Anyone know any good books that one just has to read? Thinking about ordering Johnny Got His Gun. Is it a good read?
Just read 'Fall of Giants' by Ken Follett. Cracking read. I really enjoyed the 'Pillars of the Earth' trilogy.
Johnny Got His Gun, I read it, pretty depressing stuff but a worthwhile read. It is certainly thought provoking when the only source of the main characters consciousness is his own internal monologue.
I've heard of the Bible as The Good Book.
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I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Great read.
“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.” - Molly Ivins
The Three Musketeers
The Count of Monte Christo
anything by Terry Pratchet
A Brave New World
Longitude by Dava Sobel
A Brief History of Time
anything by Bill Bryson
The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester
Krakatoa: the day the World exploded by Simon Winchester.
Anything by William Shakespeare
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The Iron Tower trilogy by Dennis L. McKiernan is great. Kinda like Lord of the Rings only not. It's composed of three books, The Dark Tide, Shadows of Doom and The Darkest Day.
Two is one and one is none.
If you have a dog, 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' will make you cry. It did me.
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Me? I'm just ripping my through all the free books downloadable from amazon for the kindle.
As with mud, life, too, slides by.
I've been reading Carl Hiaasen's books for middle-schoolers passed on from my son: Hoot, Flush, and Scat.
Also been reading Harry Potter to my daughter.
1984 should go on any such list.
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. It's a collection of short stories, some of which lead into the next story. "The Long Rain" is especially good. (My opinion, you mileage may vary)
"The Universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on a government contract." Robert A. Heinlein
Anything from Vince Flynn.
+1 to 1984
Ayn Rand- The Fountainhead (has a special place in my heart so I always recommend)
- Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
- Conciousness Explained - Daniel Dennett
- If On A Winter's Night A Traveller - Italo Calvino
- The Life Of Pi - Yann Martel
- Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Last Night at The Lobster,
Post #2 & #12 are worthwhile,
On to longer reads:
Herman Wouk: Winds Of War, War and Rememberance, Inside Outside, The Hope, The Glory, Youngblood Hawke.
Colleen McCullough: Morgan's Run, Thornbirds, Master of Rome series.
Any of John Irving's work.
Any Jane Smiley.
All of Joeseph Wambaugh ( I suggest reading his works in order of issue).
Machine Dreams and We Were The Mulvaneys are very good.
There. Lots and lots to read
Of John Irving's work (of which I've read a fair bit) I can really only A Prayer for Owen Meany and maybe The World According to Garp or Widow for One Year.
If you can get over your feelings about the author, Final Blackout by a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard is an excellent book.
Just got done reading The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin. Good read, but will make you mad. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was also excellent.
Currently reading Sarum by Edward Rutheford. His books give an interesting way to go through history, but I'm not sure I'd call them must reads.
Oh and whoever suggested Daniel Silva, right on. I've liked his stuff for a while. Very entertaining, but I keep thinking about how Gabriel Allon should be getting rather old by now.
Oh and the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher for fun reads by the pool/at the beach (not essential reads, but good, fast, and fun).
And pretty much anything by Guy Gavriel Kay (especially the Fionavar series).
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (but only if you're a parent or have lost one).
Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"
"φυσική" is also a good read
Plato's "η Δημοκρατία" would be good, in particular, Οι διάλογοι του Σωκράτη and my favorite teaching story is Δαχτυλίδι του Γύγη, and it addresses the concept of power without consequence.
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
1984 is just that. Screwtape is winning! 1984 is all the rage. People are all afraid of Big Brother, who will grind them under his boot.
In todays world, at least for the West, what we need to fear is those who will do us good, not Big Brother, but little sister. 1984 is not the work to inform people. Brave New World is the book people should be reading. It is not the ugly road we need fear, but the attractive one, the road of a Brave new world with such wonderful people in it.
Hats off to Gnome for mentioning it.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, then read the followup Lilia if you want to find out what he's writing about.
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein or A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn will tell you whey this country's in the mess it's in.