Current/favorite book?

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    Mar 18, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    So as a new years resolution I started several resolutions, and have kept them, but my favorite is to read more. I am currently about to finish my 9th book of the year, but looking for other ideas on what to read next.

    I am about to finish the final book of the series of 3 by David Wellington
    Monster Island, Monster Nation, and Monster Planet. I have loved these books, very bloody/zombie books I can escape with.

    Current Book is Monster Planet
    Favorite Book is The Blue Nowhere
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    Mar 18, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    i'm currently reading - Atlus shrugged

    but my favorite book is - A Density of Souls by christopher rice, i love all 4 of his books tho icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 18, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Current - CJ Cherryh's Cyteen

    Favorite has always been, and will proabably always be, my it's-spring-time-book, Kate Chopin's The Awakening.
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    Mar 18, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    Current Book (a reread actually): Stellar 4: Science Fiction Stories, compilation of several short stories by sf authors. Just finished reading the first one for the third time: We who stole the Dream by James Tiptree Jr.

    Favorite book(s) of all time: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, though Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book comes pretty close too.
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    Mar 18, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    Harry Potter series
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    Mar 18, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    Sedative said Favorite book(s) of all time: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, though Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book comes pretty close too.

    Eric, I'll bet you'd love Philip K. Dick. Have you read any of his stuff?


    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Next, Paycheck? icon_razz.gif Absolutely. But sadly I know him only by the movies based on his books and his short stories. I've never read a single novel by him. icon_sad.gif

    I do love the cyberpunk genre the most though. I love William Gibson's works for instance (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Johnny Mnemonic, etc.), and they are very similar to Phillip K. Dick's works.
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    Mar 18, 2009 7:20 AM GMT
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    Sedative said Absolutely. But sadly I know him only by the movies based on his books and his short stories. I've never read a single novel by him. icon_sad.gif

    I do love the cyberpunk genre the most though. I love William Gibson's works for instance (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Johnny Mnemonic, etc.), and they are very similar to Phillip K. Dick's works.

    The movies have mostly not represented him at all well.

    Do yourself a huge favor and find a copy of his best novel, Ubik. It's a wickedly funny anti-consumerist dystopia set in the unimaginably far-off year of 1999 (heh heh, it was written in 1962) and while the theme has been worked by others since then, he was among the first. Plus it's a lot LOT more than just that. I am sure you'll love it (I say this because you and I seem to have so many similar tastes in reading.)


    Will see if I can find an e-book then. icon_smile.gif Thanks for the recommendation. And yes, Gibson's works are also the same near-future dystopia themes, though it uses computers a lot (hence the genre 'cyberpunk'), unlike Phillip K. Dick. I think Phillip K. Dick is considered as one of the forerunners of the cyberpunk genre though. Gibson's Count Zero for instance was set in a decaying near future ghetto where 'drugs' are actually programs, people purchase 'soap opera' programs and spend their lives being one of the characters, the traditional Virgin Mary statue on the mantel of hispanic households is a hologram, wars are fought by corporations and not nations, the threat of corporate espionage means implanting bombs into your top employees so they'll never leave your corporation alive, and 'gods' naming themselves after the vodou pantheon are actually escaped shards of artificial intelligence.

    I'll suggest something similar in another form of media in return LOL. Go and watch the Ghost In The Shell movies (there are two, GITS: The Standalone Complex and GITS: Innocence). Don't be misled by the anime style. They're both a visual and an intellectual feast.

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    Mar 18, 2009 9:10 AM GMT
    "The Ascent of Money" by Niall Ferguson.

    An interesting read about the role that money and the financial system has had on the world's history. A very appropriate book to read right now.
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    Mar 18, 2009 9:43 AM GMT
    I'm currently reading Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, and am loving it. I missed out on a lot of fiction during college because my majors were both focused heavily in the non-fiction, but I'm catching up as I have a lot of time in PC to read.

    My favorite book of all time, however, is still Steinbeck's East of Eden. I almost always find the experience of reading Steinbeck to be extremely satisfying and enlightening. There have been a few books of his that were real turds, but those are few and far between.
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    Mar 18, 2009 9:58 AM GMT
    I enjoy the really big ones!

    Currently looking through a tome of Charles Dickens, five of his novels compiled into one book. Just started on the first, Oliver Twist. It's going to take me all summer!
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    Mar 18, 2009 10:58 AM GMT
    I tend to read true crime books and biographies because I think it gives a great insite to how people actually think so-

    Ann Rule- Green River Running Red

    Guy Lawson and William Oldham- The Brother-Hoods

    But I read a book a week. All kinds of styles, all kinds of authors, anything. Mostly biographies, but I read fiction as well. John D. McDonald is my favorite. Travis McGee. The best fiction ever written.
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    Am just starting The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad, it's what days off are for.

