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Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)

Postby Angua » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

Aldarion wrote:Does anyone know a good book about robots/AI replacing humanity on Earth? I'd especially love it if the extinction of humanity is presented as a good thing (no more pollution, no more wars, machines won't be cruel and stupid etc.), rather than a dystopic disaster.

I can give you 'Friendship is Optimal' MLP fanfiction.

I can't really think of many things that have robots replacing humanity as a good thing. Alistair Reynolds is quite favourable to the Conjoined (humans with an interlinked consciousness via nanites) but the rest of the humans in that universe don't like them, and there are laws governing AI.
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Postby Znirk » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:38 pm UTC

Aldarion wrote:Does anyone know a good book about robots/AI replacing humanity on Earth?
Some of Stanisław Lem's lighter stuff is set in a universe where all the people are machines, and the protein entities who built the first few generations are mere lengends from time immemorial. You don't get to see the replacement though, and it's not limited to Earth.

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Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:33 pm UTC

Max Gladstones Craft Sequence is pretty neat. Kind of campy, but doing the right thing.
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Postby PeteP » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:28 pm UTC

In the last while (years I guess) I have been encountering many mangas with the premise of reincarnating with your memories in a different world (and others were you are just transported to it of course), I kinda find the concept interesting but the manga are usually wish fulfillment crap. Are there any good books with that premise?

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Postby Grop » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:47 pm UTC

I couldn't think of any in the few seconds before going there, but tvtropes has a few suggestions for Trapped in Another World. None (or very few) of the books listed in litterature seems to involve reincarnation however.

Now I think of it, I liked Planet of Adventure (Jack Vance) which they didn't classify in this trope, although that is mostly pulp adventure.

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Postby Angua » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:47 pm UTC

I can't vouch for the quality, but the movie (or maybe it was a miniseries) was interesting

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Postby morriswalters » Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:33 pm UTC

River World has some interesting plot devices, Grail Stones and killing yourself to travel, among others. And historical characters as protagonists. Including Goering, Twain, and Richard Francis Burton. An interesting one I just fished is the Girl With All The Gifts, an interesting spin on Zombies. I Am Legend with a child as protagonist.

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Postby Moo » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:49 am UTC

Aldarion wrote:Does anyone know a good book about robots/AI replacing humanity on Earth? I'd especially love it if the extinction of humanity is presented as a good thing (no more pollution, no more wars, machines won't be cruel and stupid etc.), rather than a dystopic disaster.
A bit late to the party, and not robots or AI, but The Ragged World entertains a world that needs saving from humans because we suck, and a possible outcome where we get eliminated for the good of the planet.
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Postby Ginger » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:32 am UTC

Can anyone recommend me a book about re: transgender girls or women? I am a transgender young adult woman and I Need to read stories about other women and girls just like me. Because I am very selfish and only interested in the transgender liberal agenda of making everyone accept our rainbows colors until they vomit fairy dust and pink sparkles.
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Postby Kewangji » Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:57 pm UTC

Ginger wrote:Can anyone recommend me a book about re: transgender girls or women? I am a transgender young adult woman and I Need to read stories about other women and girls just like me. Because I am very selfish and only interested in the transgender liberal agenda of making everyone accept our rainbows colors until they vomit fairy dust and pink sparkles.

I don't know if other trans women are the target audience but I remember liking Avery Edison's Right Body, Wrong Junk. http://www.averyedison.com/rightbodywrongjunk/
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Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:01 pm UTC

I dunno if this is exactly what you're after, but in the Craft sequence, the protagonist of book 5 and 6 is a trans woman. It's a fairly central point of her character, but it isn't really a central point of the story itself. Ish.
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Postby Liri » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:46 pm UTC

Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado. They're short stories. They're excellent.
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Postby Biliboy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:11 am UTC

PeteP wrote:Does anyone know a litrpg that is actually good? https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/litrpg for people who haven't heard of the genre.

(Btw feel free to recommend me general VR stories since I like VR stories but I'm specifically asking for a litrpg because I have tried some and many were just bad some were decent but I didn't find anything I would call good. )



Bit of a necro but I'd like to ask the same question. I've gotten kindle unlimited recently and started liking this genre, at least when done well. So far I've enjoyed Viridian Gate Online, The Land series by Aleron Kong, and Beginner's Luck by Aaron Jay. There's definitely some B grade books on kindle, but a few have been really close to what I've been used to from established mainstream authors.

I guess Ready Player One counts as part of the litrpg subgenre now that I think about it, but it didn't have quite the emphasis on leveling/loot/stats that some stories have.

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Postby plytho » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:28 am UTC

I'm looking for books written by women. I noticed that nearly all of the books I read are written by men.

I'm mostly into popular science and sci-fi, but I'm definitely willing to explore other stuff.

As far as sci-fi is concerned I'm familiar with Ursula le Guin, Ann Leckie, connie willis, Margaret Atwood and Octavia butler. So I guess I know how to find good sci-fi writing women, but I'd like to get to know more.

