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Some recommended titles:

FANTASY
(Usually in a series)

J.R.R Tolkien - Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, The Simarillion
J.K Rowling - Harry Potter
Stephen King - The Gunslinger
Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time, Eye of the World
Terry Pratchett - Discworld (a very comedic approach to the genre, pretty ****ing brilliant)
Steven Erikson/Ian C. Esslemont - The Malazan Book of the Fallen

SCIENCE FICTION

Early SF: Mary Shelley, HG Wells, and Jules Verne. Out of those I'd highly recommend Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Dystopian :
George Orwell - 1984
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
Yevgeny Zamyatin - We
Aldous Huxely - Brave New World
Philip K Dick - A Scanner Darkly

Post-Apocalyptic
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Richard Matheson - I am Legend
Stephen King - The Stand

Others
Arthur C Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey

HORROR

Mark Z. Danielewski - House Of Leaves
HP Lovecraft's short stories (Call of Cthulhu and Rats in the Walls are a good start)
Edgar Allen Poe's short stories
Stephen King novels+collections (It, Skeleton Crew, The Shining)

CLASSIC CLASSICS

Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment , The Idiot , The Brothers Karamazov
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace, Anna Karenina
Herman Melville - Moby Dick
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Oscar Wilde - Picture of Dorian Gray
Franz Kafka - The Trial

Note on Russian texts: They're pretty difficult to translate, thus you get a lot of translations that diehards get miffed about. A good one to look for are those translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

MODERN CLASSICS

Joseph Heller - Catch-22
William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch
Albert Camus - The Stranger (everyone says The Plague is better, but this one..... **** it, just read everything this existential stallion writes)
Jack Kourac - On the Road
James Joyce - Ulysses (if you're new to him start with Dubliners)
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughter-House Five

More updates to come whenever I'm motivated. This is all quite entry-level, but good places to start.
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Just finished reading an extensive collection of Edgar Allen Poe's work. Really good stuff.
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I intend to read Aldous Huxley's entire bibliography by the end of the year

wish me luck
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My favorite book is A Clockwork Orange.My second favorite would be Catcher In The Rye. In my opinion those are two of the greatest books ever written
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I'm partway through Clapton's autobiography and as great as it is, I haven't picked it up in weeks. My mom also sent me her copy of 'Slam' (by the guy who did High Fidelity, I'm drawing a blank on his name and I feel terrible for it) and I'm gonna start that soon.

Oh, and although I'm not going to get into it here (I'm on my way to bed) I honestly think Catcher in the Rye is absolute garbage. That sparked a discussion at a book sale my Art&Scope magazine club was holding yesterday and after a little thinking, everyone agreed that it's a book for immature kids who can't handle a real book, and we all want to hurt Holden Caulfield for being such a whiny douche who won't grow up.
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I just bought myself "The Divine Comedy", "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"
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Dostoyevsky's The Idiot

Good book.

I just finished reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I'm about to start work on the monster that is Harlot's Ghost (by Norman Mailer).
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Just finished reading an extensive collection of Edgar Allen Poe's work. Really good stuff.


Ah man, I love Poe. "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" are my faves.

Currently I'm reading "Let The Right One In." Yeah, I know, it's been hyped to hell and back lately. So far it is a pretty good book though.
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I just bought myself "The Divine Comedy", "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"


I love the Comedia, you should really preface it with La Vita Nuova--sets the context of Beatrice. I think every copy of the Comedia should just come with that as an introduction.
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"The Seachbar" By Pit Monkey.

... Had to do it.

Im reading Motley Crue The Dirt right now. I've got Scar Tissue waiting to be read [again]. I can only stand to read books about famous musicians.
#13
I recommend Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun." About a soldier who gets his arms, legs, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth cut off from a shell during war; one of the best books I've ever read.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is, I think, the great american novel. A must read and a classic.

"Wasp" by Eric Frank Russell is one of the best sci-fi books I've read. About a guy who goes to a planet that Earth's at war with, his appearance surgically altered, to wage a "singular war" with the planet through stickers, propaganda, etc. to try to make the planet think a rebellion is imminent. Very interesting read.

Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series is about as epic a fantasy series as it gets.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of the best books I've ever read. If you haven't already, go read it now. Huzzah, Atticus Finch!

"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card took me less than two days to read through. I couldn't put it down; again, a sci-fi must-read.

Those are my suggestions. Cheers guys
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I love the Comedia, you should really preface it with La Vita Nuova--sets the context of Beatrice. I think every copy of the Comedia should just come with that as an introduction.


We talked about it in literature class, so I kinda of know what it's about
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just re-read Hamlet, and besides the book on the history of medicine im reading (im the sort who reads that kinda stuff for fun...) ive been reading a fair amount of Stephen Leacock's short stories. he may have been a bigoted imperialist prat but thankfully that didn't affect his sense of humour.
#17
Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm are both way too good. Just don't read them close together. Ever. I did it back to back.

Heart of Darkness is amazing. Props.

Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato is my favorite book I've ever been forced to read. If you liked Things They Carried you should check Cacciato.

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Just finished reading an extensive collection of Edgar Allen Poe's work. Really good stuff.

