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Old October 27th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #101 (permalink)
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well this is what i am reading Oedipus Rex and Antigone

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Old October 27th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #102 (permalink)
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The one book i've bought as a gift countless times and heard nothing but praise:

Orson Scott Card: 'Ender's Game'

Fantastic book. The rest of the Ender's series slowed down some, but the Bean saga after was epic. I haven't read all the additionals written since the 4th Bean book.

Funny too a few years after I read Ender's game the Harry Potter books came out and frankly I thought the 'Battleschool' in Ender's Game was far far superior to 'Hogwarts' in the Potter books.

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Ender's game, to me, is Epic Sci-Fi.
Agreed!! Just re-read it couple months ago and was still as good as ever. Was gonna read some more of the series but there are so many it is kind of confusing... i had heard that there was an actual sequel finally put out recently which is what convinced me to re-read it. Course i can't figure out which is which in the time line, lol
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NightAngel -

The second Ender book is Speaker for the Dead and although different in tone, is as good as Ender's Game IMO. The others vary from good to eh.

The other Card series I really liked was the Alvin Maker books. The first in the series is Seventh Son Amazon.com: Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1) Orson Scott Card I'd recommend them for whatever that's worth...
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The second Ender book is Speaker for the Dead and although different in tone, is as good as Ender's Game IMO. The others vary from good to eh.

The other Card series I really liked was the Alvin Maker books. The first in the series is Seventh Son Amazon.com: Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1) Orson Scott Card I'd recommend them for whatever that's worth...
But from what i hear there were a bunch of other books in series but not all of them were 'true' sequels. Was supposed to be one released in past year or something
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But from what i hear there were a bunch of other books in series but not all of them were 'true' sequels. Was supposed to be one released in past year or something
Yeah, that's right. The original series is Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. The Shadow series (Ender's Shadow, Shadow Puppets etc.) is a roughly parallel series to the first, but from Bean's (one of the other Battle school kids) point of view. It's not bad, (I read the first 3) but after the 1st one I wasn't wowed.

There also are some young adult ones too, I think. Not sure as I haven't read any of them.
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Yeah, that's right. The original series is Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. The Shadow series (Ender's Shadow, Shadow Puppets etc.) is a roughly parallel series to the first, but from Bean's (one of the other Battle school kids) point of view. It's not bad, (I read the first 3) but after the 1st one I wasn't wowed.

There also are some young adult ones too, I think. Not sure as I haven't read any of them.
Bean was cool, lol.
Naw but i heard recently there was a continuation to Ender's story... that series is so f'ed i don't even want get into it and mess with them
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Ah, you must be referring to Ender in Exile. It seems to take place between Ender's Game & Speaker although written after both. Don't know what to tell you about that one - Haven't read it. I've been off OSC for quite a while now...
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Ah, you must be referring to Ender in Exile. It seems to take place between Ender's Game & Speaker although written after both. Don't know what to tell you about that one - Haven't read it. I've been off OSC for quite a while now...
Think your right... that is the one i'm thinking about. Might jump back into it eventually... maybe
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well this is what i am reading Oedipus Rex and Antigone
Oedipus, awesome.

This reminds me of one of my favorite movies and it incidentally ties in with the mention of World War Z.

History of the World, Part 1: My favorite Mel Brooks movie. There is a scene where the main characters are running from the romans, and round to corner to see a old man with a cup saying: "Give to Oedipus"

Jocephus looks at him, slaps him 5 and says' " Hey what's hapenin' Melonfarmer!

favorite line and I have to explain it to over half the people that watch the movie with me.
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Ah, you must be referring to Ender in Exile. It seems to take place between Ender's Game & Speaker although written after both. Don't know what to tell you about that one - Haven't read it. I've been off OSC for quite a while now...
Ender in Exile is the one I haven't read.

If you're not going to read through all the books I definetly recommend Ender's Shadow (the first of the Bean series).

