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Old 06-25-2004, 08:42 PM   #1
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What do you guys and gals like to read? Read anything good lately? Looking for something good to read (besides the Mane)? Post it here.

Currently, I'm reading the "Harry Potter" series (again).
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"Footfall" (Sci-Fi) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
"Warlock" (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) by Andre Norton.
"Expendable" (Sci-Fi) by James Allen Gardner.

In the queue:
The "Freedom" series (Sci-Fi) by Anne McCaffrey.

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Old 06-25-2004, 08:57 PM   #2
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Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum. Long but very cool.

The Heritage Trilogy I forget the author (sci-fi) but AWESOME story line.
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Old 06-26-2004, 12:09 AM   #3
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recently read 'hyperion' by dan simmons and am currently finishing up 'fall of hyperion', the sequel. very thought-provoking sci-fi.
next up is 'song of susannah', book 6 of stephen king's dark tower. the last book wasn't the best, but the series is wrapping up so i gotta finish it.

no1broncofan - how do you rate larry niven's work? haven't read any of it but heard good things.
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recently read 'hyperion' by dan simmons and am currently finishing up 'fall of hyperion', the sequel. very thought-provoking sci-fi.
next up is 'song of susannah', book 6 of stephen king's dark tower. the last book wasn't the best, but the series is wrapping up so i gotta finish it.

no1broncofan - how do you rate larry niven's work? haven't read any of it but heard good things.
Have you read "the Terror" by Dan Simmons? It is way different from Hyperion, it is historical fiction mixed with an abominable snowman, but nonetheless, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's huge too. Like 800 pages. I couldn't put it down. Takes place in the arctic (back when it was still cold and frozen), and I remember feeling cold the entire time I read it. I highly recommend it.

P.S. didn't realize I was responding to you from 8 years in the past! I was wondering why you were just reading Song of Susanah! Wolves of the Calla was pretty bad, and I quit there back in 2004.

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Have you read "the Terror" by Dan Simmons? It is way different from Hyperion, it is historical fiction mixed with an abominable snowman, but nonetheless, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's huge too. Like 800 pages. I couldn't put it down. Takes place in the arctic (back when it was still cold and frozen), and I remember feeling cold the entire time I read it. I highly recommend it.

P.S. didn't realize I was responding to you from 8 years in the past! I was wondering why you were just reading Song of Susanah! Wolves of the Calla was pretty bad, and I quit there back in 2004.
Whoa, not only another Simmons fan, but a fan of The Terror. That's one of my favorites. He's been pretty hit or miss for years, but that one was hard to put down.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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Whoa, not only another Simmons fan, but a fan of The Terror. That's one of my favorites. He's been pretty hit or miss for years, but that one was hard to put down.
I agree... I absolutely love the Hyperion Cantos, and Ilium started off great, but by the time it ended I was pretty sure I had no desire whatsoever to read Olympos. Sad thing is that I bought Olympos... heh.

I've been thinking of picking of Carrion Comfort for a while, is it worth the read? I've never really been into horror but I love sci-fi.

Speaking of sci-fi - a great Hugo award winner I read last year was Robert Charles Wilson's 'SPIN'... Awesome concept for sci-fi and it really felt like something that could actually happen. There's a couple sequels out - 'Axis' and something else, which I haven't read, but the first book was definitely worth it.
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I've been thinking of picking of Carrion Comfort for a while, is it worth the read? I've never really been into horror but I love sci-fi.
Yes, it's one of his best books, in my "top three" for him.

However, it was probably 20+ years ago since I read it, so maybe my discriminating taste has changed. But it was extremely well done -- horror that was actually scary.
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I agree... I absolutely love the Hyperion Cantos, and Ilium started off great, but by the time it ended I was pretty sure I had no desire whatsoever to read Olympos. Sad thing is that I bought Olympos... heh.
You called it right -- I loved Ilium (all of it), but the Olympos was a hot mess and kind of ruined the "series" for me. I know longer have fond memories of Ilium because of what Olympos did to it. (Still a great idea, though).

I call this "The Matrix Syndrome."
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Have you read "the Terror" by Dan Simmons? It is way different from Hyperion, it is historical fiction mixed with an abominable snowman, but nonetheless, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's huge too. Like 800 pages. I couldn't put it down. Takes place in the arctic (back when it was still cold and frozen), and I remember feeling cold the entire time I read it. I highly recommend it.

P.S. didn't realize I was responding to you from 8 years in the past! I was wondering why you were just reading Song of Susanah! Wolves of the Calla was pretty bad, and I quit there back in 2004.
Haha, no prob, 8 years ago is nothing when there are so many good books out. Yes, I've read 'The Terror' and it's actually the last new Simmons book I have read. Flashback is on my list to read, but alas my amount of reading has dropped lately. Anyways, 'The Terror' was awesome, I definitely felt that cold feeling you mention. Heck, that book actually put me into a somewhat grey, semi-depressed slothy state for about two weeks near the middle of the book. And I really loved the turn at the end with the Native American spiritual spin. Hope they make a movie sometime.

