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#46    Lilly

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:08 AM

I'll just list of few of my favourites in the Sci Fi genre:

"The Fountains of Paradise" Clarke

"I, Robot" Asimov

"The Time Machine" Wells

"Ringworld" Niven

"Dune" Herbert

"The Left Hand of Darkness" Le Guin

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:15 PM

There are many favorites for me too. Many have already been listed. A few more:
Charlotte's Web- EB White
Julie of the Wolves- Jean Craighead George
John le Carre
Robert Ludlum
Early Joseph Wambaugh- The Onion Field, etc
Serpico- Peter Maas
Marathon Man- Goldman

(and none of the movies for the above which usually have nothing to do with the books, or are extremely poor representations of the book, even if the movie is okay)

Edited to add: "A Cry in the Dark" don't know if it is a book or who the author is, but it is on Crime Library. Great Read about the Lindy Chamberlain case in Australia

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:23 PM

My Savings Account Book, before buying my first ever car.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:26 PM

I read a lot, in different kind of genres, so it has to be many favorites. here are some

  FANTASY

  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Silmarillion and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

  The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

  The Belgariad Series by David Eddings

  A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin

  All books by Neil Gaiman

  SCIENCE FICTION/SPECULATIVE FICTION

  Dune Series by Frank Herbert & later by Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson

  The Foundation Series by Issac Asimov

  The Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C. Clarke

  The Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons

  The Ringworld Series by Larry Niven

  The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

  ALTERNATIVE HISTORY

  Fatherland by Robert Harris

  The 1632 series/Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint

  The Nantucket Series & The Emberverse  Series by S. M. Stirling

  HISTORICAL FICTION

  Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

  Sharpe Series and Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell

  Aztec Series by Gary Jennings

  THRILLER FICTION

  Agent Pendergast Series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

  Dirk Pitt Series by Clive Cussler

  Alex Cross Series by James Patterson

  Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman

  Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child  



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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

View PostThe_Spartan, on 30 March 2012 - 08:26 PM, said:

I read a lot, in different kind of genres, so it has to be many favorites. here are some

  FANTASY

  The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

  The Belgariad Series by David Eddings

   SCIENCE FICTION/SPECULATIVE FICTION

  Dune Series by Frank Herbert & later by Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson

    ALTERNATIVE HISTORY

    The 1632 series/Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint

  
  HISTORICAL FICTION

   Sharpe Series and Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell

  

Spartan:
I really liked the Belgariad and the Wheel of Time series at first.. then they started annoying me with the way he wrote all of his female characters as 'super smart', 'super in control' and all the men as bumbling idiots - even though the main male character of each was 'the chosen one'...

Dune was great but I really didn't care for the sequels...

Ringworld and 1632 series were brilliant...

Have you read any of Harry Turtledove's books? IMO he is the Master of Alternate History...
The Misplaced Legion series is my favorite...


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

View PostTaun, on 04 April 2012 - 02:31 PM, said:

Spartan:
I really liked the Belgariad and the Wheel of Time series at first.. then they started annoying me with the way he wrote all of his female characters as 'super smart', 'super in control' and all the men as bumbling idiots - even though the main male character of each was 'the chosen one'...
I don't really remember the Belgariad, except that I loved it as a teenager. I'm also a wheel of time fan, and I don't think the main characters were "bumbling idiots". The impression I got was that they thought of themselves as inadequate but they really weren't - classic psychology, overcoming doubt in self.


View PostTaun, on 04 April 2012 - 02:31 PM, said:

Dune was great but I really didn't care for the sequels...
I actually wasn't a great fan of the original book (good but not great). The first two sequels though, Messiah, and Children of Dune, were and are on my all time favourite list. The rest of the series, I agree with you - meh

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

I don't know if I'd recommend it unless you're willing to prepare yourself for what you're getting in to, but I personally love Ulysses.


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:15 PM

View PostParanoid Android, on 02 February 2012 - 12:24 PM, said:

My favourite series would be "the Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan.
No secret that this is my favorite series too :)

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:47 PM

View PostDaughter of the Nine Moons, on 06 April 2012 - 02:15 PM, said:

No secret that this is my favorite series too :)
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

Lol PA :)

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:12 AM

I read lots of stuff but not books generally but two books I seem to read over and over every few yrs are, A voyage to Arcturus and The Hobbit, A Voyage in an attempt to understand it and The Hobbit for the story..


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:43 AM

View PostDrapier, on 06 April 2012 - 12:38 PM, said:

I don't know if I'd recommend it unless you're willing to prepare yourself for what you're getting in to, but I personally love Ulysses.
I've not read it.  I was forced to read The Dead in school and swore off of Joyce's work.  I may just have to revisit it.  I think perhaps I was just resentful of the issue of force where the reading was concerned.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:23 PM

It is too difficult to think of just one so here are a selection of some of my favourites, in no particular order.


The Last Man - Mary Shelley

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

The Monk - Matthew Gregory Lewis

Battle Royale - Koushun Takami

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

War of the Worlds- HG Wells

Vathek - William Beckford

Waylander - David Gemmell

Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

In a Glass Darkly - Sheridan Le Fanu

Phantom of the Opera - Goston Leroux

The Rats - James Herbert

Cabal - Clive Barker


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:03 AM

A book I ended up loving that I never thought I would get into is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary. That book is amazing I think. The story is told from alternating perspectives of the luxury apartment's concierge Madam Renee Michel and a 12 year old girl who lives in the building named Paloma Josse. While Renee Michel hides her intelligence and love for art and literature from the wealthy and cultured tenants, Paloma tries to use her own intelligence to make sense of her family and little things in life that seem ridiculous. She also intends to commit suicide on her 13th birthday. Sounds grim but the book is wonderful. Eventually the two discover what the other is hiding, intelligence wise, and become friends.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:21 AM

impossible
i couldn't choose one out of the countless that i have read. so many have impacted me in so many different ways.
impossible





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