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Favorite Books?

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What's everyone's favorite books?

I'm personally a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, but other than that I like The Hunger Games series as well. I read a lot of young adult books, as they suit my age level, but once in a while I'll read a much more adult book. Started on A Game of Thrones a while back, and now I'm gonna read Silence of the Lambs. :angry:

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The authors I generally follow are Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Stephen King. The latter seems to have lost his touch in recent years, but his latest book of short stories is brilliant.

I'll read much anything thats thrown my way if its of a darker nature though.

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what's a book? :wacko:

A porn magazine without pictures.

My favourite books are basically all youth fiction - Harry Potter series, Chronicles of Narnia, Chaos Walking trilogy, Tomorrow When the War Began series, Deltora Quest series. I don't like reading heavy stuff.

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I'm a huge fan of reading, and have a fairly large book collection but my all time favorite series of books is The Lord of the Rings. I never tire of re-reading those books.

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Got to be anything by the author David Wellington, also the vampire story my girlfriend is writing :rolleyes:

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I'm a big Stephen King fan, with The Dark Tower series being my favorite by him.

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I'm a huge Charles Bukowski fan, his books are humourous and hold nothing back. 'Post Office' and 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man' are both fantastic books by him. 'An Unsung Hero' by Michael Smith is a very inspirational book for me, as is Bob Dylan's autobiography 'Chronicles.'

Another great author is Cormac McCarthy, whose bleak yet uplifting novels are great to get lost in. 'All the Pretty Horses' is my personal favourite book of his.

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i only read Car Magazines and Game Informer :wacko:

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Havemercy. Absolutely my favourite book ever.

Also, the Harry Potter series are favourite immediately after Havemercy.

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mmh... Fav book? Can't really put my finger on one, since I enjoy too many different genres. However, this one was pretty awesome:

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- 'Jurassic Park' by Michael Crichton

- 'The Lost World' by Michael Crichton

- 'The Dark Tower' series by Stephen King

- 'Native Son' by Richard Wright

- 'Fallen Angels' by Walter Dean Myers

- 'Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix' by J.K. Rowling

- 'Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince' by J.K. Rowling

- 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows' by J.K. Rowling

- 'The Hardy Boys' series by Franklin W. Dixon

I listed the last 3 Potter books only because they were darker & more serious.

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Everything that Stephen King has written, starting to finish The Dark Tower series.

I also really enjoyed I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

Everything else is just fiction or philosophy books. I like reading from many different authors

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Battle Royale by Koushun Takami is my all time favourite. I love to read most dystopian novels, like 1984 or Brave New World. Angels and Demons was also great. I'm reading the Song of Fire and Ice series and I'm loving it so far.

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Read this again yesterday, instead of studying for exams. =P

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The War of the Worlds (1898)

H.G. Wells

I just finished reading this well-known novel by H.G.Wells, and what a treat it was! It had been a good 20 years or so since I read it last, and there is a LOT that I forgot about it. One of the first things that struck me is just how very different the movie versions are from the original story. Not being a fan of the new version with “Look-at-me-I’m-God’s-gift-to-everyone” Tom Cruise, I will reference the 1953 version that most of us have seen more than once.

It was very evident how “modernized” the movie version is compared to the original novel. In the novel, the main mode of transportation was horse and buggy and train, lighting was by way of (mostly) oil lamps, and the era in which the book was written was captured beautifully by the author. The clothing, the basic food items, housing, etc., all a drastic contrast to the more modern civilization depicted in the movie(s).

The novel that I just read (which is a collection of H.G. Wells novels), contain the original illustrations, as they appeared when the novel was first published. (The War of the Worlds was actually published as an on-going series that appeared in Pearson’s Magazine). The illustrations of the Martian spacecraft were considerably different than those depicted in the (1953) movie. The original illustrations show the Martian machines as large steel structures perched atop steel-beam legs that were driven by the Martians. The Martian machines had a heat ray that obliterated everything in its path, as well as a deadly black gas that snuffed out human life in an instant. The author also describes them as such as well.

(I do have to give "Kudos" to the newer version as depicting this quite well however).

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The Martians themselves are also described as almost octopus-like, possessing extremely large heads with equally large eyes, I miniscule torso, and tentacles. They “ate” by draining humans of their blood.

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After having seen the movie versions several times (especially the 1953 version), the contrast and differences between the celluloid versions and the original story are vast and explicitly evident. The novel was a great adventure that also acted as a time capsule glimpse into the past.

It is equally interesting that at the time this novel was written and published, much of what H.G. Wells wrote about (space travel, alien invasion, etc.) was almost futuristic in scope and breadth. How totally engrossed and frightened many of the readers of this story must have been when it was first published. Let’s not forget the panic created on October 30, 1938 (40 years after the original story was published), when Orsen Wells and the Mercury Theater (broadcast by CBS) aired The War of the Worlds.

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**It must be noted that the panic was highly exaggerated by the media, although it did put a true scare in many who heard it and believed the events to be true.**

Also intriguing and fascinating (maybe more so now that I am older), I found the writing style itself eloquent and pure, and another glimpse into the past before we bastardized the English language. The War of the Worlds has long ago claimed its status as one of the best early sci-fi novels ever written, and it still holds this prestigious and well-deserved claim today, and for good reason: It is simply fantastic!

If you have never read the original novel (or like me have not done so in many years), I highly recommend you do so. What a fantastic trip into the past and a warning about the future as well. Masterfully written and surely engaging, War of the Worlds is a nice diversion from the garbage our TV’s seem to belch out as of late.

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Just finished 'War & Peace'. And it was awesome.

U mad, right?

I'm only skeptical because it's War and Peace. It's kind of hard to take seriously.

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U mad, right?

I'm only skeptical because it's War and Peace. It's kind of hard to take seriously.

No, it was actually a good story. Leo Tolstoy, about Napoleon's battle against the Russians (War) and some of the characters in Russia and there lives at the time (Peace.)

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I won't stretch the truth, but I haven't read many books. However, I've still got a favorite: The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer. Lots of twists that I've never seen before. It's hard to explain without ruining it, so I suggest you check it out if you can.

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I'm kind of a big reader but my favorite has to be The Giving Tree, loved it since I was a kid.

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6 hours ago, Soneto said:

I'm kind of a big reader but my favorite has to be The Giving Tree, loved it since I was a kid.

Interesting.. I have read many books ever since I was 4 until now.. novels, magazine, random heavy hard cover books.. you name it.. ^_^

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These 8 without a doubt. And probably forever.

 



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And this one for being the first book I read in the series and getting me started on the journey.



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