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(Originally posted on: 06-02-02 03:40:41 PM)
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I don't know about everyone else here, but during the summer I have more free time since I don't have school and homework and things to worry about. That clears up all my school time, all my homework time, and all those hours I spend procrastinating.

I work in the summer, but I still have much more time then I do in the school year, so I often like to fill that time with reading. During the school year I never read books that I pick, cause i'm to busy with books they pick for me, and I never enjoy reading for school. After reading you have to make a journal and anylize, its just not my thing, I like to just kick back and think about it.
I've been thinking about what books I want to read this summer, some of them i've already read.

The Iliad - Homer
Killer Angels - Michael Shaara (already read some of it)
All Quiet on the Western Front - author? (read it)
Animal Farm - George Orwel (read it)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (read it 3 times over, love it more and more everytime)
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Dracula - Brahm Stoker (maybe)
The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli

Does anyone else plan on doing some reading this summer? What books? What suggestions for good books?
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Reply 1 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 03:43:27 PM)
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I'd recommend The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin, Virtual Light, Idoru, or All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson, or The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (yes, so what if it's a children's book?).
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Reply 2 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 03:46:37 PM)
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What are they about? i'm a serial-killer :)

Thanks for recomendations i'm a serial-killer :)
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Reply 3 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 03:53:40 PM)
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of your list I've read Dracula and Animal Farm. dracula was very good. I am now reading the following:
Hyperion series - Dan Simmons
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
and plan to read these in the very near future:
Shannara series - Terry Brooks
J.P. Sartre, I got the books in dutch so I don't know how the titles have been translated in english
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Reply 4 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 03:53:49 PM)
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The Dispossessed is science fiction. It's the story of a scientist from an alternate world where a group of anarchists have established a society of their own on the moon, and that scientist's struggle in comprehending the capitalist world his ancestors came from. Quite interesting...

The William Gibson books are kind of... cyberpunk, I guess? They generally make a few observations on the state of the world, becoming more and more technologically advanced. His characters are really wonderful, I (heart) Chevette and Chia.

The Neverending Story is kind of hard to describe... but you could always watch the movies... :x The first two, anyway.
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Reply 5 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 08:45:26 PM)
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Of the books you listed, I've read The Iliad, Animal Farm, and The Prince. Any of those are pretty good books. I'm currently reading The Communist Manifesto by Freidrich Engles and Karl Marx and a book called She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I would recommend just about anything by Anthony Burgess.
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Reply 6 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 08:57:25 PM)
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Has anyone here read The Last Samurai? If you haven't, do it. It's the best book I've ever read.

It's by Helen DeWitt.
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Reply 7 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 08:59:06 PM)
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Guns of the South - Harry Turtledove.

Basically, any Harry Turtledove books. He writes like, science fiction alternate history, werid but very cool.
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Reply 8 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 09:01:02 PM)
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Yeah, I've heard a lot about him.
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Reply 9 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 11:07:31 PM)
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We were supposed to explain a non-fiction book to the English class. I chose Guns of the South.


What a horrible, horrible idea that was.
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Reply 10 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-02-02 11:40:20 PM)
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I'm not sure what I'll read, I'm thinking some Faulkner, maybe re-read Wolfe (Thomas, not Tom), and Dr. Faustus by Marlowe, if only to compare it to Goethe's Faust.
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Reply 11 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 12:25:43 AM)
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We were supposed to explain a non-fiction book to the English class. I chose Guns of the South.


What a horrible, horrible idea that was.


Hmmm.

It must have been pretty funny.
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Reply 12 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 01:37:21 AM)
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From that list I've read All Quiet on the Western Front, The Prince, and Animal Farm. The first two I read last year, and Animal Farm was even further back, but I'm not sure when.

This summer for my AP classes I have to read 4 books.

Frankenstein
The Grapes of Wrath
A History of Knowledge
Founding Brothers

I'm not sure how good any of these are. Frankenstein sounds interesting just because of the monster guy I associate with the name, but I'm not sure about the rest of them.

It sucks like ice was saying because I have to write essays and make notes as I go, which are definitely not things that I enjoy doing.

Have any of you read those books?
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Reply 13 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 03:55:57 PM)
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I have summer reading. I only have to read one book of like 4 selections. Anyone know if "1984" is any good? If you want a really good read, read anything by Chuck Palahniuk. He wrote Fight Club.
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Reply 14 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 04:02:14 PM)
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I've heard 1984 is good, but I have not read it.
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1984 is an excellent book. Everything about it is just amazing... I think my only problem with it was personal; it was (understandably) very claustrophobic, and I don't do well with that, it makes me depressed. In any case... it's recommended.
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1984 is a very good book. I read it this year. I've heard The Fountainhead was a good book, haven't read it. The only Rand book I've read so far is "We the Living" and that was a great book, it's about early Communist Russia.
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Reply 17 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 06:56:46 PM)
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT READ THAT BOOK!

Bored the living shit out of me. And it is hard to do that.

I have a little list I'd like to read (not including what I'll need to read for school. Which I don't know yet):

"1984" by George Orwell
"The Sum Of All Fears" by Tom Cancy
"The Hunt For Red October" by Tom Clancy
"Black House" by Stephen King and Peter Straub
"Rouge Spear" by Tom Clancy
And there is one more Tom Clancy book I'd like to read. Though its name eludes me at the present time.
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Reply 18 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 09:07:12 PM)
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My friend has let me borrow Douglas Adams' The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, which includes six stories and is 815 pages. It should keep me busy for quite a while.
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Reply 19 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 10:36:30 PM)
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I'm not sure how good any of these are. Frankenstein sounds interesting just because of the monster guy I associate with the name, but I'm not sure about the rest of them.

That 'monster guy' is boring as hell. Boring Boring Boring book, horribly boring and stupid book.
Its a very boring romantic book written by a stupid little bitch.
But hey, just my opinion. Seriously, some people really like it, I didn't find it a single bit scary or intresting either, if you want intresting dont expect to find it withing the first 2 grusome hours of reading the book.
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Reply 20 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 10:42:00 PM)
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Dammit, that sucks. I thought for once my school might have actually given me something wortwhile to read. I also dislike romantic things, to top it all off.
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Reply 21 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 11:07:42 PM)
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HA! I guess you thought wrong! School can NEVER be fun!

Anyone have to read The Bluest Eye this year?
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Reply 22 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-03-02 11:17:14 PM)
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I personally liked Frankenstein and Dracula.
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Reply 23 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-05-02 12:01:41 AM)
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Animal Farm, 1984, and All Quiet on the Western Front are all great books IMO.

A couple more that I'd recommend would be The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and Othello.
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Reply 24 of 121 (Originally posted on: 06-06-02 03:46:22 PM)
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This year I read The Crucible, Night, and the Great Gatsby. If you are interested in the Holocaust, Night is really good, and the Great Gatsby was a good read.
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