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#1
Soo I decided I should get back into reading some books, so I have something to keep me occupied before bed, or during breaks or something, other than staring at a computer screen and such.

Books I have enjoyed is Da Vinci Code, LotR, some of the Star Wars books, only read like two though, Anthony Kiedis's book ofcourse, and all those books everyone reads in school like A Catcher in the Rye and such.

Basically what are some good books to pick up, I like fantasy, but I also like realistic fiction if it is good enough, or just something thats good, I was thinking bout reading the Hobbit finally, and what are some other good JRR Tolkien books?

Suggestions please.
#2
Life of Pi by Yann Martel was incredibly good. So was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I liked the Hobbit, too.
#3
The Hobbit is good and my friend enjoyed one of the Book of Lost Tales. Have you read The Odyssey, Iliad or The Aeniead? Those three are all good epic poems. H. P. Lovecraft has some great horror themed short stories, The Three Musketeers is a nice classic or The Grapes of Wrath. (I think I enjoyed it more because I live in that area of Oklahoma.) I can't remember the others I read earlier.....I read a ton of classics my 8th grade and freshmen year and it's been a year so I can't remember...
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So was East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

I can't believe that there is another Steinbeck fan.

Try Cannery Row and Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. Easy, short reads.

Also try Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte. It's a classic for a reason.
#5
Dark Tower series by Stephen King and a lot of his other work like Everything's Eventual
Ender's Game and the rest of the series by Orson Scott Card
Lord of the Flies Sir Willaim Golding
Dante's Inferno by Dante Alighieri
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
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Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
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I can't believe that there is another Steinbeck fan.

Try Cannery Row and Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. Easy, short reads.

Also try Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte. It's a classic for a reason.

Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors...I'd recommend anything by him. Oh, and Shakespeare is pretty good, too, if you're into that kind of stuff.
#8
I would recommend the Best of H. P. Lovecraft Short Stories to anyone who enjoys horror but doesn't want a real novel. (I wish he would have written a 500+ book because it would have scared the human race to insanity.)
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#9
Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
Magician by Raymond Feist
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie- not sure if you'll like that one, it's kind of wierd and existential, but i really liked it.

As for JRR Tolkien, i plan on reading The Silmarillion as soon as i finish a couple of other books, it's supposed to be great. The Hobbit was a bit childish for me (it is a children's book after all!!)
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#10
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The Hobbit is good and my friend enjoyed one of the Book of Lost Tales. Have you read The Odyssey, Iliad or The Aeniead? Those three are all good epic poems. H. P. Lovecraft has some great horror themed short stories, The Three Musketeers is a nice classic or The Grapes of Wrath. (I think I enjoyed it more because I live in that area of Oklahoma.) I can't remember the others I read earlier.....I read a ton of classics my 8th grade and freshmen year and it's been a year so I can't remember...


stop trying to be an intellectual. i'm pretty sure you did not understand Iliad or The Aeniead. they are the one of the most difficult pieces of literature.


read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. AMAZINGLY EVIL BOOK.

(fyi: McCarthy is the writer of No Country for Old Men)
#11
if you like Nirvana, read Heavier than Heaven. its a kurt cobain bio. it may change ur outlook on him as a person
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stop trying to be an intellectual. i'm pretty sure you did not understand Iliad or The Aeniead. they are the one of the most difficult pieces of literature.


read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. AMAZINGLY EVIL BOOK.

(fyi: McCarthy is the writer of No Country for Old Men)

yea, hes obviously trying to be intellectual..... all he did was mention them...
calm down
#13
As far as science fiction/fantasy I recommend Stranger in a Strange Land and people seem to enjoy the Ender's Game series from Orson Scott Card. If you liked the Catcher in the Rye, you might dig stuff from the Beat Movement, pick up On the Road by Kerouac and Naked Lunch by Burroughs. I also recommend Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Edit:

I second the H.P. Lovecraft suggestion.
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stop trying to be an intellectual. i'm pretty sure you did not understand Iliad or The Aeniead. they are the one of the most difficult pieces of literature.


read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. AMAZINGLY EVIL BOOK.

(fyi: McCarthy is the writer of No Country for Old Men)

What brought that on? I didn't necessarily breeze through them but I understood them and can remember a large part of the books since I read them a while ago.....The Aeniead is like 10 feet from me right now....The only thing I didn't like about it was I didn't know which name went to which god since I hadn't read anything with Roman gods before.....I found Dante's Inferno and Paradise Lost much harder than those two though, I couldn't even finish them....
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What brought that on? I didn't necessarily breeze through them but I understood them and can remember a large part of the books since I read them a while ago.....The Aeniead is like 10 feet from me right now....The only thing I didn't like about it was I didn't know which name went to which god since I hadn't read anything with Roman gods before.....I found Dante's Inferno and Paradise Lost much harder than those two though, I couldn't even finish them....



my bad. didnt mean to come off that way.


or maybe i did.


but the Inferno and Paradise Lost are amazing, props for the good taste.
#16
the power of one/tandia
the colour of water
I know this much is true (amazing book this one)
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my bad. didnt mean to come off that way.


or maybe i did.


but the Inferno and Paradise Lost are amazing, props for the good taste.

