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    The General Book Thread

    I'm surprised why there isn't a thread for this...unless its hidden.

    This is here to discuss with other, without spoiling for others, books.

    Anyway, this the thread to discuss:
    Favorite books - What your favorite book series are, and why there are good, is it easy to read, hard to read?
    Favorite genres - What your favorite Genre is (fiction, science fiction, non-fiction...) and why.
    Least favorite books - What book bores you the most, and why does it bore you so bad.
    or Least favorite genres - What Genre never appeals to you and why hasn't it.

    Then discuss.

    Please use Spoiler tags and boxes, there are people who don't read everything you read, so be mindful of them.

    My favorite Book series are the Inkheart series, and the Charlie Bone Series. Inkheart just appealed to me, the cover is nice and its a book that is easy to read and finish. The author know how to keep you reading. The words are so descriptive that I imagined my own movie.
    Charlie Bone is a 8 book series, but they are extremely easy to read, and are quite addictive once you get started.

    I guess my favorite Genre is fiction. The realm of imagination is limitless with the scope of fiction.

    Across Five Aprils is a long, treacherous boring book, that is really hard to read. And I don't like Non-Fiction or Historical fiction that much.
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    I'm currently reading a book from my school's library, called It's Kind of a Funny Story, and oh boy, I love it. It is lengthy, but worth a try. The book is about a high school student, mentally depressed, trying to survive his own life. Many crazy things happen, but I wouldn't like to spoil any of it, you have to find out yourself.

    Another classic I have enjoyed was the simplistic series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a simple storyline of an average person who goes through his wimpy life. The book is laid out in a comic-reading type, and the book never disappoints me. The only problem I usually have with the book is that since most of the pictures tend to be everywhere, it takes about a day or so to finish the book, even in the can.

    I really have no least-faves, besides the books we are forced to read in an English class.

    Oh, genres, I don't know. I'm the type who enjoys books about daily life and such, somewhere between Humor books mostly. It amuses me to read those types, and I always enjoy it.

    I have really no genres I hate, mostly because I'm still trying to find some decent books with each, such as Murder, Mystery, and Humor.

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    The only books I really read were 'Animorphs' and 'Goosebumps'. I liked those...

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    You know, my parents tell me that there was a time where you would have to force me to even pick up a book. Now those days are long past, and I often find myself reading like a maniac.
    Now, my favorite genre is fantasy. I can't quite make it more specific than that, because I love most fantasy books. Science Fictiony books are great too.
    Let's look at some specific books now, shall we?
    Harry Potter is a good one, of course.
    One of my recent favorites was the series of three books called The Hunger Games. I'm not very good at explaining things with massacring the description, so I won't try.
    One of my previous favorites was the Artemis Fowl series. I don't know if I'd still find it interesting, but it was good back then.

    Oh, and when I was in elementary school, it was Captain Underpants. God, I loved that series.

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    I'm Currently reading Beyond the Summerland, by L. B. Graham. The prologue is about 37 pages, and I thought it was a pretty detailed way to introduce the story. Its a 3 part book series, and each have over 500 pages. The writing is extraordinary, I had all these vivid pictures in my head.

    I've read the Diary of a Wimpy kid series; Awesome. But arent they making another one?

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    I just read Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. It's a play, and it's brilliant, existentialism owns.

    I generally read 'classics' whatever that really means, the books that are deemed to be fantastic works of literature by whoever has enough influence to influence the literary canon.

    But genre is a funny thing... http://eng1020.pbworks.com/f/DerridaLawofGenre.pdf
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    Mmm, books. I love books, especially of the science fiction and fantasy genres.

    Garth Nix writes some good books if you're into fantasy.
    The Hunger Games were excellent except when it devolved into a soppy romance-fest.
    Eoin Colfer writes some really good books, namely the Artemis Fowl series and Airman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Fox View Post
    I've read the Diary of a Wimpy kid series; Awesome. But arent they making another one?
    The thing is about those books is that once you've read them once, they're just not funny anymore once you read it again. It should also get a reward for "Book Most Kids Pretend to Read".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manty View Post
    The thing is about those books is that once you've read them once, they're just not funny anymore once you read it again. It should also get a reward for "Book Most Kids Pretend to Read".
    That is true, but some parts still manage to make me smile; even after I reread them.

    I read better at night for some reason, that's the only place I can actually find time to read, where I don't get distracted.

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    if you want to read more then throw away your computer

    or at least get into a routine of limiting your time on electronic devices, because honestly think about it, do you get more out of a couple of hours trawling the internet or a couple of hours reading?

    (also become a loner with literally zero friends, this may have side affects though)
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    My favorite author by far is Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is excellently written and the funniest book series I've ever read, as well as my favorite. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was awesome as well, especially how the plot unfolded in a clever way. I could go into plenty of detail about how much I enjoyed both, but to do that I would likely end up accidentally spoiling things so I'm going to have to force myself to shut up.

    I've also been reading a fantasy series that my favorite English teacher recommended I try; The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I've been enjoying it, everything feels incredibly fleshed out. The only issue I have is that the book I'm currently reading (and finally about to finish...) is an example of a book being too long. So much has gone on in this nearly 1000 page book (The Shadow Rising) that I feel it could've very easily been broken up into two more easily digestable portions. Not to say I haven't enjoyed it, its just been irritating to me that I have three more gigantic lumps of paper to sift through and that this one has taken me so long to complete. Partially due to a lack of time to spare, but it still makes me feel like an incredibly slow reader and that's not something I'm really accustomed to. If you enjoy fantasy series that may admittedly have a bit too much detail in them, I'd recommend giving this series a try, though I should note that the first book feels radically different from the ones that follow. Its a much slower paced book, plus it has to do the job of introducing you to just about everything.


