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Post by jiraffejustin » June 14th, 2013, 9:09 pm

Ripping off the movie thread with a similar title. By now I imagine we all know the rules.

I'll start us off:

1. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
2. Lord of the Flies
3. The Godfather
4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
5. A Tale of Two Cities
6. The War of the Worlds
7. Fahrenheit 451
8. How To Win Friends & Influence People
9. Walden and Civil Disobedience
10. Cannery Row/ Of Mice and Men

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Post by funkybusiness » June 14th, 2013, 11:59 pm

Good thread idea. For jiraffejustin I pick A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The only Joyce I've yet to read (well, there is Finnegans Wake... That's exhausting to attempt to read)

Books that have sat on my shelf for too long.
1. Falling Man by Don DeLillo
2. History of Madness by Michel Foucault
3. Paterson by William Carlos Williams
4. Everyman by Philip Roth
5. The Nature of Things by Lucretius
6. The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolano
7. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
8. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
10. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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Post by brokenface » June 15th, 2013, 2:19 pm

as a big PKD fan, I can only pick Ubik, one of his best. (also, dang, didn't know Chabon had a new one. I need to keep up)

This thread comes at a good time as I need to pick a new book...

1. Frederik Pohl - Gateway
2. Chester Himes - A Rage in Harlem
3. David Thomson - Suspects
4. John Le Carre - A Small Town in Germany
5. Charles Bukowski - Hollywood
6. Dashiell Hammett - Red Harvest
7. Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
8. John Steinbeck - Travels with Charley
9. Patrick Hamilton - Craven House
10. Richard Condon - The Manchurian Candidate

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Post by frbrown » June 17th, 2013, 8:22 pm

Nice idea for a thread, but of course there will be long intervals between posts.

I haven't read anything on brokenface's list (I'm sure that will happen often), but Suspects sounds interesting.

1. Birute M.F. Galdikas - Reflections of Eden: My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo
2. Johan Huizinga - The Waning of the Middle Ages
3. Jane Jacobs - The Death and Life of Great American Cities
4. Guy Gavriel Kay - The Summer Tree
5. John Crowley - Little, Big
6. Poul Anderson - The Broken Sword
7. Gao Xingjian - Soul Mountain
8. Josef Skvorecky - The Engineer of Human Souls
9. Sei Shonagon - The Pillow Book
10. Mahatma Gandhi - An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
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Post by mightysparks » June 19th, 2013, 8:18 am

I've not heard of any of those, so I rolled a dice and you get The Summer Tree.

I'm going to try and work my way down the Top 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy books from here: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843 ... tasy-books. For series, I'm just going to read the first book, and if I like it then I'll go on to the rest in my own time.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
3. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
4. 1984, by George Orwell
5. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
6. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
7. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
8. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
9. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
10. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
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Post by Daviddoes » June 21st, 2013, 7:46 pm

Ever since I heard that The Princess Bride was originally a book I have been curious about it, so go ahead and read that.

1. One Hand Clapping by Anthony Burgess
2. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux
3. Horns by Joe Hill
4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahme-Smith
8. The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett
9. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
10. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

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Post by funkybusiness » June 25th, 2013, 12:52 am

For Daviddoes I select One Hand Clapping. It should be on my list as well. :lol:

I read Ubik. I loved it. I had not read anything by PKD before and during the course of reading it I found I own another of his novels "The Unteleported Man" which I googled and discovered is no longer a PKD novel. He re-wrote/expanded it and it's now known as Lies, Inc. (My copy is pretty old looking. All yellow and stuff)

1. Falling Man by Don DeLillo
2. History of Madness by Michel Foucault
3. Paterson by William Carlos Williams
4. Everyman by Philip Roth
5. Don Quixote by Cervantes
6. The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolano
7. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
8. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
10. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
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Post by mightysparks » June 25th, 2013, 8:38 am

Stop reading interesting books! I'm trying to stick to my original list and you make me want to stray from my path :(
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Post by funkybusiness » June 25th, 2013, 6:48 pm

...who, me?

