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#346181 - 06/10/07 02:05 PM Re: Book recommendations? [Re: Mr_Heretik]
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OK, thats what you dont like, why not give us your preferred genre(s) as well so we have more to work with

Watchmen is one of the defining moments in comic book history, the first comic to be taken seriously as a piece of literature. You will enjoy it, its awesome
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#346182 - 06/10/07 02:35 PM Re: Book recommendations? [Re: Cord]
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I guess I'm a Sci Fi geek over anything else. Its just that aside from 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and the other obvious "classics" of the genre, I don't know what else (although I heard "the road" was good) is worth picking up.

For a while there I was reading nonfiction. Reza Aslan's No god but God and Zbigniew Brzezinski's Second Chance were some recent good ones that stick out to me.

I dunno if this is something wrong with me, but I can't stand anything with far too many details. It gets boring, and I never imagine the characters the right way anyway. With LOTR and Harry Potter(which isn't a complex or difficult read), I didn't even put appearances to the characters, even though the novels described them to me.


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#346183 - 06/10/07 02:49 PM Re: Book recommendations? [Re: Mr_Heretik]
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if you like sci-fi, then your dislike of detailed description may narrow your choices a touch. Personaly i am a huge fan of Ian M. Banks's sci fi, and also his non sci fi work that he publishes merely as Ian Banks.
Isaac Assimov is a good read also.
Arthur C. Clark is fantastic, but can be heavy going.

Outside of Sci Fi, you might try 'Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Pirsig- a very thought provoking and entertaining read. Then there is 'fear and loathing in Las Vegas' by Hunter S. Thompson, and also his account of life on the road with the Hells Angels is cracking stuff.

I am a big fan of William Burroughs, but much of his prose is experimental in structure and you either love it or hate it, so borrow it before you buy

Poppy Z. Brite wrote some wildly decadent horror stories in the 90's 'Lost Souls' is a definitive vampire story, and 'Exquisite Corpse' makes Hannibal Lecter look like Ned Flanders.

If you like graphic novels, and Watchmen pushes your buttons, then you should investigate 'The Sandman' series by Neil Gaiman and 'Preacher' by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
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#346184 - 06/10/07 02:53 PM Re: Book recommendations? [Re: Cord]
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#346185 - 06/10/07 05:14 PM Re: Book recommendations? [Re: Mr_Heretik]
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I second Iain M Banks' writing, his books are some of the best modern sci-fi I've read.


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