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Must-Read Books

Post by Hellboy » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:14 pm

This is the place to post required reading.

When posting your books, it would be good if you post along with it why you think it's required reading- maybe give a little mini-review if you're up to it. Discussion is encouraged, of course.
Pictures of covers are also nice, but not necessary.
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Post by joe » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:19 pm

cormac mccarthy - child of god
world's best writer meets serial killing necrophiliac

ernest hemingway - for whom the bell tolls
part of american canon, maybe best american novel
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Re: Must-Read Books

Post by Cervantes » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:23 pm

1984, Brave New World for an introduction to dystopian classics.
Fahrenheit 451 and We (zamyatin) are also pretty good but not must-read

I'll add in Don Quixote simply for the importance of the novel itself in history
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Post by CaptainTripps » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:20 pm

Stranger in a Strange Land AND The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein

I consider these basic primers for anyone interested in science fiction.



The Stand - Stephen King

best piece of fiction every written, IMO. Epic. also the source of my profile name.



The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

New author, his first book, guy seems extremely talented and I'm looking forward to the next few installments in the series (he promises not to pull a Robert Jordan, this one is supposed to be a trilogy). I think other people should discover him.



Watership Down - Richard Adams

Best book about rabbits ever made. This is probably the reason I read as many books as I do - because it completely took me by surprise, and so now I approach every new story with an eager and open mind, and at times go out of my way to pick things in different genre's.
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Post by Jason » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:58 pm

I'm glad this is here. I have like 9 dollars left on my book store card I'm gonna try and find Child of God
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Re: Must-Read Books

Post by BIGGIE » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:14 pm

im a big cormac mcarthy fan. just a fantastic writer, child of God is a great book, my favourite though is The Road. follows a Father and son in a post apocalyptic world. just a phenomenal piece of writing
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Post by KoD » Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:03 am

I've only read one book.

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Re: Must-Read Books

Post by Tuck » Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:30 am

Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
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Post by Hellboy » Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:55 am

KoD wrote:I've only read one book.

Naked
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Really funny.
David Sedaris is great- one of the best comedy writers. I've actually got a copy of Naked that he signed when I went to a reading he did- seems like a pretty humble guy.

I haven't read his newest book, but I've got all of them up until that, most of them on CD. They're good for long trips. My family also sometimes puts "Holidays on Ice" on during Christmas.
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Re: Must-Read Books

Post by joe » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:16 am

CaptainTripps wrote:The Stand - Stephen King
best piece of fiction every written, IMO. Epic. also the source of my profile name.
i would say stephen king is worth reading once but mainly as a teenager. the stand has a really amazing beginning but the 2nd half of the book, mainly all the shit with the Magical Negro, was really distasteful and i thought it was shit. he should have cut all that stuff.

i kind of have a love/hate thing with King. when i was a teenager i devoured his books. i actually waited in line to get It when it came out and had read the entire thing almost 1200 pages within a couple days. i loved all his books. they were perfect.

then two things happened. i got older, and he started writing shit books. misery was kind of bad but then the tommyknockers was worse. and when i was 18, stuff that i loved at 14 just wasn't that good to me any more.

so i still have fond memories of his books, and they kept me enthralled for dozens of hours in my teens, but when i try to re-read them now they are kind of painful.
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Post by CaptainTripps » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:12 am

Most of his earlier stuff remains good, but I think the Dark Tower series is a microcosm for his entire career. The older he gets the more contrived (and just plain bad) his writing seems.


But he did enough good stuff as a young man to hook me as a fan for life.
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Re: Must-Read Books

Post by bl4nk » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:48 pm

Dune (or the whole series if you have the balls) by Frank Herbert.
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Post by Cc_Hairy » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:58 pm

Everything by Philip K. Dick

Novels by year of composition

1950
Gather Yourselves Together (1994)

1952
Voices from the Street (2007)

1953
Vulcan's Hammer (1960+)
Dr. Futurity (1960+)
The Cosmic Puppets (1957*)

1954
Solar Lottery (1955*)
Mary and the Giant (1987*)
The World Jones Made (1956)

1955
Eye in the Sky (1957)
The Man Who Japed (1956)

1956
A Time for George Stavros (ms. lost)
Pilgrim on the Hill (ms. lost)
The Broken Bubble (1988)

1957
Puttering About in a Small Land (1985)

1958
Nicholas and the Higs (ms. lost)
Time Out of Joint (1959)
In Milton Lumky Territory (1985)

1959
Confessions of a Crap Artist (1975)

1960
The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (1982)
Humpty Dumpty in Oakland (1986)

1961
The Man in the High Castle (1962)

1962
We Can Build You (1972)
Martian Time-Slip (1964)

1963
Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb (1965)
The Game-Players of Titan (1963)
The Simulacra (1964)
The Crack in Space (1966)
Now Wait for Last Year (1966)

1964
Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)
The Zap Gun (1967)
The Penultimate Truth (1964)
Deus Irae with Roger Zelazny (1976*+)
The Unteleported Man (1966 / 1983+ / 1984*+ as Lies, Inc.)

