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Offline chinton

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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2007, 10:43:37 AM »
1. Slaughter-House Five
2. Catch-22
3. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon
4. The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury
5. The Count of Monte Cristo
6. English Passengers by Mathew Kneale
7. The Stand By Stephen King
8. The Club Dumas
9. 1984
10. The Great Gatsby


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2007, 11:20:35 AM »
Lots of Slaughterhouse Five love around here. Wonder if there's a connection between enjoying riffed movies and enjoying Slaughterhouse Five.. :^)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2007, 11:33:55 AM »
I'm a pretty big fan of "classic" literature.  The Woman in White, Silas Marner, Three Men in a Boat... I've also read a lot of Jane Austen stuff, which I have to admit, is pretty awesome.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2007, 01:12:43 PM »
I'm a pretty big fan of "classic" literature.  The Woman in White, Silas Marner, Three Men in a Boat... I've also read a lot of Jane Austen stuff, which I have to admit, is pretty awesome.

If you like classic literature have you read The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez. They made it into a terrible film called The Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp. The book is practically a love letter, although a very funny and violent one, to classic adventure stories and melodrama the prime example being Dumas.

Oh and I'm glad Slaughter House Five is getting love.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2007, 02:52:18 PM »
Oy, picking favorite books for me is hard.  I have my own library of favorites.  I'll go with what I re-read the most.

1. George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" series.  Technically Fantasy, but not a lot of magic or monsters....unless they are the human variety.  The best fantasy since Tolkien.  Not for the faint of heart or for those who want to see all the main characters live through the series.

2. Shelby Foote's "A Civil War Narrative".  I read this once a year, it's an engrossing read, though the three books contain about 3600 pages between the three.  If all history books were this well researched and well written, there'd be a lot more history majors than English lit majors today.

3. Stephen Donaldson's "Mirror of Her Dreams" and "A Man Rides Through".  A two novel series.  The closest thing to a romance novel that I re-read regularly.  I don't care at all for Thomas Covenant, in fact everyone who hated Covenant seems to loves these books.  Female protaganist and POV but well done.

4. David Gemmell's "Legend".  David Gemmell, who sadly died last year, wrote heroic fantasy as it hadn't been done since the glory days of Fritz Leiber and Robert Howard.  The characters are deep, complex and occasionally conflicted.  The combat is visceral and awesome.  The scale of the novel is huge as the last great battle of a legendary warrior is fought against steep odds.

5. Jane Austen's "Pride and Predjudice".  Jane Austen didn't invent the modern novel but she is one of the most accessible 19th century writers.  It's a fascinating snapshot of the life of the Lower Upper class in Regency England.  I see a lot of Darcy in myself and find myself at parties looking for my own Elizabeth.  Biting irony and gentle mockery.

6. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's "100 Bullets".  The only graphic novel on the 'my favorite list'...though it fought hard with Alan Moore's Watchmen.  Wordplay and gunplay.  Conspiracies and Mysteries.  Morality of murder.  Sex and death.  Betrayal and Honor.  The only absolute in the series is this: Agent Graves never lies.   Reread it over and over, because every word and every image has meaning.

7. J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings".  The work that created a modern genre.  Written as an almost archaic history, more in line with Beowulf in tone than Robert Louis Stevenson.  I still love it, love the fully-developed world.  I love the elves which came from the divine but fell to their own passions and ennui.  I love the stubborn, materialistic, passionate dwarves.  I love the humans fighting against their own weakness, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding.  I love the Ents, the fall of the 9, the dragons, the wizards.  I even love the stolid, furry-footed plebian Hobbits...though it isn't a passionate love.

8. Lois McMaster Bujold's "Shards of Honor" and "Barryar".  Collected together now as an omnibus "Cordelia's Honor".  Science fiction with very human characters.  No aliens, except how cultural isolation can make aliens of us all.  War and Love.  Tragic monsters and Ambitious ones.

