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Also, I have to give a shout-out to the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Fantastic books that no one seems to have read.


I have read them and used to own all of them. I very much enjoyed them, very good. And a prequel is coming out called The Ring Of Solomon:
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Very good series.

Since everybody appears to enjoy childrens novels, I guess I'll be an odd one out.

OVERALL
Dresden Files-I obsess over these books. They are everything I love wrapped into a complete series. And it's a very good series, after twelve books it has not gotten old, there has not been a bad book. I love these.

SCI-FI
Dune: Dune is amazing. I won't say the whole series does, because I think the Brian Herbert books pretty much raped his father's work. Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune were excellent novels that transcended anything I had ever read. It was harder, more complex than anything I had read. And then I read God Emperor of Dune and it was the previous three times 100. It wasn't bad particularly, but anyone who has read it knows what I'm talking about. You can't stop reading it, despite the fact every time you read one page you get a massive migraine. Heretics and Chapterhouse are excellent as well. God Emperor is the only tarnish in Frank Herbert's series, though that's debatable.

FANTASY
The Malazan Book Of The FallenI might have said the Drizzt books before I read The Malazan Book of The Fallen. I hate fantasy. Let me rephrase that, I hate epic fantasy. I hate LoTR, Thomas Covenant, Shanara. It's mostly my hate for having all the various races like giants and dwarfs with their cultures and everything that need to be meticulously detailed, which bores me; and also my complete hate of the storyline of some random guy becoming the greatest fighter/man ever who defeats the undefeatable evil. Thankfully, Malazan is a book focusing on a bunch of army guys in a special part of the military and follows their adventures. People die, people fight, everyone is well thought out. I never got bored with it, it is just very good and a very realistic world.

HORROR
The Shining: Stephen King books are all good in their own respects, and I know there are more horror authors than King, but I personally think Dean Koontz is wussy stuff. The Shining is genuinely scary for a variety of reasons. The movie does the book justice, but taking the book for itself, you are still genuinely afraid. The ending sticks with you, despite the fact it is the basic ending for every King novel. You ask what happened to the main character, did he do what he did because he was crazy, or because he was actually possessed by a ghost?

THRILLER/SPIES
The Faithful Spy: John Wells is my personal favorite spy at the moment in literature. This start of the series has us following him as a spy in the Taliban. He's been a spy for the past eight years, and he finally leaves when he's found out. He comes back to a wife who has a new boy toy, and finding that nobody really cares about him. He becomes a bit washed up, but new terror plots within America make him go after a terrorist with the bombs to destroy America's major cities. He destroys part of Los Angeles, and the book culminates in his final attack on New York. Subsequent books are all right, but the endings are complete let downs, the book just kind of ends with no huge fight at the end or something. The first has a great, drawn out ending. But the others just kind of taper off quickly. A good series though.

COMEDY
Beat The Reaper: This book follows a doctor with a dark past that is coming back to haunt him. He battles the mob and an old frienemy. One of my favorite parts is when he puts a syringe of fecal matter into one of the bad guys blood streams. The ending is hilarious, though it is not something I can really explain on this forum. Just go read this book and find out what I'm talking about.

There are some of my picks.
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The Shining: Stephen King books are all good in their own respects, and I know there are more horror authors than King, but I personally think Dean Koontz is wussy stuff. The Shining is genuinely scary for a variety of reasons. The movie does the book justice, but taking the book for itself, you are still genuinely afraid. The ending sticks with you, despite the fact it is the basic ending for every King novel. You ask what happened to the main character, did he do what he did because he was crazy, or because he was actually possessed by a ghost?

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I honestly can't choose one book to call my favorite. Your mention of Dresden reminds me of Slaughterhouse Five, which I thought was brilliant, but I wouldn't call it my favorite. 1st To Die was probably my favorite thriller, The Shining my favorite horror, and all of the Sherlock Holmes stories my favorite mysteries, but if I have to pick one book as my overall favorite, it's my collection of Poe's works. It was the first thing I read when I got back into reading after that space between children's and adults' books, and his stories have stuck with me over the years. I actually haven't finished it yet :oops: It's massive, and I like to just read one story at a time before getting into a new novel.

