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Highly Bored at the moment...can someone recommend a book? (1 Viewer)

Being 17, lazy and sleepy with nothing better to do but the continous pile of homework, I was wondering if someone were to recommend a book to me. I absolutely love Robin Hobb and George RR Martin. There incredible fantasy authors, though sadly, I have read all their books already.... :(

I really don't know what other books to read. I've read a lot by Stephen King, and one of David Eddings (though I will never touch a book by Eddings again, cause he's plain horrible) Books by Raymond E. Fiest, Lord Of The Rings By Tolkien (who hasn't read those; great books), and etc...so give me a shout if I am completely oblivious to a book you've read.
 

Rob

Senior Member
I'm just reading Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan, about two thirds the way through. I read somewhere it was awful. I'm loving it, can't put it down.

Omni
 

River1034

Senior Member
Steinbeck, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Tolstoy, James A. Moore. Richard Laymon. Peter Straub, Derek Hansen (Sole survivor is the most notable for me by Hansen) Dean Koontz, The list goes on and on, have fun my friend.
-RIver.
 

Tyson

Senior Member
Ever read anything by Ray Bradbury? He is an awesome writer although complex his most complex book is "Something wicked this way comes" so I would read the other books that he has written to get a feel of his style. He also wrote "Fahrenheit 451" which is his most famous book I would have to say.
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
River1034 said:
Steinbeck, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Tolstoy, James A. Moore. Richard Laymon. Peter Straub, Derek Hansen (Sole survivor is the most notable for me by Hansen) Dean Koontz, The list goes on and on, have fun my friend.
-RIver.

This is the second time I've seen you speak highly of Richard Layman. That just makes me cringe.

I've read about 5 of his books, and I just don't think he stands up in the company you've just put him.

He is good at what he does, but there's a lot of blood, and not as much story, at least that's what I think.
 

Capulet

Senior Member
Sounds like you're into fantasy. I'd recommend either Wizard War by H. Cook (a truly epic story rich with character and plot development), or the book of swords series by ummmm, what's his name, saberhagen? close enough. It's nothing super incredible writing style-wise, but the story's catchy and some of the ideas are novel. (no pun intended)
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
D4rk_3|f said:
oh oh before i 4get.....Get yourself any book by David Gemmel.

David Gemmel is excellent. I read "Legend", and I was hooked. Great pace, great heroic fantasy. "Wolf in Shadows" is another good one of his, as are the other Jon Shannow books, but they have the feeling of being a response to Stephen King's Dark Tower books.
 

brockDXD

Senior Member
I love Richard Laymon books, they are written in a very easy to read manner, and they make you want to read it from begininning to end in one sitting. I can see what you mean though, i mean they seem like 'Goosebumps' books with sex scenes. A Night in the Lonesome October was compelling though and i rate it as one of my fav horrors.

I recommend reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz if you haven't already. I was touched by it, nearly cried at the end. Anything by Peter Straub is usually a good read, like Floating Dragon and the Black House (with S.King).

While we are in this thread, can anyone throw out some names of some other great horror writers/books. I go through phases of reading the same author for months at a time. I think i need a change.
 

petrel}

Senior Member
Barbara Hambly's triad: The Ladies of Madrigyn
The Witches of Wenshar
The Dark Hand of Magic

The descriptive writing in these books is superb, although, sometimes it gets a little repetitive when she descibes the two main characters. The storyline is excellent and you can identify with the characters: did some one say they're not real?

I know that Hambly has written alot of the Star Trek books, but I haven't read them(and probably won't: TV or movie spawned stuff usually is not the best reading material) so I can't say anything about them.
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
brockDXD said:
While we are in this thread, can anyone throw out some names of some other great horror writers/books. I go through phases of reading the same author for months at a time. I think i need a change.

The really sad thing is that there isn't a lot of good horror out there. The genre is basically dominated by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and a lot of ordinary stuff. There's an Australian woman named Kim Wilkins, who is supposed to be reasonably good, but I've never read anything of hers.

John Saul is also pretty good, but after a while the similarities between his books become tiresome. I read a book called The Store, but Bentley Campbell, and I sort of enjoyed it, but it wasn't groundbreaking by any sense of the imagination.
 

Shadeslayer

Senior Member
I love Robert Jordan, Farror! Though my good friend, Silver Hawk here, doesn't have patience with him, since Jordan puts too much discription in each of his paragraph and sentences.

To Silver Hawk: For the millionth time, Jake! I recommend Sanctuary by Lynn Abbey! Gurrh! Oh well, see you.
 
Sorry, Shade, but I'm too worn out reading Jordan. Tolkien was a long killer, but I made it in the end and enjoyed his books. But having to go through a even more descriptive writing in Jordan's books makes me even ill sometimes; not to mention overly impatient. But, I'll admit, they were good books if you have a complex mind for one like The Wheel Of Times. Obviously, my mind isn't that complex in description. But I do read books to the extreme. Yeesh, you guys who have never met me should see my room.
 

Farror

WF Veterans
I'll admit that with Jordan's books I employed the noble art of skimming.

Another series I just thought of are "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the UnBeliever", by Stephen R. Donaldson.
 

Talia_Brie

Senior Member
Farror said:
Another series I just thought of are "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the UnBeliever", by Stephen R. Donaldson.

This was a really good idea done well, but I was really disappointed wiht the end of Book 5, and couldn't force myself to go on to the last one. But Thomas is such an annoying character!
 
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