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Aurora (1/2 a firesister)
Location: Canada, Ontario, Toronto
Member Since: 4th Jan 2002
Total posts: 249
Posted:Well it's starting to get cold outside and I feel myself drawn from the outside to my warm comfy bed. So I'm looking for some good books to read to fend off the inevitable boredom and monotony of winter. I'm looking for something fantasy based like Lord of the Rings...or just a really good fiction novel. Something that I could read aloud and share with my boyfriend.

Anybody have some good recomendations?


Om Namah Sivaya

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old hand
Location: Bewildered state of nothingnes...
Member Since: 18th May 2002
Total posts: 733
Posted:Anything by Herman Hesse- to get your mind ticking over and thinking about life. (Glass Bead Game especially)
Tom Sharp- for a bloody good laugh!! (Any of them there all shear genius!!)
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Fly like a mouse, run like a pillow, be the small book case.

"Last night i met some pixies and we danced around a stone".

Because dressing up is fun.


HoP Mechanical Engineer
Location: OK, USA
Member Since: 11th Jul 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:Most definitely Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time series... the first book is titled "The Eye of The World." Tons of good fantasy, magic, legendary type stuff, and the books have some girth to them (600-1000 pages each). Happy hunting!

What hits the fan is not evenly distributed.

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HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:I think it would be helpful to include genres here.

I'm a Sci-Fi fan. I highly recommend Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series. There are three books in the trilogy plus one extra. The three in the trilogy are Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars. The extra is The Martians, which is a collection of short stories set in that universe.

The books are amazing. They take you to Mars and actually make you want to stand on the planet's surface to see what it's like. I want to climb Olympus Mons now, I want to drive across the Vallis Marineris, and I most certainly want to play "hide and seek" in the boulders of Utopia Planatia.

-Mike )'(
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purple penguin- soon to be
Location: playing with the pixies at the...
Member Since: 9th May 2002
Total posts: 478
Posted:david eddings "the belgard (sp)" series
"redemption of athalus"

tad williams *minnear, sorrow and thorn* trilogy

lord of the rings is, obviously, amazing

wheel of time is also good though i wish hed finally finish it (9 books at not even near huh???)

any terry pratchett, yay!

the tai of pooh and tei of piglet

lolli x

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resident fridge magnet
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Member Since: 3rd Oct 2002
Total posts: 835
Posted:Oh, and you should definitely try Ian Irvine's "The View from the mirror" series,
#1 A shadow on the glass
#2 The tower on the rift
#3 Dark is the moon
#4 The way between the worlds

It's an epic fantasy (about 2500 pages in total): you have to get used to Irvine's style though, "A shadow on the glass" was his first novel, and it shows. It gets better and better as you go along though!


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Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:the kamasutra is a good book for a long cold winter night when you are all alone in your bed...well it is for me anyway!

Location: sizzlin' on da fire!
Member Since: 12th Nov 2002
Total posts: 13
Posted:U.C.O.F, that book's big and needs 2 hands
My fav book, although i dont read a tremendous amout, would have 2 b ONLY FORWARD by Michal Marshal Smith. he's a bit of a head case.

trust no-one except who u trust

Location: sizzlin' on da fire!
Member Since: 12th Nov 2002
Total posts: 13
Posted:Oh and lolly, Terry Pratched, great stuff try a book called URTH sorry I don't know the author.

trust no-one except who u trust


Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:oh yeh...good point.....then how the hell did i manage to....whoops...im stopping right there...

Location: Bath, UK
Member Since: 5th Sep 2002
Total posts: 279
Posted:The Celestine Prophecy
Harry Potter
Any Discworld

Ephemeros... by Magnus Huckvale, but you'll have to wait until I've finished it.

Magnus... pay it forward

Location: crapy planet thanet
Member Since: 29th May 2002
Total posts: 158
Posted:Harry Potter is definately fantabulous (but maybe thats because i'm a mad teacher).
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is also a great book!

