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Postby TitusFinn on Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:43 pm

Caleb the Cruel wrote:i hate almost every book, i never read a book that was assigned in school that was over 20 pages(and half of the pages had to be pictures), and i still don't read books, my mother even told me that i refused to go to story time when i was younger, if the book is supposed to be entertaining i just wait for a movie, and when i needed to do history reports i just looked info on the inernet and occasionally watched the history channel


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Postby hawkeye on Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:45 pm

7th tower was good but the keys to the kingdom imho was much better as has been the abhorsen trilogy so far though wouldnt reccoment abhorsen to a fourth grader or below unless they're quite a good reader like my friend on here
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Postby Jolly Roger on Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:18 pm

I agree with Titus Finn that James Clavell is great. His other Asian novels are also good - Taipan is my favorite of his I think.

Anyone into fantasy MUST read Robert Jordan. I totally got hooked on his books a few years ago and I have been loaning the books out ever since. Everyone I've given them to has also become Wheel of Time addicts. Keeping with fantasy, I really liked Stephen King's Dark Tower series (hated the ending though) and R Scott Bakkers Prince of Nothing trilogy puts a cool spin on the genre.

I've just been on a Robert Ludlum kick - anyone who enjoys spy novels will enjoy (Caleb - just watch the Jason Bourne movies).

Legal thrillers anyone? Put down your Grisham and try William Lashner.

jay - pick yourself up some Bertrand Russell for all our sakes.

I also like Chuck Palahniuk's books (Caleb - you can just watch Fight Club).

All time favorite - Bleak House by Dickens

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Postby jay_a2j on Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:24 pm

Jolly Roger wrote:
jay - pick yourself up some Bertrand Russell for all our sakes.






Was this directed at me? If so, who is Bertrand Russel?

I have read a few John Grisham, a few Koontz, even Michael Savage. But not alot of time for novel reading lately.
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Postby PaperPlunger on Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:44 am

if there iis one book (well 3 actually) I would recocommend to everyone on this site, it's the Way of the peaceful warrior series.

1)Way of the peaceful warrior
2) sacred journey of the peacefull warrior
3) The journeys of socrates

These are some other books I would recommend, they are kind of similar to that trilogy.

1) Black Elk Speaks
2) Jonathon Livingston Seagull

The first trilogy seriously changed my life. i'm only 15 just about 16, but I felt it. Those books are powerful. The next one Black elk speaks, is a hard read, but all of these books have little messages and BIG ones, all over them, they are about change. Black elk speaks has a huge impression on people. And lastly, my favorite. Jonathon livingston seagull.... Probably the best book I have ever read. If you buy it, don't laugh at it, it has pictures of seagulls. The seagulls represent us. So read these books please, I bet you you will think about the world differently afterwards.
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Postby AK_iceman on Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:49 am

I am a huge Dan Brown fan.
Absolutely loved Angels and Demons!
Thought The Da Vinci Code was awesome!
Digital Fortress was excellent!
and much much more....
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Postby Telvannia on Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:00 am

lian hearn:
1,across the nightingale floor
2.grass for his pillow
3.brilliance of the moon
they are great

also "his darks meterials"

ummmmm
bill bryson

redwall series by brian jacques

Lord of the rings of course

books by G.P Taylor

Books by Terry Pratchett

the edge chronicals

lord of the flies

of and of course

THE BIBLE
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Postby areyouincahoots on Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:20 am

AK_iceman wrote:I am a huge Dan Brown fan.
Absolutely loved Angels and Demons!
Thought The Da Vinci Code was awesome!
Digital Fortress was excellent!
and much much more....


DUDE!! I totally loved all of these...Deception Point is good as well!!
Angels and Demons was the best of the four that I've read.

Another author who I highly recommend is Pat Conroy...
The Great Santini
The Lords of Discipline
My Losing Season
...three Conroy books that I enjoyed very much!

The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles...great read especially if you love the Beatles...

Jack: A Life Like No Other (JFK's biography) If you like history, biographies, or JFK...

LOVE the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques...I've read them all...my favorites are...
Salamandastron
The Taggerung and
The Bellmaker

...As for the classics...

Pride and Prejudice
Wuthering Heights
The Scarlet Letter
and
Little Women
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Postby AK_iceman on Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:25 am

areyouincahoots wrote:LOVE the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques...I've read them all...my favorites are...
Salamandastron
The Taggerung and
The Bellmaker


ooh, and Pearls of Lutra!!
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Postby UCAbears on Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:00 am

ugggghhhhhhhh i hate books
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Postby reverend_kyle on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:09 am

Banana Stomper wrote:
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Banana Stomper wrote:Alice in wonderland and Through the looking glass and what alice found there are two of the very best books i have ever read.



