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    [quote]Originally posted by Yesterday:
    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.

    Yeah, I was really disappointed when in one of his new books (forget which one, the one with the child abductions) it turned out that the alternate universe was actually the same one he's using in the Dark Tower. It seems like he just couldn't come up with another creative idea and just decided to make the kid the beam breaker, instead of having another in a series of deliciously creepy ideas like he did in his younger years.
    Mixing unrelated books seems like a copout to me, and I was even more pissed off about it because I've been waiting for the next in the Dark Tower series for so freaking long.
     

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    "Siddhartha" - Herman Hesse
    "The Undiscovered Self" - C.G. Jung
    "Rendezvous with Rama" - Arthur C. Clarke
    others like 1984 and Illustrated Man have already been said.
     

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    from a recommendation over in Thought and Awareness i just finished Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
    thoroughly recommend it.
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    i just finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
    it was excellent and provides a great deal of life advice through the means of a simple story. it was quite magical without being preachy.
    alasdair
     

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    I just finished reading
    All Souls: A Family Story From Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald
    and it blew me away. Beautifully written book. I'm buying copies for several family members, starting with my father, who definitely grew up in a similar neighborhood, on the other side of Boston. I recommend the book no matter where you live though, the characters and stories are EXCELLENT.
    Right now I'm about halfway through
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    and it too is a definite keeper. I haven't been able to put it down!
    There are plenty others I'll list later on, but this is where I'm at right now as I finally start digging my way out of the mile-long list of books I feel compelled to read.
    Peace ~Katie
     

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    time and again
    jack finney (i think)
    a great story of a man that finds himself in a man made back in time adventure in old new york... although it is not sci-fi at all.
    it is like back to the future mets ed (in movie terms)
     

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    I just read a book called Drop City by a writer called TC Boyle... it is about a hippie commune in 1970. I thought it was quite good although the ending kind of dropped off. I was wondering if anyone else had read this or had heard of this writer.
     

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    The Planet of The Apes is a nice quick read.
     

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    i can't believe no one has mentioned The Celestine Prophecy by james redfield yet, a definite must for bL'ers (you have to look past the cheesy plot and the images of spacey hippies popping up in your head saying things like, "harness your energy," but i found it to be an incredibley spiritually enriching read). while people have already mentioned alice in wonderland i think through the looking glass is much more fucked up (and thus, the better book). also, check out carl sagan's cosmic connection. there's a really trippy description of the evolution of the universe (and it only takes up about a page and a half!) not to mention his arguments for the existence of ET's. gotta re-emphasize dune and the whole harry potter series (can't wait till june 21st!).
     

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    Ooh good call with the Celestine Prophecy I thought it was good too.

    Damn I need to go to the library.
     

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    A clockwork orange is always interesting as is the lord of the rings trilogy i saw someone say Enders game and Enders shadow is the same story from a different characters perspective its kind of neat to read both of them Junky is always good. I also like anything by Aldous Huxley
     

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    i can't believe no one has said Be Here Now by Baba Ram Das

    other than that, to the person who was wondering about the JD Salinger novel, I think that the book your friend was referring too was Franny and Zooey , which is an excellent novel.

    The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell is good, hell anything by Joseph Campbell is...

    of course pump your veins full of Kerouac, Burroughs, Bukowski, Ginsberg, and all the beats...

    Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung is intense for those of you who enjoy psychology

    Journey to the East by Herman Hesse

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat by Oliver Sacks is great for those of you who are into reading about freaky brain injuries

    and just for good measure Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is one of the best children's books ever.

    there's many more i could list but yeah, i'll leave you with that.
     

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    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    1st book out of the cyberspace trillogy, Best one IMO.

    may not be "artsy" but its just fucking beautiful.
     

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    Not a huge fan of reading...but Stephan King's Pet Sematary had me reading constantly. Very good book.
     

