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jon_hill987
05-10-2005, 04:05 PM
We have had fave band, It must be time for a fave book thread.

Other than LotR mine is Magician by Raymond E. Feist (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0586217835/qid=1115753939/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i6_xgl/202-8141063-3650249)

I'm Probably gonna get the other two in the saga tomorow.

So what is everyone's fav book?

SkinWalker
05-10-2005, 04:29 PM
Fiction: Moby Dick, by Melville.

Non-Fiction: A Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan

and

A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins

The Seeker
05-10-2005, 05:26 PM
The Dark Glory War by Michael A. Stackpole.

Kicks off the DragonCrown War series and just plain hasn't been topped since. Anyone who likes Fantasy should check this one out. It's just that good.

IG-64
05-10-2005, 05:50 PM
Other than LotR, I really liked the Little House series.

Mike Windu
05-10-2005, 06:08 PM
I like the Harry Potter series, but other than that I'd have to go with

The Once and Future King
The Count of Monte Cristo

:D

edlib
05-10-2005, 06:19 PM
Fiction (it's a toss up):

Restaurant at the End of the Universe

or

Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Both by Douglas Adams

Non fiction:

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

The Hidden One
05-10-2005, 08:44 PM
The War of the Worlds (unabridged version) By H.G. Wells
and
The Time Machine by (unabridged version) by H.G. Wells.


Two very good books.

Acrylic
05-10-2005, 09:00 PM
The 5th Harry Potter Book.

Yeah, I'm lame.

Mike Windu
05-10-2005, 09:13 PM
What? The 5th book rocked! :D

StormHammer
05-10-2005, 09:14 PM
Originally posted by The Hidden One
The War of the Worlds (unabridged version) By H.G. Wells
and
The Time Machine by (unabridged version) by H.G. Wells.


Two very good books.

You, sir, have very good taste. :cool:

I would probably have to pick Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham as my favourite novel. I've read it so many times and never got tired of it.

Favourite novel series would have to be The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.

wassup
05-11-2005, 12:00 AM
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

DarkLord60
05-11-2005, 12:05 AM
I don't read alot of books but the Count of Monte Cristo is the best of all I read. To bad the newer CoMC movie doesn't cover the whole book.

Sabretooth
05-11-2005, 02:16 AM
The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Dracula - Bram Stoker

jon_hill987
05-11-2005, 06:20 AM
Originally posted by StormHammer

Favourite novel series would have to be The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.

I really couldn't get into them, I only got halfway thriugh the first book.

Anyway I forgot to add the Diskworld books by Terry Pratchett.

edlib
05-11-2005, 07:04 AM
There's supposed to be a new Thomas Covenant book out soon, although I'm still trying to figure out how that's going to work due to the ending of the last one...

The "Gap" series by the same author was also very good.

toms
05-11-2005, 07:28 AM
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

and

LOTR which i've loved since childhood.

The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant

I just about got through them, and really WANTED to love them... but they were very hard work. I like them better in hindsight than when i was actually struggling to finish them.

But i don't really have a lot of favorite books in the way i have favorite movies. Not sure why. I tend to get really absorbed in whatever book i am reading at the time... but very few of them stay with me after i've finished them.
I think a lost of my (bad) memory is visual, and its mainly the images i remember from films and so on. SO that might be it.

Astrotoy7
05-11-2005, 09:20 AM
wow this is hard, to isolate even just a few....

let me go by genre :p

History : its a Turkish book, about the rise and fall of the Osmanli(Ottoman) Empire

Movies : "Lynch on Lynch" awesome interviews with director David Lynch about every aspect of his career :)

Fantasy : any of the Drizzt Do'Udren books, especially the Dark Elf Trilogy and Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A Salvatore

Star Wars EU : Traitor by Matt Stover.. makes Zahn and Thrawn look like a Garfield comic :p

Sci Fi/Humour : Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Art History : The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari... this guy was Michelangelo's apprentice and tells interesting tales about all the famous renaissance artists.. great read !!

Weird : Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll... so much much more than just kids books as true admirers of Carroll's work surely know..

