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#1 7/7/2012 11:32 pm

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The Book Thread

This topic is a mimic of the Movie List post but for books
Bold=Author
Italics=The person who suggested the book
Red=Publishing date

Fiction

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini (MLC) 2003
Super Humans Michael Carroll (MLC) 2010
Twilight Stephenie Meyer (MLC) 2005
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling (MLC) 1997
To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lee (MLC) 1960
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell (MLC) 1936
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton (MLC) 1967
Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler (sulliman1) 1941
Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck (sulliman1) 1935
Cannery Row John Steinbeck (sulliman1) 1945
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck (sulliman1) 1937
Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley (sulliman1) 1982
Desperation Stephen King (MLC) 1996
The Stand Stephen King (Shaft711) 1978
The Meteor Hunt Jules Verne (dong) 1908

Science Fiction

Second Variety Philip K. Dick (sulliman1) 1989
Enders Game Orson Scott Card (MLC) 1985
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick (sulliman1) 1977
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick (Shaft711) 1968

Non-Fiction

The Diary of A Young Girl (Anne Frank) Anne Frank (MLC) 1952
Friday Night Lights H. G. Bissinger (MLC) 1990
Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert (MLC) 2006
Man's Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl (MLC) 1959
Moneyball Michael Lewis (MLC) 2003
Born to RunChris Mcdougall (sulliman1) 2009
An Ancestor's Tale Richard Dawkins (CViper) 2005
Bad Science Ben Goldacre (CViper) 2008
How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog Chad Orzel (CViper) 2010
Elephants on Acid Alex Boese (CViper) 2007
The Infinite Book John D. Barrow (CViper) 2006
On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin (CViper) 1859
Cosmos Carl Sagan (Wally) 1980
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking (Wally) 1988
The Character of Physical Law Richard Feynman (Wally) 1994
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins (Wally) 1976
How the Mind Works Steven Pinker (Wally) 1997
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Lynne Truss (CViper) 2003

Fantasy

A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin (MLC) 1996
Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien (MLC) 1954
Chronicles of Narnia Clive Staples Lewis (MLC) 1950
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien (Slicknife) 1937
Watership Down Richard Adams (User) 1972

Classics
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein (Mike) 1964
The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy (MLC) 1984
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss (ShadowKen) 1960

Miscellaneous

The Bible (Over 2000 years ago)

Recognizable Authors

James Patterson (shadowalex5)
Kurt Vonnegut (RhineStone Cowboy)
Tom Clancy (thebigdonginthesky)
Stephen King (sulliman1) & (Shaft711)
John Steinbeck (User)
Orson Scott Card (MLC)


Tell me if i'm missing anything.

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#2 7/7/2012 11:36 pm

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Re: The Book Thread

I don't feel like listing all my favorite books, but I'm reading Stephen King's novel The Stand right now and it's pretty great.  He's not the best writer out there, but he's a great storyteller and his style of writing fits really well with a story of this type.


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#3 7/7/2012 11:40 pm

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Moneyball is without question or exaggeration the worst book I've ever read; Michael Lewis blows. Also, it is called "To Kill a Mockingbird" so take out the how. And looking at this topic now (points for the rhyme?), I'm kind of upset we let the "what are you reading" topic die, that was one of the few intellectual bright spots on the forum.


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#4 7/7/2012 11:43 pm

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Re: The Book Thread

Fixed, although Moneyball appeals to many people (including myself) but I can see how it can be a miss to others.

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#5 7/7/2012 11:50 pm

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Re: The Book Thread

Well then revive it Twin.

The Outsiders is okay, doesn't belong in the same category as the others listed though. I haven't read Twilight and I don't wanna start a circlejerk shitstorm about it but I don't think it fits in with the likes of TKAM, LOTR, or Ender's Game either.

Not to be an elitist asshole, seems like you picked out everything from the Best Sellers list at Barnes and Noble. I'd suggest browsing your local public library or bookstore and picking out some other stuff that nobody has told you is good, if only for variety. Glad you're reading though never stop.

Recently finished a short story collection (best one was Second Variety by Philip K. Dick and his A Scanner Darkly. Fascinating to watch his writing style evolve as he got older, first marriage fell apart and he slipped into heavy drug use, paranoia, fleeting romances and depression.


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#6 7/7/2012 11:56 pm

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Re: The Book Thread

sulliman1 wrote:

Well then revive it Twin.

The Outsiders is okay, doesn't belong in the same category as the others listed though. I haven't read Twilight and I don't wanna start a circlejerk shitstorm about it but I don't think it fits in with the likes of TKAM, LOTR, or Ender's Game either.

Not to be an elitist asshole, seems like you picked out everything from the Best Sellers list at Barnes and Noble. I'd suggest browsing your local public library or bookstore and picking out some other stuff that nobody has told you is good, if only for variety. Glad you're reading though never stop.

Recently finished a short story collection (best one was Second Variety by Philip K. Dick and his A Scanner Darkly. Fascinating to watch his writing style evolve as he got older, first marriage fell apart and he slipped into heavy drug use, paranoia, fleeting romances and depression.

Got any suggestions for non-major sellers?  I'm into fiction (mainly) and don't really care about the length of the book.


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#7 7/8/2012 12:01 am

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I've read some of those for school.

Have you read The Hobbit?  Great book but sometimes drags on with too much details. There's also an upcoming movie on it.

