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Recommend a book to me.

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Just as the title says. I dont want one personally but I figured you guys would want to post what you think is a pwnage book is and to recommend it to others!

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I'll start off with a recommendation which can never go amiss, but equally one which probably almost everyone has already read : Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Pure comedy genius, mixed with some great social commentary (remarkable relevant considering the age of the series).

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Ahh Celebrations for when Arts and Literature become one country Forum.

Ill go check some of these recommendations out seeing as I have been bored for quite a while.

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This is for kind of Mid teens.
Orson Scott Card - Enders Game
Mathew Reilly - Any really but Ice station most notably.
Ken Catran (spelling?) - Jacko Moran Sniper
Ken Catran - Talking to Blue/Blue Murder (same story but from different perspectives.)
Claire Carmichael - Incognito
(ARRRR CANT REMEMBER NAME AND AUTHORS OF SOME GOOD ONES >.>)

For the more aspiring reader -
Charles Dickens - All (I just love his stuff ok?)

These are all books I raed when i was in year 8-9 (back when i actually read stuff). So i dont know if it will have th same effect on the older readers but if your between 12-20 they're worth a look.


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The Great Gatsby, Catch-22

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The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield!

Although the book is fiction, and a lot of its aspects are science fiction, a lot of it can be applied to real life, and it's an extremely interesting book!

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QUOTE (Sethasstor @ Feb 25 2008, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Great Gatsby, Catch-22


damn beaten to it.

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I HATE The Great Gatsby so much. >_<

Shogun is a good book as long as you don't mind a very very very thick book, Dune is also very good.
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i highly reccomend animal farm

if you like history then check out conn igguldens (not sure about spelling of that) books too

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Depends on what you like, really, but here's a smattering of titles I enjoy regularly:

Humor:
Anything by George Carlin (Braindroppings, Napalm and Silly Putty, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?) The man is a comedic genius, IMO, and his books are entertaining. The only problem I have with them is that some of the material is repeated, but enough original stuff is presented to make the purchase worthwhile.

Political Humor:
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken. It's a left-wing-ish book, of sorts, but it's an engaging read. Focuses on a lot of people (Bill O Reilly, Ann Coulter, Bush, etc) and events.

Gaming:
Swords and Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Roleplaying Games, by Neal and Jana Halford. Part of Prima Tech's Game Development Series, this books offers quite a lot of insight into roleplaying games. It looks at different types of players, discussions on characters and storyline, the anatomy of RPGs, and sample scripts to view. Recommended, especially if you're considering making RPGs.

The Ultimate History of Video Games, by Steve Kent. I cannot recommend this book enough. One of the most informative and engaging reads I've encountered, it chronicles the history of video games from the 1930's or so to around 2001. It includes interviews from prominent figures and a great deal of information. The only drawback is that it focuses more on the American side of gaming history-- while touching upon Japan's contributions, the greater emphasis is on American development. Also: this might be a long read for some, pages clocking in at 591. A must read, IMO.

Fiction:
Sabriel, by Garth Nix. The first book in the Abhorsen Trilogy, it tells the story of a young lady who's looking for her father, the current Abhorsen. An Abhorsen is a person not unlike a necromancer, the only catch being s/he puts the dead back down. The book focuses a lot on the issues of death and dying, as well as a coming-of-age story of sorts. Another recommended title; and if you enjoy it, pick up the other two books as well: Lirael, and Abhorsen.

Azure Bonds, by Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb. Don't let the fact that this is set in a D&D world scare you away- it's a fantastic story, and you needn't have played D&D to enjoy it, although it certainly helps. A swordswoman named Alias awakens to find a number of odd azure tattoos on her arm, and she decides to find out what exactly is going on. She meets a number of interesting companions along the way, and the plot twists in a very chilling way about halfway in.

Silicon Follies, by Thomas Scoville. If you'd like fiction that's a little more modern, this might be for you. Focuses on the story of Paul, a disgruntled computer consultant working in Silicon Valley, and of Liz, an English Lit grad who finds a job at Paul's current company. It brings a lot to the table, especially the redundancy and bores of corporate life, and a lot of tech humor to boot.

Anyway, I hope this didn't bore you too much! It's just a smattering of titles to get you started. I didn't want to recommend classics that everyone knows, so maybe this list will spark your interest to read lesser known titles. Enjoy!

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edit: double post, sorry.

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Most likely you have already read The Dark Tower series from Stephen King. If not its fucking awesome. Pretty gritty stuff. The usual Stephen King.

LOL at animal farm. That book is awesome actually. The political subtext is rich. Short book though.

Read Death of a Salesman so we can discuss the symbolism. At least thats what I am supposed to be doing for English.
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Oh and since no ones mentioned it:

The Stand. Truely a epic book, the best Stephen King ever wrote by far. Its a lengthy one though (Something I like).




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QUOTE (Master C @ Feb 27 2008, 06:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh and since no ones mentioned it:

The Stand. Truely a epic book, the best Stephen King ever wrote by far. Its a lengthy one though (Something I like).


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deception point.

probably the best action book that has ever been made, this dan brown book wouldve been much better as a movie than the da vinci code (although i enjoyed that movie, and i r excited for angels and demons)
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Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

Seriously, if you like science-fiction, you'll loooove this book. It's amazingly well written and the plot will make your head'splode.

Great book, 10/10, 5 stars, etc.
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QUOTE (grimm @ Feb 25 2008, 07:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Orson Scott Card - Enders Game


Favorite book of all time - so far. :b


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A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
a classic, and rightly so
once you get past the language that is, but once you do, it hightens the experience icon_wink.gif

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QUOTE (Amethyst @ Feb 28 2008, 11:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Ultimate History of Video Games, by Steve Kent. I cannot recommend this book enough. One of the most informative and engaging reads I've encountered, it chronicles the history of video games from the 1930's or so to around 2001. It includes interviews from prominent figures and a great deal of information. The only drawback is that it focuses more on the American side of gaming history-- while touching upon Japan's contributions, the greater emphasis is on American development. Also: this might be a long read for some, pages clocking in at 591. A must read, IMO.


Ill definitely check this one out

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A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
a classic, and rightly so
once you get past the language that is, but once you do, it hightens the experience icon_wink.gif


Loved a clockwork orange! I saw the movie first so it was interesting reading all the extra stuff. And you get used to the language pretty quickly. I also read the Acknowledgments? (i think thats what its called) at teh start and i was mortified to find that Anothony Burgess thought that the movie was a butchering of his book. A clockwork Orange is one of the greatest movies iv ever seen directed by one of the greatest directors to ever live and in all honesty was probably the reason his book was such a hit!

Also one I cant remember the name of thats really good. Its called Ace of spades? or 5 of spades or something along those lines and starts with a taxi driver who gets himself into a bank robbery. EXCELLENT BOOK! (damn wish i could remember the name >.>)

EDIT: Ken Scott - Jack of Heats. Its a bit of a mind fuck at the end but a brilliant book overall.





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