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Old September 29th, 2010, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does everone read on here? Make sure to write a description of the books, maybe that way we might find something new to read! Ill start:

I have a lot of favorites -

"Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen

"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.

"Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose
-You may have seen the HBO miniseries. It follows Easy Company, 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne from boot camp to VE day in World War Two.

"20,000 Miles South" by Frank and Helen Schreider
-Another nonfiction.. a couple in the early fifties who take an old WW2 army jeep, fabricate it into an amphibious vehicle, and drive it from alaska all the way down to the southernmost tip of south america. Pretty amazing story.

"The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann
-Another true story of Col. Percy Fawcett, a famous explorer in the 20s who was obsessed with finding the lost city of El Dorado (city of gold) in the amazon.. he ends up dissapearing. Over the years following over a hundred people go in search of him and never return.

"The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk" - nonfiction narrative describing Vilhjalmur Stefansson's 1913-1914 attempt to reach the north pole. The ship gets stuck in ice. Stefansson leaves on a hunting expidition across the ice and doesn't return. Captain Robert Bartlett takes leadership and they all travel across the ice to "wrangel island" a rocky little island in the arctic. Eventually Capt. Bartlett and one of the Inuit guides take a small party of sled dogs and make it to alaska to send for releif. Keep in mind the temperatures range around 0 to -50 degrees (that's right NEGATIVE 50) and for a few MONTHS it is completely dark 24/7. It was over a year from the time the ship got stuck in the ice to the time the crew was rescued, 11 people died either in the journey over the ice or when they were stranded on the island.

"I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" by Tucker Max
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"My Horizontal Life" by Chelsea Handler
-more drunken sexcapades, this one from a female perspective

as you can see, I mostly like nonfiction

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We need to start a book club.

I am really big on books that are in a series, so I will list the entire series for some of mine. I am also really into horror (I know it is shocking).

Necroscope by Brian Lumley (15 books), Lumley is one of the those authors that walks the fine line between being an absolute genius and totally insane. The Wiki

The Dark Tower by Stephen King (7 books), This series incorporates quite a number of King's other works into it. Using characters, events and locations during the entire series. The Wiki

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (12 books), If you've never read any of it, you probably should. The Wiki

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Most everyone has seen the movie, but many have never even looked at the book. While the movie does follow along with the book very closely there are a number of things left out of the movie that are great to read.

The Stand by Stephen King, The super Flu has come and only a few remain alive.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson, Seen the movie? This is so much better.

Under and Alone by William Queen, The true story of an ATF agent going undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Super System by Doyle Brunson, The poker players bible.

Caro's Book of Poker Tells by Mike Caro, Another book that just about every poker player needs.
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Awesome.

Admittedly, I don't do as much pleasure reading as I should. I've spent the majority of my adult life w/ my nose stuck in textbooks & journal articles. That being said...

The Harry Potter series - does this need an explanation?

The Odd Thomas series Dean Koontz - about a young man w/ some incredible gifts...like the ability to see dead people.

Like OTD I'm a sucker for Stephen King, as well. I've read a handful but don't really have a favorite. Maybe "It" if I was pressed.
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Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson - Great characters and although the initial book starts off rather sluggish, it turns out to be quite the amazing book.

Deception Point by Dan Brown - Love love love those conspiracy theory thriller type books

The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry - Historical thrillers? Hell yes.

The Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum - I'm entertained by anything that involves Jason Bourne snappin necks and cashin checks.
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just read the wiki on that one, sounds awesome
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The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

I've read all of them at least twice except for the new one "Gathering Storms" by Brandon Sanderson. I refuse to buy the hardback so I'm waiting for it to go to electronic book format or at least paperback.

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I have the Bourne Sanction sitting on my desk right now but just can't get into it. It starts out kind of ho hum and I lost interest fast.

One of these days I'll get around to finishing it up.

BTW - I'm big into sci-fi, lost world, planetary sword & romance type fiction. I also love all the old works like Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series and Robert Howard's Conan the Cimmerian.
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More Bourne lovin' here. Luv the movies, Books are even better IMO if thats possible
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I've read all of them at least twice except for the new one "Gathering Storms" by Brandon Sanderson. I refuse to buy the hardback so I'm waiting for it to go to electronic book format or at least paperback.
I've read the first one in this series. It was really good. My buddy said it is the best series he has ever read
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One of these days I'll get around to finishing it up.
Ahhh man, you gotta read it. It kicks up shortly after the first 100 or so pages. I've read them all, by the way. BEST SERIES EVERRRRRR!

