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Reading Recommendations (Twitter is cool)

Twitter is an amazing beast. More and more I find myself getting useful information and ideas from Twitter. For someone that works at home, it’s a great window into the world outside.

A couple days ago, a friend posted that they were looking for a science fiction book to read, and were there any recommendations. I dropped one back and didn’t think about it.

The next day the person posted back that they liked book x, y, and z, and did anyone else have a recommendation. Four or five people chimed in and before long there was a science fiction list going back and forth in a number of tweets. A few people recommended books back to me, and I even picked up one of my own recommendations that I had read as a kid, and grabbed a sample on the Kindle App to remind me to get to it again.

So now I have these samples on my Kindle to start reading again:

  • Daemon - Danial Suarez, and the Freedom as the next book.
  • Titan - John Varley
  • The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series) - Stephen King, I read this a long time ago, but the recommendations from friends will have me try it again.
  • Foundation - I read this in high school or college and I recommended it, but I only read 3. There are 7, so I’ll try this one again.
  • I, Robot - Never read it. Recommended to me.
  • The Second Ship - found on an Amazon recommendation
  • Star Soldier - Another Amazon recommendation found while looking at those above.

I’ll get to all these this year, but it’s cool to get a few recommendations.

Comments

Posted by Luke L on 15 September 2010

I enjoyed the Gunslinger series though the ending of the last(7th?) book left me somewhat flat.  I once saw a list of related books that detailed how King borrowed characters/Plot lines etc. from his other books to add to that series.  

Pretty much anything from Asimov is a worthwhile read, but just don't expect the same plot from Will Smith's movie when you get to <i>I,Robot</i>.

Enjoy,

-Luke.

Posted by Steve Jones on 15 September 2010

I'll get to I, Robot at some point. I was always more of a Heinlein fan when I grew up. I'd like to re-read some of those, and get my son interested.

Posted by jcrawf02 on 15 September 2010

If you want good SciFi recommendations, try following the RSS feed from www.tor.com, lots of good reviews that will lead you to new books.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 15 September 2010

Nice list, I'm going to need to read a bit more towards the end of the year

Posted by Stephen Jones on 16 September 2010

I just finished reading the third book in the Ender series by Orson Scott Card and I am barely able to stay awake today....

If you want another recommendation, the first book in the series (Ender's Game) is an easy read and can be knocked out in a couple days.

Posted by Steve Jones on 16 September 2010

Ender's Game is a great read. I read the first one as a short story on Card's site and then bought the 3 book series. I didn't like #3 as much, but my 11 year old loved it and then went on to read #4, which I haven't.

Ender's Game is one of the best sci fi stories I have ever read.

Posted by kevin.l.williams on 20 September 2010

The first Gunslinger was a little boring for me and I enjoyed the other books in the series much more. Here are some on my favorites.

Friday by Robert A Heinlein

Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks

3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

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