Book suggestions??? help me,help others,help eachother

Discussion in 'Community' started by fujimi442, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. fujimi442 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2002
    st.louis mo.
    LOL,Ok after my last post seemed to get a good response, and opened me up to some new films, Ive decided to enlist mac forums in the search for interesting books. Ok, I am really interested in books that explain things/events in a way that you dont normally hear about, for instance: why we are here,how we are here, time travel, the missing link,paranormal stuff,history, ect... So Im hoping my fellow mac users can help me here, maybe we should start a sticky book review thread???? Its pretty easy to hear about new movies, but tons of great books come out with out people ever knowing about them. So anyways, start suggesting, if you have the time give a little summary or a link.

  2. mischief macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2001
    Santa Cruz Ca
    Okay, I'll give this a whirl....

    Tolkein's entire Middle Earth series including the incidental works about Tom Bombadil, the Shire, The Silmarillion and the collections of short stories.

    Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

    Virtual Light, Idoru. By William Gibson.

    Stephen King:

    The Dark Tower series, Bag of Bones, The Langoliers, The Regulators, The Shining, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia, Misery, Dreamcatcher, Hearts in Atlantis, It, The Long Walk, Collected short stories of Bachman (King's original Pen Name) The Green Mile.

    Frank Herbert:

    The Dune Series and subsequent Prequels by his son.

    Roger Zelanzy & Son:

    The Chronicles ofd Amber and Prince of Chaos Series'.

    Phillip Jose Farmer:

    The Green Brain, The World Of Tiers Series, The River World Series, The Santaroga effect, The Whipping Star Series.

    C. S. Lewis:

    The Chronicles of Narnia Series.
  3. 000111one111000 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2001
    DeKalb, IL
    some of my fav. books

    Beyond Good and Evil, The Genaology of Morals, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Gay Science, The Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist all by Friedrich Nietzsche

    Some "occult" books that I enjoy reading are:

    "The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley" by Aleister Crowley

    "777" by Aleister Crowley

    "777 and other Qabalistic Writings" by Aleister Crowley

    "The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee" by some dude, hehe, I forget his name

    "Diary of a Drug Fiend" by Aleister Crowley

    I've got a ton more fav. books, but my memory is shot right now, since I just woke up.

    I strongly suggest you check out Crowley and Nietzsche though, tis an interesting read whether you think they're idiots or not.

  4. Thanatoast macrumors 65816


    Dec 3, 2002
    Stranger in a strange land - Heinlen. Provides an interesting philosophy on life.
  5. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    This is an AWESOME Sci-Fi book:

    Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

    After this, is another good one:

    Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card
  6. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Here is my first post from my favorite fantasy authors thread.
    If you want to look at the suggestions that are available in that
    thread follow this link.

    Sa basically, Terry Brooks' Shannara series, and Terry Goodkind's
    Sword of Truth Series. Most people like Goodkind better, but I like
    Brooks more for various reasons. ;)
  7. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    Richard Bach

    These are sort of introespective new age books, they are good. It talks about breaking your internal limits but this guy is the master about it, the first one.

    A great book was Illusions but the amazing thing is how he explain that.

    He has an airplane and travel thru the US and in one of his books he meet a guy that basictly was something like Jesus that though him lots of stuff.

    The books are not long and I recomend them.
  8. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    I thought he wanted science, not science fiction.

    Isaac Asimov has a series of very interesting nonfiction science books. He wrote a science column for an SF magazine for many years. Willy Ley did so also. All of these books are probably out of print.

    There is a book called "The Encyclopedia of the Strange" (can't remember the author's name) which explains in logical terms all of the various stories drifting around about Atlantis, Lemuria, the Philadelphia Experiment, etc. Probably out of print also, but a worthwhile reference because he puts it all in one place.

    H. G. Wells' "The Outline of History".
  9. fujimi442 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2002
    st.louis mo.
    cubist, your right, I am actually looking for non-science fiction. Thanks for the suggestions, keep em comin, I know theres gotta be more of these books out there than this:)
  10. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, By Dave Eggers

    (same guy who does McSweeny's)

    It's brilliant.
  11. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002

    One of my favorite books of all time...and I don't like sci-fi.

    Orson Scott Card was my literature professor in college. Good guy.
  12. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    "The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath
    hands down my favorite book of all time...

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