/b/ I'm looking for a book basically it's about energy spheres that are created and freeze time inside, they are basically silver spheres from outside. has two major parts. cover is a futuristic jet fighter with a tree growing in the cockpit. seriously can't fucking find this book again.
all of them are great, except for the 8th book. it takes place between books four and five and it's just... filler, doesnt really advance the plot. it's just about one of the main characters backstories. if you get to book four and dont like the idea of a story being told within a larger story then skip 8 altogether/read it out of order of chronological events.
Doesn't he always end his plots with some kind of magic that has nothing to do with the story, but is just there to end the book? Example: The two armies meet on the battlefield, the hero is about to kill the evil guy, and BAM! God smites everything, the end?
Without trying to spoil anything there are books that end with something like what you describe, a "twist" if you will, but pretty much every time it leads to something in a different book. It's never just "I ran out of ideas so let's end it here" kinda thing. And there's never any real heroes or evil guys, just the story being told from one perspective most of the time.
The world comes up with some kind of zero point energy shit that basically eliminates threats. The power applied makes a bigger/smaller sphere. Bomb going to go off? Seal it in a sphere. Enemy soldier approaching? Seal him in a sphere. Whole navy coming at you? Use a really, really big sphere.
Basically the technology isn't quite understood and the spheres have a mirror finish and are permanent. It's a pretty drastic measure, and nobody knows what is happening inside the spheres, only that no energy can get in or out.
The whole first half of the book explores the idea and the increasing commonness and also the size of things that can be sphered. You know at first it's tiny things in a lab, soon it's a part of warfare, becomes common enough to be used for self defense and large enough to trap a whole fleet.
The second half
I hate to post if someone hasn't read it but the spheres start popping. The protagonist basically wakes up in his plane with a giant tree growing in the cockpit 30 years later and is the first person to figure out that the spheres pop. Science gets a lot more elaborate with the spheres now that it's known they are temporary, and they are used for new things (drop nuke, sphere up for explosion, sphere expires, sphere aka ship propelled with no damage, repeat) It goes into a pretty wild chain of events throughout history then and trying to save the human race.
It's not sphere by michale criton, it's not forever war, it's not seeds of time by kay kenyon (but that 's a great book as is anything by kenyon)
Really enjoyed this and the book that follows it.
Sci-fi book that deals with humanity vs. an unknown alien race that is just as evolved as humans.
this book sucked. theres like 3 action scenes the rest is just heinleins case for fascism and militarism. try haldemans The Forever War if you havent already
I've read them all. Great YA series.
The whole series is simply amazing.
The Forever War is my favorite SF out of that era.
Iain Banks' Culture is the best space opera. Anyone know of other good ones?
are we only posting science fiction?
cause this book is the shiz nizty but its not scifi...more like existential angst with a little fantasy towards the end
>go to preschool soccer
>kids parents all saying their names
>weeb looking chick
>kid's fucking name is ender
>my kid born in 2013
>movie came out in 2013
>fucking weebs named their kid because of the fucking movie
"The Fall of Reach" by Eric Nylund
Yes its a Halo book but give it a chance Nylund is an amazing sci-fic writer
Check out this. Long-winded, but awesome.
Pinker's How The Mind Works is next on my list.
>tfw read whole series in order last year
also everything by kurt vonnegut jr but especially:
ok whatever they're nerds but I respect nerds to much to call these people that. they're like if basement dwelling neckbeards came out into the light and made a baby and named it katniss
One can be just as big a fag being a weeb as a regular basement dweller. How did he even reproduce...
Check this out.
>all the Heinlein books but not a mention of this
I know it's not his best, but I think I got lucky by reading it when I was 14. The way it talked about how normal sexuality was, was pretty helpful at that age. And I think it helped me move me past alot of the "know one understands me" and "eveyone sucks" edgy teenage angst that everyone goes through.
great for a teen, mysoginst 50s shit when adult. it's like ayn rand, so vivid when you're a teen, but as an adult it's like wtf
>anything by cherryh
I wanna preface this by thanking you for agreeing with me, but fuck. Even as a teenager I could see that bitch was pedantic and... vapid isn't the right word for it but it comes close.
Great book. Turns out pure rage is a fantastic motivator
Have some more space opera.
I actually wanna know where to find these now that xNovel shut down. Does anyone know where? There's a lot of funny shit in them.
Weird to think there was a whole subculture of people reading those in the 70s.
The Jesus Incident can stand alone, but destination void is also pretty good. This book series was part of the inspiration for Alpha Centauri, the best Civ game ever
The two that come after are hit or miss.
I know, right? Space Opera without FTL is one of my favorite things.
>I was into architecture and being self reliant
Ahhh I get it, I fucks with ya. i guess what I'm getting at is: Atlas Shrugged just was so completely hamfisted and repetitive with how the government brought down the characters who were successful that I couldn't take it seriously.
Time for some pulpy fantasy, elric movie when? The recent graphic novel adaption, "The ruby throne" is also fucking fantastic. If I can find a torrent, i'm going to storytime it on either /tg/ or /co/ eventually.
