OT: Looking for Amazon Kindle Book recommendations.

This will be my first summer not working or having a full class load in years and I'm looking for some good Amazon kindle book recommendations. Even better if they are prime loaner book recommendations. Prefer fiction. Let's see what you have TKP. Also any new streaming on NETFLIX, HBO or Amazon shows.

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not sure if it's on amazon or not but All The Light We Cannot See is a great read

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I really enjoyed the Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. It's basically an apocalyptic thriller series. Think more Resident Evil than Walking Dead, but definitely different than either. Decent character development and definitely a plot that keeps you reading.

If you aren't into sci-fi than ignore this recommendation.

Love sci-fi, military fiction and alternate history.

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Then definitely check these out. I will be the first to say the series isn't Shakespeare reincarnate, but if you are simply looking for entertainment and not Literature with a capital L, I think you'd enjoy this series. Lots of science, sci-fi, military operations, and some semi-horror elements.

Edit to add that this is one book series for which I really wish they'd make movies. Usually I hate when that happens but I'd give anything to see the two Alpha Variants (The White King and The Bone Collector) on an imax screen...

If you like alternate history. try 1632 by Eric Flint. Start of a great series.

I've read a ton of the series. There are just so many.

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The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway.

American War: A Novel - by Omar El Akkad

I'm more of a classics guy - any Hemingway is good...

“In order to conquer an animal, I have to think like an animal, and whenever possible, look like one.”
— Carl Spackler

I enjoy Hemingway too. Steinbeck and Twain are also some that I love to read again and again. Not much on many other "classics". I tried to get into James Joyce and William Faulkner. I guess I'm too dense to enjoy them at their fullest. Wish I could find someone similar to Hemingway. I love his work.

Totally agree on Faulkner. While Hemingway is my favorite author, 'on the Road' by Kerouac is my favorite book. It seems like basically any book where the writer goes to cool places and drinks constantly and I'm a fan!

“In order to conquer an animal, I have to think like an animal, and whenever possible, look like one.”
— Carl Spackler

I need to revisit that one. I've started it twice but didn't finish. Not sure why. Thanks for the reminder.

Definitely with you on the "drinking in cool places" genre!

I've read and still have too much of that during my high school first time at college and now again that I've gone back. I've had enough of those.

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Looking for some good apocalyptic fiction, then I would suggest "The Passage" by Justin Cronin.

Viral outbreak story but very well done and fun read. Probably one of the most well developed lead ups to the end of the world I've seen in book form

I would second this vote...good apocalyptic fiction. Some parts drag, but overall all three of the books in this series were a great quick read. Really enjoyed it.

Oh...and on Netflix...I may be the only person on the planet who came to the party late but just watched the eight episodes of "Stranger Things" this weekend...ridiculously good.

The 2nd book was not as good as The Passage, but I thought City of Mirrors ended the series on a very good note. Apparently Ridley Scott has optioned the rights to make the movie version.

Again, I thought the buildup to what happened was very good, so many works of this type of fiction just make the "doomsday device" some sort of vague concept, but the characters and story before the world ends were as important as what happens after. And chilling. I still love the chapter about the older woman thinking back to her escape from Philadelphia on the train.

1984, 2001 a space odyssey (trilogy), and Dune (first three) are some of my all-time favorite sci fi series.

Currently reading Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney, who helped Tom Clancy write many of his final books. This is the first standalone Jack Ryan novel since Tom Clancy's death I believe, and is great imo. No drop off in quality whatsoever.

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To add to the Mark Greaney suggestion. If you haven't read the Gray Man series it is a pretty epic and still ongoing.

