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skrible
BRONZE Member since Dec 2004

skrible

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Posted:i love to read and discuss books. did a search couldnt find a book club so im starting one biggrin

what books have you read recently? were they any good? which books would you recommend?

i personally have just read Johnny Cash' autobiography and loved it. Beautifully written, poetic and at times moving. ubblove


this apple juice is a bit milky isnt it?!

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LMSP
BRONZE Member since Aug 2005

LMSP

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Location: , United Kingdom

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Posted:I have spent the last year and a half reading the Discworld series and am now a dedicated Terry Pratchet fan. The Science of the discworld books are full of, well, science but I didn't realise I was clever enough to actually understand quantum and the like.

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Total posts: 3556
Posted:For the mystery people, Nevada Barr is a great author...it takes a minute to get into her writing style, but I've now read nearly all her books
The woman is a Park Ranger at a bunch of the different national parks, and so you get nature, conservation, murder, a strong woman and a little romance and some straight up "i'm lonely you're lonely" sex

Ted Dekker is similar to Frank Perretti with a little more horror in the good v evil stories

And of course, Frank Perretti, I read this ever present darkness, piercing the darkness, the oath, the prophet, house, the visitation


Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:ohhhh I love Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins....

its amazing. My favourite book ever! hug hug


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"

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IgnisLeo
GOLD Member since Aug 2005

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Location: lower saxony, Germany

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Posted:Hi, I just stumbled over this thread. Good Idea starting it!

I too like the Discworld series of Terry Pratchet, it seem to have at least three different sub-series, the one about Rincewind, the one about Death, and the series around the Ankh-Morpork Night watch, which I like the most of the three. Especially the development of the characters from one book to another is what I find most interesting.

Another series I like a lot is the thriller series of Kathy Reichs about the female forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan. They are really thrilling, and I hardly couldn't stop reading until each book was finished.


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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Total posts: 3556
Posted:has anyone mentioned princess bride?

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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georgemc
BRONZE Member since Oct 2006

georgemc

Sitting down facing forward . . .
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Total posts: 2387
Posted:Go Terry Pratchet! Death rules - he is sooo cool! (and his daughter, and Sam Vimes for that matter). Rincewind started to get a bit stale but was good for a while there.

The Hobbit & LOTR was a favourite of my youth.

Most recently I haven't been reading much (too much to do), and what I have been reading is related to the sword and the mind, so - Hagakure, The Unfettered Mind, Bushido: The Soul of Japan, Japan, An Attempt At Interpretation, Code of the Samurai, Go Rin No Sho (Musashi's 5 rings), Sun Tzu's Art of War etc. All good and I've vowed to re-read them once a year.

Also trying (not touching my nose at all frown) to get through the Tibetan Book of the Dead - this one is worth reading.

Otherwise it's usually anything Sci-Fi/Fantasy or adventure.


Written by: Doc Lightning talking about Marmite in Kichi's Intro thread

I have several large jars of the stuff. I actually like it... a little. And don't tell anyone I admitted to it.
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Dentrassi
GOLD Member since Apr 2003

Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 3044
Posted:well ive just ploughed through Jung Changs biography of Mao... pretty heavy stuff and not particularly cheerful.

on a lighter note, Bill Brysons The Thunderbolt Kid was a brilliant read that left multiple housemates giggling throughout the night smile


"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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UnclassifiedLeggyGirl
BRONZE Member since Aug 2006

UnclassifiedLeggyGirl

One day penguins will take over the world
Location: Derby, United Kingdom

Total posts: 916
Posted:tea fairy: same here, never trust the shite they put on the back, the blurb may be good, but then sometimes, the rest of the book ends up being complete garbage

ummmm...........anybody have any suggestions as to what i can put here?!

mjk is monitoring your interwebs!

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free..., United Kingd...

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Posted:most common sci-fi fantasy I have, but I love terry pratchets science of the discworld series, silly story chapters alternate with some proper hardcore science easily explained and some at a uni level or higher but easy to understand

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Sealey


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Posted:Dunno if I'll get scolded for talking about this on a thread about books, but has anybody read the Transmetropolitan series of graphic novels (my inner geek showing here)? Spider Jerusalem is the most amazing character ever created!

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The Tea Fairy
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

The Tea Fairy

old hand
Location: Behind you...

Total posts: 853
Posted:Do graphic novels count?

If so, two words: Tank Girl!!

I also have a copy of Johnny the Homocidal Maniac, which is great for a light giggle when you're in a dark mood.

Anyone else here read any Milan Kundera? I've tried reading 'Immortality' and 'the unbearable lightness of being' but I find them pretty heavy, he's got a really philosophical style that I find hard to follow, but I have several friends who love his books and find them really inspiring.


