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Postby The voice in your head on Mon Sep 03, 2001 11:01 am

So far, traffic on this board bas been as lively as a piece of cheese. Therefore I have devised a non-spam (at least not in the stupid mindless crap sense of the word) way of increasing traffic. What is your favorite book. <P>I like At the Mountains of Madness by H.P.Lovecraft and The Library Policeman by Stephen King. Also Too Much Coffee Man and the collected works of Rimbaud.
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Postby K. Ivan Ruppert on Tue Sep 04, 2001 11:57 am

The Moreau series by S. Andrew Swann<P>-K
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Postby Mutttley on Wed Sep 05, 2001 2:25 am

You obviously need to change your cheese shop.<P>Aside: spam in the usenet sense is excessive crossposting, as I understand it. It's often also applied to unsolicited commercial email. Neither seems appropriate to your post. Velveeta (some kind of cheese product???) did get sporadic use as a nickname for some other kind of undesirable online behaviour, but I can't remember which one now.<P>I have never been attracted to the horror genre, believing it to be full of cliche and nausea, both of which I can do without. I will admit that this is pure prejudice, having never done any trial reading to verify <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"><P>It is generally acknowledged by most IT workers that it is impossible to have too much coffee, and that the hallucinations, twitching and dizziness are just new challenges to overcome <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/frown.gif"><P>Favourite books? Well it can be hard to name a single favourite, so I'll cop out and define some categories.<P>SF (strictly speaking, "hard" SF): The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; Heinlein preaches revolution, with a full cast of believable characters, male and (for once) female. Gripping as an action story, on rereading you start to see the inner threads, political undercurrents and tie-ins to his other work. Famous for introducing the acronym TANSTAAFL, contracted from an earlier political slogan that Heinlein had almost certainly encountered in his life as a left-ish (in US terms) activist, There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Joe Straczynski borrowed the lunar catapult for his "mass drivers" in Babylon 5, conveniently glossing over the apparant lack of moonrock to drive <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"><P>Fantasy: The Lord Of The Rings; (waits for howls of derision to die down) You can scoff as much as you want, this book affected me hugely and remains a landmark for me. Passionately written by a Professor of English, it is the <I>ne plus ultra</I> of fantasy.<P>Childrens fantasy: The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper) Evokes the scenery extremely well, and makes the fantastic seem natural and integral. Though classified a "juvenile" it can satisfy readers of all ages. A shame the rest of the sequence is not so good.<P>Poet: Kipling; and before you shout "jingoist", go and read some; say "Chant-Pagan", "The Explorer", "Arithmetic on the Frontier" or "the Land". Though not a nice man to know, by all accounts, he had a genius' touch with the language that can bring tears and smiles a century or so later.<P>Film: Seven Samurai; The best film from the best director, enough to make me wish I was a better linguist and could learn enough Japanese to appreciate the dialog.<P>There, that ought to be enough to generate some opposition. Come on, tell me what's wrong with my choices!<P>Muttley<P>absit omen<p>[This message has been edited by Mutttley (edited 09-05-2001).]
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Postby greenrd on Wed Sep 05, 2001 9:14 am