Make your own happiness by making others happy [Ikeda]

*they used to read me stories, as though my dreams were boring*

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Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:If you're looking for some fantasy with a bit of an edge, The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind is great.

Lots of familiar concepts, especially from Wheel of Time series (but if you haven't read them then you don't need to worry)... But scary books! Themes of hardcore torture, violence, rape, murder, BDSM, sorcery, compulsion... it's all there.

I think there are 5 books in the series.

Other than that, I can highly recommend the Wheel of Time series, amazing!

David Edding's books are good too. I started with the Belgariad. The books are short and simple. a good initiation into fantasy for younger people IMO.

I'm currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin - book one of A Song of Ice and Fire. Truly captivating - the author expects a level of intelligence from his readers.


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Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Diceman by Luke Rhinehart

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean


Location: Galveston, TX
Member Since: 9th Sep 2001
Total posts: 2014
Posted:I loved Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein

Location: Berlin, Germany
Member Since: 29th Apr 2002
Total posts: 577
Posted:Any Harry Potter
Anything by Neil Gaiman
Weaveworld or Imajica by Clive Barker
Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

That's all I can think of right now.

Beauty is the conscious sum of all our perversions.-Salvador DaliHope without action is hopeless.

queen of wands
Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 20th Oct 2002
Total posts: 127
Posted:Winter of Fire, by Sherryl Jordan.

Just read it. It sparked my obsession with fire.

Romance, drama and action in a non-wishy washy format. And not too long either, easily read in an afternoon. And re-read the day after.

I'm not vegetarian, but currently I'm off my chops!


Diamond In The Rough
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Member Since: 30th Jun 2002
Total posts: 459
Posted:For Fantasy:
"Heroes, Inc." by Kyle Crocco (Absolutely HILARIOUS)

The Deeds of Paksinarrion by Elizabeth Moon (I think that's the author, I lost my copy & haven't been able to replace it, amazing imagery though, real good read)

For something completely different, try the Chicks In Chainmail series. They're just short stories about empowered and amazing women, but they illustrate (and sometimes poke fun at) the stereotyped warrior woman in a steel bikini. Most of 'em are very well written, ingenious stories and are often funny as hell.

And although they're considered by some the trash novels of the genre, I love the Conan titles. The best authors to look for are Robert Jordan or Leonard Carpenter

And I would be remiss if I left out The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy By the late, great Douglas Adams as the nod to Sci-Fi.

Dance like it hurts; Love like you need money; Work like someone is watching.

Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you DO criticize them, you are a mile away, and you have their shoes.

the man with the flaming pants
Location: Brisvegas, Aust
Member Since: 25th Mar 2002
Total posts: 148
Posted:quote:And I would be remiss if I left out The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy By the late, great Douglas Adams as the nod to Sci-Fi.
an definate!! the best!!! anything douglas adams!!
i would like to recomend "The Art of War" by tyzu sun, i think thats his name i dont have a copy so i cant check, actually i know thats wrong but hey one of you smarty pants can correct me i dont mind!!

It's all good

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
Total posts: 2830
Posted:The Magician (series) by Raymond Feist and others with Janny Wurts.

The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy and The Tawny Man by Robin Hobb.

The Bitterbynde Triology by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.

If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh


*shiny shiny*
Location: Townsville, QLD, Aust.
Member Since: 23rd Sep 2002
Total posts: 218
Posted:Joanne Bertin... The Last DragonLord and Pheonix and Dragon.

bout ppl who can change into dragons. very good books. hard to put down. got really good backstabbin too... the kind that makes u go from silent to screaming out "YOU BASTARD!!!" and having ppla round u lookin and sayin "what what?" and you dont explain cos it'd take to long.

good stuff.
3rd book is comin out soon i beleive. (the bards oath)

And wherever you've gone and wherever we might go. It don't seem fair. Today just disappeared.

Location: London
Member Since: 10th Sep 2002
Total posts: 168
Posted:In complete agreement with the Raymond Feist Magician series! top quality fantasy!