This was also a reflection of the time period that it was written in.
I would recommend Farnham's Freehold over this one.
I'm going to guess that Neuromancer and Snowcrash were posted earlier, so have some short stories. I personally think that cyberpunk lends itself better to short stories anyway.
and I thought I'd read them all, friday, to sail beyond the sunset, number of the beast...
This book was surprisingly pretty good, really nice ship to ship combat, lookin forward to the second book
Heinlein can get pretty fucking magical realm at times.
Also, have this handy chart. Some of it I think is a bit questionable, but most is decent at worst.
Thanks for the recommendation. I've actually been meaning to read this for some time, but forgot about it.
Same for the movie.
Every fan of Sci Fi needs to watch "Jodorowskis Dune", and discover 1, what was supposed to be, 2, the greatest sci fi movie of all time, and 3, where the most iconic and recognizable scenes from the greatest sci fi filas ever since actually came from.
As if we needed more evidence illustrating how movie studio execs don't understand Jack and can't get anything right to save their lives.
well this was all pre-internet I was into Heinlein, so it was everything the library and used bookstores had.
>Lucifer's Hammer Niven/Pournell
>Dust Charles R. Pellegrino
Jesus christ, for the last 5 years I have been trying to find the name of this book too. I remember it in exactly the same amount of detail as you. Tell me you found it's name?!
This one became my favorite instantly
Though I had to admit I was lost as all hell because I didn't know what I we getting into
I had trouble getting through Lucifer's Hammer, there are just so many pages..
Short little sub novel, pretty good.
Ok, I remember seeing these books on the shelf in either Elementary or Junior High. Are they any good? Cherryh gets pretty high marks across the board.
everything by cherryh is amazing, but I can't imagine the average person can read her
this one is atypical of her IIRC, not being space scifi
Moon's "Deed" trilogy is one I go back to every few years... Thanks to a /b/ro, I have read the rest of the series. The deed is still stands on it's own, tho.
I know what you mean, I read the Foreigner series back in high school, and it was a little bit dense in the way that the ocean is a little bit wet.
I imagine that it would be better now if i go back and reread it.
And no it being about rabbits does not make a single fucking difference. When i was told to read it i was the same way. 10/10
seems like it would be dayz ish or fallout like, except without the zombies.
but as a massive multiplayer for limited resources it might work. would you get to/have to join up with the cannibal army at some point?
I just finished reading the first 6 Great Brain books again. My childhood favourite still delivers decades later. I'll be looking out for books 7 and 8... library or whatever. I need to know how it ends.
OMFG YOURE MY HERO
>Peace War Vernor Vinge
I'm going to cry. I like Vinge too
I enjoyed this book, but I can't say whether or not it is objectively good, all I want to know is if it anyone would recommend the rest of the series?
you'd have to keep it from becoming minecraft faction raiding shit too. I mean having your resources taken from you would be a big part, having to actually team up to survive etc.
I'd really like to see a game where a revolver with 3 bullets made you a god.
cool i'll check it out
Aunt gave it to me on vacation, it reads very quickly but overall pretty good
Guess it isn't anymore?
We had to read Bradbury and Huxley in school but I guess I am old now.
One book I never read is Catcher in the Rye, you hear so much about it, good and bad and I never read it.
man I've thought along the same lines, but not related to lucifer's hammer.
like how would you force people to have a village- have one major and one minor skill. you can be a farmer and produce enough food for 6 people, or you can be a minor farmer and produce enough for three.
you can be a defender and protect the village, or a minor defender and protect the same amount with two friends.
defender relies on farming to eat, farmer relies on defender to not get his ass killed; expand to enough necessary skills that people cannot survive for long with only the single major/single minor skills.
so you could have three players with defender/farmer making enough food for six people, but they couldn't actually build housing or defenses (builder). once a community got to a moderate size you could open up specialties for minor skills (glass blower) or something.
like I said, I was coming at it from the design of "how do I make players work together to survive"
This is not quite as pulpy as the Elric series but damn its a good read. Gene Wolfe FTW!
I f you like that kinda fantasy you might like this one. Not bad but is very predictable, by the middle you figure out that the Devil did it.
I never read Tail of Two Citites. We had a month+ long project on a classic book and that was mine. The weekend before it was due I broke into the school because I'd left it (unread) in my locker.
I cherrypicked some stuff from six random pages and did several Bart Simpson level reports and illustrations, I don't really remember but I got a B or something and I *still* haven't the faintest clue about what the book was about, nor have read any of it.
If only I'd known about cliff notes...
>I was coming at it from the design of "how do I make players work together to survive"
That was the same thing that i was think too.
How do you build the base mechanics of the game so the players need each other for survival. My though was that you could have basic skills but you would only have one specialized skill and there would be limited level advancement to the skills unless you chose to specialize or focus on that skill.
