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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    So many great recommendations in this thread already.
    I will stick to authors that haven't been mentioned.
    I recommend one book, but all of the books by these authors are great.
    Harry Turtledove --Into the Darkness
    Kurt Vonnegut --Slaughterhouse Five (The Children's Crusade)
    Chuch Palahnuik --Fight Club

    Sergei Lukyanenko...I have not read any of his books yet. But if one is ever translated into English, I sure will. He is the author of Nochnoi Dozor translated as NightWatch..
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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    gyah...i have read most of the books mentioned on here so far!! XD

    My list:
    I just started reading "Lolita" for grins, and am also reading: The Communist Manifesto--and other revolutionary writings, Ten Theories of Human Nature, The Study of Human Nature, The Subversive Imagination, The Great Shark Hunt, The Blank Slate, and Sin Boldly

    I have read these series: Harry Potter, LOTR,The Chronicals of Narnia, The Dark Tower, The Vampire Chronicles...and many related books...all very good

    Recently read: Hagakure, Bushido, The Art of War, The Prince, Tao Te Ching, Leonardo, The Brillo Box, Air Guitar--Essays on Art and Democracy, The Book of Five Rings, Brotherhood of Corruption, The Bell Jar, Memoirs of a Geisha, 1984, The first two Vampire Hunter D novels, The DaVinci Code ...gah... more i can't remember XP all were good.

    I want to read: The Never Ending story, Through the Looking Glass, and Alice in Wonderland, but don't own them T-T I just got 20,000 Legues Under the Sea XD

    One of these days I'm going to get around to finishing Dante's Inferno...maybe... Sidartha, Ferinheit (sp) 451, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Republic, and An Open Heart (I just hate it when i start something and then jump to something else...XP)

    And to think i used to hate reading...

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Whew!!!

    You've got quite a list there, Kusachu... I've read The Prince, The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings, and just scanned through Tao Te Ching...

    BTW: Have you read any Camus or Asimov books?

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Ah I love to read.

    Here are some of my favorite series:

    The Vampire Chronicles - Anne Rice
    The Witching Hour series - Anne Rice
    The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King
    All books by Terry Brooks in including the Shannara series and the Landover series
    The Lord of the Rings & The Silmarillion - Tolkien
    The Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
    Enders Game and the Enders Shadow series - Orson Scott Card
    Dragonlance and the Death Gate Cycle series - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    The War of Shadow and Light series - Janny Werts

    And some of the better stand alone books:

    Battle Royal - Koushun Takami
    Ilium and Olympos - Dan Simmons
    Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    The Da Vinci Code & Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
    Eragon and Eldest - Christopher Paolini
    Watership Down - Richard Adams
    All Creatures Great and Small (and all the books after) - James Herriot
    Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty
    The Outsiders - S.E Hinton
    Jurassic Park, Congo, Sphere - Micheal Chrichton

    .....and a lot more but that is all that I see on my bookshelves at the moment. >_>

    What I am currently reading:

    The entire Shanarra Series from start to finish. Since he just came out with the newer books although I read them I thought that it would be fun to start with the Sword of Shanarra and go till then end (14 books total). ^_^;

    And you want to know the really sad part? I get so bored with normal books that I read fanfiction all the time too.




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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Tamerlane
    Enders Game and the Enders Shadow series - Orson Scott Card
    Dragonlance and the Death Gate Cycle series  - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    (...)
    Watership Down - Richard Adams
    Those are two of the best series i've read, though i do not own the Ender's Game series myself
    Watership down will be my next adventure

    I've just read Brave New Drugs (ehmz) Sex (no) World, btw, thanks, Aburame!


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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    The Ender Game series and the Enders Shadow series were sooo good. Orsen Scott Card just has a wonderful way of writing. I think that I liked Enders Shadow just a tiny bit better though. Poor Bean came from nothing and had so much more to loose than Ender ever did.

    I hope you like Watership Down. That book holds a lot of good memories for me. There was just something about it that I loved. Although I have talked to a lot of people that did not like it mainly becuase they could not get over the fact that it was told from a rabbits point of view. To me I thought that made it much more interesting and unique.

    You will have to tell me what you think of it when you are able to read it.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Loved the Death Gate Cycle series

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    ::cheers for Haplo::

    I loved that series. In fact I think that I tried to do some art from it I liked it so much. I always thought that it was funny since if you read the Dragonlance series the wizard Zifnab is in there as well only he is going under the name Fizban, but the connection is not that hard to make.

    I think that my favorite book of the series was Elven Star.


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    I loved 'The Hand of Chaos', the pieces of story about the elfen church where so interesting, and it had the Geg's machine! ( called Stootstamper in dutch... ). Though ofcourse, book 3 was awesome too... i remember a brilliant line from the book in dutch, it went a little like: "And the rotting cadavres, walking behing the harvester, carefully picked up nothing, just to lay it down nowhere very gently..." something like that... That was a very macabre volume

    Though Haplo is cool, i myself am more a fan of Bane, that cheeky little b*st*rd!!
    *notices a hint as to why he likes Kabuto... *

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    T_T

    So I'm the only one into children's books?