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Post by mightysparks » June 25th, 2013, 6:57 pm

Yes, but it applies to anyone :P
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Post by funkybusiness » June 25th, 2013, 7:01 pm

mightysparks on Jun 25 2013, 12:57:54 PM wrote:Yes, but it applies to anyone :P
Agreed. I see some pretty interesting books on everyone's lists.

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Post by Kowry » June 25th, 2013, 7:15 pm

Ubik's on my readlist. I've read too of PKD's novels, "Do Androids..." and Lies, Inc. Found them both interesting, but a bit hard to truly get engaged in.

I'll try to participate in this at some point, but currently there are a couple of books that I'm planning to read first.

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Post by mightysparks » July 1st, 2013, 8:09 pm

Just bumping this thread. Almost halfway through The Princess Bride. I'm surprised at how similar it is in tone to the film. Some of the dialogue is word for word, and the only real differences are the detail it goes into back stories and character's thought processes. Also the 'wrap-around' story. If you liked the film, I'd have to say you'd also like the book.
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Post by brokenface » July 1st, 2013, 8:18 pm

the author William Goldman also wrote the screenplay for the film (in fact he's more known for his screenplays than novels - Butch Cassidy, All the President's Men, etc)

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Post by mightysparks » July 2nd, 2013, 11:11 pm

funky, for you I choose Welcome to the Monkey House.

I just finished The Princess Bride. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it much for some reason, but it was actually a lot of fun. The first time I attempted the film, it was for school, and I thought it was the stupidest thing ever and wagged school half the time just to avoid it. When I actually got around to it years later, I loved it. Anyway, as mentioned in my previous comment, the tone is very similar and I felt like I was reliving the film with some added back story. Not really sure why it's on a sci-fi/fantasy list, because it's really more pure adventure to me.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
3. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
4. 1984, by George Orwell
5. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
6. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
7. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
8. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
9. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
10. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy BooksShow
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843 ... tasy-books

Read: 13/100

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
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Post by mightysparks » July 3rd, 2013, 5:49 pm

(more people join this thread :P !)
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Post by Kowry » July 14th, 2013, 1:29 pm

Dunno what you've already started mighty, but go for 1984 if you haven't already. It's pretty essential reading for its cultural significance although I'm not sure how you'll like it.

I just finished Ubik (a choice inspired by funkybusiness) and it was great. My reading list is pretty scifi-leaning.

1. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
2. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King (first entry in the Darktower series)
3. A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
4.The Female Man by Joanna Russ
5. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold (first entry in the Vorkosigan saga)
6. The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin
7. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
10. Foundation by Isaac Asimoc
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Post by Prat » July 14th, 2013, 2:01 pm

For you Kowry, I choose The Picture of Dorian Gray.

My list:
1. La Thébaïde ou Les frères ennemis by Racine
2. Alexandre le Grand by Racine
3. David Copperfield by Dickens
4. Oliver Twist by Dickens
5. A streetcar named Desire by Williams
6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Williams
7. Knock by Jules Romains
8. Der kaukasische Kreidekreis by Brecht
9. The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
10. Le salaire de la peur by Arnaud

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Post by mightysparks » July 14th, 2013, 2:39 pm

I've been reading other books, finished one this morning so needed something to start on the way home from work this evening. Good timing :D
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Post by mightysparks » July 18th, 2013, 11:14 pm

Prat, for you I choose Le salaire de la peur coz the movie is awesome and I'm wondering what the book is like.

I read 1984 and enjoyed it a lot. I was surprised at how the themes of the book were still relevant now. I would've liked less exposition-y type of stuff though, I really enjoyed the first half and then it kind of took a weird turn. It felt a little short because of this and left a few too many questions unanswered (though I did like the ambiguity and never-ending kind of feel that it had). 8/10

PS Also didn't know that 'Room 101' began here.

