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Title: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on October 10, 2008, 08:53:20 AM
As some of you may know, I shall (finally) be graduating come April, and I was thinking about all the books I will be able to read once my brain starts working again. So, I am going to start a running list of said books. Please feel free to add. Consider this Anais's Edumacation thing, just with books instead of movies.

1) Don Quixote
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 08:54:14 AM
Any limitations?
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Post by: anais.jude on October 10, 2008, 09:05:05 AM
one bookper post (another way to get your post count up)

but other than that, nope. If you think I should read it, then it should be on the list
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 09:08:22 AM
Ok I'll have a think.
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Post by: mrbasehart on October 10, 2008, 09:20:43 AM
Maybe I had a bad translation, but I couldn't really get into Don Quixotte. 

I suggest 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on October 10, 2008, 09:22:43 AM


1) Don Quixote
2) 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
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Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 10:56:51 AM
1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
 
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 11:06:55 AM
1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on October 10, 2008, 11:10:59 AM
1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War


You added 2!!!!!!! But I fogrve you.  ;)
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Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 11:11:58 AM
Actually I didn't, I added number five and the post with number four in it disappeared.
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Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 11:14:42 AM
1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
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Post by: Thrashalla on October 10, 2008, 11:33:14 AM
1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
7. Gene Wolfe - Shadow & Claw
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 10, 2008, 12:09:57 PM
This is looking more and more like school, this reading list.   :P
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Post by: Tripe on October 10, 2008, 12:11:00 PM
1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
7. Gene Wolfe - Shadow & Claw
8. The Magic Christian
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 10, 2008, 12:16:59 PM
I don't know if you count comics, but I recommend... well, a lot, so I guess I better choose just one.  Gee, this is tough.  I guess considering the books listed so far, something actiony might be refreshing.  Still, to play it safe, let's keep it smart.  Since it's both a great read and a quick read, I'll go with Grant Morrison's (and I'm a sucker for almost anything he's written) sci-fi animal story We3, a sort of bizarre cross between homeward bound and bloody killer robot movies.  Talking animals have never been creepier.

If you aren't accepting comic book submissions, then I have a couple of Sci-fi short stories to recommend:

"It's a Good Life" (which became a very popular Twilight Zone episode and stil remains creepy in prose form) and "The Sandkings" which is a horror sci-fi story with a style that reminds me a lot of those karmic "snap endings" from those old Tales from the Crypt comics.
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Post by: mrbasehart on October 10, 2008, 07:19:05 PM
Okay, if you've read 100 Years of Solitude (and the rest of the list looks pretty heavy) how about The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde?

Synopsis:

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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

It's the first in a series of really, really, great little books.  Funny as hell, too.
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Post by: MontyServo on October 10, 2008, 07:32:59 PM
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

My favorite book of all time

Two other books everyone should read:

Brain Droppings by George Carlin
and
If Chins Could Kill - Confessions Of A B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell

And I'll be all artsy fartsy and also say that you should read Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens.  That's my favorite "classic" book.
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on October 10, 2008, 10:13:44 PM
Oh thank you  Basehart, I have read the eyre affair. YOu have good taste though, reccomend more.


Monty, I have read If Chins Could Kill, but the others will be added!
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Post by: Tripe on October 11, 2008, 06:30:02 AM
Ok I am breaking the rules here because these three are a set

1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
7. Gene Wolfe - Shadow & Claw
8. The Magic Christian
9. Good Omens
10. Brain Droppings
11. Nicholas Nickelby
12. Outlaws of the Marsh/The Water Margin
13. Journey to the West/Monkey
14. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 11, 2008, 08:08:24 AM
Hey, Anias still hasn't decided if any of my suggestions count yet.
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Post by: Mr.Quark on October 11, 2008, 08:24:35 AM
Since it is nearing Halloween, you must read John Dies at the End by David Wong. It is an excellent horror/comedy book.
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Post by: anais.jude on October 11, 2008, 09:09:02 AM
Hey, Anias still hasn't decided if any of my suggestions count yet.

Graphic Novels most def count. In fact, I should have watchmen on there.

Since it is nearing Halloween, you must read John Dies at the End by David Wong. It is an excellent horror/comedy book.

