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Rate the last book you read

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ethiostar, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Kristen82

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    "The Quantum Universe" by Brian Cox = fascinating. Thought the book would be totally incomprehensible to me, but they try to make it so it's easy to understand even by dummies like me.
  2. ragman

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    Any epic fantasy novel readers out there? I'm about to finish the next to last novel in the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series. The final novel will be out later this year.

    Any suggestions what I should read next in that genre?

    Thanks.
  3. Denim Chicken

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    I just got done with Steven King's 'Dark Tower' series--thought it was good--and it transended genres. Dragonlance Chronicles are good too, probably more like Jordan's series.
  4. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Reread Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, still good...LOL.
  5. RamziD

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    You should read "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. Not quite on the level of Carl Sagan, but he's a fantastic science writer in his own right. Speaking of Sagan, if you haven't read "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark", you should. Everyone should. My favorite non-fiction book of all-time.
  6. ethiostar

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    Stardust--------Neil Gaiman

    Good, quick read. I enjoyed it but I didn't think it was as good as Neverwhere, American Gods, or Anansi Boys.

    I decided to watch the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer and De Niro after I finished the book. I think I made it half way before I turned it off. They left out a lot in the movie and changed the tone of some characters and the story too much that I couldn't get through it.
  7. Sam I Am

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    I haven't read any of Brian Cox's books, (though I've seen him on Science shows several times) but Brian Greene is an excellent author on these subjects too. I read his book "The Elegant Universe" and it was very good. I believe most of his books are also written in layman's terms.
  8. ethiostar

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    I've had those two books as well as "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Greene and "Cosmos" by Sagan on my Wish List on Amazon.com for some time now. I need to go ahead and buy them.
  9. Kristen82

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely check them out.
  10. ethiostar

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    Watchmen------Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

    I finally got around to reading this classic. I haven't read a graphic novel since I was very young, until very recently when I read The Walking Dead online thanks to a poster on this forum provided a link.

    The Watchmen was absolutely fantastic and deserve all the acclaim that it has received.
  11. jobberone

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    The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George. Absolutely fabulous.
  12. Denim Chicken

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    Just finished Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I’ve always enjoyed the short, rational sci-fi novel.

    I loaded up my Kindle and will get stared with Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy after I try out American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
  13. ethiostar

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    Ender's Game was very good, be sure to read the rest of the series and the offshoot, Ender's Shadow. Foundation series ranks as one of my favorite set of sci-fi books of all time. American Gods was great, although there was a part in it that was a bit of a let down for me.
  14. Denim Chicken

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    Thanks, I didn’t realize Ender’s was a series. Seems like every book I’ve read recently has 7 more behind it. I’ve been working through NPR’s 100 best Sci-Fi / Fantasy novels. You have any suggestions in the Genre? I have read just about everything Heinlein was wrote.
  15. CanadianCowboysFan

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    I am working my way through War and Peace. Taking a long time but I am determined to read it!
  16. Lonestar94

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    I am about to start reading Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly. Has anyone here read the book?
  17. Denim Chicken

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    Good for you. I read it a while back and got hooked on Russian literature for some time. After your fished, check out some Dostoevsky and Pasternak.
  18. ethiostar

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    A Dirty Job-----Christopher Moore

    I can't say enough about Moore. He is simply brilliant. He is one of 2 or maybe 3 authors who can make me laugh out-loud hysterically while reading a book. He is absolutely a master at his craft. It's hard to top his other book, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, ******'s Childhood Pal, but A Dirty Job comes pretty damn close.

    If you haven't read any of his books, do yourself a favor and pick up this book or Lamb. You won't be disappointed.
  19. ethiostar

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    I haven't read anything by Heinlein but I have a few books of his on my shelf that I have yet to read.

    IMO NPR's list is actually pretty good.

    As for some Sci-Fi suggestions and using NPR's list as a guide......

    - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy .....One of my favorite books. It's pretty damn funny.
    -Neuromancer by William Gibson.... Hardcore sci-fi. You will know where the idea for the movie "The Matrix" came from when you read this book.
    -A Song Of Ice And Fire Series....More fantasy than hardcore sci-fi but great series.
    -The Dark Tower Series....Again, more fantasy than sci-fi with a western fell to it.
    -World War Z....I recently read this and I absolutely loved it.
    -Anything by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

    I didn't bother mentioning some of the classics but if you haven't read them you should read works by Anthony Burgess, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Arthur Clarke, Philip K Dick, Larry Niven, etc... I haven't read all books written by these authors but the ones i've read were pretty good.

    Also, browse through this thread and see if there are reviews/suggestions regarding sci-fi books.

    I hope this helps.
  20. ethiostar

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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter-------Seth Grahame-Smith

    It could have been so much better. The idea is great and the book does indeed starts out well but then it kind of meanders through historical milestones rather than taking advantage of any of them adequately (lots of missed opportunities). The constant switching between first and third person narrative style is at times annoying because it is not handled well. There is also a disconnect between the beginning and the ending of the book. I also had some issues with some of the story lines for the characters but I can't really say much on that without spoiling the story for those who may want to read the book.



    Having said all that, it is a fun and entertaining book to read. I also had to read it before the movie comes out because I would not have been able to read the book if I watch the movie first.

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