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Old 12th February 2012, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for new reads

Hi all, first post here, great forums. I am looking for a new series to start 3 books is ideal. I am a big fan of Al Reynolds who I came about by chance in the bookstore one day, loved the Rama's, CJ Cherrya, Bill Napier, Dune series, yet just couldnt finish Ringworld or Foundation. I was thinking The Mars series, Frank Herberts non-Dune books, Ben Bova which I havent read a years, CJ Cherrya etc. I like High Tech, mechanical, spacecraft heavy Space Opera. Any recommendations in Kindle ?

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Old 12th February 2012, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You could do worse than;

Iain M Banks's Culture books; more than 3 and not a series, they are all stand alone books in the same world.
Peter Hamilton's Night's Dawn, or Commonwealth books; not to everyone's taste (and very long books) but a lot of Reynolds fans (though by no means all) like Hamilton as well.
Neal Asher's Polity Books; several different series set in the same universe. There are 5 Ian Cormac books which form a series though most of the rest are fairly standalone.
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Old 12th February 2012, 10:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Only thing is those are more "organic/symbolic" sort of (though so is the Reynolds and "Dune" stuff). For high tech mechanical spacecraft I'd think more like some Greg Bear, Charles Sheffield, Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series, Robert L. Forward (though less directly centered on ships and not 3+ books) or the Bova/Cherryh stuff you've mentioned yourself. I haven't read too many non-Dune Herbert books but what I have read wouldn't seem right and the Mars stuff is largely a political treatise in which Robinson shows a little too clearly how hard he studied some of the hard SF details but he has no love of spaceships and there's not much space opera-y about it.

Given some of your examples, I take it "new" means "new to you" and not "published last year". And, as far as Kindle, I don't know anything one way or another.
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Old 12th February 2012, 11:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I admit I did base my suggestions largely on his recently completed Reynods series. For high tech space opera, J-Sun is quite right the Campbell Lost Fleet Series would be very good (though don't be put off by the dreadful US editions covers and blurbs). Even possibly David Weber's Honor Harrington books, though we are talking a lot more than three books there!
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Old 13th February 2012, 04:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ice prophet series - Fortner
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Old 13th February 2012, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Honor Harrington series by David Weber. All books can be found in the electronic format of your choice at Baen Books http://www.baen.com/ and the first 2 books are in the free library so you can get a feel for it without tapping your pocketbook. The rest of the books are $5.00 for the older ones and $6.00 for the newer.
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Old 14th February 2012, 12:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone, I will look into all your suggestions. Yes I mean new to me, not new on the market. I am not against the wide ranging Space Opera that combines the political and tech and strong characters. Organic/symbolic is just fine I loved all the original Dunes and will probably read them all again at some point, they are not heavy on Tech but I doubt we'll have anything of that caliber coming our way soon. The closest thing I have found to the real extended storyline like Dune is A Reynolds, his books really amazed me. Stand alone books taking place in the same worlds, universes are great with me. I just like a little longer read than one book on its own. I guess I am looking for the perfect Sci Fi/Space Opera that mixes all of the above, will probably have to wait a long time for that to happen.

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Old 14th February 2012, 02:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The closest thing I have found to the real extended storyline like Dune is A Reynolds, his books really amazed me... I just like a little longer read than one book on its own.
Definitely sounds to me like you should give Hamilton a try. Extended stoylines, and certainly a "longer read"
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Ice prophet series - William R. Forstchen
Boy, did I get the name wrong...
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Will do for sure, may load a few on the Kindle and browse them before commiting to any one.

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Old 16th February 2012, 12:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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As far as C.J. Cherryh is concerned, you could do worse than this one in the Gene Wars duo:

http://www.amazon.com/Hammerfall-The...351107&sr=1-16

And its sequel:

http://www.amazon.com/Forge-Heaven-G...9351258&sr=1-9

And it's possible your local library may have Kindle editions available for loan. But you may have already read them. If not, I suspect she may have plans for another in the series, but that's just my own speculation.
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Old 16th February 2012, 12:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Read Leviathan Wakes. The second (and not to mention third) books aren't out yet (though I think the second is coming pretty soon). You will love that book. It's quite long, but it's definitely the best Space Opera I read this year. It fits your description of spacecraft heavy, high tech mechanical space opera perfectly. Also if you have ever played Mass Effect or watched Firefly, there are some similarities. Pretty much a captain and his crew accidentally starting a war and getting into all sorts of shenanigans. And it's actually all set in our own Solar System, and FTL travel hasn't been invented. Despite this, it definitely falls into the Space Opera genre. The setting is awesome, and still retains the sweeping scale of other space operas.

And on the subject of Alastair Reynolds, if you haven't read it already, read Revelation Space.
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Old 16th February 2012, 06:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Of non-Dune Frank Herbert books I'd recommend 'The Dosadi Experiment' (skip the earlier 'Whipping Star' as it's not at the same level IMO and you don't need it to enjoy the second book).

I'd also put in a recommendation for C. J. Cherryh's 'The Faded Sun' trilogy.
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Old 16th February 2012, 08:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'd also put in a recommendation for C. J. Cherryh's 'The Faded Sun' trilogy.
That would have been my first Cherryh suggestion as well, but I was limiting myself to what Amazon has listed for Kindle.
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That would have been my first Cherryh suggestion as well, but I was limiting myself to what Amazon has listed for Kindle.
Sorry. I clearly didn't read the opening requirements properly.
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