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[Advice] Book recommendations.

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by coma, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. coma

    coma Contributing Member

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    I'm leaving at the end of this week for a long, boring business trip to Florida.

    Aside from the new dictionary I just bought, as suggested by RMT, I'd like to pick up some books to read for my trip. Have you guys read anything lately that you'd like to recommend? Or even if it's a classic that never fails you. I don't care about genre. I'll read anything from Ann Coulter to Larry Dierker to Stephen Northcutt to James Patterson.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

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    ya know. Seabiscuit is a good book, despite all the movie hype.

    coincidentally, a friend of mine just emailed me the same question, asking about my favorite VS Naipaul book.

    try, "A Bend in The River" ... it's a quick read.
     
  3. Rocketman95

    Rocketman95 Hangout Boy

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    How to Lose Friends and Alienate People-Toby Young
    A Million Little Pieces-James Frey (be prepared for a very harrowing recollection of addiction)
    You Shall Know Our Velocity-Dave Eggers (actually haven't read it yet, but his first book is one of my favorites of all-time, so I know this one will be good)
     
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    i usually forget everything i've read. two of the most recent are...

    pattern recognition by william gibson

    dry by augusten burrows

    good reads.
     
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    I'm reading the Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Dougals. It is fantasy...I think there are maybe six books in the series now. They are really good, if you like that genre.
     
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    I heard NY Times columnist Tom Friedman interviewed on Imus this morning. His recent best-seller (Longitudes and Attitudes, I think) is now out in paperback.

    It sounded like a good read to me.
     
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    Good Omens -- Terry Pratchett
    The More Than Complete Hitchiker's Guide -- Douglas Adams
    (guaranteed to keep you in stitches the entire trip)
    and any of the Discworld novels from Pratchett
     
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    Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
    by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

    500+ pages of nothing but quotes from the cast, writers, and guests. Very entertaining.
     
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    Read Misery. There are plenty of differences in the book and the movie, as a matter of fact in many way the book is much more graphic. Its good.
     
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    I recommend the Harry Potter series if you haven't read them yet.

    I've been on a sci-fi kick recently. If you like the genre, you can't go wrong with classics like Dune or Ender's Game.
     
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    "Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By In America" by Barbara Ehrenreich.
     
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    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller - Extremelly funny. If I had to name a favorite book this would be it.

    Dune by Frank Hebert - Recommended even if you dont really like sci-fi.
     
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    Robert Kaplan- Warrior Politics

    Excellent book about America's role in the world and fighting terror analyzed through the ancient history (the Greeks, Romans, etc.)
     
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    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ... it's an interesting blend of fiction, art, history, science, and religion. Very cool.
     
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    Am I the only one who thought Ender's Game was pretty crappy? Oh, "surprise" ending, yippee. I would not rec. this book and certainly won't be buying anything else from the series. If you are a fan of sci-fi, try the stuff from the BattleTech universe. The Legend of the Jade Phoenix trilogy is fantastic.
     
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    Animal Farm
    The Old Man and the Sea
    Farenheit 451
    Of Human Bondage
    Arrowsmith
    The World According to Garp
     
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    Read anything from Chuck Pahalnuik or Michael Chabon
    especially

    FIGHT CLUB
    CHOKE
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay
    The Mysteries of Pittsburg
    Wonderboys-more addictive than the movie
     
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    Agreed on the second, and 22 is a great book, but few if any books are as hard to get into. It's worth it, but God that book is on a steep incline from the 1st page to about 1/3 through in terms of waiting to grab you.


    So many books to mention...Eco's The Name of the Rose is awesome. Just re-read The Unbearable Lightness of Being for the umpteenth time, so I have to recommend it. Get tired o Irving for too long, but A Prayer for Owen Meany is funny as hell. Gotta love the Great Gatsby, IMO only Huck Finn rivals it as great American novel...Probably a mimority of one, but I love The Sun Also Rises...A River Runs Through It is great...The Skin of the Lion is great...Do you like the Russians? I'll post more later.
     
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    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson an incredible novel-- i'm about halfway through the thing its giant, which is a good thing.

    This is about the 4th thread today that involves some kind of weird coincidence for me...(I had to let that out) weird day. :confused:
     

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