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Books To Read

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Tck13, May 19, 2006.

  1. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I'm shocked no one has mentioned Philip K. Dick yet.

    koji


    I had [​IMG]
     
  2. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I had [​IMG]

    Good man[​IMG]

    koji
     
  3. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Good man[​IMG]

    koji


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    Ok, I need to mention this.
    Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Especially the ones involving the Vimes' uhm, "creatures"
    And of course many of the Rincewind centred ones.

    P.s. if you do like those, make sure you see the Wyrd Sisters cartoon with Christopher Lee providing the voice of Death.
     
  4. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Pratchett's terrific; wicked sense of humour.

    koji
     
  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Also, there's a wide variety of takes on the Arthurian legends. "Once and Future King" is a good read.
     
  6. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    the connecticut yankee! another fun arthurian variation.

    it's best if you read a canonical version first, though - I've got Mallory's Le Morte D'Arthur, but i've never had time/motivation to actually read the whole thing.

    how about really old school - Edgar Rice Burroughs's (do i put an 's' after that apostrophe?) Barsoom and Pellucidar book series. Some of the first outer-space science fiction novels.
     
  7. chrysalid

    chrysalid Senior member

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    read The Handmaids Tale by atwood recently - very good but depressing as shit. I second everyone who has mentioned pk dick, asimov, herbert, gibson etc. i don't think arthur c. clarke has been mentioned yet, i've not read any but my brother loves his stuff.

    i love the sci-fi of john wyndham - i see him almost as a stuffy english version of dick (or maybe not?....) - the day of the triffids is great, so is the chrysalids and the midwich cuckoos (filmed as the village of the damned), the kraken wakes is also decent.

    from a fantasy standpoint i really reccomend the gormenghast trilogy by mervyn peake (a bit dickens, a bit tolkein) - the first book, titus groan is a slog, but contains some beautifully vivid imagery. the second book, gormenghast, tempers the imgaery with some pretty decent drama. and the third, titus alone, though the weakest (i believe peake was in pretty shitty health), is a decent stab at sci-fi.

    the only stephenson i've read is cryptonomicon - neither fatasy nor sci-fi, but ver enjoyable.
     
  8. countdemoney

    countdemoney Senior member

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    Iain M. Banks. Banks writes both fiction and sci-fi. On his sci-fi work, he uses the M.

    The best starting place with Banks is The Player of Games, it will introduce you to his "culture" universe and is an easy, friendly read.

    My favorite books by him, Against A Dark Background and Use of Weapons will make much more sense if you are familiar with his style from Player.
     
  9. AlanC

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    Take a look at Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian stuff as well as his Grail books. I haven't read the Arthurian books yet, but I'm reading the third in his Grail set ("Heretic") right now. He treats them more as historical novels than fantasy, however. I'm a big fan of his Sharpe novels.

    Good Omens is highly recommended as are Gaiman's graphic novels.

    Try A Canticle for Leibowitz for a more serious science fiction novel.
     
  10. shellshock

    shellshock Senior member

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    Other sci-fi faves:

    Ursula LeGuin


    i randomly picked up one of her books [the left hand of darkness] at a thrift store and it took me foreverrrr to get into but then eventually it picked up and i really really enjoyed it!
    any you would recommend?



    my favorite would have to be Starswarm by Jerry Pournelle.
    my dad got my copy signed for me years ago. [​IMG] it rules.
     
  11. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    i randomly picked up one of her books [the left hand of darkness] at a thrift store and it took me foreverrrr to get into but then eventually it picked up and i really really enjoyed it!
    any you would recommend?


    Since you've already read Left Hand of Darkness (arguably her finest book), I would recommend trying The Word for World is Forest and The Dispossessed.

    koji
     
  12. shellshock

    shellshock Senior member

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    Since you've already read Left Hand of Darkness (arguably her finest book), I would recommend trying The Word for World is Forest and The Dispossessed.

    koji


    thanks i'll check them out [​IMG]
     

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