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#26 7/8/2012 4:18 am

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Green Eggs and Ham was a classic.

My favorite book of all time.


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#27 7/8/2012 6:24 am

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James Patterson is by far the best author alive.

nope its tom clancy


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#28 7/8/2012 7:10 am

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Kurt Vonnegut all day long.


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#29 7/8/2012 11:26 am

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With regards to the Bible, the Book of Joshua was a personal favourite. If you haven't read it, go do so now.


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#30 7/8/2012 5:09 pm

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CViper wrote:

With regards to the Bible, the Book of Joshua was a personal favourite. If you haven't read it, go do so now.

My favorite book of the bible was Job. It inspired me when I was a Christian.


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#31 7/8/2012 10:21 pm

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If you want a book added, please say so.


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#32 7/8/2012 11:06 pm

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Starting the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett tonight.  I've heard nothing but good things about it and I have a taste for heavy tech sci-fi, so I'm pretty excited to get it started.


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#33 7/8/2012 11:23 pm

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Sounds good, i'm almost done with my current book. Hopefully i'll find a new book in the meantime.


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#34 7/8/2012 11:48 pm

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I read one of the Ringworld books on vacation early this summer. Dude has a great imagination, can't seem to express it in an accessible manner. Fairly "hard" sci-fi though, if that distinction even means anything/matters to people


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#35 7/9/2012 1:45 pm

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I want to start Eragon and maybe continue with the series. Anyone read it?


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#36 7/9/2012 2:08 pm

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I mean it's somewhat entertaining. Really though fairly juvenile and not too many original ideas. I read the first, second and third a while back, thought it was a trilogy, got pissed when the ending of the third didn't conclude the series because at that point I didn't really like it and was just invested in finding out what happened, never picked up the fourth.

Grab Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber series instead. Or the Blade series by Dave Duncan. Or the Crystal Shard (beginning of the Drizzt Do'Urden saga) series by R.A. Salvatore, pretty similar content and style to Eragon yet slightly more well written.

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#37 7/9/2012 10:02 pm

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started the meteor hunt by my guy jules verne today, and i picked up amerika by franz kafka and a collection of short stories by herman hesse at the library. gonna try to lrn2read


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#38 7/9/2012 10:04 pm

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sulliman1 wrote:

I read one of the Ringworld books on vacation early this summer. Dude has a great imagination, can't seem to express it in an accessible manner. Fairly "hard" sci-fi though, if that distinction even means anything/matters to people

Hard sci-fi is pretty good, even if I don't always follow all the super technical explanations of things.


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#39 7/10/2012 12:28 am

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Got any more recommendations shaft? And that's awesome warbird, haven't read anything except for 20,000 leagues, lemme know if it's good. Same goes for Kafka and Metamorphosis and Hesse and Siddhartha, Siddhartha is absolutely fantastic.


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#40 7/10/2012 2:53 am

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Depends on what you're looking for sulli.  If you're into hard sci-fi but are also looking for readability and an actual writer versus a storyteller with a typewriter, I'd suggest picking up Asimov's "Foundation Series."  Also I started the Discworld series and it's really, really enjoyable, Terry Pratchett is definitely a guy I wish I started reading long ago.


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#41 7/10/2012 3:03 am

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tried reading those years ago and found them boring, guess i'll try again


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#42 7/10/2012 3:26 am

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If it matters to you at all Sulli, I really liked Foundation (i've only read the first so far, i'll be getting to the rest when i'm done with school reading). By the way, what do you guys mean by "hard sci-fi"?


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#43 7/10/2012 3:33 am

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#44 7/10/2012 3:46 am

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It matters man. What're you reading for school?

