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    As Above, So Below Tenebrae Vision's Avatar
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    Default Books? Books. Books!

    So I was chatting in AIM with one of the lovely ladies of CTC early this morn. (ahh nice having someone sane up when I get off watch) ANYWAY...

    We were swapping titles and making recommendations. And we thought, why not ask the people on CTC..

    What's your favorite book?

    Have any recent titles that really stick out in your mind?

    A classic you simply MUST reread?

    Books that you think other people should read?

    Lets hear it and we can dust off our library cards or head to Borders!

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    W.Somerset Maugham "Of human bondage"
    Used to be high-elf, then i got tan and shrunk.
    Used to be Phantasmist.
    If you don't know... seek help :P.
    maybe.

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    Mrs. Robinson Photobucket Kiko's Avatar
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    I'm sane? Thanks, Sky!

    Sean Hannity - "Let Freedom Ring"
    Most stuff by Lois Lowry, but mostly "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue"
    David Cordingly - "Under the Black Flag" YARRR!

    I'll put up more when I think of it..
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    If you don't mind a little kinky sex, Kushiel's Dart and the next two books in the series are a very well written fantasy set. A little too much gratuitous S&M, but other than that a very good read.

    Lads Before the Wind is the book I am reading now, it's about dolphin training and dolphins. Good read from the woman who invented clicker training.

    Web of Gold is a completely cheesy conspiracy novel (non fiction) about the lost gold of Solomon's temple, which supposedly was in France from the time of the crusades thru WWII. This book is well written, chock full of obscure history, and completely paranoid. I read it at lunch, so haven't finished it yet.

    Snow Crash is worth reading again. What a great prophetic book.

    A book I have read a few times is "Little, Big" about a family that is visited by fairies -- really well written adult book.

    One of my favorite horse soap opera books is called "Riders" by Jilly Cooper, about the world of show jumping, but you don't have to like horses to enjoy it. It is completely trashy, and totally sucks you in from the beginning to the end. I think it might be out of print by now, but maybe not. It's a UK novel. I told my friend to read it and she couldn't put it down. Great characters. Mostly for girls though I would say, but I don't know. It's like 1,000 pages too, but it's never boring.

    That's all I can think of for now!

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    Confessions of a Bastard : Philip K Dick
    Weaveworld / Imajica : Clive Barker
    Charolettes Web : been too long......
    Thank GOD I'm an Atheist .


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    my fave book: a compilation of Edgar Allen Poe's short stories.

    recent title that sticks out in my mind: Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson. That book was so good, i just had to find a palm e-book format so I could read it at the can, during my 2mph commute to and from work, while sitting at line at the quizznos for a freaking sub, etc, etc. Sure it's about 800 pages, but it doesn't feel like you read 800 pages.


    Book I'd reccomend: That same compilation of Poe's work.

    The Poe book is a 1990 print from Longmeadow press, bound in black leather. The actual book title is "The Tales Of Edgar Allen Poe" I have no idea where you would find it, since I got it for my birthday 12 years ago, along with the works of Thomas Hardy, which is another fine book, although not everyone's idea of a good read.

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    Black Company series by Glen Cook
    Sword and the Chain series by Joel Rosenberg
    Dune series by Frank Herbert
    The new Dune prequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson
    Well World series by Jack Chalker
    Four Lords of Diamond by Jack Chalker
    Necroscope series by Brian Lumley
    Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist

    There's a few of my favorites...

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    Anything by Jonathan Kellerman, really good thriller/mystery novels.

    Anything by Anne Rice writing under the name Anne Rice.

    Any novels by Neil Gaiman.

    Anything written by the Dalai Lama

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    Three Initiates - "Kybalion" (non-fiction, something to wrap the brain around.. even if it's really a small book)
    Robin McKinley - "The Hero and the Crown" -- See also "The Door in the Hedge" retellings of fairy tells, quite cleverly written
    Robert Heinlein - "Stranger in a Strange Land"
    Robin Cook - "Outbreak" (Nothing to do with the movie, but the theme is similar)

    And for the delightfully weird -- "Principia Discordia" it's not much more than a glorified pamphlet, but such a tongue in cheek look at religion.. it's wonderful!

    And, Kiko.. you're sane. To me.

    So, not really saying a whole lot.

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    Chalker's Flux World was pretty strange. I may have to find the Diamond ones wherever I packed it away...
    Quote Originally Posted by Cy Q. Faunce View Post
    We all have our respective crosses to bear.... We all have flaws and virtues, and frequently our virtues are bound up with our flaws. And those characteristics are all magnified when one takes charge of a quarrelsome Internet forum.
    for example....
    Quote Originally Posted by Yiktin Voxbane View Post
    It's the rough end of the pineapple for you Mon ami .

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