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« on: August 17, 2017, 07:27:52 pm »
When I've reached that point that comes after I finish every Bakker book. What do I do with my life now? What are all you guys reading in the interim?


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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 07:36:24 pm »
Presently, I'm reading  Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
I've got more books on my list than I will likely ever get to, so there's always more to come.

So much activity here on the forum its hard to keep up with, does that count as reading?
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 07:38:54 pm »
I hear you there wilshire! I barely get an hour or two of reading time. Between work , hobbies, and my wife I'm pretty booked. Currently building a conversion van, vintage truck, 3 motorcycles, and one bass guitar. Oh and just signed up to go back to college in the fall


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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 01:00:02 pm »
My best advice is to eschew genre fiction, for the most part.

Read some "classics."

I'd highly recommend War and Peace.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 01:25:00 pm »
My best advice is to eschew genre fiction, for the most part.

Read some "classics."

I'd highly recommend War and Peace.

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 01:46:54 pm »
I am ready to start the reread of Gibbon's Decline and Fall (this time in english).
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 04:42:14 pm »
I read other genres but only high fantasy gives me that escape. Something to be said when you read the unholy consult in order to relax


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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 05:00:25 pm »
Plenty of places around here to get suggestions. I like new fantasy and old scifi. Dune is great, especially in light of TSA, if you haven't gotten around to it.

Anything on this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_joint_winners_of_the_Hugo_and_Nebula_awards , is worth reading if you ask me, though I haven't gotten to all of them so I can't personally vouch for any.

The Hyperion Cantos remains my favorite scifi.

Magicians by Lev Grossman was a fun recent fantasy read of mine, plenty of other stuff to comment on if you're looking for suggestions :) .
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2017, 05:13:59 pm »
Reading Dune is a MUST if you haven't. It's a fantastic series of books overall, and you'll get to see where Bakker-Senpai got some of his inspiration from.
I've actually never read Hyperion. I probably should start doing that...

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2017, 05:27:22 pm »
I bought it, haven't started it yet.


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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2017, 01:31:10 am »
About as far from Bakker as one can go, but the Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft. (Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx, with a third volume on the way.) A quite original steampunk-ish fantasy, though utterly without Bakker's ruminations on philosophy, humanity, etc. Great lighter reading. I had abandoned the second book partway through (due to time constraints and other desires, not lack of quality), restarted it when summoned to jury duty Wednesday, and am thoroughly hooked again. The main character carries many shades of Achamian in his Legion.

EDIT: Upon reflection, not utterly without said rumination, just at much lower volume and frequency, with a much different take at times.

The Hyperion Cantos remains my favorite scifi.

I really, really need to read this again. Been probably ten years at this point. Where does the time go?
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2017, 03:38:07 pm »
Just finished Blindsight - Peter Watts. Very much can see the similarities between Bakker's TDTCB and Watts opening sequence. Rough and mysterious in the same style.

I've always encouraged people to read at least the first two books of Tyrants and Kings trilogy by John Marco. Or all the Monarchies of God by Paul Kearney.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2017, 02:12:35 pm »
If you haven't read Blood Meridian, I would do so ASAP.
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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2017, 03:15:09 pm »
The Hyperion Cantos remains my favorite scifi.

I really, really need to read this again. Been probably ten years at this point. Where does the time go?
10 years ago I had not heard of Bakker, or Hyperion. I still thought RA Salvatore and the Forgotten Realms were the best fantasy ever(!), lol.
So many books, so little time.

Blindsight was awesome, people should read that if they like Bakker.
Everyone says the same about Blood Meridian. I need to read that.
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2017, 06:52:24 pm »
Everyone says the same about Blood Meridian. I need to read that.

Well, I feel pretty confident that Bakker's Crabicid will be his own version of it, so you've got some time to get to it.
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