That's three books :roll:

No, they are two books. One is called Alice in Wonderland and the other is called Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There.


My dad has a book with them all combined.. I was under the impression it was 1 book.
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Postby reverend_kyle on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:09 am

TitusFinn wrote:I'll hang with Quee on Catcher In The Rye. Also....

The Fountainhead


ayn rand??
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Postby mattywuh on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:34 am

My current top five, not in an order though.

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

East of Eden - John Steinbeck

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey (spelling?)


Just finished reading A Clockwork Orange - enjoyed (if you can 'enjoy' that one) Surprised at how such a short book managed to draw me in so much.

Always enjoy books by John LeCarre . Can be slightly over complex though. Graham Greene books are pretty good too.
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Postby reverend_kyle on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:39 am

I read the oreilly factor book once.... It amazed me at how little logic he used.... basically something was bad in taht book if it was something clinton liked.. and he said that.. he said almost exactly " clintion did this so it is bad because clinton got sucked off by monica"...


Pick it up if you dont believe me.
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Postby Banana Stomper on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:53 am

reverend_kyle wrote:
Banana Stomper wrote:
Machiavelli wrote:
Banana Stomper wrote:Alice in wonderland and Through the looking glass and what alice found there are two of the very best books i have ever read.



That's three books :roll:

No, they are two books. One is called Alice in Wonderland and the other is called Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There.


My dad has a book with them all combined.. I was under the impression it was 1 book.


Yea, they come like that a lot. They are, however, two distinct stories. Through the looking glass is sort of a sequel, but only in themes and alice. Alice in wonderland is based on a deck of cards while through the looking glass is based on a game of chess. Alice in wonderland isn't referenced in through the looking glass.
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Postby elebdae on Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:56 am

All of J.R.R. Tolkien's book's are awesome.

I particularly enjoyed the Silmarillion, brilliant work. He has putted so much detail in the world of middle earth that it is a unverse in itself. The elvish speak is a fully gramatical speach based on the declinations of latin speach...Really enjoy that as well.

All the R.A. Salvatore books, from any series or "universes", are also chef-d'oeuvres.

And if you happen to speak (read) french, you should absolutely read Bernard Werber's books, his bests ones being the trilogy of the ants (Les Foumies, Le jour des fourmies, La révolutions des fourmies). The social mesage passed in those books is just "grandiose". And if you like philosophy and theologie, all his work is something you should read at least once in your life (I have personnally read all of his books at least 2 times). You can also check for the translation of his work if you do not mind reading translated books (it is available in 23 languages).

Another french author is Khalil Gibran (still in the philosophy and theologie section here)

And one of the most moving and message-full (if that's a word) book is: Jonathan Livingston the seagull (it is a french written book again) by Richard Bach

Enjoy! :wink:
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Postby sportsdd2 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:03 am

im reading a book called Rangers Aprentice its ok so far
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Postby Master Bush on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:05 am

Books are for people that can't read.
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Postby sportsdd2 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:07 am

how does that make sence
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Postby Master Bush on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:07 am

You're so illiterate, I bet you cant even hear me!
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Postby sportsdd2 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:09 am

i see said my mute dog
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Postby hawkeye on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:01 pm

i just started the sillmarilion and it can be sooooo boring
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Postby hawkeye on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:03 pm

o and his dark material trilogy
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Postby qeee1 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:51 pm

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde


All very nice, I tought Cath 22 dragged on a bit, but got stronger again at the end.

I've never read East of Eden, but I've read some of Steinbeck's other books, as in the Pearl and Of Mice and Men. And I've never read One Flew... although like most others I've seen the film.

I loved Clockwork Orange, takes a while to get into, I almost gave up on the first page, but yeah, great book. His alternative vocabulary feels so satisfying to read after a while.

Lord of the rings is an accomplishment in the sheer scope of the world, but I think as a story writer Tolkein sometimes falls down. That said, I read and loved LOTR, the sillmarilion and The Hobbit. Unfinished tales bored me, but then I read that a long time after the other books, and so it was hard to place a lot of the stories within the greater universe. That's really what makes the books work I think, the feeling that every action is part of something greater, a greater story.

Ah, I've already rambled too much, Crime and Punishment was one of those pretentious books I mentioned. I mean I really liked it, but I feel so pretentious listing it as my favourite books. I'm sure a lot of it was probably over my head, but the depth into which the main character is developed is astounding.

Also all book haters... that's sad.
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Postby hawkeye on Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:04 pm

books, music, money, and electricity make the world go round...figurativaly of coure
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