Books, Books, and More Books

  • loganman84

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    Jun 29, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    So I'm a pretty voracious reader and always looking for new books to read. Any suggestions?
  • loganman84

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    Jun 29, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    OK I swear I started this in the Entertainment area...
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    Jun 29, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    What kinda books do you like to read!
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    Jun 29, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    loganman84 saidOK I swear I started this in the Entertainment area...

    No, this is in "All things gay"
    & RJ administrator has to look into this...posts are going to wrong places unless we didn't paid attention to the 'Category'.
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    Jun 29, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    I haven't read a book since Deathly Hallows.
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    Jun 29, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    I just read Wittgenstein's Poker and it was a real page turner.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:16 AM GMT
    Books I would highly recommend:

    ---The entire series of Alex Cross detective books, written by James Patterson
    ---The entire series of detective books, written by Dennis Lehane
    ---The entire series of Virgil Flowers detective books, written by John Sandford
    ---Any books written by John Boyne
    ---"After Visiting Friends," by Michael Haney
    ---Any books written by Wally Lamb
    ---Any books written by Augusten Burroughs (although his latest book, "This is How" wasn't great)
    ---Any books written by Mark Childress
    ---Any books written by Laura Moriarty
    ---"The Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    ---"Life After Death," by Damien Echols
    ---"Elizabeth the Queen," by Sally Bedell Smith
    ---"The Time Traveler's Wife," by Audrey Niffenegger
    ---"A Million Little Pieces," by James Frey
    ---"The King's Speech," by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi (It's a very interesting account from the perspective of the speech therapist who helped the King overcome his speech impediment)
    ---"Just Kids," by Patti Smith
    ---"Life," by Keith Richards
    ---"Moab is My Washpot" and "The Fry Chronicles" is a two volume autobiography by Stephen Fry

    You can check out any of these books by going to the Amazon.com web site, and reading a few pages. FYI: Amazon.com charges sales tax plus shipping and handling. The other booksellers, there, do not charge sales tax.
  • O5vx

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:24 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidIf you like science fiction, try the author Philip K. Dick. His best book is "Ubik" which is both funny and deeply paranoid. Several of his books have been made into movies already (Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, The Truman Show). Ubik is "in development" now as a movie.
    I did love the Truman show.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    Mary Reault is one of my favourites quite old but good reading if you like ancient greece fiction but more like fact at times.

    The Last of The Wine

    The King Must Die

    The Praise Singer

    Funeral Games
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    Jun 29, 2013 5:59 AM GMT
    loganman84 saidSo I'm a pretty voracious reader and always looking for new books to read. Any suggestions?


    Yes, books, books and more books! I have a room, two storage units just overflowing in non-fiction books! It is what celibacy and being a polymath does to a person. Anyways if you're interested in a particular non-fiction topic, I may be the best person to know what to suggest to you whether I have read the book or not (I actually don't finish reading books these days as most books actually say the same thing in their particular topic matters).
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    Jun 29, 2013 8:19 AM GMT
    that's a pretty impressive list, user webster666

    i think my favorite books to read are memoirs. esp. autobiographies.

    one of my favorite books ever is my face for the world to see by Liz Renay

    & i know why the cage bird sings by Maya Angelou

    i also enjoy reading anything by Herman Hesse, Kahlil Gibran & Julio Cortazar.

    one of the best books I've read these last couple of days is Q&A.
    I don't remember the name of the author now but it's the book Slumdog Millionaire was based on.

    if you like books about vampirez, get the bram Stoker one and avoid the Twilight saga like it's the plague.
    also, the Sookie Stackhouse novels are v. poorly written.
    Vampire diaries by L.J. Smith is ok, tho I only read one book.

    what else.

    well if you haven't read it in school, I'd definitely try to get To Kill a Mockingbird too.

    what are your favorite books?
    you should tell so people can know more or less what sort of stuff you like.
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    Jun 29, 2013 9:14 AM GMT
    The best thing that I have read recently is "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell. It's an interesting story and very cleverly constructed. Also the "A Song of Fire and Ice" series by George R.R. Martin i.e. "Game of Thrones".
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    Jun 29, 2013 9:18 AM GMT
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    Jun 29, 2013 9:25 AM GMT
    I really like books told in fairy tail like structure, books like night circus by erin morgenstern does it for me, anything from anne rice is good too.
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    Jun 29, 2013 10:11 AM GMT
    Anything by Bret Easton Ellis is gold in my opinion but I'm enjoying The Corrections by Johnathan Franzen right now.

