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11-30-2012, 11:47 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations - Catcher in the Rye is not something I've read yet but I have it and was planning on doing so. You've got a big list there, definitely going to take a look at some of those.
12-01-2012, 06:44 AM
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Since you like the Dan Bown style - you may be interested in Ken Follett - he is famous for Eye of the Needle, but his Pillars of Earth is a great book - although it it is a lot about how cathedrals were constructed (of all things). Michael Crichton may also be of interest, although the only one I really liked of his was Andromeda Strain. A lot of people poo-poo Ayn Rand - and Atlus Shrugged has about 200 pages of a speech that I skipped (she has a habit of feeling the need to pound the ideas into your brain) - The Fountainhead though is much quicker, and gives a good idea of her philosophies.
A great series of history books are the ones by Will and Ariel Durant - The History of Civilization - huge volumes - but exceedingly well written.
Diary of Anne Frank I am assuming you've read. not so much Holocaust, but some interesting books are by Chaim Potok - The Chosen, and My Name is Asher Lev. Also, The Haj, by Leon Uris I enjoyed quite a lot. I love reading, and your first list has inspired me to check some of those out.

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12-01-2012, 08:39 AM
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I like reading book series. Read all books from Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games and believe it or not -- Twilight. Didn't enjoy the latter one at all though I just had to finish it since I started lol.

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12-01-2012, 08:55 AM
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Since you like the Dan Bown style - you may be interested in Ken Follett - he is famous for Eye of the Needle, but his Pillars of Earth is a great book - although it it is a lot about how cathedrals were constructed (of all things). Michael Crichton may also be of interest, although the only one I really liked of his was Andromeda Strain. A lot of people poo-poo Ayn Rand - and Atlus Shrugged has about 200 pages of a speech that I skipped (she has a habit of feeling the need to pound the ideas into your brain) - The Fountainhead though is much quicker, and gives a good idea of her philosophies.
A great series of history books are the ones by Will and Ariel Durant - The History of Civilization - huge volumes - but exceedingly well written.
Diary of Anne Frank I am assuming you've read. not so much Holocaust, but some interesting books are by Chaim Potok - The Chosen, and My Name is Asher Lev. Also, The Haj, by Leon Uris I enjoyed quite a lot. I love reading, and your first list has inspired me to check some of those out.
Any book alleged to be written Dan Brown style I'm going of have to check out.

The Chosen is an excellent book. I want to read through Potok's other ones, but I have no clue where I'll get the time Diary of Anne Frank I've already read; I'm going to go though Eli Wiesel's Night once I find the time.
12-01-2012, 10:01 AM
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Any book alleged to be written Dan Brown style I'm going of have to check out.

The Chosen is an excellent book. I want to read through Potok's other ones, but I have no clue where I'll get the time Diary of Anne Frank I've already read; I'm going to go though Eli Wiesel's Night once I find the time.
The style is not so much the same, but Follett's writing grabs me in the same way as Brown's. I hope you enjoy him.

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12-02-2012, 06:48 AM
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Yes, I love to read. My kids think I'm crazy since they don't read anything unless they're going to have a test on it... =oP

Anywho, I love cyberpunk literature. Pretty much anything from William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Warren Ellis, ect... but right now I'm knee deep in 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest' (#3 in the 'Millennium Series') by Stieg Larsson. Pretty hardcore read, though I still prefer ... With The Dragon Tattoo. Getting to know Lisbeth and Blomkvist through the first book was just... fabulously written.

I'm also a pretty big manga/graphic novel fan. =oP

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12-02-2012, 02:45 PM
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Yes, I love to read. My kids think I'm crazy since they don't read anything unless they're going to have a test on it... =oP

Anywho, I love cyberpunk literature. Pretty much anything from William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Warren Ellis, ect... but right now I'm knee deep in 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest' (#3 in the 'Millennium Series') by Stieg Larsson. Pretty hardcore read, though I still prefer ... With The Dragon Tattoo. Getting to know Lisbeth and Blomkvist through the first book was just... fabulously written.

I'm also a pretty big manga/graphic novel fan. =oP
Oh yea, I agree. I absolutely loved the Millennium series. I might actually read it again soon :P But as of right now, I haven't read anything in awhile since I've been busy with school and, well, gaming lol. Anyways, I'm in the middle of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series (the books that the HBO show 'Game of Thrones' is based on) and I'm really enjoying them. I've read the first three so far, and I read the prologue of the 4th. That's where I stopped. I'm hoping to start back up soon once my finals are over
12-02-2012, 07:15 PM
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You know, I've never read any Stephen King books, although I'd like to. What's a good one to start off with?
12-02-2012, 07:36 PM
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You know, I've never read any Stephen King books, although I'd like to. What's a good one to start off with?
The only one I was able to finish was Cujo. I tried a few others (The Stand, Carrie, The Shining), but I just couldn't get into them.
12-02-2012, 08:28 PM
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You know, I've never read any Stephen King books, although I'd like to. What's a good one to start off with?
His early books - the stand, the shining, Christine, Carrie, Firestarter, Cujo, Pet Semetary are what made him famous. A number of those were made into movies. I enjoyed The Stand, Firestarter, The Shining - but Steven King novels all seem to blend together after awhile. I stopped reading him, because somehow even though the story was different - it felt like I'd already read the book (if that makes sense). I don't know about his later books, but his early books spend time on character development, exposition, world development - they are not like those great spy novels that just keep you on a roller coaster ride. If you not seen the movie I would recommend The Shining - it is well written, and only a couple hundred pages. I think The Stand is better, but it's like 500 pages or something, and might be off-putting if you don't like long novels.

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