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Let's have another book recommendation thread
« on: August 27, 2007, 07:00:33 PM »
Last things I read were a bunch of Orson Scott Card's Ender series and I, Lucifer a couple weeks ago, but it's been over a fortnight since I had anything new and I'm getting the shakes.  Let's have some book recommendations!

For those into sci fi and fantasy I recommend anything by Jim Butcher.  The Dresden Files if you like urban fantasy and The Codex Alera if you like swords and horses. 

I haven't read anything else stellar lately.  I'll think about it.
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2007, 07:21:13 PM »
Whatever you geeks suggest, I'll just wait for the movie *nods*

Seriously though, my list of recommendations wouldn't exactly be interesting to many (if any) of you.

The last fiction book I read was The Lord of the Rings trilogy shortly before the first movie was released. After that, everything I've read has been computer science related. I've read quite a lot of those though.

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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2007, 08:17:07 PM »
I wonder if it's cliche to recommend Ender's Game yet.

Reading Xenocide now.

I recommend Ender's Game.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is hilarious.

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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2007, 08:22:32 PM »
I don't understand all this reading stuff.  Don't you guys have PCs?
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2007, 10:30:29 PM »
i have to read the first harry potter for class, so i'll recomend that.
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2007, 10:46:34 PM »
Books on tape is so last century.
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2007, 10:55:49 PM »
hmmm - all good books

The dresdan files are good books, but I wish he'd get an editor that was awake. So many mistakes that are very obvious - I am starting to think they are left in just to annoy me.

I do know a few books that would be a good read - though I am just running out the door now. I shall return and list a few of those.

We should also make a list of books one should NOT read. Just to save eachother the time. I've wasted a lot of time lately on books I never should have read. :'(
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2007, 11:43:41 PM »
Never read:
Alien: Ressurection.

Ugh. The movie was bad enough, but the book adaption? ARG! MY BRAIN!
Another nail in the coffin of "not reading books ever again" >.<

Thankfully, Pratchett keeps that final nail from going in.
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2007, 11:47:10 PM »
hmmm - all good books

We should also make a list of books one should NOT read. Just to save eachother the time. I've wasted a lot of time lately on books I never should have read. :'(

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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2007, 11:49:43 PM »
Almost forgot, I read Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat by Ann Rice. Both are interesting reads - they're not terribly well-written (not bad either), but they have compelling characters. I consider Ann Rice's The Vampire Chronicles the best vampire books out there, as everything else seems to go overboard.

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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2007, 12:27:09 AM »
chuck just reminded me of Katie MacAlister.

Romance but a good author.

Even Vamipres Get the Blues, about a girl who is half sun-elf falling in love with a vampire.

cliche but a good romance.
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2007, 01:11:35 AM »
anything by Iain M Banks (especially his Culture series)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, awesome book

Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. absolutely hilarious

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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2007, 05:40:08 AM »
I don't really read fiction anymore. Like every other former nerd, I did the whole scifi / fantasy thing years ago. But I kinda got sick of it.

Latest book is "Almost a Miracle" by John Ferling, a fairly detailed account of the Revolutionary War. I read about 20 pages a night. Well-written book, and quite interesting.

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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2007, 05:45:16 AM »
i just bought 'omnibus' by roald dahl. it's a collection of short stories that he wrote for the new yorker, playboy, etc. they're about 15 pages long and kinda twisted. but! they're great if you don't have much time to read novels. sometimes it's nice to sit and read intro-plot twist-conclusion in one sitting.

also, acdqueen, you're reading the FIRST harry potter for class? that's amazing. wasn't it like, 90 pages long? best class assignment ever!
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Re: Let's have another book recommendation thread
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2007, 05:14:40 PM »
Reading TH White's "The Once and Future King." Wanted to see what all the fuss is about, and being an Arthurian legend buff, wanted to brush up on some modern (meaning early 20th century) versions.

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