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Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328821#msg328821
« on: May 07, 2011, 08:21:59 am »
Reccommend to us your favourite books of all time right here, any description you think is necessary, genre, style, absolutely whatever you think will get people to read them since they deserve it so much.
Compile a list, write reviews, make a flashy banner: just get people to read your favourite books/series/everything!


Imma open up and reccommend to you guys three books, to open up.

Fight Club
Yeah, you've seen the movie, and if you are female, this loses half its appeal, and you can go cry about no Brad Pitt, and how Jack is an infinitely better name than Joe. It is pretty much the same story. Which is good, because it is a damn good story. It doesn't appeal to everyone, can be a bit over-the-top, but you will never know until you try it. It has a strong taste, so be warned. In fact, an analogy so good that it might come from the book itself is coming: the book is like porn. Most people like it, some will get really, too into it, and some people hate it on principal. You don't really get neutral feelings. But you have to try the book out, or at least rent the movie.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
You've probably read this one too. In fact, it might classify as a childrens book, I'm not too sure, but that should under no circumstances stop you from reading it. The hook of this book is the first person character, who has Aspergers Syndrome. And the thing is, it's done well. The condition/syndrome is getting some more publicity now it seems, with many geniuses and ect thought to have it, but this book will really work it, and live it. Pretty sure this one will appeal to pretty much everyone. Has some very emotional scenes in here, which beautifully contrast with the lack of emotion in the narration. Give it a try.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
All the books I am reccommending seem to be very mainstream, and similarly orientated, which is probably one of the reasons I'm looking for some variety. I think that this is one of the only books that I really got into without a first person narrator. The plot moves quite slowly beginning and end, but the middle is fast paced, as you slowly realise the massive scale. I don't know if it's happenned for anyone else, but during the middle, I suddenly clicked at one paragraph, and realised just what the story was implying. From then on, I pretty much couldn't put the book down. This one deserves the biggest warning of all, in terms of suitable content- I would skip this one if you don't like violent/forceful scenes, and if you have ever truly been powerless before someone in your life. (Hard to explain this without being overly blatant, but losing all TV and computer time or whatever is definitely not what I am talking about here).
In fact, this book itself isn't written as well as the other two in my opinion, but the story... you'll remember the story. Trust me.



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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328834#msg328834
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2011, 09:08:56 am »
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Everyone knows how the Bible leaves out Jesus's life from 12-30. Well, this book fills in that gap. It's a fictional comedy told through the eyes of Jesus's fictional best friend, Biff. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll read it until it is engraved in your mind. It's probably the funniest book I've ever read.

The Cobra Event by Richard Preston
A fictional telling of a man-made pathogen being let loose into society. If you're looking for a thriller, this one is for you.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
More fiction, but this time of the sad kind. Set in Nazi Germany, one gets a glance at a young girl's life and what happens to her, her family, and her friend. Emphasis on the sad.

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
The fictional account of a real event. Another suspense/thriller. One of Crichton's best works.

The list goes on, but I'll leave it at that.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328848#msg328848
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 10:48:02 am »
I didn't read many books but my top are

Sandkings
Ever since I was small I wanted to have micro universe. It's really fascinating, building castles wars and lot of turnovers. Pity that it ended so suddenly.


Chronicles of Amber
"Wait, so the one behind it wasn't Bleys and Fiona but Brand ? Wait so the one behind wasn't Brand, Chaos just used him? Chaos used son of my brother Random whom I hate the least? Please could someone explain it to me?"
So many conspiracies, I love it. In one moment you're totally sure about and the next everything seems to collapse.

Hobit
Great fairy-tale which doesn't look like a fairy-tale. (Except the whole concept and dragons, dwarfs, magic, elfs and treasure on the end of the journey  ;D :)) )

Fahrenheit 451 (or 542?)
Ravishing story which really gets you thinking about lot of things

Dying of the light
"When you give things name they start exist."
Sci-fi about planet Worlorn and romance and kavaalars

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328851#msg328851
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 11:05:18 am »
Bloody Jack series
BEST SERIES EVER. These are great novels full of romance, comedy and action, but not enough of each to deter you. The only qualm is it has a bit of "rude" stuff in it.

Temeraire series
These are some great epics about a nopoleonic age/wars with DRAGONS. everyone knows that dragons make things cooler, and this is no exception. It has the ruthlessness of napoleons army and strategics, the cunning of dragons, the enchantment of asian dynasties and the terror of a naval captain flying a dragon!