Idolized by Aurinoko

Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind....

Bob Dylan

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Wirewood
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Wirewood

journeyman
Location: Perth, West Australia

Total posts: 90
Posted:I'm with Valura on Jitterbug Perfume, definetely in my top ten reads - Tom Robbins certainly did a lot of research on beetroot for that one smile

On a more geeky note - I love sci-fi and if you want a real page-turner then I'd recomend Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton - HUGE in scope with well thought out science concepts & lots of action.

I've just finished reading the Uplift series by David Brin and while I found the first book (Sundiver) to be a bit of a ho-hum who-dunnit the rest of the series is awesome, sci-fi at it's best.

For non-fiction, I'm really enjoying Cosmos by Carl Sagan - wish I'd read this when it first came out in 1980. Great general introduction to all things astronomical and written in an easy conversational style.

On a less geeky note - The War of Don Emmannuel's Nether Parts, Birds Without Wings & Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. Ok, so if you saw the complete crap movie adaptaion of Captain Corelli's then you may be put off but the book is better by the same factor that sex is better than an ice-pick in the eye wink


"What drives life is...a little electric current kept up by the sunshine." Albert Szent-Gyorgi

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FatGuru
SILVER Member since Apr 2007

FatGuru

newbie
Location: Findlay, Ohio, USA

Total posts: 40
Posted:If you are a fantasy fiction kinda person the Shanara Series by Terry Brooks are a good read.

"It is far better to know you think than it is to think you know." -FAT-

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E_V_I_L

Mosh-mosh-mosh-mosh.
Location: Midlands

Total posts: 346
Posted:I forgot;

Gods of the Great Away
&
The Celestial Steam Locomotive

both by Michael Coney.

First two parts of the Song of the Earth trilogy. Never have found the third, not even sure he wrote it. Meh.

Great books anyway.

Also any of Robert Asprins "MYTH" series. It's a lot like Pratchett with the exception that it is actually funny ....

And his "Phule" stuff too....


Xbox360 Live ID - Sacred Apollyon

"Enemies you threaten make armies. Enemies you destroy make graves."

"Here is a test to see if your mission on earth is finished: If your alive it isn't."

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burningoftheclavey
SILVER Member since Jul 2005

burningoftheclavey

lurking like a ninja with no camouflage..
Location: over yonder, New Zealand

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Posted:TANK GIRL!!! YESS!!! quite a few good reads in here actually, terry pratchett is amazing...

Irvine Welsh is good too, anyone read the acid house? brilliant set of short stories...some very strange scenarios..!

I've just started the last harry potter book...cos..well...yknow.. and have just put down the secret of shambala, one of the Celestine Prophecy books. and I love the whole set. biggrin


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Owned by Brenn smile

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JonnyRok
BRONZE Member since May 2005

JonnyRok

Look! I'm Darth Bunny!
Location: Sunny South Africa

Total posts: 446
Posted:Also a Pratchet fan, loved lord of the rings, but in my opinion the best fantasy saga of all time is The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Brilliant plot, intricate characters and a healthy dose of fantasy to boot. wink

Do what you want coz a pirate is free,
You are a pirate!
Yo ho fiddle dee dee, being a pirate is alright to be,
Do what you want coz a pirate is free,
You are a pirate!

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Sambo_Flux
GOLD Member since Jun 2006

Sambo_Flux

Introverted
Location: Norf London, United Kingdom

Total posts: 833
Posted:I loved Wheel of Time to start with, but it got WAY too political and long winded by about the 6th book, and the last couple have been terrible. Robert Jordan says he's going to wrap up the series in the next book (no.12 I think) but he's got so many loose plot threads to tie up it's I don't see how he'll get it all in.

My Mind is a Ship
Emotions become the Waves
Soul is the Ocean

If a quizz is quizzical, what is a test?

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Medusa
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

Medusa

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Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...

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Posted:My all time favourite book is not something that is heard of much

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

It has that kind of ending that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time...sad but sweet!

I love books like that.


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skrible
BRONZE Member since Dec 2004

skrible

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Location: moston, manchester, England (U...

Total posts: 155
Posted:ditto
i love jodi picoult and that, in my humble opinion is her best, so sad and i love the twist when the truth finally comes out,


graphic novels definatly count! i love sandman ubblove (well any neil gaimen in general including his books)
really really want to start reading preacher


this apple juice is a bit milky isnt it?!

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Medusa
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

Medusa

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Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...

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Posted:She is my favourite author at this point in time though I was a bit disappointed with her book Songs of a Humpback Whale.....not her best work.

