Author Topic: Light reading needed  (Read 3979 times)

Offline Gangrel

  • Scientist Supreme
  • Dark Warlord
  • **
  • Posts: 1456
    • View Profile
Light reading needed
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:19:02 PM »
In a few weeks time I have to go into hospital for a couple of treatments. These involve being stationary while chemicals are pumped into the body over a period of several hours. Due to a combination of distractions and discomfort, I find it hard to read anything too involved. Would anyone have any recommendations for a light fantasy or SF book that's 'unputdownable'? Preferably something in print so I can get a copy easily!   :D  All suggestions welcomed.
"That's interesting. Horses don't USUALLY explode, no matter how hard you hit them."

Hellboy - "Wake the Devil", Mike Mignola

Offline BecauseWeIsMonsters

  • Heretic
  • **
  • Posts: 172
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 09:42:17 PM »
Hello Gangrel

I recently read the Age of the Five trilogy by Trudi Canavan and enjoyed it a lot. It is definately light reading, her writing style can be a bit naive but the characters are very likeable and the stories are entertaining.

I hope you have a speedy recovery.
In 2014
Miniatures completed: 18
Miniatures accidentally destroyed: 8
Miniatures needlessly rebased: 6

Offline Penfold

  • Dark Overlord of Hell
  • *****
  • Posts: 2028
  • ooh-ech
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 09:43:41 PM »
could you not use audio books, as you haven't lived until you have lived through the red planet by the bbc.  :paranoid2:
Ernest Penfold master of Kung Moggie
                   For 2014
Figs brought: 0    Figs Painted:0

Offline Gangrel

  • Scientist Supreme
  • Dark Warlord
  • **
  • Posts: 1456
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2013, 09:53:08 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll take a look at your suggestion BWIM. As to audio books, Penfold, I just find them a little awkward in a situation where I still have to talk to people every 20 minutes or so (I have to have some of my vitals monitored regularly) and anyway, there's already enough pipes and wires all over the place without my adding earbuds into the mix.  ;-)
"That's interesting. Horses don't USUALLY explode, no matter how hard you hit them."

Hellboy - "Wake the Devil", Mike Mignola

Offline Steel Penguin

  • Dark Apprentice
  • ******
  • Posts: 989
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 10:06:36 PM »
hammers slammers,
the rivers of london and sequeals by ben Arronavitch ( sp?)
stealing light, nova war and empire of light.

if youve got a kindle bill bryson books are good ( if not there good but heavy)
stuart marcoinies travaloges are interesting.
a happy dauber

Offline Mr Teufel

  • Mighty Fallen One
  • **
  • Posts: 3933
  • Life goes on.
    • View Profile
    • Mr Teufel's LJ
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 10:39:59 PM »
Red Shirts by John Scalzi

Offline caerban

  • Dark Overlord of Hell
  • *****
  • Posts: 2152
  • The Dark Side of the Moomin
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 10:43:08 PM »
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust - mustachioed fantasy human crime boss/detective/assasin/sorceror/witch with psychic flying lizard companion vs. Elves.
"No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head."

Offline fear_the_squirrels

  • Administrator
  • Archheretic
  • *****
  • Posts: 707
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2013, 02:21:51 PM »
Jungle Book by Kipling
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
Hyperion by Simmons
Thor's Hammer: The Future At War by various

All are collections of interlinked stories telling a larger story so good for short reading periods.  Hyperion and its sequel are one of my favorites.  Robopocalypse was decent enough, but bonus points as you'll be able to complain about the movie later.  Thor's Hammer is good, and usually easily available used.  Jungle Book isn't quite fantasy, but pulpy which is a close cousin.

-TOC


Offline Ben Brownlie

  • Badger Loving Fluffster
  • Global Moderator
  • Supreme Archfiend of Hell
  • ****
  • Posts: 7548
  • Ninja Hugger of Doom
    • View Profile
    • My Gallery
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 02:37:53 PM »
'unputdownable'

Any of Ambercrombie's stuff. It;s all brilliant and whilst it isn't light, it flows really well and the way he writes characters just keep everything bubbling along nicely. And they are definitely 'unputdownable'


And good luck :)

Offline beefcake

  • Tyrant of the NetherHells
  • ***
  • Posts: 5271
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013, 06:54:22 PM »
All the best for your chemical cocktail. As for books  :shrug: I like the wheel of time it's a good read. The troy series is very good as well.

Ten again not very light reading with WoT
« Last Edit: February 01, 2013, 08:57:14 PM by beefcake »

Offline Curious Plankton

  • Chosen Heretic
  • ***
  • Posts: 252
    • View Profile
Re: Light reading needed
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 08:08:36 PM »
I'd 2nd Joe Abercrombie they're excellent. Scott Lynch is really good too. Jim Butcher also really light going.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2013, 08:09:33 PM by Curious Plankton »