So I read a shit ton of books, one after another. But I haven't read a novel in YEARS.
I want a book that's an easy read and yet still epic and gripping. These are books that i've heard a good deal about, would any of these fit what i'm looking for? (Not a hard read, gripping and thrilling story)
Enders game is very consumable pre teen fiction. Steven King will always have be an easy read yet entertaining. Blood meridian is cormac McCarthy who's very far from what I would describe as "an easy read" but that specific novel is about a bloodthirsty band of outlaws hired to find, kill, and scalp Indians. And like all McCarthy books it contains symbolism and figurative language about the inherent evil in mankind (like all McCarthy books, i.e. The road/child of God)
Warlock by Oakly Hall was really good. I just finished it. It's a post modern take on the Wild West, definitely worth reading. A lot of short chapters too, so if length intimidates you it's broken up into small bite sized bits
Best novel I ever read: Perfume
unique genre and storytelling
nothing to do with the shitty movie
i loved that one with some minor complaints - but the very best thing about it, imo, was the sense of nostalgia i had for an era i never experienced. It was a good sci fi story anyhow but I felt pretty immersed in late 50s/early 60s america and that was pretty neat.
Obviously just one anon's opinion, i'm not a critic or anything.
just got a Kindle, anyone can recommend any non-fantasy novels I can download? no King either please
I've never read these and am not op, but thanks for the suggestion - i'll pick them up and mayeb check out Scott Lynch as well.
Also to be a bitch since you guys are suggesting what sound like cool stories: i'd love to find a novel, preferably harder sci-fi, set on a starship. I'll read whatever you fags say tho, love new books.
Dune is my favorite book ever. It's very heady but in my opinion not a hard read at all. The story will grip the hell out of you and also give you plenty to think about along the way and after you're finished. A+ 10/10 must-read if you think it might even remotely be up your alley.
The Horus Heresy books are good
Also, the Foundation series by Asimov and the Uplift series by Brin are my favorite sci-fi series by far.
Mortal Engines may be a teen fiction, but it is a surprisingly good series, same with Leviathan
That'd be interesting.
I finally read Stranger In A Strange Land thinking it was going to be some Sci-Fi adventure epic. It was a fucking idiot with a personality cult and a harem, and it was so over the top unrealistic in its 1969s misogyny it damn near turned me into an SJW. That author put all his sexual frustrations and control issues and resentment of women on like every fucking page til it was basically the main character if the story. And there was no sci fi. Or adventure. Just more and more dumb people.
Agreed, great book and the Hulu series is actually doing it justice.
My personal favorite King is 'Salems Lot. It is unbelievably creepy, but not for the obvious reasons. The fact that evil is able to consume a town speaks to the darkness of the town and its people, and he does a great job with it.
Lightbringer series and the other one by Brent weeks. I definitely classify these as easy reads but they're still very fun.
Also for some good old fashioned sci fi do yourself a favor and read John Varley's Gaia trilogy. It's a hoot.
Stephen King's "Cell" is a medium sized novel and very easy to read.
Has a good story with likeable characters.
A movie is actually coming out this year based on the book.
Read the first 2 Stormlight books, don't know if the 3rd came out. I like them, pretty good. Especially the first book, you get really interesting in the main character and his struggle through slavery. The problem is the second book where the super powers go a little too overboard and the main character basically becomes Goku. It loses some of it's charm. Also just fyi, the author plans to make this a 10 novel series and each book is pretty long for novels, so if you aren't interested in reading that much be warned.
The Stand is a good safe choice, it's Kings best novel. It will hold your interest and is a nice long read. gets pretty dark in some parts and nice twist and turns.
I recommend Prince of Thorns which is the first book of a trilogy thats easy to read and the main character is very intriguing. It reads like dark (very dark) twisted old english storybook about a Machiavellian boy who leads a mercenary group and wants to become king. It's my favorite book of the medieval fantasy genre like ASOIF, Black Company, and Stormlight Archives.
The first book takes a little time to get going, I will say that. But once you get into it, it moves pretty well. I've never read anything where I cared so much or got so frustrated with characters.
And the series wraps up in a VERY satisfying manner, which is really great considering all the time you spend reading it.
I read through either 7 or 8 when I was in high school (I'm 35 now) and they really were some of the best fantasy I've ever read. BUT Jordan really could have shortened just a bit. Hell, if he had, he probably could have finished before he died. I only stopped reading because I got current for the time and it took him so long to release the next massive volume that I forgot a lot of what was going on. I wasn't going back to RE-read that much.
Gaunts Ghosts is solid, though mainly about the Imperial Guard. Still great though.
