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    Please post your

    recommendations for summer reading here. (Fiction only, please.)
    I like all genres, as long as it’s

    imaginative and original. My most recent finds are:

    “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood - A frightfully

    convincing vision of the not-too-distant future. Where bioengineered chicken nuggets grow on “trees”, executions are

    the most popular form of internet porn, and drug companies compete by trying to design viruses that their

    competitors can’t cure.

    “In the Miso Soup” by Ryu Murakami - A psycho-thriller about a young man that works

    as a tour guide for Americans that want to experience the seedier side of Tokyo’s night life.

    “Homo

    Zapiens” by Victor Pelevin - A dark satire in which former apparatchiks from the Ministry of Propaganda dominate the

    advertising industry in post-communist Russia.

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    "A Life of Pi" by Yann Martel -

    A story about a boy who gets stuck on a life boat with a tiger...or is it? Very entertaining book with a good

    spiritual/religious message. You should know of it anyway; if you haven't read it, do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptKipling
    "A Life of Pi" by

    Yann Martel - A story about a boy who gets stuck on a life boat with a tiger...or is it? Very entertaining book with

    a good spiritual/religious message. You should know of it anyway; if you haven't read it, do.
    I've

    almost picked it up several times. Your recommendation clinches it. Thanks. I'm going right out to buy it now.

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    The DaVinci Code ---It's like a

    history lesson, a must read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW
    The DaVinci Code

    ---It's like a history lesson, a must read.
    I was just replying with that suggestion.

    Definite must-read.

    Ignorance, Milan Kundera

    American Knees, Shawn Wong

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW
    The DaVinci Code ---It's

    like a history lesson, a must read.
    Oh yes. I also enjoyed Dan Brown's previous thrillers : "Digital

    Fortress" and "Angels & Demons".
    A little less thrilling, but a lot more historical, Umberto Eco's "Foucolt's

    Pendulum" is a conspiracy that spans centuries, involves alliances between the most unlikely historical figures (eg.

    Hitler and Francis Bacon) and culminates in an ending that shouldn't surprise you, but it does anyway.

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    anything by Gary Paulson


    and
    the Golden Compass Trilogy

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDawg2050
    anything by Gary

    Paulson
    I used to date a teacher that lent me a copy of "The Crossing". What a powerful story! More

    hard-edged realism than most so-called adult novels.


    Quote Originally Posted by TopDawg2050
    and
    the Golden

    Compass Trilogy
    Never heard of this. What's it about?

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    Curious George Rides A Bike - It's

    got classic written all over it.


    DCW

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    I'm sure you're talking

    about recent stuff, but I've had a little thing where I've read at least one classic over the summer (I was tired

    of everyone saying, "Did you read this? Did you read that? Oh, I had to read that in high school. It was good."),

    and so far, I've read a bunch of good books:

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Catcher in the

    Rye

    Fahrenheit 451
    One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
    The Time Machine
    The Invisible

    Man


    I tried to read The Scarlet Letter, but the sentences were too descriptive for me to keep

    focused. I kept drifting off while reading it. Maybe I was just burnt out.

    Those are some good ones, though.

    TTM and TIM, by H.G. Wells, both come in one book by Barnes & Noble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCW
    Curious George Rides A

    Bike - It's got classic written all over it.


    DCW
    Curious George Goes Camping is even better. He

    helped those people put out the fire he started. What a monkey!

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    The Hobbit
    The Lord of the Rings

    1,2,and 3 by Tolkein

    Where the Wild Things Are by Sendak

    Rainbow 6 by Clancy

    Anything written by Anton

    Chekov

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    Where the Wild Things Are

    by Sendak
    OMG!!!! Exit...I knew that you and I were meant to be together forever in a little log cabin we

    call our own.

    That is my all time favorite book! I love Sendak and everything he has ever done. In the Night

    Kitchen is another awesome children's book. Chicken soup with rice......
    I may have to watch my Sendak video

    today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXIT63
    Where the Wild

    Things Are by Sendak
    A classic. Anything by Sendak is amazing.

    Anything written by

    Anton Chekov
    The Seagull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elana
    In the Night Kitchen

    is another awesome children's book.
    Holy shit! I thought that book was long-forgotten. One of my

    favorites. Great illustrations.

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    Catch 22
    The Crystal

    Cave
    Role of Honor/Executive Orders (One story in two books)
    Dune

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmes
    Holy shit! I

    thought that book was long-forgotten. One of my favorites. Great illustrations.
    You just like Mikey's lil

    weenie.

    yes, the illustrations are fantastic. I love the Signs on the buildings in the city at night.