Mystery/Detective : The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...... Fave story : The Red Headed League

Poetry : Emily Dickinson, Ovid, Dante's Comedia

Play : you all should know that Shakespeare's Macbeth is the most awesome play in western history, Hamlet trots in a close second :)

Oriental : "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng En(China) Read the original tales of Monkey and The Havoc in Heaven :)
and
Tale of the Genji (Japan) : Part Fantasy/part History : Just awesome !!

European : The Illiad & Odyssey by Homer, Faust by Goethe, easy

Philosophy : "Thus Spoke Zarathrusta" by Friedrich Nietszche ... the man who coined the term "metaphysical consolation" to describe the concept of religion...awesome...

Non Fiction : "The Black Magic Rituals of Jack the Ripper" by Ivor Edwards and "Letters from Hell" - a complete collection and analysis of the Ripper Letters

hit the library suckers !

mtfbwya

El Sitherino
05-11-2005, 09:25 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
Play : you all should know that Shakespeare's Macbeth is the most awesome play in western history Matter of opinion. I prefer Romeo and Juliet. Because it's not a tragedy, it's a tale of happiness.

True they both die, but it's not a tragedy as some think. They die to be reunited, true devotion.

After that I like Caesar and Hamlet. Tales of betrayal and mistrust. You'll most likely see allusion to these in the upcoming Star Wars film as well. :p

Astrotoy7
05-11-2005, 09:35 AM
yeah, I love all Shakespeare... Macbeth however is soooo awesome, with its witches and crazy people that theatre actors of old would never use the word Macbeth, for fear of jinxing their production... it would always be called "The Scottish Play" ...

coolest vesrion of Macbeth that made itto the screen - Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" check it out !

mtfbwya

El Sitherino
05-11-2005, 09:40 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
coolest vesrion of Macbeth that made itto the screen - Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" check it out !

mtfbwya About 7 years too late to recommend that to me. I'm afraid I've already seen it, though it has been... 7 years. :P

Astrotoy7
05-11-2005, 09:55 AM
Originally posted by InsaneSith
About 7 years too late to recommend that to me. I'm afraid I've already seen it, though it has been... 7 years. :P

geez your a wanker sometimes.... I saw it in 1988(where I taped it off the foreign language channel!!), and Im sure theres others here that may have seen it even earlier.... I would have loved to have been around in the 60s and seen it then :) There was a Kurosawa festival here a few years back, and I had the divine pleasure of seeing Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Hidden Fortess, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Ran and Kagemusha on the big screen :) awesome !

It came to mind because it has only recently been released locally on DVD, in nice crips presentation, much nicer that the Criterion DVD :)

to anyone else reading, check out "Throne of Blood" by Akira Kurosawa, its a really great adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth to a feudal Japanese Setting...

mtfbwya

StormHammer
05-11-2005, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by toms
I just about got through them, and really WANTED to love them... but they were very hard work. I like them better in hindsight than when i was actually struggling to finish them.

The first time I read them they were hard going in parts (I know I got Lord Foul's Bane not long after release in 1977, so I was 10 at the time), but for me the world just came to life. I could 'see' the locations and characters vividly in my minds eye as I was reading. At the time when they were released, they were also 'different' from other fantasies in that they never mentioned Elves, Dwarves or Orcs (although the tale was obviously inspired by Lord Of The Rings).

Since then I've read them a few times (last time it was the whole series in order from start to finish), and I appreciated them even more. I know they're not to everyone's taste, though.

jon_hill987
05-11-2005, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by StormHammer
I know I got Lord Foul's Bane not long after release in 1977, so I was 10 at the time

I'm supprised you even got past the first chapter at 10. I found it much harder than LotR, which I first read at 12.

dole_4
05-11-2005, 02:03 PM
My favourite would probably be Neuromancer by William Gibson.

LOTR - hmmm the story was awesome but the actual book wasn't that great. I sort of consider it a flawed masterpiece, JRR's imagination skills didn't match his writing skills (although that didn't stop me from reading the hobbit/silmarillion/lost tales :) ).

