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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 1:20 am    Post subject: Favorite Non-Covenant book? Reply with quote

I love Harry Potter*. Very much. I also like The Belgariad and The Mallorean, by David Eddings. And also by David Eddings (along with Leigh Eddings), The Elder Gods, The Treasured one, and Crystal Gorge (The Dreamers).

What about everyone else?



*I will discuss my views on the whole HP series in the HP forum, perhaps.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Einstein's Dreams : Alan Lightman
the Trial: Franz Kafka
Watership Down: Richard Adams
the Stand : Stephen King
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Favorite Non-Covenant book? Reply with quote

Spring wrote:
I love Harry Potter*. Very much. I also like The Belgariad and The Mallorean, by David Eddings. And also by David Eddings (along with Leigh Eddings), The Elder Gods, The Treasured one, and Crystal Gorge (The Dreamers).

What about everyone else?



*I will discuss my views on the whole HP series in the HP forum, perhaps.


Carefull, if you even mention Eddings on this site, you will be bombarded with posts telling you how wrong you are.

PS-I liked the Bel, and Mal, and ROA, I tried to start an Eddings thread here, but it never took off.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read the Elder Gods and the Treasured One, i havent bought Crystal gorge yet.
I enjoyed reading them, but they are not great IMO.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Stand
and almost anything by Dean Kootz
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I rather enjoy to Harry Potter books (although I haven't read #6 yet)--Tolkein of course..and right now I'm reading the Hitchikers Guide books, and I'm loving them! Just started SLTFTF...great stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Non Sci-Fi or Fantasy? It's been such a long time since I've read any--just a few off the top of my head:

All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy--man I wish I could write like that!
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) Kesey--I really wish I could write like that!
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstader
The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson
The Loop by Nicholas (The Horse Whisperer) Evans
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Milman
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley
Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Casteneda
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Plainsong by Ken Haruf
Siddartha by Herman Hesse
The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Days of Atonement by Walter Jon Williams--crystal clear writing the definitive guide for aspiring writers (considered a Sci Fi--but it doesn't have to be)
The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff

Funny stuff:
Douglas Adams and Tom Robbins
my fav Tom Robbins? Still Life with a Woodpecker

Horror/freaky stuff:
H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Aston Smith
fav H. P.? Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath

Detective:
I used to love an old British series who's main character was called The Toff--and The Saint of course...
and Sherlock Holmes rocks!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Plainsong by Ken Haruf


Oh, that is such a good book! Cool Also Bad Girl Creek by Jo Ann Mapson. Two of my favorite non-sf&f reads in the last couple of years. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm kinda surprised that no other
Dolandson books were mentioned yet.
(The Gap, Mordant's Needs, The Man Who...)
I've only read The Gap, so I can't comment about the others.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's see...

+The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
+The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
+A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
+The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
+The Discworld by Terry Pratchet
+The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

danlo wrote:
Funny stuff:
Douglas Adams and Tom Robbins
my fav Tom Robbins? Still Life with a Woodpecker


Still Life is an outstanding book but Jitterbug Perfume is his best IMO!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have read the Elder Gods and the Treasured One, i havent bought Crystal gorge yet.
I enjoyed reading them, but they are not great IMO.


CG is good. There is not as much fighting in it as there is in TEG and TO.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I've mentioned before, the only Eddings I ever liked was The High Hunt, not sci-fi/fantasy at all.

As for my other favourites? Man, too many to mention. Several mentioned by Danlo, Vs and the others, (I dig Harry Potter too, but Koontz is too formulaic for me nowadays Cheval, although I did love them, (and own about 15-20 of them Embarassed ).

Plenty of King, and I really like a lot of the older sci-fi, stuff like Farenheit 451, A Canticle for Liebowitz, Asimov, especially his earlier stuff, the mysteries, and the Robots series, (Caves of Steel etc.)

Aarg, too many to even mention, let alone do justice to. I could carry on and on...

Some Milan Kundera, some Kafka, Adams, Adams and Adams, (Name all three for a prize Wink ), Gibran, Bach, Pratchett (love Pratchett), Delaney, Simak, Shakespeare, Gaiman. Shall I go on? Very Happy Tolkein, Wilson, even Weiss and Hickman, (though some deride me for it Wink ) Feist, Hell, I don't know where to stop...

I sometimes regret that no matter how much, or how fast, I read, I'm never gonna get through even most of the books I'd even like to read, let alone those that I'm not that interested in, or don't even know about. So little time...

LOL Oh well, I do my best. Wink (And hanging out around here has only made my lists longer and longer...something for which I'm both grateful for, and annoyed by. Wink )

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I haven't read Jitterbug Perfume yet but I'd really like to! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, now that I know how old you are Spring, I'm not as surprised that you like Eddings. Not trying to be offensive, but I liked Eddings when I was younger but have started to grow out of it over the past few years. Very Happy

It's still great bubblegum for the brain every now and then though. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dumas: 'Three Musketeers' - great stuff!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read fantasy for a long while, but i remember liking Moorcock's books, Guy Gavriel Kay' Tapestry series, A Many Coloured Land by Julian May, Eddings, Brookes, Pratchett, Gaiman (Pratchett and Gaiman wrote "Good Omens" together, a very funny book!) Also I love some of Denis Wheatley's work, especially the ones with the Duc De Richleau, such as the Devil Rides out. Also, I recall enjoying the "Book of Swords" by Fred Saberhausen.

I'm glad I read this thread, there are some fine recommendations listed in the earlier posts. I will have to check some of them out.
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Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting.

Also, lots of Iain Banks/Iain M. Banks stuff... my favourite probably being The Crow Road. Although The Bridge, Excession, The Player Of Games and Use Of Weapons come close.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, Landroval. I agree with you about Julian May. What do you read, now that you don't read fantasy any more? You've included some sci fi and horror authors there.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dragonlily. Yes the Many Coloured Land was a superb series with some great characters: Felice, Aitken Drum.

I don't actually read as much now as I used too. However currently I'm reading Bruce Page's book, "Murdoch Archipelago". It is a fascinating and disturbing look into the career of one of the most powerful men in the world, Rupert Murdoch (who owns newspapers and media around the globe, including Fox News and 20th Century Fox).

I like biographies, real life histories and I also like a good horror book. The last one I read was "Son of the Endless Night" by John Farris.

Actually, having found this site, I went to WH Smith on Friday to buy a new version of The Chronicles of TC (the only book i still have is Power That Preserves). But, shock horror, it wasn't on display! I was dismayed, because they had lots and lots of other stuff (Brookes, Eddings etc etc), but no Donaldson! That's a bit like not stocking Dickens in the classical section. I'll suppose just have to order it on the net.
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