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5 books if you only read scifi & fantasy, and 5 other books you should read anyway



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  1. Saathvika

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Dune was dense (and a bit dry ) but I did end up enjoying it. The story more than made up for the heavy text. It did take me a long time to get through though ngl. I gave it 4 out if 5 stars.

  2. Artem Kreimer

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Recently came across Karen Lord's "The Best of All Possible Worlds"and its sequel "The Galaxy Game". Very engrossing sci fi novels — highly recommended!

  3. Dilpreet Sidhu

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Best book I've read this year has to be
    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  4. Nefelibata Yumeno

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    guess you could say you were kind of MYTHtaken on some of those, lol

  5. Erica

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    So a book I've weirdly been quite captivated by as I read it and fits for a kind of offbeat scifi/fantasy rec is The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, a compilation of all of the original Conan the Barbarian short stories written in the 30s. Up front I will say, THINGS IN THESE STORIES HAVE AGED REALLY POORLY RE: HOW RACE AND GENDER ARE DISCUSSED AND INTERACTED WITH. IT GETS BAD. REALLY REALLY BAD IN PLACES. But alongside all of that Conan exists in this dark and strange and unique bronze-to-classical age fantasy setting where magic is bizarre and horrifying, where the Gods are explicitly cruel and uncaring, where Conan himself can become a literal KING but STILL be fucked over by people he thought were his allies because the idea of a BARBARIAN having that much power is an affront to them. It has this style to it that almost reminds me of theater in places, and it's an interesting glimpse into what pulp fantasy was like at a very specific time. Like I said, parts of these stories have aged HORRIBLY. But for what it is I find this book and these stories fascinating.

  6. j s

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Project hail mary

  7. Gerardine Betancourt

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    love this video new subscriber

  8. Overkillius

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Thanks for the skit at the beginning, Daniel Greene

    Oh wait wrong channel

  9. Sextupled Vanilla Beans

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I’d love it if you read/talked about the book of lost things

  10. TheEman11910

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    "Closest thing to an apprenticeship we have" Yeah okay i get that, but for a small price of 200 odd dollars we do have that Neil Gaiman masterclass

  11. Pedro Gusmão

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Foundation must be read the trilogy together, not just one

  12. J B

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Hey TIm, Daniel Greene and Merphy Napier are reviewing One Piece and have both suggested it being on the level of Tolkien, Jordan, and the other great worldbuilders. You should catch up with them about the experience of One Piece.

  13. Brianna

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    One of my absolute favorite books is 'The Reluctant Fortune Teller'. It is a work of fiction that I just happened to see in a Chapters once.

    Don't recommend reading the summary though. It kind of ruins the experience through placing an emphasis on one incident that burns slowly in the back burner of the book. It is kind of like a slice of life, I guess. Still fun.

  14. Asterix Xavier

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    So author likes Asimov's short stories…But "Foundation" is literally a collection of short stories crammed together in a novel.

  15. Paul Rodgers

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I recently read a book called "A Paradise Built in Hell" by Rebecca Soljnit (I think that was her last name, I could look it up by I ain't gonna, and you can't make me). It is pretty far away from something I would usually read and discusses the actual real world reactions of people to disaster, and how there is a pessimism prevalent in our cultural understanding of how people do react to disaster, which is probably a huge problem…anyway it's very good, I would suggest reading it.

  16. Brian Williams

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Also, for graphic novels, you've got to read 'Y: The Last Man.'

  17. pirateKaiser

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I'm happy for you for expanding your horizons. Now read One Piece!

  18. Nicola Redmond

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I have most of those. Problem is some are my books and the missing ones (Wheel of Time 1,2,4) are on my Kindle. I still prefer an actual book though. The only way through the Silmarillion is the audio version. It does have some gems.

  19. Daniel Beer

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I usually don't recommend Foundation to people for Asimov. It usually depends on the person asking, but typically I'll suggest the Robot trilogy (Lije Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw books), Pebble in the Sky, or The Gods Themselves.

  20. Redrally

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    You LIKED Dune??? I've read it too and it's boring

  21. J Mace

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Here’s a good 5: Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, 1984.

  22. Alexander Brady

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I am surprised by your book opinions. Dune has a strong beginning, but the second half of the first book rapidly spirals off into unintentilligibility. I will admit that Asimov's writing style is a bit wooden, but Foundation has some of the more interesting ideas and (later in the book) some good characters too.

    Edit: the best book I have read this year is Requiem Moon, the sequel to the also excellent Scarlet Odyssey.

