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Old 02-12-2008, 05:43 PM   #31
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anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child- but the Pendergast books are the best, technically they start with Relic (please don't hold the movie version against them, they had no creative control) but you can start with "Cabinet of Curiosities". Other books they wrote together like Riptide, The Ice Limit and Thunderhead were great reads.
F Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series. Good luck though finding a copy of the first book, "The Tomb" (or the recently released author's preferred version "Rakoshi". There are eleven books in the series to date and he's working on number 12- they just get better and better. Jack's a FTW kinda guy, you all should like him. Other titles by FPW include Midnight Mass (vampires) the Adversary Cycle (Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld), SIMS, the LaNague Chronicles (futuristic...KYFHO!!!!!)- and more short stories than I can even begin to name.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:45 PM   #32
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I never read any of the much-recommended Repairman Jacks, but have enjoyed FP Wilsons short stories. Thought Midnight Mass was OK but not fantastic. David Wellington has done more interesting vampires recently ("13 Bullets" and "99 Coffins")
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:46 PM   #33
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George RR Martin, The Song of Fire and Ice series. Excellent prose, very well written and terribly fun to read. His characters are wickedly imperfect and you end up loving the worst of them. I never really read fantasy outside of the LOTR trilogy, but these books are top notch!



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+1000, love this series. Just finished the fourth and am eagerly awaiting the next one.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:48 PM   #34
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I love Cormac Mccarthy. Although, I think this is his only book that didn't take 50 pages to get into.

A friend gave me an advance copy of The Road. I started reading it and got really bothered by the lack of punctuation marks. Had me confused at parts and I got frustrated and sat the book down and didn't pick it up for several months. Then right around the time No Country For Old Men was hitting the big screen I decided to give it another shot and this time I couldn't put it down. Absolutely gripping. And now they're making a movie out of The Road. I'm very skeptical about that.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:53 PM   #35
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:01 PM   #36
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A friend gave me an advance copy of The Road. I started reading it and got really bothered by the lack of punctuation marks. Had me confused at parts and I got frustrated and sat the book down and didn't pick it up for several months. Then right around the time No Country For Old Men was hitting the big screen I decided to give it another shot and this time I couldn't put it down. Absolutely gripping. And now they're making a movie out of The Road. I'm very skeptical about that.
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I have done the same with a lot of his books, I can't get into it, put it down, come back in a month and can't stop reading it.
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:36 PM   #37
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:52 PM   #38
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I used to read a ton (and I think I mean that literally) (heh, "literally") of Sci-fi and Fantasy, though not so much any more.

I've become much more eclectic, reading whatever catches my interest. I still love a good mystery (Patricia Cornwell, etc). Read "The Road" in one big gulp (wow).

Lately I've read the mystery "Touchstone," before that a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted (ever been to Olmsted Point in Yosemite?), just finished "This Republic of Suffering," about how the Civil War changed American culture and society around death and dying. Incredible. Now I'm reading "Tree of Smoke," and (I can't even believe this myself) I just checked the new translation of "War and Peace" out from my library.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:18 PM   #39
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i usually read two books at once, right now its:

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Next on the chopping block is Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard and soemthing else I cant remember right now, I think it might be "Enough" by Bill McKibben (no im not a Luddite )
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:32 PM   #40
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George RR Martin, The Song of Fire and Ice series. Excellent prose, very well written and terribly fun to read. His characters are wickedly imperfect and you end up loving the worst of them. I never really read fantasy outside of the LOTR trilogy, but these books are top notch!



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+1000000 I'm reading them through for the second time now that I got my hands on a feast for crows. I like things to be fresh in my head on series like this.

Some other good ones in the scifi/fantasy world...

Bio of a Space Tyrant - Piers Anthony (no, this isn't like his Xanth series)
The Gap Saga - Stephen R. Donaldson (very violent but damn good!)
Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffery (There's LOTS of these books and some out of print now. Her son is taking over the series for her and is doing a great job with it)
Aztec - Gary Jennings (This is more of a historical novel. Heavily researched and there are actually 2 others to it as a series one of which was completed by his son from his notes. DAMN good books!)

I'll stop there. I've got so many more I could recommend but... I'll make you suffer and wait
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:33 PM   #41
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Gregory Maguire books...non-Disneyfied fairy tales.

"Wicked" and "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" were good...alot of political, theological, and social analogies. And the people actually have sex.

I'm still disappointed that the made Wicked a damn musical.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:00 PM   #43
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just finished the last Harry Potter - it was sick.

Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and Digital Fortress is a must read.

For some lighter reading (if you will) read I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max. It changed my life and made me laugh out loud at the same time.
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