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Favorite Book

Postby rocketman1555 » June 30th, 2008, 9:52 am

Name your favorite book, books, series, whatever you like to read.

Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini
Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
the Dirk Pitt adventures by Clive Cussler
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby aphoticruby » June 30th, 2008, 12:31 pm

Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
Wind-up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
Pretty much anything by David Sedaris
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
On the Road - Jack Kerouac

There are lots of others, but there are at least some highlights. It saddens me that a lot of the high school "intelligencia" believe that they are required to like SciFi/Fantasy. Let me assure you that is simply not true. Most SciFi/Fantasy is terrible and you are pigeon holing yourself into mediocre literature if you go down that path. Good books aren't just for English nerds.

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Re: Favorite Book

Postby rocketman1555 » June 30th, 2008, 12:33 pm

i know there is that stereotype, but i actually prefer the scifi/fantasy over other books, and there are some pretty good titles, you just have to look for them
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby sachleen » June 30th, 2008, 12:58 pm

ender's game was awesome along with the other books including the bean ones.

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Re: Favorite Book

Postby Bryant » June 30th, 2008, 1:28 pm

I completely agree. I just finished the whole series about a month ago. I'm personally a fiction fan, though not entirely fantasy.
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inheritance series
his dark material triolgy
Dune
Civil disobedience by Thoreau
Harry potter series
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby Mr. Cool » June 30th, 2008, 1:42 pm

The Harry Potter series.
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby sachleen » June 30th, 2008, 1:54 pm

Mr. Cool wrote:The Harry Potter series.

ditto, best ever... those are the only books i have really gotten into as a series.

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Re: Favorite Book

Postby genes_girl » June 30th, 2008, 2:04 pm

Wow, too many. I personally LOVE fantasy, and some scifi, but it is something I have always loved. Let's see how many of my favorite authors I can remember ( not in any order):

Tamora Pierce ( by far #1)
Garth Nix
Clare B. Dunkle
Diana Wynn Jones
Marianne Curley
JK Rowling
Diane Duane

I am sure there are more, I just can't think of them off the top of my head.
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby gneissisnice » June 30th, 2008, 3:09 pm

Harry Potter
The Circle of Magic Quartets- Tamora Pierce
Dragonlance series- Margaret Weis
Foundation series- Asimov
Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand ( read it, its 1200 pages may be a little daunting but it was excellent)
Merlin series- TA Barron
Heartlight trilogy- TA Barron
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby theoneandonly » June 30th, 2008, 3:14 pm

Barb and J.C. Hendee - The Dhampir Saga
Jane Lindskold - Firekeeper Series

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Re: Favorite Book

Postby aphoticruby » June 30th, 2008, 3:26 pm

JK Rowling may as well be Danielle Steel. What is it that people find worthwhile in her writing? I honestly don't get it.

The same goes for Rand. Not only do I have a total disagreement with her ideology, I also find her writing to be pedantic, her arguments flimsy, and her characters at best 1-dimensional. I certainly don't agree with Dostoevsky's world view, but I can still see the literary and intellectual merit of books like Notes From the Underground.

C'mon people, popularity != value.

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Re: Favorite Book

Postby rocketman1555 » June 30th, 2008, 6:02 pm

the Harry Potter series are good books, they've developed to stay with the same group of people that read the first book, so people like them because no matter how old you are you can still read and enjoy them if you read the first book when you were young, they don't stay for the same age throughout the series
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby gneissisnice » June 30th, 2008, 6:06 pm

aphoticruby wrote:JK Rowling may as well be Danielle Steel. What is it that people find worthwhile in her writing? I honestly don't get it.

The same goes for Rand. Not only do I have a total disagreement with her ideology, I also find her writing to be pedantic, her arguments flimsy, and her characters at best 1-dimensional. I certainly don't agree with Dostoevsky's world view, but I can still see the literary and intellectual merit of books like Notes From the Underground.

C'mon people, popularity != value.


I did not pick Rand because she was popular. I read the book and enjoyed it a lot. I agreed with her philosophy, and i thought it was extremely well written. As for JK Rowling, her writing may not be exceptional, but she weaves a good story. Reading does not always have to be enlightening, the whole point of reading is to be entertained with a good story.
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby andrewwski » June 30th, 2008, 8:06 pm

Anything written by an astronaut, or someone else involved in the space program. I love getting different viewpoints from those involved.

Also anything about aviation or space. I'm mostly into nonfiction nowadays.

Although there's some fiction that I still like - Jules Verne, HG Wells, etc.
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Re: Favorite Book

Postby aphoticruby » June 30th, 2008, 10:30 pm

gneissisnice wrote:I agreed with her philosophy, and i thought it was extremely well written.


So, how is pulling yourself up by your bootstraps coming? I just kind of figured that after the failure of Reaganomics everyone with half a brain realized that not all people fail because of their own actions. Oh well, guess I was wrong.


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