I will can't read it for this Halloween (one of my tests is on the following weekend), but I will read it for next Halloween!
thanks for updating the list, Tripe!


1. Don Quixote
2. 100 years of Solitude (I already read it, but I want to read it again)
3. The Buddha of Suburbia
4. Julius Caesar - The Conquest of Gaul
5. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
7. Gene Wolfe - Shadow & Claw
8. The Magic Christian
9. Good Omens
10. Brain Droppings
11. Nicholas Nickelby
12. Outlaws of the Marsh/The Water Margin
13. Journey to the West/Monkey
14. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
15. Watchmen
16. John Dies at the End by David Wong (Read around Halloween)
17. We3
18. "It's a Good Life" (which became a very popular Twilight Zone episode and stil remains creepy in prose form) and "The Sandkings" which is a horror sci-fi story with a style that reminds me a lot of those karmic "snap endings" from those old Tales from the Crypt comics.
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: a pretty girl is like on October 11, 2008, 11:59:52 AM
Light In August
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on October 11, 2008, 12:00:13 PM
The Last Temptation of Christ
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Post by: mrbasehart on October 11, 2008, 12:01:35 PM
Oh thank you  Basehart, I have read the eyre affair. YOu have good taste though, reccomend more.

Okay then.... How about Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell.  It's a novel, with interconnecting short stories, in wildly different genres.  I thought it was brilliant.
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on October 11, 2008, 12:03:10 PM
The Mysterious Stranger and Other Curious Tales
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on October 11, 2008, 10:01:55 PM
Cryptonomicon
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Post by: Tripe on October 12, 2008, 05:41:44 AM
The Last Temptation of Christ

Actually just The Last Temptation, but I second that one :)
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on October 12, 2008, 05:56:49 AM
The Last Temptation of Christ

Actually just The Last Temptation, but I second that one :)

Ha!  I remember my 11th grade religion teacher being so annoyed that they actually changed the book title to sell along with the movie.   That's why I always call it that.  It's one of my books that I really miss having after losing it because of moving and whatnot.  It had all my dumb little scribblings  and doodlings along the margins.
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Post by: Tripe on October 12, 2008, 06:00:53 AM
I'd also suggest Kazantzakis' Zorba the Greek

Oh and I so need to get a copy of his  The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel and ac tually finish it this time.
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on October 12, 2008, 06:09:07 AM
I'd also suggest Kazantzakis' Zorba the Greek

Oh and I so need to get a copy of his  The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel and ac tually finish it this time.

Ha! Zorba the Greek was the one I couldn't finish. 

Hell if I can remember any details about The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel though.
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Post by: Tripe on October 12, 2008, 06:11:27 AM
Actually it wasn't so much that it was difficult to read, more that it's impossible to find and the library copy was requested by another user before I could finish it and so I couldn't renew it.

I hate when that happens.
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Post by: itsjuststeffnow on October 12, 2008, 10:19:45 PM
book i must read

1984

not because i want to, because my grade in my Civil Rights class depends on it.

any good....i cant get into it
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: Tripe on October 13, 2008, 06:15:39 AM
Ooh I kno0w one you should read (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,10066.0.html)  ;)
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Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on October 13, 2008, 09:28:16 AM
Neil Gaiman's "Coraline". Yeah, it's a kid's book. So what? >.o
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Post by: Thrashalla on October 13, 2008, 09:47:00 AM
Throw A Game of Thrones onto that pile as well.
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Post by: anais.jude on October 28, 2008, 08:31:36 AM
note to self. read lovecraft (please give me suggestions people)
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Post by: Tripe on October 28, 2008, 11:07:05 AM
Why the sudden Lovecraft interest?

But be that as it may, here is a fairly good source for his works (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:H._P._Lovecraft)

I'd read the following


I think that should be good, though I might have missed a couple of important ones :)
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on October 28, 2008, 04:17:37 PM
I just remembered that I have always wanted to read him, but know nothing about him.

thanks for the list; are those short stories or novels?
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Post by: Tripe on October 28, 2008, 04:19:48 PM
The first seven are novellas; Lovecraft wasn't really much of a novelist, he was very much a short story writer.
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Post by: Tripe on November 09, 2008, 05:33:49 PM
Ok so,

Agatha Christie


I quite like Dame Agatha's work :)

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Post by: Doc Steve on November 13, 2008, 05:19:08 PM
My favorite mystery writers were Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

THEN, I discovered Rex Stout.

