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Ersteintrag: 03.10.2012, 11:17:09 GMT+2
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 03.10.2012, 11:24:39 GMT+2
Caden S. meint:
I need some help from the community as (unsurprisingly) I am in need of new reads, either SciFi or Fantasy - I am not fussy.

My favorite books so far are character driven and feature mostly heroes/plots with unusual characteristics. As examples I want to mention "Double Star" (SF, an actor has to do an impersonification of a famous politician), "Going Postal" (F, a fraud is coerced into running the post office), "Prostho Plus" (SF, a dentist is abducted into the galaxy) and "Paladin of Souls" (F, a middle aged widow has to save the country). I would really like to be surprised at the imagination of authors so far unknown to me!!

And .... I would like to read new books WITHOUT thieves, heirs, country boys, warriors, princes, beggars, ..

If you want to help me expand my bookcases into the second room, please post your recommendations! ;-)

Ta, Edith

Veröffentlicht am 03.10.2012, 18:16:34 GMT+2
Try "Tailchaser" (fantasy) by Tad Williams. The main characters are all cats, and the author developed a whole ring of myths to illustrate their way of looking at the world. It's the one and only book with cat-main characters that really made me feel cat-ish.

Veröffentlicht am 04.10.2012, 00:50:33 GMT+2
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 04.10.2012, 00:53:20 GMT+2
nusadua meint:
Try "Turing Evolved" by David Kitson. SF. About artificial intelligence, a little bit of Asimov, a little bit of cyber punk, a little bit of Moravec and a marvellous twist in the story which I did not see coming. I could not put the => ebook <= Turing Evolved down and read it in one session. Read the reviews (4,5 stars with 188 reviews so far). And it's free.

Veröffentlicht am 06.10.2012, 15:09:56 GMT+2
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 06.10.2012, 15:12:15 GMT+2
sista A meint:
If you want character driven (or at least a driven character) have a look at Lois McMaster Bujold's 'Miles Vorkosigan Adventures', e.g. Young Miles (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures). Highly recommended! Here is a short excerpt from the blurb

"In short order, he foiled a plot against his father, returned to and graduated from the academy, solved a murder among his people, joined a mutiny against a deranged superior officer, thwarted an interstellar invasion, and rescued the Barrayaran Emperor. Then things get interesting."

Veröffentlicht am 07.10.2012, 11:15:06 GMT+2
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Veröffentlicht am 14.10.2012, 18:22:04 GMT+2
gûlgalthâ meint:
Blepharospasm by Harutyun MackoushianBlepharospasm

Veröffentlicht am 14.10.2012, 18:25:31 GMT+2
gûlgalthâ meint:
Blepharospasm details the perspectives of a young man that is a junkie and comes to life when the reader realizes that the book reads as though the character has scribed it. It is not often that such a work is introduced in the literary community that is so surreal and leaves one wanting more insight into the characters lives like a junkie needs more drugs in
their system. Blepharospasm

Veröffentlicht am 17.10.2012, 00:22:45 GMT+2
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 17.10.2012, 00:26:47 GMT+2
K. Büsch meint:
Not necessarily an easy read but astonishing is Anthony Burgess' Earthly Powers. And it has one of the best opening lines ever.

Thinking about it, its neither SciFi nor Fantasy. But if you want to expand your library its a good one.

Veröffentlicht am 20.10.2012, 13:16:32 GMT+2
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Veröffentlicht am 21.10.2012, 14:09:20 GMT+2
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Veröffentlicht am 26.10.2012, 14:07:07 GMT+2
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Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 28.10.2012, 14:50:56 GMT+1
Kiwiboy meint:
Hi there,
I know, the books I am naming here are not strictly sci-fi, but I have been impressed (I know it is my taste I am describing here), however the author is Daniel Suarez, and the books are Daemon, Freedom, and Kill Decision, they came out in that order, I have read Kill Decision first, and it hooked me onto the author. If you take the plunge and give them a go, I wish you a great reading experience.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 28.10.2012, 21:46:05 GMT+1
Cathy meint:
Try the H.I.V.E. books, by Mark Walden. H.I.V.E. stands for "Higher Institute of Villainous Education". Very entertaining and witty!

Veröffentlicht am 10.11.2012, 09:41:45 GMT+1
Hello Edith,
May I recommed my own books: "The reomote control" an espionage thriller; "The death sciences" a thriller that deals with terror organization and its members; "An African sunset" a tale of complicated love affair and its outcome in West Africa. You may read of course the first 3 chapters of each of my books freely.
Haim Kadman

Veröffentlicht am 10.11.2012, 10:49:12 GMT+1
Undine meint:
Hi Eadgyth,
since you mentioned an interest in F also, unusual characters and "different" stories, you might want to look at the works of Lorna Freeman, not involving thieves but many intrigues, no heir per se but a main character trying to be anything but a person of interest (hero's name is Rabbit :-) ), more or less feuding parties whose motives . I loved Paladin of Souls, so I think you will be aware of the Vorkosigan series by Lois. I got to Freemans first after I read Curse of Chalion and found it so complex, interesting and intriguing I now follow this series. So I recommend to check it out!

