what to read?

I have read LOTR, The Hobbit, the Silmarillion, The children of Hurin, Unfinished tales, and Harry Potter. Any suggestions?  Thank you 

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rickharris2 years ago

Almost all of Harry Harrisons books.

1. Deathworld
2. Deathworld 2
3. Deathworld 3
4. Return to Deathworld
5. Deathworld vs. Filibusters
6. The Creatures from Hell
7. Deathworld 7

1. Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Robot Slaves
2. Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Bottled Brains
3. Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Tasteless Pleasure
4. Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Zombie Vampires
5. Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Ten Thousand Bars
6. Bill, the Galactic Hero: the Final Incoherent Adventure

1. Homeworld
2. Wheelworld
3. Starworld
To the Stars

Wot ? No Stainless Steel Rat ? Anyway, the OP sounded more like a fantasy reader.

:-) What could I say after TP had been offered?

-Salamanda-2 years ago

I love reading! I highly suggest Howl's Moving Castle, The Ranger's Apprentice series, Artemis Fowl, Peter and the Starcatchers, and The Wish List. You can never run out of books to read! :)

"You can never run out of books to read"

A very good reason to be selective about what you put in your mind !

Terry Pratchett.

I'd perhaps start with Equal Rites, rather than the Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic.

Or you might start with "The Watch" series, Guards ! Guards !, Men at Arms, Fifth Elephant, and "Night Watch"

Or try Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad if your tastes run to strong female leads.

Equal rites kind of laid the groundwork for them.


Stranger in a strange land - Not fantasy as such but is really a parody of the Bible story. by Robert Heinline

The dragon riders of Pern and subsequent in the series. by Anne McCaffre

Rendezvous with Rama by Aurthur C Clark.

there are 4 others in the series but none compare with the impact of the first

  • Rama II
  • The Garden of Rama
  • Rama Revealed
  • The Garden of Rama

Ringworld by Larry Niven

This was followed by 3 sequels and 4 prequels

"Have space suit will travel"

Ditto on The Dragon Riders of Pern, and Ringworld.

I did get to speak with Aurthur C Clark in San Francisco before he moved to Sri Lanka...

Vyger iceng2 years ago

I really liked his story "A Fall of Moon dust". moon people rebel and throw rocks at earth until they give up.

Neat! Was he approachable?

He was nice. Over the phone live in SF, I explained, he was why I became an EE...don't remember much more.

Frankly Rendezvous was the only good one. Clarke's name was pretty exploited by the others.

True, but by then I was hooked :)



AirnGreenwood (author) 2 years ago

so much to read!!!

rickharris2 years ago

Pretty scarey we all seem to read the same stuff!

Sadly, Less then Ten of us.

iceng2 years ago

Some series Iv enjoyed "The Stainless Steel Rat" for Improbable fiction, over 20 Dune books about spice,The Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs if you enjoy old rules foil and epee fencing or dueling. Dean Koontz Odd xxx guy moderate scare shorts, Almost anything by Orson Scott Card. The Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker will keep you coming back for more, Man-Kzin Wars for a hidden view of how our culture correct-ness may one day develop.

Anton Chekhov, one of Russia's most influential writers of short stories.

Books Iv read more then once or twice;

Smoke Ring and Integral Trees if you like math , EDN by Greg Bear, The Draco Tavern by Niven full of memorable aliens. Yea stop now....

Enders game o Scott Cade

Although the later ones didn't appeal so much to me.

Actually the movie Enders Game was good.

Yes. Grossly under-rated

FarmerKJS2 years ago

Don't know into the same stuff as me. But anyways, I recommend Hunger Games seris and The Giver seris

iceng FarmerKJS2 years ago

The movie version of Hunger Games like Dune and The Avengers was NFG ....

petercd2 years ago

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.

If that style is too old for you , try Robert Heinlein's Double Star.

rickharris2 years ago

Do Androids dream of electric Sheep? Phillip k Dick the bases for Blade runner.

rickharris2 years ago

I guess we should include the Hitchers guide to the Galxy trilogy (all 4 of them)

Kiteman2 years ago

Try anything by China Mieville - start with Perdido Street Station.

Not fiction as such but a good read Uncle tungsten by Oliver sacks

Vyger2 years ago

Robert Heinlein or Issac Asimov.

+1 particularly the robot stories

The Day After Tomorrow by heinline is also a good read.

Kiteman Vyger2 years ago

Oh! John Wyndham, Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne, HG Wells...


Vyger Kiteman2 years ago

There is a really good series called Berserkers. Its a series of books written by different authors but all following the same theme. Each author has their own twist on it. I had a friend who was skeptical about it until he finally read one, and then another and another ----.

verence2 years ago

The Spellsinger Series by Alan Dean Foster

World of Tiers by Philip José Farmer

The Otherland series by Tad Williams (though a bit more Science Fiction, not only Fantasy)

Mort ? ;-)

Kiteman2 years ago


I'm not sure I agree with the order of all of them, but it's a bookshelf any serious reader would be proud to own.