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Twilight Saga TBH.. love it :)


Lol, surprised it took so long for someone to mention that o.O

And Ratchet573, have you read any of the Codex Alera books by Jim Butcher? Though from what you said about most fantasy, dunno if you'd like it o.O

Dune books are also very good, but quite complex.

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Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus (even though Lost Hero just came out like a week ago).

I love Greek Mythology, and the mix with modern culture is AWESOME. If anyone liked Harry Potter, they definitely have to read these books.

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The Bartimaeus Trilogy was quite enjoyable.

He wrote another book, and it wasn't bad either, although not nearly as good as old Barty.
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Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus (even though Lost Hero just came out like a week ago).

I love Greek Mythology, and the mix with modern culture is AWESOME. If anyone liked Harry Potter, they definitely have to read these books.

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I love those books <3: I just finished The Lost Hero yesterday - LOVED it. It's going to be a long year, waiting for that second one to come out :P
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And Ratchet573, have you read any of the Codex Alera books by Jim Butcher? Though from what you said about most fantasy, dunno if you'd like it o.O

I attempted to read through the first one, but what you say is right, I didn't like it. It wasn't bad, it just bored me. I much prefer The Dresden Files. I want to reread them all so bad at the moment because I went to Chicago about a week ago and annoyed the hell out of my dad by pointing out every place where Dresden has fought someone, or stuff like that. We went to the Field Museum and I pointed out the end of Dead Beat. We were at Union Station and I pointed out the fight between Dresden and the big billy goat gruff in Small Favor.
As you can tell, I'm a big fan :grin:
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And Ratchet573, have you read any of the Codex Alera books by Jim Butcher? Though from what you said about most fantasy, dunno if you'd like it o.O

I attempted to read through the first one, but what you say is right, I didn't like it. It wasn't bad, it just bored me. I much prefer The Dresden Files. I want to reread them all so bad at the moment because I went to Chicago about a week ago and annoyed the hell out of my dad by pointing out every place where Dresden has fought someone, or stuff like that. We went to the Field Museum and I pointed out the end of Dead Beat. We were at Union Station and I pointed out the fight between Dresden and the big billy goat gruff in Small Favor.
As you can tell, I'm a big fan :grin:


Hah, nice. I want to try reading The Dresden Files someday, but as I mentioned earlier, I usually prefer MY fantasy in a fantasy world.... to each their own :)

And that sounds like it must've been a fun weekend for you =D

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And Ratchet573, have you read any of the Codex Alera books by Jim Butcher? Though from what you said about most fantasy, dunno if you'd like it o.O

I attempted to read through the first one, but what you say is right, I didn't like it. It wasn't bad, it just bored me. I much prefer The Dresden Files. I want to reread them all so bad at the moment because I went to Chicago about a week ago and annoyed the hell out of my dad by pointing out every place where Dresden has fought someone, or stuff like that. We went to the Field Museum and I pointed out the end of Dead Beat. We were at Union Station and I pointed out the fight between Dresden and the big billy goat gruff in Small Favor.
As you can tell, I'm a big fan :grin:


Hah, nice. I want to try reading The Dresden Files someday, but as I mentioned earlier, I usually prefer MY fantasy in a fantasy world.... to each their own :)

And that sounds like it must've been a fun weekend for you =D


You should try them. It's hard to describe the genre as just fantasy though because it has a lot of horror elements in it too. I just think the pace is great, I need lots of action and in between needs to be exciting. And Dresden is written in first person and I can safely say that Dresden is good company. It's the only book series that made me cry. You grow very attached to Dresden, he becomes a real person very soon into the series and it feels like you are walking beside him.

It was an all right weekend. I hate big cities and crowds. So Chicago is on my "never going back" list. I much prefer smaller cities or towns. Chicago is too crowded, has a lot of creepy people all over. Not my kind of place.
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I feel silly saying I don't actually read that much, I wish I did.

But my all time favorite book series has to be Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia comes in at second. I'm also a sucker for Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis quotes.

Has anyone read Life of Pi? Great book.
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I read Life of Pi, but for some reason I just couldn't really get into it. I read the whole book to see how the plot turned out though; the story was good just not my type of novel.

