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17 October 2014 @ 02:08 pm
Audible Book Sale  
Audible is having another "Get started on a series" sale. This time though they're offering the first two books in each series, rather than just the first, for $6 each. (And once again i'm mourning the day that Amazon bought out Audible. Stupid Amazon.)

Edit: I should also mention that the sale is currently scheduled to last until the end of this Sunday, the 19th.

http://www.audible.com/mt/DNS14-Sale

There are a lot of good books/authors in the list, but here are some of the ones i like:


Strongly Recommended
L. E. Modesitt Jr. - "Imager Portfolio": Modesitt has a pretty definite style, but so far i think this series is a bit better grounded "Recluse", his other big fantasy series.
Lian Hearn - "Tales of the Otori" - About ninjas in fantasy alternative Sengoku Japan.
Lois McMaster Bujold - "Vorkosigan Saga": I do highly recommend these, but i'm not sure the first chronological book, "Falling Free", is really the best place to start. "Shards of Honor" however does make a good first book.
Lynn Flewelling - "Nightrunner": As long as you're okay with gay elves in your fantasy this is a great series. (Do i have anyone in my friends list who wouldn't be at _least_ "okay" with gay elves? =)


Recommended:
E. E. Knight - "Age of Fire": His "Vampire Earth" books always seemed a little cheesy but fun to me. I've only read the first book in this dragon series so i really don't have much to say about it yet.
Taylor Anderson - "Destroyermen": This is fairly standard "people get sent to another world", in this case it's a pair of WW2 era destroyers getting sent to an alternate earth where sapient lemurs and dinosaurs evolved instead of humans. For the first book the characterization was pretty flat but the world building was cool. Later books improved on the characterization however. It is very gung-ho military, and i've kind of purposefully avoided finding out anything more about the author's political views.
Robin Hobb - "Farseer Trilogy": I would strongly recommend the later "Liveship" trilogy. However i found the protagonists of the first series to be rather frustrating.
Charlaine Harris - "Sookie Stackhouse": If you like vampires and aren't already burned out on the TV adaptation.


Other people have recommended:
C. J. Cherryh - "Foreigner": Keep meaning to read these, have never gotten around to it. Maybe i will now?
Eric Flint, David Weber - "Ring of Fire", aka the 1632 books: I read 1632 off of the Baen free library a long time back. Seemed like a pretty standard "people get sent back in time" story. I generally enjoy those, but i'm not particularly interested in 17th century Germany so i didn't keep up with it.
J. D. Robb - "In Death": I've been told this is a good detective/cop series set a little ways into the future.
Jack L. Chalker - "Saga of the Well World": One of those famous SF series that i read the first book of but didn't get sucked into. Maybe i'll try again.
Neal Stephenson - "The Baroque Cycle": I read the first one of these. It was fine. I'm a bit daunted about delving further into such a lengthy series with the possibility of a "traditional" Stephenson "ending" however.
Mercedes Lackey - "Collegium Chronicles": At least i presume someone would recommend these. I loved a lot of her earlier books but i eventually got kind of burned out and i haven't even touched these, so i can't say much about them.

There are about 90 other authors in the list however, so probably worth checking through if you're at all interested in audiobooks.
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Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on October 17th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
I need to note that while I enjoyed the first Nightrunner books, I actually returned the Audible version, because I found the narrator unlistenable. The later ones have a different narrator, but, yeah, I read the text version of the first few, because augh.

I like Foreigner. Definite recommend. The narrator is good, though he talks fast. It works well once you get used to his style. As a note, the first third or so of the first book is entirely backstory, which gets frustrating. But the series is worth the slow start to the first book. The series has a lot of (highly plot-relevant) conlang, and the narrator does a great job with that.

Collegium Chronicles are less-angsty Lackey, but are pretty formulaic. Readable, but nothing new. I'd recommend them to people who generally like Lackey, aren't bored of the "high fantasy boarding school" genre, and want something familiar and unchallenging to listen to while doing other things. Otherwise a waste of time.

I don't want to re-read the Dresden Files enough to be willing to sit through the audiobooks, but they are read by James Marsters, AKA Spike.

I enjoyed the Confederation series by Tanya Huff (Valor's Choice / The Better Part of Valor). Definitely a *light* read, but fun. They're sci-fi but the tone and pacing feel more like fantasy to me (which is what Tanya Huff usually writes, after all).

I've said it before but if you found the protagonists in the Farseer trilogy frustrating but liked the Liveship trilogy, I'm staying away from Farseer, because the Liveship trilogy kept me wanting to wring every character's neck and I'm having a hard time actually imagining *more* frustrating characterization. I did enjoy the worldbuilding though.

DonAithnendonaithnen on October 18th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
I _think_ I started the Nightrunner series on Audible and I don't remember the narrator being that bad, but it has been awhile.

I did pick up the Tanya Huff books. Nice to know that was probably a good idea :)

I've read the first Dresden book before and it really didn't grab me. It didn't seem bad, just kind of blah and forgettable.

It's been awhile since I read the Farseer books, but I seem to recall my main issue with the protagonists was mainly frustration at their apathy. They seemed to spend a lot of time not addressing their problems directly.

From what I recall the Liveship people would sometimes do stupid things, but at least they were doing things!
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on October 19th, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
I've read the first Dresden book before and it really didn't grab me. It didn't seem bad, just kind of blah and forgettable.

That's because it is. The series doesn't really pick up until the third or fourth book. Whether or not it picks up enough to be worth the wait is debatable; it depends on whether the genre is your cup of tea, I think.