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Just finished the Kingkiller books, didn't realize the third one wasn't out yet but its coming very soon.

Read the Night Angel, love Weeks but didn't care for Lightbringer. even though it was a pretty interesting concept of "magic". Read a lot of Sanderson, but he has a lot of work I haven't read yet (tried to read Stormlight, and every time I get about 100 pages in and just cant do it anymore). Read Abercrombies stuff, read the Warded Man series

Haven't read Wheel of Time yet, thinking I should maybe dive in that series.

Just finished the Chernow biographies of Washington, Grant, and Hamilton. Also read Grants autobiography and a good book on the Hatfield / McCoy feud.

Huge Star Wars fan, but gave up on the books some time ago. However I hear the new Thrawn trilogy about his life is really good, even if its no longer canon (probably better because its not)

I read pretty fast so I prefer if its a series they are all out. Love fantasy, sci-fi, good history books.




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For more history I would recommend any book by Antony Beevor. I just finished his book on Stalingrad and he does a great job of covering history from the highest echelon down to the individual.

https://www.goodreads.com/auth...t/3407.Antony_Beevor

https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/antony-beevor/202772/




 
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Dragonriders of Pern and Wheel of Time are huge and well done.

I like Sanderson’s Mistborn series.

If you were ever into older MMORPG video games, Aleron Kong’s The Land series seems interesting. I’m only halfway through the first one but it progresses like a character in one of those games.
 
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We Were Soldiers
By Hal Moore







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Wheel of Time will keep you busy for quite some time. Still recommended.


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I am reading King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard.

Series that I read and re-read are those by Patrick O'Brian - Aubrey & Maturin, Bernard Cornwell - The Sharpe's Rifles series, and George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman opus.

I also go back and read over some of Alistair MacLean's early work every so often - HMS Ulysses is his best novel IMHO, followed by Where Eagles Dare and When Eight Bells Toll.

If you like dystopian fiction, On The Beach written by Neville Shute is a good read, far better than the film.
 
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If you like dystopian fiction, On The Beach written by Neville Shute is a good read, far better than the film.


Another dystopian is The Last Ship, William Brinkley.


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Another dystopian is The Last Ship, William Brinkley.



Again, a far better book than, in this case, TV series.
 
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The Right sounds like an interesting history of the political right in America.
 
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The Galaxy’s Edge series from Jason Anspach and Nick Cole. Really good military sci-fi. There are currently 14 books in the core series and and 15-20 in the expanded universe. Start off with Legionnaire.


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Wheel of time starts off good.
It peaks around book 5 and starts a downward trend.
Around book 8 or 9 it just gets boring - was painful to get through.
Then Jordan died.
Sanderson breathed new life into the series and finished it off with a bang.

So if you go that route.. prepare for some drudgery about 2/3 of the way thru the series.

Stormlight archive is great.
I don't get how you cant get into it.
I've read each book multiple times by now.
You could try more of his other stuff.
The Skyward series is geared toward young-adult - but is still VERY good.
Mistborn of course - there's multiple eras of that out now - including the secret histories.
Warbreaker
Elantris
The Reckoner series is pretty fun too.


lol @ kingkiller.
I've been waiting for that series to finish for well over a decade.
Patrick Rothfuss is right up there with GRRM for being a slow writer.

A few more recommendations:

Larry Correia.
Very pro-2a author (used to own a gun store I think)
His "Monster Hunter" series is slightly better than "OK" in my opinion.
Where he really shines though is "The Grimnoir Chronicles" (trilogy fully complete)
There's also the "Saga of the Forgotten Warrior" series - which I literally just now discovered had book 3 come out two years ago and I didn't notice (yay).


James Islington
"The Licanius Trilogy"
I very much enjoyed all three of these books.


Jim Butcher
He has the quite lengthy Dresden series (about a wizard living in modern day Chicago).
As it stands now, it's somewhat at a close - but there's significant potential for probable future books. (I think there's like 15 books now already).
He had a large pause in his writing due to personal problems (divorce) but has semi-recently started back up again.
The "Codex Alera" - 6 book series. Think: Roman empire with elemental magic - also giant wolf people.
He also has book 1 out of "The Cinder Spires".
It's a very good start to a series - but I've been waiting for book two for seven years now..... Frown


Scott Lynch
The "Gentleman Bastard" series.
There's 3 books out now (honestly I thought it was over) and apparently there's 4 more "forthcoming".


Kevin Hearne
Similar to Jim Butcher's Dresden series (above), Kevin has "The Iron Druid Chronicles"
This follows the adventures of an old Irish druid who has survived since the time of the Romans and now lives in modern America.
There's 10 books in the series (it appears to be over at 10)





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William Kent Krueger’s excellent ’Ordinary Grace’.



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Another dystopian is The Last Ship, William Brinkley.



Again, a far better book than, in this case, TV series.


the book was so richly written. it stayed with me for a while afterwards


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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand...

https://www.cliffsnotes.com/li...about-atlas-shrugged


I'm currently reading AS. but I'm following Scott Brick's narration (50 cds). He has to keep 3-4 voices going at times. The money speech is probably around cd 18-20. can't wait.
 
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Just finished the Kingkiller books, didn't realize the third one wasn't out yet but its coming very soon.


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Try the Expanse series starting with Leviathan’s Wake. You’ll be happy you did.


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For more history I would recommend any book by Antony Beevor. I just finished his book on Stalingrad and he does a great job of covering history from the highest echelon down to the individual.

Completely agree.

“Stalingrad” was the first book by Beevor that I read. It was excellent, but gut-wrenching. The suffering on all sides - Germans, Russians, and civilians - was incredible.

I bought his “Second World War”, but haven’t started it yet. His “Berlin” is supposed to be very good as well.


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