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i dont have alot of money just now being the skint student i am and its a friend's birthday coming up soon. He really likes to read books and i' not sure what to get him. some books he likes are 1984, angels and demons, the historian, the beach, LOTR and his dark materials trilogy. so can people recommend me a book you think he would like? that would be great thanks
#2
Here are some of my favorite books:

Rites of Spring
Darkness at Noon
Slaughterhouse Five
The Gulag Archipelago
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (whole series)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Jane Eyre
The Things They Carried

...and maybe Wise Blood.


Some other good ones are:

Grapes of Wrath
Anthem
Their Eyes Were Watching God
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man
The Stranger
Last edited by yawn at Feb 13, 2007,
#4
You could probably buy him a bunch of H.G Wells - pretty cheap and not half bad.
#7
The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail.

If he likes Dan Brown, he'll like the book Dan Brown lifted half his shit from.

EDIT: Also the entire Hitchhiker's Guide series is cheap and amazing.

#9
The Catcher in The Rye
A Clockwork Orange
Catch 22
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Lolita
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

...all great books
#10
The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail.

If he likes Dan Brown, he'll like the book Dan Brown lifted half his shit from.



that was for the da vinci code not angels and demons

thank you for the recommendations so far il read some reviews and then go get one
#11
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (Nancy Farmer)
Sea of Trolls (Nancy Farmer)
House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer)
Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Eoin Colfer)
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code (Eoin Colfer)
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception (Eoin Colfer)

all great books by great authors
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#13
Oh yeah... Stephen King's good, too... if he likes reading A LOT, and horror... but i don't know how cheap his books are
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Oh yeah... Stephen King's good, too... if he likes reading A LOT, and horror... but i don't know how cheap his books are

yeah i spent like 4 years reading only King books

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Beowulf!


Beowulf is badass!

You know what?

Get him some of the "Dark Tower" books by Stephen King.

Has he read any?

the Gunslinger is badass.
#16
the Halo books are surprisingly good reads and you don't even have to like Halo to enjoy them.
#17
In Remembrance of Thing's Past by Marcel Proust

And um...

Story of O
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#18
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


I have that book in my hands now. Might give it a read.
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Beowulf is badass!

You know what?

Get him some of the "Dark Tower" books by Stephen King.

Has he read any?

the Gunslinger is badass.

i don't know if he has but, that's my favorite series of books, i like you're thinking Iluvpowerchords!

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The Sun Also Rises
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I have that book in my hands now. Might give it a read.
Give it a go! =D
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Beowulf is badass!

You know what?

Get him some of the "Dark Tower" books by Stephen King.

Has he read any?

the Gunslinger is badass.


no hes not read any of the dark tower series
#23
Kurt Vonnegut!!!!!! Of course, it would depend on whether he's been exposed to Vonnegut before. If not I would suggest Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night or Slaughterhouse-Five.

Graham Greene is another favorite of mine. "The Quite American" in particular.

Albert Camus is always a good pick.

I would also recommend "Tiger in a Trance" by Max Luddington, which tells the store of a dead-head in the late 1980s.
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Kurt Vonnegut!!!!!! Of course, it would depend on whether he's been exposed to Vonnegut before. If not I would suggest Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night or Slaughterhouse-Five.

Graham Greene is another favorite of mine. "The Quite American" in particular.

Albert Camus is always a good pick.

I would also recommend "Tiger in a Trance" by Max Luddington, which tells the store of a dead-head in the late 1980s.

Wow! I totally forgot about him! Jailbird is a fabulous book.
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Kurt Vonnegut!!!!!! Of course, it would depend on whether he's been exposed to Vonnegut before. If not I would suggest Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night or Slaughterhouse-Five.


I just discovered Vonnegut! Great autor, read Cat's cradle and slaughterhouse five.

If he likes fantasy, I'd recommend the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan. Undoubtedly the most epic fantasy ever written (eleven 800+ page books so far). The first book is "The Eye of the World"
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#26
I like all the S.E. Hinton books, I think they're great. I am currently reading The Stand by Stephen King. It is the uncut version that has over 500 pages of previously deleted material from the original one published. It has 1153 pages and I'm on page 122, I have to have it read by feb 26 or 27 so I can make a powerpoint about it.
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#27
I'm reading Catch-22 right now. It's quite interesting, not at all what I had expected when somebody told me it was a WWII book.
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#28
Buy him the one gift that keeps on giving, The Bible.
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Buy him the one gift that keeps on giving, The Bible.


Damn right brother!

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Buy him the one gift that keeps on giving, The Bible.
Holy cow.

I saw your username as the last poster in this thread, and I KNEW you'd say the Bible.

And then I click the thread title, and BAM I was right!

Then again, you are somewhat predictable...
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Buy him the one gift that keeps on giving, The Bible.

better yet buy the Satanic Bible

well actually that's what i'm planning to do. I'm gonna go to my little local book store and buy it. why the hell am i doing this, you ask? i'm doing it cause i will give some insight to what a "Real" satanist is, i know it's not just someone who has tons of sex and sacrfices stuff, cause that's just Pop Culture has turned it into. and i've heard that's it's an actually good read, i did not hear that from a satanist either. should be very interesting..