Speaking of a good read..

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  1. bace

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    So, I don't usually read.

    Mainly because I can't get into a lot of books. They pretty much have to be really fast moving, well written books.

    As mentioned in another thread, this Da Vinci Code book i'm reading is pretty much how I like my books to read.

    I've read pretty much all of Micheal Chrichtons works, and all of the Vampire Chronicles. A few books by Koontz. A few John Grisham.

    I'm sure some of your read. Any recommendations for a good book?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've read Lord of the Rings, about once a year for the last 15 years or so. Some people struggle through the slower parts of it though.

    The Harry Potter books are quite good. The first one or two are geared for young children, which is why I didn't read them until recently...but the series really takes off. The last 4 books especially. I didn't think I would be so enthralled by them but I was pleasantly surprised...I could not put them down.

    I've been a fan of Piers Anthony for a long time. Some good Science fiction and fantasy stuff.
     
  3. MDowdey

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    anything robert jordan will change your life.


    dean koontz:

    funhouse
    tick tock

    kiss the girls
    the bone collector

    the count of monte cristo
     
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    There are so many good books, but it all depends what your tastes run to.
    Try
    Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem - Peter Ackroyd
    The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
    Complicity - Iain Banks
    The Old Gringo - Carlos Fuentes

    Currently I'm reading Du Maurier's 'Trilby' and re-reading Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'.

    Isn't the Da Vinci Code just a re-hash of the theories in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail?
     
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    Isaac Asimovs short stories are good, hitchikers guide to the galaxy trilogy, and atm im readying Catch 22...
     
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    Yeah, apparently.

    Really good shiz man. Didn't think I'd be into it, but I've read a third of it in a week. For me...that's unreal.
     
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    I think there is some truth in the theory - but then they try and tie too many other things in to make it a commercial 'blockbuster' and srew the pooch.
     
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    That's why I don't have a lot of faith in its translating well to a decent movie, though I really enjoyed it as a book. :thumbup: But it may deteriorate as a screenplay to hero/heroine charging around Rome/the Vatican, discovering obscure Biblical references with big wide eyes, while trying to outwit a scary trenchcoat guy with a big gun. I dunno.

    Dean Koontz is one of those writers whose popularity I can't understand. He is a terrible writer. I can hardly get through a page of his plonk without breaking out my little red pencil. His sentence structure is stuff I'd have gotten bounced out of 7th grade Creative Writing for. :x Too annoying to read.
     
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    Hmm. Dean R Koontz....
    I've heard so many people raving about him but over the years every time I've picked one of his up at the bookstore, I've read the blurb on the back, read the first two paragraphs and then put it down. He doesn't appeal to me at all. But then I can't stand Tolkein either...
     
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    Anyone else here read Anne Rices Vampire Chronicles?
     
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    If you like vampire novels, you might also want to check out Laurell K Hamilton's vampire series. I've never read Rice's, so I can't compare, but Hamiton's books are wonderful.

    I love Dean Koontz. I have been reading his novels for as long I as I can remember. I buys all his books the day they hit the stand. The older ones were more science-fiction-ish. For the past couple years, his books have had a stong "hope & faith conquers all" theme. And I usually get too wrapped up in the story to notice the sentence structure ;)

    He's just come out with his own 3-book story of Frankenstein, the first 2 books are out and they're pretty good too.

    Julie
     
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    I only read that one. You know. What's-its-name. :mrgreen:

    I liked it, just not enough to get going with the entire genre.
     

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