Patrick Robinson wrote one of my favorite Naval Warfare series starting with Nimitz Class.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

One of my all time favorites

This is a really great read though I haven't finished it yet, Larson does an incredible job of making a non-fiction account compelling and character driven. I've also heard great things about In the Garden of Beasts

Larson does an amazing job with True Crime. This caused me to seek out his website and now I've got 3-4 more to add to my reading list: http://eriklarsonbooks.com/the-books/

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Great book. I bought it because I have a weird fascination with serial killers, and it didn't disappoint in that aspect. But the best thing about the book was that I was completely engrossed in the story of Burnham and the World's Fair (something I didn't know I had any interest in). It could've easily been two separate books - one about the fair and one about H.H. Holmes.

I also have In the Garden of Beasts and Dead Wake on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Looking forward to both of them.

was exact opposite for me. I am a big Burnham and Colombian Exposition nerd. have a reprint world's fair poster rolled up back at my parent's place. absolutely loved all the detail Larson poured into it, down to menus of dinners even. fascinating.

the story of h. h. holmes and America's first (recorded) serial killer was just as enthralling and the juxtaposition of the two things that are really origin points for both some of the world's most iconic things, like Disneyland, and one of the greatest evils is amazing.

have read all his books. don't sleep on Thunderstruck though. also quite good.

If you want another good book along this vein, try 'Hellhound on his Trail' by Hampton Sides. It accounts for the manhunt to find James Earl Ray, MLK's killer. It's weird when you read a book and you know the ending but still can't put it down.

“In order to conquer an animal, I have to think like an animal, and whenever possible, look like one.”
— Carl Spackler

Was also quite good, though I liked "In the Kingdom of Ice" better. Definitely a great read though and worth checking out.

+1. Read this book on Amazon Kindle two years ago. Still can't sleep well when I think about what happened. It's definitely a great read and also an amazing glimpse of America as it entered the 20th Century. I found the parts about the World's fair most enjoyable.

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ANYTHING by Erik Larson.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie.

I recommend this book to as many people as i Can. It was written in the early 1900s and still holds weight.

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Just started this book last weekend. It amazes me that it was originally published in 1912, but is still so relevant.

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11/22/1963 by Stephen King. It's a pretty thick book page-wise but it's a real page turner. Couldn't put it down.

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Do you like the 80's? Ready Player One was excellent. I think the movie is coming out next year.

They're making a movie? You, sir, have made my day. I fucking LOVE that book.

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If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Problem is, if they don't make a series out of it, I think it's going to be mediocre at best. Too much material.

I just read it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I liked Ready Player One, but it's definitely a bit of a young adult/beach read. One of my friends calls it the 'young adult version of Ender's Game.' I definitely think the author introduces some really interesting ideas/conflicts (mainly, how people maintain different personalities online vs in person and what will society do when technology is so advanced we won't have to work for money), but the author never takes a deep dive into any of these topics, and kind of just hovers around at surface level. I also take issue with the authors writing/syntax. It just feels like he uses a lot of run on sentences, and doesn't use a large vocabulary. But maybe that's just because the main character is a 15(?) year old boy.

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I guess I should have mentioned, the majority of my reading is audiobooks on my commute. I tend to pick things that are fun, but nothing that requires a ton of thought. Makes my driving MUCH more pleasant (actually look forward to my commute sometimes, depending on how the book is going)

I hear ya. I do podcasts during my commute, and I love it. I've thought about trying audiobooks, but I just have so many podcasts that I love, I'm not sure where I'd get the time for audiobooks!

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If you like Scifi/fantasy and audiobooks, I heartily recommend the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher as read by James Marsters. You do need to listen to the books in order, but they are great.

If you enjoy Jim Butcher, his Codex Alera series was an interesting take on magic/sorcery and some interesting world building using roman concepts/politics.

If you enjoy the Dresden Files another easy read/listen is the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne: https://kevinhearne.com/novels/

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Noted, thanks for recommendations!

I have read all of Jim Butchers works.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I picked it up on the recommendation of a friend about a year ago and was not able to put it down. It quickly became one of my favorite books, I've reread it at least twice since I first finished it.

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Liked it, but didn't love it.

