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I've got a lot of time to read now, but I don't have any books. I dig thought-provoking fiction. The last book I read that I actually enjoyed was 1984. The Catcher in the Rye was pretty good too.

Any suggestions?
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A Clockwork Orange
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Wild Boys
Naked Lunch
Lord of the Flies

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A Clockwork Orange if you havent already. Everyone should read that.
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American Psycho By Bret Easton Elis - An excellent book. It's kind of...sick...but it's a great read.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's freaking awesome, and nothing like the movie. Really thought provoking if you look at it the right way
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on the road by jack kerouac, hes my favorite author and he was one of jim morrisons main influinces
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The Bible? Jesus Christ...When I was younger the bible was retarded. I it went against everything that I was learning in school. The verses just made no sense and the stories in it were pointless so I converted to Athiesm. (sp?)

But, it's a good read if you have nothing else to do.
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My friend just bought two books that, from the way he describes them, are very psychological and ficiony, but I haven't read them. One is called "The sunset Limited" and the other is called "The Road" both buy Cormac McCarhty.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's freaking awesome, and nothing like the movie. Really thought provoking if you look at it the right way


i prefered the movie to the book, but i think thats just because in the book you can't hear british accents


try the Flashman series.. very interesting, yet funny
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I'm serious, read it. I've read a lot of classics and great books, (Catch 22, 1984, Heart of Darkness, etc. etc) all solid reads, but Zen and the art stands out, i've read it twice already and im planning to read it again this summer to pick out more details.
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Animal Farm if you haven't already....
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Anything by Michael Chritchten is good (sp?)

Most of his books are now movies but there are a few that still aren't. Here's the ones I read which I thought were pretty amazing

Sphere
State of Fear
Airframe
Jurassic Park
The Lost World - Jurassic Park (Better than the movies by far)
Prey (Really good, about nanotechnology)

Umm there's probably more, but I forget about most of them.
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the giver as stated before
read some edgar allan poe especially the pit and the pendulum, and the raven, tell tale heart all classics
im reading this book firmament its pretty interesting
like water for chocolate one of the best books ive ever read
read the harry potter series theyre good
and the princess bride i havent had a chance to read it but it should be good if its anything like the movie
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what ever you dont read that book called ..THE BIBLE
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I'm reading The Stand by Stephen King, and it's pretty good, however long. So I'll recommned it, or IT, also by Mr. King.
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A Tale of Two Cities

Seriously.
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The Five People You Meet In Heaven. by Mitch Albom. Its not really a religious book, its got its own views on heaven, but definatly one of my all time favorites.
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I'm reading The Stand by Stephen King, and it's pretty good, however long. So I'll recommned it, or IT, also by Mr. King.

i spent my whole junior high school career reading only King books, good books

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to add to my list, read The Hot Zone, and Mcteague. both are pretty interesting
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I recommend the Bible so that you can make your own opinion on it. It isn't brainwashing. Just read parts, start witht the New Testament, and create your own opinion on it rather than listening to every idiot in here who think that because their friend read two verses that they are experts.
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Looking for Alaska
Alas Babylon
The Giver
Of Mice and Men
Huckleberry Finn and or Tom Sawyer

those are some of my favorites
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I recommend the Bible so that you can make your own opinion on it. It isn't brainwashing. Just read parts, start witht the New Testament, and create your own opinion on it rather than listening to every idiot in here who think that because their friend read two verses that they are experts.

too true, i bought the Satanic Bible, some of it is thought provoking, but some/most is cliche and comical

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on the road by jack kerouac, hes my favorite author and he was one of jim morrisons main influinces


+1 for kerouac man hell of an author, also check out Neal Cassidy he only did one book but it's pretty weird he's the insperation of Dean Morarity.
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i read 1984 in my english class...
it was kinda hard to understand.
and i bet u George Orwell was on acid when he wrote the book.
cuz its just too much like waht Syd Barett and Roger Waters thinks bout.
the movie was such a "The Wall" rip too. "The Wall" was released 1982 btw.
and 1984 movie was released 1984. i see how that worked out.
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#37
I asked a scholary friend of mine a similar question:

Any volume of poetry by any Romantic British poet: Keats, Shelley, Byron, Coleridge, Blake. In particular, their long poems, which reveal the real maturity of their craft (iff'n y'ask me);
Paradise Lost by John Milton.
Beowulf by some poor patronized schmuck who probably died penniless? Get Seamus Heaney's version.
Anything by James Joyce if you can stomach the urge the throw the book against the wall when you're on the sixteenth allusion to look up in half as many paragraphs; what an arrogant jerk.
Simone De Beauvoir's The Second Sex.
Sartre's play No Exit.
Anything by Thomas Hardy.
Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake because it redeems her for ripping off Orwell with The Handmaid's Tale. Plus it's good.
OH OH OH OH.... Goodness. I forgot it was YOU I was talking to! YOU MUST READ Michael Ondaatje's Coming through Slaughter. It is written about a jazz musician, Buddy Bolden, and he (Ondaatje) attempts to write the story IN JAZZ. It is one of my all-time favourite books.
Ok. SO. Right. The Bible. Cause ya gotta. The whole of western literature up until the advent of the computer is based upon its references. Do Shakespeare's everything while you're at it. Especially King Lear.
Any volume of poetry by the Beat poets including Guinsberg, Williams, Kerouac, Burroughs, etc. Naked Lunch is pretty sick prose. You'd dig it.
Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
T. S. Eliot-not just his poetry which will turn your head into a busted Rubick's cube but also his essays-- in particular Tradition and The Individual Talent.
Ezra Pound - his poetry (and because of his influence on Eliot as editor).
Yeats - because he's amazing. Just read everything. Then read Harold Bloom's critique of him.
Once you're in fourth year university and you can grok it, read Tillotama Rajan's The Dark Interpreter (a criticism of the Romantic poets mentioned above).
Proust - warning warning warning you should read it in the original (A la recherche du temps perdu) but if you can't, read "Remembrance of things past." You'll miss a lot of subtle stuff but it's better than not reading it. He was kind of a reclusive freaky rich screwed up invalid twisted by grief (and gay in a time when it was definitely not cool to announce it) but his prose is unparalleled in its elegance. Hard to read but great.
Ok. This last one is a weird one but I can't help myself. Clive Barker's Imagica. He makes Stephen King look like a total amateur. Also the Books of Blood. They're hard to find but they are extremely funny.
Every article Dave Barry ever wrote.
Anything in The Onion.
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The Illiad, The Odyssey (Homer/Greek), The Aeneid (Virgil/Roman)
The poetry of Catullus and Sappho (Greek).

Honestly, that's a killer list of great books. Go for it
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+1 for kerouac man hell of an author, also check out Neal Cassidy he only did one book but it's pretty weird he's the insperation of Dean Morarity.



Def. dude. Dean (forgot his real name) was one of Jacks closest friends and one of the most inspirational people ive ever read about, On The Road and The Dharma Bums seriously made/is making me really interested in budhisim. I currently am reading the book of haikus and its really cool.

my librarian also told me this book Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is really good and very kerouac esk.
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When I'm ready I plan on reading that and Mein Kampf. I think everyone should. As long as they feel strong enough to keep their beliefs.

right like i always say, don't let the fear of the unknown make you act foolish

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