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  3. Does anyone here really enjoy reading?

@midnight_madrigal no, not really, I mean I do enjyo Carl Sagan's novels, but generally I prefer classics over fantasy/sci-fi although I could call myself LOTR lore master :D

@midnight_madrigal my first account on here was actually called frederickclegg from the collector. before I made this one. @frederickclegg
Butterfly gardens sounds right up my street so will give it a read.

@DollaHollaAtcha Thanks for your suggestions and the PM. Starting with on the beach. So far so good. :)

We have a writer here ... @chriswsh (detective mysteries, among other things -- crazy good ZH player, but, haven't seen him around in a while).

Best series I've read recently is The Bobiverse by Dennis E. Taylor (sci-fi). -- If you like Sci-Fi ... it's a must-read.

Finished all of the Commonwealth Saga (Peter F. Hamilton) recently -- a good mix of fantasy and sci-fi in the subsequent series after Judas Unchained (Void Trilogy and Chronicle of the Fallers).

Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, part 7) came out recently.

John Scalzi, "Old Man's War" -- that's a great series, and he's a great author who covers a variety of topics. (A bit of a dick IRL, though; great writer, but not a very good reader or detail-oriented when it comes to conversation. Kind of stuck-up.)

Among my favorite Sci-Fi are "The Forever War" (Joe Haldeman), "Whipping Star" (Frank Herbert of Dune fame). Can't forget "Starship Troopers" (Heinlein); also check-out The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Macroscope by Piers Anthony mixes sci-fi with some crazy-whacked-out fantasy (if that's your thing).

Ernst Cline's "Ready Player One" is being turned into a movie. That's a great read. So are "Magic 2.0" and "Run Program" by Scott Meyer.

D. Nolan Clark put out a series over the last few years... something along the lines of "Forsaken Skies" or "Forgotten Suns" or something like that. (I think the series is called "The Silence"). -- It's more war sci-fi like Old Man's War and The Forever War (with AI).

If you like things like Dan Brown, check out Umberto Eco's "Name of the Rose" and "Foucault's Pendulum"

If you liked "The Martian" by Andy Weir, he's got a new book coming out, I think it's titled "Artemis"

Ann Leckie's Ancillary series is a great read. (Sci-Fi). And she's got a new book out.

Neil Clarke does some pretty good sci-fi compilations. (Pretty good, but, not the best; the compilations are sometimes repetitive, hit-or-miss, but you can discover new authors that way.)

Other names that cross my mind ... Alastair Reynolds, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Neil Asher, Ian McDonald (well, because I have one of those compilation books sitting on my desk next to me).

Accelerando by Stross was a great read. Reynolds' Revelation Space is an okay series.

Can't forget: in honor of Ursula K. Le Guin -- don't skip reading "The Left Hand Of Darkness" -- she passed away just recently (January 2018). -- Most of the Hanish Cycle and Earthsea series are pretty good (not all of it, but, most of those two series are worth the time reading).

That reminds me of Ringworld by Larry Niven -- old, but still a good read.

No, I was not born in the 1960's -- just because I read old Sci-Fi (just noticed a lot of these books are older references).

And, I don't know why, but, Ringworld reminds me of Endymion by Dan Simmons (the whole Hyperion Cantos series is worth the time reading).

Best foreign book I've red recently is probably "The Three Body Problem" by Liu Cixin -- this is actually a trilogy. The author is Chinese (and I was very irritated at having to wait for translations after reading "The Three Body Problem" -- the translations are descent; the first book is the best).

Whew. Okay, I think I'm done for now.

Yes, I read. Mostly sci-fi. Sometimes other stuff (trashy news, like going 451 berserk in 1984 and the likes).

I forgot chess: My favorite (chess) author is Irving Chernev.

I was into fantasy fiction as a teenager, then moved on to non-fiction science and philosophy books, and now I mostly just listen to podcasts so I can listen while I go about my day.

+1 for podcasts and audiobooks. You can get so much more "reading" done that way. Yesterday I listened to Logan's Run while out walking. You can find loads of books on youtube.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDVF8egAwKY&t=2246s

I prefer audio books.

the kite runner is great book :) you should read it

Hi,at last time i've read all of Harucky Murakamy. Who likes classick and fantasy, that's exactly for you. Found them all in library, well translated to Lithuanian...

Tori tends to be a good read.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=q97SBIygM8c

It is after a good film that I would get the incentive to buy a book, and it happened very seldom that I was disappointed.
For me 'Papillon' by Henri Charrière
is both a great book and film.

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