Just finished it in prep for the new TV series, and was surprised to find near Blacksburg as one of the locales. Would have liked to have run into Gaiman as he was making his US tour, but probably would have had no idea who he was at that time.

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Wow this is such broad a topic. 3 of my 5 recommendations are non-fiction, but they still read like stories, so included them anyways. Here we go...

  • The Power of One - A 'coming of age' novel about a white boy growing up in apartheid South Africa during the second world war. The story is told in the first person, starting when the boy is 5, going until he is a young adult. The book has a Forest Gump feel to it. You'll laugh, cry, feel excitement, frustratation, embarrassment, relief and almost every other emotion possible. Strongly recommend this book to everyone.
  • Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - A classic, whimsical book that everyone should read. Easy, quick, fun read. Reminds you of our insignificance in this universe, while also reminding you to laugh, and appreciate the little things.
  • Hyena - this is one of my favorite books, but it's not for everyone. It's a memoir in the form of 10 or so short stories, written by 'Rude Jude' Angelini, a dj and former television personality. It's extremely crude and vulgar (most stories focus on sex and/or drug use), so if you get offended by those things, I'd skip this, but I've never read a book that has straddled the line between comedy and tragedy so well. During each short story, you find yourself laughing hysterically, until you get to the end, at which point, you realize how sad the story actually is.
  • Those guys have all the fun - Non-fiction story about the start, struggles and eventual rise of ESPN. At some points it's a little dry, but it's really cool having ESPN personalities (the good ones... Dan Patrick, Stewart Scott, Chris Fowler, Hannah Storm, etc.) and famous athletes/coaches discuss the network, and recall historical events (both sports related and not). Chris Fowler has a pretty good piece about 4/16.
  • Walter Isaacson's Biography of Steve Jobs - If you have any interests in tech, the start up scene, or any of that, you have to read this. Jobs is the original start up founder, and easily one of the most fascinating, polarizing, bizarre, genius people in the history of technology and business. He is somehow an excellent case study in both how to lead people, and how not to lead people.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking - first read this book when I was 15ish, and I've read at least 5 times since. It changed my outlook on the universe, opinions about god, politics etc. Each time I read it, I found that I understood it better and better than the previous time (it helped that I read it once before college, at least once during, and at least once after I graduated with my engineering degree from VT). This book has done more to shape me than any other book I've ever read.

Shoe Dogs by Phil Knight - this is the story of the start of Nike, basically from inception right until they became a world power. I read it while traveling this winter, and I loved it, Finished in 2-3 days. I actually read it right after finishing The Inner Game of Work, and it was really interesting to read about coaching/management/leadership strategies in the work place, and then immediately read how Phil Knight (unknowingly) used a lot of similar strategies while starting Nike.

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Shoe Dog was the first book I read in a while and it was my first book since I decided I wanted to try and read more books this year. It was FANTASTIC. Try to put aside any negative thoughts you've had about Nike if you have them and enjoy the memoir. It really goes to show how much effort went into building the empire and what loyal first employees he really had. He even helps to describe what the controversy was about with the overseas operations. Highly recommended to everyone.


If you like sci/fi fantasy:
-The Magicians Trilogy. WAY better than the SyFy show.
-Lightbringer Series. I'm on book 4 and can't put it down
-Night Angel Trilogy
-Kingkiller Chronicles (still waiting on book 3)

Second the King Killer Chronicle. Everyone I know that has read the first two have loved them. Continuing in the fantasy genre, Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere books are a lot of fun to read. I'd recommend starting with the Mistborn trilogy and then continuing to others if you enjoy that. The audio books are pretty great too.

I recently read the Magicians and still haven't made up my mind how I feel about it. If you grew up with the Chronicles of Narnia then I would still recommend it as it puts a bit of a dark twist on it which is fun.

I finally got around to starting the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, which friends have been telling me to read for a while. I had to push through the first book, but I'm really enjoying the second.

