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LOTR and the Hobbit are my faves from fantasy.
From normal fiction I would go with The Fountain Head
For historical I would recommend a book called The Coffee Trader, had to read it for a class and it was surprisingly good.
For Sci-fi: I've only read starwars books and the foundation series. Starwar The Young Jedi knights was a series I liked, but it was a good intro to reading series. Foundation is more though evoking, but I am not sure I would actually recommend it to anyone.
For Humor: Discworld Hands down. Or a Trashy, Trashy romance (any will do.)
For Romance: not a particular novel, but I like trashy ones.
On my reading Queue
The Light fantastic
Game of Thrones
I'm enjoying A Tale of Two Cities right now. It's a hard book to read, but it's definitely a good one.
Sadly it's for school, so there are tests and %%#*.
EDIT: While I'm on Charles *%@@ens, allow me to also plug A Christmas Carol.
EDIT again: LMAO
I see Ender's Game is already on the list. Add the sequel Speaker for the Dead. It's equally amazing, and I'm tempted to say it might be better. Might be the best book I've ever read.
And of course I've gotta plug the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Why aren't those on the list yet?
Edited by SixtyBucks on 5/10/2011 7:45 PM PDT
The Evolutionary Void
The Windup Girl
The Rise of Endymion
Fall of Hyperion
The Naked God
The Neutronium Alchemist
The Reality Dysfunction
The Temporal Void
The Dreaming Void
A Scanner Darkly
The World at the End of Time
The Diamond Age
Queen of Angels
The Gap Cycle
Off Armageddon Reef
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Songs of Distant Earth
Annals of the Heechee
Empire of Man
Saga of the Seven Suns
The Jesus Incident
The Lazarus Effect
The Ascension Factor
Stranger in a Strange Land
A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Brief History of Time
Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other
The Universe in a NutshellOn the Shoulders of Giants
The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy
A Briefer History of Time
Brave New World
Coyote a Novel of Interstellar
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Secret History of the American Empire
Conservatives without Conscience
Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches
In order to keep the list fairly small, I requested in my first post that readers keep their favorites list to one or two books. I cannot have the list overrun by one person, when everyone else followed the rule. Choose a few or I cannot put any of those books on the list (I have not read many of them).
This is the last I will have to say on this topic, I want to keep this thread moving and not bickering.
Favorite of all time is easily The Chronicles of the Black Company by Glenn Cook His writing styles different but it added more depth the story then anything else I've read.
The Hunger Games Trilogy was alright I felt it would have been better if it targeted a more mature crowd though, I'd still recommend it though, just don't be expected to be surprised by any plot twists.
Currently plowing my way through "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King, which I'm enjoying immensely.
@Calcunon A list of 30+ books doesn't tell us anything about whats the best you've read, looks like you just looked at your bookshelf and listed whats there. Give us your top 5 and why or something with substance.
Edited by ParaDoc on 5/13/2011 3:45 PM PDT
Just read the Ender's Game Series(both branches).
Also a book of short stories by Phillip K. D|ck. (it bleeped out the last name the first time)
Planning to read the Foundation series by Asimov next.
@Paradoc: love the dark tower series, read on!
Edited by WalkinDude on 5/14/2011 11:10 AM PDT
That's what I was saying: look for "The Time of the Hero" by Vargas Llosa if you'd like to check it out; the title used for the English market is not the literal translation.
I will warn you that it's most likely not an easy read, even in your native language. The viewpoint changes between chapters, jumping between characters and time periods, with little explanation of who is now narrating.
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