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#8 7/8/2012 12:13 am

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Re: The Book Thread

Twinfan wrote:

Moneyball is without question or exaggeration the worst book I've ever read; Michael Lewis blows. Also, it is called "To Kill a Mockingbird" so take out the how. And looking at this topic now (points for the rhyme?), I'm kind of upset we let the "what are you reading" topic die, that was one of the few intellectual bright spots on the forum.

Oh I got some stinkers for you. I like picking themes and then reading books following that. The worst theme I've done lately is any works of fiction concerning the cloning of Jesus. 'The Christ Clone Trilogy' by James BeauSeigneur is painful. Jesus Thief and The Secret Madonna  by J R Lankford has some good characterization but drags.

Now my latest theme has been a success. I wanted to find science fiction with an African American in a non stereotypical main role.  The Lilith's Brood series by Octavia Butler is ridiculously good. I'm about to order the third book.


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#9 7/8/2012 12:17 am

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Re: The Book Thread

Slicknife wrote:

I've read some of those for school.

Have you read The Hobbit?  Great book but sometimes drags on with too much details. There's also an upcoming movie on it.

I had to read The Hobbit for school but never actually read it, but now (a year later) I want to.

Also Mike since i'm not on very often feel free to edit this topic.

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#10 7/8/2012 12:58 am

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Re: The Book Thread

Percy Jackson is the best series ever. Well if u like Greek mythology


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#11 7/8/2012 1:04 am

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MiseryLovesCompany wrote:

Twilight
Harry Potter

Aha...haha...hahahahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, the book series is called "A Song of Ice and Fire", not "Game of Thrones"...unless you've only read the first book, in which case, fuck you.

I've posted enough in Wally's (?) thread that Twin mentioned so posting here would be repeating myself.


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#12 7/8/2012 1:08 am

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Percy Jackson blasphemes all over Greek mythology. So inaccurate it's painful.

MLC, kinda missing the point. Don't take suggestions, just browse and pick up things you think look good. Anyway based on your list, you should read Dune by Frank Herbert, Ilium by Dan Simmons, and the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card, not exactly unknown/off the radar series themselves haha. Cheers


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#13 7/8/2012 2:29 am

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Re: The Book Thread

CViper wrote:

MiseryLovesCompany wrote:

Twilight
Harry Potter

Aha...haha...hahahahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, the book series is called "A Song of Ice and Fire", not "Game of Thrones"...unless you've only read the first book, in which case, fuck you.

I've posted enough in Wally's (?) thread that Twin mentioned so posting here would be repeating myself.

It was Shrub's thread. I agree with Twin though, the Movie List topic just became a general movie topic so we might as well just have one general book topic. At the same time though this topic has already been made so i'm not gonna bother reviving the other one. I also think on this topic we should have more specific lists like the movie topic. We could have book lists based off of genres and time periods (in the movie thread we could only go by decade but for books we could probably go by decade and century, hell, even millenium if we wanted to).


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#14 7/8/2012 3:05 am

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Green Eggs and Ham was a classic.


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#15 7/8/2012 3:42 am

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This book to this day still invokes sadness, happiness, violent anger, and a whole array of other emotions whenever I open it.


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#16 7/8/2012 3:46 am

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general book thread should be fine, for any and all literary discussion, what you're reading, who your favorites are, anything. captain rodimus can we get a thread title change perhaps, all in favor?


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#17 7/8/2012 3:52 am

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I'm in favor of making this the general book thread, I couldn't find the other one anyways.

I have to read The Stranger and Pilgrim's Progress for school summer reading. I've started The Stranger and I should be able to finish it tonight since it's very short. I don't like the storyline that much but some of the philosophy is pretty neat. And I've noticed i'm similar to Meursault, which is pretty interesting and depressing.


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#18 7/8/2012 3:55 am

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Fiction:
The Bible


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But seriously, 1984. I loved that one.


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#19 7/8/2012 3:59 am

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One of the best books I read for school last semester was Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler.


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#20 7/8/2012 4:02 am

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The Stranger sucks Wally, I feel for you. If you really want to dive deeper into Absurdism (the philosophy the book is preaching) I'd suggest some of Camus' later works, and the absolute masterpiece Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.

No matter how you categorize the Bible, it is a great read.


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#21 7/8/2012 4:05 am

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Re: The Book Thread

Walrus King wrote:

I'm in favor of making this the general book thread, I couldn't find the other one anyways.

I have to read The Stranger and Pilgrim's Progress for school summer reading. I've started The Stranger and I should be able to finish it tonight since it's very short. I don't like the storyline that much but some of the philosophy is pretty neat. And I've noticed i'm similar to Meursault, which is pretty interesting and depressing.

When was the last time you got drunk on wine and shot an Arab?  That actually sounds suspiciously like something our nation's military might get on board with.  Seriously though, a life of pure sensory experience doesn't sound too terrible, even though Merseault doesn't end up doing so well.


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#22 7/8/2012 4:12 am

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He didn't shoot him because he was tipsy, he shot him because of the sun, duh!


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#23 7/8/2012 4:15 am

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Sulli made a change wrote:

No matter how you categorize the Bible, it is worth reading.

Agreed mostly, there are some mad slow parts to slog through that's the only reason I wouldn't call it a great read. Some truly fascinating stories and parables in there though

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#24 7/8/2012 4:17 am

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James Patterson is by far the best author alive.


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#25 7/8/2012 4:17 am

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I'm similar to Meursault in how apathetic he is and how often he does things "because there's no reason not to." And there have in fact been moments in my life which would strike most people more emotionally but that I didn't pay much attention to simply because of something physically uncomfortable, like the temperature. Oh yeah, and the fact that he's really blunt.

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