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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: Books...

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    By Phatman January 10, 2001, 07:33 PM

    How many of you like to read? If so, what are your favorite books? What are you reading now? I love to read and I'm currently reading the Left Behind series. I have lots of favorite books too

    By 311_man January 10, 2001, 07:38 PM

    Well, there's so much to read, where do you start?

    Some things you must read (in my opinion of course) are

    Neuromancer, by William Gibson
    Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
    The "Amber" series of books, by Roger Zelazny
    and anything by Charles Dickens, especially Great Expectations.

    I've never read much Tom Clancey or Stephen King, though I'm not sure why. Tom Robbins is also interesting, but a little hard to take sometimes.

    By Dude January 10, 2001, 07:39 PM

    I read computers now.
    I read the new testament, then started reading the Bible, but when I got to the chapter "Numbers" I got so bored that I stopped reading it.

    By CajnDave January 10, 2001, 07:39 PM

    quote:Originally posted by Phatman:
    How many of you like to read? If so, what are your favorite books? What are you reading now? I love to read and I'm currently reading the Left Behind series. I have lots of favorite books too

    I enjoyed G. Gordon Liddy's two novels. I have Left Behind but haven't started it yet.

    By Phatman January 10, 2001, 07:45 PM

    I read the first two LB books a while back but then stopped midway in the 3rd. However, around 5-6 days ago, I picked up the 3rd one from the beginning and have since then read up to the 7th, which I'm in the middle of right now They are really good IMO and it scares the crap outta you to think what would happen to nonbelievers when the Rapture occurs (PLEASE DO NOT START AN ARGUMENT OVER THIS) I am not trashing atheists.

    By BoogyMan January 10, 2001, 08:10 PM

    Clive Barkers early stuff was great, Books of Blood, Weaveworld.

    On a side note, I just finished building two walls of built-in bookcases in my house!
    Now I have a real library. It only took me like 5 months..


    By James January 10, 2001, 08:18 PM

    Neil Stephenson's works:
    Snow Crash
    The Diamond Age
    Cryptonomicon

    The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons:
    Hyperion
    Fall of Hyperion
    Endymion
    Rise of Endymion

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle:
    The Mote in God's Eye

    And I almost forgot the book that Star Trek is based on (for the most part)

    A.E. Van Vogt:
    The Voyage of the Space Beagle

    By sww January 10, 2001, 08:21 PM

    I finished Thomas Wolfe's new book, Hooking Up recently. It was excellent. As was his previous book, A Man in Full. Kim Stanley Robinson writes very well and tells good stories. Larry Niven is probably my favorite scifi writer. Tom Clancy's books are outstanding in my opinion. I think that James Joyce is the biggest load of crap I've ever tried to slog my way through. Right now I'm reading Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan, who writes exceptionally good science nonfiction.

    By Duo January 10, 2001, 09:24 PM

    Neil Stephenson:
    Snow Crash

    Greg Bear:
    Darwins Radio
    Moving Mars

    Duo

    By Thooner January 10, 2001, 09:30 PM


    I've read most Sci-Fi books of note.

    I enjoyed The Mote In Gods Eye, and Enders Game.

    Another Book I really liked was Swan Song by Robert McCammon. Seems he just stopped writing. He should start again.

    By Frostbite January 10, 2001, 09:44 PM

    I like the long Tom Clancy novels, especially Red Storm Rising, Clear and Present Danger, and Rainbow Six.

    I also enjoyed Frank Herbert's Dune series (I had them all until my parents sold them in a garage sale! )

    Also, James Clavell's Shogun. I absolutely love David Drake's Hammers Slammers and the series in general, and Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

    Hmmm... they all seem to be politico-military in nature....

    By Phoenix January 10, 2001, 09:56 PM

    I read two Authors for the most part. Terry Brooks, and the combo of Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman. My favorite series is the Dragonlance chronicles, the Death Gate Cycle and the Shannara series.

    By toonzwile January 10, 2001, 10:33 PM

    I like Dean Koontz's book... my two favorites are The Bad Place and Sieze The Night.. i love the scifi-like themes and storylines in all his books, but those two i can read over & over and be just as hooked as i was the first time i read 'em. I started reading Imagica but i never got to finish it... i liked Pie oh Pah the best... hehe.

    By James January 10, 2001, 10:41 PM

    quote:Originally posted by Phoenix:
    ...and Tracy Hickman. My favorite series is the Dragonlance chronicles...

    Hehe. Tracy Hickman is such a goof in person. I love his writing, but as a person, lets just say he lacks people skills. He came to my school a few years back. By the way, I have an autographed copy of one of his books if you want to buy it.

