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OT anyone here read.....BOOKS?

Discussion in 'UO Great Lakes' started by kelmvor, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. kelmvor

    kelmvor Guest

    specifically orson scott cards enders and beans book? my bro recently got me into them and i love em, anyone else ever read em?


    sorry, bored while waiting for this damn thing!
     
  2. danny85331

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    Name of author rings a bell. Hes science fiction, right?

    Never read any of his stuff, though.
     
  3. BlackBetty

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    I don't think I have read that author, but I do read James Patterson faithfully, although a little less than I would like to read right now. I have his 3 last Alex Cross books to catch up on. [​IMG]
     
  4. kelmvor

    kelmvor Guest

    aye science fiction, to be honest, hes the first sci fi author ive read! never heard of him betty, but I'm in the same boat! Love to read, but never enough time! Kids gettin to the age where they like watchin cartoons all the time so i gets plenty of reading time:) that and it's sumthin to do while waitin on a house to fall [​IMG]
     
  5. danny85331

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    James Patterson, fad author. I lop him into the same group of Clancy, Grisham, and Steele. Pump out as many books as quick as you can with your name on it...often ghost-written (Though Im not sure that Patterson has a ghost-writer). Go into any department store or grocery store that carries any books and chances are you'll see him there.
     
  6. You are gonna love "Cross" it gives so much background.

    I read just about anything save romance (bleh)
    King
    Straub
    Patterson
    Robb
    Kuntz
    Kava
    Clancy (not the [censored] series things but the original stuff was great)
    Lamore
    and so many others that i just cant recall atm. when im not killing you people id rather read than have my IQ lowered by todays tv fare.
     
  7. J0KING

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    I havent read any good science fiction books in a long time. Most of my reading is consumed in psychology, philosophy, or historical books. That is when I actually get a chance to sit down read something [​IMG]
     
  8. BlackBetty

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    James Patterson, fad author. I lop him into the same group of Clancy, Grisham, and Steele. Pump out as many books as quick as you can with your name on it...often ghost-written (Though Im not sure that Patterson has a ghost-writer). Go into any department store or grocery store that carries any books and chances are you'll see him there.

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    You have obviously never read Patterson then. He is unique in his writing style, easy to follow, lots of suprises and twists. Did you see the movie "Kiss the Girls"? Pretty good adaptation from the series book!!

    I rarely see his books in a grocery store or a Wal-Mart. A new hardback or an old paperback once in a while is about it. (I read a LOT and hit the half-priced book store for mine) You are able to pick up any book in one of his series and follow it without beginning with the first one. The first writer that made me gasp out loud! [​IMG]
     
  9. BlackBetty

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    You are gonna love "Cross" it gives so much background.

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    OMG!! I can hardly wait to get to it. I have it sitting here ready when I finished with the current one. I am not that familiar with the other writers. I tend to get bored easily and if the book doesn't 'grab' me in the first couple chapters, I never pick it up again.

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  10. I haven't read much lately, but my favorite all time series was always the Dragonlance books, the ones written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Also, one of my more recent favorites is the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Also, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, and some others I can't think of...
     
  11. gargomel

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    Goodkind's series is great, but is about to become hardcore mainstream. Doing a mini-series on ABC this fall on the first book "wizards first rule". I have some hope that it wont be trash, but its a crap shoot at this point.
    If you like sci-fi, and have not read Asimov, well WTF PEOPLE!
     
  12. Arsenik

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    The whole Enders Game series is pretty good havent had a chance to read anything else from Orson Scott, think I had to read it back in freshman english class, ended up liking it and read the others.
     
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    Goodkind's series is great, but is about to become hardcore mainstream. Doing a mini-series on ABC this fall on the first book "wizards first rule". I have some hope that it wont be trash, but its a crap shoot at this point.
    If you like sci-fi, and have not read Asimov, well WTF PEOPLE!

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    I am on book 7 and Goodkind rules!
     
  14. gargomel

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    Dont forget to read "Debt of Bones". Its a prequel, back when Zed was First Wizard.

