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Well, I'm in a bit of a pickle: I am going to finish my current book in a couple days and I don't currently have another fantasy/scifi book on my 'to-read' list.  I'm looking for suggestions.  Here are some details :

  • My favorite books of all time are The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
  • I've read The Lord of the Rings through 4 times.  I love them as well.
  • I have a personality flaw - I won't read a series before it's complete, so the Kingkiller Chronicles is out until book 3 is complete
  • Recently I've read The Fionavar Tapestry and really enjoyed it.  I also read The Lies of Locke Lamora (before I realized it was in a sequence... arg...) which I enjoyed, but thought was a bit too grisly for my taste.

Thanks for your input!!

 

If you liked the Fionavar Tapestry, then you should definitely check out the rest of Kay's work. Tigana remains my particular favorite, but there isn't one that doesn't make my best of the best list.

I also recommend Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion books, The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls and the Hallowed Hunt, and Kage Baker's fantasy books, Anvil of the Sun, The House of the Stag and the Bird of the River. These are rather recent discoveries for me, and even as a somewhat-jaded lifelong fantasy reader I was more than pleasantly surprised by them all!

Kindle user?

This is a 2-for-1 with Dragon's Path and Leviathan Wakes. I bought it for Leviathan Wakes (sci-fi), but Dragon's Path seems decent so far.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047Y16LC/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

I haven't read it yet, but the jacket blurb for John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation compares Scalzi's writing to the science fiction version of Stephen King.  I've read other stuff by Scalzi and really liked it--Zoe's Tale, Old Man's War, and The Last Colony--so this seems like it would be worth a read.

And I was popping over here to suggest you read Scalzi's Old Man's War series.

I second the recommendations for more books by Kay (I especially liked The Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, and Under Heaven) and the Chalion books.

One excellent self-contained trilogy is Kate Elliott's Crossroads series (Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and Traitors' Gate). I also loved The Privilege of the Sword (Swordspoint and The Fall of Kings are sort-of prequels but not necessary to understand the story). For something a little gritty and strange, try The Etched City, by K.J. Bishop.

Have you ever read Julie Czernada?  My favorite is the Species Imperative series (Survival, Migration, Regeneration).  The characters are so real I missed them when I finished the book.  How many of one species must live for that species to be viable?  The main character, a salmon researcher, finds herself the center of an all-out war between species and realizes that the needs of the many really do outweigh the needs of the few.  Funny, piercing, and unexpected, I enjoyed them from cover to cover.

Seeing that you are an überhacker, what about Snow Crash or Neuromancer?  I think you'd enjoy both.

The one book which has recently gotten me quite excited (excluding NOTW of course) is Cloud Atlas.  While not really scifi (and definitely not fantasy) I found it had a similar dying-world flare similar to Dark Tower.  Plus, I know that you have a copy at home already.

 

I would say try Stardust or American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  Both really good books.

I cannot more strongly recommend Hobb's three connected trilogies: Farseer, Liveships and Tawny Man.  So amazing.  Excellent character development.  An emotional rollercoaster, as well.  You are cheating yourself if you love fantasy yet don't read this series.  No lie.  It's that good.

I also recommend Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.  There are six books in the series.

Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy was enjoyable.  Even if I didn't totally love the ending, I'd still recommend the trilogy to a friend.

For lighter (yet not light-weight) reading, try The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Thanks for all the suggestions!  I've heard of some of these, but others are totally new to me.  To answer/comment on some of the posts above:

  • I've read Neuromancer and loved it -- the cyberpunk thing really resonates with me.
  • The Kay recommendation makes a lot of sense, not sure why I didn't think of it before :)
  • I've heard very good things about Scalzi - I added him to my list, I'll definitely be looking him up soon
  • Julie Czernada is a new name to me, your summary sounded really interesting, not like anything I've read before
  • I've never read Hobbs either, and a trilogy of trilogies?!  Outstanding!
  • I've read a couple of Gaiman's -- Stardust and Anansi Boys, and really enjoyed them too.

I'd love to hear more suggestions too, I suspect that other people may be able to use this as a resource as well!

Adam