witch (28th November 2012)
Peter F. Hamilton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has a good reputation for his Space Opera if he's not read him; not read them myself but could be worth a look.
And I know you say sci-fi, but Game of Thrones etc. really is excellent and is serving as a gateway drug for many people - could be worth a go. It has more in common with an alternate history than it does with Tolkien (although as it's based on the War of the Roses, that makes sense).
Last edited by sonofsanta; 28th November 2012 at 02:10 PM.
witch (28th November 2012)
Space Opera sounds familiar but I will have a look.
Def not Game of Thrones - not him at all
World war Z as a book hadnt occured to me - thanks
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Last edited by sonofsanta; 28th November 2012 at 02:15 PM.
He might not have read Philip Reeve's "Mortal Engines"/"Predator Cities" books as they're normally found in the "Older Readers" section, but they are a rollicking good Steampunk tale (though the author once somewhat ironically decried Steampunk as a literary dead end). The climax of the final book was stunning.
jasper Fforde's books are fun, though possibly not "sciencey" enough with the possible exception of "Shades of Grey".
Peter Hamiltons, Nights Dark trilogy is over a decade old but extremely good..
Chances are that MrWitch will already have read it.
Unless you've read them yourself don't dismiss Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones is the title of the first book and the TV Series NOT teh book Series ).
They are as far removed from Fantasy Fiction as anything I have ever read.
I know people (some in my own family) whose previous reading material ran the breadth from Wilbur Smith, Jackie Collins or that Bridget Jones woman.. and they STILL couldn't put Game of Thrones down when they started reading it.
If you have read them and still think they are not hubbies cup of tea then I obviously bow to your spousal knowledge
Last edited by JohnCondon; 28th November 2012 at 03:17 PM. Reason: didn't name the author
No one suggested Stephen King's Dark Tower series?
The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Wasted Lands etc.
Edit:Oopsie, It's The Waste Lands, not The Wasted Lands.
Anyway...the new Neil Asher Owner Trilogy books are quite good, not to everyones taste, but the second book is much better than the first.
China Miéville? Not really sci-fi either (similar genre to Neil Gaiman, slipstream or the new weird or w/e), and not to everyone's tastes, but I do love 'im. Kraken is perhaps the least pretentious place to start.
Last edited by sonofsanta; 28th November 2012 at 03:44 PM. Reason: to sound less grumpy
I don't know if anyone has suggested these....
The Many Coloured Land by Julian May. This starts a series of 4 books (I think) that are pretty good. They are quite old, so your OH may have read them already!
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