Favourite book series?
As for series:
1. The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality - Brian Greene
2. Lord of the Rings (w/the Hobbit, Silmarillion) - J.R.R.Tolkein
3. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende (This dude rocks the house, btw. Get the Red/Green edition).
1. Pete - lives right. Enjoys.
2. Cole - dude don't rattle
3. Albert - doesn't suffer fools; doesn't have to
1 - Iain M Banks' "Culture" novels. Not strictly a series, per se, more like a collection of stories in the same continuity, in a similar vein to Niven's "Known Space" but with a wider scope, a longer timeline and a very definite left wing slant. For me, Banks will always win because he was, beyond a doubt, the very best writer in the English Language for several generations.
2 - Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan. Again, a definite leftist/anti corporate set of stories, set in a not-too-distant future. Global hypercapitalist corporatism rules, everyone bows to the almighty dollar/yen/pound/credit. Shares a title with the cop out Netflix show but not really much DNA. Morgan's (very few) flaws as a writer are more than made up for by his pace and the ability to depict absolute mayhem beautifully. Reading these, I get the feeling the lad has seen some real action, not just read about it.
3 - Dune - Frank Herbert. Someone once named it "The Fastest Tanking Series Ever" but - the additional volumes by his son and Anderson aside, a well written (mostly) and well thought out story line. Shame about the ongoing retcons but oh well. Probably a bit too wordy and nerdy for some, and (it seems at times) a bit too up himself about how clever he is, they're nevertheless a serious addition to anyone's collection. Top tip: Avoid the books written by his son and Kevin J Anderson; they are utter trash.
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