I'm currently re-reading David Eddings' "Domes of Fire", book one in his "The Tamuli" series. ("Tamuli" is itself a followup to the author's "The Elenium" series.) These are not favorites. I like them just well enough to keep plugging away at 'em. "Belgariad" and "Malloreon" are in my opinion far better, but even those I have decidedly mixed feeling about. (I often consider them as both the novels I 'love to hate' and 'hate to love', at one and the same time.)
Finished Star Maker, I'd recommend it if you're into sci-fi with a really epic scope, the plot spans some two billion years.
The Last Question, a short story by Isaac Asimov, is set between a near future and the heat death of our universe (as well as an inquantifiable "time without time" after the universe, and the creation of the next).
A month ago I decided to tackle the Foundation series by Asimov. I started with The Complete Robot, now I'm finishing Foundation and Empire.
Just a few more volumes... I'll miss it.
Foundation does tie in with the Robot books, but they're not one in the same. The only connection between them is in Prelude, which was written after the original Foundation, and Asimov himself is quoted as saying he didn't originally conceive the two series as the same universe.
Personally, I've read all of the Foundations (starting with Prelude and going in chronological order), but have yet to pick up a Robot book.
Yeah, but since it is the same universe, it's worth reading them. Heck, I'm not interested in the initial idea Asimov had when he thought it up, but in the finished product.
I decided on skipping the novels written by other authors, though.
Other people wrote some of them? That's silly. I think I'll follow your lead.
I'll read them next time I'm out of books to read. For now, though, I still have a little bit of Footfall and most of Hyperion.
Currently I am reading The Book Thief for school. I am enjoying it so far. The point of view of the novel is an interesting one. Then I have to read The Scarlett Letter also for school. May want to read American Pyscho, if I get the balls to do so.