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#141 mike_

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:04 PM

'Dracula', 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 'Sherlock Holmes' (both Volumes), 'Frankenstein', 'The Red Badge of Courage', and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' all come to mind.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:37 PM

Can anyone recommend some classics which they've read and enjoyed?

Let's see...

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Those are all excellent, and diverse.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:40 PM

'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Don't you DARE say that name... I HATE that book...

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:46 PM

It's all an opinion. You may not like that book, but others may. And, you are limiting another's right to freely speak their opinions.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:11 PM

I really do like it. Had to read it for a school project last year, and loved it. Great book.

But an intellectual such as yourself may not see that.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:54 PM

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I love that book! I've read it 3 times, plus we have to study it for GCSEs, so I'll have read it atleast twice more come summer :thumbsupsmiley:

Frankenstein

Also had to study that; it was good, but not as good as CITR.


Thanks guys. At the moment I'm finishing some books by John Wyndham. Journey to the End of the Night sounds great...

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 04:03 PM

Just wanted to drop in to tell you that I didn't read the book after all...
Didn't feel like reading it after the first chapter... :p

I got throught the hearing about it fine though ;)

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:14 PM

Resurrection of potential intelligent discussion!

Puppeteer, I commend your selection. John Wyndham is great. I have read The Chrysalids, Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos, The Kraken Wakes and The Trouble With Lichen, as well as several short story collections of his. Though I admit that they all have a similar overall formula, they are also well-written and present some really interesting ideas.

You know who I just got renewed appreciation for? Roald Dahl. His short story collections are wonderfully macabre. I ought to read his children's books again, because I'm certain that there'll be at least one more level of humour for me to understand now that I'm no longer a small child.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:21 PM

Heh heh... I love Dahl. James and the Giant Peach... The Big Friendly Giant. :p Actually, the BFG was one if his gorier stories, seeing as most of the other giants killed hundreds of little kids. I remember being afraid of giants eating me for a short time, having read it at age six. :p
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 05:26 PM

I've read many of Dahl's books when I was a child (translated in Dutch), they were great :p.

As for books I really like, that'd be a very long list..

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 05:34 PM

Has anyone ever read Cry of the Icemark? That's an excellent one... :p Tons of intrigue, battle scenes, well-crafted dynamic characters...

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 06:16 PM

Has anyone read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami? I've been recommended it and might try to find it after my exams finish.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 07:47 PM

That's one of my favourite novels of all time. You should read it.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 08:13 PM

You should, Murakami's very good. I tried his work at Matias's recommendation and I was not disappointed. ;) Actually, my birthday's coming up, and that's a pretty decent idea for what to request from the family. Nice work, Revora! ;)
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 09:31 PM

Vortigern, if you're going to ask for a book, I suggest you ask for Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. It's a little more up your alley, what with all those fantasy novel titles you keep throwing around.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:00 PM

Already on my list. ;)

On a different note, though, I am operating under the impression that Matias has a deal of contempt for fantasy literature. Why, I say? It's not about the content, it's about being able to lose yourself in a good story, and certain fantasy writers just have that aura of a fireside mythmonger, and I love it. Sit in front of an open fire and read about heroes with axes and noble souls, it's a rather enjoyable sensation.
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:16 PM

Sit in front of an open fire and read about heroes with axes and noble souls, it's a rather enjoyable sensation.


See my previous post on the Icemark series. ;)
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:26 PM

Already on my list. ;)

On a different note, though, I am operating under the impression that Matias has a deal of contempt for fantasy literature. Why, I say? It's not about the content, it's about being able to lose yourself in a good story, and certain fantasy writers just have that aura of a fireside mythmonger, and I love it. Sit in front of an open fire and read about heroes with axes and noble souls, it's a rather enjoyable sensation.

Not really contempt, I just don't like the genre very much, Tolkien's works being the sole exception. It's just a matter of taste. I lose myself in fiction, you lose yourself in fantasy. Not a big deal.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:55 AM

Just felt I'd highly recommend the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I've completely fell head over heels for them ;)




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