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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:53 am

I have a fair bit of money I plan on using at my local bookstore that's five times the size of my house, and I was wondering if you guys have any good books I should read.

I like science fiction and fantasy more than anything else, so any books of that type would be perfect. Also, children's books count as well, having missed out on a lot of good ones during my moving across continents. So basically any book you really like would be a much appreciated suggestion, as I am trying to make a list. Just give me a short, non spoiler description please, so I can see if it sounds interesting or not ^_^

Oh and manga suggestions would be appreciated as well. I'm very much lacking in that area...

Thanks!
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Postby Torgue » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:57 am

Anything from the Discworld series and/or the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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Postby Amaranthine Ali » Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:04 pm

hmmm.. I could give a few titles..

The Last Vampire series from Christopher Pike.

W.I.T.C.H from Disney, (I started to read that but, I thought it was alright for a childrens series), it also has comic pages in it, not only text.

Harry Potter.

The Worst Witch from Jill Murphy.

Agh, I have no idea. Heh, I don't read much.
But I recommned you to read The Last Vampire series, its gory.. But its also cool, if you into that kind of stuff.
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Re: Book Recommendations

Postby spazmonkey » Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:23 pm

If you are looking for some fatastic thriller borderline scifi novels look up the authors Douglas Preston, and Lincoln child. The have books like thunderhead, mount dragon, The Ice limit, and the relic(note that the plot and characters are almost totally different from the bullshit movie). If you want some way out fantasy novels, I'd recommend the xanth series by Piers Anthony
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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:00 pm

Thanks everyone ^_^

And I've already read Hitchhiker (3 out of the 5, but I'm geting there...), Discworld, and Harry Potter. The others, however I hadn't heard of, so I'll be checking them out ^_^
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Postby dark psyghost » Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:09 pm

Well the only books i read for fun are the magic cycle books. They are pretty good.
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Re: Book Recommendations

Postby Johnny Vill » Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:33 pm

Well I can't really help with good current stuff considering I don't read as much as I should these days (besides that, most of my reading time is taken up by text books) but you did mention childrens books, and that brings to mind the Wayside School series. Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School is Falling Down, and I think the third one is Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. I loved those books as a kid, very weird stories about a school that was built sideways. Read through it again recently and it still cracked me up, though maybe I'm just easily amused.
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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:36 pm

Thanks, I will definately check those out ^_^

And I love children's books. They're easy to understand and almost always have a fantastic story. So no getting lost in the vocabulary of "Gateway", or losing interest and whatnot ^_^
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Postby Glahardt » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:23 pm

If you're into fiction... Robert Ludlum, any one of his books.
Just, stay away from Dan Brown's books, they get repetitive.
Fir shi-fi, get the Dune trilogy.
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Postby Geno » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:44 pm

Glahardt wrote:Dan Brown's books, they get repetitive


If you've read one Dan Brown book, you've read all of them. He follows a formula.

Geno presents: Every Dan Brown book ever written in a Nutshell (Possible Spoilers)

*Opening scene*
Important Old Dude: "You'll never know the secret!"
Mysterious Killer Man: "Screw you. I will too!"
*kills other guy*
*introduction of hero*
*Hero somehow finds out about murder*
*Goes to where murder happened*
*Meets Generic Smart Girl who is somehow personally connected with the murder*
*Hero somehow figures out the murder is part of a plot to do something really fucking bad*
*Hero also finds out it has to do with some goverment conspiracy/ancient secret conspiracy/ancient secret society*
*Meets guy who later turns out to be Red Herring Guy You Think Is Behind Everything*
*Runs into Mysterious Killer Man*
Mysterious Killer Man: "You suck"
Hero: "No, you suck"
*Mysterious Killer Man somehow fails killing the guy, but also runs away*
*Hero, Generic Smart Girl, and any other people they happen to run into go some place else to figure out the ancient secret/conspiracy*
*Mysterious Killer Man shows up, commenses with the killing*
*Some stuff happens*
*Everyone suspects Red Herring Guy You Think is Behind Everything*
*Red Herring Guy You Think is Behind Everything is killed by Real Guy Who Did it*
*More stuff happens*
*Mysterious Killer Man dies*
*Hero and Generic Smart Girl find out Real Guy Who Did It...did...it*
*Hero somehow foils Real Guy Who Did It*
*Hero completely figures out ancient secret/conspiracy*
*Final scene*
*The End*

The sad thing is is that it isn't that far from true.
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Re: Book Recommendations

Postby Endling » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:46 pm

For manga: The entire 'Blade of the Immortal' series by Hiroaki Samura.


Well. Up until the last volume available. Which is, what, 15 or 16 last time I saw.

My favorite manga ever, hands down.
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Postby Mr. Mono » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:47 pm

Well I wouldnt know about any fantasy books but if you happen to know spanish these are absolutely great:

La Ciudad y los Perros (I think its called The Time of Heroes in english or something like that), written by Mario Vargas Llosa. Any other book written by him is worth the read and re-read, although The party of the Goat might be a little too graphic for you.

El Lazarillo de Tormes (dont know what the english name is) author is Annonymus, made during the Spanish reinassance or Barroco.

Cien Años de Soledad (100 years of lonelyness) written by Gabriel García Marquéz. Also any other book by him is worth a read.

Now for the Universal Literature ones:

Demian. by german Herman Hesse.

El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha. by spanish Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (The spanish version is better, original language)

There are some theatre plays that are quite interesting as well:

Edípus, Medea, Antigona, Agamenón.
All by greek authors Sófocles, Eurípides and Esquilo.