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georgemc
BRONZE Member since Oct 2006

georgemc

Sitting down facing forward . . .
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Total posts: 2387
Posted:Oooh, Carl Sagan - I forgot about "Contact" - the story itself was a bit "tame" but the idea about the pattern in pi - brilliant!!!
ubbidea


Written by: Doc Lightning talking about Marmite in Kichi's Intro thread

I have several large jars of the stuff. I actually like it... a little. And don't tell anyone I admitted to it.
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SpacialDancer


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Location: Philadelphia, PA

Total posts: 4
Posted:I'm drunk and resurrecting this thread. Needless to say I did not read all of it.

100 years of solitude I thought was a terribly entertaining story with a beautiful rolling plot line. I would love to read Carl Sagan but unfortunately my bank account does not allow me the luxury at the moment, I've maxed my book credit out.

Currently I am reading Douglas Hofstadter's book "I am a Strange Loop" and I am in love. He makes me laugh and he comes at the "ego" (I suppose) with a humorous and digestible technique.

The last book I fell in love with was a series by Steven King. Let me preface this by informing everyone I was very skeptical of his work due to mainstream interest. After reading "The Stand" (my inspiration to read it was "LOST") I pursued "The Dark Tower Series".

I get chills even typing that because it was such a well told story with a protagonist who I admire deeply. He contains many literary references in his 7 book series and the ending just swept the story into a special place in my heart. I recommend this fiction series STRONGLY. It incited a deep love of reading for me.

I have been delving into a more psychedelic realm of my mind lately so any books anyone is willing to suggest I would be very interested in. *scatterbrains*


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willworkforfoodjnr
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, ...

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Posted:The Dark Tower series is once of the finest works of the last 100 years without a doubt. Amazing stuff.

At the moment I'm re-reading a trilogy by Stephen Lawhead - Paradise War, Silver Hand and The Endless Knot (Forgotten the name of the trilogy as a whole). Highly recommended to anyone interested in fantasy, especially if you also have an interest in celtic mythology.


Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!

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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 4525
Posted:I just finished For One More Day by Mitch Albom. It's very easy to read (I got through it in 2 evenings), and is very heartwarming and moving.

I've just started "the man who mistook his wife for a hat", written by the neurologist Oliver Sacks. It's made me realise how I've been taking my temporal lobes for granted!! ubblol


Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:Don Quixote is a brick.

I'm sure I'd enjoy it if I didn't have read it for Spanish lit. But because I'm forced to read it with a test and an assignment at the end...It's sucking.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Richee
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

HOP librarian
Location: Prague, Czech. Republic

Total posts: 1841
Posted:First Books.. spoiler, second I've just finished

J.R.R. Tolkien Silmarilion & Unfinished tales

----------------------------

Time to start printing.

mmm,

:R


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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
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Posted:For lord of the rings and fantasy fans robert jordans wheel of time epic currently 13 books of the most expansive story telling and with the Author dead before the final book was finished there are massive discussions as to how it will finish as the last months of his life he wrote notes and told the story to family and publishers so someone else could finish his lifes work due out autumn 2009 bounce

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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hamamelis
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

hamamelis

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Location: Bouncing off the walls., Engla...

Total posts: 756
Posted:I tried to read that.. didn't help that I read it in order of book 11, 4, 9... and then I just got so confused at the sheer number of characters that I gave up. shrug
I only really get books from second hand shops, and the library, hence the getting whatever I could..

I've been reading Robin Hobb recently, especially the Assassins trilogy..


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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:ooh, i was reading Robin Hobb...til my stomach didn't like some dodgy dodgy food I ate...the book didn't like that too much.

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Sambo_Flux
GOLD Member since Jun 2006

Sambo_Flux

Introverted
Location: Norf London, United Kingdom

Total posts: 833
Posted:Richee, just finished the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales myself. Good stuff, if a little dry... Dark Tower is now on my "to read" list too.

For anyone with a sci-fi bent, I massively recommend Orson Scott Card's Ender series (Enders Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind). There's a parallel series too, called the Shadow series, that's also worth a read if you're familiar with the Ender books, although the 1st book (Enders Shadow) is the only really exeptional book in the series.

My other favourite sci-fi series is the Ringworld series by Larry Niven. Totally amazing books, really unique stlye, and fantastic ideas.

Wheel of Time started well, but I thought it kind of lost the plot at around book 6 or 7. I'd be very interested to see how it finishes though.


My Mind is a Ship
Emotions become the Waves
Soul is the Ocean

If a quizz is quizzical, what is a test?

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