  23. J Mace

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Asimov wrote Foundation while only 20 years old or so and he imagined things decades ahead of their time. Think we can cut him some slack.

  24. The Cauldron of Books

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Just came here to say that EXHALATION IS AMAZING and ended up with books in my cart

  25. Pedro Albuquerque

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I'd really like to hear your opinion/analysis on "The name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss world building

  26. Chriss R

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    This is really interesting, because I honestly struggled through Dune. Like I have never struggled before. I also sat down and went "Ok time to read some of the classic classic", started with Dune and it took me forever. And now I want to know if there are any other people here who have read the OLD OLD German translation AND the original and can tell me whether it was the translation that made it this tedious, or if the style was conserved well between languages. Because it bothers me so much. (Which also shows how much power good and/or bad translations have.)

  27. Sahi Louveteau

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    My favorite book is Scythe, by Neil Shusterman

  28. Anzy

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I always hated fantasy for some reason, but LOVE sci-FY, but I haven't read much of it in my teenage years because I was busy reading YA and discovering I hate romantic stuff, so I didn't have the chance to discover many great books. Since I was like 15 I got into a very depressive state and I got out of it (and in, and then out again a couple times), but since I was about 18, I kinda stopped reading books. I don't know what is about books anymore, but I just can't get my head around to read them anymore, they're just not interesting to me, and mind you, I'm 21 now, it has been a while since I was THAT depressed, and I still can't read books, and trust me, I have tried, including ones I really wanted to read. But on the other hand, I read SO MANY comics, and that was life changer for me. I used to read so much, to nothing, to read a lot again, but in a different form, and that made me feel so great.
    I recently got intoxicated by D&D, and I could argue that I read 'BOOKS' because those are very long, and I read some of them, and for the first time in my life, I was interested in reading Fantasy. I've never read or watched Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, or any Star Wars/Trek, and still don't want to, but I really still want to get more into reading fantasy and sci-fy, and maybe (hopefully) getting over this years long readers block, and you think this video won't do well, but it still got recommended to me, and you basically gave me a list to see what I enjoy and start reading (something that isn't comics, tweets and environmental news and blogs) again.

  29. Podemos URSS

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I can recommend Ascendance of a Bookworm. It's fantasy, but the author really innovates, and focuses a lot in worldbuilding. The characters are also very interesting.

  30. Antje Guinot

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    The little book club I'm a part of on discord has just chosen Annihilation and it is amazing, I have to relisten to it a second time now that I'm done with it :3
    (I prefer audiobooks my brain has a bit of trouble with reading physical books unless they captivate me from the very first sentence)

  31. d nowling

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I just reread dune (i fell off the reading wagon for quite awhile due to life), but after the reread i promptly plowed through Dun Messiah in a few days and am now blasting through Children of Dune. Herbert’s writing is incredible, hes managed to take a number of themes i usually don’tchave much personal interest in (namely politics) and managed to make it gripping and heart pounding in a way I never imagined. A conversation between two characters can become practically a duel in a matter of seconds, always keeping you wondering when the tension will snap. The themes covered across the series vary widely yet in an incredibly organic way. Dune is something everyone should read, even if just the first book

  32. Ki Swore

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    If you haven’t read them, the green hills of earth by Heinline and the end of eternity by Asimov.

  33. Samuel Page

    September 4, 2021 at 2:32 am

    I recently finished the Broken Earth trilogy, and boy did N. K. Jemisin deliver with that one! I loved every second of it!

    And I'm about to start the third book of the Mistborn trilogy! Also been really good!

    The Name of the Wind, is also one I've devoured this year and fingers crossed that book three is coming soon!!

  34. E-mortal

    September 4, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Honestly I’ve pretty much always preferred short stories. I’m pretty bad at reading fast (dyslexia and ADHD) so having something that can get all it’s ideas across more concisely is a blessing. Personal recommendation: Flowers for Algernon. Beautiful story, very sad, touching themes.

  35. Quinlan

    September 4, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I'm going through Burning Chrome and I'm not quite enjoying it. I love fantasy and sci-fi, but I really find it hard to follow. Now English isn't my first language, but I wouldn't say that is the reason since I usually read books in English and don't have much trouble comprehending them. Is it supposed to be a hard book to follow or do I need more hard sci-fi under my belt?

  36. Джонатан Свифт

    September 4, 2021 at 2:31 am

    i really cant recommend Speaker for the Dead

  37. Hello Future Me

    September 4, 2021 at 2:31 am

    did you know there are books outside fantasy and scifi? truly astounding stuff who woulda thunk it. What's the best book you've read in the last year?

    ~ Tim

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