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What book are you reading?

I started reading books again after a long hiatus. Last time I picked up a real book was back in middle school (around 15yrs ago).

I started with I Am Legend yesterday. I enjoyed the movie but I enjoyed the book even more, I was disappointed it was so short but I guess a story can only go on so long without being too wordy.
I figured I enjoyed Matheson's style so much I would try out another book and went for Hell House today. So far so good.
I think tomorrow when I finish this one off I will just pick up a random book off the shelf with a decently creepy cover and give it a try.

On my list of To Reads:
World War Z
Day By Day Armageddon
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

I am always open to suggestions. I am always looking for more shock horror novels or even something not in the terror/horror genre. I am a fan of the LOTR series, I'll probably pick up The Hobbit at some point.

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Re: What book are you reading?

If you like LoTR then the must read book from that whole mythology is "The Silmarillion" seriously awesome, just reads a lot differently.

Currently reading "Black Hole War" by Susskinds (physicist)
and for some reason i've never read 1984 so I just started that one.

after these gonna do "Unweaving the Rainbow" by Dawkins

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Re: What book are you reading?

That reminds me, I picked up the LOTR series about 4 years ago and read it through pretty quickly. I remember picking up The Silmarillion but I just didn't get into it. I'll have to try again, thanks for the reminder.

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Re: What book are you reading?

If you want a real good conversation piece, read The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Half the people that read it say it's the ultimate proof of atheism, while the other half say it's the ultimate proof of theism. I don't know if any other authors can hold that kind of title.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Rabbit Redux by John Updike.

I started the cycle back around christmas time, and then when I was laid off at the beginning of Feb. I thought "well at least I'll have plenty of time to finish up the Rabbit books!"

I haven't picked it up since.


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Hell House was a great book, couldn't put it down once I got into bed.

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Re: What book are you reading?

The Silmarillion is basically the whole history of Middle Earth, but it is a very very hard book to read.  Also if you're a Tolkien fan be sure to pick up The Book of Lost Tales I and II.  They include some (not all) of the mythology from The Silmarillion as well as other tales from all over Middle Earth.

If you want, try and pick up the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. The books in the trilogy are Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength. Lewis is, for lack of better term, Tolkien's protege; both were fellows at Oxford at about the same time, though Lewis was quite a bit younger than Tolkien, and Lewis got a lot of influence from Tolkien. The Space Trilogy is very much about the struggle between good and evil and is greatly influenced by Christianity, but stops well short of including any type of actual deity or religious proselytizing, which makes it easy to mold the story to your own beliefs instead of the other way around.

Recently I've finished reading the entire lines of Warcraft and Diablo books.  They're pretty good for anyone who's a fan of medieval gothic style fiction or Tolkien style fantasy, and especially if you enjoyed the games.  They stand alone very well, but the games fill in all the gaps.  Actually there's a new Warcraft book out that I have to pick up, probably this weekend, and I'll most likely be picking up other science fiction books as well, some based on video games, some not.

As of right now I'm reading the Memoirs of the Second World War by Winston Churchill.  Obviously this is non-fiction but if you're a history buff or have an interest in World War II (I'm a huge histroy buff and WWII is my favorite era of history) I would definitely recommend it, but be warned it's almost 1200 pages, and its the abridged version.  Churchill is one of, if not the, greatest leader of the modern era and being able to see the world at that time through his eyes is rather amazing.

At some point soon I'm going to start reading all the Norse mythology, but I haven't looked into finding it all yet.

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I recommend any novel by Chuck Palahniuk. I am not much into reading fiction as it doesn't seem to hold my interest long enough to finish but Chuck's books are phenomenal. If you're not familiar with the name, he is the writer of "Fight Club"....of which the movie was derived. Right now, I'm in the later half of a collection of papers about Atheism.
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I recommend any novel by Chuck Palahniuk. I am not much into reading fiction as it doesn't seem to hold my interest long enough to finish but Chuck's books are phenomenal. If you're not familiar with the name, he is the writer of "Fight Club"....of which the movie was derived. Right now, I'm in the later half of a collection of papers about Atheism.
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funny you mentioned Chuck Palahniuk. I'm finishing up Survivor right now. although i'm cheating and listening to it on my ipod. makes hours at my desk fly by


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