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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby Chad » Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:55 pm

Wayne wrote:
Chad wrote:The Moon is a Hard Mistress

It's a Sci Fi classic, never made into a movie (thought one is supposed to have been in development since 2015).

It's meaty, influential, and fun. Great characters doing interesting things fighting against tyrants. It also has lots of room for discussion as it's a layered story from the interpersonal relationships to the particularities of a society on the moon to the meta of how the all of the characters and story is an analogy of the American Revolution.

Science Fiction without the fluff, hard science without being boring and dry. It's fun and makes you think, I got my whole friend group to read it years ago and we all loved it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/166 ... h_Mistress


It is on Audible as well. I know this because I am listening to it at the moment. I can't remember any cussing at all in it, but there is one thing I would mention about the "not too racy for your mom". There is a strong tone of non-traditional marriage in the form of "line marriage" that she may have issues with. This is not the focus of the story, but it is very prevalent. You know your mom better than us to know if that would be an issue or not.



True there is non-traditional marriage but it's a commentary on what a closed society would be like when there are two men for every one woman.

There aren't any sex scenes or literary nudity.

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Postby McNutcase » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:02 pm

Took me a while to come up with something I felt happy with, but here it is: Fool's War, by Sarah Zettel.
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Postby tombombodil » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:42 pm

Despite it's ridiculous amount of exposure and over-praise (imo) The Name of the Wind is honestly a pretty solid and very approachable fantasy novel. The quality of prose is above par, and it's not too dense or windy for a pretty casual reader to follow. The characters are pretty well drawn and the plot moves at a decent clip.
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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby Leoff » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:41 am

"The Moon is a Hard Mistress

It's a Sci Fi classic, never made into a movie (thought one is supposed to have been in development since 2015)."

I didn't read that one. I read his better-known work, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".

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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby Wayne » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:08 am

Keeping your parents in mind maybe something like Wicked. I'm sure they've seen Wizard of Oz so they have a basis for the world
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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby Leoff » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:33 pm

The Last Crusade, by Poul Anderson.

The Dragon and the George, by Gordon Dickson.

The Face in the Frost, by John Bellairs.

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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby Glenn » Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:13 am

Trying to come up with a recommendation for this post made me realize how practically all of my fiction reading is just comic books and sword & sorcery (both modern and classic.)

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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby clintmemo » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:14 am

Glenn wrote:Trying to come up with a recommendation for this post made me realize how practically all of my fiction reading is just comic books and sword & sorcery (both modern and classic.)



At least you read...which is more than I do - mostly.
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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby tombombodil » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:45 pm

clintmemo wrote:
Glenn wrote:Trying to come up with a recommendation for this post made me realize how practically all of my fiction reading is just comic books and sword & sorcery (both modern and classic.)



At least you read...which is more than I do - mostly.


I managed to adapt to a swamped adult schedule by pivoting to mostly non-fiction, anthologies, and short stories. Stuff where i don't get lost and have to start over if I put it down for a month or can only read for 45 minutes a week or whatever.
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Re: Challenging Book Recommendation - HELP

Postby Chad » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:06 am

Leoff wrote:"The Moon is a Hard Mistress

It's a Sci Fi classic, never made into a movie (thought one is supposed to have been in development since 2015)."

I didn't read that one. I read his better-known work, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".



The Moon is a Hard Mistress was an earlier work from his 60's gay porn novel period before he found fame in the tamer sci-fi genre. He won a Huge-Oh! award for that.

Or auto correct got me again. :)


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