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Speaking of Sanderson, The Reckoners was a pretty good trilogy.

And continuing to speak of Sanderson, he has a selection of books on the pay-what-you-want (well, as long as it's more than a dollar) Humble Bundle right now.

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If you're not familiar with how it works, a portion goes to charity and a portion goes to the artist and a portion goes to the Humble organization, you can decide how much of each.

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I'll third the Kingkiller Chronicles. It is a great story and moves along nicely. It brings a different feel to magic as well.
I also second the Mistborn Trilogy. It is long but it is very good. My wife loved it enough she has read it twice as well.
The Magicians trilogy is definitely better than the show. The 2nd book does drag some I thought but the first and 3rd were good.

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Huh, I like the SyFy show better than the books for The Magicians, although by this point, they're telling two totally different stories. I felt like the books beat the Narnia comparisons into the ground (same problem with His Dark Materials, which I think are abysmal even though everyone else seems to love them). A lot of the middle adventures felt like "edgy" adult behavior slapped over something ultimately juvenile and silly. And the book characters always felt like descriptions of people rather than fleshed out characters - as if Grossman was describing the book he wanted to write. I think the actors working hard to inhabit these people makes it easier to buy into characters who were vaguely sketched in the books.

Interesting perspective, but I think the SyFy show suffers from the same thing that, imho, plagued the Ender's Game movie (but to a lesser): the show COMPLETELY depends on someone having read the books to understand fully whats happening. Even then, I just think the order of tasks they have to attend to just seems...almost random.

The SyFy show is good enough it keeps me watching.

I loved the Magicians trilogy as well. I concur with what someone else said; don't compare it to the SyFy series, they're telling two different stories with the same characters and settings at this point (although I'm only through season 1).

I thought the first book in Magicians was OK, but not the greatest thing ever. I haven't picked up the next two yet - does it get better from there or just carry on?

Can't recommend Brent Weeks enough - he's so under-appreciated. If you like those, I'd try Brandon Sanderson on for size. The Stormlight Archives are ridiculously engrossing, but sadly they're the only books of his I've read. (Eagerly awaiting book three this fall~ish) I have several others of his on my TBR pile, and I've only heard good things about the rest of his works.

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Fearless by Eric Blehm is a great read

You say you like sci-fi and military fiction?

"The Forever War," by Joe Halderman. Since it was written in the 70s, some of the background history in the first couple chapters is off, but it doesn't matter once the story gets going.

For a lightweight quick read with lots of laughs, check out "Redshirts," by Joe Scalzi.

The War with the Chtorr series started well, got weirder as it progressed, and is still incomplete, but had a great premise. (Alien invasion by invasively remaking our ecosystem prior to physical invasion.)

I'll second someone else's recommendation of "The Martian." Loved the book.

I found and enjoyed "Leviathan Wakes" several years ago. Never got to the rest of the books or the show, but intend to (one of these days).

"Sundiver" and "Startide Rising" are two excellent pulp novels, but the rest of the series is a significant drop-off.

I can't speak to Alistair Reynolds' "Century Rain" myself, but it might be down your alley. I do recommend his books "Revelation Space," "Chasm City," and "Galactic North."

"Monsoon," by Robert Kaplan.

My husband adored The Forever War and nagged me into reading it. I thought it was... fine.

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These two aren't military fiction, but I'd recommend Lone Surviror by Marcus Luttrell, and Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell.

You might have already seen Lone Survivor but I think it's still worth the read (although you might picture Luttrell as Mark Wahlberg the whole time). You could say it starts a little slow (IIRC the first hundred pages or so are about BUD/S Training but it really makes you appreciate what those guys can do) but it's a pretty intense read. Outlaw Platoon starts a little faster, but both are gripping first-hand accounts of combat in Afghanistan.

These are not military related, but I would also recommend Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (also a movie). I couldn't put it down.

