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What kind of books do y'all read?

Post: # 52928Post cgkanchi
Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:37 pm

I tend to read mostly fantasy, though I'll read pretty much anything (including labels on shampoo bottles and old newspapers used to wrap things). I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett, Tolkein and Robert Jordan. I also like Rowling. The one author I've really been impressed by recently is Christopher Paolini (of Eragon and Eldest fame). I think he comes closest to Tolkein and Jordan in the way he sucks you into his world. Anyway, what about you guys?

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Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:58 pm

Well...I'm not much of a book reader anymore...I still buy Saturdays newspaper to have some throne reading material :D ...
and I occasionally read the LOBO comic :D ...frag the friggin' bastiches :D

But I used to be a very active reader most of my life...with a very wide variety of tastes.

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Post: # 52933Post Panama Red
Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:56 pm

Pretty much any Fantasy/Mystery. I used to be big on Sci-Fi, but lost interest after getting hooked on Dragonlance/Forgotten Realms, read the Hobbit when I was in grade school, so know a lot of J.R.R.

Used to like Jordan, but after the 8th book figured he was milking it wayyyy to much, maybe if he had of created like maybe 4 trilogies then okay.

I like Ludlum/Hollett/Clancy/Le Carre/ for mystery, for Fantasy I like of course J.R.R Tolkein, Brooks, McCaffery,Feist.

I also like bio's (Winston Churchill) pretty much anything with History.. :wink:

Saw the movie Eragon the other night with my son, was impressed, obviously sequels in the making... :mad:
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Post: # 52942Post cgkanchi
Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:46 am

You should read the books, they're waaaaay better than the movie.

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Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:37 pm

Pretty much anything sci-fi/fantasy as well - Heinlein being my favorite.

I'm also into Stephen King novels, and the macabre works of Kuntz and Rice, although my absolute favorite work of Anne Rice's isn't under her own name - she wrote it under 'A.N. Rauquelaure' and it is known as the "Sleeping Beauty" series. Warnings: That series isn't for the feint of heart nor for those of high morals, nor is it work friendly.
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Post: # 52964Post dinowuff
Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:40 pm

Favorite books:

The Richest Man In Babylon -George S. Clason
Take-Down - Tsutomu Shimomura
The Philosophy of Nietzsch - Friedrich Nietzsche
Shakespeare - nuff said
Zen and The Art of Motocycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
A Brief History of Everything - Ken Wilber
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Post: # 52965Post Elsparrow
Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:49 pm

Don't read alot of books but:

Encyclopedias (amazing what random stuff you can find)
Harry Potter books
Lord Of The Rings
Tom Clancy.

Mainly read the BOFH on The Reg, and some comics:

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Post: # 52968Post llama love
Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:52 pm

Ah BOFH is good, although I dont think they are as good as the older ones :(

I like fantasy anything forgotten realms or Discworld FTW. I get a new Discworld book every year for christmas :D still got a looong way to go though :(

Oh and the Riftwar saga by Raymond E. Feist, only got through the first 3 (I think theres more but im not sure) but they were well worth reading.
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Post: # 52989Post cgkanchi
Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:09 am

Oh yeah, I forgot Discworld. I think Pratchett is brilliant though. A friend of mine gets me a Discworld every year for my birthday, but like Llama, a loooong way to go. Is the Riftwar saga the one with Pug as the main character? Those are quite decent.
All the fantasy fans out there, see if you can get your hands on 1) The Wizardry series by Rick Cook and 2) The Steven Brust books (especially the Vlad Taltos series). They're good. Very different from the typical fantasy fare.

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Post: # 53008Post DaFoxx
Tue Jan 02, 2007 1:19 pm

Pratchett for me
got em all
read em all many times over

Tom Sharpe
and the ex-SAS guys books too

apart from them it's tech books only I'm afraid to say .........
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Post: # 53016Post Morganlefay
Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:01 pm

I like historical fiction

Just finished the Emperor Series by Conn Iggulden

I am partial to the Arthurian Legend and have read several series

My fav author is
Morgan Llywelyn

I have read most of her books....lots of Irish history

Currently reading Women Who Run with the Wolves ;)

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Post: # 53062Post cgkanchi
Wed Jan 03, 2007 1:31 am

I'm also quite heavily into science books. I love anything to do with biology and my favourite authors are Gerald Durrell (not exactly "science" books, but anyway), Desmond Morris, Richard Dawkins and Bill Bryson (well, the one science book he's written). I also liked a book by Richard Feynman (of the atomic bomb fame) called "Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman". Oh, and everyone but especially you guys who believe in intelligent design, should read "The selfish gene" by Richard Dawkins, it makes a persuasive argument in favour of evolution.

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Post: # 53092Post Aspman
Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:05 pm

Reading Dean Koontz right now.
I really like Richard Morgans Sci-Fi noir stuff
Alistair Reynolds books are ok.
Reread Tolkien not long ago.
Bernard Cornwells historical fictions are good I've read the Grail series (about an archer so Llama would like that) and the first two of the Vikings trilogy.
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Post: # 53098Post J_K9
Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:31 pm

Hmmm.. Am I the only geek on this forum who doesn't like fantasy at all (except for a few books, such as the HP series and other childish fantasies which I used to read as a kid)? :P

Like Fox, the majority of the books I read are tech books, although they're not the *only* genre of books I like. I love books on animals - for example, I bought a book a few days ago on interacting with cats and dogs and understanding their facial expressions, stances, etc. Science fascinates me, so I'll usually pick up a good book on that as well.

Before I got sucked into the tech world - :D - I used to read a lot of novels. Jeffrey Archer has some masterpieces (eg. Kane and Abel). I've also enjoyed novels written by Tom Clancy, Philip Pullman (Tiger in the Well was one of my favourite books), Bernard Cornwell (the Richard Sharpe series), Andrew Tanenbaum :P Just kidding! Hehe.
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Post: # 53103Post Panama Red
Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:45 pm

J_K9 wrote:Hmmm.. Am I the only geek on this forum who doesn't like fantasy at all (except for a few books, such as the HP series and other childish fantasies which I used to read as a kid)? :P
Yep.....but hey there are some fantasy novels which are not for children, and yes someday J_K9 you will have access... :mad: "childish fantasies" pffft, hey the bible is fantasy right? /me runs off..... :shock:
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