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PostSubject: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:14 pm

Also whatever happened to books! Razz
Books I enjoy:
Faith of the Fallen
LotR
1984
Asimov
Douglas Adams
Terry Pratchett
Dune
Ender's Game


NOTE: This topic was split from the Favorite Movies thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:13 pm

Personally, I find Speaker for the Dead to be the real stand-out of the Ender series. Though the "new" final installment had me on the verge of tears (rare) when I read the letter part... wow...

The facet that sets Ender's Game apart is how utterly enthralling it is, particularly to younger readers. I don't think I've had anyone yet, even a few kids who had never read a book for pleasure before (sad I know) be able to resist finishing it.

I first "read" it in summer camp when my bunk counselor read it aloud to us chapter by chapter before bed as a young pre-teen. One of the best group reading experiences of my life and every summer I volunteer at the camp and read that book aloud to a group of 12-15 year-olds.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:37 pm

Oh sure, I meant the Ender's series as a whole (in addition to the Shadow 'saga'), though Ender's Game is as you say extremely enthralling and remains my favorite for sentimental reasons. Child genius soldiers waging war on Aliens? Though the later books that really delve into the morality of inter-species encounters, plus Jane is so cool. Razz

Also, I second introducing kids to awesome books and group reading (audiobook). Hearing a book spoken aloud adds a certain power to the words (of course this is dependent on the speaker), plus in a group you can talk about the book. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:42 pm

I am actually a huge critic of audiobooks, I simply loathe them. I do however value reading aloud to someone else. As a one-person enterprise I don't really understand the appeal of an audiobook - it's just too slow for me to tolerate really. The personal connection of experiencing a story with someone else however, is much more important.

That, and learning to read better, and aloud are both important skills to cultivate.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:46 pm

Personally, what I abhor is the price of most audiobooks Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:52 pm

I think your criticisms are very valid Memnoch. When I first heard an Audiobook, I was extremely bored by the slow pace (though by listening to it in a car 1 hour a day did help) and the experiences I've had with group discussions have been mainly atrocious (ie, people who can't read) though the few gems did stick out as something I'd want to repeat.

@Brian, yes the prices seem high, but look at the audiobooks of the sword of truth, there have been various readers who by many estimations are average readers, then Sam T came along and really had a superior reading. Recording a reading for an audiobook takes a long time and good reading isn't something that most people posess.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:28 pm

My list:

Wizard's First Rule
Faith of the Fallen
(with the rest of the SoT coming in behind in no particular order)
LOTR
The Hobbit
Black Beauty
To Kill a Mockingbird
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:55 pm

Tolkien
Sword of Truth
Shannara
Dragonlance Chronicles
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Memory, Sorrow & Thorn
Wheel of Time

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:12 pm

Sword of Truth Series

Shannara Series

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Mon May 31, 2010 12:06 am

Sword of Truth
Wheel of Time
Mistborn trilogy
Farseer & Tawny Man trilogies
Timeline


There's more I'm sure, those are the ones I can think of at the moment. Just finished re-reading Wheel of Time, think some of Mat's best lines come from The Gathering Storm.

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"Because," she said, raising a finger, "while I waited to find you—I honestly didn't know if it would be you or young Perrin—I realized that there were several things I could provide you that no other could." She reached into a pocket of her dress, pulling out several pieces of paper. One was the picture of Mat. "You didn't ask where I got this."

"You're Aes Sedai," Mat said, shrugging. "I figured you . . . you know, saidared it."

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:01 pm

My favs:

Sword of Truth
Law of Nines
PenDragon
The Neverending Story
Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras
The Midnighters
Maximum Ride
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:09 pm

Hmmmm... I think I should add The Chronicles of Prydain to my list as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:13 pm

I'm going to add The Belgariad and The Malloreon by David Eddings to mine. (I'm reading The Malloreon at the moment and I'm enjoying it)
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:51 pm

Favorites (in no particular order):
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
The Sword of Truth series
The Wheel of Time series
The Hunger Games series
The Ender Wiggin series
The Liveship Traders series
The Song in the Silence

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"Because," she said, raising a finger, "while I waited to find you—I honestly didn't know if it would be you or young Perrin—I realized that there were several things I could provide you that no other could." She reached into a pocket of her dress, pulling out several pieces of paper. One was the picture of Mat. "You didn't ask where I got this."

