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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Army of GOD on Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:13 am

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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:09 pm

I'd rather just have someone read Catch-22 By Joseph Heller 5 times. It is always a great read, even upon subsequent readthroughs, and it helps add to the Catch-22 feeling by reading it again and again. It is by far my favorite novel.


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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby nietzsche on Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:15 pm

AndyDufresne wrote:I'd rather just have someone read Catch-22 By Joseph Heller 5 times. It is always a great read, even upon subsequent readthroughs, and it helps add to the Catch-22 feeling by reading it again and again. It is by far my favorite novel.


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I was wondering if nobody was gonna include it in the list. I didn't because I'd rather read non-fiction but that book is absolutely brilliant.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:29 pm

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AndyDufresne wrote:I'd rather just have someone read Catch-22 By Joseph Heller 5 times. It is always a great read, even upon subsequent readthroughs, and it helps add to the Catch-22 feeling by reading it again and again. It is by far my favorite novel.


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I was wondering if nobody was gonna include it in the list. I didn't because I'd rather read non-fiction but that book is absolutely brilliant.

It is brilliant, yes. It is one of the few novels that actually makes me laugh, as if I was watching a film or a tv show or something. There is a sequel which I picked up at a bargain bookstore that I haven't yet read. I don't know how good it is though.


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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby nietzsche on Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:11 pm

Ok. Which one do I read first, Siddharta or Demian?
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Symmetry on Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:14 pm

nietzsche wrote:Ok. Which one do I read first, Siddharta or Demian?


The Glass Bead Game, you might like, haven't read Demian, but Siddartha isn't the best intro to his stuff.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Army of GOD on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:27 pm

Catch-22 is a good book but I feel like it isn't as...macroscopic...I guess as the other books I mentioned.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Symmetry on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:37 pm

Army of GOD wrote:Catch-22 is a good book but I feel like it isn't as...macroscopic...I guess as the other books I mentioned.


That's a pretty good way of looking at it- it focuses on the small absurdities. My favourite joke in the book is when Yossarian describes one of his dreams to a doctor and another patient (Orr?) confirms it to be true.

How did he know? He was in the dream too.

Catch 22 is all about the little things. Nothing macroscopic.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby saxitoxin on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:41 pm

Symmetry wrote:
nietzsche wrote:Ok. Which one do I read first, Siddharta or Demian?


The Glass Bead Game, you might like, haven't read Demian, but Siddartha isn't the best intro to his stuff.


I haven't read The Glass Bead Game, but I agree with Symmetry on Siddhartha. Demian is a little faster paced, though both are pretty short and can be read quickly.

If Demian were made into a film, Wes Anderson would direct it. So, if you like Wes Anderson films, but wish they were a little darker, you would like Demian.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby jonesthecurl on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:10 pm

So...

Without too much thought, I'd say

Robert Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy
TH White's The Once and Future King
Colin Wilson's Origins of the Sexual Impulse
Larry Gonicks's Cartoon History of the Universe
Alton Brown's Good Eats

I could be persuaded to change my mind about which Heinlein (maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress instead), which Colin Wilson (maybe An Introduction to Phenomenological Existentialism instead), and which Gonick (maybe Cartoon History of the New World instead), and for a food book I might go with Pat Chapman's Vegetarian Curry bible instead, in a different mood.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby nietzsche on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:19 pm

saxitoxin wrote:
Symmetry wrote:
nietzsche wrote:Ok. Which one do I read first, Siddharta or Demian?


The Glass Bead Game, you might like, haven't read Demian, but Siddartha isn't the best intro to his stuff.


I haven't read The Glass Bead Game, but I agree with Symmetry on Siddhartha. Demian is a little faster paced, though both are pretty short and can be read quickly.

If Demian were made into a film, Wes Anderson would direct it. So, if you like Wes Anderson films, but wish they were a little darker, you would like Demian.


Uh Oh.