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I've read the first one in this series. It was really good. My buddy said it is the best series he has ever read
You have to read the rest, it just keeps getting better and better as the series goes on. By the time you get to book 3:The Dragon Reborn, you'll be hooked, I swear.
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You have to read the rest, it just keeps getting better and better as the series goes on. By the time you get to book 3:The Dragon Reborn, you'll be hooked, I swear.
I have no doubt that I will lol. It's been so long since I've read the first one, that I'll have to read it again. I should really start studying for my CPA so I am afraid to get sucked into a >12,000 series
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[QUOTE=NYCHitman1;1673004]Ahhh man, you gotta read it. It kicks up shortly after the first 100 or so pages. I've read them all, by the way. BEST SERIES EVERRRRRR!

Just for that I'll take it home with me
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im a huge fan of LOTR and the shannara series of books.

Currently im reading wicked which isnt too bad.

a Scanner darkly was good too.

outstretched shadow trilogy was a good read as well

The drizzt series.
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my brother reads that series, he really likes them
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All the Tom Clancy novels.

The Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin J. Anderson

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

2001, 2010, 2061, 3001 by Arthur C. Clarke

The Robot series and the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

Star Trek and Star Wars books for light but entertaining reading.
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Older - The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Newer - Hyperion (and the rest of the series) by Dan Simmons
or, When Gravity Fails (and the rest of the series) by George Alec Effinger
or, A Fire Upon the Deep & A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
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Another vote for The Dark Tower. Read through the first four several times and the whole series twice since the release of the final book. It doesn't get better than this, IMO.

I tried The Wheel of Time and actually made it through quite a few of them but I never finished. Can't recall why...

I just started The Way of Kings by Brian Sanderson. I wasn't expecting much but I was hooked within the first 50 pages.
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One more for the Dark Tower series. Great series
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Christopher Moore!

While the Bible may be the word of God, transcribed by divinely inspired men, it does not provide a full (or even partial) account of the life of Jesus Christ. Lucky for us that Christopher Moore presents a funny, lighthearted satire of the life of Christ--from his childhood days up to his crucifixion--in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. This clever novel is surely blasphemy to some, but to others it's a coming-of-age story of the highest order.
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While the Bible may be the word of God, transcribed by divinely inspired men, it does not provide a full (or even partial) account of the life of Jesus Christ. Lucky for us that Christopher Moore presents a funny, lighthearted satire of the life of Christ--from his childhood days up to his crucifixion--in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. This clever novel is surely blasphemy to some, but to others it's a coming-of-age story of the highest order.
OMG you beat me to it! Hands down, the funniest book I've read!

Other books I enjoy:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Colour of Magic (and the rest of the Discworld books) - Terry Pratchett

Besides british comedy, I enjoy anything by these authors:

Dennis Lehane
Isaac Asimov
Ray Bradbury
And many more...
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The Name of the Wind
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I haven't read it in years but I really enjoyed it.
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We're trying to get a Books subforum going, it'd be great if you can put your support for the idea. If Phases sees enough of the members are interest, he might create a subforum for us book lovers

+1 to the Dark Tower septology My favourite work by him and I love how he combines scifi and western beautifully. Found it humourous how he threw himself in the plot as well. Interesting fact, it took King 23 years before he completed the series

Favourite series that I own:
Song of Ice and Fire - by George R. R. Martin - septology - 4th book out:
Medival fantasy and has been adapted by HBO. Series a bit more on the mature side and deals with a lot of throne intrigues and exploits. It's quite 'graphic' with the fightings (love it) and there are a bit of sex, incest and rape througout the series. One thing I'd caution is that Martin is very slow with his works

Riftwar Cycle (9 different trilogies and quartets) - Raymond E. Feist:
Fantasy - if you love LOTR, then this is a must read. You can tell that Feist is a Tolkein fan from his work, but he spins the story off differently.

