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Old 09-15-2007, 09:38 PM   #81
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Read Aldous Huxley. Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited are excellent, and Island is good as well. His books of philosophy, like The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, are awesome. Even his lesser known works, like After Many A Summer, are good. I haven't even got to read Point Counter Point, which is generally considered his best, yet.

I also recommend Orwell, though I haven't read his works nearly as extensively as I have Huxley's. As soon as I finish The Fountainhead and Ulyssess I'm going to read Politics and the English language, and try to hunt down a copy of Point Counter Point.

Atlas Shrugged and Anthem are also good, and like I said I'm reading the Fountainhead right now, which is good but just isn't up to par with Atlas Shrugged. I need to hunt down some of Rand's philosophy, like Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, or some Objectivist Epistomology.

In terms of philosophy, The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius are good and, depending on what translation you get, maybe great. My favorite one is subtitled "the emperor's handbook." There's also an interesting essay I read last year called "On Bull****" that describes how politicians making things up is more dangerous than them purposely lying. <=obvious simplification, interesting thoughts.





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Old 09-16-2007, 12:06 AM   #82
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Do Androids Dream would work fine for me, too as a starting point.

If Paradise Lost didn't make it off the ground, Atlas Shrugged will die by page 32.

How about Dracula? That and Frankenstein would work well at this time of year....

I've read Huxley and liked Brave New World. I liked Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, and they're pretty quick reads.

I like Hamlet better than Shakespeare's other tragedies, and Much Ado about Nothing is a lot of fun. I read Great Expectations a long time ago but I wouldn't mind reading it again. Reading 'A Christmas Carol' at Christmas time would be fun. I've not read the Life of Pi so I'd be interested in seeing that.

Sun Tzu's Art of War might be interesting (especially given the Iraq war), and it's not a long book at all. All the previous suggestions I made still go.

If you're looking for plain old fiction, anything by Anne McCaffrey (esp. Dragonrider series) or Marion Zimmer Bradley (esp Darkover) works for me, as does Asimov or Heinlein. I love CJ Cherryh's Cuckoo's Egg too, and if you want pure entertainment, Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books are hilarious, and Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would be fun as would Robert Asperin's Myth series.


How about we pick a consensus of about 10-15 books? I can put up a poll that allows us to make multiple choices, and then we can vote--the book with the highest number of votes will be the first read, then second highest read after that, etc. We just need to make a list of our favorites. I'll look through the thread and make a list of the books already here--perhaps we can all pick from this master list then? Feel free to mention any books you might want to add--I'll wait a couple days before posting a list.

In the meantime, while we're waiting for that compilation and culling and voting, how about reading Do Androids Dream....?


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Old 09-16-2007, 01:01 AM   #83
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1984 and Animal Farm by Orwell are really good books (like Jae and John said)...

Hate Dracula... love Frankenstein.

Art of War by Sun Tzu? I read that a year ago and thought it was pretty good...

Just finished reading Ishmael, and My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn... amazing books that I highly recommend.

If your into politics (and this may rock the boat a bit but whatever) I highly recommend getting Emma Goldman's collected works... along with her two books, "My Disillusionment In Russia" and "My Further Disillusionment In Russia"... two great books that she wrote while in Russia during the Russian Revolution (Which she flat out called a failure before it even ended) ...
In addition, get Cherychevsky's 'What is to be done'... it's about Positive Political Nihilism and is very good in my opinion... and it's in a novel form of an adventure... similar to Ishmael.
Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Freidrich Engelsis is good too... even if your an avid supporter of the "free-market"... you'll want to know how to critique Communism and Socialism and Marxism correctly... (PS: Lenin sux.. don't get any of his books... )
And get the Che Guevara biography by Anderson (ONLY Anderson's is good... all other's suck)... it's staggeringly researched and incredibily well-written...

Tale Of Two Cities is really good as well...

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Old 09-16-2007, 01:02 AM   #84
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Great Expectations is a great choice , so is Hamlet.

Mirror,Mirror by Gregory Maguire
I've never read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but I have been wanting to and this would get me to read it
Can Star Wars books be included???


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Old 09-16-2007, 06:24 AM   #85
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I've been looking for an excuse to read Dracula, actually - so that one would be ideal as a choice, for me, at least.


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Old 09-16-2007, 12:54 PM   #86
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:05 PM   #87
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I think we should all read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

Oh, and Watership Down by Richard Adams too. >_>




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Old 09-25-2007, 02:58 PM   #88
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Doesn't look like we're going to get many more book recommendations. Shall we compile the poll now or leave it for a little longer?

Edit: I just don't want this to fall apart again .


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Old 09-25-2007, 03:12 PM   #89
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Doesn't look like we're going to get many more book recommendations. Shall we compile the poll now or leave it for a little longer?

Edit: I just don't want this to fall apart again .
I'll try and get something posted today, probably will be a separate poll instead of on this thread so we can do more than one as the need dictates.

I think this would be fun, too, so I hope it goes well.


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Old 09-29-2007, 11:06 AM   #90
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Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind. You'll thank me for recommending it.


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