Good Books?

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eva lilith
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Post#1 » Fri Jan 14, 2005 9:11 pm

What are good books to read (for writing influence or no)? Other than Tolkien... that's obvious...

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Túrin Turambar
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Post#2 » Fri Jan 14, 2005 9:32 pm

I recommend anything written by Wilbur Smith! ANYTHING!!! i haven't read one of his books that disappointed me yet. I've read about 10 of his 30+ books.

I must warn you though, that his books are not for the faint of heart. He can become quite graphic at times, and he does have the odd sex scene, but it's done with a classy taste... not like reading a porn mag or anything. He has a huge variety of different books, some are based in Egytian times, some take place 16th century, some are present day, ect... but they are all great reads, i really recommend 'The Courtney' series of his.

bottom line.... Wilbur Smith is amazing, i use to think Tolkien was the king of capturing my imagination, until i stumbled across Mr Smith's work.

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galenhir
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Post#3 » Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:18 pm

David Eddings. I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve read by him. His writing is truly gifted. He reminds me of Tolkien through the way he builds relationships between characters. What I mean is in just a few lines you feel like you have seen and met with the people you are reading of, and that is a blessed must in literature! :smoke:

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Túrin Turambar
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Post#4 » Sat Jan 15, 2005 2:58 am

Another author i forgot to mention was Bernard Cornwell. He rights about medieval times, although he rights fiction his style does play out to be more reality. In other words no elves, magic, ect...

He has a series losely based on the holy grail and other mediaval fabels.

But more importantlly i recommend Wilbur Smith!!! I cannot stress that enough, even if you think i'm a dumb arse, I like Tolkiens writing so that means I have somethingt in common with you guys. You'll all love me once you read just one of his books!

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lord_aragorn86
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Post#5 » Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:24 am

He rights about medieval times, although he rights fiction his style...

Turin meant "writes" instead of the "rights" here, so in case you are confused....

Well, I would suggest Alistair Maclean. He's an awesome action/adventure writer. And I suggest you start by reading his first book "HMS Ulysses". The only book which brought tears to my eyes so far. (And I've read a lots!)
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Post#6 » Sat Jan 15, 2005 5:13 am

James Potterson's books, it's a little bit thrilling, the twists are good, the ideas are great andmost of all they're brilliant! The bad thing is once they're released you really have to have money(I don't know the price 'cause I don't really buy I just borrow!) and you've got to be quick to grab one!
Khalil Gibran's books, they're philosophycal and some of his ideas are just great!
Ernest Hemingway's books, they're humurous, maybe dramatic and most of all sensible!
And other's that I can't remember!

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eva lilith
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Post#7 » Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:15 pm

I suggest Terry Pratchett... I hope this isn't treasonous, but I actually do enjoy a lot of his books more than LOTR... The Discworld series by him is excellent- think Hitchhikers' Guide but a lot deeper and makes more sense. They're really really good!!
Christopher Stasheff and Isaac Asimov are also great authors.

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Post#8 » Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:31 pm

anyone read Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"?

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Post#9 » Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:44 pm

Aside from classic authors, Stephen King is about the only other author that I read as much as Tolkien. I would reacomend The Dark Tower series to anyone who likes good Sci-fi, or just a good story about a quest. :read:

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Post#10 » Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:07 pm

Eva lilith, you might find the following link interesting to look over as well,

The Return of just what exactly are you reading right now?

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"I would have the Ring-bearer bring the crown to me, and let Mithrandir set it upon my head, if he will; for he has been the mover of all that has been accomplished, and this is his victory." Elessar

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