"You're Aes Sedai," Mat said, shrugging. "I figured you . . . you know, saidared it."

"Saidared it?" she asked flatly.

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"I don't know. They could put up a warning sign or something. Hello. Welcome to Hindstrap. We will murder you in the night and eat your bloody face if you stay past sunset. Try the pies. Martna Maily makes them fresh daily."

Classic.

Ahh, yes. Great lines Very Happy! Some of my favorite. I listen to the series as audiobooks and I started laughing out loud when I heard those lines. I was on the bus at the time x.x

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Personally, I find Speaker for the Dead to be the real stand-out of the Ender series. Though the "new" final installment had me on the verge of tears (rare) when I read the letter part... wow...


Which book was that?

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I am actually a huge critic of audiobooks, I simply loathe them. I do however value reading aloud to someone else. As a one-person enterprise I don't really understand the appeal of an audiobook - it's just too slow for me to tolerate really. The personal connection of experiencing a story with someone else however, is much more important.

That, and learning to read better, and aloud are both important skills to cultivate.
This is really sad but I love audiobooks because they are usually the only social interaction I get during the day. My fiance drops me off at university really early and I sit alone for 6 hours before class. The few friends I have at school don't stick around before and after class so I'm all alone. Its like someone is sitting there talking to me Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:23 pm

Series:
David Eddings' Mallorean/Belgariad
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
TG's SoT series

Books:
Stig of the Dump
Tom's Midnight Garden
Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World (Farley Mowat, non-fiction)
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:15 pm

Blood Meridian or the evening Redness in the West is probably the best book ever written by a human, in case anyone wants to break away from fantasy.

The best fantasy is really history anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:03 am

I'm adding the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson to my list. It ranks right up there with SoT.

Also, I'm reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss at the moment and really loving it.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:14 pm

Two excellent books CK. You should have read them a long time ago. Razz

If you like those two I would also recommend Blake Charlton's Spellwright or Peter V Brett's Warded Man. They're not as good as Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss, but they're still both very good.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:42 am

Many great books/series suggested so far Smile

I also want to add Mickey Zucker Reicherts Last of the Renshai trilogy and the trilogy directly following that. Brilliant series of books with norse mythology embeded deeply within it. I was thoroughly entertained by each book and found it very different from any other fantasy series I'd read Smile I would suggest them to everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:20 am

The first 3 that pops into my head is

Sword of truth serie, no surprise there.
The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss and
The First law serie by Joe Abercrombie (not yet read all yet though), these are starting become a big favorite i love the dark humor in it and i hope Mr Abercrombie will do well and write more Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:22 am

The First Law was an excellent trilogy. He certainly is dark, not just with his humour. Wink

He has two other stand alone books in the same world, Best Served Cold and Heroes, and has another book called Red Country coming out this Fall.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:25 am

Heehee true on that dudzie. Yeh saw those hope i can get some spare cash to buy the rest, i want to read!
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:19 pm

My favorite book of all time is Talion Revenant by Michael Stackpole. I've read it cover to cover dozens of times. Yes, my copy is falling apart.

Other favorites include-
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
Jim Butcher's Codex Alera
Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings
Robert Jordans' Wheel of Time (seeing as I have a WoT tattoo, this one is obvious.)
Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles
Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series
Mickey Zucker Reichert's The Renshai Trilogy
Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos novels
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:21 pm

Hey Pete, have you read Warded Man by Peter V Brett? Seems like it would be right up your alley.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Books   Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:27 pm

I haven't. I'll have to give it a try. It's good I take it?

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