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Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:37 PM
Then I recommend you read "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami. Also, the next Hunger Games in terms of popularity, as I mentioned before, is predicted to be the Divergent by Veronica Roth. Why not give it a try? That one is easy to read.
Never hated a King book, but I've never read that book yet. The only book from him I can remember losing some interest in is "The Dark Half", but it picked up in the end, and I like how gory it is.
I read the first pages of Buick 8 and it wasn't that bad, maybe you're not fond of King's non - horror writing? See: Different Seasons. 3 of his best stories are in there, and the last one I still feel was just tacked in. "Apt Pupil" was the most exhausting read from King I've experienced. Too gloomy.
But I'm the type of person who wouldn't treat an unabridged book the one written by the author, so I'm going to read the full story anyway. Plus, I'll learn some French?
I'll check out his books, sounds interesting.
And... I don't know if I'll continue "Invisible Monsters" or "Haunted" by Chuck Pahlaniuk. On the latter I'm in the story where the new "in" is poverty. The story before that, the one with the TV guests, I find awfully generic. Guess I'll pick up Murakami's collection of stories again and try and see if I can make sense of any one of them.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:45 PM
I also don't care for the Dark Tower series, although I was a lot younger last time I started it - probably some 20 years or so ago so I will re-attempt it.
I enjoyed The Regulators - many didn't care for that one either, and Insomnia was good. 81 had many From a Buick 8 overtones in it and I also found that a good read, I think it was just drawn out and the characters were too hard to embrace.
I am also a fan of Philip K Dick - I need to read more of his work though, just scratched the surface of his work.
I have been finding myself more and more fascinated with Scientific and Business oriented books lately. So I will most likely be laying off the fiction for a bit.
This post has been edited by Nykc: 26 July 2012 - 07:47 PM
Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:12 PM
PKD books are hard to come by where I live. I never had the chance to buy one. SF is a great genre, I bought quite a lot of books after reading a Resnick and a Heinlein.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:18 PM
a scanner darkly is one of my favorite books ever. i enjoyed do android dream of electric sheep when i read it, but that was a while ago. haven't read anything else yet.
Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:39 AM
@fromTheSprawl If you haven't read Lisey's Story, then don't. It sucks. But King's new one, 11.22.63 is pretty good.
Also for fantasy lovers, 'The Demon Cycle' trilogy by Peter Brett is pretty cool. The first book is called 'The Painted/Warded Man'.
Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:20 AM
Second Variety is pretty good - the movie in relation was Screamers. (also available for free via Amazon)
I haven't read yet but heard The Man In The High Castle was really a good book. I have also been meaning to read the two you mentioned as well.
This post has been edited by Nykc: 27 July 2012 - 06:21 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:43 AM
If you want to meld your fiction and business together and also want your world to be turned upside-down you could read Atlas Shrugged.
But I would not recommend the movies...they kinda blow.
Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:54 AM
The Lean Start-up - Eric Reis
The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham
And Scientific books along the lines of:
Alice in Quantumland - Robert Gilmore
Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:25 AM
If you can stay awake through Rand's turgid prose and muddled thought, you deserve a medal, a collection of Raymond Chandler's novels, and a quick course in economics.
Do you have a medal for me? I actually enjoyed the Fountainhead because I have a vivid imagination and enjoyed toying with what the buildings Roark made might look like.
That's exactly why it is fiction. While her idea of the system is flawed it is an excellent experience to find out for yourself what the issues are with her ideals and those of the Utopian concept so that you may apply them to your own life. You need to know what's wrong in order to know what is right. How can one know what is right if they've never experienced wrongness?
**Insert more stupid philosophical babble here**
This post has been edited by S-John: 27 July 2012 - 08:26 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:28 AM
Ah yes.. and another reason to be avoided - the typical groupies that carry a worn copy of Rand's book and some dog eared novel by Pynchon.
Wrongness can be found with less droll avenues...
Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:32 AM
No. There's a difference between deserving and getting.
Meaning he made it all up?
Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:51 AM
Like spending a week in the Detroit projects? That would be exciting.
There should be a separate link for each genre of books we’ve referred. This is getting quite extensive as is my “to read” list.
This post has been edited by S-John: 27 July 2012 - 08:57 AM