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(Originally posted on: 11-10-04 07:36:29 PM)
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I know this has been done a few times before, but I have somewhat of a different twist to this one.

Anyway, here are books I've read and liked:

Anything by Chuck Palahniuk
1984
Catcher in the Rye (albeit a long time ago)
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World
American Psycho
Anthem
I, Robot
Heart of Darkness
The Jungle
Crime and Punishment (though I didn't finish it)

Those are only the few that stuck out in my mind. It would be stupid to list all the books I own and have read, however, that cross-section should give you an idea of what types of books I like.

So make suggestions, because I'll be going out this weekend and buying about 20 or so books to ship to Iraq that way I'll have some shit to read while I'm over there.

Also, please link me to either Barnes and Nobles, Borders, a review, or something, that way I can determine whether the book sounds interesting enough to purchase.

Thanks in advance, because I'm not going to reply to every single post saying "thanks".

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Reply 1 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 07:42:50 PM)
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A Wild Sheep Chase
Dance Dance Dance

both by Haruki Murakami and both are excellent reads. The style of writing is very enticing/captivating (I found), and there is a good amount of symbolism and unrealistic real things. It is a Japanese author, and I know you're into Asian films and stuff, so you'd probably get even more out of these books than I did.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0679753796/qid=1100138385/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/103-0917285-8058256?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

The link to the Dance Dance Dance customer reviews, and also links to the A Wild Sheep Chase page. I highly recommend both.
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Reply 2 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 07:45:48 PM)
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Are you being serious about going to Iraq?
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Reply 3 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 07:58:26 PM)
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If you liked I, Robot, you may want to try the detective series based around it, also by Asimov, starting with The Caves of Steel. The middle book is The Naked Sun, and the last, which I have not read and thus cannot reccommend, is The Robots of Dawn.
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Reply 4 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 08:10:23 PM)
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Seconded Hasty's suggestion. A Wild Sheep Chase is a great read.

Some of the best books I'v read in recent years were written by an author named Neal Stephenson. The two I recommend most strongly are the cyberpunk-esque Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. Both have really vivid worlds of the future (some aspects of which parody what is today) and engaging storylines.
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Reply 5 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 08:14:43 PM)
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The Last Samurai, Helen DeWitt
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka
House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski

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Reply 6 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 08:16:14 PM)
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Unbelievable. If I could only recommend one book this would be it.
Amazon.com review: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312422156/qid=1100138538/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-7080732-9471227

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. More of a modern lit read, but it's really good.
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The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I haven't read it myself but I've heard nothing but great reviews.
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. If you enjoyed Anthem then you'll probably enjoy this-it's a tough read but very well worth it.
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Haven't read this either, but it's on my bookshelf and probably the next thing I'll read. I read a couple excepts in Lit that were amazing.
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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Or anything by Vonnegut. Cat's Cradle is probably my favourite by him, though. It's quite humourous and an interesting read.
Amazon.com review: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/038533348X/qid=1100140540/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/002-7080732-9471227
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Reply 7 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 08:44:41 PM)
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Holy shit... Sandamnit is going to Iraq? *sigh* Well that makes two people I know...

Anyway, one of my personal favourite books is:

Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot. Amazon describes it much better than I could, but I found it fascinating and enjoyable; mixing science and humanism.
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Good luck, Jeff.
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Reply 8 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 08:58:42 PM)
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All the reccomendations so far are excellent. Here's some more:

Anything by Phillip K. Dick, especially Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? or The Man In the High Castle or Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. Marvelous science fiction, with a dystopian tone. Big influence on the cyberpunk literature that came after him.

You might have already read it, but, if not, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Anything by William Gibson, I suggest starting with Neuromancer. If you like Gibson, then you will probably also like Spiff's suggestions. He's one of the forerunners of the cyberpunk genre.

Candide by Voltaire. It's hilarious.

If you are up for a plays, I suggest Our Town by Thornton Wilder or No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. The latter was originally written in French (it's French title is Huis Clos), and is a very interesting depiction of hell. The second quote in my sig is a famous line from it.

Anything by Vonnegut- especially Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, or The Sirens of Titan.

If you haven't already, read some of Bradbury's short stories. In my opinion, the two best collections are The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, but all his stuff is good. He, along with Poe, is possibly the best short story writer ever.

