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PostPosted: Sat 16 Apr, 2005  Reply with quote

I'm almost finished a book called Teach Yourself to Dream by David Fontana, it's about all types of dreams, lucid, OBE, etc...

I just started a book called The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It's pretty old many may have already read it. I like it because it's humurous. Just something fun to read. They made a movie out of it that is coming out real soon. 8D

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Apr, 2005  Reply with quote

Pilot wrote:
tapir wrote:
As always when this question comes up:
Jeff Noon!

I second that

And I wholeheartedly third it!

I'd like to recommend Perdido Street Station and the Scar, both by China Mieville. Fantasy books, but those into LotR etc may be interested to see his different take on fantasy. His world is in an industrial age with trains and early guns, no elves or dragons to be seen (his races are much more unusual eg. cactus people). Also, whereas Tolkien concentrated more on geography and languages etc. when creating Middle Earth, whereas Mieville has thought more about the political structure of his world as the basis.

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Apr, 2005  Reply with quote

The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son series from Orson Scott Card (the guy who brought you the "Ender" series) was very good, several books in the series, I'd call it historical fantasy, has to do with magical powers that almost everyone has called "knacks", native american magic, the devolopment of a perfect society, and it all takes place in colinial America. Not really extreme books, won't make you look at life a new way, but I found them very entertaining.

Also my favorite book would have to be Sophie's World, probably because I haven't read enough books. Anyways its about the history of philosophy-- sort of. There's another part of the story which really changes it from a history book to an amazing novel. I highly reccomend this book.

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a good book
PostPosted: Wed 28 Sep, 2005  Reply with quote

i love reading - but i hate when books end *sighs*
i get into a great book, and then it is over - just like that.
i've read all the books i own, some great, some decent, and some really crappy that i read only because i had to know what happened at the end.

anyways... does anyone have any recomendations for a good read? im all out of books, and do not know what to venture out into next...

my favourite authors are dan brown, bova, mccaffrey, frank herbert, cervantes, hugo and twain...


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PostPosted: Sun 13 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

I reccomend the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. They aren't your standard cliche'd fantasy story, matter- of- factly the witty flawed heroes and storyline are quite a departure from the whole "kill the dragon, save the princess" trash I've been unwittingly putting up with all these years. I warn you: they are like potato chips. Betcha can't read just one. wink

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

Stephen King's The Dark Tower series blew me away. A lifetime experience.

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

My favourite book of all time would have to be Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Yes, it's big. Yes, it's philisophical. But it's extremely well written and, if you let it, will change the way you think about the world.

Also, if you're into fantasy, I second the suggestion of Terry Pratchett. Especially Sourcery, it's one of his best, if not the best.

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

William Gibson pretty much invented cyberpunk. Read Neuromancer if you get the chance- it's definitely worth it.

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

Cheap Plastic Imitation wrote:
William Gibson pretty much invented cyberpunk. Read Neuromancer if you get the chance- it's definitely worth it.

Ditto! That book is fantastic! siiw The descriptions, the story, the innovations to literature... It's definately worth reading!

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

Wow, I just finished the first story of the second book of Clive Barker's Horror short story collection The Books Of Blood. That is, even though it's from the 80s, everything that makes you freak out, the scariest thing ever, a mix of Saw, The Exorcist, Halloween and Stephen King, the guy is unbelievable.

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep, 2006  Reply with quote

Anne Bishop's The Black Jewels trilogy. hee especially if you like a strong female lead. Gorgeous language, great characters. The kind of book I like to read over and over again (and usually I'm way too busy for that).

Tad Williams Otherland... sci-fi and fantasy at the same time. AWESOME characters. HUGE plot. Books heavy enough to smack your brother with :D

David Eddings... I can't say enough about how GOOD he is. Going from him to LOTR is like going from hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream to week old water. (haha...I hate LOTR yes, yes, sacriligious fantasy fan am I)

I second the recommendation of Terry Goodkind through Temple of the Winds. The book right after that totally turned me off his writings. Instead of continueing the emotion and characters of the story, he used it to rant his opinions about 9/11. For pages. Upon pages. Upon PAGES. VERY repetative.

William Glasser for your dose of common sense psychology! Simplistic, but effective. I worked in a school based on it and it was AMAZING. Happy students, who would've thought it possible

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Oct, 2006  Reply with quote

Atlas Shrugged is definately worth the read, although Ayn Rand has a bit of an extremist view of things, you must take what you will and leave what you don't agree with.

As for like a good intro to philosophy done in a novel I recommend "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder (I believe he is Swedish, could be mistaken). That book has taught me more about the basics of philosophy than my Intro to Philosophy course. He even sites subjects at the end of the book along with the original sources in text.

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PostPosted: Wed 04 Oct, 2006  Reply with quote

Bless me, Ultima
The Thousand Orcs and all RA salvatore books
Alice in wonderland (I'm serious)
The Bride of dreams (difficult read, but beautiful)
The Bean trees
Pigs in Heaven
Sylvie and Bruno
The dark is rising (easy read, might be a tad too easy)
Greenwitch (same as the last one)
A walk in the woods
The illustrated man

also I dunno if I should put these in fiction, with all the controversy... but A million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard. I don't care if he made them up, they're great books.

Non-fiction or philosophy... or other:
Lucid Dreams (Laberge's new book)
Pure Drivel

I have many more, but these are some of the best.

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