    Milk in the batter, Milk in the batter, we make cake and nothings the matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belgareth
    Catch

    22
    So you've read my autobiography?

    I like the Ender's Game and Ender's

    Shadow
    Series by Orson Scott Card if you like Sci-Fi mixed with Action and a little bit of Philosophy and

    Psychology.

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    Read Enders Game and enjoyed

    it. How about some good non-fiction reading for us folk from the 60's and 70's:
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid

    Test
    Snow Blind
    There always Carlos Castenada's series. They're classed as non fiction but he may have had a bit

    too much Jimson Weed. It starts with A Yuagi Way of Knowledge.

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    Crime And

    Punishment
    .

    Anything by Leo Tolstoy.
    Last edited by Holmes; 06-15-2004 at 08:57 AM.

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    Sniffy & Fluffy Have An

    Adventure
    Kitty Wants a Box
    Mr. Coyote Meets Mr. Snail

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    The Three Billygoats

    Gruff
    .

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    I like Pancho's original

    list for someone about his age, just because they were the kind of books I used to read long ago. I've tended

    towards non-fiction mostly in my later years but I do like a good read and my recommendation is Norman Mailer's

    Harlot's Ghost which is 1200 plus pages and a good all-summer type of book, more for the guys though, not so

    intriguing to women that I've been able to convince to read it (yep, I used to tell them I wouldn't have sex with

    them till they read it - yep, rarely got laid).

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    Quote Originally Posted by a.k.a.
    Oh yes. I also enjoyed

    Dan Brown's previous thrillers : "Digital Fortress" and "Angels & Demons".
    A little less thrilling, but a lot

    more historical, Umberto Eco's "Foucolt's Pendulum" is a conspiracy that spans centuries, involves alliances

    between the most unlikely historical figures (eg. Hitler and Francis Bacon) and culminates in an ending that

    shouldn't surprise you, but it does anyway.

    I bought Angels & Demons on Sunday looking forward

    to reading it, In fact I think I'll but all his books.


    DCW

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    Lots of interesting titles here.



    Belgareth, I think I like your tastes ( “Catch 22” opened my eyes to absurdity and I haven't been able to

    close them since. "Dune" may be the most inspired Sci-fi ever written). So who wrote “Crystal Cave” and what is it

    about? I would definitely classify Castaneda as fiction. “Journey to Ixtlan” was very cool, but I lost interest in

    the series after “The Second Ring of Power”.

    Pancho, judging from your list, you might also like “A

    Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess and the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Holmes, I’m

    sure you’re right about Tolstoy, but I don’t think I could finish one of his books in a single summer.

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    Post More Great Books

    For

    Children:

    Walter the Farting Dog
    The Stinky Cheese Man
    The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad

    Pig
    No, David, No!

    Fiction for Teenagers & Adults:
    1. The Dark Elf Trilogy, by R.A.

      Salvatore - A must for any fan of the fantasy genre, especially where D&D is concerned, and definitely if you play

      any RPG's.
    2. Bad Boy, by Olivia Goldsmith - A funny romance which ironically parallels many of our own attempts

      to improve our "attraction"/"seduction skills"
    3. The Giver, by Lois Lowry - Was required reading years ago in

      middle school, but it has had a lasting impact.
    4. Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling - Although the movies and hype

      have ruined a once enjoyable storyline, it was still a very good story, before Warner Brothers screwed it

      up.
    5. Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien - I was originally fanatical about the novel, but ironically I like

      the movies better. Great story no matter what, though.
    6. Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind - Harry Potter

      minus the childishness plus Lord of the Rings minus the length and the boring parts. This is the first in a series,

      but can be read as a standalone novel.

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    Philip K. Dick.

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    stinky cheese man freakin ruled!

    same with wizards first rule....

    im reading grays anatomy right now o_O not fiction, not exactly a story, but

    it is neat heehee

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    The Five people you meet

    in heaven

    By Mitch Albom
    For Mother's Day my sister gave me this book as a gift & actually one of the

    best books I ever read. After reading it I have been letting my friends borrow it because is the type of story that

    tells about afterlife and the meaning of our lives here on earth. I enjoy reading books like this one and for once I

    read something else besides
    "Chicken Soup for the Soul" ...LOL ( love them books..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxxPantero
    Lord of the

    Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien - I was originally fanatical about the novel, but ironically I like the movies better.

    Great story no matter what, though.
    The extended versions are pretty good, can't wait for the final one to

    be released this fall. I'm still offended by some of the things/adventures left out (Tom Bimbidal, for instance)

    apparently to make room for a whole series of things that weren't part of the story line. Artistic license, I

    suppose.

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