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Good Books To Read?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mondo, May 2, 2004.

  1. Mondo

    Mondo Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    St. Augustine Beach
    I have just finshed reading the song of fire and ice books and am now looking for some good books to read that will inspire me both in my mind and in my soul. I did a search and alot of you like Dune and Doug Adams books. Sad to say that I have not gotten to them yet.

  2. NioeZero


    Sep 2, 2001
    Jeff Noon is great, I've been really into his stuff lately. I recommend Vurt and Nymphomation.

    Neil Gaiman has grown on me lately,as well.
  3. the flounder by gunther grass
    anything by bukowski
    find yourself some books with native american legends. that stuff is whack.
    the old testament
    the brothers karamozov
    of human bondage

    well, that's what i've been doing for the last couple months.
  4. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I really like Beckett. I really enjoyed reading Waiting for Godot and I have (but have not read) Watt.

    Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (inspired the cover of Houses of the Holy)

    And Paul Auster's "Country of Last Things"
  5. oh, i just remembered... read walden. that book freaking cracks me up. he goes on and on about how great bread is, then when he burns it, and realizes it's still ok, bread is suddenly crap, pure crap.
  6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    Currently reading it. Although, I think if I hadn't seen the movie first, it may be a better read.
  7. Baofu


    Mar 8, 2003
    Just finished House of Leaves. Kinda f'ed up, the radiohead of books, if you will.
  8. oh crap.... good stuff: the metamorphasis by kafka
    poetry stuff: pale fire-nabokov

    i'll think of more later.
  9. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    Ursula K. LeGuin!!! She is amazing! If you like fantasy, then read the Earthsea trilogy (which actually had a fourth volume, and a collection of short stories) - the first book is called "Wizard of Earthsea". If you prefer science fiction, then her Hainish stories are great too. I'm currently reading "Worlds of Exile and Illusion" which collects three early ones. One of the stories, "Rocannon's World", has both science fiction and fantasy elements...
  10. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    If there is one thing you do before you die you must read The House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. I promise you that it will be unlike any other book you have ever read or will ever read. If you arnt convinced just pick it up at the book store or the library and page threw it.

    Another great read is Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, the same author of Fight Club.
  11. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I liked Eon and Eternity for a good sci-fi. And I really liked dune. The Ultimate Rush is a good one for those speed adrenaline freaks. That one's actually an exciting book. There are a ton of others, but i'll figure some more out.
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    If you like Douglas Adams you will probably like Tom Robbins.

    If you like Sci Fi, you will probably like Isaac Asimov.
  13. The Da Vinci Code is a great book by Dan Brown.
  14. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    i enjoy books written by political satirist PJ O'Rourke
  15. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Here are some of my all time faves:



    The Grifters - Jim Thompson
    The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
    Double Indemnity - James Cain
    American Tabloid - James Ellroy
    The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

    Sci Fi

    Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
    The Puppet Masters - Robert Heinlein
    The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
    The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
    Downbelow Station - CJ Cherryh
    The Space Merchants - Frederick Pohl & CM Kornbluth


    Captain Blood - Rafael Sabatini
    Treasure Island - RL Stevenson
    The Man in The Iron Mask - A. Dumas (pere)
    Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

    Contemporary Fiction

    Requiem: A Hallucination - Antonio Tabucchi
    { This short, little known book, by a Portuguese author
    is absolutely outstanding ...}


    The OZ series by L. Frank Baum


    Stalingrad - Antony Beevor
    The Fall of Berlin,1945 - Antony Beevor
    Iwo Jima - Bill D. Ross
    Adolf Hitler - John Toland

    The list is endless, but if you asked me today, that
    would be the list I would toss off.
  16. Sprudellio


    Oct 16, 2002
    I really enjoyed Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. It would have been even better if I hadn't seen the film before I read it.
  17. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    wow, somebody else likes pj! i love his stuff, he's brilliant. o'rourke is one of the only writers that makes me laugh out loud. i attribute to him a lot of my political conservatism.

    i like:
    all the trouble in the world
    age and guile/youth and a bad haircut
    give war a chance

    they're all good.
  18. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    I'd recommend Glen Cooke's Black Company series. The only series of sword and sorcery books I've read that didn't resort to the corny. Sort like Dune with a much greater ambiguity about good and evil. About 12 books, I believe.

    And, if you've not done it, read The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings/Simarillion(?). The movies were ok; the books are better. And the Simarillion wraps everything up nicely.
  19. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    michael moorcock's one of my faves in the scifi/fantasy genre, good stuff. the elric and corum books are probably my faves.
  20. If you are into fantasy books check out RA Salvatore. Dark Elf Trilogy is amazing