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PostSubject: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:58 pm

I don't know if anyone here reads for pleasure, but if you do, and you have a book you'd like to recommend or talk about, stick it here.

I just finished off Daniel Suarez's pre-2014 writings, and if anyone has read Kill Decision, Daemon, or FreedomTM, I'd love to hear about your thoughts. As someone working on a CCIE certification, I find Daemon/FreedomTM endlessly fascinating, and would love to talk to another techhead about them. If you haven't read either of them, they are still hands-down 2 of the top 10 best books I've ever read, and are able to be picked up by just about anyone!
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:04 pm

I don't read on my own will, but I did read a very moving book called Flowers for Algernon. We ramble about how "brain damaged people" can ruin this game, but it's like we forget what true retardation is.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:05 pm

i'm on the last few pages of The Eye of The World(first book of the long as fuck Wheel of Time series). I started out feeling like the author was a real fuckup of a guy but he seems to have managed to pull it together.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:11 pm

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I don't read on my own will, but I did read a very moving book called Flowers for Algernon. We ramble about how "brain damaged people" can ruin this game, but it's like we forget what true retardation is.

One of my favorites, even before it was required reading material in schools. If you liked it, try Isaac Asimov's Nightfall. The single-best short story I've ever read.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:53 pm

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I don't read on my own will, but I did read a very moving book called Flowers for Algernon. We ramble about how "brain damaged people" can ruin this game, but it's like we forget what true retardation is.

Although it was seemingly written for a young audience, that was a great book.

When I was in elementary school, I used to read a lot of Jim Kjelgaard books. He wrote things from the perspective of animals. That was the first author that I really got into.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Kjelgaard

As I got older, I started playing D&D 2nd Edition and spent a lot of time reading the Ravenloft novels. Lord Soth was my favorite character; a knight that was tricked into murdering his wife and newborn child.. and was then killed and cursed to forever "live" as an empty suit of armor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravenloft

After that, I got into Pierse Anthony, who my became my all time favorite fiction writer. He has written 35 books from a universe he called Xanth. They were all fantastic and quite comical. If I ever have children, they're going to have the entire series eBayed for them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Xanth_books

I then used to read a lot of Stephen King, back in the 90s. His works are the epitome of "the book was better than the movie." Tommyknockers, the book, was an entirely different plot than the movie.. and It was a fantastic read. Although I did love the movie's Pennywise, the book just described him in a creepier way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stephen_king_books

After that, I started playing video games and trolling the internet and drinking and smoking.. and didn't have the time or the interest to sit down and read a 300+ page novel.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:26 pm

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Krayola wrote:
I don't read on my own will, but I did read a very moving book called Flowers for Algernon. We ramble about how "brain damaged people" can ruin this game, but it's like we forget what true retardation is.

Although it was seemingly written for a young audience, that was a great book.

When I was in elementary school, I used to read a lot of Jim Kjelgaard books. He wrote things from the perspective of animals. That was the first author that I really got into.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Kjelgaard

As I got older, I started playing D&D 2nd Edition and spent a lot of time reading the Ravenloft novels. Lord Soth was my favorite character; a knight that was tricked into murdering his wife and newborn child.. and was then killed and cursed to forever "live" as an empty suit of armor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravenloft

After that, I got into Pierse Anthony, who my became my all time favorite fiction writer. He has written 35 books from a universe he called Xanth. They were all fantastic and quite comical. If I ever have children, they're going to have the entire series eBayed for them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Xanth_books

I then used to read a lot of Stephen King, back in the 90s. His works are the epitome of "the book was better than the movie." Tommyknockers, the book, was an entirely different plot than the movie.. and It was a fantastic read. Although I did love the movie's Pennywise, the book just described him in a creepier way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stephen_king_books

After that, I started playing video games and trolling the internet and drinking and smoking.. and didn't have the time or the interest to sit down and read a 300+ page novel.

Piers Anthony, huh? You ever read the Bio of a Space Tyrant, Virtual Mode, or Apprentice Adept series? Those were some of my favorites.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:36 pm

Oh, I had forgotten all about the Apprentice Adept series. I've read those but not the others.

I should also mention the works of JRR Tolkein. The Hobbit, the LOTR trilogy and The Silmarillion (which should be the movie they make after they finish The Hobbit.) All of those books are magnificent.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:18 pm

What about The Master of Middle Earth?
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:39 pm

Ficciones.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:47 pm

I did not read MOME. My HS library didn't have it and our public library didn't have it. Back when I read Tolkein.. it was from 1991-1996.. so the only useful thing the internet could do was play Battlechess. I might have to pick that up, at some point. Our local library was torn down and built back with stimulus funds a few years ago.. so they might actually have it, now.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:52 pm

The Little Prince
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:59 pm

The Dresden Files.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:11 am

Malazan Book of the Fallen series, by Steven Erikson.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:05 am

@Mie wrote:
The Little Prince

Another poignant tale. People frequently say that it's a children's book; I disagree.
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:32 am

@EXNova wrote:
@Mie wrote:
The Little Prince

Another poignant tale. People frequently say that it's a children's book; I disagree.

I know, right? It's just one of my favorites, despite of what people say. It might a very short book but it's just so good.

I really love it. (I'd actually recommend people to read it... it shouldn't take you too long)
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:39 am

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D Salinger

The Impossibility of Sex by Susie Orbach - my fav
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PostSubject: Re: The Book Corner   Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:14 am

http://download.bioon.com.cn/upload/201111/21084046_8501.pdf

Little Prince in pdf, not scanned but essentially the same with the illustrations. It's good, it's short, read it.
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