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Old 11-17-2007, 11:10 PM   #626
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That would be great if you can give me a list of all the books (Dark Tower). A friend at work is selling a ton of books to the lib. so I get first pick of them. I haven't heard of a lot of them, so I figured I would ask. I just started the Shanhara series, have heard good things about it. Friend said the Pern series was really good in some books and kinda odd in others. Thats what I was worried about with "wheels of time" have heard sooooo many people say good things about them, but have had just as many say they are so dry and slow. (good thing I held off on that series!)

Any other recommendations? I love mid evil fantasy and star wars/mass effect type books.
Some recommendations from someone who can never get enough sci-fi/fantasy:

C.J. Cherryh. Anything she's ever written but especially the "Chanur" series, the "Foreigner" series the "Faded Sun" series and the "Fortress" series. She writes both fantasy and sci-fi and is one of only a handful of authors that does both very well.

"His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman. This series starts with "The Golden Compass" and is excellent.

Harry Potter (if you haven't already).

"Eternity Road" and "Ancient Shores" (or anything else) by Jack McDevitt.

"The Postman" by David Brin

"Expendable" by James Allen Gardner. He's written a bunch of loosely related books so start with this one. It's not that they're in any order or dependant on each other but thyis one was first and explains all the terminology (like "going 'Oh Sh*t'") in the books the best.

I'll PM you a complete list of the "Dark Tower" books and all of the tie-ins.

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Old 11-18-2007, 11:47 AM   #627
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I've been reading the "feel good" Christmas books that come out every year.
"Comfort and Joy" by Fern Michaels, etc. is my most recent. (Short stories with a couple of other authors). You guys might not appreciate that one though!
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Ill have to check some of them out, thanks ben!
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:55 PM   #629
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I just got back from seeing "The Golden Compass." If you haven't read the books, you're gonna love it. If you've read them, it still very, very good. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

I recently read "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (yes, I know they are for children only, unlike most kids books these days) and while the story was simplistic it is a very good story. I'm really looking forward to the movie (saw the trailer at "Golden Compass"). The movie looks like it's targeting an older crowd than the books.

Since I'm discussing movies made from books, don't bother with "Stardust" if you've read the book. They got most of the names right, but that's about it. In fact, if I were the author, I'd sue for defamation of characters. I'd guess that if you never read the book, you'll probably like the movie but it's one of the worst adaptations I've ever seen.

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Old 12-17-2007, 11:26 AM   #630
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I just finished,
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life: Books: Steve Martin by Steve Martin.

Quick read, really enjoyed it, I would say it would be a great gift for anyone who grew up watching Steve Martin.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:52 PM   #631
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I got a pre-release of that in august. Great read.





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Old 12-19-2007, 12:00 PM   #632
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What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza...

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Old 12-28-2007, 12:36 AM   #633
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Just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. Could not put it down.
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:06 PM   #634
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Me too. It was so good, I'm going to start a thread about it.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:01 PM   #636
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I just picked up TRUMP: "Think Big And Kick Ass" ... Is it worth reading?
I got it at the library so no big deal if it's crap...
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Just started Pillars of the Earth.

So far, I'm loving it.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:55 PM   #638
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Just started "The 6th Target" by James Patterson.

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Just started "The 6th Target" by James Patterson.
Let us know if that one's any good. I've read one or two by Patterson and enjoyed them.

Recent reads:
"Exiles: The Ruins of Ambrai" by Malanie Rawn (this was a re-read and I forgot what a great fantasy this one is).
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick (the novel which gave inspiration to the film "Blade Runner").
"A Painted House", "The Last Juror" and "The Broker" by John Grisham (does that man write anything that isn't good).

In the Queue:
"His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman (again ).
"Cauldron" by Jack McDevitt
"Duma Key" by Stephen King
"Exiles: The Mageborn Traitor" by Melanie Rawn.

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Terry Goodkind just finished his sword of truth series and it is good over all. the middle couple of books are tangents. But thank goodness he lived to wrap it all up. I have reread the first three books four times. I just finished the last two books on vacation. I really like.
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Terry Goodkind just finished his sword of truth series and it is good over all. the middle couple of books are tangents. But thank goodness he lived to wrap it all up. I have reread the first three books four times. I just finished the last two books on vacation. I really like.
He lost me with the fourth book. He can't seem to come up with an original plot and keeps re-treading the some one over and over with different bad guys and different, but not really original, settings. Seriously, if they get better I'll give 'em another go but I can't stand to read the same thing over and over and over ad infinitum.

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He lost me with the fourth book. He can't seem to come up with an original plot and keeps re-treading the some one over and over with different bad guys and different, but not really original, settings. Seriously, if they get better I'll give 'em another go but I can't stand to read the same thing over and over and over ad infinitum.

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He did get crazy with the middle books. I liked faith of the fallen it was kind of atlas shrugged type book. and the last two are good. He wrapped it up good. So it is worth it to me to suffer thru some of those books in the middle or even just get some cliff notes version b/c not too much during those books really makes that much of a difference on the last few books. Just some key players and all.


Also more of a fantasy-- out of space series is The saga of the seven suns. by kevin anderson. It is a lot easier to read then the sword of truth series. They are a fun read. I recently order the last two books that came out of that series to read.
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I just finished the first book in the Flashman series, oddly enough named Flashman. Its an older book, written in 69, but its still a goodie. Its the tail of a young scoundrel who joins the Royal Army in the 1840s and thru acts of cowardice, self-preservation, treachery, and sheer luck manages to participate in some of the greatest battles of humanity and lives to tell a dashing story of bravery (while all the witnesses to truth conveniently expire). Its pretty entertaining. While he is fictional, the events he is placed in a very real. I am a big history buff, and I recommend it to any other history buffs.
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I just finished the first book in the Flashman series, oddly enough named Flashman. Its an older book, written in 69, but its still a goodie. Its the tail of a young scoundrel who joins the Royal Army in the 1840s and thru acts of cowardice, self-preservation, treachery, and sheer luck manages to participate in some of the greatest battles of humanity and lives to tell a dashing story of bravery (while all the witnesses to truth conveniently expire). Its pretty entertaining. While he is fictional, the events he is placed in a very real. I am a big history buff, and I recommend it to any other history buffs.
funny, this book is sitting next to my bed, it's the next one up.
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Its good stuff, Orange.

I got the next 3 books in the series coming via Amazon.
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Anyone read John Grisham Playing for Pizza?
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:25 PM   #648
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I've got it on hold at the Library. I'll try to remember to post up here when I'm done with it.

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Anyone read John Grisham Playing for Pizza?
I work in a book store, most people found it to be pretty trite and unbelievable. I have a customer who reads all of his stuff the day it comes out but couldn't get through it.

I disclaim, I have not read it.
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