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09-12-2002, 11:35 AM
(Sorry if there already is a thread like this)

What is/are the best book/books u have ever read?

I like LotR but maybe the best is the Belgariad by David Eddings
It's got action, a good story and...well...it's just interesting

I'm gonna read Dark lords of the sith
Is it good?

09-12-2002, 12:17 PM
All of them! ;)

Well, close, I'm a big fan of literature in general.

See the Wheel of Time (http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78134) post a bit lower down to see that I love that series to piece's.

Of course you can't look past the classics like Shakespeare, and yes I know they were plays, but they were still good literature, and Tolkien.

Albert Camus is good if you like philosophy and concepts such as existentialism.

Sci Fi fans will love Ender's Game, by Orson Scoot Card (and who of us here aren't Sci Fi fans? ;) ).

I could go on forever, except that I haven't read everything, but I am trying. :p

"Read more books and watch less TV"
-- Some random e-mail I got entitled 'Instructions for Life'

<JOTD>Jedi Hunter
09-12-2002, 12:20 PM
Well, myself I enjoy Batman novels (and comics), The Lord of The Rings series. Almost every star wars novel, and I'm a big fan of the forgotten realms novels. Mainly those that revolve around Drizzt the dark elf. These are just the books I can name off the top of my head. ;)

lsd|Wee Bitch
09-12-2002, 12:43 PM
Well I've read a lot of books....what are youn into?? Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Comedy, Suspense, Biographies?

<JOTD>Jedi Hunter
09-12-2002, 12:54 PM
I personally enjoy sci fi and fantasy. But I do take the occasional break and pick up a biography. Btw, if that wasn't intended for me, then ignore my comment. ;)

09-12-2002, 12:59 PM
Someone that hasnt been mentioned is Micheal Criton, I really enjoyed everyone of his books I read. I've probably only read half of what he wrote, but he does good work. :D

09-12-2002, 02:11 PM
i've read all the SW novels (i still didn't read all, becouse they didn't came out in dutch:( ) other sf books, and i'm planning on reading LOTR, all tree of them

09-12-2002, 02:18 PM
i like most star wars books and i have a large collection of spider-man & batman comics
i also really like harry potter, i'm half-way through the forth one.

09-12-2002, 02:59 PM
So far I'm really enjoying the "Dune" series by Frank Herbert (the original six books, not the new ones by his son and KJA, which I haven't touched yet). Especially nice if you want to see where Lucas and all the SW EU authors got their ideas from!

Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory is a good classic as well.

1984 (better than Animal Farm IMHO) by George Orwell.

A Canticle for Leibowitz is another good Sci Fi book if you can get your hands on it (probably out of print now).

The Chronicles of Narnia are a good fast read too. ; )

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison... (not the one you're thinking of, but a great book nonetheless)

I enjoyed the "Lost Regiment" series by William Forstchen, but they might not be for everybody (think American Civil War meets the Klingons or something).

And if you're into horror, may I recommend:

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
anything by Edgar Allen Poe (though some of his short stories are kind of boring, they're all delightfully macabre)

Darth Groovy
09-12-2002, 03:14 PM
The Complete works of T.S. Elliot, anything from Edger Allen Poe, Paradise Lost, by Milton, and Splinter of the Mind's Eye, by Alan Dean Foster.

09-12-2002, 03:47 PM
The Hobbit, LOTR the fellowship of the ring, LOTR the two towers, LOTR the return of the king, and The Silmarillion, all by Tolkien

09-12-2002, 03:48 PM
nice choice groovy id have to agree with ya. As for the sci-fi category anything Dune.

for a great book about vietnam read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

09-12-2002, 04:05 PM
The hobbit, The LOTR and His Dark materials my Philip pullman are real good. Philip Pullman's books are for children but hey;re still good to read and if you see any of them you should read them. Quite Enjoyable :)

Oh yeh i forgot Catch 22 :D

lsd|Wee Bitch
09-12-2002, 05:42 PM
For some reason I thought as I was posting that he was looking for recommendations. I've read everything of Poe(my personal favorite), King, and Koontz. I've read McCaffery's Dragonriders of Pern series which is an awesome sci-fi fantasy series. I highly recommend it. I've read LOTR, I haven't read the Hobbit yet but I'll get to it. Chrichton is also good, I've only read Sphere after I saw the movie though. I've read most of Isaac Asimov and Robert McCammon (very underrated writer) I've read Shakepeare only because I had to in school. He's overrated if you ask me. I'm getting into Agatha Christie now. She writes good mysteries, detective stories. Although they tend to defy reality. lol. I like books. Books fun. Books interesting. It's a way to escape from reality for a while.

09-12-2002, 09:26 PM
For all you fantasy fans like myself, I highly recommend:

The Dragonlance Chonicles: Dragon's of Autumn Twilight, Dragon's of Winter Night, and Dragon's of Spring Dawning. All awesome books.
There was also a lot of other series written for Dragonlance. Most of them by Margret Weis and Tracey Hickman.

Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. I've read two of the four and they're cool.

For all you wanting to support the brilliant Aussie fantasy writters we've got, try Traci Harding, she starts her series with The Ancient Future.
Also Sara Douglas, who did the Axis Trilogy, but has since written two more series of 3 books. I've only read the first series.