I have some other books, but too busy at the moment
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Song of Ice and Fire - by George R. R. Martin - septology - 4th book out:
Medival fantasy and has been adapted by HBO. Series a bit more on the mature side and deals with a lot of throne intrigues and exploits. It's quite 'graphic' with the fightings (love it) and there are a bit of sex, incest and rape througout the series. One thing I'd caution is that Martin is very slow with his works
One of my coworkers started reading this series last week. He said it's the best book he's ever read
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If you do read the series...I'd recommend you wait until he completes it. I've been waiting 4 years and counting for the 5th book :< I just hope he isn't going to pull a Steven King (with the Dark Tower), since Martin isn't that young, lol.
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Siddhartha - Herman Hesse - guide to life type book that I love
Night - Elie Wiesel, best book I have read about the holocaust
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4 years! That blows

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss. It has the potential to be great. 1st book only one out so far... think it's been close to 3 years waiting for book 2. Release date for that is 3/11 though.

The NightAngel Trilogy - Brent Weeks. Just discovered it few months ago and it is probably in my top 5 (maybe 3)
Couldn't even begin to describe it (not enough time to do it justice)

Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson. GREAT read. Also his stand alones, Elantris, and Warbreaker are really good books.

The Gentlemen Bastards series - (drawing a blank on authors name). Only 2 of them out in print now but has at least 5 more planned i think.

Star Wars - various authors. Won't bore anyone with titles (there are more than 300) but there are some really great stories, pre and post movies (and inbetween)
I have read them all and all but 20 i'd say are incredible.


Those are my newest favorites (for now)
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If you do read the series...I'd recommend you wait until he completes it. I've been waiting 4 years and counting for the 5th book :< I just hope he isn't going to pull a Steven King (with the Dark Tower), since Martin isn't that young, lol.
C'mon. He only waited 22 years between the first and seventh lol. I was just on the wikipedia page and it says there is going to be another one in the series. The Wind Through the Keyhole. This could be interesting
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C'mon. He only waited 22 years between the first and seventh lol. I was just on the wikipedia page and it says there is going to be another one in the series. The Wind Through the Keyhole. This could be interesting
22 years...that's 88% of my life O.o quite long tbh, lol. Well I only read the when the 5th book was out, and after that, King was quite good with releasing the other books

OH!!! That's quite interesting! I was never satisfied with Roland's part of the ending. It was simply too anti-climatic.

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Old October 6th, 2010, 09:37 AM   #31 (permalink)
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OH!!! That's quite interesting! I was never satisfied with Roland's part of the ending. It was simply too anti-climatic.

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I kind of liked the ending.

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The new one is supposed to take place in between the the fourth and fifth book, so the ending will be the same. Kind of like how the comic books expand the series
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We're trying to get a Books subforum going, it'd be great if you can put your support for the idea. If Phases sees enough of the members are interest, he might create a subforum for us book lovers
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Favourite series that I own:
Song of Ice and Fire - by George R. R. Martin - septology - 4th book out:
Medival fantasy and has been adapted by HBO. Series a bit more on the mature side and deals with a lot of throne intrigues and exploits. It's quite 'graphic' with the fightings (love it) and there are a bit of sex, incest and rape througout the series. One thing I'd caution is that Martin is very slow with his works
I have the first of those sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read

It gets pretty dam good reviews on sites like Amazon too.
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Hmmm letme see

Dark Tower Series - I have read upto nad hlaf way throught the fourth book but i got lost i will start it again as i did enjoy them.

The Book with no Name - by anonyms - first book in the series, how can i put this withour spoling it?? vampires/dead elvis/warewolves and more, totally fantastic, great story, full of violence and laughter - Rumored to be Quinten Tarrentino who wrote these.

The eye of the moon -by anonyms - Second book from the above, second aprt with more violnce.

The Strain - Guilmere del Toro & Chuck Hogan - Vampire strain takes over new york, Guilmeros first book and its great, scond book is just out, The Fall reading this the now.

Books by Christopher Brookmyer - Scottish Writter, full of crime and laughter and sometimes outragous strories.
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pretty much anything King (although I havent gotten into the Dark Tower series yet), Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton (RIP), Grisham, Jonathan Maberry, and many others.

Favorites: Anne Rice's vampire novels, Maberry's Pine Deep Trilogy and his Joe Ledger novels are absolutely amazing, The Stand and IT are great creepy reads, Koontz Odd Thomas series was really good as well.