    What did you think of the torture scene when the Mord-Sith had Richard? That was some dark literature.
     
  15. Arabella

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    Yea Swords of Truth are great books, I am waiting on my daughter to finish the last one and then i will be done and then plan on rereading em again!!!
     
  16. Arabella

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    omg yes, she was one wicked B!!! but loved how he turned her around!! And when Dark Rahl sacrificed the boy, almost skipped that part.
     
  17. kelmvor

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    Yeah I havent read any other ORson Scott books except the Ender and Bean books, still reading them as a matter of fact but they are great! previously all I would read is King, Rice, Koontz and of course harry potter, I don't care what you say, those ARE good books [​IMG]
     
  18. Tylindrel

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    The Dragonlance series was one of my favorites when I was reading fantasy regularly. They are coming out with an animated movie--going straight to DVD. Kiefer Sutherland is the voice of Raistlin, I thought that was rather interesting.

    I stopped reading fantasy about ten years ago, but there was one series that was still not finished when I stopped. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time was my favorite fantasy series, and even though my reading tastes had shifted, I still found myself hungrily waiting to read the next in the series. It was sad that he died before he could finish the series.
     
  19. gargomel

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    That is a great series, I hope the guy Jordan's (I know Jordan is a pen name) wife picked to finish the last book does it justice. Im pretty confident he will.
     
  20. Well, I hope the Dragonlance movie doesn't suck as bad as when they made those Dungeon and Dragons movies, those were absolutely horrid. Same goes with the Sword of Truth miniseries. And on Robert Jordan, I heard he had enough notes left that his wife and brother were able to pick up where he left off and still finish that last book, so it should still work out.
     
  21. mist

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    It's nice to see that so many read! As I work in a library there is some concern as to whether or not it is still popular. I read mostly horror. Ketchum, King, Hill, but have read everything including Jane Austin, no Russians though and romances suck.
    All time favorite is Richard Laymon. Scary, funny, violent, check him out!!
     
  22. kelmvor

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    ooo seein some good authors i might pick up soon:) all u king lovers read bag of bones and IT? 2 of my faves of his, read bag of bones 2 times now and IT like...5 [​IMG]
     
  23. Laymon sounds familiar can you give me the title to a few of his books. If i havent read him ill give it a go.

    How could i have fogot W.E.B. Griffin in my list. IMO there is no better writer of series than him. The Brotherhood of War, Corps, and Badge of Honor have to be some of the best series of books ive ever had the pleasure of spending time with.
     
  24. mist

    mist Guest

    One of my favorite Laymon books is "Night in Lonesome October" He has many books though he is dead now, also "Resurrection Dreams", "Island", too many to mention, check Amazon or your library.
    "Bag of Bones" by King was great.
    Try "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill-S. King's son.
    I love ghost stories, particularly haunted houses and crazy people. Any suggestions?
     
  25. Peter Straub will set your spine atingle. In fact my favorite King novel "The Talisman" was actually written by King AND Straub. Excellent book if any of you havent read it, but Straub solo works are awesome as well "Ghost Story" kept me up nights for a bit [​IMG]
     
  26. kelmvor

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    i read blaze by king recently to, that was decent as well.
     
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    Ya, I hit those authors already. Guess I am looking for something more obscure now as I've done all the not too hard to find ones:)

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    theres always the Russians.... [​IMG]
     
  28. LOUIS LAMAR &gt; BEECHES

    all those sackett storys pwn
     
  29. Guest

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    Used to have Tracy Hickman's autograph as he was a customer of the computer store where I worked at the time, but somewhere along the way, it got lost [​IMG] I like King and Straub. Straub's 'Lost Boy Lost Girl' was set in my old neighborhood in Milwaukee, even though he makes a feeble attempt to mix up the street names and the town is called something else. That was interesting to read. Anne McCaffrey's Dragon series and Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant series are classics. But my favorite is Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld series, cause he makes me laugh.
     