Asterix books
These comedic childrens (though my dad still reads them) comics are set in france (or gaul) around 30 ish BC, and follow the hilarious adventures of the invincible Obelix and the cunning Asterix, as they wade through the world wreacking havoc on the romans in their wakes.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328854#msg328854
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011, 11:20:46 am »
I don't have favorite books but rather favorite series.  I'm still very young, so I haven't read any adult books and that affects my choices.  So here they are:
Harry Potter
Probably my favorite out of this bunch, the books are just so damn good.  Do you want to know how much I like them?  I went to the book store at midnight to get the last one and read in in 1 day and 20 hours.  Thats a full 800 page book in less than 2 days.  The magical feeling of the books is something you cannot find anywhere else.

Hunger Games
My type of books.  Action-packed, twists at every turn, and a battle to keep the ones you love alive.  The last one was a bit disappointing, but still very good.  It had some very shocking turns in the end.

Percy Jackson
Again, my type of books.  Similar to the Harry Potter books, something about fantasies really interests me.  This book has actually helped me point out which FGs are Roman Gods and their Greek names.
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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328855#msg328855
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2011, 11:23:51 am »
I don't have favorite books but rather favorite series.  I'm still very young, so I haven't read any adult books and that affects my choices.  So here they are:
Harry Potter
Probably my favorite out of this bunch, the books are just so damn good.  Do you want to know how much I like them?  I went to the book store at midnight to get the last one and read in in 1 day and 20 hours.  Thats a full 800 page book in less than 2 days.  The magical feeling of the books is something you cannot find anywhere else.

Hunger Games
My type of books.  Action-packed, twists at every turn, and a battle to keep the ones you love alive.  The last one was a bit disappointing, but still very good.  It had some very shocking turns in the end.

Percy Jackson
Again, my type of books.  Similar to the Harry Potter books, something about fantasies really interests me.  This book has actually helped me point out which FGs are Roman Gods and their Greek names.
I love PJ! I read two books in like 3 hours :L I also did that with a HP book - well, more like 6 hours but still

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328872#msg328872
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2011, 12:44:57 pm »
Of Mice and Men

Sad story, especially the ending.

That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton

Another sad ending story

Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328891#msg328891
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2011, 01:41:08 pm »
The Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Takes you into a fantasy world where Lyra and her Daemon are destined for a huge adventure, you should read this trilogy because large polar bears are involved. :3 Just kidding im bad at summary so here's an official one: The story involves fantasy elements such as witches and armoured polar bears, and alludes to a broad range of ideas from fields such as physics, philosophy, theology and spirituality. And not to mention how awesome Phillip Pullman is as a writer, its very well written.

Alex rider series- Anthony Horowitz is an awesome writer, and while some make spy books seem like a kid wrote it, he adds different elements of thrill, reality and other cool stuff. I think in each book he dedicates a page to where he got his information from, ie. NASA to get info about a space station. So it really feels like its real.

Ender's game- No need for explanation, its soo good: Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the "Buggers"). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world's most talented children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.




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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328902#msg328902
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2011, 02:36:41 pm »
Not many books I can recommend that haven't already been said - The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Alex Rider are some of my favorite series. Fight Game is also a popular book at my school - some people tell me it would be my type of book, though I'm not sure.

However, two other series worth noting are Artemis Fowl and the Inheritance Cycle - both are great fantasy series with a little of everything in them.
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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328939#msg328939
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2011, 04:01:46 pm »
Eragon, very good book cycle on dragons and dragon riders, still yet to be complete by a fourth.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328946#msg328946
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2011, 04:08:51 pm »
Most of these books sound like they are for young teenagers... adult fiction > youth fiction.

And by adult fiction, I don't mean graphic novels (book porn).

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg328957#msg328957
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2011, 04:32:43 pm »
The Orphan's Tales by Kathryn Valente
A series of two books (In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice). The main story of each serves as a framework to tell other stories, but then each of those stories also contains even more stories. Each of the stories connects to the others in some small way, and eventually they all connect together to tell an even bigger story. Yet, somehow, the author manages to do this without making it confusing.
The main focus of these books is an orphaned little girl who lives in the palace garden telling stories to a young prince. Beyond that the plot is very difficult to describe without spoiling the end.
The writing style is absolutely spellbinding and the story sticks with the reader long after you finish it.

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
I'm a fan of most of Roger Zelazny's work, but this one especially. It was the first of his books I ever read, and is probably the most accessible to the average reader.
The cast of characters includes people who are recognizable, but never directly named as: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper and many others from various classics (or historical figures). Unlike many other books that borrow characters from timeless classics, this one is never corny about it. Told from the viewpoint of the main character's dog.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
I first read this book shortly after I became Christian. I'll try to avoid starting a theological debate here, but I sincerely recommend anyone interested in Christianity look into C.S. Lewis. He has a lot of clear, no-nonsense explanations of the faith that are accessible to almost anyone.

 

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