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    I think I've asked this on the boards before, but is Dean Koontz any good? If so, what are some of his best books?
    You could try his Odd Thomas series. I also think you should give Christopher Moore a try - Lamb is a popular one to start with or maybe The Stupidest Angel, Fool or A Dirty Job.
    I just looked those up. They sound like pretty fun books, especially A Dirty Job.

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    I think I've asked this on the boards before, but is Dean Koontz any good? If so, what are some of his best books?
    You could try his Odd Thomas series. I also think you should give Christopher Moore a try - Lamb is a popular one to start with or maybe The Stupidest Angel, Fool or A Dirty Job.
    I just looked those up. They sound like pretty fun books, especially A Dirty Job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmcmullen92 View Post
    Is Stephenson actually any good? I was at the store the other day and his books were every where. They even had lettered editions of his books there but i've never heard anything on him.
    I like him - he's kind of like Simmons in that his books are all different and some you like and some you don't. I would recommend early stuff like Snow Crash or Zodiac. He gets more dense and really detailed with Cryptonomicon. I really enjoyed the Baroque Cycle - it's a lot of history of science. His other work is I guess science fiction, but I really was kinda on the fence about his last one Seveneves.

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    For those looking for quirky fun I suggest:
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    I also wanted to mention Jeff Strand. He's usually billed as horror/humor, although he writes YA too. He's a friend of a friend, which is how I found him. The first book I read of his was Pressure and I couldn't put it down. He is also part of the the new Cemetery Dance Select series. As I was able to review those books already, I can definitely recommend that one. There is a story in there called “Mr. Sensitive” that will make you laugh, want to throw up, and cause you immense vicarious pain all at the same time.

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    Jeff Vandermeer is a really cool author.

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    Michael Crichton is up there with Stephen King for me. He makes difficult subjects easy to understand.

    Mary Kubica is an awesome author, definitely worth a read.

    Also The Kellermans. Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman.

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    I'm a Robert McCammon fan. I have been pleased with all I've read of his. I feel that he is underrated.
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    To everyone in here who mentioned Robert McCammon's name: Thank you! I am a little over halfway through Boy's Life and loving every single bit of it. I don't want this book to end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    To everyone in here who mentioned Robert McCammon's name: Thank you! I am a little over halfway through Boy's Life and loving every single bit of it. I don't want this book to end.
    Awesome that you're still enjoying Boy's Life!
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    I don't know if he's been mentioned in here already, and I'm too lazy to search the entire thread ( ), but...

    Does anyone recommend Arthur C. Clarke? I picked up Childhood's End at the bookstore yesterday out of intrigue, but put it back because I didn't know if I wanted to give it the time. I know 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of those classic sci-fi pieces that people recommend, but does anyone know if it's really good or just an overrated piece of fiction?

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    The Clarke books I liked the best are 2001, 2061 ODYSSEY THREE, THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE, 3001 THE FINAL ODYSSEY, and RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA. I've read CHILDHOOD'S END and his early novels and recall that I liked them, but it's been so long that's about all I can remember. For some reason I disliked 2010 ODYSSEY TWO though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    I don't know if he's been mentioned in here already, and I'm too lazy to search the entire thread ( ), but...

    Does anyone recommend Arthur C. Clarke? I picked up Childhood's End at the bookstore yesterday out of intrigue, but put it back because I didn't know if I wanted to give it the time. I know 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of those classic sci-fi pieces that people recommend, but does anyone know if it's really good or just an overrated piece of fiction?
    Clarke was an amazing author. He has always been my #1 (science fiction) and never failed to inspire awe.
    Childhood's End is one of my favorites, along with the Odyssey books and the Rama series.
    2001: A Space Odyssey absolutely is worth you time.

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    Cool. Thanks for the tips, guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    Cool. Thanks for the tips, guys.
    Here's an another: track down the short story The Sentinel by ACC. It's a prequel to 2001. He has a ton of collections and The Sentinel gets reprinted a few times. It shouldn't be too hard to find.

    Rendezvous with Rama is another great novel.

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    If I read The Sentinel first will it do anything to spoil or take away from 2001 if I decide to read it later?

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    Well....The Sentinel was used as a starting point for 2001: A Space Odyssey (didn't see the movie yet???) but it was not a straight adaptation.

    Clarke:"I am continually annoyed by careless references to 'The Sentinel' as 'the story on which 2001 is based'; it bears about as much relation to the movie as an acorn to the resultant full-grown oak.

    So no, I don't think reading the short story first will spoil reading the novel. But what do you mean......if I decide to read it later? It's a fantastic novel, and a great, great movie.
    Read the novel. see the movie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik View Post

    So no, I don't think reading the short story first will spoil reading the novel. But what do you mean......if I decide to read it later? It's a fantastic novel, and a great, great movie.
    Read the novel. see the movie!


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    Noted.

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    I read Childhood's End a year or two ago because they were doing a mini-series adaptation. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it seemed very dense to me. For such a short book I had a lot of times where I could only take 20 pages at a time before I had to set it aside until the next time. Lots of good and interesting ideas about people, creation, and our place in the world, but the character work wasn't the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biomieg View Post
    Many of my favorites were mentioned already. Also worth checking out IMO: Cody McFadyen (he wrote a couple of great serial killer novels and then simply disappeared), Daniel Hecht (for some great 'neuropsychological noir' novels). Hugh Howey (Wool trilogy). Justin Cronin (The Passage trilogy).
    A few other great books I read not too long ago (based on recommendations here):

    - Replay (Ken Grimwood)
    - Wayward Pines (Blake Crouch)
    - Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)

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    Quote Originally Posted by biomieg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by biomieg View Post
    Many of my favorites were mentioned already. Also worth checking out IMO: Cody McFadyen (he wrote a couple of great serial killer novels and then simply disappeared), Daniel Hecht (for some great 'neuropsychological noir' novels). Hugh Howey (Wool trilogy). Justin Cronin (The Passage trilogy).
    A few other great books I read not too long ago (based on recommendations here):

    - Replay (Ken Grimwood)
    - Wayward Pines (Blake Crouch)
    - Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)
    I've been wanting to read more Blake Crouch. I loved the Wayward Pines trilogy. So Dark Matter was good then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    If I read The Sentinel first will it do anything to spoil or take away from 2001 if I decide to read it later?

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