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invisikitty
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Icon 1 posted November 04, 2002 15:52      Profile for invisikitty     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ok, so the general premise of the thread has been done before, but I am taking a trip to the bookstore in a few days, and need some ideas.
I am reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas now (just a light read for lunch breaks)
Just got done reading Mists of Avalon.

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The Way Of The Pilgrim -Gordon R. Dickson
I also highly recommend any of his Dragon series books.

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i just finished reading

Choke
Survivor
Lullaby
and Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk all were really good.. currently im reading Crash by J G Ballard and Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin..

try the New Jedi Order Series too..

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Working my way through the Dune saga. Started with Dune: House Atreides, and I'm up to Children of Dune.

Oh, and Eldon's trying to make me read the New Jedi Order books, too.

-Oz

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quote:
Originally posted by invisikitty:
...I am reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ...

Good choice! Not sure which I prefer... the book or the film...

'I've never been able to properly explain myself in this climate...'

Presently I'm reading JG Ballard's Super-Cannes... very enjoyable, but strangely similar to his Cocaine Nights. Not the I'm complaining, you know. [Smile]

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catch 22
catcher in the rye
miss smilia's feeling for snow
snow falling on cedars
wild sheep chase
wandering by herman hesse
anything by laurie lee
brave new world
kula karma
a suitable boy
birdsong
rebecca

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Icon 1 posted November 05, 2002 03:42      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
... wild sheep chase...

Hey, we're talking about books, not hobbies. [Wink]

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Mists of Avalon? I prefer my Authurian legend without the feminism and homoeroticism, thank you very much...

I'm picking up Beowulf once again. A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by Solhzenitzen (sp?) is a good short story if you want to know what life in a gulag was like. Reminds me of basic training all over again!

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...and come to think of it, if you want to read of things Authurian you should pick up a translation of L'Morte d'Artur. I think it's by Thomas Mallory.

I think I just figured out what I am going to read next! [Big Grin]

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W. Somerset Maughum, The Razor's Edge. I read it on the ferry and subway.

Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan: Spider's Thrash. Well, I'm not actually still reading it, because I kinda inhaled half the book standing in Forbidden Planet and the second half as soon as I got home.

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quote:
Originally posted by Minsc:
...and come to think of it, if you want to read of things Authurian you should pick up a translation of L'Morte d'Artur. I think it's by Thomas Mallory.

I think I just figured out what I am going to read next! [Big Grin]

You should try the Dragon series that I recommended above. They're about a college TA and his wife that have been transported to medieval Britian, but in an alternative universe where there are dragons, trolls, wizards and witches. Dickson is really knowledgeable about his medieval Britian and really knows about the customs and social life of back then. It makes the books more authentic, in a way.

They showed John Boorman's Excalibur on Bravo recently, so the Arthur book sounds interesting. Or I might just watch Monty Python and The Holy Grail again. [Big Grin]

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Recently I have been rereading Iassac Asimov's Robot novels. If you are looking for a long series of books to read, the Robot series, Empire series, and Foundation series make one very large timeline. A must have for any sci-fi fan.

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Perl Programming by Larry Wall [Wink]

check out A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

--Jack's book club

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Stephen Baxter-
Manifold Time
Manifold Space
Manifold Origin

Orson Scott Card-Ender's Game

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I recently finished the latest Xanth novel, Up in a Heaval. If you don't like 'em, don't read 'em.

I'm currently working on Clarke's Garden of Rama (the third in the series).

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Just got through reading the Riftware Saga, by Raymond E. Fiest-- Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master. And before that, was The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse (ok, so I read kid's books) about a girl raised by dolphins.

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quote:
Originally posted by Janeway:
...The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse (ok, so I read kid's books) about a girl raised by dolphins.

Boy, her skin must have gotten all pruney-looking! [Razz]
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quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
miss smilia's feeling for snow

The translation of this that I read is called "Smilla's Sense of Snow". Are you perhaps reading it in Danish, and this is your translation of the title?
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
miss smilia's feeling for snow

The translation of this that I read is called "Smilla's Sense of Snow". Are you perhaps reading it in Danish, and this is your translation of the title?
I think it depends on where the translated book was published. My copy many years ago (in English) was certainly "Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow", although they may even have changed this in subsequent re-issues.

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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
Or I might just watch Monty Python and The Holy Grail again. [Big Grin]

The perfect thing for that quick Aurthurian fix...
We're an autonomus collective... [Wink]

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i can't wait until i have time to read for fun again. at the moment all i'm reading are:
Understanding the Linux Kernel
Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Introduction to Algorithms
3D Computer Graphics

i also have a few other books for classes but i don't have to read them too much luckily.

at Christmas i'll start something for fun again. all these suggestions are definitely helpful. or i might read something in dutch just to keep from getting horribly rusty.

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quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
wild sheep chase

I love Haruki Murakami! If you like that one, try also The Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

I haven't read any fiction in far too long - must get cracking on my book pile instead of ploughing through the Cardigan on the train every morning [Roll Eyes]

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If you don't mind puns, Piers Anthony's Xanth books are good, if you don't like puns (at least not one after another until you are ready to die) then his Apprentice Adept series is good. It starts with Split Infinity.

Anything by David Eddings. The Belgariad is a good place to start. And then read the Mallorean. I have yet to tackle the Elenium and Talmuli.

Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

Orson Scott Card's Ender series of books are excellent. Another of his that is good is Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus.

Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions is an excellent book by Abbott. It was written over a hundred years ago as a way for people to understand multidimensional existence. Post-einstein a sequel was written called Spaceland, which I prefer to other attempted sequels.

In non-fiction I do like one of Asimov's books called Words from the Myths. It is about words and phrases in English that come from greco-roman mythology.

Hope you like the suggestions.

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quote:
Originally posted by nekomatic:
quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
wild sheep chase

I love Haruki Murakami! If you like that one, try also The Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

I haven't read any fiction in far too long - must get cracking on my book pile instead of ploughing through the Cardigan on the train every morning [Roll Eyes]

dude, you're one of the few people i know who has read any murukami!

he is fantastic! i've read norwegian wood, and want to get hold of hear the wind sing, and pinbal 1973.

i've heard that the hard boiled egg and the end of the world is great and bizarre, about two parallel worlds

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