Magician - I still think Feist was amateurish when he wrote this and it shows. Especially his character of Jimmy the Hand, god I hated him. Pug was awesome though. The characters themselves weren't that interesting to me, everyone was too perfect. No one had any flaws (well, almost no one). What also made me angry was that his best character (pug) had a somewhat diminished role in the 2nd and 3rd books of the riftwar series. I did hear that the Serpentwar Saga was better than the riftwar saga, I'll pick it up from the library in a few weeks.

Hermie
05-11-2005, 02:54 PM
O.o An intelligent thread in the swamp, what has the world come to?

Not counting Tolkien stuff, I'd say H2G2 are my favourite books, in this order:

Resturant at the end of the Universe
Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish
Mostly Harmless

Black Knight of Keno
05-11-2005, 03:43 PM
LotR - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

The dark elf- trilogy - R.A. Salvatore

Silmarillion - John Ronal Reuel Tolkien


That last one was a shocker to you, eh? I really do like Silmarillion. w00t!

Bob Lion54
05-11-2005, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
........
Mystery/Detective : The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle......
......... [/B]

Alright!!! Another Sir Arthur fan. I loved "The Lost World" as well.:cheers: (http://www.hullachanpro.com/CRAIG%20thumbs%20up.jpg)

Also, I loved "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by the immortal Samual Clements.

"Oliver Twist" by the equally impressive Charles Dickens.

And I am a hugh fan of the Harry Potter books.

Thats off the top of my head. I could go on, but I'll stop there.

I need to go find the Persian slipper that I keep my tabacco in.

Mike Windu
05-11-2005, 04:48 PM
Personally, I like Othello and Caesar...

After that I like Caesar and Hamlet. Tales of betrayal and mistrust. You'll most likely see allusion to these in the upcoming Star Wars film as well

Anakin: "Et tu, Padme? - Then Fall Anakin" (Lucas 3.1.77)

Mace: "Yond Anakin has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous." (1.2. 194-95 )

:p

Joetheeskimo
05-11-2005, 05:12 PM
Eragon, by Christopher Palioni.

Captain Wilson
05-11-2005, 06:06 PM
many of mine have been already been stated but for repition :D -

Anything from the discworld
The gap series
The dragon reborn (tho the series is waning now :()

I wouldnt class it as a favourate, but i do love Angels and demons, although i felt digtal fortress was a better story, mainly as A+D had a weak ending in my opinion

BongoBob
05-11-2005, 07:52 PM
LotR - J.R.R. Tolkein (duh)

Although I'm not all the way through it...
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

And *fanboy alert*
Halo: The Fall of Reach and Halo: First Strike, by Eric C. Nylund.

They both make the Halo games have a better story than you would think.

Oh, and The Giver and The Outsiders, I read them both in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. Can't remember the authors though...

Samuel Dravis
05-12-2005, 01:09 AM
Originally posted by wassup
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke Egh, that was well written, but depressing. I dislike it. :/

Fantasy: Sabriel / Garth Nix
> LOTR
> Wizard's First Rule / Terry Goodkind

Scifi: Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card
> Children of the Mind / Orson Scott Card
> The Uplift War / David Brin
> Earth / David Brin
> Rendezvous with Rama / Arthur C. Clarke

Other favs: The Time Ships, Ring, Anti-Ice, Lirael, Abhorsen, Ghost of the Grand Banks, Pastwatch, Foundation (all), and a lot more that I can list. :)

Lady Jedi
05-12-2005, 01:09 AM
Oy, I don't know that I can pick just one, but the most timeless one so far would probably be The Dark Glory War by Michael A. Stackpole. Awesome book; his best ever.

Other faves: Ender's Game and Hart's Hope. Orson Scott Card is absolutely amazing. He writes human emotion like no other. He's the only author that's made me cry at a book. Okay there's one other, but I wasn't nearly as emotional as Card makes me. :D

Garth Nix is great too. Shade's Children, The Old Kingdom Trilogy, etc.

As for just good fiction: Isabel's Daughter by Judith Ryan Hendricks Great book. :)

Required reading: I really liked O Pioneers by Willa Cather.

Plus so many more, but the list is way too long to write here.

