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Old 01-04-2007, 11:49 AM   #16
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If you haven't read in a while, read a classic. That way you know you won't be let down, and will get you in gear for more reading. If you choose something off the shelf unknown, you may not like it and then it will be another few years before you try again.

Any of the true classics (most bookstores have a section) or a biography of someone you are curious about. Note that there are many sci-fi, etc books that are classics, so

I am nuts about historical books. 1491 was the last one I read, very good.
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Elahrairah, I like books that let me learn. I love educational programs on television and I like the same in books. Can you suggest a book for me? Now I remember, the last book I read was called something like "What the soldiers carried" I wish I could remember the title. I did LOVE 1984 by George Orwell, which I guess could have been classified as Sci-fi.
EDIT: I'm looking into 1491; the description on Amazon sounds interesting.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:38 PM   #18
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If you are into tech and history, try the Baroque Cycle series (three books in the series) from Neal Stephenson. Great mix of history and fiction set during the era of Newton. Or, if you are into say, perhaps codebreaking and WW2, then try his Cryptonomicon. All excellent reading.
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I have a nice bathroom book, it's called "100 Albums that changed music". It's 319 pages and very interesting. I got it at a seasonal mall bookstore, got it for $2.99.
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If you are into tech and history, try the Baroque Cycle series (three books in the series) from Neal Stephenson. Great mix of history and fiction set during the era of Newton. Or, if you are into say, perhaps codebreaking and WW2, then try his Cryptonomicon. All excellent reading.
Thanks DaJoker I will definitely look into them. Oh, on a side note (just to let you know) I stole your avatar and I'm using it for my picture on PokerStars; I hope you don’t mind.
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It's my original artwork and I would rather you not use it, but I'm not gonna be an ass and send a cease and desist or anything.
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It's my original artwork and I would rather you not use it, but I'm not gonna be an ass and send a cease and desist or anything.
Not a problem, I'll stop using it. I was wondering if it was your original artwork. Sorry, I thought it was great so I decided to use it. Did you use chalk or pencil? The hair looks like chalk to me but the rest looks like pencil.
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It was part of a desktop background I did a while ago..
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Digitally done, wow it looks like it's done by hand. For what it's worth I am very impressed. I only wish I had even a touch of creativity so I could do graphic design instead of programming/SAP work. Although I'm a bit used to the lifestyle of being an SAP consultant. A lot of people have a picture of a joker on Pokerstars but none even half as good as yours, well done.

Thanks again for the tip on "Cryptonomicon". I'm picking it up tonight after work. I'm sure my father will want to read it when I'm through too.
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Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson


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Some other good books:

A Confederacy of Dunces--Just read about two weeks ago. Hilarious and a important.

The Repairman Jack Series by F. Paul Wilson---There's like 9 or 10 different books. Great main character.

A bunch of books by Harlan Coben--Tell No ONe, Just One Look, The Innocent, Gone For Good, No Second Chance---all very good.

Last of the Savages by Jay McInerny

All of Bret Easton Ellis---Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, Glamorama, Lunar Park.

The Romanov Prophecy--Steven Berry
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I will read almost any book that I can get my hands on. Maybe not trashy romance novels or Harry Potter, but just about anything else. If I really like a book i have been known to re-read them 3-4 times. Re-reading the Talisman and Black House from King/Straub. Its just a great story
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Elahrairah, I like books that let me learn. I love educational programs on television and I like the same in books. Can you suggest a book for me? Now I remember, the last book I read was called something like "What the soldiers carried" I wish I could remember the title. I did LOVE 1984 by George Orwell, which I guess could have been classified as Sci-fi.
EDIT: I'm looking into 1491; the description on Amazon sounds interesting.

Other good historical books:

Longitude
Founding Brothers
1421 (about Chinese discovering America)
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Harry is pop fiction but excellent. I would call it a modern Lord of the Rings or Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Narnia epic.

//EDIT the Talisman was the first King book I ever read. Excellent. Been thinking about the Rift War Saga.
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If you are into tech and history, try the Baroque Cycle series (three books in the series) from Neal Stephenson. Great mix of history and fiction set during the era of Newton. Or, if you are into say, perhaps codebreaking and WW2, then try his Cryptonomicon. All excellent reading.
I like Neal Stephenson's earlier work, but the Baroque Cycle really pissed me off. I should say the first book pissed me off because I stopped reading them after that. I just don't think he has the chops as an author to pull off an epic historical novel.

Check out Howard Waldrop for some really well written historical fiction.
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