    My love for Spooksville has grown the past year, and as I've mentioned before here, I have all the books excpet for five books. Currently, I've ordered three books already off Amazon, and I'm still in search of the last two.

    How saayd.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamerlane
    ::cheers for Haplo::

    I loved that series. In fact I think that I tried to do some art from it I liked it so much. I always thought that it was funny since if you read the Dragonlance series the wizard Zifnab is in there as well only he is going under the name Fizban, but the connection is not that hard to make.

    I think that my favorite book of the series was Elven Star.

    Incidentally, the Death Gate series also introduced me to one of my favorite artists, Keith Parkinson. His cover drawing of the lava dragon for Book 3 ( I think ) was breathtaking.

    Scary book though o_O

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonzair
    So I'm the only one into children's books?
    Are Harry Potter considered to be children's books, anyway?

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    Ek...there is sooo much more to children's books than Harry Potter (no offense GK!!). I get sick of the whole Harry Potter thing - there are so many children's books out there, better written and way more imaginative than those (just that they're not as famous).

    The Alex Rider series (Stormbreaker et.al) by Anthony Horrowitz is excellent for all ages (movie coming out this summer) and well written too. Horrowitz is experienced and has been around the traps for a long time (he's an accomplished screen writer as well).

    Johnathon Stroud's Bartiemaeus trilogy is hugely entertaining, and again, well written.

    Of course, Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is fantastic, a little overly complex, but superbly written.

    The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgewick is an intriuging and creepy gothic tale, beautiufully written.

    Some of the classics are marvellous - Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain being a stand-out, Treasure Island, Tom Brown's School Days, The Hobbit (you absolutley cannot beat that), Lord of the Flies...

    Well, the list could go on! Those are just a few for the children's cross-over category.





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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Knight
    Incidentally, the Death Gate series also introduced me to one of my favorite artists, Keith Parkinson.  His cover drawing of the lava dragon for Book 3 ( I think ) was breathtaking. 

    Scary book though o_O
    Yeah, that was book three Though the effects of the legendary dragon on the book 5 cover where even more awesome in my opinions

    EDIT: Here are the covers i'm talking about: sorry for the wrong order, book 3 in to the right, book 5 to the left:


    As you can see, i'm very protective of books covers, they're one of the most precious things in the world to me ( books that is, and their state... i hate reading badly threated books.... brrrr ) though these have been read many many times, both ( family x5 xmultiple times + borrowing them to a few friends.... - that i trusted with my covers - shudders ... )

    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Knight
    Are Harry Potter considered to be children's books, anyway?
    Well, yeah, though in my opinion 1-3 are children's books and 4-6 are... more grown-up...
    Khaludh thinks that: Books 1-3 were o.k. book 4 was very good, book 5 sucked... book 6 was A W E S O M E !!

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Khaludh
    Yeah, that was book three Though the effects of the legendary dragon on the book 5 cover where even more awesome in my opinions

    As you can see, i'm very protective of books covers, they're one of the most precious things in the world to me ( books that is, and their state... i hate reading badly threated books.... brrrr ) though these have been read many many times, both ( family x5 xmultiple times + borrowing them to a few friends.... - that i trusted with my covers - shudders ... )
    I thought that the cover art on all of them was really good. And it is funny that you mention how protective you are of your book covers Khaludh because I am the same exact way. I will take off the cover and place it aside while I read the book. That and I always use bookmarks and if it is a paperback I try to read it so that it does not crack the spine. <=)

    <3 her books.

    Quote Originally Posted by Khaludh
    Well, yeah, though in my opinion 1-3 are children's books and 4-6 are... more grown-up...
    Khaludh thinks that: Books 1-3 were o.k. book 4 was very good, book 5 sucked... book 6 was A W E S O M E !!
    I agree with that. When I first picked up the Harry Potter series I would have people ask all the time, 'isn't that a kids book?' However since the latest books came out I am hearing that less and less. The series is really tackling more and more serious issues thus making not as aimed at a young audience anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonzair
    T_T
    So I'm the only one into children's books?
    I have quite a few childrens books that I remember fondly. I think that my favorite was called Bunnicula and was about a vampire bunny that sucked the life out of vegetables and was told from the point of view of the house cat Chester. It was so unique and adorable that I never forgot it.



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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I love book covers as well. And I have some bad news regarding the cover artist for the Death Gate Cycle series, Keith Parkinson... I just found out last night.

    Since this is off-topic I'll put it in spoiler tags...

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    Here are some of his covers:

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    Keith Parkinson was a big favorite of mine. I'll miss him.

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