Overall favourite book ever: one which I'm sure none of you will have ever heard of: Paul Zindel, The Undertaker's Gone Bananas. Gripping, unputdownable mystery (or non-mystery, I should say - you'll know why I said that if you read the book!)<P>SF: Not sure - maybe another Heinlein, "Job: A Comedy of Justice". Here's what an Amazon customer reviewer said about it: <P>'Heinlein's hilarious take on religion 13 July, 1999
Reviewer: Rune (rune_aasgaard@hotmail.com) from Trondheim, Norway.
Many people seem to prefer (or despise) Heinlein's more "political novels" such as "Starship Troopers" and "The Moon is a harsh Mistress". My favourite Heinlein book has got to be "Job". It's an SF-story about parallell universes. It's a story about a modern Job who is tested by his God. It's a love story featuring two people from (in more ways than one) different worlds. Starting out as pure comedy, the book progresses to raise some interesting questions about religion and our relationships to it. Not a major philosophical work, but a highly entertaining and thought-provoking read, loaded with humorous remarks and insightful observations. Heinlein's funniest book (and I have read them all). In the end, however, it is really just a wonderful love story."
Fantasy: Anything from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series - but don't ask me to pick the best one! Over here in Britain he's our bestselling living author but over the Pond not that many people have heard of him.<P>Children's book: Something by Roald Dahl. Either Matilda, the Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - not sure which is best. Maybe Matilda, just by a smidgeon. The film version of Matilda is even better than the book!<P>Philosophical fiction (ok there aren't many books in this category to start with, but never mind!) - Sophie's World. A surprise bestseller a few years ago, this tells the history of philosophical ideas from ancient Greece to the present day by wrapping them in a story of a girl who receives a very mysterious envelope one day. Newspapers were very surprised at how on earth this could sell so well amongst teenagers, when popular opinion had it that they were only interested in action, adventure and sex/romance - which this story has little of .... It has a nice ending though. With a lot of books, however good, the end always seems somehow unsatisfactory - "I want more!" (heheh) - but this one seemed just right. Of course, I still thought "I want more!" at the end of it - but it was a more thoughtful ending than most - not just petering out.<P>Non-fiction: Godel Escher Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. Its impossible to say what this is about in one sentence - music, art, computers, intelligence, and much more. Have a look on amazon. Actually it's sort of cheating to put it in this category because it's really half fiction, half non-fiction - it has amusing dialogues between the mythic Achilles and the Tortoise and others interspersed between the chapters, which make the more abstract ideas come to life - a great way of teaching people abtruse ideas in a fun kinda way. (His next book Metamagical Themas is also excellent and extremely thought-provoking, especially for a computing student like me.)<P>And I can't finish without giving an honourable runner-up prize to J. K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series. Yes, yes, I know, they're supposed to be for kids - but there are legions of adult fans too.<P>Ok all of these are/were popular books or authors. But just because somethings popular, doesn't mean it's not excellent!
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Postby RT on Thu Sep 13, 2001 4:21 am

Fear Nothing and Seize the Night by Dean Koontz, and IT by Stephen King<P>------------------
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Postby Kalea on Tue Sep 18, 2001 11:30 am

*Introducing myself*
Hi there, I'm coming!<P>Yes! Yes! I love the moon is a harsh mistress. I'm gonna start a revolution once that way...
The cat that walks through walls is quite good, too. Everytime I read/hear/meet someone reading Heinlein, I'm glad, cause where I used to live his not known... Well provincial town..
However. I just love "The Borribles" by Michael deLarabeiti (I don't think I spelled that one right). It's about children that run away from home. The become Borribles (mark: pointed ears) and fight the police and the rummbels, a ratlike species.
Hmmm... there are soo many good books. Charles de Lint is a fabulous writer. And Terry Pratchett, who created Discworld.
Sometimes I like rereading the classics... E.E.Smith and Larry Niven.
I don't know if this fits here, but I absolutly love the Clamp Mangas. Magical storys and always a end you don't expect. The drawing is simply beautiful.
And I love Cool Cat Studio... The mix with "Reality" and "Fantasy" and the stil. <P>Bye *winks* <P>
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Postby WolfFur on Wed Sep 19, 2001 12:36 am

Favorite book(s)?<P>The Harry Potter books by J.K.Rawling. (Once you get past the hype they're STILL great stories.)<P>Gone to Soldiers by Jeff Sharra (A truly fascinating account of the Mexican War... about which I previously knew almost nothing... and of the hugely important part played by a young Captain Robert E. Lee)<P>The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham (which I enjoy reading so much that in 20 years I've never finished it... because I don't want it to end.)<P>What I'm reading currently: The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy, which I actually picked up BEFORE 9/11 but only got time to begin reading a few days ago.
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