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Old 12-16-2007, 04:51 PM
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So after reading the why no book section thread, I thought what the heck, lets just let people recommend books to each other.

All I ask is you give the title, the author if you've got it-otherwise a searchable way to find the book, what is it fiction/non-fiction, and why it rocks. It can be new or classic, all that matters is you like it and think others would too. Oh, and if it has excessive gore or sex in it, be kind and give the heads up.

So I recommend:

Any Sherlock Holmes, total classic and frankly wonderful in every way. Pretty much started the mystery genre. (Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle)

I am America! (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert. It is way to funny. A total comedy book that makes fun of our current culture. (non-fiction-kinda)

Freakanomics by by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Yes it is Economics, but it is a great read. I love it when math gets applied in fun ways and it certainly does here.

Good Omens/Hogfather -Terry Prachett and Douglas Adams-Both are hysterical takes on well know events, Hogfather-Christmas, Good Omens-end of the world. It's the perfect time of year for both.

Okay, I'll stop now though I could keep going. Maybe later.
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Good Omens/Hogfather -Terry Prachett and Douglas Adams-Both are hysterical takes on well know events, Hogfather-Christmas, Good Omens-end of the world. It's the perfect time of year for both.
Psst - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame for comic book devotees).

Two thumbs up for Good Omens. Yet to read Hogfather.
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The Golden Ratio. Interesting book.
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a math book?! <3 I could suggest those all day but I'm afraid people's eyes would gloss over. Instead I'll rec "The Tipping Point" by Malcom Gladwell (a great book that provides some logical explanations for 'virial trends.' I found it to be very applicable to the internets; plus it's just fun to read) or "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins (a little techy but it has some great analogies and brings AI to a level anyone can understand)
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Ender's Game (Ender's saga series)

The Age of Spiritual Machines

Anthem

The Dark Tower (series)

Lord of the Flies

Swan Song

Stranger in a Strange Land


Good mix of my favorites in there.
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
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Psst - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame for comic book devotees).

Two thumbs up for Good Omens. Yet to read Hogfather.
Thank you. My mind was elsewhere. Patch told Anakin there was another book in the Hitchhiker's Guide Series that came out in 2003, and I have been searching for the bloody thing like crazy. That is the third time in two days I have referenced him when it really isn't. One was talking about the Daily Show.

I need to get some sleep.
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
I love American Gods. It is so good. It is hard to read though, I prefer it in Audiobook format.
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Patch told Anakin there was another book in the Hitchhiker's Guide Series that came out in 2003, and I have been searching for the bloody thing like crazy.
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time. I'm not sure if you'd want to get it for him. Most of the book is actually about Duglas Adams. Letters he wrote. Stuff about his life. The actual Salmon of Doubt story is pretty short. Its at the end of the book, so I guess you could get it for him and just flip it to the begining of the story. Unless he is interested in reading about Adam him self.
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I'm not much of a reader, but I absolutely love it when I do get the chance. I've been wanting to pick up one (or more) for the longest time, but there is just so much to choose from that it's overwhelming. Any suggestions for a good science fiction or fantasy book? What are some "must reads"?
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