As a large chunk of it is like reading Ender's Game from a completely different perspective.
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NightAngel - just so you know I've made it a quarter of the way through The Black Prism and so far it is really good. Definitely has a Brent Weeks style
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One of my favorite books is "The Tracker" by Tom Brown Jr. This book is a real classic which every American should read. Tom Brown, the author, was trained as a child by a Native American Elder to be a tracker. In this book, Tom Brown describes his tracking adventures. The detailed descriptions of North American Wildlife are really inspiring for any nature lover.
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"The Frontiersmen" by Alan Eckert, also "Wilderness Empire" and "Blue Jacket" by the same author
-All three are about the expansion through america's wilderness and native american lands. The author studied letters, diaries, newspapers, gvt. records, etc. of the time and compiled it into a narrative.

as you can see, I mostly like nonfiction
Thanks for the detailed reading list. This particular book looks like something, which I would enjoy, reading. I've already put it on my wish list. Like you, I also prefer to read non-fiction. My timetable doesn't allow for going out and exploring nature too often. So reading these types of books let my imagination take me on a nature trip instead.
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One of my favorite books is "The Tracker" by Tom Brown Jr. This book is a real classic which every American should read. Tom Brown, the author, was trained as a child by a Native American Elder to be a tracker. In this book, Tom Brown describes his tracking adventures. The detailed descriptions of North American Wildlife are really inspiring for any nature lover.
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Thanks for the detailed reading list. This particular book looks like something, which I would enjoy, reading. I've already put it on my wish list. Like you, I also prefer to read non-fiction. My timetable doesn't allow for going out and exploring nature too often. So reading these types of books let my imagination take me on a nature trip instead.
Not nitpicking but is your font getting smaller and smaller?? Is it just me??
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Oohh! You're right my font is a bit too small. I didn't notice this. Thank you for pointing this out to me. I was posting late at night, so my focus wasn't at its best. I apologize for the inconvenience. I'll make sure that I use a larger font in future messages.
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Forgot to add the old school stuff: The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Tamuli, The Elenium all by David Eddings
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Forgot to add the old school stuff: The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Tamuli, The Elenium all by David Eddings
Love the Belgariad, Mallorean was good. Never got into Tamuli or Elenium. Great series for younger fantasy readers.
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Love the Belgariad, Mallorean was good. Never got into Tamuli or Elenium. Great series for younger fantasy readers.
I still LOVE those books even now, i think of them as more of a 'any age' kinda series.
And the Elenium-Tamuli are excellent reads as well.
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I have a fairly diverse list of favourites I lean on when asked:

- Sandy Koufax: Jane Leavy - Beautifully written autobiography of Koufax's career structured through his 4th no-hitter and his first perfect game against the Chicago Cubs in the twilight of his career.
- The Stranger (The Outsider): Albert Camus - Perhaps the finest philosophical novella ever written in the 20th Century. Personally, I identify with much of what Camus endorsed (Absurdism), but it's a difficult mindset to live with.
- Watchmen - An incredibly addictive graphic novel that has me going back to the start to read it again. I believe it made the Time's 100 list as well.

Currently reading school-related stuff lol
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Ever read 'Heat'?
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Off the top of my head I'd recommend 'Common Sense' by Tom Paine 'Anthem', 'Fountainhead', and 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand '1984' by George Orwell The Complete 'Left Behind' series The Complete 'Lord of the Rings' series (including 'The Hobbit' The Complete 'Harry Potter' series Dante's 'Divine Comedy' (though I must admit I stopped after Inferno, and never picked it up again, I need to) the 'Cthulhu Mythos' books by H.P. Lovecraft I could go forever lol
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I like the Weird Tales big three - Robert E Howard, H P Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. I also like some of the authors who influenced them and authors who worked the same markets as them.

C L Moore, Henry Kuttner, Manly Wade Wellman, Arthur Machen, William Hope Hodgson, Ambrose Bierce, H Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Abraham Merritt, blah blah blah.

Also most of Philip K Dicks output.