    Also if you haven't read it yet Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk is amazingly readable.
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    Jun 29, 2013 10:24 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidAnything by Bret Easton Ellis is gold in my opinion but I'm enjoying The Corrections by Johnathan Franzen right now.


    Imperial Bedrooms is good.

    i met BEE a few years ago @ one of the signings for that book. he's super nice actually..

    never read Less than zero
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    Jun 29, 2013 10:29 AM GMT
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    whateveryo saidAnything by Bret Easton Ellis is gold in my opinion but I'm enjoying The Corrections by Johnathan Franzen right now.


    Imperial Bedrooms is good.

    i met BEE a few years ago @ one of the signings for that book. he's super nice actually..

    never read Less than zero


    I LOVED Imperial Bedrooms, particularly the last few chapters of the book, really gripping stuff. A lot of people complained because it was short/didn't tie up everything but I loved it for that reason.

    I think a lot of people get turned off BEE because his characters are narcissistic assholes but personally I like that his books feature characters that aren't likeable.

    Lunar Park is another great book but you should totally check out Less Than Zero.

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    Jun 29, 2013 10:43 AM GMT
    My mother reads practically everything that comes out. I told her that since I wasn't taking grad classes this summer I planned on reading a non-textbook book for the first time in years and asked her what she recommended. She gave me two suggestions: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn for a good read with no real redeeming value and Transatlantic by Colum McCann for something with more substance. (She recommended this because she said it reminded her of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime and she knows I love that book). I haven't read either yet but I can pass on my mom's recommendations with full confidence.
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    Jun 29, 2013 10:54 AM GMT
    whateveryo said
    I think a lot of people get turned off BEE because his characters are narcissistic assholes but personally I like that his books feature characters that aren't likeable.



    i thought that was the only reason why he's famous at all.

    i mean. maybe i'm wrong but i don't think he'd be so big if it wasn't for American Psycho. & Mr. bateman is prolly the less likeable character he's ever written about
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    Jun 29, 2013 12:50 PM GMT
    My favourite author is Terry Pratchett, who writes wonderful satire/fantasy. His Discworld books are all very good (with the exception of the first 4 or 5, maybe). His young adult book Nation is probably my favourite book of all time.

    For science fiction, I'd recommend Asimov. I enjoy pretty much all of his novels. A more current writer that I like is Peter F. Hamilton, although some of his books are extremely graphic (violence and sexuality, sometimes both at once) and somewhat disturbing. Still, he comes up with amazingly detailed settings for his books and does have some interesting themes.
  • Apparition

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    Jun 29, 2013 1:04 PM GMT
    Iain m banks
    Larry niven
    Terry pratchett
    C j cherryh
    Orson scott card ( ender series)
    Asimov
    Arthur c clarke
    Robert heinlein
    Roger zelazny (The chronicles of amber series)
    Theodor sturgeon ( some of your blood)

    Waiting for the intergalactic bus
    Shogun
    Harry potter
    The outsiders
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    Jun 29, 2013 1:12 PM GMT
    The latest new scifi that I have been impressed with the writing of is:
    the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, the Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson, and A Song of Fire and Ice Series by George Martin.

    If you want to talk older books: Dune Series by Frank Herbert, Dragonlance Series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the Stand by Stephen King, anything by HG Wells, and if you haven't read them, go thru all the negative utopian books at least once: 1984, the Giver, Farewnheit 451, Childhoos's End, etc...
  • ataru13

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    Jun 29, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    "The night circus" by Erin Morgenstern
    "May we be forgiven" by A.M.Homes
    The trilogy of "The name of the wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
    "The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson
    The trilogy "The glass books of the dream eaters" by Gordon Dahlquist

    Those are the last ones I've read, and I've loooooved each and every one of them.
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    Jun 29, 2013 1:23 PM GMT
    Game of thrones isn't bad.

    Reminded me of Wheel of Time, which was also pretty good.
  • Florida_guy

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    Jun 29, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is an amazing read. It's quite a commitment though.

    This is a little blurb from Wikipedia: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the 2004 first novel by British writer Susanna Clarke. An alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. Centring on the relationship between these two men, the novel investigates the nature of "Englishness" and the boundaries between reason and unreason, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Dane, and Northern and Southern English cultural tropes/stereotypes