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Give me rip-roaring reads please [Apr. 13th, 2007|09:24 am]
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I asked this on my own journal but got no responses so I'm throwing it open to instant_fanzine: I feel in the mood to read rollicking action-adventure sf page-turners at the moment. Any recommendations?
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[User Picture]From: fjm
2007-04-13 08:36 am (UTC)
I seem to have missed the request on your own LJ.

Have you read Marusek's Counting Heads?
K. E Bedford is good, as is Elizabeth Moon.
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[User Picture]From: electricant
2007-04-13 08:51 am (UTC)
It was buried in my Eastercon report, so I'm not surprised many people missed it.

Elizabeth Moon was definitely a name I was thinking of, and was looking out for her stuff in the dealers room. Only came up with books 3 and 4 of one series, and 6 of another though. Any titles/series of hers in particular you'd recommend?
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[User Picture]From: grahamsleight
2007-04-13 08:42 am (UTC)
Sf/fantasy/protosteampunk, but Tim Powers's The Anubis gates, a recent Fantasy Masterwork, is huge fun.
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[User Picture]From: electricant
2007-04-13 08:51 am (UTC)
I hated it. :p
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2007-04-13 08:54 am (UTC)
More fantasy than SF, but The Night Watch and The Day Watch (and The Twilight Watch, probably, when that's out).
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2007-04-13 08:56 am (UTC)
Ian Watson's Games Workshop novels! (I have them and can lend.)
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[User Picture]From: farah_mdx
2007-04-13 08:57 am (UTC)
Mention of Steampunk: The Difference Engine. Two writers, a book that doesn't look like either.

Colin Greenland's Take Back Plenty (don't bother with the sequels) and Harm's Way.

Joe Haldeman's All My Sins Remembered.
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[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2007-04-13 09:15 am (UTC)
The Difference Engine and Take Back Plenty are great.

I found Jon George decidedly iffy though.
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From: abigail_n
2007-04-13 09:57 am (UTC)
The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
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[User Picture]From: electricant
2007-04-13 10:35 am (UTC)
I already like it for the title alone. :)
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[User Picture]From: surliminal
2007-04-13 10:15 am (UTC)
Have you read all the Varley Six Worlds books, and the early Kim Stanley Robinsons (esp Icehenge and Memory of Whiteness, before he got obsessed with eco politics :-P

Also i imagine you've read The Time Travellers Wife which for all its flaws is un putdownable?

I read Heinlein juvemiles in a similar kinda mood i think :-)

I'm not sure why you posted this but I myself am nostalgic for the days of simple exciting skiffy sensawunda reads - everything nowadays seems over run with political implications, has too much world building detail that a decent editor should have called a halt on, or is more or less an RPG written up, zzzz :(
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2007-04-13 10:29 am (UTC)
(esp Icehenge and Memory of Whiteness, before he got obsessed with eco politics :-P

Right, 'cause there's no ecopolitics in the Three Californias books ...

Much as I love Kim Stanley Robinson, I'd have difficulty categorising anything he's written as an action-adventure page-turner.
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[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2007-04-13 10:26 am (UTC)
Some of the best page-turner adventure SF novels I've read this year are by Neal Asher. The first book in the Cormac sequence Gridlinked is not as good as the ones that follow. I admit to starting with Line of Polity myself. (They run Gridlinked, Line of Polity, Brass Man and Polity Agent.) Other linked novels which take place in that universe - for instance Skinner and The Voyage of the Sable Keech are also great fun. Sure, there's no depth at all to them, but - by Ghod - you want to know what happens next.
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[User Picture]From: electricant
2007-04-13 10:35 am (UTC)
but - by Ghod - you want to know what happens next.

That's what I'm after, yes! Asher will go on the list too.
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[User Picture]From: ajr
2007-04-13 11:13 am (UTC)
The last sf I read which could be described as an 'action-adventure page-turner' was a juvenile called Bunker 10 by JA Henderson. I picked it off the shelf because I needed another book to fill out a 'three for two', and it had a blurb by Charlie Higson on the front. It seems to me to be a book that PKD might have written, had he written books for kids.

Also, while I haven't read them myself, I've had the Nikolai Dante books by David Bischoff recommended to me as being the type too, so you might want to give those a try.
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[User Picture]From: blue_condition
2007-04-13 08:04 pm (UTC)
....which reminds me - not SF, but "Bunker 13" by Aniruddha Bahal. Now there is a rattling page-turner. Catch-22 + James Bond + a load of Rudyard Kipling + a slice of PKD. An absolutely barking satire on the India/Pakistan conflict up in Kashmir.
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[User Picture]From: i_ate_my_crusts
2007-04-13 12:12 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily science fiction, but things I read or have read for page-turning goodness:

Kage Baker - the first three, especially
Karen Traviss - her space opera
Terry Pratchett - guards series for your taste, I think?
Philip Reeve - Mortal engines, etc
Robert Charles Wilson - Chronoliths

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[User Picture]From: despotliz
2007-04-13 12:27 pm (UTC)
Also, I think Jon Courtenay Grimwood writes page-turning crime thrillers with a bit of SF stuck on top, but many people would not agree with me.
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[User Picture]From: talvalin
2007-04-13 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yup. I would recommend the Arabesk trilogy if you're thinking about JCG.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2007-04-13 01:52 pm (UTC)
Streaking by Brian Stapleford...


... Only joking ;)
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[User Picture]From: applez
2007-04-13 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Altered Carbon now, that seems to fit the bill.

Otherwise I would default to any Heinlein. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: blue_condition
2007-04-13 08:14 pm (UTC)
Even the later stuff that's all solipsism, 'teats' and incest?
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[User Picture]From: blue_condition
2007-04-13 08:13 pm (UTC)
Avoid fiction entirely - go for Peter Hopkirk. He writes about the Great Game, the history of Central Asia over the last few centuries. There are weirder societies, stranger characters and more adventure in one of his books than any 10 sf novels.
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[User Picture]From: surliminal
2007-04-14 12:34 am (UTC)
Tonight's rec was Tad Williams FWIW..
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