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evinin
evinin


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posted January 09, 2011 09:01 PM
Edited by evinin at 21:02, 09 Jan 2011.

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- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Worst thing EVER!


Some folks think it's great, but I didn't care for it either. If you didn't like the book then never see the movie. Movies are seldom thought as good as the books.


I've first seen the movie and then I promised myself to never read the book. But because of some strange circumstances I actually read it and I'm very sorry about that.

Anyway, if I have to recommend books, I'll recommend "Quo Vadis" (for history lovers and romantics), the works of the Spanish writer Zafon (for the mystery lovers) and the "Percy Jackson" series (for those who love mythology, fantasy and still feel like kids).
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baklava
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posted January 09, 2011 09:46 PM

Hi Evinin. I haven't seen you around on our forums before.

Welcome.

I hope you die violently.
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Cepheus
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posted January 09, 2011 10:04 PM

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- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Worst thing EVER!


Wow.
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mvassilev
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posted January 09, 2011 10:10 PM

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I can't recommend you a book to read, I read many and different books. But I will recommend you a book that you should NEVER read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Worst thing EVER!

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JollyJoker
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posted January 18, 2011 03:50 PM

It seems that at least one of Stephen Kings children has inherited talent from his parents.

Goes by the handle of Joe Hill; Heart Shaped Box is his first novel, and, well, it's pretty interesting. His style is different from his father's - but it's horror alright.

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Corribus
Corribus

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posted January 18, 2011 05:32 PM

Yeah I've heard about this book - it's on my to-read list.

Right now I'm reading Ringworld by Niven.  So far it's pretty good.  Dan Simmons' Drood is next in the queue.

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Doomforge
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posted January 18, 2011 05:49 PM

Anything by Nabokov. I love that man!
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kodial79
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posted January 18, 2011 06:08 PM

I liked "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"...

Currently reading "Still Life with a Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins. But I'll go ahead and recommend everything by Poe instead. Yeah, I know, everyone has read Poe. I just wanted to take the chance and express my admiration for the man!

Ok, a serious recommendation then? Pretty basic... William Blake's the Marriages of Heaven and Hell, in ye olde English.

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JollyJoker
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posted January 18, 2011 06:15 PM

*Sigh*

I suppose there is no way around trying Dan Simmons in the original (English). I tried him two times, but wasn't exactly blown away - Hyperion among it. All those awards can't be for nothing, so maybe the translation sucked. I have no idea because I was so ddisappointed, I sold the whole trilogy.

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Corribus
Corribus

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posted January 18, 2011 06:32 PM

I've read 9 of Simmons' books.

Hyperion and Endymion I loved, even if they were a bit cryptic.

Illium/Olympos - Illium was amazing; which made it that much more painful that it was followed up by Olympos, which was probably one of the most disappointing sequels I've ever read.  Tragic, actually, how bad it was.  Thus I can't recommend either one.

The Terror was fantastic, but it's not for everyone.

Song of Kali, his first novel, was equally good and well deserving of the awards it won.

Children of the Night was a good thriller and an interesting take on vampires but was fairly predictable in the end.  A good read but nothing ground-breaking.

I do think Simmons is one of the better modern authors and I would count him among my favorites.  Translation might have something to do with it, JJ.  But it also might not. As you know, there's no accounting for taste.

Btw, I also received Ken Follet's new book (can't remember the name off-hand) that takes place during WWI.  That's behind Drood in the queue, so I'll give a report on it when I'm finished.

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gnomes2169
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posted January 19, 2011 12:24 AM

Terry Brooks, Anyone?

The Shannara series

Something far more worth it by the man (Since there aren't 500 book):

The Word and the Void trilogy
-Running with the Demon
-Knight of the Word
-Angel Fire East

and the Genesis of Shannara trilogy (Also called Armageddon's Children trilogy)
-Armageddon's Children
-The Elves of Cintra
-The Gypsy Morph


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Corribus
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posted May 25, 2011 05:56 AM

I can safely say that Drood was a disappointment.  Probably about 300% too long and based on an unreliable narrator that may or may not have dreamed the whole thing up.  Definitely take a poass on that one.

However, I can happily recommend The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie, for anyone who's in the market for a solid fantasy epic.  The plot is a little meandering at times and there's an undercurrent of wry and dry humor that made it hard to tell if it's supposed to be taken completely seriously, but it's well written and the characters are interesting and avoid most fantasy cliches.  Worth picking up while you're waiting for A Dance with Dragons.

(Note - I haven't read the whole trilogy-series - just the first book - but if the quality remains consistent the other books won't disappoint.)

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gnomes2169
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posted May 25, 2011 06:05 AM

My lord, they may be long books, but for every single person here I recommend Patrick Rothfuss's "Name of the Wind" and "Wise Man's Fear." some of the best writing I have ever seen (general consensus of everyone who has ever read the book), and it is a very gripping, compelling story. I recommend them for everyone 15^. =^.^=
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JollyJoker
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posted May 25, 2011 08:00 AM

If you finish the trilogy, which will not disappoint you, make sure to read "Best Served Cold" which is, if anything, even better.

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meroe
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posted May 25, 2011 10:13 AM

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (who also wrote The Kite Runner).

I read this book a couple of years ago and it affected me greatly.  I've read it twice more since then.  Portrays unbelieveable strength, dignity, suffering and personal triumph (of sorts).
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The Abyss Staring Back at You
posted May 25, 2011 03:42 PM

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If you finish the trilogy, which will not disappoint you, make sure to read "Best Served Cold" which is, if anything, even better.

Just received it from Barnes and Noble yesterday, as well as The Heroes, which got a good writeup in Time Magazine.

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JollyJoker
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posted May 25, 2011 04:10 PM

I won't spoil anything, but Best Served Cold probably starts with the best ever Chapter title. It's a rather mundane
"Benna Murcatto Saves A Life"
which, after actually reading the first chapter, will give you a real "WOW-experience".

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Hero of Order
The Abyss Staring Back at You
posted May 25, 2011 05:25 PM

LOL, I just saw that this book was the whole premise for starting the thread.  So much for my original recommendation.

Good to know we both independently found it enjoyable, though.  That's gotta stand for something.

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JollyJoker
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posted May 25, 2011 05:49 PM

I'd say so.
I really, really, like his style of narration. Of course I like his cynical, gritty approach as well, but what I mean is simply his elegant writing with dialogues how they should be, that comes across as, well, effortless.

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The_Polyglot
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posted May 29, 2011 07:57 PM

I've recently read Never Let Me Go by Kazuro Ishiguro, which I'd gladly recommend to anyone, who's in need of a good book for a sleepy Sunday afternoon. It reminded me strongly of Blueprint by Charlotte Kerner, though. (also an excellent book, BTW)
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