And PPS I thought I'd like to see a film version and I IMDb'd it to discover I had already watched it. Totally didn't remember, it must've been memorable :P That's the first time that's ever happened.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
3. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
5. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
6. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
7. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
8. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
9. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
10. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy BooksShow
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843 ... tasy-books

Read: 15/100

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
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Post by mightysparks » July 27th, 2013, 9:06 am

C'mon, someone! Almost done with Pride and Prejudice and need MOAR books. And this book is terrible, so I need some nice sci-fi/fantasy.
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Post by funkybusiness » July 27th, 2013, 9:52 am

I'm almost done with yer pick for me. It's a bunch of short stories and I've got maybe 7 left. I'll go ahead and pick for you. Read Dune! by Frank Herbert. I love that book and various elements of the subsequent Dune books (but only the Frank books. Forget those Prequel/Sequels).

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Post by Prat » July 31st, 2013, 10:09 am

I'm actually reading Le salaire de la peur (the wages of fear in english) by Arnaud and the style is so bad, I don't know if I'll be able to finish it.

Example for French speakers:
"A cause de l'horizon qui partout, tout autour, l'encercle à une hauteur uniforme, la plaine semble parfaitement plate. En réalité, elle est extrêmement vallonée. Une fois hors de vue les lumières supérieures du derrick, c'est difficile de trouver son chemin." I've the impression to read a Junior High essay by a student who just learnt a construction industry dictionnary. :'(
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Post by Kowry » July 31st, 2013, 4:45 pm

mighty, Lord of the Rings is another "essential" classic, so give it a try. Think I read them when I was 14 or 15 so (a bit before the first film came out anyway) and liked them quite a bit., although they may be too descriptive and non-action-packed for some fans of the films.

The Picture of Dorian Gray was pretty great. Had some not-that-interesting moments but overall it was really witty and gripping.

1. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
2. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King (first entry in the Darktower series)
3. A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
4.The Female Man by Joanna Russ
5. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold (first entry in the Vorkosigan saga)
6. The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin
7. World War Z by Max Brooks
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
10. Foundation by Isaac Asimoc

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Post by mightysparks » July 31st, 2013, 9:19 pm

hm, I'm already reading Dune from funky's choice. Should I just read Dune and Lord of the Rings before choosing again, or should I just stay one ahead? Which might not be a bad idea since I'm reading quite a lot and finishing before everyone else :P
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Post by Kowry » July 31st, 2013, 9:23 pm

Choose ahead.

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Post by jvv » August 4th, 2013, 9:47 am

Kowry, Foundation by Asimov for you. Liked this series a lot when I read it years ago.

Just science fiction and fantasy in my list for now.

1. Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear
2. Orion - Ben Bova
3. Seven from the Stars - Marion Zimmer Bradley
4. Falling Free - Lois McMaster Bujold
5. Maps in a Mirror - Orson Scott Card
6. The Pride of Chanur - C.J. Cherryh
7. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
8. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - Philip K. Dick
9. Cyber Way - Alan Dean Foster
10. Pattern Recognition - William Gibson

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Post by mightysparks » August 4th, 2013, 9:49 am

jvv on Aug 4 2013, 03:47:33 AM wrote:Just science fiction and fantasy in my list for now.
As all good lists should be :thumbsup:
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Post by mightysparks » August 8th, 2013, 10:37 pm

For jvv, I choose Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said coz it sounds awesome.

I just read Dune. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVED the world in which it was set. Arrakis was amazing, the worms were awesome; the planet was just a great concept. On the other hand, the characters weren't that interesting and they really dragged it down. There were some really cool scenes, but I preferred the descriptions of the planet more than the actual story. Overall I did like it, although it was weird at times, but I think if an equal amount of attention had been put into developing the characters as done with the setting, it would have been a lot better.

So, I'm staying one ahead at the moment so that I always have a new selection available. Onto Lord of the Rings next, which should take me a while. I did say I was only going to read the first book in the case of series, but I've been promising myself since I was 11 that I would read the damn books, so I'm just going to do them all in one go.