And finally, Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog and The Cartel (in that order). As the title of the second book indicates, it's a fictional story about the drug trade between Mexico and the United States. It is a huge novel with many characters and it gives a lot of insight on what's going on on both sides of the border. Winslow is a former private investigator and he really knows his stuff. Both books are exciting and entertaining reads while being informative about how and why so much of the drug-related corruption (in Mexico and the US) continues.

I Am Pilgrim - CIA thriller (sort of annoyed though as his second book is taking forever to come out)
The Martian - if you haven't seen the movie, the book is just as good.

I know you said you didn't like non-fiction, but outside the king of sports most of these read almost like fiction
The King of Sports - its an older one by Gregg Easterbrook, He had access to the VT program under Beamer so those parts were fun to read, but if you don't care about the NFL, probably not for you.
The Boys in the Boat - 1936 Olympic rowing
Killing Patton, Kennedy and Reagan - pretty interesting reads and came away with a few tidbits I didn't know before reading them, particularly with the Patton one.

If you haven't already seen the movies
Fire on the Horizon - about deepwater horizon
13 hours - about Benghazi ( just an account of what happened not overly political)

Read "Boys in the Boat" last summer, really good book. Impressively immersive. I don't usually read books like that but it was a great summer read, highly recommend it too!

The Martian - the book is better than the movie! Rabble rabble!

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The Caine Mutiny-Herman Wouk: Classic. Long, but well worth it.

The Man in the High Castle-Philip K Dick:
Alternate history by a sci-fi writer. Amazon show is based on it.

The Bourne trilogy- Robert Ludlum: Just the first three actually written by Ludlum. Far, far better than the movies, with significantly better developed plot.

Anything by Michael Crichton, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard or Michael Connelly are great for binge reading. Chuck Pahlaniuk too, but he's an acquired taste for most people.

I was recommended the books written by Vince Flynn and his Mitch Rapp series. I read his first book Term Limits and liked it. Mostly thriller/assasin type.


If you like those, you should also read the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child.

Just started the first one. Non-stop action and well -written for a first novel.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

I just finished the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer on Kindle. Dystopian/Weird Horror/Sci-Fi. The three books are Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. I enjoyed the whole trilogy, but admittedly, the concluding book has left a lot of people, including some of my friends a little frustrated. The first book, Annihilation is being made into a film starring Natalie Portman due out next year. I would highly recommend at least reading Annihilation as it can easily stand alone.

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So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding, dang my dang a long ling long....

So what'd you think of Acceptance? Personally, I loved Annhilation. Then I heard from everyone who read it that Authority was a huge step back but I thought it was a perfect mirror image of the first. But Acceptance was probably as unsatisfying of an ending as I could imagine to any series. It somehow meandered and fleshed out every detail without resolving a single conflict or mystery AND having nothing actually exciting happen.

Can't wait for the film though, it's the rare book that I think a good movie rendition could actually help focus it's ideas into something really exciting.

I thoroughly enjoyed Acceptance. To me , the weak link in the trilogy was Authority... too slow paced and non-committal (Which I am assuming was the author's point, but still). I accepted (pun intended) the ending, but with the assumption that VanderMeer has more forthcoming. I totally agree that Annihilation is the crown jewel in the series. Can't wait to see the film adaptation. Definitely a stand alone fulfilling legacy of the three.

All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding, dang my dang a long ling long....

Is there more forthcoming? Hadn't heard anything about that.

I've read a couple of reviews that hinted at either sequels or more works set in this particular milieu. Would make sense considering the "ending" of Acceptance.

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One second after - apocalypse in rural america

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I read that one. Great read.

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Ditto One Second After. It's actually a trilogy now. Book 2, One Year After, is also good but not as good as One Second After. Book 3, The Final Day, came out in January, haven't read it yet due to a massive backlog of books I have.

I will get to the rest of the trilogy eventually. I was a bit skeptical of whether the author could carry the story further. That first month or so into the first book is gold. It should absolutely be required reading for high school students. Regardless of the how, it is scary as shit to think of how fast our fragile society could crumble away.