Veröffentlicht am 18.11.2012, 13:24:19 GMT+1
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Veröffentlicht am 18.11.2012, 20:38:57 GMT+1
My new novel, Pyramid of the Dead: A Zombie Novel tells another version of how a few hundred Spanish Conquistadors brought down the Incan Empire. Even to this day no one is sure what happened. Using real names, battles and locations my story is a tale of greed and vengeance, black magic and demons with an army raised from the underworld.

Veröffentlicht am 20.11.2012, 00:44:53 GMT+1
John Oehler meint:
Allow me to plug my own, recently published mystery/suspense novel, Aphrodesia. Aphrodesia takes place in the world of fragrances, from fine perfumes, additives in supermarket products, to forensic identification of arsonists, to the reason strippers make bigger tips when they're ovulating. It tells the story of a perfume student who creates a powerful aphrodisiac, only to find himself the prime suspect when a counterfeit of his perfume surfaces as the sole link in an oputbreak of passion-driven homicides.

Kirkus Reviews wrote: "A sensually evocative … brilliant, engaging twist."

Here is the link: Aphrodesia: A Novel of Suspense

John Oehler

Veröffentlicht am 20.11.2012, 17:21:46 GMT+1

Greetings everyone! This is a romantic suspense...definitely a contemporary and unusual romance with a twist. I am repeatedly asked to write a sequel to this novel....which is now on my agenda.

Operation Neurosurgeon: You never know ... who's in the OR: ~ 74,000 word novel which received a perfect 5 STARS for characters from Red Adept Reviews and was the Indie Book of the Day on June 26th.

Who says a rising neurosurgeon can't fall from his pinnacle? From the skullduggery taking place in the Tennessee woods to the silent tension in the OR, Doctor Danny Tilson's life takes an abrupt turn after performing surgery alongside a scrub nurse with aqua eyes and a velvet voice.

Can Danny's situation get any worse after the alluring lady disappears, he inherits her roguish retriever, and his Albert Einstein historical book turns up missing? A pack of Tennessee attorneys pursue Danny while he develops a scheme with his paramedic best friend to payback the mysterious woman who left in a hurry.

If you would like to see a book trailer on this novel as well as to meet the author, etc., please stop by my website:

Have a nice rest of the week.

Veröffentlicht am 21.11.2012, 07:44:32 GMT+1
Undine meint:
Hi Edith,
real sorry I am that I can't recommend a book written by me. And to be honest, I'm rather new at this discussion thing and just thought it would be nice to talk this way with other Sf/F enthusiasts, getting hints and finding books to read a better way. The last entries weren't helpful at all... I`ve been thinking about it and looking at my books, and I think you might also look at David Webers mutineers moon (Mond der Meuterer), since it meets most of your demands. I sure hope you will get besser answers that will be an inspiration for both of us!
BR, Undine

Veröffentlicht am 21.11.2012, 13:02:37 GMT+1
SH meint:
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Pyramid Scheme" by Dave Freer & Eric Flint. It's a mixture of Sci-Fi and ancient mythology, the protagonists are from our time. It's absolutely hilarious, not always perfectly logical but wonderfully entertaining. The authors don't take themselves too seriously, it's the most unusual book I've read in a long while.

For a more serious but still unusual type of Sci-Fi try the "Liaden Universe" series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The early stories are rather romantic, if you want action start with "Agent of Change", "Carpe Diem", "Plan B" and "I Dare", in that order. You can get the four books in two volumes called "The Agent Gambit" and "Korval's Game".

Veröffentlicht am 21.11.2012, 23:02:42 GMT+1
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 21.11.2012, 23:06:20 GMT+1
I suggest you my short fantasy story The Last Fomorian (Chronicles of Norrland). An unusual plot with an unusual end. Available at 0,99€ at Read also readers' reviews.

Veröffentlicht am 22.11.2012, 13:28:04 GMT+1
Amazon-Kunde meint:
Ever tried Skulduggery Pleasant? It's written by Derek Landy and even though the first book (sceptre of the Ancients) is more of a children's story, the other ones are fantastic. The two main characters develop throughout the series and each and every one of them is realistic (or as realistic as a skeleton detective with a twelve-year-old sidekick throwing magic flames can be). Also, the dark humour is absolutely lovely!

Veröffentlicht am 27.11.2012, 12:45:30 GMT+1
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