All of the above are must-have and worth reading. Hope that helps.
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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:52 pm

I've been meaning to read Dune for so long...I saw the movie, and it was very captivating, so I can only imagine how amazing the books will be.

Never heard of David Ludlum, must go check him out.

And Dan Brown...the DaVinchi Code, right? I watched the movie, and came out of the theatre with the impression that the story's only good point was the part with the puzzle. If they got rid of the whole "Oh, I think I love the police chick with the funny accent" part, it would have been so much better. And I tried to read Angels and Demons, which is supposed to be the "better" one, and couldn't get past the point when the left CERN. Dan Brown, I don't like.
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Postby Material Defender » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:57 pm

Dune is definitely a must have. I'm just going through Dune Messiah. Good stuff...

Also, Dune is a Double Trilogy.
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Postby Glahardt » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:15 pm

OK..... Manga?
Gunnm(aka Battle Angel Alita) II : Last Order
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Added after 7 minutes:

Material Defender wrote:Also, Dune is a Double Trilogy.
Forgot about it, despite the fact that I have all six of them. His kid did OK too. Not really as good, but it's kinda nice.

Aneri wrote:Never heard of David Ludlum
Ever heard of Bourne Identity/Supremacy?

OK. My bad. Robert Ludlum. Why'd I mess it up?

Added after 1 minutes:

Ah yes... Now I remember. There's a character named David Webb.
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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:45 pm

Aweosme, thanks everyone ^_^

And Geno, that is so true lol

Unfortunately I don't know Spanish (yet).

And I do that all the time with names too, Glahardt. I still confuse the name of the guy who wrote Rendezvous with Rama with one of the main characters >_<

ANd I'm really debating reading "Stranger in a Strange Land", just because I don't want it to be one of those books that I read and it seems to be over my head and then it takes me forever to get it and once I do I regret reading it so early. I may just pick it up anyway and take it from there...
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Postby Glahardt » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:48 pm

Aneri wrote:And I do that all the time with names too, Glahardt. I still confuse the name of the guy who wrote Rendezvous with Rama with one of the main characters >_<
For some reason, I only "switch" the names of Robert Ludlum and David Webb, others, I do not.
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Postby Material Defender » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:55 pm

Oh, yes, for classics. I suppose I enjoyed Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift.
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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:01 pm

I have that, and it looks ever so enticing on my shelf.

I actually read a child version of it, but that was too long ago for me to remember it, so I'm planning on reading the actual version this time ^_^
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Postby Kane369 » Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:29 pm

Geno wrote:
Glahardt wrote:Dan Brown's books, they get repetitive


If you've read one Dan Brown book, you've read all of them. He follows a formula.

Geno presents: Every Dan Brown book ever written in a Nutshell (Possible Spoilers)

*Opening scene*
Important Old Dude: "You'll never know the secret!"
Mysterious Killer Man: "Screw you. I will too!"
*kills other guy*
*introduction of hero*
*Hero somehow finds out about murder*
*Goes to where murder happened*
*Meets Generic Smart Girl who is somehow personally connected with the murder*
*Hero somehow figures out the murder is part of a plot to do something really fucking bad*
*Hero also finds out it has to do with some goverment conspiracy/ancient secret conspiracy/ancient secret society*
*Meets guy who later turns out to be Red Herring Guy You Think Is Behind Everything*
*Runs into Mysterious Killer Man*
Mysterious Killer Man: "You suck"
Hero: "No, you suck"
*Mysterious Killer Man somehow fails killing the guy, but also runs away*
*Hero, Generic Smart Girl, and any other people they happen to run into go some place else to figure out the ancient secret/conspiracy*
*Mysterious Killer Man shows up, commenses with the killing*
*Some stuff happens*
*Everyone suspects Red Herring Guy You Think is Behind Everything*
*Red Herring Guy You Think is Behind Everything is killed by Real Guy Who Did it*
*More stuff happens*
*Mysterious Killer Man dies*
*Hero and Generic Smart Girl find out Real Guy Who Did It...did...it*
*Hero somehow foils Real Guy Who Did It*
*Hero completely figures out ancient secret/conspiracy*
*Final scene*
*The End*

The sad thing is is that it isn't that far from true.

Holy shit. I'll look back up on this after I finished reading the Da Vinci Code.
And I'll reccommend The Sight from David-Clement Davies. 1337 I tell j00.
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Re: Book Recommendations

Postby Casmiricus » Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:14 pm

For Fantasy:

The Sword of Truth series
-By Terry Goodkind. A good series that a friend introduced me to; Realistic fantasy, meaning that people die, and very well written. I've re-read the series more times than I've re-read Harry Potter.

And that's saying something. lol



Redwall series
-by Brian Jacques. I grew up reading these, and still re-read them from time-to-time.


For High-Sci-Fi (Far future, aliens):

Anything from the Black Library (Warhammer 40K related, if you're at all into that.)

The Foundation series
Nemisis
The Gods themselves
-All by Isaac Asimov. The Foundation series is a bit hard to read, but Prelude to Foundation is really good.

For Low-Sci-Fi (Near present):

Cradle of Saturn
The Anguished Dawn
-Both by James P. Hogan. I really, REALLY reccomend these books. Some of the best I've ever read.
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Postby Aneri » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:14 pm

I've actually only read "I, Robot" by Asimov, and was wondering which others books of his I should read...so thank you for those and all the rest, I shall be checking them out ^_^
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Postby Wazit » Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:27 am

Go and read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It's a good read
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Postby Glahardt » Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:36 am

How is it good? I've been having nightmares since I began reading The Shining, and stopped. Just tell me the synopsis, I might just read them.
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Postby ObsessiveSketch » Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:39 am

Forgotten Realms, dark elf series
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