Any good books I should read?

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  1. polevault139 macrumors 6502

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    I like exploring new authors and I feel like I am at the end of my Vonnegut binge and it's time for some new authors.

    My Favorite Books:
    Cat's Cradle, Sirens of Titan, A Man Without a Country, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, The Fountainhead, Brave New World, Oedipus the King, Fahrenheit 451, and other works along those lines.

    So any suggestions on authors/books? Thanks
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Have you read any Nick Hornby?

    I recommend High Fidelity, and A Long Way Down :)
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I have one. I haven't finished it but it's remarkably odd.
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    The fact of this book is that "Toole wrote this novel in Puerto Rico during a hitch in the U.S. Army. In 1966 it was rejected by Simon & Schuster. In 1969 Toole committed suicide. Toole's mother then tried to get it published. After seven years of rejection she showed it to novelist Walker Percy, under whose encouragement it was published by Louisiana State University Press. Many critics praised it as a comic masterpiece that memorably evokes the city of New Orleans and whose robust protagonist is a modern-day Falstaff, Don Quixote, or Gargantua."

    In the end he won a Pulitzer Prize for the damn thing.
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Try some Iain Banks. I recommend starting with The Crow Road.

    I've never read any of his science-fiction written under the name Iain M. Banks.
     
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  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    If you're open to any genre, try:
    Chuck Palahniuk
    Douglas Coupland
    Anthony Burgess
    Jack Kerouac
     
  7. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Try some Christopher Moore...."The Stupidest Angel" was a good read, and I've heard good things about "Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal".
     
  8. tyranna macrumors regular

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    for good clean fun i'm especially fond of fantasy type novels.

    terry pratchett novels are GREAT reads AND he is rather prolific! :D


    i just started "equal rites". :)
     
  9. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    And I would recommend American Psycho to anyone. Except children and most grandmothers...
     
  10. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Thomas Covenant.

    If you enjoyed The Fountainhead, why not explore Rand's other works, like Anthem and Atlas Shrugged?
     
  11. bartelby macrumors Core

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    And the squeamish!

    Have you read any of BEE's other books?
    What do you reckon to them?
     
  12. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Less Than Zero and The Rules of Atraction are good. I lost interest halfway through Glamorama. I think at that stage, we've got the point.
     
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    My all time favourite :D

    Had a couple of good ones recently:

    Sideways by Rex Picket.
    Most people have seen the movie - I saw it, but can't remember much of it - and I think the book is really funny.

    The interpretation of murder by Jed Rubenfeld
    Nice thriller, cleverly written... good suspense until the end.

    Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
    Not sure how many people have read the book or seen this cult movie. Outside the standards; a simple, dark, strange Japanese SciFi* story including lots of blood.


    * Not space stuff, but a possible picture of society in a couple of decades.
     
  14. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Oh good. It's not just me then.
    :)


    EDIT: Oh, all geeky people need to read William Gibson.
     
  15. tyranna macrumors regular

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    ooh! .. i REALLY dug the movie, but have never read the book.
    *scribbles 'american psycho' onto book list* :D

    ;) time to hit up the bookstore!


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    call me nuts, but i 'tried' reading rand's 'atlas shrugged' but found it too dull; i just couldn't get into it.. but since i still own the book, maybe ONE day soon i'll 'get' it *shrugs*
     
  16. paddy macrumors 6502a

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    Just read 1984. I highly recommend it, it's a real eye opener...
     
  17. satty macrumors 6502

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    I just want to add one quote out of the book (I think they use the Powerbook also in the movie):

     
  18. polevault139 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've read 1984, Animal Farm even though it seems childish is an awesome book as well. I thought about Atlas Shrugged too but I dont think I'm in the mood for that long of a book. Thanks for your suggestionsm this should make my next trip to the bookstore interesting.
     
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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card....that's all you need to know. Trust me.
     
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    friday night lights. loved the book, never seen the movie or tv show.
     
  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Any book by John Grisham (they're not exactly classics, but entertaining nonetheless).
     
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    Atlas Shrugged is a fantastic book... probably my favorite. If I recall it's about the same length as The Fountainhead and well worth the time. If you're looking for a quick read try Anthem. It was just as powerful to me as Atlas Shrugged but about a twentieth the length.

    This thread lists MR user's favorite novels. Take a look through there and you might find something.
     
  24. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    **** yeah, that book is bad ass to the nth.
     
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    I read mostly Sci-fi, so I can give you recommendations in that genre.
    I would suggest:
    • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    • The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    • Dune by Frank Herbert (my favorite book ever)
    • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
    • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    • Neuromancer by William Gibson
    • Rendezvous with Rama or Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

    As for non-Scifi, two of my favorite books are The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
     

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