1965
The Ganymede Takeover with Ray Nelson (1967*)
Counter-Clock World (1967+)

1966
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Nick and the Glimmung (for children) (1988)
Ubik (1969)

1968
Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)
A Maze of Death (1970)

1969
Our Friends from Frolix 8 (1970)

1970
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (1974*)

1973
A Scanner Darkly (1977*)

1976
Radio Free Albemuth (1985)

1978
VALIS (1981)

1980
The Divine Invasion (1981)

1981
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982)

[edit] Library of America

The Library of America is republishing nine of Dick's novels:

2007
Four Novels of the 1960s: The Man in the High Castle/The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Ubik ISBN 978-1-59853-009-4

2008
Philip K. Dick: Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s: Martian Time Slip / Dr. Bloodmoney / Now Wait for Last Year / Flow My Tears the Policeman Said / A Scanner Darkly ISBN 978-1-59853-025-4

[edit] Short story collections

1955
A Handful of Darkness

1956
The Variable Man

1969
The Preserving Machine

1973
The Book of Philip K. Dick

1977
The Best of Philip K. Dick

1980
The Golden Man

1984
Robots, Androids, and Mechanical Oddities

1985
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

1987
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick

1988
Beyond Lies the Wub
The Dark Haired Girl

1989
Second Variety
The Father-Thing

1990
The Days of Perky Pat
The Little Black Box
The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

1991
The Minority Report
Second Variety

1992
The Eye of the Sibyl

1997
The Philip K. Dick Reader

2002
Minority Report
Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

2004
Paycheck

2006
Vintage PKD

[edit] Short stories

1952
"Beyond Lies the Wub"
"The Gun"
"The Little Movement"
"The Skull"
"The Variable Man"

1953
"The Builder"
"Colony"
"The Commuter"
"The Cookie Lady"
"The Cosmic Poachers"
"The Defenders"
"Expendable"
"The Eyes Have It"
"The Great C"
"The Hanging Stranger"
"The Impossible Planet"
"Impostor"
"The Indefatigable Frog"
"The Infinities"
"The King of the Elves"
"Martians Come in Clouds"
"Mr. Spaceship"
"Out in the Garden"
"Paycheck"
"Piper in the Woods"
"Planet for Transients"
"The Preserving Machine"
"Project: Earth"
"Roog"
"Second Variety"
"Some Kinds of Life"
"The Trouble with Bubbles"
"The World She Wanted"

1954
"Adjustment Team"
"Beyond the Door"
"Breakfast at Twilight"
"The Crawlers"
"The Crystal Crypt"
"Exhibit Piece"
"The Father-thing"
"The Golden Man"
"James P. Crow"
"Jon's World"
"The Last of the Masters"
"Meddler"
"Of Withered Apples"
"A Present for Pat"
"Prize Ship"
"Progeny"
"Prominent Author"
"Sales Pitch"
"Shell Game"
"The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford"
"Small Town"
"Souvenir"
"Strange Eden"
"Survey Team"
"Time Pawn"
"Tony and the Beetles"
"The Turning Wheel"
"Upon the Dull Earth"
"A World of Talent"

1955
"Autofac"
"Captive Market"
"The Chromium Fence"
"Foster, You're Dead!"
"The Hood Maker"
"Human Is"
"The Mold of Yancy"
"Nanny"
"Psi-man Heal My Child!"
"Service Call"
"A Surface Raid"
"Vulcan's Hammer"
"War Veteran"

1956
"A Glass of Darkness"
"The Minority Report"
"Pay for the Printer"
"To Serve the Master"

1957
"Misadjustment"
"The Unreconstructed M"

1958
"Null-O"

1959
"Explorers We"
"Fair Game"
"Recall Mechanism"
"War Game"

1963
"All We Marsmen"
"The Days of Perky Pat"
"If There Were No Benny Cemoli"
"Stand-by"
"What'll We Do With Ragland Park?"

1964
"Cantata 140"
"A Game of Unchance"
"The Little Black Box"
"Novelty Act"
"Oh, to be a Blobel!"
"Orpheus with Clay Feet"
"Precious Artifact"
"The Unteleported Man"
"The War with the Fnools"
"Waterspider"
"What the Dead Men Say"

1965
"Project Plowshare"
"Retreat Syndrome"

1966
"Holy Quarrel"
"We Can Remember It for You Wholesale"
"Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday"

1967
"Faith of our Fathers"
"Return Match"

1968
"Not By Its Cover"
"The Story To End All Stories"

1969
"A. Lincoln, Simulacrum"
"The Electric Ant"

1972
"Cadbury, the Beaver Who Lacked"

1974
"The Different Stages of Love"
"The Pre-persons"
"A Little Something For Us Tempunauts"

1979
"The Exit Door Leads In"

1980
"I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" - originally titled "Frozen Journey"
"Rautavaara's Case"
"Chains of Air, Web of Aether"

1981
"The Alien Mind"

1984
"Strange Memories Of Death"

1987
"The Day Mr. Computer Fell Out of Its Tree"
"The Eye of The Sibyl"
"Fawn, Look Back"
"Stability"

1988
"Goodbye, Vincent"

1992
"The Name of the Game is Death"


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Re: Must-Read Books

Post by Hellboy » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:33 pm

If you don't count Blade Runner, then yes.
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Post by Magnus » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:42 pm

bl4nk wrote:Dune (or the whole series if you have the balls) by Frank Herbert.
I have that book I just haven't got around to read it.
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