Theres also a few books about a Space Marine chapter called "The Soul Drinkers" that I enjoyed. I don't remember authors name for either, sorry.
do yourself a favor and read kingkiller chronicles.
i read 4 out of your 6 books, i loved every single one and dune might be my favorite novel of all time.
but kingkiller ist just so natural. the language is probably the most beautiful i've ever seen, and even though the pacing is sometimes a bit off, it's by far my favorite fantasy series.
honestly, i've read both books in about 2 weeks, it's just that fucking good.
I haven't read that but i do hate it when authors inject a bit too much of their personal politics or bias into their stories. I know it's going to happen (and often a good thing in small amounts) but it tends to turn me off, even if I might agree with them.
Not totally related since it's LOLcomicbooks, but Mark Millar (wrote original "ultimates", basis for much of the movies now, at least the foundation) - he is very left wing and anti-imperialism, which is fine, but he loves to jack off about it every other page.
I was so worried that the ending would be a HUGE letdown and that they'd screw it up a la Harry Potter, but it wasn't at all a let down. I put down the last book and felt very content.
Don't be a faggot, OP.
Read this shit right here.
i enjoyed enders game. despite the audience.
the commonwealth series by peter f. hamilton is a decent read if you are into sci fi stuff.
same goes for the void trilogy, by the same author.
currently going through some neal asher novels.
imo. if you are going to read a book, do it on an ereader. saves you turning pages. and its lighter than an actual book.
Way of Kings is crazy good, maybe one of my favorite books ever, but quite long. Mistborn starts slow, but is good also.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss are excellent, and not especially long or hard to get in to. Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear are the two out presently. Give them a shot.
Acts of Cane series. Best fucking book series you've never heard of.
i found it to be too draggy.
of the limited 40k books ive read, emperors gift is by far most superior.
gaunts ghosts gets a bit too involved on an individual level, and seems less space opera-ish.
The Necroscope series by Brian Lumley is very good. There are like 9 or 10 of the books following 1 continuity. About a man who can talk to the dead, and not-lame vampires (books were out well before the current trend)
Also by Lumley the Titus Crowe series, it is a cthulu-universe series. They get VERY weird tho.
Oh and also had to add, his explanation of magic was the best ever. Channeling was something I could kind of tangibly picture myself doing, and the process behind doing it, rather than "poof here's a fireball!"
That was neat.
dude i asked the same question about 6 months ago in a similar thread, i ended up just googling warhammer books and started at the top. let me tell you im so happy i did, im like 30 books deep into the horus heresy stuff and have only skipped a few books, i definitely suggest you read these books.
If you want something very light but lengthy the Redwall series is fantastic. It is written at a grade school level but has an enormous lore and continuity (and the author did not pull punches on the battles)
I did make the commitment to go back and re-read at book 11 and then read 12-13 without doing that, but read 14, the final book after going back and reading all of them. Took me about 3 months, reading predominantly at night.
The most aggravating is book 9, Winter's Heart because there is a cliff hanger with my favorite character in book 8 that doesn't get picked up til book 10. At the time I was waiting for the next book to come out so when I read book 9 and nothing came of it, I was pissed.
meine neegrow. Loved the series when I was a kid. Came for the cover art, stayed for the world building, and Lumley's excessive use of the apostrophe.
IT . Dark Tower is probably still my favorite, because I'm a continuity whore. The one book of his I find myself coming back to a lot is Needful Things, it doesn't suffer as much bloat as some of his works and keeps the plot interesting and is filthy as fuck. Great book.
Loved this when I was younger, have always meant to go back and read it.
Met Jacques when he came to our grade school and did a reading of Redwall. Have the original trilogy signed by him.
oh man I fucking love these books, I'm not really into fantasy outside of having read some mainstreams like tolkien shit but these were my JAM growing up - sanderson turns the characters into goofy caricatures of themselves by the time he takes over, and he can't write action/combat scenes with the sparse gravity that jordan managed, but I guess I was glad it had a conclusion of any kind...
in b4 nynaeve pulls her braid, saldaean dresses, and details on the gilding of a tairen arch on a bridge some side character passes under once
best goddamn magic/force/supernatural system in any franchise I've ever encountered except for maybe something like railgun or mahouka where it's all willpower and physics, I always have and always will want a video game that conveys weaving effectively and turns into something potentially complex but intuitively playable
night angel has the most cringe inducing end of a series i've ever read.
i was looking for another
but ended up being so annoyed afterwards that i hated myself for commiting time reading it.
and the most frustrating part is that the books started getting really good after the second half of the second book.
insomnia is a great read, it fits into the dark tower/crimson king arc too.
why no movie of this? it would be fucking awesome
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
The man writes like he's speaking to a child so it's super easy to read, keeps his paragraphs short. I assume you're at least borderline literate, so you should be able to choke it down. He plays with enormous themes (think on the scale of dune) so it's gripping as fuck
King really foresaw cellphones becoming an all consuming evil. But in this day and age there would only be like 80+ year old people and babies unaffected. Probably going to be a boring movie.
Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. Might be my favorite science fiction out there. Kind of light sci-fi but it takes you through about six sub-genres in the first book which all lead towards an astounding finish in the second. Manages to build a very large universe that feels fleshed out in only two books.
>I always have and always will want a video game that conveys weaving effectively and turns into something potentially complex but intuitively playable
This would be truly fucking groundbreaking.
SIASL is the cringiest book I've ever read. The entire book is a dom fantasy written by a full grown adult virgin man with the sexual maturity and perspective on adult relationships of a frustrated, confused, angsty 13 year old boy who can't make sense of anything. If /b wrote a book, this would be it.
im looking for a good unheard of post apocalyptic book if anyone knows of one. i feel like ive read most everything in that genre which kinda sucks. also if someone knows of something written in the same style as world war z thated be sweet to.
Stephen King is pretty free with his movie rights, except for a few works. This is probably one of them. Also he has been a little gun shy since they fucked up Dreamcatcher so badly.
Hahaha and in before horse descriptions, Cairhien powdered foreheads, and Seanchan insect armor. See you in Tel'aran'rhiod.
And yeah, the "magic" was such a believable concept. And when they reach out with "threads", made the whole idea more organic.
Hrm, my knowledge of his body of work is fairly extensive and I do not believe he has ever been brought back. He is a wizard in the same vein as Randall Flagg and the guy from The Perfect Storm, but he himself hasn't made a return. A sequel might be nice, but unsure what story could be told that would not just be a re-hashing of the first one.
Not his great works. But he has just soo much mediocre material because he writes so much. Also he could use a better editor, some books could be close to half the length (but his readers tend to be voracious and demand more, so you get what you wish for I suppose)
The first Dune : Yes, a classic of literature that stands the test of time.
The rest written by Frank Herbert : Yes for the most part, but its gets a little preachy (literal space jews anyone?). You wouldn't regret not reading them on your death bed.
The rest by Brian Herbet : Not really, unless you like your continuity porn. Pick up the cliff notes for what was suppose to happen after Chapterhouse if you really want to know what happened (or what Brian thought was suppose to happen based on "notes" which may not have been authentic and "conversations" he remembers)
Fucking read it. And if you've already seen the movie, forget everything you think you know. I love David Lynch but that movie was a total abortion. Even he realized that after the fact.
He just doesn't know how to write believable characters (especially writing kids). I just read a story of his where 16 year old modern kids where saying stuff like "booger brains" and "butt face". The only type of characters he believably writes are old people in his novels. I think he is just a little out of touch with the times nowadays and still writes people like they are living in the 60s even though his story takes place in the present
probably my favourite book when i was a teen. might want to skip the sequel though
I liked that series, but man the main character is such a little bitch sometimes with the woe is me bullshit, like sure he went through some hard trials but it even carried over to the series after that one.
The Scifi adaptations of the first 3 books was pretty good though, if you've never seen them.
In fact they were one of the last good things to come out of that channel. And no I will not spell it like they do now.
How do you guys enjoy reading? I just can't seem to be entertained by any book no matter what genre. I don't lack the imagination, I'm actually a pretty creative artist. Advice?
Honor Harrington series by David Weber.
Starfire series by Steve White and David Weber
on the more fantasy side of things;
Hells Gate series by David Weber (again)
The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis
Well sure, but this one was particularly atrocious.
I actually agree completely on this one. Dune is totally impossible to translate to the screen, but they made as good an attempt as could be expected. And I hate their gay ass spelling change too.
Same poster; Honor Harrington will scratch that starship sci-fi itch. a huge portion of the books are starship combat. Same with the Starfire series.
>>Almost all star wars books are great too
>>Space Opera in general
heinleins "the moon is a harsh mistress" is pretty much the opposite. women have all the sexual freedom and and are pretty much treasured.
Heinlein was a satarist, you literary cuckold. SIASL makes gender politics of the post-War period so ridiculous, yet reflective, it makes them impossible to defend seriously. Starship Troopers did the same thing to militant facism, Moon is a Harsh Mistress to capitalism, etc. The only person who ever did it better was Vonnegut
Definitely an easy read and has some pretty decent moments. Something you could easily read in one sitting, and keeps you entertained.
YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT
I found the Dresden Files very entertaining and funny as hell.
I recommend Asimov's Foundation, specifically the core trilogy. It's not exactly light reading, but it's very interesting and witty, makes for an enjoyable read, sort of an epic-scale sci-fi mystery. Better than any of his Robot sfuff.
favorite of edgelord atheists everywhere.
is actually a damn good trilogy, considering its aimed at kids
Raymond E Feist, start out with magicians apprentice and magician master
the Cain books are pretty good
the author loves to liberally copy-paste whole descriptions between books, but it's a (slightly) lighter take on the 40k world that's also actually well written other than that
Can confirm that the hivemind is correct. Plus OP you're looking for an easier read and it couldn't get much easier than this. If you're already a fan of more obscure mythological figures you'll like it even more. If you aren't, you'll enjoy reading up on a lot of the "actual" gods.
Oh good a BBC adaptation
>bunch of stage actors
>one actor jeremy irons-tier for the commercials
>shitty costumes from the queens basement
>shitty effects made on the queens 1998 thinkpad
>filmed on a potato
>oh my god it's so good
>im a huge dumb fuck
Just read that this previous year, the unedited version. I do believe it was the longest King book, aside from Under the Dome. It was 1,500 pages.
It was also the best book I've ever read, for what it's worth.
I haven't read Blood Meridian or Way of Kings, but for the others, I'd go with Ender's game for easy-to-read fun, Dune for a slow build to a satisfying conclusion, the Stand because it's just a good horror/adventure book, and Hitchhiker's Guide because it's the best fucking thing, period. I'd also suggest H.P. Lovecraft's Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
Highly recommend Warm Bodies for it is easy to read, exciting, beautiful and philosophical. (Also the prequel is available and the sequel is coming out in January)
Another book I recommend that is very good but sometimes drags on is Let The Right One In.
Started Lord of the Flies and it sea pretty good but idk.
If you want a graphic novel (tv show:movie::comic:graphic novel) I'd recommend watchmen
Aight fuck it i keep thinking of great books. will try to make this a master list
Sci-Fi - Space Ships
Most Star Wars
Honorverse (David Weber)
Furies (David Weber)
Starfire Series (David Weber, Steve White, Other Author)
Multiverse (David Weber)
Farseer, and Tawny Man Trilogy (Both same characters by Robin Hobb)
Kingkiller Chronicles obviously
Game of Thrones books are fun
Lord of the rings i liked, but read slowly
Great authors to follow Timothy Zahn, David Weber, Steve White, GRR Martin, Patrick Rothfus, Margret Weis
Of those that i feel have very in depth characters; Nearly anything made by David Weber, Patrick Rothfus, Margret Weis, GRR Martin.
Good reads that i like that may be surprising to some
The Maze Runner
The Fifth Wave
Yes i know these are all YA Hero stories but i believe reading defies age.
This isnt nearely it but i have well over 500 books in my personal collection so its a start
Yes i fucking love David Weber.
I plug Honor Harrington any time i get.
Ready Player One is sort of shit.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is the most enjoyable read. Just a breeze, great characters and setting, very prescient. Hilarious. Sort of a weird 3rd act but it holds.
epic sci fi: hyperion and fall of hyperion by dan simmons
literature/thriller: the innocent by ian mcewan
fantasy: sleeping in flames by jonathan carroll
womens literature: alison lurie is funny and insightful, cant remember, i think it was foreign affairs.
oh, even better: mona simpson, anywhere but here (forget that it was a movie, its real literature)
This is a pretty epic series, the setting is mysterious but seems to be a few hundred years after humanity is driven back to the dark ages by creatures that rise from the ground at night and attack them.
the final book in the series is due out soon too, so by the time you get up to it you wont have to wait long.
Also huge series, linear books there's like 8 or 9 and maybe 4 sets of 3 book series that are wonderful in their own right. I would go with the stand, plenty of material and very well written
I just like his character development and his way of illustrating large scale fleet engagements across thousands of kilometers is unparalleled in my experience. He takes stuff that would be boring and turns it fun
>> I forgot The Lost Fleet series (Jack Campbell) with sci-fi spaceships. Easier read as i think its meant for young adults.
Very enjoyable mindfuck, weirder than the anime adaptation but not necessarily better...
I'll throw this one into the ring. Amber is a place not a person. Technically more epic than anything else. I feel I should explain that, but I don't want to spoil it.
Neverwhere and Anansi Boys are much better books than American Gods by Gaiman. It's still a good read though.
Lonely Werewolf Girl, Curse of the Wolf Girl, and The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf by Martin Millar are well worth reading.
