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CL Book Club

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:03 am
by Snowy
Just thought we'd have a slightly nerdy topic and talk about books, seeing as a lot of people here read books. I really need stuff to read, so why not have a book-club-type thing? Anyway, anybody like to recommend stuff? Hehe. I say go out and read Watership Down by Richard Adams, if you haven't already (or read it again!). It's probably my favourite book ever, hehe.

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:07 pm
by Ruby Falls
Oh, I own that book. I will go find it and read it!

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:47 pm
by שועל
If loved the book the The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. His writing style is very enveloping, once you start you won't want to put it down. It is essentially a bunch of little stories within one main story.
If you like more real stuff, Flu by Gina Kolata is another book that captivates you. It is all about the study of the 1918 flu epidemic, but told in an interesting way.
From what I understand, in the States, most people read The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in secondary school. If you haven't read it yet, GO READ IT! It is very de-constructed in style, and that makes it a wonderful read. Definitely one of the best American lit.

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:12 pm
by Miri
I've read Watership Down, that book is amazing!

I haven't read any of the ones you mentioned Fox, maybe I'll have to look them up

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:12 am
by Voyd
... I had to read the Great Gatsby for high school and I hated it; no offence...

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is fantastic, but I don't know if guys would like it so much....

If you don't mind that the author is now dead and they're getting someone to wite the last book from the notes the author wrote, I will always recommend The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

If you're going to read the His Dark Materials series, I would personally say just read the first one; the second one destroyed what character development was in the first one (for me, anyway), and the third one was alright, but I think it came on too strong.


And now... back to homework D: well, after updating on the rest of the forum :D

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:30 am
by Snowy
Homework... Eeee >.<

I think I've read the first page of The Great Gatsby, then I got bored, ehe. I might try read it again. I keep seeing it in book stores' Top 100 lists...

Oh oh! And if you can, get your hands on The Death Gate Cycle series, by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickmann (D&D creators!). It's 7 books long, and is an awesome read. Not your generic fantasy-type novel plot-wise and such, but you will find elves and dwarves etc. I shan't spoil it for you - just go read it ^^

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:58 am
by Wildekarrde
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are always good for brain-candy. Tad William's Otherland series is quite enjoyable, it starts with City of Golden Shadow. Depending on what type of read your looking for, Arthur C Clarke has some wonderful contemplative novels, such as the Rama series, which I always enjoyed. Larry Niven's Ringworld, or Smoke Ring series are fun. (can you sense a bit of a Sci-Fi theme here) Asimov's Foundation series is incredible. Ask me if you want more Sci-fi... I will share...

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 12:26 pm
by Ruby Falls
Hmm, I liked Gatsby. I don't know many other people that do.

I've just started to read Watership Down. I haven't gotten very far, but I already like it!

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 6:55 am
by Snowy
I reckon I'll get around to reading Terry Pratchett soon enough. One of my friends raves on about him.

I'm actually sort of getting into Classics at the moment. My boyfriend has been buying heaps of them, and I just borrow them from him. They seem more appealing to me now. Probably because I don't have to study them, yay!

And Ruby, I am so incredibly happy to hear you say that you like Watership Down already! Though I have to admit, the beginning is a bit slow, so hopefully by the end of the book, you'll love it ^^

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 7:08 am
by Cloud7
yea, one of my uni friends raves on about Pratchett too!

I am reading...French Connection...about narcotics...it's not bad actually...I thought it would be boring :roll: but oddly enough, not...

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:36 pm
by Wildekarrde
Its sad though, Pratchett has alzheimers, so no more books. I am reading "The Story of the Irish Race" by Seamus McManus. Chronicling of Irish history, I'm a geek...

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 4:41 am
by שועל
I love the name Seamus XD ... I am sorry I just had to say it, I had friend in Uni named Seamus.

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:41 am
by Neoflame
anyone here read the Broken Sky series by Chris Wooding? like anime in book form.

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:31 pm
by Irish
I'm trying to find a book, but i can't remember who it was written by. x\
The title is something along the lines of How Ireland save civilization. 8D

Also, even though Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funke are below my reading level, I thoroughly enjoyed and definitely recommend them.
And I'm starting in on the 2nd of the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. Good stuff!

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:13 am
by Snowy
I've just finished the Rose of the Prophet trilogy by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman, and I'm thinking about reading Homer's the Iliad and Odyssey now... Eee! But it shall be fun I reckon. And apparently there's a whole bunch of books associated with those two, by other authors, so I'd like to read them too.

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:36 pm
by Wildekarrde
Irish, do you mean How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill?

Also, if anyone ever gets the chance, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman is really good!

Re: CL Book Club

PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:26 am
by Miri
An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska by John Green are both amusing and really good reads