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02/03/2010

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Sajina

Doctor Who = <3
Bet fans will send you now tons of Doctor Who books, if anyone could bear giving them away! ;)

MicroSerfs was one of the funniest books I've ever read. I even wrote once a linguistic paper inspired by one quote from the book!

From other book recs, I'd say Stephen Fry's Making History. It's a clever time-travel-with-huge-consequences story, including killing Hitler.

caroline burke

Dan Simmons is a must, his Illium/Olympos books are amazing as are the Hyperion/Endymion ones ... Cryptonomicon is next on my list to read funnily enough!

visticuffs

Microserfs is one of my long-time favourites. I wonder if anyone here has read Generation A, Coupland's "response" to Generation X. It's about story-telling in the digital age, apparently, but I felt it was a bit...out of touch. I won't spoil the moral (and there is a moral), but I'm curious to see what other geeks thought of it!

Villy

There's quite a few Warhammer books I like, namely the Gotrek and Felix series. Those are my go-to geek books when I want a quick read, since they usually only take me a couple of hours to read.

I, Robot-Isaac Asimov

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -Philip K. Dick

Brave New World- Aldous Huxley *does that count as geeky? I don't care. It is one of my all-time favorite books. :-)*

And does the Incarnations of Immortality series count as geeky?

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I'm stopping there before I get carried away. I just get so excited when talking about books!

Kim

Ooh, you've got two of my all time favorites on this one- Cryptonomicon and Microserfs. Love it!

Jarodrussell

If you like Stephenson, I'd highly suggest Daniel Suarez's books: Daemon and Freedom(tm). They're both strikingly prescient, technologically sound, and very fun to read.

Widow_Lady302

Love the Doctor Who! Tom Baker on the cover...since he is the only and true best Doctor! *cough*

Hitchhikers should be manditory reading too, like you can't graduate until you read it.

Have not read Cryptonomicon, but now will thanks to you.

The only one that I think belongs in your list, that isn't is : DUNE!! Can you wear true geek stripes without having both read and watched the original movie?

Great blog, CHEERS!

Kristyna

Great list of books:). I haven't read any book from this list yet but i'll try to find some of them translated into czech language.

But thanks to your tip i've read the book by R.J.Sawyer called Flashforward(in original, i can't believe it) and i've started reading his trilogy Neanderthal Parallax. I must say it's great inspiration for me.

Thanks again for your list of books and inspiration.

Greetinx,

Kristyna

visticuffs

Kristyna -- if you like Sawyer, check out his book "Calculating God". Not only is it a great read, but it's thought-provoking as well. An alien race contacts several scientists all over the world, one of them being the main character, a man who works at the ROM in Toronto. The aliens have discovered similarities in the history of their planet and ours and this leads them on a search for a greater power, not entirely unlike the idea of God (but not entirely like it, either).

Ladygeeke

All of Philip K Dick#s books - even the bad ones are astounding.
Justina Robson, Quantum Gravity quadrilogy.
Cary Doctorow, Little Brother.
Ursula Le Guin, Always Coming Home - and all her other books.
Kage Baker, The Company series.
Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series.
Mike Carey's Felix Castor series.
Charles Stross, The Merchant Princes series.
It's a long time since I read all my classic SF but definitely James Blish, Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, etc. etc.

Sajina

Another rec:
My sister always recommends Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" series - I've only read the first book so far - but it's great with many historic figures showing up!

Skiff

For fast-paced, supernatural British humour, I heartily recommend anything by Robert Rankin. It's probably best to start with the Brentford trilogy (The Antipope, The Brentford Triangle and East of Ealing) or The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.

visticuffs

Skiff, I agree -- Rankin is a delight to read! My first Rankin was The Witches of Chiswick and I was heartily confused the entire time, but absolutely loved it.

Jasper Fforde is another must-read. I just finished "Shades of Grey" and it is just brilliant, but I'd suggest reading the Thursday Next series to start, as it's easier to get into his style with those books!