If you like Gibson or Stephenson, also check out Bruce Sterling. Heavy Weather and Holy Fire are both good. If you like this style, then you may also want to check out stuff by Rudy Rucker and Pat Cadigan.

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift is both funny and excellent, if you are willing to tolerate something that old.

Hemmingway is always good; personal favorites are The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea.

If you like fantasy with some sci-fi elements, I suggest something by Roger Zelazny, especially The Amber Chronicles.

HG Wells - The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine

Anything from the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card is good. It's a pretty easy read, too.

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a great dystopian science fiction novel. It was originally published online (and is still available for reading for free on the net) and the only way to get a hard copy of it is by ordering it. It's quite good though, and very, very graphic.


Hope those helped. If you have any more specific requirements for what you want, I'm sure I can come up with more that meet them.
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Reply 9 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:15:05 PM)
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The Da Vinci Code

I just finished reading it and I couldn't put it down at all. A really interesting read.

http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/plot.html\

Oh yeah, and anything by Joseph Heller, especially God Knows and Catch-22.
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Reply 10 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:17:08 PM)
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Reply 11 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:20:26 PM)
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Quoted from Dante:
Are you being serious about going to Iraq?
Yeah dude, I'm totally trying to prank you all.


I'm not leaving until January though.
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Reply 12 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:23:25 PM)
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Quoted from kayte:
Holy shit... Sandamnit is going to Iraq? *sigh* Well that makes two people I know...

Anyway, one of my personal favourite books is:

Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot. Amazon describes it much better than I could, but I found it fascinating and enjoyable; mixing science and humanism.
Amazon link

Good luck, Jeff.
Sagan is great, as is Ayn Rand.


PS. Good luck killing sandniggers Sandamnit.
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Reply 13 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:24:47 PM)
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The Da Vinci Code

I just finished reading it and I couldn't put it down at all. A really interesting read.

http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/plot.html\\



God, that guy is such a shitty writer.

PS - Agreed that Sagan and Rand are brilliant.
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Reply 14 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:25:58 PM)
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You have to admit it was a good book.
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Reply 15 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:28:02 PM)
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I highly suggest America: The Book by The Daily Show crew. It's quite hilarious, very tongue/cheek.
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Reply 16 of 68 (Originally posted on: 11-10-04 09:30:37 PM)
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You have to admit it was a good book.
I found both Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code pretty boring overall.

Dan Brown gave me the impression that he was infatuated with his own writing style.
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You have to admit it was a good book.


No, I dont. I found them boring and trite. And his writing syle is hideous - he seems incredibly full of himself despite writing in incredibly undeveloped and primitive prose. I thought that book was rather bad, actually.
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The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a great dystopian science fiction novel. It was originally published online (and is still available for reading for free on the net) and the only way to get a hard copy of it is by ordering it. It's quite good though, a very, very graphic.

I remember I posted a thread about this book WAY back in the day, back when I first discovered it.

Easily one of my favorite books, even though I never owned a printed copy. Amazing stuff.
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You should really check out Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and The Watermelon King. His writings are very easy to follow and abstractly visual.
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The Foundation Series is supposed to be good. (Asimov).
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I can send you my copy of Crime and Punishment and save you some cash.

Paul Zindel writes some good things. The Chocolate War and Beyond the Chocolate War comes to mind.
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The Foundation Series is supposed to be good. (Asimov).


I've read one of the books. It was quite good.

Emtilt speaks wisely, although I've only read maybe half of the books/authors that he mentioned.

If you like Vonnegut, you might try Welcome to the Monkey House, a collection of his short stories. Contains several outstanding pieces and a few lousy ones.
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I highly suggest America: The Book by The Daily Show crew. It's quite hilarious, very tongue/cheek.
Seconded.

I'm too lazy to post a link, but Angela's Ashes and Tis by Frank McCourt and Singing My Him Song by his brother Malachy McCourt were all really interesting reads, if you like biographies.
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American Gods
Neverwhere
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie actor (by Bruce Campbell)
Naked Pictures of Famous People (by John Stewart)
Enders Game
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
You Shall Know our Velocity

They're all super-sweet.
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