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Post by TheHolyStickman on Mon May 19, 2008 10:01 pm

Im not sure if any of you guys are into reading, but I am. And I thought that you might like to get to know all of us better, with these little posts. So whats your favourite book (if any).

Mine is "The Stand" by Steven King.



Just thought it would be fun.

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Post by Shamballa on Mon May 19, 2008 10:30 pm

Watership Down, A Clockwork Orange, Siddhartha, 1984, Old Man and the Sea, The Lord of the Rings, Brave New World, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, & Dune.



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Post by Lojozz on Mon May 19, 2008 10:32 pm

Nice list Sham, the only one on there I haven't read is Old Man and the sea i will take that as a recommendation.

I would add to that list Papillion
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Post by Shamballa on Mon May 19, 2008 10:39 pm

Thanks Lojozz. I'm not a huge fan of Hemmingway, but there was something about it I liked.

Papillion is definitely on my favorite movies list. I'll have to check out the book.

Right now I'm reading "Welcome to the Monkey House" a collection of short stories by Vonnegut and starting the "Bard" trilogy by Keith Taylor.

I also need to add Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" to my list.

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Post by eda on Mon May 19, 2008 10:42 pm

The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, it's such a fantastic book ! There is a mystery island in it too cat

and everything by Douglas adams Claire




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Post by theggsnake on Mon May 19, 2008 10:46 pm

Right now im reading His Dark materials by Philip Pullman. Im on the last one The amber spyglass. But I'll get onto Steven Donaldsons Thomas covenant chronicles.
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Post by AngeloComet on Mon May 19, 2008 10:46 pm

In no particular order (and I make no apologies for the merit levels of some of these books - reading is entertainment and some of the best books I have ever read weren't particularly literary, but they were damned entertaining):

Lord Of The Flies - William Golding
1984 - George Orwell
Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk
Sphere - Michael Crichton
Marabou Stork Nightmares - Irvine Welsh
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
A History Of The World In 10 And A Half Chapters - Julian Barnes
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Post by TheHolyStickman on Mon May 19, 2008 10:48 pm

Whoops the gg snakes comment was meant to be by me. Sorry Guys.

1984 - Want to read that.
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Post by l337Jacqui on Mon May 19, 2008 10:53 pm

Bluebeard, Invisible Monsters, Really anything by Kurt Vonnegut or Chuck Palahniuk Smile

Has anyone read The Time Traveler's Wife? I heard it relates to LOST on many levels. That's my next book to read!
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Post by nino_1 on Mon May 19, 2008 11:07 pm

catcher and the rye
las guerras secretas
the prodigal spy
the art of war

to mention a few
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Post by katesawjack on Mon May 19, 2008 11:30 pm

I recently bought this book , although I haven't read The Stand I did watch the mini-series when it was on television. It was outstanding.
I was absolutely addicted to Lord of the Rings /The Trilogy, before Lost.

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Post by vincentthedog on Tue May 20, 2008 12:31 am

To reighn in hell by steven brust or any of his Vlad taltos novels. If anyone has read any of these please let me know as i`ve found very few people who have and there great books!
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Post by puchita on Tue May 20, 2008 12:33 am

Dont pick favorite books really. My most recent read was Native Son by Richard Wright. good.
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Post by SunburnedPenguin on Tue May 20, 2008 11:55 am

TheHolyStickman wrote:Im not sure if any of you guys are into reading, but I am. And I thought that you might like to get to know all of us better, with these little posts. So whats your favourite book (if any).

Mine is "The Stand" by Steven King.



Just thought it would be fun.

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Thats my all time favourite aswell! Must have read it about a zillion times lol!

My other faves are;

The Secret Garden
Weaveworld (Clive Barker)
Anything by Irvine Welsh but especially Marabu Stork Nightmares (once I acclimatise to reading with a scottish accent lol)
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit
And the Discworld Novels

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Post by solarchap on Tue May 20, 2008 5:27 pm

ah man, I hate to get all scientific, but the book which changed my life was The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins. Changed my life so much, that I gave up my career to go to University and I hope to graduate in about 7 weeks, after years of hard study and hard-drinking. So it is fitting that you asked about favourite books for me!

Fave non-scientific book: Roald Dahl's 'Danny the Champion of the World'
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Post by wtfsignmeup on Thu May 22, 2008 12:38 am

l337Jacqui wrote:Bluebeard, Invisible Monsters, Really anything by Kurt Vonnegut or Chuck Palahniuk Smile

Has anyone read The Time Traveler's Wife? I heard it relates to LOST on many levels. That's my next book to read!

I just bought that book!! I had no idea it relates to Lost..must be fate Shocked I better get started.
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Post by l337Jacqui on Thu May 22, 2008 1:32 am

Yes, I need to buy it as well. I heard it relates on many different things! Let me know how it its!!! My boyfriend's mom read it and LOVED it, but doesn't watch Lost lol, so I need your opinion Neutral
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Post by Hope on Thu May 22, 2008 6:44 am

I like James Patterson. I love Watership Down!! Lord Of the Rings was good. I just read "Water for Elephants" and loved it.
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Post by MyStarbuckHatesLost on Thu May 22, 2008 12:24 pm

"Rendezvous With Rama" by Arthur C. Clark
"Darwin's Radio" and Moving Mars" by Greg Bear"
"The Case For Mars" by Robert Zubrin

And my all-time favorite:
"The Big-E" by Edward P. Stafford (This one should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand what honor, sacrifice, war and heroicism is all about.) I do not have words strong enough in my recommending of this book.

