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Old March 18th, 2011, 10:34 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Sword of Truth series (actually 12 books, well 13 counting the prologue)
Definitely agree with this. I'm in the middle of Faith of the Fallen right now. I also reread Lord of the Rings every year.

I own almost every Empire-era and post-Empire Star Wars EU book. Really enjoying the Fate of the Jedi series.

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The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. 10 books in total.

The first 5, the Corwin Cycle are better then the final 5, the Merlin Cycle. Though the Merlin Cycle is still pretty darn good. Especially when you consider you can get the whole thing on Amazon for $16.31, that's like $0.012 per page.
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Animal Farm- George Orwell
Fast Food Nation- Eric Schlosser
The Prince- Machiavelli
Mao: The Unknown Story- Jung Chang
Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
The Halo series
Lord of the Rings- J. R. R. Tolkien
Screwtape Letters- C. S. Lewis
The Bible
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1. The Bible
2. Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
5. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
6. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
8. Under the Dome by Stephen King
9. Swan's Song by Robert R. McCammon
10. World War Z by Max Brooks

(11. The Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins)
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1. A Song of Ice and Fire - George R R Martin
surprised no mentioned this. Love the whole series

2. A Brave New World - Aldous Huxley.
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Anthem - Ayn Rand (a great introduction to Objectivism)
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand (the most incredible book ever written)
The Spenser Series - Robert B. Parker (great character interaction and dialog)
The Reacher Series - Lee Child (Reacher is just a bad dude)
Lord of the Flies - William Golding (childhood favorite)
Ender's Game - (Great book about management, subordinate development and asset allocation)
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Ender's Game was also about genocide and responsibility.
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Ender's Game was also about genocide and responsibility.
There's that too, but it's the other aspects that I mentioned that had it on the Marine Corps Commandant's read list. (I hope)
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Why not? Don't want to spoil the ending, but Ender did right.
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Why not? Don't want to spoil the ending, but Ender did right.
As a military member I'm supposed to say that genocide is not politically correct or acceptable. As a retired military guy I can say that they'd never let us. Not liking this $4 a gallon gas though.
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I was referring to the blind orders surrounding it and Ender's responsibility.

Although controversial, I agree 100%, great book.
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Some great reads listed here. Adding a few not yet mentioned, categorized by genre:

history

World War One: A Short History, by Norman Stone
Brief, highly readable and an insightful analysis of politics, strategy, colonialism, industrialism and economics.

The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang
Not quite an apologist's treatment, more an insider's look that reaches back to WWII with astounding information.

Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War by Paul Fussell
"part memoir, part cultural-critical study, and that is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of conflict"

nonfiction

Class: A Guide Through the American Status System, by Paul Fussell
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explodes the sacred American myth of social equality with eagle-eyed irreverence and iconoclastic wit"

The Natural History of the Rich: a Field Guide, by Richard Conniff

Compares the superrich to various members of the animal kingdom. Prepare to laugh out loud.

biography / memoir

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
Hilarious, most appealing to those born in 50's and early 60's.

Highcastle by Stanislaw Lem
Another look at growing up, this time as a child in prewar and wartime Poland by the renowned science fiction author.

science

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, by Sam Kean
A fascinating look at the periodic table. A great read with footnotes that are as interesting and entertaining as the text itself.

science fiction

Anything by Stanislaw Lem, but especially The Star Diaries, Solaris and The Futurological Congress. Lem also wrote more 'straight' scifi as well as fantasies and fables, book reviews of and forewords for non-existent books, among other things.

other

The Hamptons Dictionary by Miles Jaffe
"A Devil's Dictionary for the modern age, The Hamptons Dictionary is a wicked social satire and hysterical lexical send-up of the rich and famous who flock to the Hamptons each summer and the locals who count the minutes until Labor Day when they leave."

One Human Minute by Stanislaw Lem
"purports to be a review of a book collecting statistics on everything that occurs on Earth in 60 seconds; in fact, it's a meditation on the nature of reality and the meaning of human behaviorplus a wickedly funny satire of publishing."
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Nicholas Sparks books
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
13 Reasons Why...(I forgot the name of the author)
R.L Stine books
Chicken Soup books
...etc
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