
The collapsing society of the real world, driven by corporate greed and a failing earth is the cautionary tail
That it was seamlessly woven in with the main story just means the author knew what he was doing.
At first I was like "GTFO, video game, lol", but there actually is one even though with how the book is, the video game would either be really shit or the story would be changed so much that there would be the set pieces left.
Haven't a seen anyone mention this. It's my favourite book by Gaiman (although Neverwhere was really good) and one of my favourite novels overall.
The Night Angel Trilogy is also good as a fantasy series.
And The Dark Tower. It gets weaker in the last few books when King introduces himself as a character, but his writing is just too good to stop reading.
The Leviathan Series is the only one iv read, but its pretty good.
WW1, but with giant robots, airships and biological air ships.
Here is all scandi crime novels in a nutshell: alcoholic\dark personality middle aged man fucks a lot more than he would irl (in the case of Stieg larssons books, Hugh Hefner levels of getting laid), is generally the smartest asshole in the room and just wins all the time, but is still depressed as fuck. They are like male versions of twillight.
If you like his type of horror (and by horror, I mean the exact opposite of modern slasher horror) Then he is great.
er. most of his stuff is great.
The Cthulhu mythiose stories are great, and so are some of his other stories, but some of them are just really bland
Funny I was about to buy this book a few weeks ago. I was deciding either that or "1945 What If Japan hadn't surrendered in WW2". Still not regrets but next time I hit the book store that's on my list.
I would say this one right here is God tier material. First book I picked up for my own pleasure and has been my favorite ever since
Had a few friends brow beat me into reading this. It's supposed to be a scifi masterpiece but it left me blah. Felt like prince and princess meet some smart/stupid aliens.