Favourite Books?

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  1. Lcs

    Lcs Well-Known Member

    I've been reading quite a few books myself recently, and I was hoping that I could some of your favourites as suggestions for what I should be reading next. :p

    My updated favourites:
    • The Alchemist
    • Lolita
    • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
    • Eragon
     
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  2. Sarachaga

    Sarachaga Fromage!

    Since you seem to like classics, I've got a few recommendations. These are some french books so I'll put the original titles:
    • Les Misérables (Victor Hugo) Very long book and in my opinion, very thrilling story. There's a lot of characters , and even though Hugo tends to get off track sometimes, the story is really well written.
    • Le docteur Pascal: (Emile Zola) Quite interesting. Zola explains through it the 'scientific' theory behind the 'Rougon-Macquart' book series. Zola has a weird style sometimes and tends to over exaggerate, but it should make a good read. If you like it , you should then go for L'Assomoir or Germinal , which are among his most famous novels.
    • Les liaisons dangereuses (Choderlos de Laclos): Stop! If you haven't read this book, go read it . It's gorgeous. It's a great story with great characters, and even though Frears' film is good, it doesn't give it fully justice in my opinion.
    Now if you're into more experimental literature, I could recommend Marguerite Duras. Her works are bizarrely fascinating to read!
    If you're into fantasy, I would recommend Jean-Philippe Jaworski, but sadly I don't think his works are translated in english :c
     
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  3. Xaroin

    Xaroin Sprsh

    • Catcher in the Rye
    • (doesn't read much) I guess
    • um ...
    • Well I mean I can't really think of anything else
     
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  4. Sarachaga

    Sarachaga Fromage!

    I've got another recommendation, which is a bit peculiar: read The Lesser Albert. It's a medieval grimoire and frankly, it's hilarious. Specifically the parts about physiology( the author thinks you can deduce a person's inner nature by the length of his hair and the size of his nose xp ).
     
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  5. Lcs

    Lcs Well-Known Member

    Les liaisons dangereuses really interests me. Next time I'm in the bookstore, I'll have a look to see if they have it. If not, I can probably get it off of Audible.
     
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  6. Ravofox

    Ravofox And a few other fursonas as well

    • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)
    • The entire Redwall series, by Brian Jacques (I think it is also popular amoungst the fandom)
    Aaaand, I got a blank... There's probably more though that I can think of right now
     
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  7. Sarachaga

    Sarachaga Fromage!

    I really enjoyed this book. If you haven't read 'em, I would recommend two other books by K Dick: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and A Scanner Darkly
     
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  8. Jarren

    Jarren You can't just quote yourself! -Me

    Slaughterhouse Five -Kurt Vonnegut
    A Prayer For Owen Meany -John Irving
    Frankenstein -Mary Shelly
    Flatland -Edwin Abbot

    Hardly a favorite, but if you're feeling up for a lengthy read on conspiracy theories:
    The Creature From Jekyll Island -G. Edward Griffin
     
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  9. Lcs

    Lcs Well-Known Member

    I just did a quick wikipedia search on that. Did you actually read that book? o_O
     
  10. Jarren

    Jarren You can't just quote yourself! -Me

    Yup. It's a massive indictment of the federal reserve and much of the American financial system. That said, throughout it does throw a few crackpot theories/viewpoints at you. Some it debunks, others it just lets sit. It's been a few years since I read it, so I can't readily call any examples to mind.
     
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  11. Lcs

    Lcs Well-Known Member

    Another book on my 'to read list' is The Da Vinci Code. Whenever I spend time at my parent's house and complain about being unable to find books that interest me, my mother always suggests that one. I've avoided it in the past since it's a mystery book, but I'm now tempted to give it a go despite the genre.
     
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  12. Multoran

    Multoran Active Member

    Mein Kampf.
     
  13. Sarachaga

    Sarachaga Fromage!

    Heh. If you want to read the poorly written ravings of a mad man go for it. I would not recommend it as it is in my opinion a very boring book
     
  14. Multoran

    Multoran Active Member

    Well, I'm just hoping to figure out why so many people who disagree with me politically end up telling me I'm "Like, literallyyyy Hitler."
     
  15. Sarachaga

    Sarachaga Fromage!

    I haven't read it but it's one of the he books I'm always tempted to take at the bookstore. Two books that I really long to read are The great god pan and Melmoth reconciled.
    Btw, do you have a specific genra or type of text you would like to have recommendations on?
     
