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    [quote]Originally posted by Dagny:

    --the Dark Tower series, by Stephen King

    Ohh I forgot about this... do you know when the next book comes out?
     

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    heheh might as well throw my two cents in..
    Go ask Alice for sure (i heard rumors the author eventually came out and admitted it was a work of fiction)
    LSD: my problem child (albert hoffman)
    PIHKAL/TIHKAL
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    Ender's game (the whole series was good, but EG is the best)
    Hyperion is good
    thats all for now, if i think of more i'll put em up there
     

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    Yesterday: the latest update on the books, according to his web site:
    -September 2003 for book five
    -November 2003 for book six
    -March 2004 for book seven, supposedly the last due to his retirement
     

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    As chessy as it sounds the Harry Potter book series is actually really good. Anything by Steven King is great reading, and the Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins are quite interesting also.
    I almost forgot.. the 3 book series by David Peltzer(spelling may be off)are by far the best 3 non-fictional books I have ever read.
    [ 17 November 2002: Message edited by: Butterfly_096 ]
     

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    Since Oopszies blew my mind with "Bridge to Terabithia", which I haven't thought about in years (but will now reread soon!)...
    "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes
    "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell - this book will free a part of your soul, if you'll let it.
    [ 17 November 2002: Message edited by: Dagny ]
     

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    ~White Noise - Don DeLillo (great insight into petty problems that we as humans concern ourselves with)
    ~Self-Help - Lorrie Moore (good parody of those stupid self-help books)
    ~A Clockwork Orange - Burgess
    ~Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    ~The Tao of Physics - Fritjof Capra (Mysticism and Science, pretty cool stuff)
     

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    not exactly a litarary great but I always like Bret Easton Ellis' rules of attraction.
     

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    [quote] Naseau by Jean-Paul Sartre....for all those with existential yearnings out there........
    Well yes, but it's actually Nausea. Good call though, but not as good a read as his Roads to Freedom trilogy: The Age Of Reason, The Reprieve and Iron In The Soul. Philosophy, history, genius.
    By way of contrast, some of the greatest short stories ever written can be found in the collection published as Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. Trippier than LSD!
     

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    Hrm! I don't think this thread was meant to be a general reading list compiled by Bluelighters, but rather the perfect reading list for a 'Bluelighter'.
    Since I find the question quite interesting (and am indeed dissapointed it has been taken wrongly) I'm just gonna answer it like that.
    It should probably include all the drugs books then.
    What else is certainly debateable-> Politics, Philosophy, Spirituality? Religion?
    'Tihkal (just kidding)' - wtf do you mean kidding, this should probably be one of the most important books for a bluelighter!
     

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    The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
    i'm a big fan of iain banks. few of my US friends have heard of him - does anybody here know his work? not really a fan of his alter ego iain m. banks.
    my favourite book of all is 'The Bridge'.
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    hello ? DH Lawrence anyone?
     

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    The Drifters - James Mitchner
    This book takes a while to get through, but it is a very important book. Everyone should read it...
     

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    [quote]Originally posted by alasdairm:
    The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
    i'm a big fan of iain banks. few of my US friends have heard of him - does anybody here know his work? not really a fan of his alter ego iain m. banks.
    my favourite book of all is 'The Bridge'.
    alasdair

    Oh god yes. That's Iain's best IMHO though Walking on Glass and Complicity are good too. But TWF has some of the darkest of dark humour in it. There is one moment in the book that truly freaked me out - the scene with the brother and the baby at the hospital (no spoiler sorry). If you've read it, you know the scene. Very unsettling. And the ending is well worth the wait.
    Also Mario Puzo - The Godfather. There's a ton of stuff not in the movies. Brilliant.
     

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    geek love by katherine dunn
    i started reading it yesterday and i haven't been able to put it down since (except to BL )
     

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    fear and loathing in los vegas.
    Songs of the doomed.
    actuly anything by the good Doctor.
    the hoe
    and cult of the dead cow
    yeah, i know my list is kinda lame, however, im going to add more..
    oh yeah, and the first chapter of kevin mitnick's book is a good read also.
     

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    CANDY by Mark Davies
    he is an Aussie writer....
    i really enjoyed the book, couldnt put it down!
    voodoo~
     

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    Someone's already said most of mine:
    Fear and Loathing...
    Anything by Irvine Welsh (but especially 'The Undefeated' from his collection Ecstasy).
    Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace - damn hard to read, but worth it, and says a lot of good things about the nature of addiction.
    A Scanner Darkly, Phillip K Dick (ditto, but easy to read)
    Altered State, Matthew Collin
    Ecstasy: the Complete Guide, Julia Holland
    PIHKAL and TIHKAL
    Nicolas Saunders' Ecstasy books
    More general reading:
    Hemingway
    Thomas Pynchon
    George Eliot
    Iian Banks
    Stephen Baxter
    Dostoevsky
    Dickens
     

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    OOh The Garden of Eden by Hemmingway rocks
    I think I may have gained like 7 pounds reading it though. Food Food and more Food
     

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    haven't read that one yet.
    I'm a big fan of For Whom The Bell Tolls and that one about the guy fighting with the Italians in World War One (having mental block today).
     

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    Alex Garland - The Beach
    Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
    Wilbur Smith - A time to die (either die or kill)
    Harry Potter Series < brilliant
    Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe series
    Stephen King - The Stand
    Stephen King - The Grenn Mile
    I notice no one has put LOTR in did anyone else think this book was boring and long winded.
     

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    [quote]Originally posted by jonesYY:

    Stephen King - The Stand

    much respect to anyone that gets through the 1000 pages of this book...
    but i was annoyed when i finished it... having to read that many pages and be disappointed by the ending that i found to be cheap and a cop out made me want to trak king down and beat him
     

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    This was one of my favorite Stephen King books, however does anyone else get annoyed about how he reuses the same scenerios and themes in more than one book? Sometimes when I read his stuff I feel almost like he had run out of ideas and started to rip off his own work and reused it in new publications.
    Also, on this list for all of you
    Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
    He has possibly one of the most creative writing styles I've ever read and the story absolutely broke my heart and saved it about 10 times.
     

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    Was still a good book wanderlust out of the 1000 pages there wernt many bad bits I thought, page turning the whole way.
    maybe the fact I love the concept of it. killer disearse, wiping everyone out and just select few left
     

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    [quote]Originally posted by jonesYY:
    Was still a good book wanderlust out of the 1000 pages there wernt many bad bits I thought, page turning the whole way.
    maybe the fact I love the concept of it. killer disearse, wiping everyone out and just select few left

    yes good concept but... **SPOILER** come on... the best he could do in the ending was the hand of god coming down? how.... cheap, like he got all the way there and was like ehhhh fuck it, how the hell can i end this right here right now without thinking any more at all?
     

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    LOL, he might have realised hes wrote a thousand pages and he cud have wrote 500 more, so he had to cut it short.
    when he was first realising that book, the publishers made him cut serveral hundred pages out of it as far as I know. I have the later published un-cut edition.
     

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