Astrotoy7
05-12-2005, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by dole_4
....
LOTR - hmmm the story was awesome but the actual book wasn't that great. I sort of consider it a flawed masterpiece, JRR's imagination skills didn't match his writing skills ...

indeed... a modern day publisher would send poor JRR back to school, or get a ghost writer in.... sure the ideas, characters, events are amazing, but JRR was a linguist, not a writer.....it shows

btw, nice to see another aussie around :p OI !

mtfbwya

jon_hill987
05-12-2005, 08:59 AM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
indeed... a modern day publisher would send poor JRR back to school, or get a ghost writer in.... sure the ideas, characters, events are amazing, but JRR was a linguist, not a writer.....it shows

I'm not sure you are right, I think he ment to use that style, sure it makes it harder to read but it adds to the illusion that the story is from long ago, the original coppy maybe even written by Bilbo Baggins himself. which makes him a better writer than most.

toms
05-12-2005, 09:08 AM
Originally posted by StormHammer
The first time I read them they were hard going in parts (I know I got Lord Foul's Bane not long after release in 1977, so I was 10 at the time), but for me the world just came to life. I could 'see' the locations and characters vividly in my minds eye as I was reading.

Me too. Thats why i persevered with them. I think it was mainly his writing style i found hard to read... the plots, worlds and characters were great.
I tell you what, IMHO they would make an excellent movie trilogy. At the same time very LOTR, slightly ROTS and more down to earth than both. I'd also probably enjoy them more in that format.
I did love the way it just kept getting worse and worse. I think this is probably what Lucas was going for in the new SW films, but hasn't nailed it.

LOTR - hmmm the story was awesome but the actual book wasn't that great. I sort of consider it a flawed masterpiece, JRR's imagination skills didn't match his writing skills ...

:confused: :confused: :confused:
If anything its the other way round. His imagination, the worlds he created (and by extension the worlds i saw in my immagination) was just miles beyond any world that had been created before, or probably since. Why do you think almost every fanasty book /film/game since then has been tolkienesque?
You could argue that his writing skills were more on the academic side, and this made the book inacsessible to many. A lot of my mates never made it past all the story telling and songs at rivendell... which is all great from his pointof view as a language professor, but not so good in terms of reader interest. I think they all loved the books once the films inspired them to persevere past that bit though.

Other faves: Ender's Game
I did like that book, but only read it last month so i don't know if it will stay with me. I liked it enough that i asked for the sequels for my b-day and have them ready to read by my bed.

My favourite would probably be Neuromancer by William Gibson.

That would probably be the other one in my top three, along with Dark Materials and LOTR.

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Someone should do a site or a BB plugin that allows readers to list favorite books, music, dvds etc.. and automatically creates froogle (uk!) wishlists for forums based on the combined suggestions of its users. Be a great way to find new things. ((c) Tom 2005) ;)

Darth Groovy
05-12-2005, 01:28 PM
I'm reading Star Wars : Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover.

So far, it's the best Star Wars script adaptation I have ever read.

acdcfanbill
05-12-2005, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by dole_4
My favourite would probably be Neuromancer by William Gibson.
Excellent book, Philip K Dicks Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is one of my favs as well.

Captain Wilson
05-12-2005, 11:42 PM
Originally posted by Samuel Dravis
Wizard's First Rule / Terry Goodkind

First of a great set i hasten to add to this. Just finshed re reading faith of the fallen

jokemaster
05-12-2005, 11:50 PM
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series by douglas adams

The time machine by H.G. Wells

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

The Count of Monte Cristo by ???

The Stand by Stephen King

Jurassic Park by Micheal Crichton

Lady Jedi
05-12-2005, 11:54 PM
Originally posted by jokemaster

The Count of Monte Cristo by ???

Alexander Dumas. :cool:

Samuel Dravis
05-13-2005, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by Captain Wilson
First of a great set i hasten to add to this. Just finshed re reading faith of the fallen Yeah, Faith of the Fallen is really excellent if you've read all the rest before it, even though those aren't as good as WFR and FotF. :)


I liked The Count of Monte Cristo. It seemed to lag in the middle section, though once he got out of prison it was excellent.

Dagobahn Eagle
05-13-2005, 01:29 PM
- The Tommorow Series by John Marden.
- Dan Brown's books.
- Roald Dahl's books.