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Re: Any recommended books?

#31 Post by ZaqazDeath » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:56 pm

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Re: Any recommended books?

#32 Post by emeraldgreen » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:23 pm

Desu_Cake wrote:Anything by Terry Pratchett and/or Neil Gaiman. Two of the best authors who ever lived, and they did a collaboration! Terry Pratchetts books are (Mostly) set on Discworld, which is a flat world that floats through space supported by four elephants on the back of a giant Turtle. I'd recommend Guards Guards! and Soul Music most. Neil Gaiman's works vary in setting, but are mostly about the supernatural. I'd reccomend Stardust and American Gods. Also, I have a great love of Chris Wooding, Philip Pullman and Christopher Pike(His books can be closer to horror though).
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I'd strongly suggest Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett
And it may be a series for younger readers but I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series ^^ (hehehe me and my childish mind :3)
Airborn series by Kenneth Oppel was good too <3

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Re: Any recommended books?

#33 Post by emeraldgreen » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:25 pm

sake-bento wrote:I have a whole stack of library cards because I need a different one for every city in the area. o_o They're all free, though.

I'm particularly fond of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It's a modern day spin on Greek mythology that follows the life of a kid who discovers he's a demigod. It's YA fiction, so it does get a little childish at parts, but I really enjoyed it.

I'm also partial to anything by Jim Butcher, most notably the Dresden Files. It's a modern fantasy series about a wizard/private eye for hire in Chicago. Kind of dark, definitely sarcastic, and very amusing.
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Re: Any recommended books?

#34 Post by silenteve » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:44 pm

The Immortal Instrument series and The mortal instrument series :D

Also, you should read AnotherHolic, it's a Japanese translation. Very trippy.
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#35 Post by Chushiki Maho » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:13 am

I would reccomend The Forbidden Game by L.J Smith, I got it for my birthday and I absolutely loved it. It has romance, horror, action, supernatural, all that good stuff. Unless you're one of those people who can handle 800 page or more books. Then I say you should stay away from it if you dislike books that are way over 500 pages.
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Re: Any recommended books?

#36 Post by OtomeWeekend » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:12 am

^I've read The Count of Monte Cristo and Gone with the Wind. Is that enough to be able to read that 800 page book? :'D

Lol, never thought this topic was still alive. Thanks for the recommendations. Once I bought bokujou monogatari and 3DS I'll change job to bookworm again and do some reading quests xD *my life had turned rpg--ff tactics style.

@silenteve: Apparently, I'm living in Japan so I don't think whatever eng. lit. that would be recommended here would be available at our local library(like how there's few to none at all Japanese books on your local libraries). :P

I'm stuffing myself with Jap. Lit. lately since it was quite expensive importing stuff. Though the last eng. lit. I've bought was a work from Sophie Kinsella. --I fell in love with her works. ^^;

LAtely, I've been hanged over chic literature---i only I'm reach enough to order stuff at amazon weekly Q_Q
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Re: Any recommended books?

#37 Post by LateWhiteRabbit » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:22 am

OtomeWeekend wrote: @silenteve: Apparently, I'm living in Japan so I don't think whatever eng. lit. that would be recommended here would be available at our local library(like how there's few to none at all Japanese books on your local libraries). :P
Well, I was going to suggest the original novel that Battle Royale is based off of, written by Koushun Takami. If you enjoyed Hungry Games it is kind of like the original version of that. I like that it is long and goes into the viewpoint of each student. Unlike in the movie, in the novel you read all about the personal histories and inner thoughts of each student, making the events of the story all the more poignant.

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman is one of my favorite series of books. It starts in an alternate history or version of our world where people's souls are separate from their bodies, but spans several realities by the end. It is ostensibly YA literature, but it gets very dark and deep. Very much worth reading. Skip the movie.

Any way, those are my two recommendations, and I know ONE of them will be easy for you to find in Japan since it is a bestseller originating there.

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Re: Any recommended books?

#38 Post by Raindrops » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:09 pm

Broken by Karen Slaughter Seriously, that's her name and she's a thriller/horror story writer? Oh the irony... It's got suspense, romance, gore, murder...I like these books ok?! I'm not a violent person - just interested in these things ^^" Didn't really help my case...*cries in corner*

I second The Hunger Games as well - amazing book even though Katniss does annoy me >w<"

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Re: Any recommended books?

#39 Post by Tsundere Lightning » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:12 pm

Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden Files are very good noir treatments of a sorcerous private investigator.
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#40 Post by HigurashiKira » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:50 pm

Birthmarked by Caragh M. D'Brien is good. Tthe pacing's good enough to keep someone interested and it's a nice introduction to darker stuff for younger readers.
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Re: Any recommended books?

#41 Post by redeyesblackpanda » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:36 am

I recommend books by Terry Brooks (my favorite author). He mostly writes fantasy (and he has a lot of trilogies, although many of them are related). Some of his later books in the Shannara series are very good.
The Shannara series seems like fantasy, but it's technically sci-fi (not obvious at first).
I've got to say that I liked his Armageddon's Children trilogy a great deal too (it's post-apocalyptic).
Once again, the Shannara series is sort of that too, although it's not quite clear, lol.
His Kingdom of Landover series is also quite nice and lighthearted (and that's 100% fantasy).
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Re: Any recommended books?

#42 Post by Anna » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:26 am

Fantasy books I really really enjoyed:
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch) - Why and more info (hoho, I knew this would be useful at some point :D).
  • The Way of Shadows (Brent Weeks).
I still need to devour the other books in those series, as these are the first books. After that I'll move onto Assassin's Apprentice and The Legend of Eli Monpress <3... the fact that all the books are about thieves/assassins is... eh... purely coincidental, of course >.>;!

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Re: Any recommended books?

#43 Post by SvenTheViking » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:51 pm

I recommend anything by John Le Carre. The man is a fantastic writer.

In particular, get The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. It's the novel that brought him international recognition.
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#44 Post by Thyroid » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:50 pm

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. A collection of sci-fi short stories, for "The Veldt" because it's massively creepy.

Green Angel by Alice Hoffman. Another short thing, strange and sad.

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Re: Any recommended books?

#45 Post by Kylock » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:27 pm

Anything and everything by China Mieville. He constantly amazes me with how much sheer mind warping insanity he can stuff into one book.

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