1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
2. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
3. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
4. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
5. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
6. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
7. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
8. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
9. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
10. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
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(note, I am only reading first novels in a series for now)

Read: 16/100

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
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Post by jvv » August 11th, 2013, 7:55 am

mightysparks, you've got a lot of good books on your list. I'll pick Ender's Game for you.

Read Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Typical themes for Philip K. Dick (police state, identity crisis, drugs). I loved the first 3/4 of the book and really wanted to know what caused the predicament the protagonist was in. However I found the final explanation unsatisfying (and a bit confusing).

1. Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear
2. Orion - Ben Bova
3. Seven from the Stars - Marion Zimmer Bradley
4. Falling Free - Lois McMaster Bujold
5. Maps in a Mirror - Orson Scott Card
6. The Pride of Chanur - C.J. Cherryh
7. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
8. The Houses of Iszm - Jack Vance
9. Cyber Way - Alan Dean Foster
10. Pattern Recognition - William Gibson

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Post by mightysparks » August 11th, 2013, 8:01 am

Was Flow My Tears worth a read anyway? I was thinking that when I finish this list, I'll make a list of cool sounding books that other people have read here :P
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Post by jvv » August 11th, 2013, 8:05 am

Yes, it was worth a read, but I probably would recommend that you read other Philip K. Dick's works before it.

Maybe brokenface can give a recommendation. ^_^

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Post by Kowry » August 11th, 2013, 12:14 pm

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is among Dick's best known and most acclaimed novels plus it fills the "cool title" criteria, so that could be a good starting point for mighty. I remember moderately liking it, but it's been several years since I read it and really should revisit it.
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Post by jvv » August 11th, 2013, 12:41 pm

Kowry on Aug 11 2013, 06:14:58 AM wrote:Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is among Dick's best known and most acclaimed novels plus it fills the "cool title" criteria, so that could be a good starting point for mighty. I remember moderately liking it, but it's been several years since I read it and really should revisit it.
It probably also helps that that book was the basis for the movie Blade Runner, which I think is one of mighty's favorites.
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Post by mightysparks » August 11th, 2013, 1:14 pm

That's the only one of his that ive read
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Post by brokenface » August 11th, 2013, 1:19 pm

I'd suggest Ubik, The Man in the High Castle or A Scanner Darkly next.

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Post by jvv » August 23rd, 2013, 9:58 am

We need more people in this thread. Anyone close to finishing a book and recommending me my next one?

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Post by mightysparks » August 23rd, 2013, 10:00 am

I'm only 50% through Lord of the Rings so nope :( yes we need MOAR people
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Post by burneyfan » August 23rd, 2013, 10:14 am

jvv on Aug 23 2013, 03:58:29 AM wrote:We need more people in this thread. Anyone close to finishing a book and recommending me my next one?
I can come in eventually, but I've got a really long one going right now, and these days, I'm slow -- movies and kid and work take up most of my reading time (not in that order)...

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Post by Leopardi » August 23rd, 2013, 12:26 pm

I'm not the best person to make a recommendation as I've only read one on your list, jvv, but I'll pick Jurassic Park since I did enjoy it.

I only have a minute or two to write, but I threw together a list randomly generated from my book list:
1. Peer Gynt (Henrik Ibsen)
2. Ulysses (James Joyce; on my top ten list of books I most dread reading...)
3. Charlie Codman's Cruise (Horatio Alger, Jr.)
4. The Tom Barber Trilogy (Forrest Reid)
5. Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling)
6. Selected Journalism 1850-1876 (Charles Dickens)
7. The Lily and the Cross: A Tale of Acadia (James De Mille)
8. A Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe)
9. Tea Table Talk (Jerome K. Jerome)
10. Crome Yellow (Aldous Huxley)

I won't be able to start for a week or two, but at least this keeps the ball rolling!

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