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Brandon Sanderson has been mentioned here a couple of times, and I'll agree with all the endorsements, and add a bit of personal context.

I began the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (epic fantasy) while still at VT in the early 1990s. Jordan died in 2007 before the series was finished, and his wife selected a young writer named Brandon Sanderson to finish it. He did an incredible job tying up loose plot threads and maintaining Jordan's style over the course of 3 books.

So I started reading Sanderson's stuff. The Mistborn series was my introduction, and it was really good. I have read just about all of his books, but a few years ago he began the Stormlight Archive (series).

Stormlight's 1st book: The Way of Kings is outstanding. Words of Radiance (book 2) is outstanding. IIRC, the series is supposed to be 10 books long. Yes, it's not finished, but I have a good feeling he won't pull a George RR Martin and take 5+ years between books (and probably die before completing it). Brandon is pretty consistently cranking these out every 2-3 years, depending on how much other writing he's doing. I'm looking very forward to reading these over the next 16-20 years.

I cannot recommend Way of Kings enough.

Heard nothing but great things about Way of Kings. Might be my next read/listen

Yeah, Sanderson is a machine, he churns out books like...well, like it's his job. George RR Martin has too many irons in the fire and his attention is spread too far. That's why it takes him half a decade to produce a new Ice and Fire book.

But I concur on the Sanderson rec. Books are good. Also, Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards books are excellent, the writing and dialogue is magnificent. Also, Patrick Rothfuss's books, tho I can't remember the series name. Both are series in progress. Lynch is a bit more like Martin in terms of productivity, but Rothfuss is a bit more efficient. Those should keep you busy this summer.

Completely forgot about Gentleman Bastards....excellent reads as well.

Patrick Rothfuss's books are the Kingkiller Chronicles. 2 of the 3 books are out but i believe it is about 4 or 5 years now since the 2nd book came out. Great series but waiting on the 3rd book.

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The Stormlight books are amazing. Mistborn is a great place to start with Sanderson, and Elantris is also an awesome read. But Stormlight is his best work. And yeah, book 3 drops this year, most likely, and Sanderson does a great job of updating his progress on social media.

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I enjoyed the first mistborn book far more than the second and third. Completely lost interest in the further books in the series.

If you are into Scifi-Military fiction, then I would recommend "The Empire Series" by Doug Dandridge. It incorporates elements of hard science fiction with military action.

Another series of books that I have been waiting to read is the series by James S. A. Corey. The scifi show "The Expanse" is based on these books. The first book is "Leviathan Wakes."

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The Red Rising Trilogy is supposed to be really good (haven't gotten to it yet). Its described as Sci-fi Spartan Military with a Rebellion. I was also told the online book description is very poor and to ignore it.

Started watching Fortitude on Amazon. Two episodes in, not quite sure what the main storyline is going to be about, but all the side plots and characters are interesting. It's about the first murder to ever take place in the world's most Northern (fictional) town. British show, there are at least 2 seasons now.

Wayward Pines is the last fiction book I read. Very fast read, not great literature but the mystery is interesting. Actually part of a series, and became a TV series.

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One book I really enjoyed was Rogues. It is a collection of short stories by different authors about characters that do things differently or are just different than normal characters. Some use existing characters and go into more detail on them outside of their original series and some are fresh short stories. It is a good way to sample a bunch of different authors and then expand on their works later. Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin have entries in it. I highly recommend it.

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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth was a great read! An alternate history view of the U.S. if Nazi Germany wasn't defeated.

Also very relevant to our current administration's protectionist "America First" policies and perceived chumminess with dictators around the world.

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Patriots: Surviving the coming collapse. It is a half militia story and half survivalist/prepper guidebook based in current day USA. The first chapter will scare you based on economic events of the last 5-10 years. It goes through a group of people who set up a survival group and then, of course, have to put it into action. It is also a walk through of how to prepare if you had those kinds of resources. It is part of a series that continues the story but I only read the first book and it ends in a manner where you can stop there if you wish.

