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The most famous you've never read

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by direstraits, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Yes and no - THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE is definitely fantasy / sci fi and FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM is also sci fi - ish.
     
  2. Ell

    Ell Well-Known Member

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    I never thought of Foucault's Pendulum as sci-fi, but I guess it is, as you say, sci-fi-ish. :) I have The Island of the Day Before on my shelf and will bump it up on my TBR pile.

    Reading back on this thread, I realize I still haven't gotten to any Eddings yet.
     
  3. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Island of the Day before is really good. Profoundly sadly and sadly profound.
     
  4. direstraits

    direstraits Well-Known Member

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    I've since read Eco, but not his fiction. Foucalt's Pendulum is still sitting on my shelf. I have read This Is Not The End Of The Book, which is a collection of essays and thoughts on literature and ebooks. How our reading is increasingly digital and how it impacts us and culture.

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  5. Peder

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    I'll give Island of the Day Before a shot. It's a day away now.
    Pendulum just beat back my attempts to get into it.
    SciFi is only occasionally a part of my reading, but I'm willing to try stories that come exceptionally recommended. Maybe someday Pendulum again for a retry. :)
     
  6. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    As much as I like Pendulum, I wouldn't recommend it actually. Pendulum is one of those strange books that either appeals or it doesn't. No middle ground. If I had to describe it I would say it's what would result if Dan Brown was a Professor of Literature who took acid and then wrote Da Vinci Code and as I said, this either appeals or it really really doesn't.

    I prefer Name of The Rose but then that is straight historical / mystery.

    Has any one mentioned Salman Rushdie?
     
  7. Ell

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    If you haven't tried Eco's fiction before, I'd recommend reading Name of the Rose before Foucault's Pendulum. FP is packed with all manner of arcana and a labyrinthine plot - things I like in a book, but not everyone's cuppa.
     
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    The Name of the Rose was quite enough in terms of labyrinthine and arcana.

    But thanks for suggestion.
     
  9. Ell

    Ell Well-Known Member

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    :) It just shows my nerdyness. I can happily spend an afternoon following wikipedia links. :)
     
  10. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Ditto - its bliss :)
     
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    I will!
    I've never read any Asimov or Heinlein either. But I don't read much sci-fi or fantasy in general.
     
  12. Ell

    Ell Well-Known Member

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    I cut my sci-fi teeth on Asimov! I still have the original Foundation and Robot series on my shelf, yellowing and fading. Can't bring myself to get rid of them.
     
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    I know he's one I really should read :oops:
     
  14. direstraits

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    I've not gotten around to Suzanne Collins yet. I want to! Otherwise I shall never watch The Hunger Games! Apparently she's not bad.

    Stephenie Meyer though, can continue to sparkle in the sunlight.
     
  15. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    tut tut lol I love Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land, The Cat Who Walked Through Walls and Friday are all absolutely brilliant IMO.

    And as for Isaac Asimov .... what can I say? If you add Frank Herbert and Ray Bradbury into the mix you have got some of the best sci-fi ever written covered.
     
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    I've always been meaning to read Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider's novels. Honestly don't know why I haven't yet!
     
  17. Ell

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    The Hunger Games is quite entertaining. I've never read Stephanie Meyer .
     
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    I have read them and they are good, better than the Pern books IMO :)
     
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    Most if not all Sci fi I've not read. I'm a big fantasy fan but I've only read really Jordan, Martin, Goodkind and Sanderson.
     
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    I've never read Ian M Banks (although have read the Wasp Factory which I loved!)

    You all need to read PKD & Asimov (I, Robot is a good starter)
     

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