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Following the favorite PC games/console games/movies of all time premise, what are your fav books of all time???

heres mine:

Dune

The Illiad

The Odyssey(sp)

The Art of War

The Book of the Five Rings

Rainbow Six

Red Storm Rising

The Hunt for Red October

The Count of Monte Cristo

Starship Troopers

Volumes 1&2 of the Robotech Saga (basically the Macross saga)

yes i am a geek for reading a bunch of classics

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I read very little fiction so I only have two favourites.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

Foundation (Isaac Asimov)

[ 04-26-2002, 02:33: Message edited by: Menchise ]

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Well,

I was hung up with the Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms & Star Wars books until I found a home with the following:-

1) The Riftwar and Kelewan Saga by Raymond E. Feist;

2) Battletech especially the ones by Michael Stackpole;

3) Dahak, Bahzell & Honor Harrington series by David Weber;

4) The Belisarius series by David Drake & Eric Flint;

5) The Legacy of Alldenata series by John Ringo

and of course my absolute favourites:-

1) Starship Troopers;

2) The Belgariad & Mallorean series;

3) Talion: Revenant;

4) All the books by L. E. Modesitt Jr.;

5) The Lions of Al-Rassan;

6) A Song For Arbonne;

7) Tigana.

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Favorite books, eh?

1) A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)

2) A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin)

3) A Storm of Swords (George R.R. Martin)

4) Dune (Frank Herbert)

5) Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)

6) Children of Dune (Frank Herber)

7) Call of Cthulhu (H.P. Lovecraft)

8) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Seamus Heaney, translator)

9) Le Mort D'Arthur

10) Contact (Carl Sagan)

George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series get the highest marks I can give to a story. The books are not only believable, but by the end of Book 2, you realize that there is no real good and evil, but all things are shades of grey. Not to mention that the body count is very high, and lots of main characters get the axe, especially when you least expect it. Put A Game of Thrones at the top of your list if you havn't read it yet.

(BTW, Book 4 "A Dance of Dragons" is due out this summer! W00t!)

[ 04-25-2002, 03:16: Message edited by: Scrivener ]

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quote:

Originally posted by Cmdr Jeffery Eu:

1) The Riftwar and Kelewan Saga by Raymond E. Feist;


Yup definately my favourite.

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Guest Shingen

geeze, I read everything I can get my hands on.. this might be a long list:

* The Exorcist [William Peter Blatty]

* The Ninja (all books)[Eric Van Lustbader]

* Shogun [James Clavell]

* Tai-Pan [""]

* Gai-Jin [""]

* Noble House [""]

* King Rat [""]

* Shike [Robert Shea]

* Dune (all books) [Frank Herbert]

* Starship Troopers [?]

* Alien [?]

* Necronomicon: The Book of the Dead [Alister Crowley]

* The Art of War [Tzu Sun]

* The Book of Five Rings [Musashi]

* The Ancient Ninja of Feudal Japan [steven Hays]

[ 04-25-2002, 09:08: Message edited by: Shingen ]

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Hmmm...

Congo (Michael Crichton)

Airframe (Michael Crichton)

Night Mare (Piers Anthony)

Bearing an Hourglass (Piers Anthony)

Dune, 1-3

I gotta have more favorites, but i gotta ponder for a while.

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quote:


Originally posted by Kartoffel:

LOTR wasnt THAT great... Sure, its a good series, but its not something to scream about.


I liked LOTR a lot. LOTR is a major book, the benchmark by which fantasy books are judged and mostly found light IMHO.

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The Tenth Planet Series (Dean Wesley Smith)

Jumper (Steven Gould)

Wildside (Steven Gould)

Replay (Ken Grimwood)

Lucifer's Hammer (Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle)

Footfall (Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle)

A Boy and His Tank (Leo Frankowski)

Team Yankee: A Novel of WWIII (Harold Coyle)

I could go on and on...

[ 04-25-2002, 11:35: Message edited by: Captain X ]

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Of all time? sure I'll take a shot

1. A Fan's Notes Fredrick Exley

2. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

3. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

4. A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

5. Under the Volcano Graham Greene

6. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

7. Frost and Fire Ray Bradbury

8. Dune/Dune Messiah Frank Herbert

9. The Last Kiss Goodbye

10. Cider House Rules John Irving

11. Burr Gore Vidal

12. Middle Passage Charles Johnson

13. Wild Seed Octavia Butler

14. The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy

15. Babbit Sinclair Lewis

Notes on my choices

Although I love Sci -fi , I limit most of that reading to short stories. Indeed , Frost and Fire is actually a novella from a Bradbury short story collection. For the uninitiated Octavia Butler is a brilliant writer who combines science fiction with historical fiction and utopian allegories for a blend that is often astonishing. I've left off books I really love (The Lathes of Heaven Stranger in a Strange land just to keep the list manageable.

