Book Recommendations

Discussion in 'Community' started by dynamicd, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. dynamicd macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    Are there any books that you've read recently (past few years) that you just loved and couldn't stop reading? Is there anything that really makes you think when you stop reading it and absorb what the book has to offer? I just started reading High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and it's already great. I can already see why the movie was widely loved.
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
  3. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Not the conventional.... but I suggest you go and purchase...

    Tycho's Nova: A Tomato Project ,

    A very beautiful, mysterious and awe inspiring book. ;)
  4. Zeke macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    Greenville, SC
    I was going to recommend this. This was a great book. Although it may be offensive to any die-hard Catholics...

    Very interesting read though...
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Cryptonomican: Neal Stephenson

    Totally mind blowing book. Set in various real locations and times (with some characters being historical figures) it blends reality and fiction so well you are not quite sure what is real and what is not.
  6. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is arguably the best american novel. it's certainly my favorite book. i read it maybe 2 years ago for the first time, though it's been around since the 1960s...
  7. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    Porno by Irvine Welsh. Its a great book.

    Before reading this book read Trainspoting (or watch the movie).
  8. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    Relevant to current events:

    This should be required reading for anyone who either hasn't read it, or who read it more than five years ago.

    The War on the Bill of Rights
    Really eye opening. Scary, too.

  9. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    mona simpson's a regular guy.
    written by IIRC steve jobs' biological sister about his life, its a wonderful book but it is out of print. so borrow it from someone, look for it on ebay, or just cross your fingers and ask your local bookstore for a copy.
    as usual i like all ayn rand books.
    if you have time, read the second coming of steve jobs, its pretty good :)
    Currently in english class we're reading Sophie's World, a dry book, but a great introduction to philosophy.
  10. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    If you like Sci-fi, Orson Scott Card is my favorite author. (his sci-fi stuff. I have never been too much on fatasy.) "Ender's Game" is an awesome book. Start there.. :D

    Also Author Clark is another one of my favorites. Don't let the movie for 2001 turn you off. Or actually watch the movie first and then read the book. The book explains the movie.
  11. FightTheFuture macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    i just started listening to my bosses audio book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. the author states that "it will reestablish your belief in god". right now it makes me want to reestablish my belief in books. audio books make me sleepy when i'm driving :eek:
  12. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Bringing Down the House, by Ben Mezrich

    It's the true story of how a bunch of MIT students figured out a system and took the vegas casinos for millions, using a legal (but frowned upon) strategy. The casinos caught on and they were not happy.

    Also I just read Dan Simmons's Worlds Enough and Time, a collection of 5 sci-fi stories of novella length. I'd recomend it to any Simmons fans or sci-fi enthusiasts.
  13. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    orson scott card's Ender's Game

    and ayn rand's Atlas Shrugged
  14. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    I agree this was a guilty pleasure story of sorts. I really enjoyed how he depicted the actually events but his own interpretations and feelings were a bit put on.
  15. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    Any of the Honor Harrington books by David Weber. First one is "On Basilisk Station". A truly excellent, well thought out, highly detailed series.

    Fareheit 451 - I would hand out this book on street corners, if I had the money.

    Stranger From A Strange Land by Heinlen. You grok?

    Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them - Al Franken

    Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser

    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

    More, but I'll spare you.
  16. parrothead macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2003
    Edmonds, WA
    Lord of the rings
    The Stand
    Mutiny on the Bounty
    A Pirate Looks at 50
    Science and Health

    All great books!
  17. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!

    I am really interested in reading this book....

    But right now I'm reading a book by Melanie Rawn who I recommend.

    My favorite author though is Terry Brooks. His Shannara series is perfection.

    Terry Goodkind is also a superb author.

    But those are both fantasy books and many people don't like fantasy.

  18. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

    Phil Of Mac

    Dec 6, 2002
    Washington State University
    Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy five-part trilogy, available in one volume as The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide.

    Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

    Jim Carlton's Apple.

    The best Star Trek novel ever: The Return by William Shatner.

  19. Macco macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2003
    I was just about to recommend his books when I saw your posts. He has written 8 huge books in the Sword of Truth series. Definitely some of the best books I have ever read. The books are each 800 or so pages long, but if you really like fantasy-type books, you won't even notice the pages turning by. Although the past few books have started to get a little repetetive...
  20. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    yeah, i was going to say that as well. i loved reading that book. some funny stuff in there, kind of dark humor. :D

    people also say that Lord of the Rings is an awesome series, but i tried to read it and couldn't really get into it. probably because i knew i had so many pages to get to the end. :p
  21. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    I agree, although the last one (naked empire) was better then The Pillars of Creation. They are really long, but it doesnt seem like it when you read them.

    A great book that I am very glad I read was 'Wraeththu' by Storm Constantine. It is a LOOOOOOOONG book, but every page is filled with something interesting. It is a GREAT book. If you are homophobic don't read it though, because sometimes it comes off as if the relationships within the book are gay relationships when in fact the wraeththu race is a manifestation of homo sapiens and includes both male and female characteristics - even if the individuals of this race seem a bit masculine. You have to be open minded to read this book, but it is a heart wrenching love story with action, politics, and neat plot development.

    I don't recommend this to immature people (not really immature in the way of not being responsible or being irrational, but in respect to being young or prepubescent). It has a lot of sexual content, but there's reasons behind the sexual encounters. Its not some porn film book where everyone has sex with everyone for next to no reason ;).

    So I recommend 'Wraeththu' by Storm Constantine and The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

  22. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    I must respectfully disagree on this point. The best Star Trek book ever written is Masks, by John Vornholt. (Next Generation #7) He put a level of thought into the culture and character development of that book that is sadly lacking in most Star Trek books.

    Vendetta by Peter David comes a close second.

    Are Ayn Rand's books good? I've heard both positive and negative things about her books. They seem to be highly politically charged. What's up?
  23. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    This came up in a recent thread, and I thought I would put it here as well.

    Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World is an excellent read for anyone interested in critical thinking and in looking closely at many of the popular myths in our culture. It is a series of essays, mostly by Sagan. A few are collaborations with his wife as well. Great book.
  24. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

    Phil Of Mac

    Dec 6, 2002
    Washington State University
    Read Ayn Rand. Buy into the whole thing for awhile. After a few months, sit back and realize that they're great books, but not divine truth or anything, and go about your life, hopefully enlightened.
  25. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Iain M Banks: Use of Weapons, Against a Dark Background and Look to Windward specifically, but any of his M. Banks stuff (as opposed to the Iain Banks stuff which is good, but the sci-fi is better).

    Ken McLeod: The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal and the Cassini Division

    Neal Stephenson: The Diamond Age, Snow Crash (a real cyber-beauty) and the aforementioned Cryptonomicon

    William Gibson: The Bridge Trilogy, The Count Zero Trilogy and Pattern Recognition.

    JRR Tolkein: LOTR (you know you want to), The Silmarillion

    John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp and Widow for a Year.

    Peter Straub: The Throat, Koko, Mystery, Floating Dragon, Mr.X, The Hellfire Club.

    Bruce Sterling: Heavy Weather and Distraction.

    I've got a stack of other stuff waiting to be read, but these are novels I come back to.

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