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    Originally posted by Dagny
    *Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
    I'm SO glad someone already listed this.
    *I'm going to also have to agree with 1984... one of the best books I have ever read. I think it was the only book that has made me cry.
    *Angela's Ashes- Frank McCourt (if you get through this, I do urge you to read 'Tis.. also by Frank)
    *The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
    *Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand
    *Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
    *I have to add a few short stories:
    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and
    A Dog's Tale by Mark Twain (seriously if you're a dog lover this is it!!).


    "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes
    Dagny.. I read this in 8th grade...
    then you mentioned:
    "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell
    this I read in 7th grade.
    Did you also have to read these in your school district? I just found it ironic.
     

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    ^^

    every school district reads Isle of the blue dolphins, as well as the grapes of wrath, hatchet, and lord of the flies.

    They are relatively unimpressive books, foisted upon us by a school system that would rather use a mimeographed lesson plan than encourage students and teachers to think for themselves.
     

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    has anyone read 'the accidental buddahist'?
     

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    Originally posted by atlas
    ^^

    every school district reads Isle of the blue dolphins, as well as the grapes of wrath, hatchet, and lord of the flies.

    They are relatively unimpressive books, foisted upon us by a school system that would rather use a mimeographed lesson plan than encourage students and teachers to think for themselves.
    We never read the Grapes of Wrath.... or Lord of the Flies.
    Both of which I feel ARE impressive books.

    Yes, Hatchet and Isle of the Blue Dolphins sucked, however, I really enjoyed many of the books my school made me read.
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    Anthem- Ayn Rand
    A Tale of Two Cities- Dickens
    and The Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald
     

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    Originally posted by atlas
    ^^

    every school district reads Isle of the blue dolphins, as well as the grapes of wrath, hatchet, and lord of the flies.

    They are relatively unimpressive books, foisted upon us by a school system that would rather use a mimeographed lesson plan than encourage students and teachers to think for themselves.
    ^ yeah, i didn't read ANY of those in school.



    Bridge to Terabithia ... i think that's the whole reason i'm a junkie right there. i guess i just read it at a vulnerable time in my childhood, but damn i think it fucked with me.

    oh and i agree with the suggestion of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat it is a very entertaining and thought-provoking read.

    i have so many good books i want to add, but its too overwhelming to think about...

    peace
     

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    From a previous book thread "Siddhartha" kept coming up as a favorite book - I just finished it and I'm satisfied with a book for the first time in a while- such an easy read for what you get out of it. I just started "Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance" I print these threads to go to the bookstore
     

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    the famished road by ben okri

    one hundred years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez

    in the skin of a lion by michael ondaatje

    also: any shakespeare, esp lear, othello, midsummer, as you like it...
     

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    I print these threads to go to the bookstore
    I do the same thing at the library (who can afford to buy books???)

    I really really want to read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, if I ever manage to find it when its in the library.

    Lets see, my reading has been a little soft as of late.

    I'm reading Insomnia by Stephen King... I figure one Stephen King book a summer is kind of required... even if it usually just reminds me as to why I dont read Stephen King.

    Oh, I went and reread the Wrinkle in Time books during finals. So good, such great stories. Made me totally happy when I was completely stressed out.

    I need a good trashy beach novel for when I'm on vacation. Something with good sex descriptions and hardly any plot. I'm actually considering going to an adult novelty store and seeing what they have.
     

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon - deals with an autistic 15 year old narrator. The book is amazing although it just came out and is in hardcover so I had to read it at the bookstore.

    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace. The best book written in the last fifty years. Period.
     

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    Some good ideas.
    Doors of perception-Aldous Huxley.
    Junky-William S Burroughs
    season in hell-Arthur Rimbaud
    American Pyscho-Bret Easton Ellis(100 times more graphic than the film, no big suprise.)
    Human all too human-Fredirech Nietchze.(any of his work)
    Fear & Loathing -Hunter S Thompson.
     

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