It's surprisingly funny in places, with well observed characters and all the frustration and intrigue that goes with thousands of years of shifting political positions. Weeks of reading in the series, but you won't want it to end.
To Say Nothing Of The Dog by Connie Willis.
It is a comedy about time travel. Very funny, very engaging and suspenseful story, and the time travel mechanic Willis uses here actually follows its own rules and does not create plot holes. Highly recommend. It's one of my favorite standalone novels.
I wasn't a fan of The Stand, at least not the ending. if you tore the last quarter off the book you would have a near perfect story, but in true King style the ending was a steaming pile of shit, it kind of ruined it for me.
This book will change the way you think about skin.... Or something.
He's the Big Mac of literature. Immensely popular, very saleable, easy to get and easy to consume but not going to win any Michelin stars.
Hitchikers guide is great fun but also consider The Dirk Gently books which are also excellent, dealing with a degenerate private eye who has to deal with ghosts, gods and the occasional smart-Alec suicide.
Here's one from left of centre: Marrow; Robert Reed. It's about a Jupiter sized artificial planet that is found entering the solar system. Humans board it, and realise that it is too massive to alter its course more than slightly - so they remain on it and use it as a cruise ship, taking on aliens as guests as it goes about its endless grand tour, and investigating its origins and purpose as they go.
Also, I read Misery one night when I was 14. Holy fuck, I was scared.
Voices of Fire it annoyed me because I am used to reading books that take me, as a fast reader, weeks to finish. But this only took about 2 days. I feel he could have developed the characters infinitely better if he had made it another 5000 words longer. As it is, I enjoyed it.
Not that guy, but I, too, think it's shit. The writing style just rubbed me the wrong way. I can't place exactly how, it just did. I like the concept and such, but I couldn't get through the first chapter.
I always wanted to read Enders Game, but never got to it, before inadvertently taking a bunch of my nieces & nephews in to see a movie & winding up seeing it instead.
Kind of killed any interest I had in wanting to read it.
Same with PKD stories.
What if you want to write? Any recommendation there...beyond the generic read widely or read what interests you? I've heard one of the rules of writing is Read. Read. Read. I struggle with it sometimes.
read warbreaker by brandon , if you liked the way of kings youll really like it, also i am almost done with this book called THE NAME OF THE WIND. its really good to, might be more what you are looking for.
Blood Meridian is extremely bleak. The violence is stark, and so is the prose. Thematically, very important. I highly doubt you read the whole of the book and came to this conclusion.
Dune is either fantastic or terrible. Saying it's 'ok' means you've probably never read it.
'Overrated' is code for 'I have never read it but don't want anyone to confront me on this fact' which is sad because of ow easy that read is.
Hitchhiker's Guide is indeed great. Do you like the part about the Tralfamadorians or the Krikkit robots more? The trick to flying is to throw yourself at the ground and then spread your wings and pump, amirite?
Steven King is a fairly mediocre author but he has a diverse bibliography with dozens of styles and genres... So this critique is pretty hollow
Thirteen reasons why was shit. Having it from Clay's perspective is dumb, since his reaction is a normal one, what Asher wants the reader to feel. It would have been interesting to have Brice or Courtney be the main character, since it sets up either a redemption arc or watching them unravel
I can't get a fucking 3" neck of a bottle up there without it feeling like getting gored by a bull.
I can't imagine how long it took to maneuver that dudes sphincter & intestines into the configuration necessary to make that possible.
Eh. Could be worth it though. I guess I wouldn't know.
Read, but write more. Never throw anything away. If you don't like it, put it down for a month, go on to something else, then come back and edit. Never stop producing. You'll be surprised at how much better you become.
okay. i can understand that. i kept with it because i liked the concept and do agree that the writing was a little weak. it had a bit of a lull in the middle, but i thought it was fun.
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The catcher in the rye is the only novel I can read over and over and not get bored of reading versus any other book I've ever read I can only read once and not ever pick it back up. I'll always pick up the catcher in rye.
I worry about the health implications of altering your guts like this.
Let's face it. You can live without your breasts, uterus, cock and balls, missing a few fingers and toes is not the end of the world, but you use your intestines and asshole every day and it's best if it works as intended.
I hated the Forever War. I appreciate the disillusionment that Vietnam vets felt, but I thought the way Haldman expressed that (everyone is GAY now! why did I even go to war!) boring and regressive. Old Man's War by Jon Scalzi was a better execution of a similar concept, IMO.
Just the first one. The rest of the saga gets crazier as it goes on. Hell, Speaker for the Dead (the second/third book in the series, along the Ender path) is freaky from the beginning, and that's the tip of the iceberg.