Generally it appears that "hard" sci-fi has roots in real science, as in using real phenomena that could actually be possibly incorporated into future technology, while bubble gum sci fi will use any imaginable concept with little to no scientific basis. Too lazy to look up examples. Lots of pointless arguments out there on what is harder/hardest and where to draw the line, and it's always good to keep in mind Arthur C. Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." We've come such a long way in the last century and have inventions that previous generations could hardly dream of as our understanding of the universe has increased, so who's to say what is and isn't possible? As silly of an argument as it is, reading "harder" sci-fi generally is more enjoyable because the author more thoroughly researches their technology, and as such you learn more, the rules of the fictional universe are more firmly established so cheap plot devices--things  like deus ex machina--are less common, and the writing style is often more intelligent and mature. However, that's not to throw out the other end of the spectrum completely, because people can construct incredibly creative universes where different rules of physics apply.

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#45 7/10/2012 3:57 am

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I have to read The Stranger and Pilgrim's Progress for school summer reading.

I finished The Stranger and I just started Pilgrims Progress yesterday.


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#46 7/10/2012 4:04 am

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oh right you told us that my b


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#47 7/10/2012 5:06 am

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MiseryLovesCompany wrote:

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

Fiction

The Kite Runner [Khaled Hosseini]
Super Humans [Michael Carroll]
Twilight [Stephenie Meyer]
Harry Potter [J. K. Rowling]
To Kill a Mocking Bird [Harper Lee]
Gone with the Wind [Margaret Mitchell]
The Outsiders [S. E. Hinton]
Darkness at Noon (sulliman1) [Arthur Koestler]

Science Fiction
Second Variety (sulliman1) [ Philip K. Dick]
Enders Game [Orson Scott Card]
A Scanner Darkly (sulliman1) [ Philip K. Dick]

Non-Fiction

The Diary of A Young Girl (Anne Frank) [Anne Frank]
Friday Night Lights [H. G. Bissinger]
Eat Pray Love [Elizabeth Gilbert]
Man's Search for Meaning [Viktor E. Frankl]
Moneyball [Michael Lewis]

Fantasy

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Lord of the Rings [J. R. R. Tolkien]
Chronicles of Narnia [Clive Staples Lewis]
The Hobbit (Slicknife) [J. R. R. Tolkien]

Classics
The Giving Tree (Mike) [Shel Silverstein]
The Hunt for Red October [Tom Clancy]
Green Eggs and Ham (ShadowKen) [Dr. Seuss]

Miscellaneous

The Bible
Book of Joshua (CViper)

Recognizable Authors

James Patterson
Kurt Vonnegut
Tom Clancy
Stephen King

Tell me if i'm missing anything.

I think a couple of things should be changed here, although don't change them for sure until other people agree to.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, and The Bible should probably all be put under classics. And I don't know if the Book of Joshua is worth having on there at all, since it's a part of the Bible. In fact, I don't see the point of having miscellaneous at all, everything should be able to fall under fiction or non-fiction.

You're missing the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin. I hate to be nitpicky, but if you're gonna abbreviate you should probably have Clive Staples Lewis as C. S. Lewis. Basically stick with what you would typically see on the cover of the book. Also, I just noticed A Song of Ice and Fire is written in italics, which would imply that the person who suggested A Game of Thrones is named "A Song of Ice and Fire." If the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings are on the list as the name of the series, you might just want to remove A Game of Thrones and replace it with A Song of Ice and Fire.

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#48 7/10/2012 5:29 am

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My main problem with that list is how you can have two Philip K. Dick novels on the list and neither of them are "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"


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#49 7/10/2012 5:36 am

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Good work on the editing MLC and keeping up with the topic but yeah your sections need improvement. I think we should remove the Classics section, it'll cause too much debate on what should be included and detracts from the other list; perhaps we should be including the publishing date instead for reference. Also you should list yourself too when showing who suggested books.

Shel Silverstein rules, love how he can reach such a wide age range. I enjoy his compilation "Falling Up" as much now at 19 as I did a decade earlier.


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#50 7/10/2012 1:34 pm

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If anything, someone should add entire series of the The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The series consists of three books: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. I haven't been able to finish the first book yet, but my friend loves the series.


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