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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 4:12 pm 
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I think we've tried this before, but I know a lot of us are avid readers and like to discuss books. We've got a movie/TV thread, so, why not talk about some good books.

I just recently started up Clockwork Orange for the...4th time? I really like that story, and I'm catching new bits and pieces of awesomeness this time around.

So, what's everyone else reading? Have a favorite author we should know about? Favorite book? Got a good book that's being turned into a movie that you think we should read before we go see it in theaters?

Sky's the limit, folks. :drmario:

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I think my favorite set of books are the Ender's Game series. It fits that whole sci-fi morality exploration I enjoy. I hear they're making a movie for it. That could be interesting.

Let's see, I recently read Hyperspace by Michio Kaku. It's non-fiction, and some wild shit let me tell you. I haven't started anything new lately.

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Favorite Books: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller and Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

There are more I'd recommend but those are the ones that I remember being profoundly life altering. Clockwork Orange is pwn though. Do you have the American or British version? I read the British.

Currently I have to read some boring ass biographies on Carl Gauss, well I don't HAVE to read them I just hate researching stuff on the Interblag.

I have taken a liking to the Dresden Files, they're pedestrian, sometimes predictable, although for action-mystery books they still manage to suprise me a few times which is impressive because I'm pretty good at guessing the endings of most. There are alot of bad puns, subverted cliches/tropes and they range from 200-400 pages so I finish one a day when I have them.


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EVERYBODY READ WATCHMEN NOW BEFORE MARCH 6, 2009 ROLLS AROUND, OTHERWISE DIAF. SRSLY.

Also, V for Vendetta=MUCH better than the film.

Another one of my favorite books is becoming a movie shortly, directed by Peter Jackson last time I checked. "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seabold (might be spelled wrong.) Not quite sure I agree with the casting as of right now, but who knows. Could be good. Very intriguing story about a girl who is raped and murdered, and is told from her point of view looking down from heaven at the aftermath of her murder and the effect it has on her friends and family.

I also picked up the Night Watch trilogy at Barnes and Noble because I liked the first two movies so far and decided to read the books. I have yet to start them, but after I read them I will go into some more specifics about how the Russian films compare to the (English translations of) the novels. From what I hear, there is one more book left in the series. But I may be wrong on that one.

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I went out and bought Dune: The Machine Crusade. Shortly afterwards, I realized that I had three of the other prequels that I hadn't read yet :P

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Right now I'm reading a book on the Spanish Civil War. Its called The Battle for Spain and its pretty interesting.

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@ExPostFacto: British Version. I didn't know there was a difference when I bought the book a few years back, but...Christ, that last chapter MAKES the book, I think. I mean. That'd be like the Lord of the Rings leaving out the whole part with Frodo and the Boat in the end, you know?

The movie for Clockwork Orange always pissed me off. It just seems like it completely misses the point. It focuses on the "wtf" and "lol, raep raep raep" more than the message that the book is supposed to give. I love Kubrick, but that movie was like "oooh, man, close but no cigar! So sorry!"

Also, Sojura, I never read any of the prequels to Dune, but I did read the original triology. Are the prequels worth looking into? It was my understanding that they weren't writen by the original author, but by his son or something....But maybe it's fitting that a series writen in the Dune universe should be transferred on to another generation. That's what the Sisterhood focuses on, afterall, right? Experiments and studies that lasted for generations after generations. Hmmmm....

Oh, also also, for anyone who hasn't heard me yammer on about it already: Dark Tower. Read it, get the audio book, inject it directly into your bloodstream, just freakin go out and go through the series. It's totally pwn. :\m/:

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The prequels are written by Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. I have not read enough to determine their quality, but most are best-sellers, so I can hope for something decent.

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The new Matt Ruff, Bad Monkeys. Short and sweet. Now The Echo Maker by Richard Powers.

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The prequels are written by Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson. I have not read enough to determine their quality, but most are best-sellers, so I can hope for something decent.

Hmm. Have you read the original triology, too?

I'd be interested in if they live up to the original stories.

I had to end on God Emperor of Dune, because...man, it was getting a little too weird for me at that point. Great story, though. Dune Messiah is probably my favorite out of the first three books, though. I think that The Matrix plays a tribute to Paul. Might just be coincidence, but I totally saw a connection.

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I'd recommend everybody read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

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Finishing up Night Shift by SK. Then i'll consume Needful Things again since for whatever reason i only read that one once. THEN i think i might try and tackle Don Quixote again. I made it through the fisrt "book" but lost interest a few chapters into the second. The giant collected book thingy of it is HUGE! It's definitely an interesting read.

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I'm currently reading Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice and trying to finish the Vampire Chronicles.

I like the Hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy. Took me awhile to read it.

I'm hoping to get my hands on this trilogy about a native american woman by Linda Lay Shuler but it's hard to find it. I've read the first two but I can't find the third one ever. I saw them all at the library here but I was already reading something and I haven't gone back since.


