What are you reading?

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So I know we primarily (rightfully so) talk about Board Games.  But in a few posts other interests have come up.  I feel like if we have board games in common we might have some books in common too.  And I'm always looking for new great things to read.  So what are you reading (listening to, I love me some Audible) right now?

Also, any podcast recommendations?

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9 months ago

Just finished the Foundation trilogy from Isaac Asimov and started book 5 in the original Dune series, Heretics of Dune.

I also usually do a book and an audiobook at the same time. I try to have the two be very different, so that I don't get things confused, but right now I happen to be going through the first Dune again in audiobook form so I'm fresh now that there's a new movie coming out! So I'm reading two Dune books at the same time, haha.

Supporter9 months ago

The Foundation books are awesome. I go back and re-read them all every few years. 

Supporter9 months ago

I'm going to add them to my SciFi List for sure.

9 months ago

Have you read beyond the original trilogy? Are the sequels and prequels worth reading?

Supporter9 months ago

For sure.  I found the list I’ve pasted and gone through them all.  I really enjoy them.  Some are better than others but they all have at least one really interesting insight.

  1. The Complete Robot (1982) Collection of 31 Short Stories about robots.
  2. The Caves of Steel (1954) His first Robot novel.
  3. The Naked Sun (1957) The second Robot novel.
  4. The Robots of Dawn (1983) The third Robot novel.
  5. Robots and Empire (1985) The fourth (final) Robot novel.
  6. The Currents of Space (1952) The first Empire novel.
  7. The Stars, Like Dust-- (1951) The second Empire novel.
  8. Pebble in the Sky (1950) The third and final Empire novel.
  9. Prelude to Foundation (1988) The first Foundation novel.
  10. Forward the Foundation (1992) The second Foundation novel. (Not in Asimov's list as it had not been written yet.)
  11. Foundation (1951) The third Foundation novel, comprised of 5 stories originally published between 1942-1949.
  12. Foundation and Empire (1952) The fourth Foundation novel, comprised of 2 stories originally published in 1945.
  13. Second Foundation (1953) The fifth Foundation novel, comprised of 2 stories originally published in 1948 and 1949.
  14. Foundation's Edge (1982) The sixth Foundation novel.
  15. Foundation and Earth (1983) The seventh Foundation novel.


9 months ago

Wait are those all in the Foundation series? I was under the impression that the Robot novels and all those ones you listed before #9 were unconnected from Foundation.

Supporter9 months ago

It's a list from the back of one of Asimov's books that recommends the reading order.  I'd definitely say they are related, some more strongly than others.  Going through the entire arc is definitely worth it and there are some themes and ideas that show up time and again.

Supporter9 months ago

So I started reading Foundation in Chronological Order and I was kind of disappointed when I got to Foundation.  I'm definitely going to go back into it later and start with publication order.

I also think I'd really enjoy The Robot books.

@theDL, one thing to keep in mind that I read from Asimov is he doesn't focus too much and making sure all the novels line up as "canon" for lack of better description.  Which I kind of like.  It's almost like he's sharing a history and there may be some different takes on the events based on the sources.  If that makes sense?

Supporter9 months ago

That is an interesting way of looking at it. 

9 months ago

@R0land1199 @sdirrane interesting. I've read the original trilogy and some of the robot stories, but it sounds like I'll have to read them all! Not a problem for me though, I stole them all from my dad's bookshelf a while back haha

Supporter9 months ago

Haha awesome.  And if I remember correctly they are rather short books as far as Sci Fi goes.

9 months ago

Yeah they all are.

Supporter9 months ago

Yeah, I always try to read/watch things in release order because I figure there was a reason to release them in that fashion.  Sometimes knowing something when you aren't supposed to can lessen the impact of later things.   

The books were written over a LOOOONG period of time and I think the last one was completed by someone else?  (I could be wrong.) There are a few inconsistencies here and there but like you said, at the end of it you have a history rather than something that has to be 100% factually in line.

Supporter9 months ago

That's how I feel.  I refuse to read The Chronicles of Narnia in "chronological" order.

9 months ago

I've been wanting to read Asimov's stuff. I feel like it's essential gospel in the genre haha 

Supporter9 months ago

He is very very good. I don't know that I would characterize him as great. But, I do quite enjoy his works. 

Supporter9 months ago

There is also a Magazine I want to check out that has a lot of short stories called "Asimov's Science Fiction."  My dad has been reading it a lot when my parents come out to visit me and he really likes it so I'm going to check it out.

9 months ago

I know of that magazine. I've read a few stories from it and even submitted a few to it myself. Definitely has some good stuff, and produces a lot of Hugo award nominees. I've been meaning to get into it more heavily as well, as they're good stories and I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to read the magazine I want to submit to :) 

Supporter9 months ago

I'd recommend it.  I read some of them in book form and audio booked others.  My last run through the entire robot/.empire/foundation arc was audiobook.

9 months ago

Time to check out my library's audio selection!

Supporter9 months ago

Yes between Audible and three library systems cards I find a lot.

Supporter9 months ago

For sure.  I did mine on Audible mostly because at the time I was driving a lot and was going through them pretty fast.  I found I was waiting a lot or couldn't find certain ones in the library.  I am sure it will differ from place to place of course.

9 months ago

I have two library accounts, one here and one from where I moved from a year ago haha The latter will expire this year, but until then, I fully expect to exploit their services for my ultimate gain. Namely, audio books. 

Supporter9 months ago

Awesome.  I have three locally but I sometimes use my parents account from MA as well.

9 months ago

Three! Ours is small and doesn't have a great selection. Which is why I renewed my old one a week before moving here haha

Supporter9 months ago

I live in the Denver Metro area, right on the border of a few counties.  So I have my local small Library, then the county next to me, and when I wrote my Masters thesis I had to go to the Denver Public Library so I have one of those as well.

Supporter9 months ago

It's so nice when you're mowing the lawn or shoveling.

Supporter9 months ago

That's awesome.  I listened to Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune.  I didn't end up getting through the second trilogy because I didn't love God Emperor.  I know a lot of people do and wish I did but it just didn't grab me the way the first Trilogy did.

I have to read Foundation.  I actually read the first one chronologically years ago and then someone told me it was better in publication order (which I've found is often the case).  And when I started reading Foundation I was really disappointed I read Prelude first.  Perhaps I'll get back into it again at some point and start it over reading in publication order.

Supporter9 months ago

I’ve never actually read any of his work. I should probably fix that. 

9 months ago

Yeah I read the original three in publication order and it was a great read. I highly recommend it!

I know what you mean about God Emperor. It's a different kind of book. For me, I feel like I enjoyed how Herbert continued the story of this universe more than I actually enjoyed the details of the book. I'm really in awe of the setting and the world he created, and I'm interested in seeing where he takes the story, and how Leto's vision and plan for the future of the galaxy will or will not play out.