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  1. SerenityNow

    SerenityNow Active Member

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    I know this was posted recently, perhaps this past summer (long time member, but I rarely post). But, I've just finished a book and am struggling to find something interesting. I enjoy Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and sports books, but I am always willing to try any genre if the book is interesting enough. Any suggestions would be welcome.

    I just finished Hade's Gambit (think end of days with zombies). Full disclosure - the lead author is my brother, so I read it with an overly critical eye. And, I must say while it isn't the greatest book of all time, it was certainly enjoyable, and I'm eagerly awaiting book 2 sometime next spring. I recommend it if you enjoy Stephen King/Dan Brown/Left Behind and the like.
     
  2. If you like sports books than you should check out Mike Leach's "Swing Your Sword." Great Book.
     
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    Ever heard of Harlan Coben? Great author, has a series about a sports agent whose clients always seem to get in some sort of trouble. Good thriller/ mystery action stuff. Quick, fun reads. He has a few other independent books, I don't remember the plots in particular, though.
     
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    Brent Weeks books, just finished the Night Angel series over the summer, very good. Haven't started his new series yet but looking forward to them
     
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    50 shades of grey
     
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    Ender's Game- great book, great series of books.

    I have been enjoying the Warhammer 40k books a lot.
     
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    My wife read all 3 of these inside of a couple of weeks. Needless to say, I was glad she did.
     
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    I'm enjoying Game of Thrones, though there is a bit too much made of the underage sex thing in it. I can understand trying to set the book in a place with a different set of values (more medieval-like times), but the way the books revel in it at times is a bit gross and unnecessary.
     
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    Since you're a sci-fi and fantasy guy, you've probably already read all of these, but....

    Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn Trilogy
    Pat Rothfuss - Kingkiller Chronicle (beware, this is not finished. third book is still being written)
    Ernest Cline - Ready Player One
    George RR Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire Series (once more beware, not finished)
    Phillip K **** - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Selected Stories.
    Frank Herbert - Dune
    Dan Simmons - Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion
    Orson Scott Card - Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead
     
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    Not a big fan of the shadow series?
     
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    #14 CLONECONES, Nov 8, 2012
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    For reals tho:

    Michael Lewis
    - Liar's Poker - 80's mortgage business boom & daily life on the trading floor
    - The Big Short - Story of the '07-'08 crash, mortgage back securities, and credit default swaps (and how people got loaded off the crash)
    - Boomerang - Author's travels through the "new third world" - Europe's financial crisis causes/effects

    only genre I can really buy a book and be excited to sit down and read
     
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    I haven't read it yet. I'll add it to my list.
     
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    I've been reading The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton. It's a great sci-fi, sort of a hard-sf-ish space opera set in an interesting universe.
     
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    Last book I read that really hit the spot for me was the Stephen King book 11-22-63. Time travel premise which I am a huge sucker for. Basically the guy goes back and tries to stop the Oswald Kennedy assassination. I think it came out late last year, but if you haven't read it yet, I strongly recommend picking it up.
     
  17. CloneIce

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    Read Game of Thrones. Seriously.

    For Sci-Fi, if you like dark and heavy stuff, go with Hyperion. Less deep: Ender's Game
     
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    I just finished that series. Some long books, maybe the longest I've ever read! Good series and I really love the Universe its set in, though it could've used a few less pages.
     
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    I really liked Bloody Confused, which is about an American sports writer who moves to the U.K. and starts following an English soccer club. I also really liked the year of living biblically and the last testament: a memoir by God. The year of living biblically is about a guy who decides to spend a year following every rule in the bible. And the last testament is a tell all book written from the perspective of God. Both are funny but the last testament is very sacrilegious so if you're religious you might not find it as funny.
     

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