What I do not like is multi-volume 1000 page tome series. That is why I do not read modern fantasy.
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Agreed!! Just re-read it couple months ago and was still as good as ever. Was gonna read some more of the series but there are so many it is kind of confusing... i had heard that there was an actual sequel finally put out recently which is what convinced me to re-read it. Course i can't figure out which is which in the time line, lol
I re-read Ender's Game a couple of weeks ago. Awesome!

To each his own but the rest of the Ender series goes downhill imo. I only recommend the first book to people.
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I love most books by Stephen King, my favourite being - The Green Mile, The Dark Half and Geralds Game.
But one book I read many moons ago - Goodbye Jeanette Harold Robbins, bit of everything in that one.
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Redwall series
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series
both by Brian Jacques
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A book that really enthralled me (for the 2 days that it lasted (I read fast)) is called The Plantation, by Chris Kuzneski. It was his first book and didn't receive much love but I truly believe it is masterful.

It's a story following Payne and Jones, 2 ex miltary sorts who worked in the MANIAC's, the very best of the Marines, Army, Navy, Intelligence, Air Force and something beginning with C. When Payne's girlfriend suddenly disappears one night, Payne and Jones embark on a dangerous and thrilling adventure to find her. Fighting through deception and betrayal, they track down the kidnappers to an old Plantation where a small army of black men take white people to enact revenge for the suffering that their ancestors experienced at the hands of slave owners.

Great read, great mix of history and fiction.
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Journey of Awakening
Remember: Be Here Now
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Carlos Castaneda series
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The God Delusion
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All Carl Sagan books
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I started reading Vince Flynn, his main character is Mitch Rapp. Great series so far.

I started with American Assassin. I'm now reading Term Limits.
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The Catcher in the Rye
Lullaby
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Survivor
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One Rainy Night
(In no order beside the order I remember them)

Also, while maybe not "favorite", I'm really digging all the hp lovecraft I've been reading.
And I really enjoyed The Perfect Day for Bananafish (short story).
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Someone loaned me a book called THE CRYING PLACE (Naseem Rakha) and it was about a prisoner on death row and the story surrounding it, it was really good and got me into that kind of book and also got me into reading-mode.
After that I read THE CONFESSION - John Grisham and I have to say it made me cry, it's one of the best books I've ever read.
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I read Enders Game a few months ago for a book club and really liked it. Ive yet to read anything else from the series but I did read Seventh Son and really enjoyed it as well. Some of my faves are:

Catcher In The Rye
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
Survivor and Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
EVERYTHING written by Charles Bukowski
Also the Cobra series by Timothy Zahn is great.
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Enders Game is a classic but the rest of the series goes downhill imo. The other books contain none of the elements which made the first one great.
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Enders Game is a classic but the rest of the series goes downhill imo. The other books contain none of the elements which made the first one great.
Yeah I don't have much interest in reading the rest. I am planning to read all the Alvin Maker books though. In general, I've enjoyed Card's work.
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The Warded Man / The Desert Spear
fantastic series so far. It's a story about different characters and how they all intertwine together. They are fighting an endless war against monsters who come out at nighttime. I've seen it mentioned here before, I highly recommend it.

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Agreed!! Just re-read it couple months ago and was still as good as ever. Was gonna read some more of the series but there are so many it is kind of confusing... i had heard that there was an actual sequel finally put out recently which is what convinced me to re-read it. Course i can't figure out which is which in the time line, lol

Is the Ender Series really that good? I've been looking into a new series and read a couple of reviews, but it wasn't high on my reading list. Should I move it to the top? haha
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Assassins Apprentice By Robin Hobb
Might be the best book series I've ever read. Captivating series about a bastard boy that works for his grandfather the kind and act as an assassin for him. The story and characters are amazing. You just feel in love with the characters and never want the book to end. 6 books in the farseer series and then 6 other books based off of the story line.
just started looking into these, i can only find mention of 3 farseer books. He (she) has a couple other series listed on her site though. Can you break it down more?? Think I may give the trilogy a read....
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Is the Ender Series really that good? I've been looking into a new series and read a couple of reviews, but it wasn't high on my reading list. Should I move it to the top? haha
Not sure it deserves a move to the top, i've only ever read the original (which is excellent btw).