I'm not that sure where to look for popular science. I'm broadly interested in most science subjects (biology, psychology, physics,...). The problem is that most of these science books are quite specific and for example when I see a cool blurb for a book about ants there's usually not a female writer with a similar take on ants to read instead. Also, after ants I usually don't want to read more about ants or even beetles or spiders but I'll go looking for books about stars or trees. So 'more of the same' type recommendations websites give aren't really helpful here. Anyway, if you know any cool books about science written by women I'd like to know!

Any other recommendations outside those domains are certainly welcome as well!
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Postby Zohar » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:13 pm UTC

Most of what I read is sci fi and fantasy, so I'll give recs in those areas. I would also recommend you try to actively find writers of color (which you've begun to do with Octavia Butler and if you haven't read Wild Seed I highly endorse doing so).

N K Jemisin really came into prominence a couple of years ago with Fifth Season. It's not her first novel, but it has great world building, and fascinating character work. I believe there's two sequels now, and other series as well.
Nnedi Okorafor has been writing for a while, too, mostly for young adults. I started off with her novella Binti which is a strange, creepy, and somewhat hopeful story of (sort of) first contact. There's follow-up books as well.
Robin Hobb writes amazingly intricate worlds with amazing character development in a medieval-ish fantasy setting. George R R Martin has described her as part of the inspiration for Game of Thrones. She has a vast universe with multiple trilogies spanning recurring characters, the first book in that series is The Assassin's Apprentice. I usually need an emotional break between reading each of her books.
Diana Wynn Jones writes a lot of young-adult fantasy, her most famous book is probably Howl's Moving Castle, which is charming and lovely and very different from the movie, so I recommend it even if you've seen it and didn't like it too much (for example because the ending makes no sense).
Lois McMaster Bujold writes both space opera as well as classic fantasy. In the fantasy genre, I loved The Curse of Chalion. In science fiction, she has a fairly long series called The Vorkosigan Saga and you should probably start with Shards of Honor.
Becky Chambers is a fairly new writer, only recently published her third space-opera novel. The first of which is The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. It's an in-depth dive into a universe of her creation. The first book is a bit like a collection of short stories, the second book has a more coherent plot. Both are lovely queer creations with themes of found families.
Malinda Lo's first book, Ash, is a reimagining of Cinderella that I highly recommend. The second one, Huntress, is in the same world but hundreds of years apart, still describing a fantastic world of dark faeries and their interactions with humans.
I only read one of Naomi Novik's book, Uprooted. It's a fantasy romance story set in an Eastern-European inspired world of evil woods and the creatures lurking within.

I hope these help!
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Postby plytho » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:34 am UTC

Zohar wrote:I would also recommend you try to actively find writers of color (which you've begun to do with Octavia Butler and if you haven't read Wild Seed I highly endorse doing so).
That's a good point and I do try that to a degree. I read Lilith's brood and will give Wild Seed a go. Right now I'm trying to commit to reading at least as many books by women as I do by men. Which means I need to read at least 10 books by women to match the 10 books I already read this year.
Zohar wrote:I hope these help!
They definitely do. I've added a bunch of them to my to-read list and I've already started reading and enjoying "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet". Also, if I'd realised Robin Hobb was a woman I'd have probably read her books years ago. Unfortunately I've been a little burned out on fantasy the last couple of years so I probably won't pick them up soon.

So thanks a lot!

In general I extend my request to poc and queer authors and I'm really hoping for some popular science recommendations.
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Postby Zohar » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:15 pm UTC

plytho wrote:That's a good point and I do try that to a degree. I read Lilith's brood and will give Wild Seed a go. Right now I'm trying to commit to reading at least as many books by women as I do by men. Which means I need to read at least 10 books by women to match the 10 books I already read this year.

Yeah. while I don't read very quickly, it has been incredibly easy to avoid almost any books written by straight cis white men.

I forgot another recommendation of a series of books I read maybe five or ten years ago. Lian Hearn is the pseudonym under which Gillian Rubinstein published Across The Nightingale Floor and its sequels, a series of fantasy novels set in a fictional version of feudal Japan. If you're interested in the setting, I recommend them.
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Postby doogly » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:19 pm UTC

"Nihilist Girl" is a pseudo-autobiographical novel by Sofya Kovalevskaya, an important 19th century algebrist.

"Age of Entanglement" is about fun things in quantum mechanics. Alma mater shoutout, Louisa Gilder was a Dartmouth '00 (I an '06.)

Less bookishly, Sabine Hossenfelder has a fantastic physics blog, backreaction.blogspot.com, and Natalie Wolchover does excellent writing at https://www.quantamagazine.org/authors/natalie. More shoutouts, I was Natalie's astro TA. I suppose it's not too much less bookish; Sabine also has book. But that I haven't read.

Having nothing related to sci/fi fantasy, but that I recommend in the highest possible terms, are Insel by Mina Loy (and her poetry, and her biography [also by a woman]* but surely less interesting if you haven't read Mina's stuff first), the collected short stories and Cheri by Colette (and everything else by Colette, but I recommend these starts), and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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Postby plytho » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:27 am UTC

Thanks, doogly. Some of those definitely look like they're out of my comfort zone, but I'm looking forward to that.
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