Though I do joke around quite a bit on this site, I feel very, very strongly about this book.

You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557509980/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Here are some reviews:
"...This book tells the story of a ship that was in the second world war from it's beginning at Pearl Harbor until the final month of victory. It gives detailed accounts of the men who fought and died on her that are unparalleled in that or any other war, giving names of Americans whose heroic actions were commonplace in that war, expecting and asking for no thanks or praise, just doing their jobs.
The writing is at times more like poetry than prose, the description's vivid and clear, something that anyone who served on ships at that time can recognize from their own experince. Stafford's work ranks with the best of historical novelists like Bruce Catton or Shelby Foote, who painted such clear pictures of the American Civil War. "

"...I absolutely adore this book, and am on at least the third copy I've owned, having worn the others out.
CDR Staffor has written an absolutely magnificient tome. He covers both the scope of the War in the Pacific, and the exploits of the Enterprise herself very thoroghly and in incredible detail.
I've always been interested in the Enterprise, especially considering that my dad was a pilot in the last Air Group ever assigned to the ship. Her story is the story of the pacific, and the coming of age years of naval aviation. The early giants of naval aviation commanded her, and the greats of this horrible war flew from her decks, and helped to build her legend.
This book is one of the pillars that must be read in order to develop a thorough understanding and appreciation of the war in the Pacific.
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"...Two sections in this book stand out in my mind. One was the section talking about the crew as they enter Pearl Harbor immediately after the attack. You could feel the emotions as you read about them and you could imagine how they felt as they saw the destruction. The other is the ending. It was almost as if the author were writing about the death of a person instead of a ship.
This is a very well writen book about a very important ship in our history. There are not too many ships that have the record of the Enterprise and there probably will not be too many more like her. The book reads like a novel instead of a historical book and it breathes life into the ship and her valiant crew. "

"..."The Big E" is without peer, as both a history of the World War II-era carrier Enterprise, and as a record of what carrier warfare in the '40's was like. Stafford's prose is both elegant and -- given the records he had available in 1960 -- accurate. His descriptions are vivid: you can feel the decks whip violently at Santa Cruz, you can see the vibrant green of the Philippines at Leyte Gulf, you can sense the tension in the ready rooms at Midway. Her men are not just names on a page, but tangible characters: bold, fast-thinking, humble, optimistic, but sometimes very worried about their prospects.
There are a couple points about the book which the prospective reader should be aware of. Stafford's focus is primarily on the ship's squadrons, and less so on efforts of her crew. Originally published over 40 years ago, some of the language is a bit dated, though, again, overall the writing is superb.
The fact, however, that a 40-year old book about a ship that was decommissioned in 1947 is deemed fit to reprint in 2002 should tell you two things. The book is not a throwaway, but a genuine work of literature. And Enterprise was not just a warship, but a unique bonding of man and machine, that came through for her country when she was needed most.
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Post by SmokinMonster on Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:10 pm

I like reading Porno.

The follow up to Trainspotting that is. Its fantastic.(Filth by Irvine Welsh I found an uncomfortable grimy read that left me feeling dirty.)

Also anything by Stephen King (especially The Stand, It, Tommyknockers) Dont mention the TV movies they made of these books.

The ending of the Dark Tower though was a total cop out, and totally ruined a series of books that I began to read from the age of 18.
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Post by TheHolyStickman on Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:28 pm

Oh, dont tell me the ending! I'm planning to read the Dark Towers series.
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Post by Occam on Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:36 pm

Shamballa wrote:Watership Down, A Clockwork Orange, Siddhartha, 1984, Old Man and the Sea, The Lord of the Rings, Brave New World, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, & Dune.

That's 5 out of 9 on my list... and I haven't read the 4 remaining, so I'm guessing I should.

Lojozz wrote:I would add to that list Papillion

Definitely, great book.

SmokinMonster wrote:The ending of the Dark Tower though was a total cop out, and totally
ruined a series of books that I began to read from the age of 18.

Dude, that's 4 really great books, followed by 3 crappy ones...
Oh, and I'm gonna add to the pile anything written by Terry Pratchett. The guy is genius. Pity he's not writing anymore... Sad


SunburnedPenguin wrote:And the Discworld Novels

It seems someone beat me to it...


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Post by TheHolyStickman on Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:45 pm

Occam wrote:

Definitely, great book.

Oh, and I'm gonna add to the pile anything written by Terry Pratchett. The guy is genius. Pity he's not writing anymore... Sad


What! He's not writing now. Crying face.
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Post by Occam on Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:52 pm

Mr. Stickman, check >>here<<, bottom of the page. Terry was diagnosed Alzheimer, and a very rare variant of it. As far as I understood the news, he was going to finish what he was writing, and that was all...

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Post by TheHolyStickman on Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:54 pm

Very angry sad face. I wish he could keep writing.
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