Northern Lights is what i am reading atm, but cant remember who its by... tis good anyway!


you have to let it all go... Fear, doubt and disbelief... Free your mind!

Times like these people wanna get High...
Real High and Real Fast...
This is gonna do it!!

Location: Charlotte, NC
Member Since: 27th Apr 2001
Total posts: 173
Posted:Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Golem in the Gears by Piers Anthony
(Pretty much anything by Piers Anthony is great fantasy/sci-fi reading)

Fear the evil monkey!

the mind gap.
the mind gap.

old hand
Location: Brigadoon
Member Since: 31st May 2002
Total posts: 829
Posted:anthony burgess - a clockwork orange
aldous huxley - brave new world
jack kerouac - on the road
farmer giles of ham - tolkein
anything by roald dahl

wherever you go, there you are.


Location: la-la land
Member Since: 15th Feb 2002
Total posts: 2419
Posted:Mm yeah DiceMan - excellent book
So is a Brave New World and The Celistine Profecies (try the Tenth Insight too if you are up for putting creation and evolution together - but of a heavy read tho )

Urm The Tao of Pooh (or is it Piglet?) well there are a few in the series - explains what a clever person AA Milne was by showing each character in the books being a different philosofical outlook..Thumbs up for a good read as it is still a story book but it explains life and stuff - oh just read it.. it's not very thick..

(and yes I know I can't spell )

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You are never to old to storm a bouncey castle..


Location: Halifax, NS
Member Since: 12th Oct 2002
Total posts: 165
Posted:the man who planted trees by jean giono

it's a short book and found in the childrens section ( if it's found at all ) ummm there was an incredible animated short based on the book.

it's good , great , and perfect for reading outloud ...

thats right i look like an albino ape that has had a bad day.. go ahead say something stupid... i dare ya !

Location: jersey - Little rock, not quit...
Member Since: 15th Nov 2001
Total posts: 52
Posted:Robin Hobb, Both her Assasin trilogy and the Following LiveShip trilogy, un-put-down-able!!

I'd agree with the Michael Marshal Smith one, and also anything by Jeff Noon, Vurt and Pollen being the first 2 that come to mind, but both of the above have short story collections that are good for reading aloud, though Jeff noon's can be a bit "eh?" at times

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Aurora (1/2 a firesister)
Location: Canada, Ontario, Toronto
Member Since: 4th Jan 2002
Total posts: 249
Posted:Holly Schmolly. Thanks for all the suggestions. With the list I've compiled thus far I'll be set for the rest of my winters. Thanks everyone.

I just can't decide which one to choose...but I guess I'll let the library and availability decide. Thanks again.


Om Namah Sivaya


Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:oh oh oh oh me too!!!
JITTERBUG PERFUME... cant remember the authors name but Such a good read....Fantasy
SEAT OF THE SOUL by Gary Zukov...I know that you will love this book... this is the book that helped to realise my spiritual development...

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308
Posted:stuff that hasn't been said yet:

David Brin, the uplift war series. #2 ad #3 are much better than #1, but it helps to read them in order. ot nesc, just helps.
Sundiver is the first. good sci-fi.

my personal reccomends (all sci-fi except one)

Snowcrash (cyber-punk)

The Disspossesed (sp)(Sci-fi but hard to get into for some- by Ursula K Le Guin- [Left Hand of Darkness])

The City and the Stars (SCi-fi, Arthur C Clarke- [Space Odessy 2001, Ranma, etc], older but amazing- not so much like his others)

The Dosadi Expierment (Sci-fi, Frank Herbert- [Dune] a good sci-fi, older but really good!)

It's worth noting all my fav books have a very strong sociological look at teh world. Uplift War not so much, tho.

And i add to the theory that Terry Pratchet, Orson Scott Card, ad Kim Stanley Robinson are amazing!

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

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Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965

*didn't know Kyrian could read*

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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