Man I read and repeatedly re-read every single one of those books when I was little
My favourite series now is the Harry Bosch novels. The new tv series of them seems awesome too
I have yet to read that one, but I read a fascinating book about the Hell's Angels primarily about the 90's biker wars, I'd need to find it to remember the name. Currently reading another about the Banditos
A lot of Clancy stuff just gets really silly, but Rainbow Six is still one of my favourite novels
It's a short read, but one of my favourite books ever. TL;DR a guy in the time of Buddha trying to find his own enlightenment
see I'd cold make it so you couldn't do anything that wasn't a minor skill, at least no for long. like it would take 20 non-defenders to equal a defender skill, or you could scrounge or grow 1/2 a person's food without scrounger or farmer skills. weight it so you could live for a while but couldn't possibly keep playing without finding a farmer.
the boring shit has to be valuable too, but you still need to be able to play the raider side of the table. yeah, I'd be curious what you actually come up with.
The movie is great, but the book is better IMO, and far more moving. Remy's scene on the rooftop in the book is extremely tear inducing
This shit is boring to start but ends up with some of the goddamn best character development in anything i have read.
I have read alot. It's fucking good.
Dont give up almost the first book is just world-building but fuck it pays off.
Different anon here. I loved The Commonwealth Saga and thus started The Void Trilogy. Read the first book. When the second was released it was bigger. The third too. Never came in the format at the other books. It bothers me so much Ive never got past the first void. It would look like shit on my shelf
Hyperion was fantastic, but the fall of Hyperion was good, but could have been better. It just felt like the ending was rushed, and not well planned out.
> The priests chapter in Hyperion rocked my world tho
This is great read. I think that Gerrold died before he was able to finish the arc. Highly recommended!
Help me out here.
What was the point of all the Hollywood and Vegas stuff about Fontaine producing movies and the cosmetic surgeon and the girl with the loose pussy getting surgery?
I honestly can't think of anything less relevant to the story of the Corleone family than loose pussy surgery.
I read a story about John Wayne offering to beat the shot out of Puzo at some party as a favour to Sinatra.
But yeah those 3 subplots just seemed bizarre to me and its clear why they're not in the movie. The movie is pretty much a 1:1 adaptation otherwise but I just don't know why Puzo thought the whole pussy surgery story or anything to do with Fontaine after the horse head incident was relevant.
Yeah, but popularity aside I didn't think it was terrible. I rolled my eyes a few times towards the end but didn't get rid of the book or anything. I think you're right, though - go in with low expectations.
Too lazy to find a higher quality image, but this trilogy was something I really enjoyed. Also wondering if anybody else has read it.
Pic related were really good. Basically follows a bunch of separate characters and their daily lives after aliens invade earth during WWII, sometime shortly after Pearl Harbor got hit. Easily among my favorite series
I'm actually upset that nobody has mentioned pic related.
Also, Joseph Heller writes pretty good stuff. Catch-22 being his most famous, of course. Although, if you can get your hands on a copy of Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective, I promise you won't be disappointed.
While I enjoyed Ender's Game as much as the next bloke, I find myself rereading more of his lesser known novels such as Treason and Enchantment.
There's something especially endearing about Enchantment for me.
tried reading it
it comes off as childish, directionless, uninspired and boring
the "morally grey" thing is already done to death in modern fiction since it mostly means shallow or incoherent in characterization instead of actually morally complex
my biggest gripe is that it reads as something aimed at teens, which isnt exactly what i want from my horror/fiction books
the fact desert post apocalyptic worlds were done by now much better in other titles dosnt help also
I bought them used. I get almost everything used. It encourages me to impulse buy books I normally wouldn't since they're cheap and I've found several authors/series that I like enough to go out and get a nice set of.
I read A LOT.
Just finished reading the full 4 book Cantos, other than all the annoying poetry bits I really enjoyed the series. Endymion and Rise of Endymion were almost better than the hyperion books I felt.
Out of all five books (original trilogy I consider a single book) I think I enjoyed the 2 preludes the most. The trilogy was written quite a while ago and I had trouble reading due to the language and way it was written. It wasn't really fun to read unlike the 2 prequels which really had me in the story.
The Ender series is so insanely expansive, but I love almost all of it. Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind kind of suck, but all the books following Bean are great as well as the 3 prequels. Ender's Game is such a great book, it sucks the movie adaptation cut a lot of the scenes that made the book so great.
Gene Wolfe is an awful author and you should feel bad for posting this.
No its not a good read, its typical edgy teenager shit, the only worse series in that regard would be The Broken Empire.
Mark Lawrence and Wolfie should run a contest for who can write the edgiest most "morally grey" kid super warrior special snowflake character, lets throw in Patrick Rothfuss and his craptastic Harry Potter rip off series, and we have the holy trinity of awful overrated writing that ruin modern fantasy.
GOD YES, when Michael Crichton writes a good book, HE WRITES A FUCKING GOOD BOOK.
Kept a pocket copy of Jurassic Park on me through Middle and High school, read it so much the front and back covers fell apart and I had to buy a new one recently. I kept it in the cargo pockets on my pants and read it during class. :)
Air Frame, Sphere, and Timeline are all REALLY good.