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Dark Tower Series - Stephen King

I know you said Amazon Kindle but you might also find a good selection of e-books from your local library. A few suggestions:

Watership Down by Richard Adams is one of my all-time favorites. Don't let the thought of 400 pages about talking rabbits deter you; this is a thoroughly engrossing tale.

Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt's memoir of his Irish childhood, is somehow equally hilarious and horrifying. It's a compelling read.

Rocket Boys by Hokie alum Homer Hickam, Jr., who as a boy wanted so badly to build rockets that he taught himself calculus. Also, fun fact, his brother went on to play football for the Hokies back in the '60s.

Happy reading!!!

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Fun Fact: Homer was part of the group that designed the original Skipper

Another fun fact:

Wasn't the movie October Sky also based on Homer?

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Yes, it's based on the book. October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys. Apparently the movie marketing people did not think the title Rocket Boys would appeal to females.

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It's history, but completely mind blowing - "Fingerprints of the Gods"

this is a great entrance into the wormhole of mono-creationist history. great read on how things tie together but delving deeper past his source material gets even more radical. One of my favorite topics of discussion.

-Camel Club series by David Baldacci is pretty good too. I only read the first 3 though.
-Ender's Game is a classic sci-fi since you mentioned it. I'm sure most read it in school but i didn't so i picked it up before the movie came out. Obviously better than the movie!

If you're into post-apocalyptic fiction, I strongly recommend Hugh Howey's Silo Series. "Wool" is the first book.

Ok so I test software for a living and one of my jobs is to test across platforms, including tablets and devices. The best device on the market today is the kindle paperwhite, hands down. If you got that, kudos to you, you'll be reading more than ever.

Since I got mine, here are the books I've read, in categories from good to horrible. All were read by me because they were free.

1) Robinson Crusoe. Just read it. It's a little longer than a few of these others.
2) Call of the Wild - short, sweet, and brilliant
3) Treasure Island - defines the pirates of the Caribbean genre
4) Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - DENSE but might be the greatest novel ever written

2) Flowers for Algernon - short, interesting
3) Importance of Being Earnest - hilarious, don't let it being a play discourage you, it's a fast read
4) Picture of Dorian Gray - also short, also Wilde, also good

1) Red Badge of Courage - meh civil war
2) War of the Worlds - meh alien takeover

1) 1984

Dubliners - projecting into the GOOD category but only two stories through

Others in my library that I haven't gotten to yet:
Jane Eyre
Huck Finn (I've heard this one is much more highly regarded than Sawyer)
Tom Sawyer
Life of Pi
A few by Dostoevsky
Catcher in the Rye


If you are a on a Twain kick, I highly recommend a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

The best device on the market today is the kindle paperwhite, hands down.

Off topic question - have you tested any of the Kobo e-Readers? They have Pocket integration, which is huge to me. The Kindle Paperwhite does not, but there are 3rd party services that will push your Pocket list to Kindle. Any chance you've tested any third party pocket integration?

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Unfortunately, no.

Just picked up 'Magicians' - about to start it.

Hancocks podcast with Joe Rogan is simply engrossing

Joe has done a great job - he gets some impressive people on his show. It was actually how I found out about Magicians.

Bringing this back. My wife and I listen to Audible in the car on our commutes and while doing chores so we have been burning through some books and need something new. We enjoy fantasy series for the most part especially with some magic. Below is the list we have gone through, any more recommendations?

Finished: Kingkiller chronicles series, All of the Sanderson series (Mistborn, Stormlight, etc), The Magicians, Lightbringer series (both of us are on book 4 now), Game of Thrones, Enders Game series

Any other must read/listens out there?

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I just started a series called Fatemarked. So far it's good.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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With that list? I'd start Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. First book is called The Eye of the World.

