Jeffrey Jeffrey's Comments (member since Jan 28, 2008)

Jeffrey's comments from the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

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Jun 25, 2010 12:24PM

1865 I second Guns with Ocassional Music by Jonathan Lethem.

This is a classic Raymond Chandler sf tale with time travel thrown in..
1865 I also nominate The Imperium Game by KD Wentworth. This urban fantasy has all of the characters stuck in a computer game based on Roman Mythology, and the Pluto is plotting revenge. see
1865 I nominate #1) by Mickey Zucker Reichert .

It is a very good sword and fantasy novel with God's from norse mythology
May 25, 2010 01:02PM

1865 MacAvoy's series had three books Damiano, Damiano's Lute and Raphael.

Altered Carbon is a really good book but no female protagonists.

Azure Bonds by Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb was an excellent sword fantasy. She is kind of a female knight.

Sasha by Joel Shepherd features a female warrior.

Also by Joel Shepherd is his Cassandrea Kresnow trilogy which features an artificial person. The first is the riviting Crossover.

Take a look at Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner where a relation of an English lord is turned into a swordswoman.

As for Psychic powers, (a personal fav of mine)

Take a look at Andre Norton books --
May 20, 2010 12:40PM

1865 I am reading Directive 51 by John Barnes. Post apocalptic sf novels are a personal favorite. Next on the agenda is Desert Spear.
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May 17, 2010 02:22PM

1865 Goodreads asks us to give 5 stars to books that are amazing. After a ton of reading, there are a lot less books that are amazing. How do you rate books to have 5 stars? Do you rate different genres on a higher code or standard. Does great literature automatically get a higher rating because of when it was written -- would Moby Dick be a classic if written now. Would Great Expectations. Does Catch-22 deserve 5 stars because it was a great anti war book.

Do you look at how a novel has been perceived to determine if its worth 5 stars.

Do sequels where the author gets to write in a similar world deserve less of a rating than books that are in a completely new world.

Mostly, do you judge sf or fantasy to the same standard that you would Shakespeare or Dickens.

I personally have to judge each book on its inherent nature but if it dares to tell a new story (kushiel's Dart) (Neuromancer) it has to get some pluses just for that.
May 15, 2010 12:32AM

1865 I just finished Changes by Jim Butcher and The Long Man by Steve Englehart, plus I re-read The Legend of Nightfall by Reichert, which I feel is her best book.

I usually change genres but I have The Desert Spear by Peter Brett, Dream of Perpetual Motion, Under Heaven and Directive 51 out of the library and due w/i 10 days so I may just stick in fantasy and sf.
May 15, 2010 12:22AM

1865 I read this when it first came out and I thought wow, she really did a great job with an original subject matter for fantasy.
1865 Never knew that Stuart. I do not recall that my novel said that.
1865 Neuromancer is a groundbreaking book because it postulated the whole cyberpunk subgenre of sf, and put cyberpunk on the map. Frankly, Gibson coined the whole cyberspace idea, the interface of man with computers that you find in the best cyberpunk novels. Important elements were the global reach of massive corporations, the distopian vision of the future dominated by those corporations, the whole interface between humans, computers, the matrix, and internet, AI influences etc. Yet in some ways, even though it was ground breaking, its a hard story -- not to read, I had no problem finishing it but its not an easy book.

Far from "the novelization of a comic book" (whatever that means) Snow Crash was the influential for its postulating of avatars plus it was a fun read. Although corporations still ran the world, as the United States had ceded control of various areas of America to vast global corporations and the mafia, individuals could have more of a say in fighting through them. Here, in Snow Crash, Stephenson use of language never exceeded his reach. Was the novel flawed, clearly there should be issues for anyone who had to wade through those large sections of the book about some odd god (similar in some ways to the World According to Garp which contains short stories in mid book). Comparisons to his later fiction, such as Cryptocomicon, in my mind are poor because that book as well as his three book opus were historical science fiction and not, in my mind, cyberpunk at all.

Reading Snow Crash when it was first published was a blast. Its prose and ideas leapt off the page.

Snow Crash may not be as influential a book as Neuromancer, but to me and countless others who read it -- its a better. At the end of the day, that has to count as something.

And frankly, the whole cyberpunk subgenre, has now gone the way of the dinosaur, and I am happy about it mostly because I do not think it drew anyone into science fiction while fantasy was exploding all around.
Apr 27, 2010 10:37PM

1865 Kernos wrote: "I am reading David Weber's Safehold book 4: A Mighty Fortress.

It is looking like Weber may pull a Jordan on us, making an interminable series with little plot movem..."

