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MishLuvsHer2Boys
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05 Feb 2005, 8:12 am

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So you like Sci-Fi? I heard that is another typical trait associated with AS. I like sci-fi, horror, adventure, and historical. Do you know the works of Luo Guanzhong (more fantasy, reality than sci-fi, but in line with Tolkein), Roger Zelazny, H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Howard Pyle, Earle Stanley Gardner (mystery, but still very good writing, re: early CSI type stories and successor to Doyle), H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, Isaac Asimov, or Robert Harris (excellent blend of fact and fiction in a hypothetical historical context). The book I read before last which was last November. My sense of time is real bad I almost said this November.


Yeah in general for the most part, I have read Asimov, Wells, Verne and Poe but very limited, I tend towards fantasy and all a fair but SciFi is my main area as far as books other than non-fiction about animals, science (especially medical science) and occasional thing on politics.



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05 Feb 2005, 8:41 am

Well I've been considering my answer to this post for a few days but I'm still no further forward in the task of narrowing it down enough so I'll just list the particular ones that spring to mind right now.

The wind-up bird chronicle and Norwegien wood- both by Haruki Murakami- he writes so beautifully and his story lines always have more than a touch of weirdness.

The neverending story- Micheal Ende- the film was one of my favourites as a kid and I still love it (thanks to Dunc who got me it from the kids on my last birthday).

Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell- I know the general opinion of Scarlett is that the she is a shallow, immature, spoilt brat- but I disagree I think she is such a strong character- going out and taking on typically male roles in a time when she was looked down on for doing it.

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte- one of my favourite books as a kid and I still read it at least once a year. Living where I do I couldn't not have at least read some of the Bronte's stuff :lol:

Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte- another one I read at least once a year. I feel you just get taken with the characters so well. Or maybe its just my 'girly' side coming out.

The Shining- Stephen King- yet another one I've read loads of times. A classic book and banned in some places so it must be good right? :wink:

East Of Eden- Steinbeck- a fantastic book. I love Steinbeck but this has to be my favourite.

The mists of Avalon- Marion Zimmer Bradley- A retelling of the Arthurian legend- this time told from the perspective of Morgaine le Fay. A really great book- I have the 3rd in the series but won't read it till I've got hold of the second lol.


Right- just realised I have listed 9 books already so will restain myself from typing anymore :lol:

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05 Feb 2005, 3:44 pm

The Stand - Stephen King
Shade's Children - Garth Nix
The Long Walk - Stephen King as Richard Bachman
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Hmm, two and a half concern a dystopian future... I guess I must have an apocalyptic streak in me!



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06 Feb 2005, 1:31 pm

The entire Redwall Series by Brain Jacques, cannot pick a favorite one though.


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07 Feb 2005, 8:37 pm

I like the Neverending Story too Mel, and seen at least two of the movies and yes it was a memorable childhood movie too, and I read the book, though I actually never finished reading. So I often joke that it really is neverending, I know I got past the part of the first film, I think I last read somewhere near the spider.



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07 Feb 2005, 9:12 pm

I didn't read a novel until I was ninteen. Up till then I read Tin Tin and Asterix and Phantom comics. My first novel was Christine by Steven King. I think it took me six months because reading used to make me go to sleep after one page. But I loved it!! !!

I read more Steven King and got better and better at reading. Not good, but better :lol: so started to explore books more.

I like Edgar Allen Poe short stories. ( I love the Pit and the Pedulum)
Terry Pratchet although I have only read a few, I think he is brilliant.
Hitch Hikers Guide Series
The Prophet by some dude

I can't really think of too many novels I like, but I like factual books. I buy more of these than I have time to read. I am obsessed with books a bit I reakon :)

Oh I used to read and still read the dictionary and the telepone book and the yellow pages too. If anyone is interested there is a dictionary for the computer that I really like. It is called WordWeb and a search in google should bring it up. You can set it to sit in the task bar and when you highlight a word from any program and click the icon it comes up with the description and synonyms and types and parts catagories. You can also add to it. I will find it and post the link at some stage if that would be helpful. :)

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09 Feb 2005, 5:14 pm

My all time favorite would be:

"Roughing It" by Mark Twain - Humorous tales of the wild west and Gold Rush era California. If I had a time machine, I'd be there. Or then, rather.

