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Subject: Finding others with similar tastes
Date Posted: 11/28/2012 7:15 PM ET
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I have been over list after list, and I don't see anyone at all who has the same interests as I do.  So far, I'm only 30% like any other reader.

I am into high fantasy and pre-historical fiction.  I do occasionally read romance - but I have PLENTY.   I post books, for the most part that

I am not interested in at all.  Is there a method on this forum to find like minds?

 

Judye

Date Posted: 11/29/2012 9:20 PM ET
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Similarity percentages aren't always acurate; no one knows the exact algorithm, but I think it takes into account the books you've posted as well as what you order. Members often post and order books for family and friends. I've had relatives just give me bags of books and I post them without reading them since they're not stuff I'd read. And I order for my husband; we have never read anything the same. So, if you're posting books you don't read the system won't know what you do like unless you order it or WL it.

I like high fantasy, too. But I like most sub-genre of fantasy too, including sci fi/ fantasy, except some of the contemporary werewolf or vampire stuff, but I'm open to trying any of it since its not always the story but the writiing that makes it worth reading to me.

Subject: Let me ask a question, please?
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 10:02 PM ET
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What is your all-time favorite series of sci-fi?  I looked at both your lists, and I found one author I plan to research.  Beyond that, we seem to have taken different exits on the road to fantasy.  I just got into tech fiction, really challenging tech.  I'm talking geeks/hackers/IT.  My fantasy books are totally different.  I see you have some of the popular authors of today like Nora Roberts.  I have 120 of her books, and I've read maybe 3.  I read historical romance for 20 years because it was my mother's favorite, and we swapped books.  I'm burned out on those. 

If there is an algorithm, it's basically useless in my case since I am shedding books I don't read.  My collection is vast and only has a few holes here and there.I want something very creative and built on a NEW concept.  (not book 17 of Star Trek). 

There is one other thing I do with books.  I donate boxes (quite a few) to a nursing home and to a rehab center.  They have bookcases I keep filled with light fiction.  I also buy and change all the flowers according to the season. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer me.  BTW, I'm a 70 yr. old grandmother. 

Judy

   

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 12:14 AM ET
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My favorite Scifi series is hard to pin down since I prefer fantasy/scifi, i.e. alien world spaceships and unexplained phenomena. Maybe Pern would fit that. But i also love Modesitt's series. Looking at my lists will give you a very limited idea of my tastes. I have been reading fantasy/sci fi for 40 years, at least, since I started gravitating to it as soon as I figured out the genre (I'm 49, btw) you're only seeing recent stuff and not what I have on my TBR or my past reading, as its not recorded here. I like Nora Roberts, prefer the supernatural that she's written (ghosts,magic, etc.) Really like her JD Robb series, In Death. I dont care for romance, as in Harlequin, but enjoy historical fiction a cozy now and then; I like Koontz too.

Do you belong to fictfact? I tract series I am reading, have read, or am planning to read there.

Have you read Wm Gibson, you might enjoy his writing. Or Allen Steele, Orson Scott Card. Some of it's older and you may have already read it, but I'm trying to think of what else I've read; so much of it I don't remember until I pick it up again and figure out why it's familiar.

Subject: OK, keeping talking!
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 2:47 PM ET
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What I was looking for was if you really liked high fantasy, which other readers may mistakes for high-fallutin', aerial fantasy, or some other description if they aren't familiar with it.  My favorite all time high fantasy series dates back to the 1960's, when I was a teenager.  There I stood in from the revolving racks at the library with all the 13-yr. old boys looking at sci-fi.  I have been reading it for over 50 years.

So, what was the ground-breaking series of high fantasy?  IMHO, it's Dune.  High fantasy (to those who might not know) means that the book takes place entirely on another planet.  "Enemy Mine" would be an example of a high fantasy movie.  I am unfamiliar with "Pern" - is that the title or the author?  I agree that you couldn't get any idea of my tastes from my book list.  I did read "Daemon," "Going Rogue," and 2 others I can't recall. 

