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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg329346#msg329346
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2011, 05:38:35 am »
Flatland by Edwin J. Abbott - a fascinating look at the way dimensions interact.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter - a very heady examination of the feasibility of artificial intelligence, featuring the most Epimenidean master from each discipline: mathematics, art, and music.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - a teens' paperback novel with plenty of wordplay, should definitely grip the attention of a grown person who is fascinated by words (such as myself).

The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr. - a masterpiece of an allegory involving farm animals.  The sequel is darker, but also more poetic.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - yes, you've probably heard all kinds of people mention this.  So why haven't you read it?  It deserves the attention it gets, unlike some things.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg329365#msg329365
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2011, 06:59:22 am »
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - a teens' paperback novel with plenty of wordplay, should definitely grip the attention of a grown person who is fascinated by words (such as myself).

 :o Me too, I love that book!

Also The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, it was pretty dark that's about all I can say without giving too much away.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg329380#msg329380
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2011, 07:30:50 am »
Just remembered, one of the best books i've ever read is Animal Farm By George Orwell, it's a good book, thats meant to be a parody of the Russian Revolution, but cast into the form of animals controlling a farm.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg329383#msg329383
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2011, 07:35:56 am »
Just remembered, one of the best books i've ever read is Animal Farm By George Orwell, it's a good book, thats meant to be a parody of the Russian Revolution, but cast into the form of animals controlling a farm.
Not a parody, but an allegory ;)
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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg329385#msg329385
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2011, 07:38:16 am »
Allegories are stories in which the main elements stand for abstract concepts, like good and evil - see Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress for the clearest example.  Animal Farm is in fact analogy - or, yes, parody.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg329387#msg329387
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2011, 07:59:27 am »
Err...

Fight Club and Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk - For some reason I found his latter works quite predictable, but that's probably just me because I had a Chuck P book marathon back then. But I never get tired of these.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis - yay violence

Too many Kurt Vonnegut books to think of...

and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Just started on Closing Time, but I can tell this sequel's gonna be awesome.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg333264#msg333264
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2011, 04:29:42 am »
Dune (and series), by Frank Herbert.
The book, and the series, are simply awesome. The ideas, and so on, are really creative, and ot was my first book i ever read with over 600 pages. :o :o :o

King's Blood Four (and series), by Sheri S. Tepper.  ??? ??? ???
I doubt anyone will have ever read those books, but it's (in my opinion) better than Dune, and the series overall has a nice history.

Ender's Game (and series) by Orson Scott Card. 8) 8) 8)
Yet another great series, but the quality deteriorates the further the story goes - which isn't much of a problem, the first one is so good it's still nice to read at the last one of the series.


(could be classified as PG15+, or something, i think. Anyways, not exactly something to give to your 9-year-old to read.) Time Enough For Love, by Robert A. Heinlein.
Sounds different for the rest you've seen me talk about, right? Well, it is. It's an envolving story, with some nice philosophy behind it.
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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg333267#msg333267
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2011, 04:31:55 am »
Love all the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

Favourite one is probably The Last Continent.

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg333270#msg333270
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2011, 04:37:23 am »
Love all the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

Favourite one is probably The Last Continent.
How could i have forgotten those! should have looked back towards my huge collection (i'm still missing some, unfortunately.) Meks me laugh every 50 pages or so, and little smirks from me in between. heh.
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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg333841#msg333841
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2011, 12:10:36 am »
Somehow I forgot the Uglies series, one of my favourites, a 4 book series about a futuristic world. I love it, as it has a distinct corruption note to it, but you can still read it as just a good novel, OR an indepth philosophical story bout corruption...

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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg341122#msg341122
« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2011, 11:08:18 pm »
The Inheritance Cycle (formerly known as the inheritance trilogy)
Follows the adventures of a teen and his dragon as they work to kill an evil king.

very good, the first book was made into a movie, but don't watch it, as the move is VERY bad, and gets a lot of the details wrong.
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Re: Favourite Books of All Time http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=25797.msg341123#msg341123
« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2011, 11:09:06 pm »
More it leaves three quarters of the detail out.
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