    I also received a Kindle on my birthday, so now comes the task of using the $75 I got in Amazon gift cards to get a bunch of good books with it. I haven't used it as much as I'd have liked... blame Robert Jordan's gigantic books.
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    not necessarily books although Howl and other poems is a book technically, but I've been reading Allen Ginsberg(and a whole host of other postmodern poetry, particularly the Beats, for an essay) and he's brilliant. Howl is an amazing poem, everyone should read it, as well as America.
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    I just finished reading The Overton Window by Glenn Beck.

    It was as bad as it sounds. Now I'm off to read The Broker by John Grisham.

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    The only Book series I've ever read through and enjoyed thoroughly was the Harry Potter series.

    I'm pretty sure I read through the Spiderwick Chronicles but those were so short and that was such a long time ago I don't even remember anything about them.

    I read The Hobbit and now I'm starting to read the Lord of the Rings series, starting (obviously) with the Fellowship of the Ring.

    I've seen the movies so don't try to spoiler me or anything omg.
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    I just finished reading It's Kind of a Funny Story. And I must say, the ending was touching, just having a great message. Nothing else to say, since I don't want to spoil the ending, or any part, but I just loved it.

    For some reason, whenever I read books, somehow my mind implements myself into the story. For example, if the main character us a guy, somehow I imagine myself into the story. As for the others, I usually include people whose personality is related to the character. It makes reading the book for me, feel more lively and easily able to relate it to myself in real life.

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    I'm currently reading the last of the Discworld novels. I've only got to read The Last Continent and Making Money now, and I'll have finished them all. But before I read The Last Continent, I'm going to read 1984 - I just know that I'm going to need a cheery book after 1984.
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    1984 isn't even that good of a book, animal farm is better(also don't let anyone ever tell you it's an argument against socialism, it's an argument against totalitarianism, specifically stalinism, orwell was a socialist)

    that being said 1984 is still one of my favourite books and george orwell one of my favourite writers, but from a purely literary standpoint 1984 ain't all that, although that sort of misses the point of orwell in general

    i've never really got the appeal of fantasy fiction, you know stuff like terry pratchett, and i have tried to read it, some of my mates used to love discworld

    also sci-fi, don't get sci-fi either, unless youre gonna include stuff like 1984 within that(there is a legitimate case for this) but stuff involving aliens and star wars etc, although hitchiker's guide was pretty funny i'll admit

    Just read Hedda Gabler, often seen as the female equivalent of Hamlet, it was pretty good, but the first couple of acts were slow.
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    I've finished Beyond the Summerland, and I'm in a state of inspiration from what fiction I've just read. The author, L.B. Graham, is a great illustrator, especially with the art of wording; everything is described masterfully. The characters are well developed, perfectly described and have well remembered personalities. The landscapes were very meticulous, and gave me a dismal feeling because I wasn't there experiencing the scene with them. He wrote the story well, and I'm glad that there four more books. The conclusive ending actually brought down my heart; sure, it was a excellent ending, but morbid.

    I'd highly recommend it to people that like books that go in the 580's pages.

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    Ah, so this topic exists. Excellent.

    Over my long, illustrious life of seventeen something years, I have read a great many books. My favorite series would be the Dresden Files, which I got hooked on not four or five months ago, and tore through them all. I don't really read series, too often, though I remember enjoying Skulduggery Pleasant when I still followed it, and of course Harry Potter and Redwall when I still followed it. My favorite book is a tie between Machine of Death, John Dies at the End and Zot!, probably.

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    Though normally the books I read are fiction, I've been getting into Non-fiction lately.

    I just finished The Warlock from the secrets of the immortal Nickolas flamel series, and holy &&&& that ending.

    A favorite book of mine is the adoration of Jenna Fox, the author does a wonderful job making you feel like you forget everything you've learned and now you're learning it again.

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    Re-reading the Belgariad.

    It may be cliche'd, predictable fantasy popcorn, but it's just so damn fun.
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    School has me dived into a long factual book called The Frontiersmen. All in all, the first couple chapters aren't terrible, for being based off of the Indian and American-ish War era.

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    School has also driven me to read Fahrenheit 451.

    It's definitely a very thought-provoking book, and has a better ending than 1984 did.
    Then again, almost everything does, as 451 ends with a civilization blowing itself up in war and a meager rebellion trying to make a better, non-book-burning society.
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    Re: The General Book Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Eruedraith View Post
    School has also driven me to read Fahrenheit 451.

    It's definitely a very thought-provoking book, and has a better ending than 1984 did.
    Then again, almost everything does, as 451 ends with a civilization blowing itself up in war and a meager rebellion trying to make a better, non-book-burning society.
    You should read Brave New World and We to complete the dystopian set.

    edit: well, dystopia of that type anyway, things like The Metamorphosis, Lord of the Flies and A Clockwork Orange are dystopian too.

    Can't say there's been any books that've blown me away recently.

    Actually saying that The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G.Ballard was very good and A Cloud In Trousers by Mayakovsky is one of the best poems I've ever read(it's 20 or so pages long). I also highly recommend poetry by Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Rimbaud.
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