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Old 02-13-2008, 05:33 PM   #61
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:41 PM   #62
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I absolutely loved the Sword of Truth series by Goodkind. The last one just came out last year.

Another GREAT series in The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The first half of the first book took some work to get through, it was a lot of character ground work, but after that the series got awesome.

Another of my favorite series is The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King, it's really unlike any of his other books.

Insomnia by SK is really good too.

Also I'm a Star Wars dork and the New Jedi Order on books are really interesting too. They go into Han and Leia's kids and Luke's kids too. Fun reads.
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:12 PM   #63
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Looks like a good one.. have to check that one out in the next few I read.
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:39 PM   #64
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Looks like a good one.. have to check that one out in the next few I read.
Also a one hour special on it on PBS. That's what made me buy the book. The guy is amazing. Definately someone I look up to very much, not just for his craftsmanship - but also his view on life.

On the mountain, alone with the beauty of it all, he stops to say: "Boy, I wish those people that waved to me on the freeway could be here to see this view." ! How nice is that?

One time, he cuts his finger when he forgot to wear his glove. He says: "It's a good thing I wasn't wearing my gloves - I don't think it would heal up like my finger can."
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:23 PM   #65
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Lots of good stuff in here.

Edward Abbey's "Desert Solitaire" and "The Monkey-Wrench Gang."
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:44 PM   #66
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They worked on The Guide as a movie for over a decade and as soon as Douglas Adams was dead, tahda, they could suddenly do it.
Radio show.
It was a radio show. Then a play, then a book, then TV.
Movie? Not so much so.

Sci Fi, written: Sturgeon, Dick, Sheckley, Niven, I love golden age but my favourite book was written by John Crowley: Engine Summer.

If you want to start a love fest among a bunch of geeks though, you go to to a geek site and mention "Lord of Light" by Zelazny. Seriously, everyone will start holding hands and singing Kum Ba Yah over this Hindu themed masterpiece.

Used book stores are holy places, go there to tithe!
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:56 AM   #67
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if you like neal stephenson and havent read a young lady's illustrated primer (the diamond age), i highly recommend it.

a few of my favourites..
lolita - vladimir nabokov
the bell jar - sylvia plath
catcher in the rye - jd salinger

some interesting modern autobiographies..
i am not myself these days - josh kilmer purcell (about a drag queen who is dating a crack addicted male prostitute)
yakuza moon - tendo shoko
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Old 02-14-2008, 11:15 AM   #68
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OKayyyyy, does this count? I just read the entire Cold Shower thread.

I think I can recommend it as an excellent novel, or memoir, or whatever.

I also recently read The Omnivore's Dilemma. Excellent. As is The Botany of Desire. I'll never eat a non-organic potato again....
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:29 PM   #69
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Lots of good stuff in here.

Edward Abbey's "Desert Solitaire" and "The Monkey-Wrench Gang."

The Monkey-Wrench Gang is great,

and one can not leave out or be complete without reading zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance



good cat books.

the fur person

the tribe of tiger

the tiger in the house

of cats and men

maurice and his educated rodents

warriors into the wild

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thought im not an avid book reader, a friend insisted i read this book. and i was hooked only after reading the first 2 pages. Vulgar and degrading towards women, i did actually find it very entertaining. Some of the stories take place in SF... half of the book is online.

Tucker Max- I hope they serve beer in hell
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:26 PM   #72
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If first person narratives of war are your thing then Robert Mason's CHICKENHAWK is an awesome account of his time piloting a Huey in Vietnam.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:26 PM   #73
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For you avid readers out there, here are two book rental services that are just like Netflix but for books!

http://www.booksfree.com/

http://www.bookswim.com/
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Phillip K Dick, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Howard's original Conan series.

Barbara Kingsolver's latest and Annie Lamott when I'm feeling like being amused/lifted.

Miller's Tropic of Cancer/Capricorn or Bukowski when I'm feeling like being with my bad self.

Thomas Jefferson's 1777 treatise in which the evils of manufacturing society evidenced by Europe are compared to the pastoral ideal he thought an agriculturally based society represented.

I'm slowly warming up to some of the modern and self-consciously "multicultural" works that populate the district approved reading list. But the focus shifts from classic themes like the heroic cycle (Homer) and religion (Milton) to the more introspective/ belly button gazing ("caged bird") more and more.

Fewer and fewer people read for pleasure anymore. Next someone should start best magazines thread. I'll be the first to nominate Playboy as #1, very well-written. NApe
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:08 PM   #75
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I'll add my vote for George RR Martin. Great stuff! Although, don't get too attached to the characters! He has a compilation book out now called Dreamsongs I & II.

I'd also recommend a fairly new writer, his name is Patrick Rothfuss. The book is called 'The Name of the Wind'. This is a great book!

Orson Scott Card is great, and I'll second the earlier post recommending him.

Try Brandon Sanderson, he's great too: 'Elantris', 'Mistborn', The Well of Acension' are all very good.

Terry Goodkind, Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, are all very good. I'll give John Twelve Hawks a nod too, I liked 'Taveler' and his second book, but I can't think of the name right now.

And for an off the wall book, try: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It was written from the P.O.V. of a boy with autism. I thought it was very interesting.
That is just a few among many... Enjoy!
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