Dora_Chloe

" books which I have liked to read over the years -
This Immortal by Roger Zelanzy

This Immortal" (1966) was Zelazny's first SF novel, and it shared the Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year with Frank Herbert's "Dune," so it is no lightweight post-Apocalypse adventure story. In fact, I think the best way to understand "This Immortal" is to read Lawrence Durrell's chronicles of the Greek Isles, most especially "Prospero's Cell" and "Reflections on a Marine Venus"---or better yet, read Percy Shelley's "Prometheus Unbound," which is referred to more than once in this novel.

info here - http://www.amazon.com/This-Immortal-Roger-Zelazny/dp/0743497848

And for more of a fun read -

Red Dwarf Omnibus by Grant Naylor

Product Description
Here are the first two novels of the cult series "Red Dwarf" in one volume - "Red Dwarf" and "Better Than Life" - plus the first draft of the original TV pilot script. It all begins, when Dave Lister is celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday on a Monopoly board pub crawl round London, and somehow ends up three million years from Earth, marooned in the wrong dimension of the wrong reality, and down to his last two cigarettes. Together with a dead man, a senile computer, a deranged sanitation mechanoid with an overactive guilt chip and the best-dressed entity in all six known universes, the last remaining member of the human race begins his epic journey home.

Info taken from -
http://www.amazon.com/Red-Dwarf-Omnibus-Grant-Naylor/dp/0140174664/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265302405&sr=1-1

If you get a chance add them. I did.

Sheri.


OHinNJ

LOVE "Hitchhiker's Guide"! Now I get it when someone asks a questions and someone else answers "42". Also loved Android's Dream - in fact, the 1st few pages, which were very weird, kind of had a Hitchhiker's feel to me, which kept me reading ...and laughing. Haven't read Dr. Who books, but have read and enjoyed the SGA books. And sadly, with no SGA movie in sight, looks like the only chance for fans to pick up where Season 5 left off will be reading the SGA book "Death Game" expected to come out in July. (sigh)

Kay

As if my reading list wasn't long enough!
"Pastwatch" by Orson Scott Card is really great. It's an interesting time travel type story about Columbus.

Amy D

Glad to see that Azimov, Pullman and Adams have all been referenced!

And Neal Stephenson! Other people who have read Neal Stephenson! :) I'm currently buried in The Baroque Cycle, which is the prequel trilogy to Cryptonomicon, set in the late seventeenth century to early eighteenth century. Would definitely recommend!

DD

I just bought the English edition of "The more than complete hitchhikers guide" on a local fleamarket here in Germany... I've read the "Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy" before & loved it thus I'm really looking forward to read all the books!

visticuffs

I just finished Eoin Colfer's HHG book, "And Another Thing" -- it was definitely an interesting experience! He managed to capture Adams's style every once in a while, and the story itself was pretty neat...but it was a little weird to be reading a non-Adams HHG. As a HHG fan, it was worthwhile to get another peek into the universe...but I feel like HHG was done with the 3rd or 4th book already...there didn't really need to be a sixth!

Emily

Hitchhikers guide really travels fast! Plus its really inexpensive on Amazon..for a penny! Then again theirs shipping..

Green

Same as the comment on the previous entry, except signed in this time.

Christopher Blevins

I love the whole Hitchhiker's series. I hope that they would fund another movie..maybe take it a bit more seriously too?

And David - I don't know if you'll see this or not, but I've done Joomla administration for a couple years now on the side and would love to help you out with the "real" dgeek site if you'd like :).

Susan

I am enjoying all the suggestions - I have already reserved "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" from the radio - what a wonderful title.
For Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - try to get hold of the origiinal BBC radio series - it is brilliant.
Orson Scott Card's Ender books are also great - I have been listening to them on audio book during my commute (thanks to Audible).
Tanya Huff does great sci-fi and fantasy with humour woven in. Also Anne McCaffery's Pern and Talent series.

Susan

Brain freeze caught me there - I reserved "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" from the LIBRARY, not the radio.

K

The first science fiction I read was the books by Jules Verne. Being a biologist and a scientist, another science fiction favourite is Michael Crichtons Jurrasic park (the book, not the movie). And I love Ursula K. LeGuin.

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