Book Recommendations?

2 years, 3 months ago

Im looking for a new book to read, heres a list of authors I enjoy.
Kurt Vonnegut
Ayn rand
Orwell
Huxley
I want to read one of those books that just suck you in and you cant put down.
thanks
rob

December 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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Profile photo of Sara111 Sara111 (@sarad) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

“A Circle of Time”, by Marisa Montes is a book I’ve always liked (:

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Profile photo of Callisto Callisto (@calypso) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

First of all: I dig the authors you listed, so we have similar taste.

Love in the Time of Cholera
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Siddartha
-Herman Hesse

Evolution
-Stephen Baxter

Sirens of Titan*
-Kurt Vonnegut

Bluebeard*
-Kurt Vonnegut

Ecotopia
-Ernest Callenbach

Stranger in a Strange Land
-Robert Heinlien

Game of Thrones Series**
-George R.R. Martin

*You may have read these already but they are my two favorite KV books.

**If you are into fantasy, some are and some aren’t

;)

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Profile photo of E.C.F. Doyle E.C.F. Doyle (@chekovchameleon) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson,

Chuck Palahniuk; my favourites are Fight Club, Survivor and Haunted

Philip K. Dick; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Man in the High Castle

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Profile photo of Dave Dave (@dblack480) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

I love Vonnegut, Orwell, and Huxley. But does anybody get the impression Ayn Rand is a bit too selfish?

Cloud Atlas and Life of Pi spring to mind as recent movies that are even better reads.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Ayn Rand? Never liked her. Thousands of pages of droning, and a life oozing with hypocrisy.

Anyway…

• “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kite_Runner

• “The Trial” by Franz Kafka

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial

• “Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Fire

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Profile photo of Alex Alex M (@alexishungry) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson, I’m not trying to be a downer, and I like posts like this, but there are already 100 different book discussions. Make good use of the search function! You could always bump an old book discussion as well. Hope you find a good book.

http://www.highexistence.com/?s=book&post_types=

http://www.highexistence.com/?s=books&post_types=

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Profile photo of kaywoodie! kaywoodie! (@robbiekarlson) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@alexisishungry sorry Im still an HE noob
And I understand why alot of people dont like Ayn Rand, I personally liked the anthem and the fountainhead, I tried reading atlas shrugged and that book as you said “drones on and on”.
Thanks for the suggestions guys I appreciate it!

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Profile photo of E.C.F. Doyle E.C.F. Doyle (@chekovchameleon) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson,

Vladimir Nabokov is also brilliant if you haven’t read already; Lolita and Despair are his best I think.

The Outsider/Stranger by Albert Camus is another good one

Any Franz Kafka, I know someone already mentioned the Trial but I rate all his stuff very highly.

Any James Joyce. I’d start with Dubliners or or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Leave Ulysses until you are familiar with Joyce. Enter into Finnegan’s Wake at your own peril XD

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Profile photo of Jonny Jonny (@jonnyiscool) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is great. There’s a bunch of them, and you should read them all.

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Profile photo of valeria doornkamp valeria doornkamp (@valeer) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson,

Haruki Murakami, It’s fiction but very very nice :-}

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Profile photo of NickStngl NickStngl (@nickstengl) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

House of Leaves – Youll read it sooooooooooooo FASSSSSSTTTTTTTT GReatest book EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Profile photo of Zane Zane (@albinomongoose) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Considering your taste in science fiction, I’d humbly suggest “Roadside Picnic” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It is short and juicy, definitely a page turner, but also includes very compelling science fiction concepts. Unlike just about any other book, it’s severely underrated.

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Profile photo of Randal L. Randal L. (@willieotis) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Shantaram by Gregory Roberts

Read the first paragraph. It grabs you. You won’t want to put it down. Spiritual, transformative, beautiful, brutal. Set in India. Autobiography. Best read in years.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

im with valeria on murakami, his works are absolute genius. also going with orwell’s 1984 dystopian novel: fahrenheit 451 by ray bradbury

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Profile photo of Ryan Atlas Ryan Atlas (@atlas) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Childhoods End by Arthur C. Clarke … nuff said

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Just a suggestion but ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a really good classic that I really enjoyed, plus there’s a new film version coming out soon.

I would have said ‘1984’ or ‘The Doors of Perception’ – but I’m guessing you’ve already come across them as a Orwell and Huxley fan.

Also another book which doesn’t take long to read that I absolutely adore and would suggest to everyone is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paolo Coelho. It’s a great story on the surface with some really inspiring deeper meaning.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@staylucky) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

The Beach. Excellent, excellent book.

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Profile photo of 1.61803399 1.61803399 (@drunkmonkmeth) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

short but one of my favs people seem to forget about.

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m not much of a reader, like writing though. I like Shakespeare, I read Brave New World because the title is a reference to The Tempest. I have read Bridge to Terabithia, The Hobit and a really small time book called Enigma Variations by John Maddox Roberts.
I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, spoiler alert: It is never the lower class who did it, they couldn’t possibly be educated well enough to challenge Holmes.
But if you like a bit of prejudice like that in your stories, Biggles has plenty of racial overtones, I love those books. (not for the racism, just for adventure) But chances are they are not in the intellectually stimulating range you are looking for. That is me, if I read or watch movies it is to have a break from intellect, not to exaserbate it.
Also like Stephen King.

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Profile photo of KellyM KellyM (@kellah) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson, celestine prophecy- James Redfeild <3

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Profile photo of Joshua Joshua (@sapienite) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

Ironic that you mentioned Ayn Rand, i was going to suggest “The Virtues of Selfishness”, because everybody these days is so altruistic and selfless. They think themselves so sophisticated, but they have not questioned any of it.

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