  30. Your right flow. Who dosent love a Sackett with his Arkanssa Toothpick and a Tinker made holster.
     
  31. danny85331

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    theres always the Russians.... [​IMG]

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    Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    Read it. :p
     
  32. <blockquote><hr>

    Dont forget to read "Debt of Bones". Its a prequel, back when Zed was First Wizard.

    What did you think of the torture scene when the Mord-Sith had Richard? That was some dark literature.

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    talk about some sick stuff!! she broke him had her way with him and then had him do you know what !!
     
  33. Wheel of time is absolute masterpiece also. Thye will finish it , whether they do it justice or not is yet to be seen..
    as you know..
    The Wheel weaves as the Wheel will!
     
  34. Bent

    Bent Guest

    Well if no1 has heard his story (Orson Scott Card) he wrote Enders Game in the 70s and it won multiple awards as his first book.

    I believe they say he felt he couldn't match his first works popularity so gave up writing after his first book .

    He came up with the idea from fans of his first book ( A club forget name of club) to finish it as a series approx.25 Years later.

    I really enjoyed that Sci Fi series.

    Orson Scott Card has one more series I read it is called The Alvin Maker Series. It is I would say American Folklore and I though an excellent read. I would say players of UO especially crafters will enjoy this series.
     
  35. Techthys

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    <blockquote><hr>

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    theres always the Russians.... [​IMG]

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    Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    Read it. :p

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    Aaauuuughhh! I had to read that for a freshman English class--one of my first college classes. I kept thinking, "WTF? Why the HELL would we be reading THIS of all the literature in the world???" The prof also had us read "Darkness at Noon", so maybe he just had a thing for Russian prisons. I thought I had heard the last of "The Gulag Archipelago" until YOU posted, Danny, so thanks for THAT! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Lots of my familiar favorites in this thread! "Ender's Game" is great, and I like the subsequent books in that series, although none of them was much like "Ender's Game" (which is fine, of course.) I've liked nearly all of Orson Scott Card's other books, especially the Alvin Maker series, although most of the stories in the collection "Maps in a Mirror" were WAY too dark/gruesome for me. But maybe some of you horror fans would enjoy those.

    Currently reading the last book ("Confessor") in Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series of 11 books (12 if you count the small prequel "Debt of Bones"). I'm liking it so far, but I find it a bit of a departure from a lot of the earlier books--more philosophy, less action and plot--but still entertaining so far. Prior to that, I barreled through books 1 through 11 of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, which I really enjoyed--although I didn't really get excited about it until some time in Book 2. I didn't know that the author had died (may the Light shine upon him) until I was into Book 10, but entries on his website confirms what others have said here: he left extensive notes, and told his family what the last book should contain, and his family has chosen an author to finish it and they seem to feel that he is a great choice for the job. I eagerly await that final book, because the series has been slowly building to what I expect will be a phenomenal climax.

    I also enjoyed the Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman Dungeons &amp; Dragons books (as well as "The Prophet of the Rose" series by them--very unusual setting and characters, and very entertaining!)

    But for books in the D&amp;D world, I enjoyed even more R. A. Salvatore's books regarding Drizzt Do'Urden and the Icewind Dale stories--MOST especially the first three books about Drizzt. What a great character!

    No one has mentioned Mercedes Lackey, but I've liked nearly everything I've read that was written by just her, and most of the stuff she has co-written. (Didn't care for "A Scepter'd Isle" and for one book consisting of two stories that combined elves with auto racing and elves with child abuse themes. Weird.) I'm really looking forward to Book 5 in her "Elemental Masters" series, which has been released but which I have't yet read--"Reserved for the Cat" or something like that.

    Piers Anthony has written a TON of entertaining stuff. I especially liked his "Bio of a Space Tyrant" series (sci fi), his "Immortality of Incarnations" series (semi-fantasy), and the Phaze series (sci fi &amp; fantasy mixed)--especially the first trilogy, about Stile). I also really liked his Tarot series and most of his other stuff.