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  16. Vitaly

    Vitaly Guest

    A Brief History of Time
    Neuromancer
    1984
    Ravenor
     
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  17. Lcs

    Lcs Well-Known Member

    I'll probably give it a pass since it's not really my thing. That aside, the author's wikipedia page gave me a good laugh. :p
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. xaliceonfire

    xaliceonfire Kiralee

    Anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    Anything by Kerrilyn Sparks.
    Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian
    Pretty much any WWII history books or articles.
    Pretty much anything on serial killers or crime.
    Pretty much anything on religion or social problems.
    Pretty much anything on psychology.
     
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  19. Mandragoras

    Mandragoras Inept Abecedarian

    Favourite novel is probably Peace by Gene Wolfe, maybe the most obliquely unnerving and poignant ghost story ever written, at least for me; my favourite collection of short stories is probably Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti, although I could name plenty of other short story writers whose work I hold in similar regard.

    Another Machen fan? Woot! And Honoré de Balzac, too. Very classy.
     
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  20. Beatle9

    Beatle9 Asexual coywolf and amateur writer.

    Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. I really like the journey of the main character and Richard Parker, the Tiger. The message at the end also resonated very well with me, when I was just starting college and kind of figuring out who I was as a person. Sounds cliche, I know, but it's still my favorite.
     
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  21. AlleycatIrony

    AlleycatIrony dubstep macarena

    oh goodness... my favourite books are ones i used to read over and over when i was little

    'a dog's life: an autobiography of a stray' was my top favourite and i used to read it at least once a week (it's... looking a little worse for wear now)
    (it's about a stray dog who's telling her life story from the time she was born in a wheelbarrow in a shed to the end when she's old and gray, it's a v heartbreaking and heartwarming read - i'd highly reccommend if u like animal tales)

    'the lost island of tamarind' was another one i rly enjoyed (and still do, i need to read it again tbh)
    (i'm not sure how to describe this one in a short sentence because there's just so much that goes on in it, but there are three children and their parents who live on a boat (bc the parents study marine life) but a storm throws the adults overboard and washes up on the shore of an unknown island, the children then have to navigate their way thru a place full of fantasy creatures, war, child theft and labour to find their parents again and head home... sounds like ur typical young teen fantasy novel but there's more depth than that imo)

    and i also loved 'the golden compass'! tho when i was younger i didn't really understand a lot of it that well because it used a lot of words i didn't understand at the time, but i loved the story nonetheless
    (most ppl know that story/movie so idk if i have to describe it... not sure if i could anyway bc it's also quite complex)
     
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  22. reptile logic

    reptile logic An imposter among aliens.

    I used to read books like a machine. Along with a few hard covers, I also had a paperback collection that exceeded 300 books. That collection is long gone. I live a very minimalist lifestyle these days.

    It's hard for me to pick favorites, truly. I read them, live the story and then move on. That said, I have read and enjoyed a number of the classics, though Swiss Family Robinson left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Too much 'manifest destiny' attitude from the author, I suppose.

    I've now seen a couple titles and authors mentioned here that I'll take a look at.
     
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  23. Alex K

    Alex K Guest

    I never quite understood the science behind my favorite book Green ham n eggs. Why would anyone wanna eat that?
     
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  24. Aurorans Solis

    Aurorans Solis cum sol surrexit auroratque dies incepit

    Favourite books? I've got some. I absolutely love hard sci-fi of almost all shapes and sizes, though a couple have stood out to me.

    Dune (and the sequels) by Frank Herbert - The first book (Dune) is my favourite book of all so far. That being said, the sequels (of which there are five) are all extremely well-written, too.

    Dan Simmons - writer of the Hyperion Cantos. Holy moley are those books good.

    Robert L. Forward - this man wrote the first sci-fi novel I ever read: Dragon's Egg. I've gone on to read a number of other books from him including Starquake and The Flight of the Dragonfly (a modified version of Rocheworld, which I've been meaning to read). I've also got Camelot 30K up on my bookshelf waiting to be read.

    And the last ones I can think of...
    The Into the Looking Glass series by John Ringo. This is my favourite series of all time (with Eragon coming in a close second). It's a futuristic military hard sci-fi series with four installments, all taking names from The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Brilliant read (both the series [of course] and the poem).

    Edit: I can't believe I forgot Asimov! You can never go wrong with a little Asimov.
     
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  25. Mandragoras

    Mandragoras Inept Abecedarian

    Still need to get to Dune. I've seen the adaptations and my sources suggest that the original is even more baroque and surreal, which is impressive.
     
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