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My all time favorite. Crime and Punishment is awesome. Brothers Karamazov.
Love Tolstoy too, but you've got to have some serious time on your hands. War and Peace took me a summer, and I could read on the clock at my summer job for a good hour or two that summer.
I am not seeing enough Nerd Books on here
A Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones)
Admiral Thrawn Trilogy (Star wars)
If u like politics you should read Doatoyevskys Demons (the possessed) basically predicts Facism
And Stalin in the 1860s. (really weird child molestation scene in it though)
Tolstoys "the Cossacks" and " the death of
hadji Murat" are good shorter intros to Tolstoy.
Russian history is similar to the US when it
Comes to "cowboy and Indians" stuff.
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Read this a year ago. Loved it.
Reading right now in anticipation of the film.
Tolstoy was also an educator of small children (started a school) and he has some very good writings about education if there are any teachers out there
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini. One of the top three books I have ever read.
1) Steve Berry- Cotton Malone series
2) Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston- Agent Pendegast series (their first book in the series, Relic, was made into a movie....book was much better)
3) Jeffery Deaver- the first Lincoln Rhyme series book, The Bone Collector, was made into a movie....again the book was much better
4) Ted Dekker- I am a fan but he is a strange writer and quite a few of his books are a mix of science fiction and religion. For the more traditional thriller try Boneman's Daughter or The Bride Collector
I personally am a big horror and sci-fi book fan, so if you are interested in any recommendations for this kind of book let me know.
I've read Demons(and every other Dostoevsky book that my library has). The Idiot I liked as well. Couple radically different themes, with the innocence of children and then his look at political circumstances.
The only Tolstoy I've read is War and Peace and I gave up on Anna Karenina after about 700 pages last summer. I couldn't finish it on my vacation. I have since decided that any vacation book must be able to be completed in a week, I just can't pick it back up when I go back to work.
Just in case it's been lost in this discussion, Crime and Punishment should be mandatory reading. By far my favorite.
Anything by John Grisham especially Bleachers as a sports book. Also, Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans was really good.
Skipped to the end of this thread to offer a suggestion which has hopefully been already advanced by someone else:
Anything by Vince Flynn
I thought both of the bill o Reilly assassination books were great especially killing Kennedy. The millineum series (girl with the dragon tattoo) was excellent and I also enjoyed the Bourne trilogy. I thought they were better than the movies. Fearless is probably my favorite biography, it's about a navy seal. Lone survivor was another good one as well.
+1 forgot this one. Great read.
This is the most worthless thread that I have read in a while.
I mean how old are most of you posters? I swear to God that 85% of these damn books are things that you either HAVE to read in HS or college.
I am not killing you guys for it but can we actually get into books that are for entertainment? I'm a huge King, Koontz and Collins fan.
I am looking for books like "The Hunger Games" trilogy. I loved the "Odd Thomas" series by Koontz (not done with it but still love it to this point), and it's been years but The Dark Tower series from Stephen King. Those are the type of books that I am personally looking to read. I did school for about 25 years in my life. I am looking for a book to read for entertainment purposes.
Does anyone have some recommendations along those lines?
Kentucky Straight, by Ken Offet
Exodus by Leon Uris
Haj by Leon Uris
These two will give you better insight into the middle east
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- I know a lot of people on here will hate on this one, but... I know you are young and a little liberal.... "If you are young and not liberal, then you have no heart; but if you are old and not conservative, then you have no brain," this is falsely attributed to Winston Churchill, but it works quite well. My hope is that books like this accelerate young minds toward conservatism (fiscal - I couldn't care less about your social tendancies).
A History of God by Karen Armstrong
- This one will piss a lot of religious guys/gals off and is a bit dry, but ...
I must admit that I hate to read in general. I don't mind manuals, history related and similar, but I really don't like to read books that make good movies. I'd prefer to save my reading for textbooks/manuals and catch up with the movie. I am an engineer at heart (probably why I went conservative early - logic dominated brain).
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Have you read through the thread? There are quite a few viable options available depending on your interests.. With your sig pics you may want to investigate the self help section for over compensation, or homosexualty for dummies....
It does take something away from a book when you read it and then watch the movie, most times movies dont seem to be anywhere near as good as the book IMO, The books that John Grisham has written that have turned to movies, "The Firm", "The Pelican Brief", "A Time To Kill" are the main one's I that come to mind at the moment have actually become pretty good movies.... As I posted earlier, "The Racketeer" is his newest one, good story and something readable within a few days.... it was hard to get to a stopping point and not finish the whole thing...
From reading this thread, here would be my suggestions:
For the guy saying he likes sports books:
The Professional by WC Heinz (one of the books that I'll probably read 40 times before I die)
For the poster saying "more things like the Dark Tower":
Neil Gaiman's entire catalogue would work, but I would start with American Gods (Anansi Boys and Neverwhere are both excellent though, as is the Graveyard Book for a quick read).
For the poster saying Dan Brown:
Got nothing for you, but airport books are a dime a dozen
Anything by Johnathan Franzen, especially The Corrections
World War Z by Max Brooks (there is no way in hell the movie lives up to the book, but since it's coming out soon, read this now)
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (another book I may read 40 times before I die)
Fierce Invalids in Hot Climates by Tom Robbins (nuns giving HJs...need I say more)
Cosmic Banditos by AC Weisbecker
The Rum Diary by Gonzo
Ayn Rand...any of it
The greatest American novel ever written (A Confederacy of Dunces) by John Kennedy Toole
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost, even though I liked his second book better myself (Getting Stoned With Savages). Lost on Planet China is really different because of the setting change but it was also good.
Books I've read semi-recently that I would recommend...
The Informers - Bret Easton Ellis
The Rum Diary - Gonzo
Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer - Jonathan L. Howard (this one was out of the norm for me but I liked it)
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
telling myself it's not as hard as it seems - Led Zeppelin
I just watch TV for entertainment
I prefer classic literature. Reading something like Dan Brown is the same to me as watching Indiana Jones. Kills time, but I prefer something more substantive. If I just feel like killing a couple brain cells I'll watch Maury
King, Koontz and Collins are books for illiterate people.
I know they are epic poems, but the Iliad and the Odyssey are must-reads and very entertaining. Beowulf is fun too, very short and something you can easily read in a couple of hours.
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