"stop trying to be an intellectual. i'm pretty sure you did not understand Iliad or The Aeniead. they are the one of the most difficult pieces of literature." That was quite derogatory. No big deal though, I don't have much of a life so I read a lot before getting in to music seriously. I don't read near as much as I used to though and that makes me sad....
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stop trying to be an intellectual. i'm pretty sure you did not understand Iliad or The Aeniead. they are the one of the most difficult pieces of literature.


read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. AMAZINGLY EVIL BOOK.

(fyi: McCarthy is the writer of No Country for Old Men)


Oh ****! McCarthy used to live in my hometown .
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Viking fact no. 1: Viking helmets did not have horn.
Viking fact no. 2: Vikings tobogganed on their shields into battle.
Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
Viking fact no. 4: One of your ancestors are likely to have been raped by a viking.
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The Iliad and The Odyssey
Best of H. P. Lovecraft Short Stories
The Silmarillion
Blood Meridian
Stranger in a Strange Land
Ender's Game
Brave New World

those are what I'm going to check to see is available at the library in the morning, and choose which seem most interesting to rent so far, probably going to only get 3, 4 max ... so keep suggestions coming if any left.
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The Iliad and The Odyssey
Best of H. P. Lovecraft Short Stories
The Silmarillion
Blood Meridian
Stranger in a Strange Land
Ender's Game
Brave New World

those are what I'm going to check to see is available at the library in the morning, and choose which seem most interesting to rent so far, probably going to only get 3, 4 max ... so keep suggestions coming if any left.

The ending was so depressing... plus it's a little weird and dated at some points.

I recommend 1984 by George Orwell. I admit it faces the same problems at points but overall far superior in my opinion.
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Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors...I'd recommend anything by him. Oh, and Shakespeare is pretty good, too, if you're into that kind of stuff.

Steinbeck=Greatest American Author of the 20th Century. Yes, even greater than Hemmingway.

Read The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley. Great book.
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Yeah Brave New World and 1984 are great.

Steinbeck's great too, to this day whenever i see an hot girl i say 'she's real purty' like Lennie would from Of Mice and Men
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#24
Have you read Dune by Frank Herbert? Truly one of the greatest science fiction masterpieces.

Also if you really enjoy fantasy you should read the Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Not quite on par with LOTR, but amazing nonetheless. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is also fantastic.

Yes I am a big book nerd, in summer i spend my afternoons sitting outside tanning while reading and getting drunk
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Have you read Dune by Frank Herbert? Truly one of the greatest science fiction masterpieces.

Also if you really enjoy fantasy you should read the Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Not quite on par with LOTR, but amazing nonetheless. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is also fantastic.

Yes I am a big book nerd, in summer i spend my afternoons sitting outside tanning while reading and getting drunk


I shall check out Sword of Shannara and possible Dune
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Have you read Dune by Frank Herbert? Truly one of the greatest science fiction masterpieces.

Also if you really enjoy fantasy you should read the Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Not quite on par with LOTR, but amazing nonetheless. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is also fantastic.

Yes I am a big book nerd, in summer i spend my afternoons sitting outside tanning while reading and getting drunk


+1

My friend was so addicted to that series he read it over a dozen times lol.
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Viking fact no. 1: Viking helmets did not have horn.
Viking fact no. 2: Vikings tobogganed on their shields into battle.
Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
Viking fact no. 4: One of your ancestors are likely to have been raped by a viking.
#28
Read the Hobbit, it's pretty good, but there are no other good Tolkein books. Then try 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell, the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'. Then try moving onto some more 'classic' literature such as 'The Old Man and the Sea' or 'A Farewell to Arms' by Hemingway, 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee.

Best thing to do is look around, see what you might like, challenge yourself and then you should get a good idea of other great books.
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I can't believe that there is another Steinbeck fan.

Try Cannery Row and Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. Easy, short reads.

Also try Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte. It's a classic for a reason.


I love Steinbeck too. Try Grapes of Wrath, definetly his most famous and absolutely amazing.
You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.
#31
If your a nerd like me then

Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica - Isaac Newton
A Short History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
#32
I've suggested this like 5 times on UG but, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
It is pure brilliant.
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#33
Stephen King's Christine?

Moby Dick?

Clockwork Orange, it's a bit short, but it takes a while to get used to the Nadsat.
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Porn - Irvine Welsh
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
One flew over the cuckoo's nest - Ken Kessey
1984 - George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
You don't have to be evil to work here... but it helps - Tom Holt
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Since you're into sci-fi, try "Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.
#37
On the Road - Jack Kerouac.
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Woah, woah. Back the hell up.

Polo shirt?

Sunglasses?

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franny and zooey by j.d. salinger
breakfast at tiffany's by truman capote
the great gatsby by f. scott fitzgerald
one flew over the cuckoo's nest by ken kesey
electric kool-aid acid test by tom wolfe
choke by chuck palahniuk
house of leaves by mark danielewski


also, john steinbeck sucks.
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