Some movies by Wes Anderson are good, some are awful.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Symmetry on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:25 pm

nietzsche wrote:
saxitoxin wrote:
Symmetry wrote:
nietzsche wrote:Ok. Which one do I read first, Siddharta or Demian?


The Glass Bead Game, you might like, haven't read Demian, but Siddartha isn't the best intro to his stuff.


I haven't read The Glass Bead Game, but I agree with Symmetry on Siddhartha. Demian is a little faster paced, though both are pretty short and can be read quickly.

If Demian were made into a film, Wes Anderson would direct it. So, if you like Wes Anderson films, but wish they were a little darker, you would like Demian.


Uh Oh.

Some movies by Wes Anderson are good, some are awful.


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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Neoteny on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:41 pm

Catch-22!

I dunno if I want to come up with four more. I <3 all the books. So I'm just going to pick ones off my bookshelf that I think make me look smart.

f*ck Heinlein (not really): Asimov's Foundation
Sagan's Demon-Haunted World
Preston's The Demon in the Freezer
Watterson's Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink'
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby maxfaraday on Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:44 pm

"Les Fleurs du Mal" ("The Flowers of Evil") - Baudelaire.

Also I agree with everyone who suggested Asimov, haven't read Foundation (yet), but his short stories are beautiful.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Gillipig on Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:26 am

The Swarm - Frank Schätzing
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Candide - Voltaire
Free Will - Sam Harris
On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

Good reads for those who are interested in biology, religion and free will.

"Candide" and "Free Will" can be read in a few hours. It's the type of book you read again and again because with each reading you notice something new.
"The Swarm" is a massive book, close to nine hundred pages, yet I have read it from start to finish three times. Something as odd as an Eco Thriller has to be read to be understood! The book ignores the common rule of having only a few main characters. This book is stuffed with main characters and they're all being explored deeply. Thereof the immense number of pages. If you also have an interest in biology, this book is a must read!
"On the Origin of Species" and "The God Delusion" deals with evolution. Darwin's book laid the foundation for everything written on the subject. Dawkins takes Darwin's theory and showcase more clearly the implications it has on religion. More than anything his book displays the futility of religios belief. If you think a certain religion is true or that it's useful, he has a few words to say about that :).
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby thegreekdog on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:05 am

jonesthecurl wrote:So...

Without too much thought, I'd say

Robert Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy
TH White's The Once and Future King
Colin Wilson's Origins of the Sexual Impulse
Larry Gonicks's Cartoon History of the Universe
Alton Brown's Good Eats

I could be persuaded to change my mind about which Heinlein (maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress instead), which Colin Wilson (maybe An Introduction to Phenomenological Existentialism instead), and which Gonick (maybe Cartoon History of the New World instead), and for a food book I might go with Pat Chapman's Vegetarian Curry bible instead, in a different mood.


I also enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Never read Citizen of the Galaxy. I have now added another book to my growing list.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby jonesthecurl on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:43 am

It was one of his juveniles, but does his thing of exploring how people live together, what the rules should be, and what constitutes right and wrong, delightfully while serving up a bloody good story.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby AndyDufresne on Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:18 am

Symmetry wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:Catch-22 is a good book but I feel like it isn't as...macroscopic...I guess as the other books I mentioned.


That's a pretty good way of looking at it- it focuses on the small absurdities. My favourite joke in the book is when Yossarian describes one of his dreams to a doctor and another patient (Orr?) confirms it to be true.

How did he know? He was in the dream too.

Catch 22 is all about the little things. Nothing macroscopic.

I think the absurdity of war and human emotion in conflict is pretty macroscopic. :D


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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Symmetry on Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:56 pm

AndyDufresne wrote:
Symmetry wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:Catch-22 is a good book but I feel like it isn't as...macroscopic...I guess as the other books I mentioned.


That's a pretty good way of looking at it- it focuses on the small absurdities. My favourite joke in the book is when Yossarian describes one of his dreams to a doctor and another patient (Orr?) confirms it to be true.

How did he know? He was in the dream too.

