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Old 12-14-2011, 10:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Anything Cyber punk, William Gibson. I read the hell out of his stuff! Frank Herberts the White Plague, very well written! As far as fantasy goes, I'm probably going to get crucified for this but here goes. I know every one loved the Lord of the Rings books. For me they were OK for me. I just can't take when it takes twenty pages to tell you the weather sucks! I really liked David Eddings the Belgariad and the Malloreon. They were fun and easy to read. They also moved quickly. Then I read all of Steven Donaldsons books, But the Gap series was great. Very violent and gritty! The newer books by Frank Herberts son were also very good and tied up allot of loose ends if you read the entire Dune series. Like I said I liked these and recommend them. But if your reading Chaucer some of these may be a little easy for you. The Gap series though is good. Feyd.................
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Oh, i forgot Bruce Sterling, too, especially his short stories. This collection has most of my favorites if you want a good place to start:
Bruce Sterling: A Good Old-Fashioned Future

Also, if you're OK with short stories, one of my all-time faves (A Dry, Quiet War by Tony Daniel) is available free online:
A Dry, Quiet War - by Tony Daniel

Someone earlier mentioned Haldeman; i like his work, but his themes might be a little pacifistic for you based on the specifications in the OP. And for the love of Ghu, stay away from Ursula LeGuin.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:06 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I can't recommend John Scalzi and the Old Man's War series. Fantastic books, brimming with originality. I brought a copy of each book out here to the 'stan, and they've been faithfully circulating around the company. No one has a bad thing to say about them.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:22 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Back home in Wisconsin and staying at the inlaws so internetz access is kind of spotty, can't comment on all the posts I want to now, but I will in the morning when I have extended access for a time. Till then, keep the suggestions coming, I really appreciate them!
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:26 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I wish I had some recommendations on books or book series for you but I haven't read books in quite some time now. I do love the Dune series, I even named my daughter(Chani) after one of Frank Herbert's charaters.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:09 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I recommend anything by Peter F. Hamilton. He has a couple of great sci-fi series. Just finished off the Void trilogy, which closes out the Commonwealth Saga. I recommend it.

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Ooo. Just thought of one I missed. Tanya Huff. She has a great military sci-fi series under the "Valor" tag.

1.Valor's Choice (2000)
SSG Kerr is sent with a motley platoon of space marines to help induct a new member species into the Confederation.
2.The Better Part of Valor (2002)
SSgt Kerr is sent with a scratch squad of select recon force marines to investigate an unknown alien spaceship
3.The Heart of Valor (2007)
GySgt Kerr escorts a newly rehabilitated Major to the Marines combat training grounds for field exercises.
4.Valor's Trial (2008)
GySgt Kerr fights her way out of an underground POW camp.
5.The Truth of Valor (hardcover August 24, 2010)
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Also there is a Gem by John Steakly called "Armor". This is one of the books I WISH would get made into an awesome movie.

Basically due to a computer glitch, a powered armor scout gets thrown back into battle time and time again when he should have been rotated back home. It's the story that the should have been made into a movie instead of "Starship Troopers".
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Also there is a Gem by John Steakly called "Armor". This is one of the books I WISH would get made into an awesome movie.

Basically due to a computer glitch, a powered armor scout gets thrown back into battle time and time again when he should have been rotated back home. It's the story that the should have been made into a movie instead of "Starship Troopers".
Except you KNOW hollywood would focus on the whole "chosen one" bit, or the bit with the scientists and pirates, instead of the battles. It's a movie I would want to see, but they would butcher it.

Edit: Had to go through all my bookshelves to find the other book I was thinking of. Dorsai! by Gordon Dickson was also a good one, IMO.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:04 AM   #30 (permalink)
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an old school suggestion is H. Beam Piper - stuff like 'the cosmic computer' and 'space viking'
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