Fantasy Books and simultaneous reading

In my free time I like to read Fantasy and Science Fiction books. Though Fantasy is my preferred genre I did read quite a lot of SF pockets lately which I got from my father in law. My girlfriend is, just like here father, more of a SF reader so I tried to convince here to start reading some of my books and now I’ve finally managed to get her started in one of my favorite series ‘The Wheel of Time’

Right now,  I guess cause I write a bit in advance, she just started with book 4. I’m also trying to get here started in some other series I really like, but she wants to stick to one series at a time. I myself don’t really mind reading in several series at once. I must admit I do prefer series over a single book.

These are the series I’m currently busy with:

  • The wheel of time by Robert Jordan (just finished book 12)
  • The Sword of Thruth series by Terry Goodkind (just finished book 6)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George r.r. Martin (Waiting for book 5 too frickin long!!)
  • The Three Worlds Cycle by Ian Irvin (Busy in book 3)
  • The Elves by Bernard Hennen ( Recently finished the first book, only available in German and Dutch right now)
  • The Dwarfs by Markuz Heitz ( Finished book 2 quite a long time ago , think the first book is also available in English)

There is more, I’ve read two series from Tad Williams and the first three series from Robin Hobb (stopped in book two of the fourth, too depressing!) Two questions. One: Do you read simultaneously? and Two: Which series do I absolutely have to read (and why)?

Looking forward to your suggestions!

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  1. Posted October 18, 2010 at 16:33 | Permalink

    Hey Jeroen!

    I have been totally slacking off with my reading lately, but I’ve just started picking it up again, with the eleventh WoT. I finished the prelude yesterday and it was great, so I have high hopes for the rest of the book!

    Since you’re getting into SciFi, I can really recommend the late Arthur C Clarke’s writings. I’ve only read a little he wrote, but so far it’s been good; The Wind From the Sun which is a collection of short stories and Rendezvous with Rama, a full novel which has a few sequels too (but I don’t think you can call it a proper series). If you’d like to try his books, I can recommend starting with the short stories; they’re all very short and diverse enough to keep your interest. He writes about various topics and his writing has that typical SciFi “edge” which I like so much, touching moral issues rather than only describing space battles 😉 I’m also considering reading 2001: A Space Oddyssey, but I already saw the film (which is truly breathtaking, if you take the time to view it and can stand the slow pace) so I’m not yet sure if reading the book will add a lot.

    I’ve heard Isaac Asimov is fantasic, so I tried out “Foundation”, the first book in his series, but I actually found it very boring :( I might try a different book or series by him later.

  2. Posted October 18, 2010 at 16:36 | Permalink

    Oh, and as for the simultaneous reading, I don’t do that :) I have a shitty memory and have trouble remembering what happened a couple chapters back in one book, let alone several :)

    Of course while waiting for a sequal to come out (like WoT) I read other stuff but only ever one book at a time. If I’m reading a technical book I generally read that simultaneously with novels, though. There’s not really much of a storyline to keep track of with those 😉

  3. Jeroen van Doorn
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 20:04 | Permalink

    Hi Peter!

    I really enjoyed the 11th and 12th book of WoT! enjoy!!! I still have about 15 small fantasy pockets which I have to finish first and I also want to finish some other series :)

    But thanks for the advice, any stuff on Fantasy series or is it just SF for you right now?

    I’m not really reading in different series at the same time, but I don’t necessarily have to finish a series before I start another one or read a book in another series. I do also read technical books and novels at the same time, just like you.

    Speak soon!

  4. Posted October 20, 2010 at 22:18 | Permalink

    I generally prefer finishing a series, but if there’s another book I want to read in between two sequels of course I do that too.

    I don’t really have anything on fantasy to recommend right now, sorry :)

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