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Offline Tony

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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2009, 07:03:12 PM »
Here's a few for ya. Don't know what you've read or how often any of these have been listed here, but...

Iain M. Banks is my favorite SF writer. Unfortunately his books are SLOW to reach the US in any form but some are available on Amazon and all are on Amazon.co.uk.

Use of Weapons - One of my all-time favorites. Cleverly written, fun, and Greek Tragedy all-in-one
Excession - The most fun I've ever had with an SF novel since Stephenson's Snow Crash.
Player of Games - Great fun.
Against a Dark Background (in the US 07/09) - Another excellent tragedy, this one on a global scale, with a cool anti-heroine.
Consider Phloebus - All Sci-Fi "Greek Tragedy". Everybody dies. Well almost. Good story though.

Non-Fiction semi-fluff.
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales - A bit melodramatic, but an excellent read and very informative if you aren't aware of how your brain works in survival situations.
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins - Sometimes dry, but enlightening and interesting.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain - This was a blast, and informative. I will never eat a "well-done" steak again.

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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2009, 10:26:13 AM »
Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy. Exciting, skeletal detective with fireballs fun. You'll laugh till you wet yourself, and that's just the "about the author" section. The actual book is even better. n.n
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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2009, 10:40:59 PM »

Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories (volumes 1/2) - collections of his short stories. Very good stuff here. Golden age sci-fi.

If you'd rather read novels, I suggest The Caves of Steel (with two followups) which are nice scifi detective/robot stories.

i did enjoy the later foundation books...i forget which ones exactly, foundation and earth for one

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i would recommend farewell my lovely and the big sleep by raymond chandler...they have both in one volume on amazon (where i got it) for cheap...if you want variety, get a compilation and do what i'm doing: read a bunch of different short stories written by different authors, it changes things up a bit...

some more sci-fi writers on my shelf are jack mcdevitt who is pretty good, with infinity beach and deepsix and alan dean foster who also has a good variety with paralellities being on the top of the list (foster always seems to combine a general sense of humor along with his sci-fi not unlike Douglas Adams but not quite as good or as British in content)


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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2009, 10:43:24 PM »
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
"All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."

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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2009, 06:53:07 AM »
I've read quite a bit of Chandler.  I think he's great.  :)



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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2009, 03:39:01 PM »
Survivor by Chuck Paluhniuk, who also wrote Fight Club, is AMAZING. I thought I'd hate it because it's about a survivor of a death cult, but it's actually really good. However, if you're into really happy, not cynical and sarcastic, kind of books, then this probably isn't for you.


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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2009, 03:52:40 PM »
Mr. Basehart needs some Bukowski.  Factotum is for ye!
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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2009, 03:57:54 PM »
Mr. Basehart needs some Bukowski. 

I have no need of more Japanese porn.


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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2009, 04:00:17 PM »
Mr. Basehart needs some Bukowski. 

I have no need of more Japanese porn.

That's good to know.  But you should read Factotum....no Japanese people in it.
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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2009, 04:01:09 PM »
Mr. Basehart needs some Bukowski. 

I have no need of more Japanese porn.

That's good to know.  But you should read Factotum....no Japanese people in it.

... What's the movie adaptation like?  :)


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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2009, 04:02:56 PM »
Mr. Basehart needs some Bukowski. 

I have no need of more Japanese porn.

That's good to know.  But you should read Factotum....no Japanese people in it.

... What's the movie adaptation like?  :)

It's good, but it doesn't follow the book.  The movie seems to just use Bukowski characters in Bukowski type situations.  The book is better.
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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2009, 04:05:59 PM »
Okay, I'll put it on my list.  :)


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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2009, 04:06:39 PM »
Yeah!
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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2009, 10:54:32 AM »
Well, apparently you already know about the ASoIaF series, so I'll skip to the next one:

The Dresden Files series, by Jim Butcher.

Book 1: Storm Front

First post, BAM!  I was actually just about to say this!


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Re: Give Me Book Recommendations!
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2009, 12:50:23 PM »
If you've never read the book THE PRINCESS BRIDE (yes, the one the movie is based on), it is FANTASTIC. It's hilarious and brilliant. It's one of my favorite books ever. It's funny like the movie but in a different way. Plus it's written by the guy who wrote the screenplay.



Most of the other books I like are either plays (theater major) or classic literature. Most people are not classic literature fans or enjoy reading plays, so unless you are, that's all I got for this minute.
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