Thread: Fav Non-Tolkien Books
I have never picked up a Stephen King book yet, I don't have the courage too, I am a scaredy-cat--lol.
The Belgariad and The Mallorean was really great!!!
They are about what he went through as a child and it`s sooooo upsetting. The library even asked if I had permission to read these books bc they were so horrific, well to me they are. Dave Pelzer could have died bc of what he went through...but he didn`t, he fought for his life.
I can`t say anymore bc this is a family site and therefore only for the older people.
George Orwell '1984,' and 'Animal Farm'
Margaret Atwood 'The Handmaids Tale'
I ahve read a few Stephen King books, 'It' scared the gell out of me when I was 12 four years back, 'The Stand' is a good book and 'Needful Things' average.
Non-fiction: 'The Wariors Honour' by Micheal Ignatieef (Though it is spelled, 'honor' in the Americanized spelling.)
'World Sociology' (O.K it is a text book, bit it rocks!)
And I also want to read 'Stupid White Men' by Micheal Moore, even though it is a piece of rather heated poltical spin, it is quite interesting (or seems) and also Marx and Engels rather old Communist Manifesto which will be a interesting read, I think.
Though it can be a little difficult to comprehend sometimes,Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" is also a fave of mine.
* Gabriel Byrne's autobiography Pictures in my head (now don't laugh it's very very good, very well-written, really)
* Tom Whathisname? (I forgot his name, sorry!!!) - Round Ireland with a fridge (very funny!)
* Garfield! Ok I know they're not books, but they're good!
* I don't remember any other books, but I'll be back again sometime to tell you. Cos there are more...
My favorite non-Tolkien books would have to be:
1. A Seperate Peace (John Knowles) <----this is extremly well written, very disturbing, and not very active but I like it
2. Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt) I read this in fifth grade, it is very good historical fiction as well as a great coming of age book.
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
4. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
5. The Mennyms (Sylvia Waugh) <---an interesting childrens fantasy
6. Finding God: Elements of Hindu Religion (Stephan Huyler) very scholarly, well-reasearched, and by a man who has experienced real Hindu ceremonies and knows what he's talking about...amazing photography as well.
Better yet, anything by Michael Moorcock with Elrick in it.
Elrick! Yay! *Spontanious Happy Dance!*
Sorry, there just something totaly spiffy about a random albino chappy armed with a bl**dy great soul sucking sword of doominess!
2)Stephen King's Dark Tower series
3)David Edding's Belgariad and Mallarion series
4)Orson Scott Cards Tales of Alvin maker
5)David Gemmel's Jon Shannow series
6)Stephen King's It
7)Stephen King's Bag of bones
8)stephen King's The stand
9)Stephen Kings The green mile
10)C.S.Lewis's Narnia series.
I think one of my fave books is 'Walk to Remember', which can make anyone cry...especiely me.
Ghost in the Noonday Sun (Sid Fleischmann)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard)
R&G was an excellent movie, as well.
I never really liked Stephen King--he's too creepy and doesn't have much of a storyteller's personality.
Childrens: The Chronicles of Narnia, Followed by harry Potter.
Apocalyptic: The Stand, by Stephen King
Fairy Tale: Stardust, by Neil Gaimen
New Fantasy: The Ill-Made Mute, by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
I Can't think of a category for this one:
Wicked, by Gegory Mcguire (retelling of The Wizard of Oz)
Sci-fi: Enders-Game, by Orson Scott Card, as well as Dune
Biography: J.R.R. Tolkien, by Humphrey Carpenter
Aurtherian Legend: Talieson, Merlin, and Pendragon by Stephan Lawhead (three seperate books)
Comedy: Anything by Terry Prachett
Though, Feist uses "moredhel," Moraelin, and other Sindarin words. Dragonlance has kender, beings extremely close to hobbits (theyre SO funny)
Elric of Melnibone
Chronicles of Amber
I also like books by Kurt Vonnegut.
my favourite books are Shakepeare's complete work (I absolutely love him), Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, 1984 by George Orwell, Tengo Miedo Torero by pedro Lemebel (Chilean Author), Cien ańos de soledad by Gabriel Garcķa Marquez (colombian postAuthorID), L'amant by Marguqerite Duras and many more...
I have not read any Anne Rice. Which would be a good book to start with?
Well, Lasgalen I think the best book to start with would be Interview with A Vampire, because that is the first in I believe to be a 5 part series. With the queen of the damned being the fifth one.
After you read it let me know what you think of it.
Some of the books from other genres that I like are To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Diary Of Anne Frank, The Confession Of Charlotte Doyle (can't remember by whom), The Chronicles Of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) and the Harry Potter books.