My favorite short stories, ever, include "The Cask of Amontillado." Really brutal, brilliant stuff.

(another one is "First Confession" by an author I can't think of by name right this second but Google should be able to track down easily, if you're curious)

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I just recently finished The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky and Generation Kill by Evan Wright. The first of the two was somehow even better than I thought it would be (I had already finished The Grand Inquisitor, which was published with a couple of related chapters and a fantastic introduction). The latter of the two was also fantastic and I recommend it to anyone interested in an intelligent, explicit, honest look at the initial invasion of Iraq by US marine forces. The author actually joined First Recon and essentially went through everything they did (minus actually using a weapon himself). There was an HBO mini series based on it fairly recently.
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#20
i really liked this boys life by tobias wolff
very good writer.
and of course Othello and King Lear are amazing
well pretty much everything shakespeare wrote
#21
Some good books I've read:

The Catcher In The Rye
Heart Of Darkness
I Am Legend
To Kill A Mockingbird
In Cold Blood
Catch 22
It
Night Shift
Skeleton Crew
It
Christine
Pet Semetary
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I'm reading One Soldiers War in Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko, awesome book, I've read it like 6 times now.

I actually need to get some more books, I don't suppose you guys could reccomend me some if you consider that my favourite books are, Jarhead, One Soldiers War in Chechnya, All Quiet on the Western Front, I do like other styles of book, those are just the ones I liked the most.
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Some good books I've read:

The Catcher In The Rye
Heart Of Darkness
I Am Legend
To Kill A Mockingbird
In Cold Blood
Catch 22
It
Night Shift
Skeleton Crew
It
Christine
Pet Semetary
Hover Car Racer

I thought Catch 22 was horrible, but maybe it just takes a certain personality type to enjoy it.

I haven't read many books recently, but my dad got me Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama for Christmas, and I'm just waiting for a break in school reading to start it. I heard it was really good. I also just finished The Time Machine by HG Wells which I thought was really interesting. Makes you wonder what humans will really turn into eventually.
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seems like everyone's reading dostoevsky these days. i'm reading crime and punishment at the moment. just finished reading watchmen, always wanted to read it, but it took me quite a while to get to it. anyway, good books, ignoring "the classics".

house of leaves by mark z. danielewski, a horrible labyrinth of patterns and intertwining stories that unfolds beautifully and is scary, funny, and sweet all at the same time.

less than zero by bret easton ellis, ellis has kind of reached the point where he's not even worth reading anymore since all he ever does is write the same novel over and over, but this is his best one, in my opinion, it's like the catcher in the rye, if holden was a filthy rich cokehead in the 80s and an apathetic prick.

the road by cormac mccarthy, just read it.
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Brave New World FTW!


Ah, another classic. This was my favorite of the dystopian novels.
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Ah, another classic. This was my favorite of the dystopian novels.


mine was The Sleeper Awakes by HG Wells
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Anyone else read it?

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im reading timequake right now.

its my eleventh kurt vonnegut fiction book. i think theres only twenty or so, i gotta catch em all!
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Anyone else read it?



I hear Josh Todd of Buckcherry is a fan.

unless i'm thinking of someone else.

also, anything by Ray Bradbury.

anything by Stephen King, except perhaps Rose Madder
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anything by Stephen King, except perhaps Rose Madder

+1

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nice name, btw. It references ftw!


i read that book in three days. f*cking intense.
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mine was The Sleeper Awakes by HG Wells

Yeah, I loved that book... I haven't really heard any mention of it anywhere though, it seems to be overlooked amongst his works. I just stumbled upon it in my mum's book collection and read it... pretty compelling stuff.
I'm reading another book at the moment in a relatively similar style called The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, it's also a really interesting story. Haven't finished it though, so I can't really make an assessment.




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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Anyone else read it?


I have that one lying around, I just can't be assed to pick it up and read it. Worth the effort, I presume?
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Anyone else read it?

Yes! It's absolutely amazing.

I just finished all the books for my Prose module at uni, so I've been taking some time off ractual literary study and enjoying Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. 'All the Pretty Horses' was so astonishingly good.
#37
I'm reading "IT" (Stephen King).

It's okay, so far. There are some things that can be better though. (I have not seen the movie).

Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" is a good book, too. I spanned it out in a week's time and enjoyed it. (I'm awaiting this movie in May 09)
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I actually really liked the Harry Potter series. Once you get into it, they are quite good.


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#39
At the moment im engrossed in Mark Z. Danielewski's 'House Of Leaves', its the most unique book I have ever read, its not normal at all. I highly suggest it to anyone that like abit of a challenge.
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I'm reading One Soldiers War in Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko, awesome book, I've read it like 6 times now.

I actually need to get some more books, I don't suppose you guys could reccomend me some if you consider that my favourite books are, Jarhead, One Soldiers War in Chechnya, All Quiet on the Western Front, I do like other styles of book, those are just the ones I liked the most.



Read anything at all by Stephen E. Ambrose, the guy wrote Band of Brothers among many other awesome works.

Also, read War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges a war correspondant who has pretty much seen it all.
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