July 7, 2011

Metalheads who Read: Summer reading recommendations

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Hey Metalheads!



I’m planning on having one of those unusual (for me) holidays where you do plenty of relaxing and don’t think about the mountains of work waiting for you when you return. I am bringing along my Kobo ereader and want to fill it up with awesome books before I go. Do you have any recommendations?

I don’t mind if your favorite books were published in 2000 BC, or just last week. If you think it’s awesome, chances are, I will too. I love anything with a dark twist – horror, fantasy, a little science fiction, historical fiction and alternative history, a bit o’ crime, anything that makes me giggle (got tons of Jasper Fforde to read) and a bit of kinky vampire erotica J. I love biographies of interesting people, history books you can’t put down, epic poetry, and books about dinosaurs. I don’t mind reading books in translation – if you can recommend a good English translation, that would be awesome! I would love to hear a recommendation of a good rock star biography (I’ve never read one, and really need to start!)

So shout out in the comments or on the Steff Metal Facebook page with your book recommendations, please! I promise to put up a shit ton of reviews when I get back!

10 Comments on “Metalheads who Read: Summer reading recommendations

July 28, 2011 at 2:39 am

I definitely agree with the general opinion on William Gibson, he’s one of my favourites and is definitely coming along to wherever I end up this summer! Also if anyone is into Victorian Gothic fiction I could really recommend the short story ‘The Vampyre” by Polidori.

Have any of you heard of Joanne Reay? She’s a British screen writer and I think she has a new novel out soon, they’ve made a trailer for it and everything. Could be interesting?

July 29, 2011 at 2:12 am

Love me some Polidori :)

Thanks for the link to Joanne Reay. I´d never heard of her but this looks like something I´d be well into.

July 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Anything by Wilbur Smith. He’s an amazing author. Bery detailed and etail oriented, but not to the point wehre you want to bang your head off a wall. His 4 book series centered around ancient Eygpt is quite enthralling (River God, Seventh Scroll, Warlock, The Quest.).

Isaac Asimov is an excellent writer as well. It’s really interesting to read books set in the future (Foundation Series, I, Robot Series [Nothing like the movie by the way.]) with all this crazy “advanced” and advanced technology, but reading stories where the bulk of problems solved, are done so by deductive reasoning. At leasat it is for me! Lol.

Recently I started reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Originally by Jane Austin), and for anyone who likes that kind of stuff, Victorian England corrupted by the undead and being slaughtered by a family of lady ninjas is more than entertaining. To the point that the dry nonsensical chatter is broken up quite nicely by little chits of zombie chat (Lol). The same auther also does another one called Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter which I have yet to read, but the reviews speak well of it. There is another Jane Austin book that has been played with nicely called Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters!

R.A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drizzt Series is always a good read. Who can complain about 13 or so books (Give or take) with basically the same set of characters throughout, giving you a chance to watch them grow and develop along the way! He has another series, The Cleric Quintet which is five books and delves into an unlikely hero in a cleric, who finds himself and his faith in his god (Denier) along the way.

Anything by Dean Koontz is also a great read, though the endings of his latest 4 books have been a bit anti-climactic, I urge anyone to pick one up. His latest book Breathless will leave you questioning whether or not evolution is as proven as they claim it to be!

Anyways, I’ve taken up enough space, Hope this helps. Your Top Ten lists helped me, the least I can do is return the favor! Good reading!

July 29, 2011 at 2:16 am

Thanks for the recommendations, dude! I LOVE the River God series – although I think Warlock was a bit silly – thought it should have ended after Seventh scroll. I haven´t read <Asimov yet but CDH loves them and keeps telling me I need to get in there. I read the prequel to Pride and Predjuice and Zombies recently, and it was thoroughly silly and quite fun! Dean Koontz´s ´Servants of Twilight´(written originally under the name Leigh Nichols´is one of the most terrifying classic horror novels of the last 40 years. I think I read that whole thing in one sitting. As to the others, I shall chec them out!

July 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the Silmarillon by JRR Tolkien.
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula LeGuin.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.
The Satanic Bible and all the other books by Anton LaVey.
Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard.
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.
All the books by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

into the void
July 11, 2011 at 1:32 am

You should most definetly read Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. I just finished it yesterday, great book!
To the person above me- William Gibson is awesome. I would highly reccomend anything he’s written!
Another good one to look at would be The Passage, by Justin Cronin. It’s long, and ever so slightly confusing, but very satisfying, and a great page turner.

July 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

My fav. book of the last few month (or year??) was “Zero History” by William Gibson. Its like this dark scifi, but located in contemporary london. Pretty awesome.

July 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

Ah…we can post again…heres some of my favorites:
A Song of Fire and Ice – George RR Martin (Im sure you’re reading this already)
Stormfront – Jim Butcher (The first in the Harry Dresden series…recommended)
Blue Moon Rising – Simon R Green (then get his Hawk and Fisher stuff to continue the ends with Beyond the Bue Moon)
The Man with the Golden Torc – Simon R Green (I like these better than his Nightside series, but thats good too)
Blood Blade – Marcus Pelegrimas
The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie
The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski (This is translated into english now, its fun once you realize the stories are basically twisted fairytales)
Vampires – John Steakley (Legitimately scary vampires in this book, they based a awful movie with James Woods around this novel)

Emily Bleak
July 8, 2011 at 6:06 am

Ooo, beach reading! So far this summer I’ve read through The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (it’s a Dracula tale with a lot of history behind it, probably right up your alley), Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (gloriously bleak and Heathcliff is wonderful!), and The Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker…who speaks for himself, I think!

November 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

It’s not high rated literature, babies, but it’s wit, original and playful :)

All Neil gaiman’s writings are as delighful as an autumnal afternoon drinking hot mocha under the porsche; and the Larsson Saga “Millenium” is definately awesome :)

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