Thread: Favourite Books
(One book per post for less confusion.)
and then you can comment on them later on, after you have read them or if you already have.
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I like Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the OPera . I like PRide and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I like The Scarlet PImpernel a little. The movie is way better. I guess that's the extent of all my non-Tolkien favourites.
I am soooo sad.
I'm reading 'There And Back Again' an actor's tale by Sean Astin. It does give a good insight as to how Sean got involved in LOTR (and his past involvement in other films) but he comes across as being very insecure but a very nice person. I think there is a similarity between Sean and Sam.
It's very good so far...
When I finish I'll get back to you.
I am a fast reader and I am am almost finished the last book of the second chronicles. (around 3000 pages i think, i don't know.)
Me no like fantasy books.
Me no like fantasy books.
If you don't like fantasy books, why are you here?
If you like suspense it is a good read.
I have also recenlty re read a lot of the books I read when younger, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights etc... etc... a great experience you definatly get something out of re reading books.
Discworld is, as you may have guessed, a world shaped like a disc- flat. It is carried through space on the backs of four elephants, which are in turn standing on the back of the Great A'tuin, a giant turtle. The disc has eight colors (the eight being octarine, a sort of greenish purple) and an extremely high magical field, which means practically anything can happen. The first book in the series is The Color of Magic and the best one (in my opinion) is Night Watch.
Also quite similar is the book called Hackers, its about hackers, (duh!) but it's quite good. So Loni, I'm not all fantasy fan, but I love most books. Unless they're boring.
Oh yes to Wilbur Smith, his books are great. I can't say what's my favourite as I love all I have read.
YESSS!!! YOU ROCK!!!
I keep telling people about how great Wilbur Smith is, but no one listens.... You are the first person to acknowlege his presence on these forums, besides me of course!
Another one high up my list at the moment is Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code". Very good story, though I only read it once, and I'm sure that if I read it again, it'll be a little less good already.
Something that's been high up my list ever since I read it is "Schindler's list" by Thomas Keneally. Very good book.
David and Leigh eddings have some very good books out there and the whole series is good.
he wrote books about Drizzt who is one of my favorite characters.
OK, saying that, my favourite book is Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay.
I'm still obsessed with Jordans WoT, too, and I personally don't have a problem with the style/number of books until ACoS. The first six were just as they should be; the last four probably should have been two, but they're still a lot better than everyone makes out, they're just not up to say, the Fires of Heaven or The Dragon Reborn. Essentially, people are busting Jordans chops because he wrote some truly great books at the start of the series, and completely ignoring the effect of rumored personal problems after LoC. The way he takes virtually every fantasy character and concept we've known from the cradle and turns them and their relationships on their head is fascinating. Example: anyone who's read the series knows how important the Sword in the Stone is, and that King Arthur's been dead a thosand years before that importance becomes relevant. Galahad's (#!#$! Avatar) still a jerk though, maybe moreso.
Kerouac, what can I say about Kerouac? On the Road and LotR have probably had more effect on me than any other (psuedo)fiction I've read, though I still don't think Kerouac belongs in fiction. If you haven't read the Dharma Bums you should, it's soooo good, and the "sequel" in Desolation Angels, too, even if I don't like how it ends (one more reason to despise William Burroughs.) As I've said elsewhere, Kerouac expresses all my most complex and difficult to describe feelings, thoughts, and beliefs far better than I ever could. It's like someone translated my soul into English and had me read it.
Oh, you want something not previously mentioned? Well, Piers Anthony's a hack, but I love him, especially the Incarnations of Immortality series that gets into the metaphysical questions I like while still presenting a good story. Joel Rosenbergs even more of a hack, but his Gaurdians of the Flame series is very entertaining; I find myself quoting Walter Slovotskys Laws all the time. Robert Adams Horseclans series, also not "great art" is good, too. The only place besides WoT where I've found good analysis and use of cavalry tactics (now I know what a dragoon is!) Needless to say, when the Orcs pivoted 180’ in the film version of RotK I was outraged. Flanked infantry don't turn in place, they execute a comples turning movement (about which libraries have been written,) or more to the point, they TRY while the cavalry charges, comes out the other side, turns and charges again. The best illustration is from Rosenberg, oddly enough: "If they run, we chase 'em down and kill 'em. If they don't run we make 'em run, THEN we chase 'em down and kill 'em." The technical term for flanked infantry is "hamburger."
Um, lit... read the Divine Comedy, not just the Inferno. I like Kerouac, but don't care for Joyce (go fig.) Anything by Twain, I especially loved Connecticutt Yankee (even if it reminds me of someone I can't mention) and Tom Sawyer was the first novel I ever read (much better than Huck, IMHO.) As a young kid the rule was Tom twice and Huck once every summer for more years than I can remember. Gilgamesh, of which the Odyssey is thinly disguised (and inferior) plagiarism. There's another book I'd have you read, which would also count as great literature (among other things,) but I can't tell you what it is. If you Google me you'll probably figure it out though. If you can find it, P. D. Ouspenskys Tertium Organum is an incredible book on metaphysics, and I recommend The Metaphyiscs itself. The world of the material is much shakier than most guess, 'cos they missed that classic from which all modern scientific inquiry derives (from The Metaphysics Bacon goes on to Novum Organum, and he created the scientific method.) Philo of Alexandria is startling, to say the least, even if he committed some errors.
The Drew Pearson Diaries are good, too. The world hasn't changes so much as we like to believe.