Speaking of Dark Tower, anyone notice that there's a new Dark Tower novel out by King? Forgot the name, but I'm tempted to read it... looks to be a flashback type story in the vein of 'Wizard and Glass' which I really loved.
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mosca,

The only Larry Niven I've read so far is "Footfall." Don't be put off by the cover, it's an awesome ride! The local used bookstore sells nearly new hardbacks for about the same as a new paperback and I've been keeping my eye open for more of Niven's work. So far, no joy. I may have to put some on hold at the library. They're hardly ever in.

I thought "Song of Susannah" was better than "Wolves of the Calla" but still not up to par with "The Drawing of the Three" or "The Wastelands." Still a very good read. Part seven is due out later this year and I'm dying for it!

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I think I have read only one book in my life that I have enjoyed and that was the sphere(yeah, I know the movie sucked). Now that I think about it, thats the only book I have read that wasnt involving school. After seeing the movies Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, I am starting to think that I am missing out on some great stories out there.I think I might go stop by that thing they call the library tomorrow.
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hyperion is a cool series...

I just read "rule by secrecy" & holy blood, holy grail -
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holy blood, holy grail... my dad read that and messianic legacy a while back. funny now there's all this hoopla over the da vinci code, a work of fiction, when these non-fiction books (if not others) on a similar topic have been out for years.
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holy blood, holy grail... my dad read that and messianic legacy a while back. funny now there's all this hoopla over the da vinci code, a work of fiction, when these non-fiction books (if not others) on a similar topic have been out for years.

And according to hb, hg - it's (the interest in such) basically has gone on since roughly 1300's (from kings etc thinking of such conspiracies) -

I love fiction - but you know - that sometimes we have stranger stories that really existed than anything fiction....



I've also read origins of evil - about fallen angels - lots of CS lewis (the different christian ideology to me is fascinating - actually reminds me alot of how the hindu's/krsna's have things setup) -
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just finished-

Catch-22, joseph keller? A+(this thing had me rolling)
The Godfather- mario puzo A-(I want to be a gangster)
The da Vinci Code- whoever B-(it would have been better if I read it in H.S.)

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I want to read the bible, I've never actually sat down and read the thing.
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Old 09-22-2004, 05:38 PM   #16
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i just read this too. Great book. The humor is certainly not dated, and I found my self laughing out loud at points. It is also very moving in parts. It gets labled as an "anti-war book", but it is much more than that. It has also got a lot of memorable quotes.

I'm trying to read some of the classics that I've heard of. read Brave new World recently, too. Good book that makes a good comparison to 1984.

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funny now there's all this hoopla over the da vinci code, a work of fiction, when these non-fiction books (if not others) on a similar topic have been out for years.
i don't find it all that strange that the masses don't flock to non-fictional acounts of anything. unfortunately it's a sad comment on the state of humanity, but a truthful comment none the less.
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holy blood, holy grail... my dad read that and messianic legacy a while back. funny now there's all this hoopla over the da vinci code, a work of fiction, when these non-fiction books (if not others) on a similar topic have been out for years.
Holy Blood Holy Grail was superficial and largely incorrect -- but a popular best seller nonetheless.

If you want to understand the deeper meaning of the Grail (the spiritual meaning) check out my book

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes.

www.gnosticsecrets.com
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Mosca,

I was wrong about Larry Niven. "Infinity's Road" was also by him and very good. I was gonna get the copy they had, but there was too much other stuff that looked good and I ran out of cash.

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Old 06-26-2004, 09:07 PM   #20
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I am reading "Father Joe" by Tony Hendra.
I'm not going to write a review for you slugs because frankly I'm surprised that 90% of the people on this board have ever SEEN a book much less read one.

If your interested you will read the reviews out on Amazon.

It's a very funny, extremely well written book.

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its a good story
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Wow, not many readers, at least not in the underground.

Anyway, just finished "Wheelers" by Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen yesterday. Pretty good read if you like Sci-Fi.

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1) "The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham

2) "Plainclothes Naked" by Jerry Stahl (Hilarious black comedy/noir)

3) "A Year in Van Nuys" by Sandra Tsing Loh (Very funny parody of "A Year in Provence")

4) "Slow Dance on the Fault Line" by Donald Rawley

5) "Demian" by Hermann Hesse (for about the 50th time)

and, of course:

6) "My Life" by Bill Clinton (in progress)
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6) "My Life" by Bill Clinton (in progress)

hey how was that Clinton book? I'm not big on auto biographies, or biographis in general but that one got me thinking about checking it out for whatever reason.
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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is the best book I've read in the last year or so. It has multiple storylines interwoven throughout the book including a World War II code-maker/code-breaker/action storyline and a present day high-tech-enterpreneurial/treasure-hunting storyline. Very good.
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