I do love literary fiction and do harbor some aspirations of my own , so reading is a passion of mine. One book not on the list but highly recommended is Untouched by Human Hands by Robert Shockley. A great blend of science fiction and humor.

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OHMIGOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I left two books off the top of my list that are inexcuseable Stephen King's The Stand. Awesome

book that gets better every time I read it which is frequently. I picked that book up off the floor

of the Trailways bus station in Longview Tx and read it cover to cover all the way to Pgh Pa when I was 19 years old. I've bought and loaned it out over 10 times and left the first one on a bench in the Pgh Greyhound so some other fortunate soul could share my journey

James Clavell's Shogun was the most facinating

book I've ever read. I felt immersed in the Japanese culture in a way that no other reading experience has been able to duplicate. I totally withdrew from the world for 3 or 4 days and read it addictively with infrequent breaks to eat , toilet and hoist ice cold Carlsbergs from my dads

secret stash in our wine cellar( what the hay I was 20 years old for cryin out loud!)

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quote:

Originally posted by Papi:

quote:

Originally posted by Kartoffel:

LOTR wasnt THAT great... Sure, its a good series, but its not something to scream about.

I liked LOTR a lot. LOTR is a major book, the benchmark by which fantasy books are judged and mostly found light IMHO.


Very true. But you got to admit that LOTR and the rest of the series were very, very descriptive i.e. some parts are pretty boring and drawn out.

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Guest Grayfox

oh yeah... drizzt was bad

if you looked up the definition of "bad ass" in the dictionary, his pic would be next to it.

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Favorite books (in no particural order)

The Aubrey/Maturin series (Patrick O'Brian)

The Discworld series (Terry Pratchety)

A brief history of time (Steven Hawking)

(yes I actually read it)

The Brentford Trilogy (Robert Rankin)

The Uplift series (David Brin)

Excession (Iain M. Banks)

To name but a few

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Favorite books, only a few, cause I could go on much longer.

1)Chronicals of the Lensmen Vol. 1-6

2)The Iliad

3)ANy Calvin and Hobbes comic book

4)Anything by David Brin (I think thats his name)

The Uplift Series

I'm a big history buff, particularly history of warfare. So theres a bunch I've read in that catagory, but history books don't really qualify.

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Guest Grayfox

sure they do. i read tons of civil war history books, and WW2 history books.

i just find those two time periods to be extremely interesting to me.

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Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Honor Harrington series by David Weber

Sholan Alliance series by Lisanne Norman

Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon

Man Kzin Wars by Larry Niven

The Lost Regiment series by William Forstchen

Heh and many many more

[ 04-28-2002, 17:29: Message edited by: JaxFox ]

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When it comes to science fiction novels I would say that David WeberÔÇÖs Honor Harrington series is the best (not to mention that itÔÇÖs 9 books long and theyÔÇÖre all good). Just read the first couple and youÔÇÖll be begging SC for lasers with an outside range of 400,000km.

For fantasy itÔÇÖs no choice, Terry GoodkindÔÇÖs Sword of Truth series. Way better then tokens LOTR (and most anything else for that matter) because he portrays such a vivid world, not to mention the series is some 6 or 7 books long (itÔÇÖs still growing so I'm not sure right this moment) with most of them twice as big as most novels.

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-All "Dune" novels by Frank Herbert (except the ones by Herbert's son.. man his kid really sucks)

-"Death Gate" novels by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman

-"Dragonlance" Novels by Weiss and Hickman

-The "Uplift" novels by David Brin

-"Tale of Genji" by Waki Yamato (?)

-"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

-"Taisho" by Eiki Yokishawa

-"Shogun" by James Clavell

-"Lizard" by Banana Yoshimoto

-"100 A├▒os de Soledad" (100 Years of Solitude) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

-"The Dairy of Anne Frank"

-"Night's Dawn" Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton

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Hi, normally I just check these boards for BCM info and don't post much, but this thread caught my eye.

I am surprised no one has mentioned William Gibson's cyberpunk novels, Orson Scott Card's Ender series, or any of the "low-brow" but visceral and entertaining books by Robert E Howard. Not to mention any of Shatner's Tekwar books... j/k

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Space Odyssey 2001 (Clarke)

Foundation (Asimov)

Consider Phlebas (Iain M Banks)

Hitchhikers guide to galaxy (Adams)

Crime & punishment (Dostoevsky)

Narcissus and Goldmund (Hesse)

Steppenwolf (Hesse)

Slaughterhouse five (Vonnegut)

The Pearl (Steinbeck)

A Farewell to arms (Hemingway)

The Gospel according to Jesus Christ (Jos├® Saramago)

The Hobbitt & LOTR (Tolkien)

...and hundreds of good books I've read in 40 years

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Guest Grayfox

ahhhh cyberpunk. never read any books, but me and a few friends used to r/p the crap out of the cp universe.

in fact a few of us still do every now and then

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