    I've liked most of Asimov's sci-fi, especially the robot stories and novels. His "Foundation" series was interesting, too.

    Joe Haldeman is another great sci-fi author. "Mindbridge", "The Forever War", "Tool of the Trade", "Buying Time", and "Camouflage" are all excellent, and his other books and short stories are also really good. He has a new one out, too, and I eagerly look forward to reading that.

    Spider Robinson also written some great sci-fi, especially his earlier stories. "Mindkiller", "Telempath", "Time Pressure", and "Stardancer" are the best so far, I think. I also really liked his collections of Callahan-related short stories, "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon" and "Time Travelers Strictly Cash".

    I've like nearly everything I've read by the team of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. "The Mote in God's Eye", "Footfall", and "Inferno" were great, and "The Burning City", "Lucifer's Hammer", and others were also good reads (although I didn't care much for "Fallen Angels".)

    A friend at work turned me on to Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" series--modern day wizard novels. They are EXCELLENT, and they get better with each subsequent book. Harry Dresden is a very interesting character. The Sci-Fi Channel series "The Dresden Files" is based on the books (different stories, pretty much the same characters), and I like the TV series, but the books are much better (as is often the case.) I also liked Jim Butcher's "The Codex Alera" series, and those also got better with each later book, although I would recommend "The Dresden Files" over those. But I still liked them all.

    I've also liked Grisham's law novels and Clancy's Jack Ryan and other military/spy novels (his solo work, not the spin-offs, of which I've only read one and it was so-so) quite a lot. I haven't read the new Grisham book yet, but I'm looking forward to that, too.

    I'm sure there are many good and great books and authors that I'm forgetting, but I've saved my favorite for last: the late Robert A. Heinlein. He wrote lots of sci-fi stories of various types, and I loved nearly all of them. (Of course some were better than others, and one or two missed the mark, in my opinion.) I read my first book by him in grade school, and I still enjoy that book and nearly all of his other works that I've since then. Interestingly, Spider Robinson, who I mentioned above, is also a huge fan of Heinlein, and he recently completed a story that Heinlein had outlined (just the beginning was outlined, I believe, actually) before his death but hadn't written. It was published as a collaboration between Heinlein and Robinson, and it was interesting to read Robinson's mixing some of Heinlein's style with his own. "Variable Star", I think it's called.

    OK, I'm glassy-eyed, so I'm going to stop now.
     
  36. danny85331

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    Come now. It wasn't THAT bad........................Hmmm
     
  37. kelmvor

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    just finished enders shadow! what a crappy ending.lol Going to read Speaker for the Dead now! sounds good! ANyone read the Dark Tower series? i wanna read them soon too [​IMG]
     
  38. Warlock\P/

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    Enders game is easily my favorite book, sadly i think the entire Ender series takes a pretty big drop after the 1st book and overall i like the Bean line better

    I always thought there was too much time missing between Enders Game-&gt;Speaker for the Dead, so im really looking forward to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ender_in_Exile:_Ganges
     
  39. Guest

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    The Wizards First Rule mini-series will NOT suck. For years directors have tried to put this series on the screen and Terry has always turned them down. He LOVES what these guys are going to do with the mini-series. He gave it his personal approval. SOT is amazing. I've read the series once and Im working on a second run through.
     
  40. jennypitt

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    I read mostly European History, American History, and Presidential biographies.

    A few of my favorite books: Freedom by William Saffire, The Civil War A Narrative by Shelby Foote, The Prairie Years and The War Years bio of Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg, With Malice Towards None by Stephen Oates, Andrew Jackson bio's by Robert Remini, Nixon's memoirs, and Nixon off the Record by Moncia Crowley.

    Favorite Authors: H.W. Brands, Randolph Campbell, Robert Remini, Stephen Ambrose, Shelby Foote, John Keegan, and Stephen Oates.
     
  41. Im a Stewart Woods fan, I'm currently reading a series of his that seems to be taking up a lot of UO time...The one I'm reading now is titled "If he runs..Shoot him!". Tom Clancy is also a favorite of mine but his books are so damn long. Which can come in handy while sitting at airports for long hours.
     
