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can anyone recommend me some good books to read?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by cman2010, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Iain M. Banks is my recently discovered sci-fi mastermind. He is just amazing..

    and I hear he writes non-sci-fi stuff too.. He seems so brilliant in his prose that I just gotta assume that his non-science fiction stuff is equally as brilliant.. but I haven't read any so I can't really say for sure. For now I am making my way through his book "The Algebraist", which has rekindled my love affair with written sci-fi.
     
  2. MobBoss

    MobBoss Off-Topic Overlord

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    In addition to my two earlier sci-fi offerings, I have also enjoyed some good fantasy genre series. A few of my favorites.

    The Vlad Taltos/Jhereg series by Brust.
    The Dresden Files by Butcher.
    The Garrett PI series by Cook.
    The Black Company series also by Cook.

    Also, some years back for a birthday present I got an original set of the Conan books by Robert E. Howard. Very fun reading as well.
     
  3. Brighteye

    Brighteye intuitively Bayesian

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    What about interesting non-fiction?
    Has anyone read anything by Dan Dennett?
     
  4. Clement

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    Have you ever read Moby Dick by herman melville? was a a life changer for me, same goes for Don Quijote, those two books alone can make me say "my life was worth living, for i read them" :) i would have humbly put forward the lord of the Rings too but you did say not to mention fantasy, it's just some books are so good they kind of transcend genre.
     
  5. suiraclaw

    suiraclaw Hell is other people

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    Catch-22 obviously. Best satire out there.

    Also consider Nineteen Eighty-Four and Frankenstein.
     
  6. Pokurcz

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    Yes his non SF is as good, often with an unexpected kick in the nuts, Walking on glass or the bridge both are about alternate realities inside peoples minds, botha are among his earlier books, I havent read his newer ones. What I have read reminds me of Murakami, who is possibly even better! I recomend the awesome Windup bird cronicle or the wild Sheep Chase which is shorter and a bit funny.
     
  7. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    Dude, I recommended Power and Plenty in like, my first post mang!
     
  8. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    I recommended it first.
     
  9. Snorrius

    Snorrius Le libre-penseur

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    «Road to reality» by Roger Penrose

    It will keep you busy for a couple of decades.
     
  10. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I'll keep these in mind, thanks! Are any of these a part of his "culture series" ?
     
  11. Pokurcz

    Pokurcz Emperor

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    The two first are some of his "Normal" non SF books, the other two are by this Japanese author (Murakami) that writes similar, even more awesome books (non SF), often set in different realities, or with the unreal venturing in to reality.

    But Iain Banks does write great spaceopera, i think his "Use of weapons", that if I remember correctly is a "culture" novel, is a prime example of his "kick in the nuts" technic which is common in his early "normal" work.

    I am very eagerly waiting for his latest SF book to come out in a smaler size, if the descriptions of it are correct, it's storyline venturing from a stricter SF reality into the unreal of other dimensions, my favorite kind, it could be his best SF book ever!

    Peter F. Hamilton has written some epic SF tales that delv into such things, like the place where peoples souls go in his: "Nights Dawn" three part story.
     
  12. Theige

    Theige American Baron

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    You saying my suggestion is a "loony history book?" :confused:
     
  13. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Ringworld by Larry Niven.
    Neuromancer by William Gibson.
    The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. (This one is humor, but it still is quite good.)
     
  14. GamezRule

    GamezRule Inconceivable!

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    The Jungle.
     
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    NickyJ Retired Narrator

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    The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain

    And to go along with that, The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien.
     
  16. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Are you sure he wants to read Communist propoganda?
     
  17. GamezRule

    GamezRule Inconceivable!

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    Still a good book, and it was socialist, dammit. :mischief:
     
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    lol @ that. The Jungle is FDA propaganda, not Marxism.

    You want Great Depression communism then you need Grapes of Wrath.
     
  19. GamezRule

    GamezRule Inconceivable!

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    Dude, the Jungle was written before the FDA was founded. :p
     
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    And advocated sucessfully for it's creation.
     

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