If you can still see him, he needs to keep reading.
Have you been staring slackjawed at the walls wondering what to do with your summer?
Wonder no more! The monkeys at ThinkGeek are all voracious readers and are here to share their opinions with you! Get out your library card and fire up that internet browser, because after you see these lists, you're gonna need 'em!
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ThinkGeek's Summer 2012 Reading Recommendations
Mike Kochis (Director of licensing and whiskey, son!) commands you to read:
- A Song of Ice and Fire (Series) - If you're not reading this series yet, you're seriously behind. Get to it before you're spoilered!
- The Kingkiller Chronicle (Trilogy)
- The Dresden Files (Series)
Willy Yonkers (Mad Scientist, GeekLabs) offers these choice selections:
- Larry Niven's Ringworld (Series)
- The Riverworld Books (Series)
- Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age and Snow Crash
Mike Cummings (SysAdmin and BOFH) presents us with some detailed reviews:
Dorsai!, by Gordon R. Dickson - Starts with the best statement ever-- "He was an odd boy." A bit dated, and easily classified in a multitude of negative connotations by modern readers, it's a classic military Sci-Fi fiction. Plus, it totally sets the stage for Tactics of Mistake, The Chantry Guild, and The Final Encyclopedia, to name a few.
The Night Angel trilogy, by Brent Weeks - Recently re-released as an omnibus, let me just say: wowzer. This series never got the attention it deserved. Seriously, who wouldn't want want to read about an assassin and his magic ball?
Psalms of Isaak, by Ken Scholes - This series starts off as good fantasy, but by the time you get to the end of the latest book you realize you're reading a post-apocalyptic science fiction tale that's only pretending to be wrapped in a fantasy story. Or are you?
For a better source of what Mike is reading, read and has enjoyed, check out his GoodReads profile. Go ahead and ping him. He doesn't mind!
Tim Rosolino (Fixer of Broken Things) shares his brainmeats:
Boxing Stories, by Robert E Howard - This may take some setup but go with me. You like Conan? Right of course. You like bad guys getting their faces punched in? Who doesn't. Then bam, a book of stories by the creator of Conan about people all getting the concussions they deserve. With a surprising amount of humor and character you might not expect from Howard's other more serious works like Solomon Kane or Conan.
Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan, by Robert Whiting - This is one of the most fun history books I've read in a while. It follows the history of the yakuza from their modern start just after the end of ww2 through to near present day all through the eyes of an American who played at being a gangster in Japan while introducing pizza to the east.
The Best American Noir of the Century, by James Ellroy - This is more Black Dhalia and less Maltese Falcon. Everyone in this book is perfectly real they're all flawed, broken and has the worst of intentions.
Jamie Grove (Director of Evil Schemes and Nefarious Plans) uses his psychic powers to influence you:
My favorite stories are where the hero slays the dragon. The hero can be a heroine or even a hermit crab. The dragon can be scaly or made of silicon. The key ingredient is that justice be served, ideally with equal portions of humor and strangeness.
Raevyn Wallace (Social Media Ninjutsu Assistant and Word-Spewer) bids you to look at:
- Wool, by Hugh Howey
- Butcher Bird, by Richard Kadrey
- Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
(You can also get Ready Player One merch)
Edits! We have them.
Our Twitter fans chime in:
- Evanskaufman - Apparently, Mike Kochis and I are on the exact same page, pun intended. Those are my three favorite series at the moment.
- Streetlightout - Glad the Kingkiller Chronicle is there! Another good series is Dragoncrown War Cycle by Michael A Stackpole (4 books total).
- LauraLeeSEO - I recommend the Age of Fire series by E. E. Knight!
- PoisonFox - You forgot That Which Divides by Dayton Ward!
- Zappdos - You know what's surprisingly good? The Last Wish, first book in the Witcher series. Sadly only 2 are in English so far.
- BlasphemousFish - Favourite sci-fi trilogy to read: Peter F Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" is a brilliant technological utopian adventure!
- Panda_bear430 - Dune and Hitchhikers Guide are always good reads!
- Corintho - No Asimov's Foundation trilogy? "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick. "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman.
- BookG33k - The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. It's an entertaining, well written supernatural thriller.
Did we leave anything out? Leave us a comment with your summer reading recommendations!