Ray’s Recommended Reading

I’ve recently been reading a lot more and wanted to start a list of books and stories I particularly enjoyed. It’ll be short for now but ‘ll try to keep updating it. If you have anything you want to recommend, please feel free.

Ender Quintet— awesome scifi series that explores a lot of ethics and philosophy. Occasionally boring after Ender’s Game, but overall very, very satisfying.
1. Ender’s Game
2. Speaker for the Dead
3. Xenocide
4. Children of the Mind

Roadside Picnic— short scifi story that inspired S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Dudes in gasmasks going treasure-hunting in spooky radiated wastelands.

Hard to be a God— same writers as Roadside Picnic; the story of a man in the future who is studying a world similar to medieval Earth. Well-paced mix of science fiction and fantasy.

The Things That Are Not there— Lovecraftian nightmares vs. hardboiled detective.

The Witcher Series— (fantasy- elves, dwarves, monsters, etc.) I admit I could never get much into the games. They played very nicely, but I didn’t know what the hell was going on. Thank Melitele that there’s extremely well-written, engrossing books to provide me with backstory. Maybe once I’m finished with them, I can get into the games.
(I read The Last Wish, a very good collection of short-stories that provide even more backstory, and am currently reading the “first” book in the series, Blood of the Elves. I’m by no-means an expert, but The Last Wish doesn’t seem to be required reading. There’s also Sword of Destiny– another short story collection– which I skipped for no real reason. I imagine purists would recommend reading the two short-story collections first. As would I, because everything I’ve read until now has been extremely interesting and I kind of regret not reading Sword of Destiny. Maybe I’ll stop short in Blood and go back to it.)


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