You read any Brandon Sanderson? I haven't read Wheel of Time (started by robert jordan and last couple by BS) but all of his original books are awesome, Mistborn series and a couple stand alones, Warbreaker and Elantris. (he just started another series called Stormlight Archive which i havent started)
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just started looking into these, i can only find mention of 3 farseer books. He (she) has a couple other series listed on her site though. Can you break it down more?? Think I may give the trilogy a read....


Not sure it deserves a move to the top, i've only ever read the original (which is excellent btw).

You read any Brandon Sanderson? I haven't read Wheel of Time (started by robert jordan and last couple by BS) but all of his original books are awesome, Mistborn series and a couple stand alones, Warbreaker and Elantris. (he just started another series called Stormlight Archive which i havent started)


OH MY WORD, where to begin? The farseer trilogy is by far my favorite series ever I'm pretty sure. Quick breakdown of the first three: There is this kid of a son of the "king to be waiting". He ends up being given to his uncle the kind and works to be an assassin for him in exchange to live in the castle and such. The character development is quite amazing and you really do fall in love with all the characters. There is a skill that runs in the family that allows certain "powers". At the same time, the boy has a skill that allows him to "bond" with animals. It is highly fround upon in society and he has to deal with it and such. Amazing series. After that, there are three more books (haven't read) that are mostly fillers. Then there is the tawny man series (just as good as the first trilogy) that takes place 15 years after the last book.

Brandon Sanderson...where to begin? The mistborn series were fantastic! Read those those quickly and I loved all the books and characters, especially vin. Picked up the first stormlight book, haven't started it yet, but everyone says it's amazing!

If you really liked mistborn, please check out the codex of alera series by Jim Butcher. Just as good I promise you!

And just picked up the first enders game book, I have high expectations for ti!
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I really enjoyed reading the Night Watch books

Also a big fan of Lee Child and his Jack reacher books,
Also Clive Cusslers Oregon Series
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My favorite book is Prachett and Gaiman's Good Omens. I have 2 physical copies of it as well as the kindle edition (before I had a tablet). I read it every time I fly or stay in a hotel. It is a comfort book for me. I have read it enough times I can just pick it up and open it and start reading it. I don't always start at the start of it all.

I have other books I like, but most books I've read only once or twice.

I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft, but his works are mostly short stories. My favorite currently is The Music of Erich Zann.
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My favorite book is Prachett and Gaiman's Good Omens. I have 2 physical copies of it as well as the kindle edition (before I had a tablet). I read it every time I fly or stay in a hotel. It is a comfort book for me. I have read it enough times I can just pick it up and open it and start reading it. I don't always start at the start of it all.
Good Omens is one of the funniest books I can remember reading from when I was a kid, along with the Hitchhikers and Discworld series'

Too many favourite booksto mention, some of the top of my head include:-
Le Carre - Karla Trilogy
Deighton - Bernard Sampson trilogy of trilogy's
Hamilton - Nights Dawn Trilogy
Dan Simmons - Hyperion Cantos
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Dan Simmons - Hyperion Cantos
Hyperion was great. Such an underrated book. (In that it should be more well known)

Each of the separate characters' stories were so engrossing, and the way they interweaved into the main narrative mystery was brilliant.

I thought the technology was as well thought-out, believable, and exciting as that in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.
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Hyperion was great. Such an underrated book. (In that it should be more well known)

Each of the separate characters' stories were so engrossing, and the way they interweaved into the main narrative mystery was brilliant.

I thought the technology was as well thought-out, believable, and exciting as that in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.
Yeah, it's one of those sci-fi series that seemed to fly under the radar for some reason.

I can't believe I forgot about Banks' Culture novels - Player of Games and Use of Weapons were brilliant. He has a new one out this year that I am looking forward to
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The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Nicholas Sparks books
Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games series
Chicken Soup books
R.L Stine books
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Rich Dad Poor Dad-For learning about money and finance

Anything Henry David Thoreau-For mediation aid and being one with nature

The Four Agreements-For Self-Evaluation and improvement
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