Edit: I don't know much about the audiobooks of the series, but the series is fantastic and long, and will keep you occupied for a while.

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Hope he has a long commute and strong cofee.

Wheel of Time is done by the same people who did Stormlight Archive, Mistborn, etc. They are really excellent.

I also love the audiobooks of Steven King's Dark Tower books. First one is the Gunslinger. The original narrator died and George Guidall took over. Their styles are a little different, but both are fantastic in their own right.

Wheel of Time is done by the same people who did Stormlight Archive, Mistborn, etc.

Not exactly. Robert Jordan was the vision behind the series, and the author of the first eleven books. Then he died, but not suddenly, as he was able to tell the end of the story to Brandon Sanderson (who wrote Mistborn and Stormlight Archive). Sanderson then wrote the last three books in the series, but the broad strokes of the underlying story (and the whole last chapter, IIRC) was all Jordan.

For the record, I really like how Sanderson finished off the series. Jordan's books tended to slow down a bit towards books 7-10, as he had so many characters to maintain. But his last book (Knife of Dreams, 11) was pretty good. Sanderson, however, really picked up the pace in his three, and made it fun to read again.

I just started a reread of the series, and am through New Spring and most of Eye of the World. Amazon is starting production of the TV series this fall, and it's a long series, so I figured I'd start early.

And Sanderson, well, I absolutely love everything he's done. He tends to use hard magic systems, which are much more enjoyable for me to read. (As a physicist, I love having systems that have an underlying order and ruleset.)

Some interesting info on hard vs soft magic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_and_soft_magic_systems
Expansion on Sanderson's Laws of Magic: https://coppermind.net/wiki/Sanderson%27s_Laws_of_Magic

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I was referring to Michael Kramer and Kate Redding who narrate Stormlight Archive and Wheel of Time. Kramer also narrates Mistborn.

Ah, I'm tracking now.

I don't do audiobooks very much, so I'm not up on who does what. But I've been known to wear out a Kindle or two.

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I 3rd the Wheel of Time suggestion, but if you're not ready to commit to an extremely lengthy series...

The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan (an understudy of Sanderson's.)

You could try Brent Week's first series, Night Angel. It really feels like his first published works in that it's kinda rough around the edges, but if you like Lightbringer it couldn't hurt. Personally the narration is jarring to me since I've been spoiled by Kramer and Reading for so long.

If you want something more Sci-Fi and liked GoT, definitely try The Expanse.

I have varying levels of success getting into the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett.

The Earthsea series by Ursula K Le Guin is a fantastic series, but I don't have any experience with the audiobooks.

EDIT: And now I'm kicking myself because Frank Herbert's Dune wasn't one of my first thoughts but that's a pillar of the fantasy genre.

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher as read by James Marsters are very good.

The early books have some recording issues. They aren't really a problem, but there is a notable blooper in Summer Knight that is pretty funny. Buzzy Multimedia did not have the quality control that the current publisher does.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I can't recommend it enough to anyone. If you like fantasy and sci-fi, you'll really enjoy this series. Easily one of my favorites.

Thanks guys! We will look into them.

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Not a specific book but I recently found a website bookbub - that sends daily deals on ebooks. Pretty much all are 0-$1.99. A good way to get e-books when they are on sale (note - not every day is going to have great books). Just thought I'd share.

Bookbub is great. I've picked up several classics that I know i'll re-read, such as Seabiscuit, Prince of Tides, and The Grapes of Wrath, as well as books on travel and history that I want to keep for reference.

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Reviving this thread... Just started Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John; everyone here should read it. It's a memoir about a journalist (and Alabama fan) who follows Alabama RV tailgaters to every game for a season. He answers questions like who are these people, how did they start loving Alabama, how do they fund their life style, and most importantly what it means to be fan of a sports team. I'm a few chapters in - it's a pretty easy read and a helluva page turner.

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