Jonathan Maberry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Pine Deep Series as well as Patient Zero, and The Dragon Factory are amazing. Pine Deep is a horror series about vampires and demons, Patient Zero is kind of a super action thriller with zombies (kind of), Dragon Factory is a sci fi action thriller as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odd_Thomas_(character) - great series, cant really say anything as its been a few years and a hundred or more books later but the series was absolutely great to read, my wife was hooked on them too.
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4 years! That blows

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss. It has the potential to be great. 1st book only one out so far... think it's been close to 3 years waiting for book 2. Release date for that is 3/11 though.

The NightAngel Trilogy - Brent Weeks. Just discovered it few months ago and it is probably in my top 5 (maybe 3)
Couldn't even begin to describe it (not enough time to do it justice)

Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson. GREAT read. Also his stand alones, Elantris, and Warbreaker are really good books.

The Gentlemen Bastards series - (drawing a blank on authors name). Only 2 of them out in print now but has at least 5 more planned i think.

Star Wars - various authors. Won't bore anyone with titles (there are more than 300) but there are some really great stories, pre and post movies (and inbetween)
I have read them all and all but 20 i'd say are incredible.


Those are my newest favorites (for now)
Eagerly awaiting Wise Man's Fear by Rothfuss... Just started reading The Black Prism by Weeks. Read that one yet?
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Eagerly awaiting Wise Man's Fear by Rothfuss... Just started reading The Black Prism by Weeks. Read that one yet?
Rothfuss is the shit!! Mar 1st for wise man!! And i'm trying to hold off on Black Prism... hate reading a really excellent book (like name of the wind) and knowing i got at least a year till next one is out... then even longer till book 3.
Been getting some of my back log out of the way. Been reading a lot of Timothy Zahn lately, he's one of the best star wars writers around. Been reading his non-star wars stuff past week or so.
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Rothfuss is the shit!! Mar 1st for wise man!! And i'm trying to hold off on Black Prism... hate reading a really excellent book (like name of the wind) and knowing i got at least a year till next one is out... then even longer till book 3.
Been getting some of my back log out of the way. Been reading a lot of Timothy Zahn lately, he's one of the best star wars writers around. Been reading his non-star wars stuff past week or so.
Check out the Warded Man, here is the link on Amazon. I think you'd enjoy it.

And I agree; Rothfuss is the shit. I follow his blog, it is quite entertaining.
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Check out the Warded Man, here is the link on Amazon. I think you'd enjoy it.

And I agree; Rothfuss is the shit. I follow his blog, it is quite entertaining.
I know, started following him after i read Wind... truly awesome book.. left me with so many question though
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Only five more months
then 3 more years till 3rd book
Is that warded man a series or stand alone novel
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*shakes head at your disapproval*

I'm not serious though. I've never read a Twilight book and will never read one. I really like French literature... so probably Le Colonel Chabert is one of my favorites.
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so far only two. the first is "The Warded Man" and book 2 is called "The Desert Spear". I got The Black Prism so I stopped reading it for a bit. Character development is good and the way he writes makes it so you can visualize everything. Not sure if that is the last of it or not.
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I'm not serious though. I've never read a Twilight book and will never read one. I really like French literature... so probably Le Colonel Chabert is one of my favorites.
From what my sister told me of the series i avoid it. no, no, I haven't read it so I can't say much, but as a guy I feel like I shouldn't lol. Also. the cult teen vampire phase in the teens it started has gotten on my nerves so I avoid it out of principle.

I say mummies is next popular mythical creature/romance trend

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Oh thank you! Just another pic of the beautiful Maria Sharapova from the same shoot as my last avi.
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so far only two. the first is "The Warded Man" and book 2 is called "The Desert Spear". I got The Black Prism so I stopped reading it for a bit. Character development is good and the way he writes makes it so you can visualize everything. Not sure if that is the last of it or not.
looks promising though... got it pulled up on amazon.
Not sure if i gonna start Prism after i get done reading old school Zahn
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so far only two. the first is "The Warded Man" and book 2 is called "The Desert Spear". I got The Black Prism so I stopped reading it for a bit. Character development is good and the way he writes makes it so you can visualize everything. Not sure if that is the last of it or not.
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looks promising though... got it pulled up on amazon.
Not sure if i gonna start Prism after i get done reading old school Zahn
The Warded Man is on my to-read list too

Is the black prism series by the same guy? Which is best in your opinion?
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