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Dec 11, 2007 07:50PM

1865 Hi, everyone. I was born in 1986, which makes me 21 years old. I grew up in rural New York state, in a small town of about 500 people. Right now, I'm a senior in college. Major is Psychology, minor is Japanese.

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher recommended that I read The Hobbit, and that was what got me started on fantasy. Finding out that there was a whole trilogy after The Hobbit was one of the best things ever. But it took finding Robert Jordan to realize that fantasy was a current genre, so I'll always be indebted to The Wheel of Time. After that, I focused a lot of my time on reading fantasy and eventually some science fiction.

This past year I put a lot of effort into reading more because I'd really been slacking off. The result is that I have a fairly long list, but I've decided that it's too much trouble for me to be scrolling past my whole list, so I'll just tell you some recent highlights for me.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series (I'm almost completely caught up)
Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising Sequence
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Those are definitely the three things I'm happiest I've read this year.

Nice to meet you all!
Dec 06, 2007 09:30AM

1865 I guess I really have two lists: books I want to read and then books that I've read and think other people should read.

First, books I want to read but haven't yet.
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
First Truth by Dawn Cook
Dune by Frank Herbert
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell
I've been hearing some good things about The Sparrow as well, so I'd be interested in that too.

Then books I recommend.
Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
Transformation by Carol Berg
anything by Lois McMaster Bujold - if you want fantasy then probably Curse of Chalion, but if you want science fiction then one of the earlier Miles books
Dave Duncan is another author I like. I believe the King's Blades series starts with The Gilded Chain. Something a little more recent that I enjoyed was Children of Chaos, but it's doesn't stand alone; you'd need to read the next book to get the whole story.
Also, I've read a lot of Tanya Huff's urban fantasy stuff, so I could maybe help out there. The Blood series, which starts with Blood Price, would probably be a good starting place. Personally, I like the Smoke series better, but since it follows the Blood series, I kind of think you shouldn't read one without reading the other. (However, I'm kind of uptight about reading things in order, so other people might have different opinions.)
For CS Friedman, yeah, it's the Coldfire trilogy. It starts with Black Sun Rising. I enjoyed it a lot, so I think it could be good choice. I've been meaning to reread it myself.

If anyone's looking for inspiration, I also have a couple lists that I've been eying for a while. Dave Pringle wrote a couple lists of older fantasy and science fiction that he thought were the best. I've barely read a fraction of either list, so if we're looking for something older, they might be helpful.

David Pringle's 100 Best Science Fiction Novels
David Pringle's 100 Best Fantasy Novels

Also, NPR recently did a short list of great fantasy and science fiction which I think looks intriguing. Here it is.

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