#1
Ok i'm going to barnes & nobles in a bit to buy a book i need for english and i was wondering what are some good books you'd recommend for me so i can go ahead and buy them as well. I'm mainly into fantasy and vampire stuff and these are some books i've really liked recently: Harry potter (yeah, i know... :P), eragon, eldest (both by christopher paolini), twilight, new moon, eclipse (all 3 by stephenie meyer), into the wild, prey (by umm...that guy that made jurassic park and the sphere!), silver kiss, blood and chocolate (by the same author but i can't remember the name)
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#3
Ditch the kiddie stuff.

Get "The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett and don't stop until you've read all 30+ Discworld titles.

That or "The Dark Tower" by King.
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Stephen King has written a lot of great books.

his stories are good but his writting style isn't that great. tried them, could never finish them.
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Lord of the Rings. METAL!

lol, red the hobbit twice and the first one but i find the writing to be too boring
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Ditch the kiddie stuff.

Get "The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett and don't stop until you've read all 30+ Discworld titles.

That or "The Dark Tower" by King.

sounds interesting....what are they about?
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#13
you might like Tamora Pierce and the Wild Magic series, they're really good.
#14
I guess 'Seventh Son' by Orson Scott Card is fantasy. It's really good. Also, it's comedy but there good to, 'Getting Even' and 'Side Effects' by Woody Allen are pretty funny.
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#15
Irving's 'The world according to Garp."

It doesn't work as a movie in my opinion.

I read the English version some years ago.

EDIT: That book was a bit f*cked up, so if you like stuff like that...
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I don't know of many fantasy books but I highly recommend Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, Animal Farm or 1984 by George Orwell and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey.
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the anne rice vampire series. awesome stuff. for fantasy, look into RA Salvatore's forgotten realms. theres a billion of em, so u can pick and choose.
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Not much your taste but War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy is a great read. I recommend it so highly, it'll make your speaking english seem better (assuming you're English or American or any English speaking anything) and it's got a great storyline (my opinion).
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#21
Anne Rice has some good books in her Vampire Chronicles. H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen Kind are both good horror writers. Catcher in the Rye is an amazing book, so are epics like The Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid......Prestigious books are better for school because English teachers will love you for reading them......I was an asshole to my 8th grade English teacher and she loved me because I had read like half my senior requirements by then....
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#22
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sounds interesting....what are they about?

Sorry, dipped into another thread.

Discworld books are essentially satire.

They satirise the fantasy genre, the real world, other books, history etc, without actually "taking the piss", basically you'll be reading along and get what he's satirising and go "lol".

And he tells a decent story while he's at it. And his characters are great, be they stereotypes, heroes, anti-heroes or cowardly wizards who can't do any magic and spend alot of time running (away, never towards)
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Tarzan of the Apes, seriously good book
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thanks for replying everyone! i'm back from the store with a bagfull of books, starbucks coffee, and a b&n membership. i didn't have much time to look around since i was rather intimidated by the order of the books on the shelves (they seemed all out of order since they didn't seem catagorized by author or in alphabetical order either) and my cousin stayed outside in the car waiting for me. i did see some of the series magic books mentioned here but the series were incomplete so i didn't bother getting them yet. in case ur interested i bought these:

- Paradise Lost
- The Divine Comedy (never got finished with inferno so now i can finally finish it and read the other two parts as well)
- Persepolis pt 1 and 2 (it's a graphic novel for my english course...i know, who reads graphic novels in college!? i like the idea lol)
- some TS Eliot collection
- 3 books out of lilith saintcrow's "Valentine Series"...i'll order the first two online since they only had pts 3-5

I was gonna get 1984 but i forgot and didn't wanna go look for it any more since i was in line to pay already.

Thanks a lot anyway! i'll be checking your recommendations online soon!
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lol, red the hobbit twice and the first one but i find the writing to be too boring

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Ok i'm going to barnes & nobles in a bit to buy a book i need for english and i was wondering what are some good books you'd recommend for me so i can go ahead and buy them as well. I'm mainly into fantasy and vampire stuff and these are some books i've really liked recently: Harry potter (yeah, i know... :P), eragon, eldest (both by christopher paolini), twilight, new moon, eclipse (all 3 by stephenie meyer), into the wild, prey (by umm...that guy that made jurassic park and the sphere!), silver kiss, blood and chocolate (by the same author but i can't remember the name)



i admire your taste, have you tried Anne Rice's vampire books? they are a bit more old fashioned than stephenie meyer's series but they're worthwhile
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You should check out "The Road" By Courmac McCarthy. He's the guy who wrote No Country for Old Men and the road won a pulitzer. It's ****ing great.
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#31
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Ditch the kiddie stuff.

Get "The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett and don't stop until you've read all 30+ Discworld titles.

That or "The Dark Tower" by King.



+1 on terry pratchett
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#32
Dr.Seuse's Green eggs and Ham
Or on a serious note: Curt Benjiman's "The Prince of Shadow"
#33
Wait... you're in a college English class and still reading books aimed at 13 year-olds? I mean there's nothing wrong with them once and awhile, but damn you're going to have some catching up to do.
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Wait... you're in a college English class and still reading books aimed at 13 year-olds? I mean there's nothing wrong with them once and awhile, but damn you're going to have some catching up to do.

Well, I'd much rather read something a little less serious and entertaining than all the stuff i'vehad to read throughout all my years of schooling since i was always in advanced english classes. I had to deal with Shakespear, Bronte, Sinclair and more of the "classics"

Don't get me wrong, i love Poe, TS Eliot (one of the books i bought is a collection of his works), Dante Alighieri (sp?; i got the divine comedy since i never got to finish inferno when i was a sophomore in high school)Shakespear's sonnets (though i hate the old english!), JRR Tolkien (his writing style sucks imo but the stories are THE bible of fantasy and fiction), and some other stuff. I don't think i'll need any catching up to do really. Back in my freshman year i had to take some reading level test and i happened to get a "post-graduate" reading level and that was even BEFORE i took the time to read during my own private time. If any, i tend to be past my peers in most of my classes.

Oh, and i have tried Anne Rice's vampire novels and i liked them but i never had the time to finish them. I'll probably just order them from the website soon. Oh, and does anyone know if the discount offered by the B&N membership card for the in-store Starbucks cafe works at other Starbucks?

Anyway, i recommend reading the book i was assigned for my english class. It's "Persepolis" by Marja Satrapi. It's a rather quick read that comes in two parts. It's entertaining yet deals with many important issues of her life during the Islamic revolution. IT IS A GRAPHIC NOVEL!!! that means it's laid out as a comic which makes it even more interesting.
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#35
Rather than 1984, get We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

It was an influence for 1984 and is a much easier read (despite being translated from Russian) whilst still presenting a lot of the same issues and similarly commenting on society. Also, it has a far stronger writing style and general thematic motif, being very poetic and poignant without losing its general aim and message.