I thought I'd limit my recommendations to fanstasy this time round. ;)

09-12-2002, 09:27 PM
Being and Nothingness

09-12-2002, 09:39 PM
another great book for me was se7en,
it was the first time i read a book before seeing the movie and i'm glad i did because it was as good on paper as it was on screen.

also i recommend star wars cloak of deception, the best star wars book imho, i don't think you have to be a fan of eu to enjoy that one. leading up to the events of ep I, it set the scene perfectly.

09-12-2002, 11:22 PM
LoTR is just fantastic. I mean, the man created several languages just for the book. Crazy ass brilliant.

Another fantastic author is a chap called Jeff Noon. Specifically his novels "Vurt" and "Pollen". If you haven't yet read these books you should go to amazon.com or your local library/bookstore and buy them and read them straight away. Vurt is the beginning and Pollen the sequel. Lovely bits of cyber-punkish fiction.
They're about this thing called Vurt which is like a programmed, shared dream in the shapoe of a feather. You push the feather in your mouth and it sends you intot he dream.... well thats just the base premise of Vurt... the story actually has a lot more to it. Beautiful.

09-12-2002, 11:41 PM
My favorite books are:

Fahrenhiet 451 by Ray Bradbury (short and sweet, great message--only through knowledge can we ever be truly free; censorship is evil. I think I identify with Clarisse the most of any literary character I've read, except, of course, that she's a girl and I'm a guy--though I'd love to date her ;) ).

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (written before WW2, it is concerned with telling how a democracy--in this case America--can become a fascist dictatorship. It's out of print now :eyeraise: I recommend anyone read it who can get their hands on a copy).

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas (this is the story of the Roman Soldier who won Jesus' robe in the game of lots. He's driven insane by putting an innocent man to death, and is later healed through the robe. He then goes on a journey across the holy land trying to discover just who this Jesus was. Very good book).

And rounding out my top five are Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, by Emily and Charlotte Bronte respectively.


09-13-2002, 06:52 AM
Yeah I've read Silmarillion and the Hobbit too
And I've read the 4 Harry Potters and I think they're pretty good (still not even close to the Belgariad or LotR)

My friend has been telling me about Dragonlance and he says it's the best

I also like Douglas Adams' book serie about our galaxy (dunno the name in English)
It's hilarious:D

09-13-2002, 08:05 AM
Did anyone read 'Choose Your Own Adventure' or 'Which Way?' books as a kid?



09-13-2002, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by Absurd
Did anyone read 'Choose Your Own Adventure' or 'Which Way?' books as a kid?

yes yes! i had a couple of them, i even had a superman one! they were great.

09-13-2002, 08:15 AM
I remember using bookmarkers like a save game and going back when I changed my mind on something. :D

Ah the days before Zork and the rest is history. :)

09-13-2002, 09:59 AM
The best book i ever read is the Belgariad.

It's just so good.As Zedar already said it has a good story and the characters are good.I specially like Ashakar.He freaks me out!:freakout: (No,not really.I just wanted to put that smile in there:D)

Darth Groovy
09-13-2002, 11:45 AM
Originally posted by Absurd
Did anyone read 'Choose Your Own Adventure' or 'Which Way?' books as a kid?



I had two of them:

"Indianna Jones and the lost Island", and "Terror in the haunted museum".

I'm not sure on the accuracy of those titles but they were BIG fun reading those as a child!

09-13-2002, 12:04 PM
the best book i ever read was either LoTR or Star by Star
theyre both awsome
cloud strife

Rogue Nine
09-13-2002, 12:12 PM
Tolkien...I think there's been more than enough support for him in this thread so I find it unnecessary to express my predilection for his works.

The Dragonlance novels are also quite high on my list.

Anything by Tom Clancy is always good.

Searching for Dragons and its subsequent sequels by Patricia C. Wrede are humorous and witty.

09-13-2002, 02:40 PM
I've been ranting about "Wheel of Time" and I'll think I'll rant about it some more. ;)

It is the greatest fantasy ever written. If you like Toilken or Dragonlance, Wheel of Time will blow you away. It realy is THAT good.

09-17-2002, 12:33 PM
the dragons books you are talking about i dont really like them because we had to read them for scholl and i didnt like taking a teat on them

Jah Warrior
09-17-2002, 01:55 PM
Best book i read was - the old man and the sea, by hemmingway, its superb deservedly a classic.

Other than that I loved Clockwork orange by Anthony Burgess, takes two reads to get yer head around the lingo though.

09-18-2002, 04:39 PM
the star wars books. even the jedi apprentice books.

09-18-2002, 06:14 PM
All 4 harry potter books.

Ok ok ok so they may not be liked by you guys.But i love them.All the wizarding and all the mischief.

Cobra Event

Really good about some-one attacking places with a deadly biological weapon

I got a few more.Ill add them when i remember them

09-18-2002, 10:52 PM
LOTR are the best books ever aside from The Stinky Cheese Man.

09-19-2002, 03:28 AM
Also a few of the biography's iv read.Especially the 1 written by Tupac Shakur's bodyguard.

09-19-2002, 03:31 AM
Originally posted by Kurgan
So far I'm really enjoying the "Dune" series by Frank Herbert (the original six books, not the new ones by his son and KJA, which I haven't touched yet). Especially nice if you want to see where Lucas and all the SW EU authors got their ideas from!

I just bought Dune Messiah today. Great stuff! :D

Darth Groovy
09-20-2002, 06:34 AM
The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

both books by Dr. Suess:)