9. Rainer Maria Rilke's "Collected Poems".  This is purely a personal question of taste.  His poetry speaks to me.  Melencholy but not hopeless.  Romantic but not mindless.

10. Frank Herbert's "Dune".  First novel only.  A Machiavellian tale of intrigue, supermen, and barroque technology, as if 16th century Italy was transplanted into space.  An emperor betrays a rival.  A mother chooses love over duty.  A betrayal of a noble lord by those who love him.  A son who wishes to avenge his father.  A people whose harsh fanaticism make them an weapon in the hand of a falible messiah.  An incomparable masterpiece of fiction.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2007, 03:07:14 PM »
to classic adventure stories and melodrama the prime example being Dumas.

I remember thinking his name was pronounced WAY differently as a kid ;)

But seriously - very awesome literature, Dumas. Too bad jsut about /every/ movie adaptation sucks.
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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2007, 06:36:05 PM »
books are hard for me to pick the best of.  Movies too now that i think about it. 

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Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves is probably one of the best books I've read in a while

Hell yah loved it.  I am going to read revolutions when i get back to the states

hey j-proof saw mere christianity on your list.  have you read any others from the signature series?  Obviously i got to suggest problem with pain and screwtape letters ;)

I spose i would say the Sea wolf by jack london

hitchhikers guide

the dilbert future

tolkein

harry potter

terry pratchet (thud specifically)

Shogun - james clavell


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2007, 10:12:35 PM »
My list would be far to long, so I'll stick to non-fiction; off the top of my head some books I have read in the past year (I read about 50 books a year).

DEATH RAT - Michael J Nelson (well, duh!)

SNOW CRASH - Neil Stephenson (if you only check out one on my list, let it be this one)

FORREST GUMP - Winston Groom (I love this book)

JOB: A COMEDY OF JUSTICE - Robert A. Heinlein (one of the greatest romance novels ever)

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH - Ken Follett (when I read the last page, I turned back to page 1 and re-read)

CIDER HOUSE RULES - John Irving (simply a good read)

THE MUMMY - Ann Rice (great adventure read, sort of "Indiana Jones" style)

THE QUEENS FOOL - Philippa Gregory

SHE'S COME UNDONE - Wally Lamb

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN - Betty Smith

WIZARD OF OZ, et al - L. Frank Baum (the series of his 15 books, just for kicks)

EAST OF EDEN - John Steinbeck

THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR - Dan Millman

.... and many many more.
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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2007, 04:43:03 PM »
Any fans of historical fiction?

I've read Romance of the Three Kingdoms a couple of times.  It is easily my favorite book of all time...all 2400 pages (or should I say books, considering it is split up into four volumes).  I also love Journey to the West, which is currently being made into a film with Jackie Chan and Jet Li according to imdb.com.  I believe that when I see it.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2007, 01:16:12 PM »
The link at the bottom of this post will lead you to the greatest book ever written.

Runners up:

The Right Stuff
Seabiscuit
Once and Future King
Gone With the Wind
Three Musketeers
The Longest Day
Dave Barry Slept Here
Writing Down the Bones
John Adams
John Adams and the American Revolution
(yes, it's a different book from the one above)
just about anything by P.J. O'Rourke

Favorite brain candy:
Dick Francis (Heh.  I typed "Dick.")
Regency romances, especially Georgette Heyer
The novellization of Return of the Jedi (hangs MFA head in shame)

Recommended Authors:
Thurber
Barry
Wodehouse
Twain (except for his later stuff, when he is, indeed, "an egotistical asshole windbag with an overblown sense of his own importance, intelligence, and wit")
and, of course, the Great Nelson

Reflections on authors mentioned here:
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FORREST GUMP - Winston Groom (I love this book)

It's so interesting how people have different takes! That's actually the first time in my entire life I liked the movie better than the book.  I guess it's because Forrest has rougher edges in the Groom version.
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I can't stand Dickens (the guy literally spent a page in "Tale of Two Titties" describing someone's nostril), etc. etc. etc.