I couldn't agree more. I found it rather boring, and it reminded me of the latter books in the Honor Harrington series where Weber spent a lot of time discussing the background and motivations of the bad guys. The discussions of science seemed to be confined to shell casings on cannon shells, as far as I can see.
1865 The "wandering jew, cursed to eternal life until the second coming for mocking jesus"

Now thats not too provocative.

Certainly he is not a Jewish concept.

He is not waiting for the Messiah -- he is waiting for Christ, which is different.

Personally I thought Miller could have used a more Catholic character such as an apostle or someone else to be this role.
1865 I tend to agree with Sandy about the old wandering jew. I really thought it played into all of the worst stories/stereotypes about Jews. Frankly it turned me totally off of the book when I was in college and was reading it as part of a science fiction class
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Apr 05, 2010 12:42AM

1865 Brie

There are some really good female characters out there but you might have to expand outside of fantasy or outside of your comfort zone. If you want to push it, I can suggest the following:

1. Crossover by Joel Shepherd. The heroine in this sf novel is an artificial person who has escaped her government's army and seeks to live a life under a separate political system, but her past catches up to her and she gets involved in helping her adapted country using all of her skills as a soldier. The story is both about what makes up a human and also involves a lot of action. Cassidy takes no prisoners.

2. The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. The heroine's uncle Mad Duke Tremontaine decides to turn his niece, whose parents need financial assistance, into a swordswoman to upset convention. He also makes her wear men's clothing. The main character, something of a naif, becomes a lot more interesting as the novel progresses.

3. Keeping it Real by Justina Robson. Her heroine is a cyborg, who is part human and part machine and all kickass woman warrior. In this first book, she is acting as a bodyguard for an elf who is receiving death threats. Lots of action and a very intriguing world.

4. Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman. Her heroine is a Retriever basically a thief. She is able to use electricity in magical ways to retrieve objects for others. This urban fantasy is a good one.

5 Rhapsody by Elizabeth haydon is a good read. The main character-- Rhapsody is the main character and she is able to kick some butt. Some people have been put off by the authors descriptions of the character but I liked this book a lot.

7. Hammered by Elizabeth Bear. Jenny Casey is an ex soldier who has a prosthetic arm. This first novel was just so good and tight.

8. In Sharon Shinn's Mystic and Rider, the main character is Senneth, a mage. This is a fantasy romance but I think Senneth is a good character and the series is well written

9. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Now this is a pretty adventurous book, not for everyone. The main character is an indentured servant who has been trained as both a spy and courtesan, and is a worshipper of the goddess of pleasure and pain. The book is really good as she strives to help her country using all of her training.

David Weber has written a series of military space fighting where the female lead Honor Harrington is a great warrior. The first novel in this series is On Basilisk Station.

I have to disagree with Mark above a little about a couple of the books he recommended to you, not because they are not great, they are but they may not be what you want:

The Curse of Chalion, while a truly terrific book is about an aged warrior who while tutoring a princess has to save a kingdom and help the princess. I do not really think of the princess as a kick ass character. But the book is great.

A Civil Campaign is the last volume in a long Bujold series. Again, Marc is correct its really a great book, but you would be doing yourself a disservice to start this series in book 15. If you want to start reading that series you should read Shards of Honor which is the first book. A sequel of sorts to Shards of Honor is Barrayer. Both feature Cordelia, who is a really great character. Subsequent books in this series feature her son, who is one of the best characters in science fiction.
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Apr 04, 2010 10:09PM

1865 Vance wrote: "Hello, I am a 44 year old attorney, happily married and have been reading science fiction and fantasy for many a moon. I came to good reads as part of the Sword and Laser book club (derived from t..."

Another way is to just give some particulars of what you like and ask if there is anything like that some people are sure to offer suggestions
Mar 21, 2010 11:22PM

1865 i htink Except for the queen got two votes. I voted for it and so did MB
Mar 18, 2010 08:51PM

1865 Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Snyder about two fairies exiled to earth and the people they befriend.

The Forever King by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy, which is King Arthur in New York, but with no memory that he is King Arthur. See
Mar 06, 2010 07:10PM

1865 Cannot believe I forgot that one. A big winnner Jen as was its sequel.
Feb 28, 2010 05:50PM

1865 I will second the Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein. Another really good one is Fool's War by Sarah Zettel, which talks about awakening AI.

Another really good one is The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James Hogan where people put a young ai into a space station then attack it to see how it reacts.

Arachne by Lisa Mason is a good book involving robots.

Then you have Crossover by Joel Shepherd, originally published in Australia, but available in US is about a genetic android, which is excellent. A super book about in essence what it means to be human.
Feb 23, 2010 02:02PM

1865 I think its a little unfair that we close the board that fast. You have to guess when it will open Brad and have to be there to nominate -- seems a little rushed

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