Recommendation's for good Sci-fi, Fantasy novels?

I’ve been looking for another good Sci-fi and/or Fantasy series to read, but kinda don’t know who to start with. I’m planning on switching libraries to the one in the city so my selection to choose from will be Much greater than our itty bitty one here in town.

I had printed out a list of Hugo award winners and nominees, but I’d like to get some opinions of what everyone else’s favorites are. Anyhoo, these are the books and series that I’ve already read and loved, starting with my all-time favorites.

The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. My favorite series, I’ve read it I don’t know how many times. I’ve also read other books of his set in the same world of Midkemia.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I can’t really decide if I love this book and others in the same series more than Feists. My copy of Ender’s Game is so tattered from re-reading it that it’s in four pieces… I’ve also pretty much read everything else by Card. The Alvin Maker series is another great one.

All of the Harry Potter books, read em a million times over.

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I just read this trilogy for the first time a few months ago and fell in love with it.

The Belgariad by David Eddings and the other books set in the same world

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Myrren’s Gift by Fiona McIntosh. I really liked this series except for the fact that it pissed me off. She killed off Every single character I fell in love with. Bah! I was thinking of giving this series to the local library so someone else could be angry…

Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

These aren’t exactly sci-fi or fantasy, but are other author’s I’ve really enjoyed:

I’m from Maine, so I was pretty much required to read Stephen King. Good thing I liked him anyways.

The River God series by Wilbur Smith

I went to the local library today and got Dragon’s Gold by Piers Anthony and Robert E. Margroff. I’ve heard of Anthony before but have never ready anything by him before so I’d figured I’d give it a shot.

So what are everyone else’s favorites? What sci-fi, fantasy books have you read to the point where they’re falling apart but refuse to buy another copy cause that one’s so obviously loved?
Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions!

I’m currently re-reading the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Excellent books (don’t be fooled by the movie of The Golden Compass).

Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is held very high in esteem by dedicated Heinlein fans. It’s also wildly loathed by a few. Might be worth a try.

Red Thunder by John Varley is a really first-rate story; an old-school flying-to-Mars-in-a-tin-can style romp. Lots of fun, and I highly recommend it.

Ursula LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness is a wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful book that belongs to that rare club of Hugo and Nebula winners. It’s also a little slow.

Terry Pratchett, Iain M. Banks and China Miéville

Ditto on His Dark Materials.

They seem a bit too YA now, but when I started reading fantasy a few years ago I loved Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Liveship trilogies.

More recently, I’ve enjoyed The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. The first book is The Blade Itself.

A few more:

The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, starting with A Game of Thrones – hugely popular
The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, starting with Sabriel
The Prince of Nothing trilogy by R. Scott Bakker, starting with The Darkness That Comes Before
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Book of the New Sun (four books) by Gene Wolfe
The Hyperion books by Dan Simmons
Eifelheim by Michael Flynn
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan books. There are three Hugo-winning novels in this series.

One author who doesn’t get a ton of press but who has written some amazing things is David Brin.

Check out the Uplift Saga (Not to be confused with the later Uplift Trillogy, which is also good, but comes later in the timeline.)

Numbered The Uplift Saga starts with Sundiver, but you can read the first three in any order. IIRC Sundiver was actually written after Startide Rising and The Uplift War. But I could be wrong about that. Startide Rising is my favorite of the three.

He also wrote The Postman, which has nothing at all to do with the Kevin Costner movie, no matter what Mr. Costner might say. The book is actually quite good.

I kinda don’t know what to say. Other than Harry Potter, I’ve either disliked (Ender’s Game, The Sword of Shannara) or haven’t read the books in the OP. Soooo, take this with an enormous grain of salt.

The Chalion books by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
The Farseer books by Robin Hobb
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

Funny how tastes differ. I loved *The Dragonbone Chair *as well as Ender’s Game and The Sword of Shannara.

I recommend Tad Williams’ Otherland series.

That’s why I went ahead and offered suggestions, since all of us differ and might like all sorts of combinations of things. Oh, and because I love making suggestions. :slight_smile:

I won’t say that is impossible but Sundiver was published first and there was a fairly hefty gap between Startide Rising and The Uplift War that doesn’t make a lot of sense if the last book was finished a decade before and just waiting to be published.

(Of the three of those The Uplift War was the one I enjoyed the most since I couldn’t get into the dolphin characters of Startide Rising and I found Sundiver to be a bit rough, but millage varies widely with those books.)

Looking over the OP’s tastes I’d have to recommend some light space opera and adventure stories. Lois McMaster Bujold’s works definitely fit the bill. I disliked her fantasy novels and strongly enjoyed her science fiction, but I think just about any of her books would work in this case.

Have you checked out his Empire series, set on the other side of the Rift during the war? I actually liked them better than the original Riftwar novels, and while I’ve sort of outgrown most of Feist’s stuff, I still go back every now and then and re-read Daughter of Empire and some selects bits from the other two.

I had a feeling that I would be wrong about that. I will need to go check out my hardback copy of the three together and see what it actually said that made me thing that.

Anyway, my point is, you don’t need to read Sundiver first, and I might actually recommend reading it last.

I also really liked jsgoddesses recommendation of the Farseer Trillogy. Good stuff there too.

Thanks for the suggestions so far guys, keep 'em coming! :slight_smile: I’m gonna print this out and spend some quality time meandering around the library.

I came across The Postman in the library a few months ago and had hoped it was better than the movie. And you’re right, it has nothing to do with the movie, lol. I enjoy post-apocalyptic books so that one was a good read.

Thanks for jogging my memory on that one. I remember planning to read the Empire series, but had just gone through about six or seven of his other books set in Midkemia and needed a break, lol. I’ll have to go back and read those now.

Neal Stephenson. Start with Snow Crash.

I’ll second George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. A Game of Thrones is the first book.

If you want to read any books by authors similar to Stephen King, you could try Peter Straub. Ghost Story is really good, and has elements similar to Salem’s Lot.

You could also give Michael Crichton a try. Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World are all great.

If you like Time Travel fiction, check out Replay by Ken Grimwood.

You might like the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. Starts off with Daughter of the Blood.

Damn it, I* just* got in here to mention those. :stuck_out_tongue:

You’ve got the Hugo list, so that’s a good start–I particularly recommend Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and its sequel, The Ladies of Grace Adieu. It’s not everyone’s taste, but I really liked it.

Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books (start with The Eyre Affair) are also fantastic.

I don’t really like science fiction or fantasy, but I really enjoy Jack Vance, especially the Cudgel books. They are darkly funny and he is greatly unappreciated IMHO.