Here's a shocker for you:  The man was paid by the word.

And... I find Kurt Vonnegut overrated (ducks).


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2007, 01:27:41 PM »
Charles Dickens is a master of sarcasm and thus certainly someone i look up too ;)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2007, 11:02:50 PM »


Seriously.
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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2007, 12:42:12 PM »
Fantasy:
- George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (Best. Series. Ever.)
- Raymond Feist's "Riftwar" saga and the related "Kelewan" trilogy written with Janny Wurts. (both are excellent adventure, and the latter is top quality literature by mainly Wurts.)
- Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series (God bless the continued existance of British humor, which celebrates Wit instead of Stupidity. Well, most of the time.)
- Stephen R. Lawhead's "Pendragon Cycle" series (a surprisingly good alternate take on the Arthurian Legends)
- William Goldman's "The Princess Bride" (classic. just classic.)
- Roger Zelazny's "Amber" chronicles (an original take on parallel worlds, and with fantasy instead of sci-fi.)
- C.S. Friedman's "Coldfire" trilogy (well, at least the first book. it was awesome. series went downhill fast though in my opinion.)
- Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman's "Death Gate Cycle" (very original world settings, and magic system. loved the main characters.)
- Robin Hobb's "Farseer", "Live-Ship Traders", and "Tawny Man" trilogies (a trilogy of trilogies. and darn good reading too.)
- R. A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms universe books (lightweight, easy reading, best, most detailed descriptions of hand-to-hand combat scenes in fantasy I've ever read.)
- Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" (modern day wizard with an early 1900's private eye themed main character. I love it!)

Science Fiction:
- John Steakley's "Armor" (good, and intense, hardcore sci-fi)
- Timothy Zahn's Star Wars universe books, like the "Thrawn Trilogy" (forget the prequel movies, read these sequels to the original trilogy.)
- Frank Herbert's "Dune" (classic)
- Arthur C. Clark's "Rama" series (good first-contact, semi-hardcore sci-fi)
- Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy" (very realistic vision of near-future Mars colonization)
- Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" and "Diamond Age"

Fiction:
- Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" and the "Baroque Cycle" series. (magnificent literature. also, these get put in the sci-fi & fantasy sections at the bookstore just because stephenson wrote Snow Crash and Diamond Age. but really, they're really just fiction.)
- Eiji Yoshikawa's "Musashi"
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" stories
- Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers"
- Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur" (classic fiction, but I guess it could be labeled fantasy these days as well given that magic is involved.)
- William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition" (I've actually never been much impressed with Gibson's other works, like Neuromancer, but I really enjoyed Pattern Recognition for some reason. This is another book that's so vaguely sci-fi it's really just fiction, but gets tossed into the sci-fi and fantasy section because of the author's other works.)


OK, that's probably enough for now. I better stop before I end up listing my entire library. :P   There's just so many good books out there, and so little time to read them all.


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2007, 03:25:06 PM »
- Timothy Zahn's Star Wars universe books, like the "Thrawn Trilogy" (forget the prequel movies, read these sequels to the original trilogy.)

Man, I loved these books.  I read them all on one particularly boring holiday when I was a kid.  I always hoped that Lucas would have the balls to make these into movies, but it's about 10 years too late now.


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« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2007, 04:58:20 PM »
- Timothy Zahn's Star Wars universe books, like the "Thrawn Trilogy" (forget the prequel movies, read these sequels to the original trilogy.)
I always hoped that Lucas would have the balls to make these into movies, but it's about 10 years too late now.

They would certainly have been better than the prequels that did get made. Oh well. Does anyone have any Star Wars book recommendations that aren't Timothy Zahn's work? I'd actually like some pre-original trilogy material, but not necessarily Clone Wars era either. I need some good writing about earlier times when Jedi's were more widespread and maybe back to the Sith Wars era. Best suggestions?