Other favorites would be:

"The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien - The books and the films are entirely separate things to me. The books hold a special place for me, because I read them when was young and was completely transported into Middle Earth. I re-read them every five years or so.
"Desert Solitaire" by Edward Abbey - Beautiful descriptions of the Utah desert. Reading it affirmed my love for the southwestern deserts.
"Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen Ambrose - Tales of heroism and bravery. Ordinary men doing extraordinary things.
"The Elric Saga" by Michael Moorcock - I loved all the Eternal Champion books. As I grow older though, the anti-hero Elric becomes less appealing and now prefer Dorian Hawkmoon. I re-read these every five years or so as well.

The weirdest book I've read: "The Urantia Book" - 2,000 pages "explaining" the universe.

Currently reading: "Les Miserables" by Victory Hugo

Next up: "Ulysses" by James Joyce








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09 Feb 2005, 5:54 pm

Another Moorcock fan - yay! I prefer Elric, but Hawkmoon is another great character. The tortured Erekose appeals to also, and Von Bek. As for The Lord of the Rings, I'll say it again: Tolkien is the fantasy master! Which reminds me, the series is due for a re-reading..... 8)

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12 Oct 2005, 11:49 am

1. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Always and forever number 1.

2. Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle. Most every other title by Kotzwinkle.

3. Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin.

4. High Rise and Concrete Island by J. G. Ballard. Most every other title by Ballard.

5. End of Alice by A. M. Homes. Most every other title by Homes.

Many other titles and authors from various genres.



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including comic books?

Heres mine

All by George Orwell

Catcher in the Rye by Salinger

Acid House by Irvine Welsh

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

Farenheit 451 by Bradbury

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Dark Materials by Philip Pullman



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12 Oct 2005, 1:20 pm

"Master of the Senate" -Robert Caro

"The Power Broker" -Robert Caro

"The Path to Power" -Robert Caro

"Means of Ascent" -Robert Caro

The books by len deightion on WWII are good ones as well, don't remember the titles

"The Bridge" and the one on the panama canal by David McCullogh are nice as well.

"A confederancy of Dunces" is also my favorite fiction book!

1984 and Brave new world are also favorites.


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12 Oct 2005, 6:10 pm

lH;l}@ books
-Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
-His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
-Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (all of the books)
-The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
-Eragon by Christopher Paolini
-Anything by Terry Pratchett
-The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix
-1984 by George Orwell
-Animal Farm by George Orwell (tho' I forgot most of it)
-Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
-Hamlet by William Shakespeare
-The Concise Oxford Dictionary by a whole bunch of people
-Any compilation of Dilbert comics or articles from 'The Onion'
-The Dictionary of Misinformation by Tom Burnam
-The Encyclopedia Brittanica



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12 Oct 2005, 8:49 pm

I refuse to take the time to compile an entire list. Largely books by: Douglas Adams, Erma Bombeck, Robert Cormier, Helen Fielding, Torey Hayden, Stephen King, Richard Lederer, C.S. Lewis, John Saul, William Sleator, and many others. And am currently in the middle of the LOTR trilogy.



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12 Oct 2005, 9:02 pm

so hard! I love so many books! The Bible is tops, of course, within that some of my favorite books are Hosea, Ruth, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Esther and 1&2 Corinthians. Some of my favorite authors are Tolkien, Jane Austen, Beverly Cleary, Bill Bryson, Susannah something or other(wrote Jonathan STrange & Mr Norrell), Frank Munsey, CS Lewis, Joshua Harris, Michelle McKinney-Hammond, etc. etc. Only a small bit though. I like most things.



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12 Oct 2005, 10:35 pm

Bec wrote:
I'm sure most of you have a very difficult time trying to figure out what my favourite book is! :wink:


Ditto that. :D

Some of my favourite authors:
Tolkien (as if that isn't obvious...?)
C.S. Lewis
Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, am reading Othello, Midsummer Night's Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors...)
Chaim Potok (The Chosen)
Jane Austen
Charles Dickens
Orwell, though I've only read 1984
Mark Twain (brilliant guy! my favourite was A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)

I also usually read my Bible, and my recent favourite books are First and Second Corinthians, though we're reading through Ephesians in school. All six chapters pretty much sums up the book of Romans. Ugh...


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13 Oct 2005, 11:35 am

Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy -Douglas Adams
Good omens -Terry Pratchett and Neil gaiman
Well anything by Terry Pratchett
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee -Jhonen Vasquez
Anne Rice’s adult books
Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
All of David Eddings’s older stuf


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