Try Stout's Some Buried Caesar.  It is well worth it: compelling, funny, and a good puzzle.

Another "fun" book would be Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. 
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Post by: saltwrench on November 13, 2008, 06:43:51 PM
About a two nights read is: Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.
Captures the interest quickly, reads fast and easy...great paperback for a cold night with a cup of hot tea.

And I really like the Fountainhead (much more than Atlas Shrugged), I'm sure you've endeavored to check it out but I intend to read it again soon, so I figured I'd bring it up.
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on November 17, 2008, 07:32:05 AM
Tortilla Flat, East of Eden, and Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
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Post by: DarthChimay on December 01, 2008, 02:11:43 PM
I'll toss in my favorite, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. In fact, I need to read that one again. I've made it through seven times and I finally understand almost all of it.
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Post by: Tripe on December 01, 2008, 04:19:53 PM
I'll toss in my favorite, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. In fact, I need to read that one again. I've made it through seven times and I finally understand almost all of it.

I'm Tripe and I approve this message. Eco's the man.
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Post by: anais.jude on December 04, 2008, 11:00:49 AM
The White Goddess By Robert GRaves
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Post by: Tripe on December 04, 2008, 11:05:24 AM
Also by Graves

King Jesus
Goodbye to all that
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Post by: Jazzman99 on December 08, 2008, 08:07:17 PM
David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.  Nonfiction account of a reporter who spent a year with a Baltimore homicide squad.  Later made the basis of the NBC television show.  The TV show is one of, I'd say, the five best TV shows ever--and it still isn't as good as the book.
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Post by: Jazzman99 on December 08, 2008, 08:08:42 PM
Sticking to the one book per post rule:

Clockers by Richard Price.  Probably the best novel about drug dealers ever written.  Spike Lee made this into a movie that was great but, again, couldn't touch the book.
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Post by: Jazzman99 on December 08, 2008, 08:13:14 PM
All right, you talked me into it, just one more.

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams.  When I saw him do a reading about a year before he died, Adams said this was his favorite of his books (and since I was the only one in the audience who'd brought a copy of that instead of HHGG, I got a cool autograph).  It's an account of several trips he took to see the world's most endangered animals in their native habitats, along with the gifted, determined, possibly insane people trying to save them.  Parts of this are funnier than anything in HHGG, and parts are beautifully moving.  Great, great book.
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Post by: boingo2000 on December 10, 2008, 09:05:17 PM
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across.  For my money, there's no reason for any human being not to have read this.  (Especially if you're a fan of Arrested Development.)
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Post by: Claude on December 10, 2008, 10:22:41 PM
Jeez, four pages and no Hesse?

Steppenwulf
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Post by: Tripe on December 11, 2008, 05:10:15 AM
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across. 

She lives in NO, I believe it's issued to all residents ;)
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 11, 2008, 07:23:29 AM
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across. 

She lives in NO, I believe it's issued to all residents ;)

It's included with your FEMA trailer.
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Post by: anais.jude on December 11, 2008, 08:45:06 AM
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across. 

She lives in NO, I believe it's issued to all residents ;)

It's included with your FEMA trailer.

I have read it twice actually. LOVE IT!
Title: Re: Books I must read
Post by: anais.jude on February 19, 2009, 11:11:32 AM
Did someone reccomend Gene Wolf to me? Well Paperbackswap is sending that, so I cna read that one soon
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Post by: dragon on February 24, 2009, 10:45:10 AM
It starts off kinda badly for the first 10 or so pages but then it just takes off and soars. I hate book reviewers who describe a book as "unputdownable"- very few books are. This, however is one of the rare ones THE GONEAWAY WORLD  by Nick HARKAWAY. I started dog-earing every page that made me laugh or smile and very soon realised that this was happening every two or three pages. It's an original, imaginative story with a great twist. Easy to read, unforgetable and.....well, unputdownable--damn!