    By Fuzzball January 10, 2001, 11:17 PM

    Haven't read that many books in my lifetime. Other that the ones that my school has forced me to read, I've read The Mind Trap when I was in 6 grade. I enjoyed that book a lot. I've also read an online novel, but it's got some messed up content in it. Story line is good though. I read one of those Star Trek novels too.
    Not much on the list. I've spent most of my time with school and computers.

    By slick January 11, 2001, 01:42 AM

    Reading puts me to sleep so i dont' do much of it. But right now Im reading Running Linux. For a computer book its not that bad.

    By pompadorean January 11, 2001, 01:56 AM

    Hey Phatman the left behind series is good. i haven't read it but i've seen the movie! anyway......

    Good books i've read....hmmm. i haven't read many but most of them i've rad were good. the most resent being the sequal to dune, dune messiah. it was awsome.

    books i've read that were great!

    dune
    dune messiah
    The hobbit
    the trilogy: the lord of the rings

    By Angelus January 11, 2001, 05:32 AM

    If you like Star Wars, I recommend reading "Star Wars - Essential Guide To ..."
    They contain a LOT of information about the Star Wars universe.

    There are 5 of them:
    - Essential Guide To Droids
    - Essential Guide To Weapons and Technology
    - Essential Guide To Characters
    - Essential Guide To Planets and Moons
    - Essential Guide To Alien Species (not yet published)

    By slipgun January 11, 2001, 06:56 AM

    Anyone read any lighter material like maybe Discworld?

    By kid A January 11, 2001, 08:16 AM

    Phatman, you should definitely try some Tolkien; first the Hobbit, then Lord of the Rings etc..

    Other good books:

    Papillion - Henry Charriere
    The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
    Acid House - Irvine Welsh (and everything else by him!)
    High Fidelity - Nick Hornby is ok, too.
    the Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

    Can't think of any more...

    By CajnDave January 11, 2001, 08:21 AM

    For all you Eminem fans I would like to suggest reading some of Dr. Suess's books I think you would enjoy his talented writing,he he. J/K

    By slipgun January 11, 2001, 08:52 AM

    quote:Originally posted by kid A:
    Phatman, you should definitely try some Tolkien; first the Hobbit, then Lord of the Rings etc..

    I read the Hobbit and the 3 LOTR books in a week last summer, enjoyed them immensely but I had to skip the boring descriptions...

    By kid A January 11, 2001, 09:03 AM

    quote:Originally posted by slipgun:
    I read the Hobbit and the 3 LOTR books in a week last summer, enjoyed them immensely but I had to skip the boring descriptions...

    You're just impatient!

    By Grizzly January 11, 2001, 09:17 AM

    quote:Originally posted by slick:
    Reading puts me to sleep so i dont' do much of it. But right now Im reading Running Linux. For a computer book its not that bad.

    I have the same problem, I fall asleep when I read, so I don't. Plus...when ever I try and read something lengthy...my mind usually goes off and starts thinking about programming...or possible web design ideas...and then I drop the book and head back to my computer, lol. I had this very problem being a History major for almost 2 years. TONS of reading...which I usually didn't do.

    I did read the Hobbit, and it was very good indeed. I never read the lord of the rings trilogy though...too long for my taste.

    My favorite book of all time is probably "The Wallace", by Nigel Tranter. It's the *real* story of William Wallace (main character in Braveheart). Nigel Tranter is over 90 years old, and has devoted his entire life to witting scottish history novels which are as accurate as possible. This one is a real gem I find. The combat scenes were amainzingly well described....incredibly vivid, truly moving. I'd highly suggest it to anyone who liked Braveheart, and wants to learn the *real* story behind it. Breveheart was actually only about ~40% accurate to the real story, but it made for a great movie.

    By slipgun January 11, 2001, 09:19 AM

    I still enjoy Archies and even the Hardy Boys

    By toonzwile January 11, 2001, 01:30 PM

    quote:Originally posted by pompadorean:

    dune
    dune messiah
    The hobbit
    the trilogy: the lord of the rings

    Aw Man!! now im gonna have to go back and reread the Hobbit & LOTR trilogy... u got me all interested in them again... well, there goes CS for the rest of the week... & at the same time.

    By JohnnyJ January 11, 2001, 01:39 PM

    I love to read !
    The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbitt were some of the first books I remember reading for enjoyment. Some fiction writers I like are Michale C. Gear and Kathleen O'neal Gear, Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, Stephen King, and don't forget the old masters like Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. I too am reading the Left Behind books... Moving on to some heavier stuff The Mismearsure of Man I believe it is by Stephen Jay Gould, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (This is a depressing book but one I think every American should read), In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander (this one is a little radical) well thats enough for now.