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I am suprised that noone mentioned Anne McCaffrey, she is one of my favourite authors. She is most known for her books about the Dragons of Pern, but she has written much more than that. If I am to pick a favourite book, erm well perhaps "Moreta, dragonlady of Pern" or perhaps "Damia". Well, there is a lot to choose from.

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Into the Shadow is one of my favorite books, I have other favorites but listing them all would take forever so I wont.
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My list of favourite books/ series is a little odd.

As a kid, my favourites were always Philip Pullman's books (pretty sure I owned every book he had written at one point, haven't bought or read any of his books in 2 or 3 years)
Nowadays, I still love the Bartimaeus Trilogy and the Inheritance series (even if it is basically Star Wars with dragons)
If you ask me now though, my favourite series is, by far, the Hyperion Cantos of Dan Simmons. A film is apparently being made of the first two books, but I really can't imagine it'll be any good. Be warned that the books are a lot better than the film ever could be, so don't you dare judge the books on the back of the film.
I'm a big fan of Arthur C Clarke as well, specifically the Rama series; David Fincher's been talking about making a film of Rendezvous With Rama for years. I can't imagine it'll ever happen, but that one would work a lot better than a Hyperion film ever could.

In terms of fantasy, I'm more into Mervyn Peake's books than Tolkien's. As far as I'm concerned, he invented modern fantasy a good 10 years before The Hobbit and LOTR were published. Look up the Gormenghast series.
I also love Terry Pratchett's Discworld books (and have endless respect for him as a person). I don't care if they aren't what you'd call 'literary genius', they're hilarious and satirical in a gentle way that only Pratchett can manage. Plus there are now 40 of them, I think. Not going to run out of Discworld books any time soon.

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We read Owen Meany in AP Lit last year after the AP test since it's one of my teacher's favorite books. That was one book I actually read cover to cover after getting lazy in that class. Such interesting discussions on whether we liked Owen.

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FANTASY
The Malazan Book Of The FallenI might have said the Drizzt books before I read The Malazan Book of The Fallen. I hate fantasy. Let me rephrase that, I hate epic fantasy. I hate LoTR, Thomas Covenant, Shanara. It's mostly my hate for having all the various races like giants and dwarfs with their cultures and everything that need to be meticulously detailed, which bores me; and also my complete hate of the storyline of some random guy becoming the greatest fighter/man ever who defeats the undefeatable evil. Thankfully, Malazan is a book focusing on a bunch of army guys in a special part of the military and follows their adventures. People die, people fight, everyone is well thought out. I never got bored with it, it is just very good and a very realistic world.

I read the first 2 or 3 books and they just couldn't get me interested. I love the dark atmosphere it has but the story and the characters just don't do it for me. Although I am a fan of epic fantasy though :mrgreen: .

My personal favourite are the Hyperion cantos by Dan Simmons. I don't read much Science Fiction but these 4 books are still the best I have ever read. I just love the future he created.
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I seem to have a significantly different taste than most people in this thread, in that I prefer nonfiction and don't really care for fantasy, science fiction, or classics. There's no way I can choose just one, but some of my favorite books are:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - prefer it to 1984 and I feel it's more relevant.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - made the mistake of reading this during the school year; I slept through several classes because I was up all night reading it. Riveting book. For those of you who don't know, Krakauer was a hiker-turned-writer who was summiting Everest for an article in an outdoors magazine and [cabbage] hit the fan. Great read.
[wagon] Finish First by Tucker Max - absolutely hilarious. I read all 400+ pages in under 24 hours, which is unusual for me. It's about drunken debauchery.
Decision Points by George W. Bush - although I don't agree with everything he did as president it was really interesting to read how he defends his positions.
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski - interesting book for anyone who likes soccer. It's written by two economists, one British and one French, who analyze the sport from an economic point of view to try to explain why certain teams win, why certain teams lose, why countries want to host World Cups, which nation has the biggest soccer fans, etc.
The Big Scrum by John J. Miller - It's about how Teddy Roosevelt saved football from being banned in its early days, but so much more. It gives a brief biography of the major players: chiefly Roosevelt and Walter Camp, but there are others, and a history of the game; why became so violent that dozens of young men were dying on the fields every year and thousands more were willing to take that risk. Good book but I put it a bit below the books above.
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