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Postby Phatferd » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:48 am

I know this has been discussed somewhat before, but I am curious as to what others are interested in. I am hoping to pick up some good ideas on what to pick up the next time I am in a bookstore.

I went to a local used bookstore today and grabbed 6 books for $19, so I am pretty stoked and ready to read for a few weeks.

Today I grabbed:
Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (usually not my thing, but I thought I'd give it a go)
Johnny Got His Gun (already 100 pages deep)
On the Road
Siddartha
Catch-22
The Giver (a favorite of mine when I was 13 and my sister just turned 13 so I got it for her).
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Postby RugbyD » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:11 am

you looking for fiction, non-fiction, or both?
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Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:57 am

Kind of cliche I guess, but '100 Years of Solitude' is an absolute masterpiece. The kind of book that you could read 50 times and still get new stuff out of with every reading. Garcia-Marquez is easily one of the top living writers.

Also, I'm a big fan of the beats, especially Bukowski.
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Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:50 am

I enjoyed Animal Farm and The Crucible out of the books we read in school this year. Other than that, I don't read. :*)
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Postby roninmedia » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:09 am

Starship Troopers - Do not go into reading this and expect to find a bad plot and all action like the movie. There is a reason why this book is on the reading list for all the service academies.


Freakonomics - Insightful book the first time around, but when you think about, you're like, "I knew that shit already". Somehow it is the case with a lot of investigative non-fiction books.


The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists - You may read it for what you want. But it has a interesting view on the way psychology and marketing lend themselves to the courtship ritual.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:17 am

i dont read alot, but i really like Stephen Kings The Dark Tower and Dean Koontz's Watchers and Hideaway

other than that all i've really read is Star Wars books and Da Vinci code and whatever crappy "classics" they made me read in high school english...although Catcher in the Rye was pretty good
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Re: Favorite Books?

Postby knapplc » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:30 am

Phatferd wrote:Today I grabbed:
Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (usually not my thing, but I thought I'd give it a go)


I'd like to hear your opinion on this when you're done. I just finished the whole series in one go about three weeks ago. I "get" British humor and all, but overall I was pretty underwhelmed. I'll say more when you've read it but really, I was not impressed.

I’ve read literally thousands of books; these are my favorites:

Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas
Watership Down - Adams
First Man in Rome - McCullough
Gates of Fire & Tides of War – Pressfield

Not necessarily in this order, but IMO you can’t go wrong with any of these books. They’ve all moved me in one way or another.
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Postby Old_Style » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:40 am

roninmedia wrote:.


The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists - You may read it for what you want. But it has a interesting view on the way psychology and marketing lend themselves to the courtship ritual.


haha...when i first saw the title of this book i figured it would have something to do with george constanza :-D
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Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:01 am

Also, if you're into comedy, nobody is currently doing it any better than Mil Millington. He's the only author that consistently makes me laugh out loud while I'm reading. I just finished his latest book, 'Love, and Other Near Death Experiences,' which was good, but I didn't like it quite as much as his first two novels, 'Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About,' and 'A Certain Chemistry.' He's English, so if you don't like British humor you probably wont find him that funny...but he's definitely worth checking out.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:02 am

Hitchhikers rules.. ;-D
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