Catch 22 is all about the little things. Nothing macroscopic.

I think the absurdity of war and human emotion in conflict is pretty macroscopic. :D


--Andy


With Catch 22 though? I don't think it's a macroscopic book. I love it- indeed I'd put it well up there as a contender for the Great American Novel competition, but I wouldn't say it's macroscopic.

Its strengths are in the small tragedies for me. When it goes big it pushes into comedy, and yeah, absurdity, and doesn't always work. It gets too general (no pun intended).
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Army of GOD on Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:48 am

Symmetry wrote:
AndyDufresne wrote:
Symmetry wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:Catch-22 is a good book but I feel like it isn't as...macroscopic...I guess as the other books I mentioned.


That's a pretty good way of looking at it- it focuses on the small absurdities. My favourite joke in the book is when Yossarian describes one of his dreams to a doctor and another patient (Orr?) confirms it to be true.

How did he know? He was in the dream too.

Catch 22 is all about the little things. Nothing macroscopic.

I think the absurdity of war and human emotion in conflict is pretty macroscopic. :D


--Andy


With Catch 22 though? I don't think it's a macroscopic book. I love it- indeed I'd put it well up there as a contender for the Great American Novel competition, but I wouldn't say it's macroscopic.

Its strengths are in the small tragedies for me. When it goes big it pushes into comedy, and yeah, absurdity, and doesn't always work. It gets too general (no pun intended).


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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Symmetry on Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:51 am

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Symmetry wrote:
AndyDufresne wrote:
Symmetry wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:Catch-22 is a good book but I feel like it isn't as...macroscopic...I guess as the other books I mentioned.


That's a pretty good way of looking at it- it focuses on the small absurdities. My favourite joke in the book is when Yossarian describes one of his dreams to a doctor and another patient (Orr?) confirms it to be true.

How did he know? He was in the dream too.

Catch 22 is all about the little things. Nothing macroscopic.

I think the absurdity of war and human emotion in conflict is pretty macroscopic. :D


--Andy


With Catch 22 though? I don't think it's a macroscopic book. I love it- indeed I'd put it well up there as a contender for the Great American Novel competition, but I wouldn't say it's macroscopic.

Its strengths are in the small tragedies for me. When it goes big it pushes into comedy, and yeah, absurdity, and doesn't always work. It gets too general (no pun intended).


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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby muy_thaiguy on Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:56 am

I'm a more of a book series kind of guy, so here's a few.

1. Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan (posthumously) and Brandon Sanderson (last book coming out in January I believe).
2. Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik (Napoleonic wars, but with sentient dragons).
3. Vampire Earth Series by E. E. Knight (post apoclyptic horror series).
4. The Halfblood Chronicles by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey (evil elves, shape-shifting dragons, and magic humans).
5. Griffen McCandle's Seres by Robert Aspirin (New Orleans setting with dragons and a light humor-esque flare)
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby koontz1973 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:17 pm

Books, love my horror.
Richard Laymon - Beast house trilogy.
Dean Koontz - Anything by him is fine by me.
Susan Hill - The woman in black is OK but I'm the king of the castle is superb.
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird

Well, only 4 authors but more than the five.
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Commander62890 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:49 am

The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger (have reread it several times since high school, and it gets better every time)
Foundation Series - Asimov (favorite Sci-Fi, just above Stranger and Brave New World[/u])
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 - Judt (favorite history)
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City - Nick Flynn (favorite recently-read book... memoir about absent, alcoholic, homeless father)
Unfortunately, I haven't yet delved into the classics in psych and philosophy, so my recommendations there would be rather lacking...
I recently enjoyed Finding Flow (Csikszentmihalyi) and The Happiness Hypothesis (Haidt).
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Re: Recommend 5 books

Postby Symmetry on Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:59 pm

Midnight's Children- Salman Rushdie
Dubliners- James Joyce
Men Without Women- Ernest Hemingway
Labyrinths- Jorge Luis Borges
Oranges are not the only fruit- Jeanette Winterson
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