My memory is going, but Koontz wrote one of the best books I've ever read and also the worst (which was dumped in the trash).  He turned an entire novel on tthe last two words.  That's talent.  I have met Stephen King twice, been to his house, etc.  He's a nut.  When I suggested to him that he should sponsor a sci-fi channel on cable, he said there wouldn't be enough interest.  He proceeded to buy his local radio station so they would play the music he liked (this was in the 1980's).  Guess he's no businessman, but a very quirky and funny guy.  I got tired of his books.  He is no doubt the premier American writer of our time, but he rambles on and on until my brain locks up.

Currently I'm reading "People of the Moon" and "Fall of Giants."  What are you currently reading?  

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 2:48 PM ET
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I agree the similarity numbers just do not work well on this site for the reasons Linda listed.  Have you ever checked out the Goodreads web site?  You can list just  the books you like and rate them, and it can make suggestions based on that, the more info you put in the closer the suggestions.  I joined it because of the Sword and Lazer book club.  They alternate between a fantasy ( sword ) and lazer ( sci fi ) book each month, I have gone back to read old monthly sugestions and have been very pleasantly surprised to enjoy some books i probably never would have picked up on my own.

 

Mike

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 9:47 PM ET
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Loved Dune; granted I haven't read it in 30+ years so I don't know if I would still like it. Pern is Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. Was trying to remember some of the various series I've read over the years: Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by S. Donaldson, Robin Hobb's Liveship & Tawnyman, Jordan's Wheel of Time, Goodkind's Sword of Truth, Eddings' Belgariad, Rosenburg's Guardians of the Flame, Hick's In her Name, Sanderson's Mistborn, and there's Zelazny, Lackey, I keep thinking of more, lol

I don't like Stephan King's writing that much, but i gave up on him after reading Misery, so I don't know what his more recent writing is like.His stories had too much of the grotesque for me; I like supernatural, not horror or eerie, much prefer Koontz.

I just finished reading the Bridei Chronicles by Marillier. Right now I'm reading Palimpsest by Catherine Valente, nor the one by Gore Vidal. It's weird, very strange and it took me a while to get into it; it's interesting but not something that I have trouble putting down after reading for an hour or so a day. Some books I stay up way too late reading, but not this.

My TBR has Sagara's Cast In series and Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax and Corine Solomon and Shana Abe's Drakon, many others.

Subject: Book shopping today
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 10:11 PM ET
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I got over 50 books - brand new for $23.  Gorgeous.  Mostly hardcover, a few paperback.  I'm set for the next few months.  Only 5 out of all those books interested me:  Poison Pills, The Omega Point, A Mighty Fortress, The Magic of Nightfall and Last Snow. 

Well, I've read Donaldson 30 years ago, also Lord of the Rings 30 years ago, didn't care for Jordan at all (slogged through one 1,000 page book), and I have heard of several of the other authors.  I have a whole flat of those "Pern" books under my bed!  I never bothered to read one.  Now that you've vouched for them, I'll have to try one.  I probably have about 50 Koontz on my shelves, and 40 unread.

I joined factfict, but it looks like work to me, and if you only knew...no more work for me.  I'm dragging as it is.

 

Judy

 

 

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 10:36 PM ET
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I'm lionrose at FictFact too, go to search for contacts ( on the right side of screen) to follow me; once you follow series you like you can see who is following them and you can see what they're following. Not so much work, you don't have to check off all of the books you've read, I use it to keep track of the series, I don't have all of the ones I've read, and I'm not up to date, but it's worked for me so far. You just 'follow' the series and it keeps the lists for you. Great help when figuring out which books you need to order in a series here at PBS.
Subject: OK, I did that
Date Posted: 12/1/2012 4:45 PM ET
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I followed you, Linda, on fictfact, and I see how the list of series in order is very helpful.  I've just been looking in the later books for a list.  I also have been a member of GoodReads for a long time, and right now I know every person on the forum (that I can see).

I'm going to look at some of the last few you mentioned and research them.  Thanks for the pointers.

Judy