  42. kelmvor

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    Just finished speaker for the dead, can't find the next one in the ender series in my town but i do have all the bean books so i guess ill read shadow of the hedgemon now! good books!
     
  43. Warlock\P/

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    I read mostly European History, American History, and Presidential biographies.

    A few of my favorite books: Freedom by William Saffire, The Civil War A Narrative by Shelby Foote, The Prairie Years and The War Years bio of Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg, With Malice Towards None by Stephen Oates, Andrew Jackson bio's by Robert Remini, Nixon's memoirs, and Nixon off the Record by Moncia Crowley.

    Favorite Authors: H.W. Brands, Randolph Campbell, Robert Remini, Stephen Ambrose, Shelby Foote, John Keegan, and Stephen Oates.

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  44. wolffin

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    David Eddings is my all time fav with his The Belgariad series (and all his other works)
    Also like
    Terry Brooks
    Robert Jordan
    David Gemmel
    Sharon Green
    Andre Norton
    Merceds Lackey
    Ersula leguin
    Stephen R Donaldson
    Raymond E Feist
    Piers Anthonony
    Michael Moor****

    Just to name a few [​IMG]
     
  45. Techthys

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    David Eddings is my all time fav with his Belgerad series

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    How the HECK did I forget David Eddings in my previous long post??? "The Belgariad" is probably my favorite series of all! I really, really liked "The Malloreon" series, too, after I got past the faintly bad taste of, "OK, that stuff in the first series? Well, forget that; THIS time I REALLY mean it!" But it was necessary to establish the second great series and bring some nice closure.

    I also really liked Eddings' "Elenium" and "Tamuli" series, with Sparhawk and company. But I was a little disappointed with "The Elder Gods" series, which I thought went through a lot of work for a not very interesting conclusion. Still worth reading though, in my opinion. I was extremely disappointed with Eddings' book, "The Losers", where I kept waiting for something interesting to happen until I finished it.

    By the way, since my last post, I finished the last book in Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series, "Confessor". I was kind of disappointed with it. Were the final three books ("Phantom", "Chainfire", and "Confessor") perhaps afterthoughts to the series? I remember that after one earlier book in the "Sword of Truth" series, I thought it was a really good ending to a lot of plot lines--and then the series continued. Maybe the series was originally intended to end in that earlier book? I remember being very impressed and happy with that book, anyway!

    I also read Joe Haldeman's "The Accidental Time Machine", and I enjoyed that. I'm currently working on the fifth book in Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series, "Reserved for the Cat", and I'm liking it, although the first two books in that series have definitely been my favorite so far.

    Regarding Orson Scott Card's "Ender / Bean / Hegemon" series (they all kind of run together for me), I really liked "Speaker for the Dead" (the book after "Ender's Game") only AFTER I realized that it was NOTHING like "Ender's Game" and wasn't supposed to be like it. About mid-way through I caught on to that, and started judging that story on its own merits, and ended up liking it second best in the series after "Ender's Game". The rest of the books in the series were good, but the first two were by far my favorites.
     
  46. wolffin

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    Did you like the Redemption of Althalicus(sp?) by Eddings? I enjoyed it. I also forgot to mention I wanna say his name is Steven Brust, wrote a series that reminded me of Eddings style. I think The first book was Jhereg(sp?)
     
  47. Techthys

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    Did you like the Redemption of Althalicus(sp?) by Eddings? I enjoyed it. I also forgot to mention I wanna say his name is Steven Brust, wrote a series that reminded me of Eddings style. I think The first book was Jhereg(sp?)

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    Oh, yeah! I forgot to mention that one, but I liked it a lot! Good call! [​IMG]

    Steven Brust's name sounds familiar to me, but I don't remember if I read one of his books or if someone just recommended him. I'll have to check him out. There are so many books out there, I'm always looking for likely choices from people who like some of the same authors. Thanks for the tip! [​IMG]