    My Favourite novel is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a superb piece of work, and I think the (english language) sequal is due later this year, unless it has been delayed again.
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:45 AM GMT
    I should have mentioned, "The Singer of Lost Whale Songs" by Igmnan Solinsky. What a powerful book. Not only a true book of lost identity but personal redemption against all odds.
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:48 AM GMT
    I hated the "Kite Runner". Talk about trite.
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:56 AM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidI enjoy the really big ones!

    Currently looking through a tome of Charles Dickens, five of his novels compiled into one book. Just started on the first, Oliver Twist. It's going to take me all summer!


    In 1993 I read all of Dicken's novels in order from "The Pickwick Papers" to "The Mystery of Edwin Drood".

    My personal favourite was "David Copperfield" with "Little Dorrit", "Bleak House", "Great Expectations", and "A Tale of Two Cities" vying for the runner-up position. Enjoy.
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    Mar 18, 2009 12:05 PM GMT
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    Mar 18, 2009 12:40 PM GMT
    Currently on my second pass (immediately after finishing the first) through Jayne Anne Phillips' LARK & TERMITE.

    My favorite has always been CATCHER IN THE RYE but I'm also very partial to Mark Helprin's WINTER'S TALE and James Baldwin's ANOTHER COUNTRY. And my favorite "classic" novels are probably Dostoyevsky's THE IDIOT and Henry James THE PRINCESS CASAMASSIMA.
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    Mar 18, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    Awesome, this will help me with my book selections for the rest of the year!!!!
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    Mar 18, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
    Current: "The Witches of Eastwick" (John Updike)
    Favorite: "The World According to Garp" (John Irving)
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    Mar 18, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    Current:
    Blindness- Jose Saramago
    Cesar's Way- Cesar Millan (thinking about getting a dog)
    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - John Maxwell

    Favorite(s):
    Middlesex- Eugenides
    Sputnik Sweetheart- Murakami
    Gilead- Robinson
    Of Human Bondage- Maugham
    To Kill A Mocking Bird- Lee


    For fiction, when in doubt, read a Pulitzer Prize Winner.
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    Mar 18, 2009 1:46 PM GMT
    Current book: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

    Favorite: Oy, so many, we'll go with Memory and Dream by Charles deLint
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    Mar 18, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    Favourite Books as of today:

    Fiction

    David Copperfield by Chales Dickens;
    Fifth Business by Robertson Davies;
    Middlemarch by George Eliot;
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy;
    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving;
    Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels;
    100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez;
    Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens;
    The Greene Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine;
    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie;
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens;
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens;
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
    The Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
    Voyage Of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis


    Etc..

    Non-Fiction

    The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
    And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts
    Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd

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    Mar 18, 2009 2:30 PM GMT
    "Catcher in the Rye" Because I feel like Holden Caulfied on here.

    "Sometimes a Great Notion" more of a novella by one of America's great underappreciated writers. Ken Kesey
    After he wrote "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

    "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" Thom Wolfe before he became "the next great American Writer" and the "Bonfires of the Vanities" bs.

    "The Pearl", before Steinbeck became STEINBECK

    "Travels with Charlie" the last great book after Steinbeck became STEINBECK and shortly before he died and way after "East of Eden, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men":

    He wrote travels with Charlie, driving around the country with a Standard Poodle named Charlie, seeing what the country had become since his childhood in a boxcar in Fresno, where he was born.

    Mark Twain and John Steinbeck. The two greatest American writers ever.
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    Mar 18, 2009 2:33 PM GMT
    age of innocence

    i know, wierd, but i saw it at my friends place the other day and just flipped thru a few pages, really sad at point, but lots of symbolism, i like that stuff.
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    Mar 18, 2009 3:17 PM GMT
    wow, what a great thread!
    congrats on your successful new years resolution danfromdalicon_biggrin.gif

    i'm reading "the Nun" by diderot. QUITE amusing!
    i told my bf it's desperate housewives in an 18th century french convent!

    last read: Out Stealing Horses by per petterson (it was ...meh.)

    also, i just read the Hobbit for the first time and LOVED it.

    I also love dickens and i need to do more of him! summer project. icon_smile.gif
    I od'd on henry james and edith wharton and all that high society crap years ago -- i can't believe someone put Princess Cassamisa in their top 10 list!
    over-rated, i should say, but to each his own. icon_twisted.gif

    i also enjoy true adventure/nature stuff along the lines of Into the Wild, Cod, Guns Germs and Steel, Perfect Storm...