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Alistair Reynolds - Revelation Space

Hard Sci-Fi with a plotline somewhat similar to Mass Effect. Picked it up at Elliott Bay Book Co, 1 block from my home, for like $2. It's one of America's greatest bookstores --- they have thousands of books with little hand-written notes underneath with peoples' opinions on it. An amazing place. You can see some of the notes in this photo:

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got into a big chuck hit lately

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Choke
Fight Club
Survivor
Lullaby
Haunted

and Snuff comes out on Tuesday...cant wait

Manga:
Full Metal Alchemist (up to book 6)
Death Note (up to book 5)

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Oh, hey, did you hear they're making a movie out of Choke? I think it's staring Sam Rockwell, the guy who played Zaphod Beeblebrox in the new Hitchhiker's Movie that came out a few years ago.

Should be a good movie...but since a lot of the book is about him being a sexaholic, I think it's gonna get some serious cuts to it.

Like The scene where he stages a fake rape because it's this one lady's fantasy, and she's bossing him around and telling him not to cum on her sheets because they're expensive, so he's like "fuck this" and he shoots his load all over her bed and is like "Later! lulz" And...Well, shit, the whole part with the Anal Beads. That's kinda important to the story, I think.

Granted they can probably find ways to do the scenes I'm thinking of tastefully without having to graphically show them. The movie will have to be R, though.

I always like Palahniuk's book Survivor. The way the page numbering goes backwards from the mid-300s to 1, it just fits in with the book's kinda basic theme, and it just adds a sort of frantic element to it all, I think.

I'd love to see a movie version of Lullaby or Invisible Monster. I really enjoyed Lullaby...but...seeing as how it's about a song that hearing it kills you, it seems like a movie version of it would be a disaster. :lol: "Box office smash! No survivors!" :lol: I mean...I don't know how they'd even convey the song in the movie and suspend my disbelief about it. Still be a cool movie if they could pull it off though.

Oh, wow, wall of text. Make a fortitude save vs. crushing, everyone. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 9:57 pm 
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I really, really, really, really hate "Chuck's" stories.

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I also read Pride of Baghdad a few days ago. Really awesome short graphic novel, not really like anything else.

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I really, really, really, really hate "Chuck's" stories.

I get where your coming from. Basically all his stories have the same underlying plot, are kind of predictable, and feature very similar characters...But at the same time, I still like them as something to read sometimes. Granted I don't really like his newer books as much. Haunted was just kind of fail. He also does in every single book, the "start in the middle of the story, go back to the begining" style naration. Which, yea, that's cool, it worked for Fight Club...but, he really needs to throw in a different pattern everyonce in awhile.

So, yea, not the best author, but...I still kinda like his stuff sometimes if I'm in the mood for it.

I need to pick up something new to read soon. Thinking maybe "I am America and So Can You." I've heard it's really funny.

Any suggestions on what to read though? I heard Watchmen mentioned earlier. What genre is that story?

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as for choke the movie the screenplay writer was quoted as saying "i got writers block half-way through and threw the book in the drawer...then went my own way with it".

so apparently its only gonna be loosely based on Chuck's book. but chuck gave it a thumbs up....so heres hoping.


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as for his new book snuff (which I must go grab today :D) its basically the worlds biggest train talked about from the perspective of smoe of the people in it

like the first dude, then the sixth, then the 17th, and so on and so on until you get the last guys perspective

fuck to me thats badass.

also....I think some of the stories in Haunted are hilarious. and I love Choke...it be awesome

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I'm reading Marvel Zombies! ... No wait... wrong thread. :mrgreen:

Actually, I need to start reading Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov.
Tis a good read. :)

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I heard Watchmen mentioned earlier. What genre is that story?

a little bit Graphic novel and a little bit Awesome.

Seriously though, it's a bit of a whodunit mystery from the beginning, with loads of characters and plot development and some very philisophical parts too. Dr. Manhattan's chapter about time is one of my favorite things ever written. BUY IT NOW.

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I heard Watchmen mentioned earlier. What genre is that story?

a little bit Graphic novel and a little bit Awesome.

Seriously though, it's a bit of a whodunit mystery from the beginning, with loads of characters and plot development and some very philisophical parts too. Dr. Manhattan's chapter about time is one of my favorite things ever written. BUY IT NOW.



YOU MUST BUY IT NOW IT IS AMAZING NO THINKING JUST BUY! NOW! *forces Nameless*

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I'll have to pick it up after I finish Clockwork Orange again. Cuz you guys ussually point me in the right direction with good books to read. Case in point: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I wouldn't have known about it unless I heard it mentioned on the forums here a few years ago.

So, Watchmen it is, then. Who's the author of it?

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I'll have to pick it up after I finish Clockwork Orange again. Cuz you guys ussually point me in the right direction with good books to read. Case in point: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I wouldn't have known about it unless I heard it mentioned on the forums here a few years ago.

So, Watchmen it is, then. Who's the author of it?

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