    By Bataar January 11, 2001, 01:57 PM

    I'm reading the latest entry to the Wheel of Time series, Winter's Heart. The Wheel of Time is the best fantasy I've ever read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

    By Chillingworth January 11, 2001, 03:42 PM

    Theres a buncha On-Line Novels at www.bb.com

    My favorite series of all time..I discoverd by accident. Bought one of the first in the series for 25 cents then spent a whole bunch of time trying to find the others. You find them in the Men's Adventure Section (yeah i had a little trouble gettin used to that name too ) The End World Series written by David Robbins.
    You can only find them in used book stores now!

    By awa64 January 11, 2001, 03:57 PM

    I like Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Dave Barry, Janet Evanovich, Ian Flemming, Scott Adams, and that's just off the top of my head! I love to read!

    By White January 11, 2001, 04:02 PM

    I recently read Cold Mountain and The Crossing for English V AP. Cold Mountain was good, nothing original or in-depth. The Crossing is the sequel to All the Pretty Horses. It is also extremely boring

    By Phatman January 11, 2001, 04:43 PM

    Hehe, I've read the Tolkien books Read them in 4th grade. If you don't beleive me, I'll show you my reading scores. I had a college reading level when I was in 3rd grade

    By CajnDave January 11, 2001, 05:29 PM

    quote:Originally posted by Phatman:
    Hehe, I've read the Tolkien books Read them in 4th grade. If you don't beleive me, I'll show you my reading scores. I had a college reading level when I was in 3rd grade

    What is it now.

    By Grizzly January 11, 2001, 05:49 PM

    quote:Originally posted by Phatman:
    Hehe, I've read the Tolkien books Read them in 4th grade. If you don't beleive me, I'll show you my reading scores. I had a college reading level when I was in 3rd grade


    Wow that's pretty impressive! Especially considering that I would wager that 50% of people in college aren't at a college reading level, lol! I swear....over half the people in college shouldn't be here. Total morons.

    By pompadorean January 11, 2001, 05:53 PM

    quote:I read the Hobbit and the 3 LOTR books in a week last summer, enjoyed them immensely but I had to skip the boring descriptions...

    How could you?????????? Thats the best part!

    quote:Aw Man!! now im gonna have to go back and reread the Hobbit & LOTR trilogy... u got me all interested in them again... well, there goes CS for the rest of the week... & at the same time.

    Good.....i'd like to do that too but i have too many books i have to read for school. Actually i've never read a book for liesure. I read all those for school while enjoying them at the same time. Its fun writing reports on all those books!

    By slipgun January 11, 2001, 07:53 PM

    quote:Originally posted by pompadorean:
    How could you?

    Reading a 2-page description of a mountain is more than what my nerves can stand...

    By slipgun January 11, 2001, 07:56 PM

    quote:Originally posted by kid A:
    You're just impatient!

    Well, actually, I split all 4 books (except the Hobbit, which I finished in a day) into 150-page portions and made sure I read a portion a day

    By kid A January 12, 2001, 07:32 AM

    quote:Originally posted by slipgun:
    Reading a 2-page description of a mountain is more than what my nerves can stand...

    That's just sick! You need to learn how to appreciate good literature. Wait till you get older, I suppose.

    By sww January 12, 2001, 08:33 AM

    That's a very sound and methodical method, but I tend to rate books on how hard it is for be to put them down, and how much I want to go back to them. It's not a perfect system, of course, because I read IT in 2 days. IT's not really that good a book, but I enjoyed it when I was 11 or 12 or whatever I was.

    quote:Originally posted by slipgun:
    Well, actually, I split all 4 books (except the Hobbit, which I finished in a day) into 150-page portions and made sure I read a portion a day

    By slipgun January 12, 2001, 08:56 AM

    quote:Originally posted by kid A:
    That's just sick! You need to learn how to appreciate good literature. Wait till you get older, I suppose.


    Like you said, I'm impatient, can't bear to admire the scenery when there's a lot else going on, y'know I might read my books more slowly if I had to buy them (value for money and all that) instead of just go to the library and borrow all the Tolkien books the have there...

    By CajnDave January 12, 2001, 08:57 AM

    quote:Originally posted by kid A:
    That's just sick! You need to learn how to appreciate good literature. Wait till you get older, I suppose.


    Exactly, that is why I love G. Gordon Liddy's books. He goes into such detail when the charaters are killing someone or making wepons,he he.


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