Started by mgriffin, December 07, 2007, 09:39:14 AM
Quote from: mgriffin on December 12, 2007, 02:39:10 PMI've enjoyed plenty of non-fiction books but very rarely have I felt enraptured and overwhelmed by the beauty of something non-fiction.
Quote from: Brian Bieniowski on December 08, 2007, 02:20:40 PM9Dragons, have you ever tried out William Hope Hodgson? Judging by your enjoyment of Dunsany and the rest, I'm sure you'd like him also. I have been picking up the new volumes of Clark Ashton Smith's work, finally a complete edition of his fantasies. I have always thought he was underrated so it's nice to see him get first class treatment.
Quote from: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 11, 2007, 08:38:35 PMStaying Up Much Too Late (Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche) by Gordon Theisen
Quote from: 9dragons on January 19, 2008, 11:58:44 PMI've been wanting to pick up some William Hope Hodgson recently, as the urge to read weird fantasy continues apace. What do you recommend as a good starter?
Quote from: mgriffin on January 22, 2008, 09:51:05 AMAnybody (especially Brian) know anything about Altered Carbon and the rest of that series by Richard Morgan? It sounds interesting to me, and while it's filed in "science fiction" it sounds almost like a suspense/thriller story with sci-fi elements.Right now I'm about halfway through another go at Lord of the Rings and enjoying it enormously, more than ever. This is my first time reading the books since seeing the movies.
Quote from: Antdude on January 22, 2008, 01:09:19 PMDividing my reading time between R.A. Salvatore's 'War of the Spider Queen' series, and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin seafaring novels. I need to find time to read Tolkien's 'The Children of Hurin'. Someday i hope to read a single book that isn't a part of a vast series....
Quote from: mgriffin on January 22, 2008, 09:51:05 AMAnybody (especially Brian) know anything about Altered Carbon and the rest of that series by Richard Morgan? It sounds interesting to me, and while it's filed in "science fiction" it sounds almost like a suspense/thriller story with sci-fi elements.
Quote from: Brian Bieniowski on December 08, 2007, 02:20:40 PMMike, I think writers like Greg Bear and Greg Benford are extremely important because there are fewer and fewer real "hard" SF authors who really get their hands dirty with the scientific aspects of their books. These two are certainly titans from that perspective. Unfortunately (especially for those of us in the business who edit science fiction and not fantasy) it would seem the more rigorous kinds of SF are somewhat out of fashion in favor of other things. I would highly recommend the recent books of Robert Charles Wilson and Robert Sawyer to you, if you're looking for cool concepts and interesting science (not to mention deft storytelling).