Good books.period.

Discussion in 'Books' started by SurfhipE, May 25, 2004.

  1. SurfhipE

    SurfhipE Senior Member

    Could anyone please recomend me some good books? I always seem to get really frivilous books like teenage girls going through depression or something, ha totally weird..I have really horrible taste, but LOVE LOVE LOVE to read! I would like books that take you somewhere...whether it be to India, China, Africa, or Switzerland...they take me somewhere on an adventure, teach me things about the world, are poetic but still simplistic...help me escape life for a while.....heh...sorry get a little carried away, but, books like that. That can teach me about.....life.
     
  2. Taylor

    Taylor Repatriated

    1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell. they will teach you about life and politics in an interesting fashion. :D
     
  3. backtothelab

    backtothelab Senior Member

    The Drifters by James A. Michener

    It's all adventurous like, tons of traveling, sex, drugs, religion, free spiritedness(?), all sorts of stuff, you'll really like it.
     
  4. SurfhipE

    SurfhipE Senior Member

    Thank's guys :) I can't read to start reading all these this summer. Anyone know about Tuck Everlasting? I know, it's for children...but still, maybe it's what I'm looking for, I enjoyed the movie. Sigh, I'm such a dreamer....

    Keep em comin :)
     
  5. TOM ROBBINS, TOM ROBBINS, TOM ROBBINS.
    What more can i say. This guy is the most descriptive, creative, genius author whose words ive had the privilige to enjoy. Everyone, and i repeat EVERYONE, needs to read Still Life With Woodpecker, this book literally changed my life...read this book!!!!!!!!!

    Another life changer for me was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, it is part philosophy part inspiring novel. Subtitled An Inquiry into Value, it delves into some of the most heartfelt topics in contemporary phliosophy, and goes to a place where no academic tradition is sacred. This is a must read.

    One more if you dont mind, and many will disagree on this, but Steven King's The Gunslinger seriescaptivated me like no other serial novel ever has. I was trapped in this world when there were only two books in print. Now lucky readers get to discover Roland and his quest for the dark tower with five books out, and the two that will complete the series will be released next year. This is surely an adventure worth taking, you will literally get lost in this epic tale.

    ~~may your life always be as vivid as your dreams~~
     
  6. weaselpop

    weaselpop Member

    Maribou Stork Nightmares - Irvine Welsh

    The Handmaids Tale - Magaret Atwood

    Two of my favouritist books by two of my favouritist authors.
    Marabout Stork Nightmars is a disturbing head-fuck that'll leave you emotionally confused about half the characters. The most disturbing book I've read and not for the faint hearted. But you have to read it!! A lot of it is written in scottish dialect, so if you're not british you might find parts a little difficult to read
    The Handmaid's Tale is also brilliant. If i described what it's about to you it would seem like a strange pornographic sci-fi book, but it isn't. It gets your emotions flowing.
     
  7. littleskinny

    littleskinny Member

    If you wanna be taken places, you should read sci-fi or fantasy: I think Frank Herbert's "Dune" is a good starter for ten.

    Or to stick to this planet, try Matthew Kneale's "English Passengers" which is a fantastic historical novel about a journey to and through Australia, told humourously and knowingly from many different perspectives. Check out this review:

    http://dir.salon.com/books/review/2001/02/21/kneale/index.html
     
  8. vanilla

    vanilla Member

    The House Of The Spirits by Isabelle Allende

    Set in Latin America, the book takes you on a journey through 4 generations and the changes in politics through spirits, war, love and vengence.
     
  9. SurfhipE

    SurfhipE Senior Member

    i'll check em out :) sound good. I don't know if I'll really enjoy reading sci fi and stuff, I'm more...like, english woods....fairytale, dreamy kind of reader. ha
     
  10. BraveSirRubin

    BraveSirRubin Members

    James Calvell - Shogun wonderful insight and adventure set in 1600-1700 Japan.
     
  11. moon_flower

    moon_flower Banned

    Sloppy First-Megan McCafferty (I think that's her last name)....It's not by a really old writer or anything, but takes a look into teenage life with a nice sarcastic tone.

    The Exorcist....So much better than the movie

    The long hard road out of hell-Marilyn Manson....You don't have to be a fan of his to enjoy this book. It's just an awesome read.
     
  12. littleskinny

    littleskinny Member

    Yay...awesome book
     
  13. weaselpop

    weaselpop Member

    Then you HAVE to read the Princess Bride. I don't know who wrote it origionally, but the abridged version, and the one you should read, is done by, i think, William Goldberg. I'll check that...
     
  14. waterlily5

    waterlily5 Member

    Read the Lord of The Rings, J R R Tolkien, it is better than the movies!!
     
  15. I've always loved that quote by Mark Twain, "A classic book is one everyone talks about, but no one's read."

    HEre's some of my faves:

    The time of feasting. First in a series of very dark, very erotic, and very good vampire novels. Excellent.

    Led Zeppelin: Celebration. Good book. Thin but it features stories behind their songs and merchandise and even shows a letter in which a studio got their name wrong thinking Led Zeppelin was one man with the letter beginning: Dear Mr. Zeppelin. So funny.

    Frankenstein. Such a good book. Read it in high school. Really a book about the outsider who could never be accepted.

    Go Ask Alice. Great diary into the life of a druggie. Pushed into addiction by her friends, sleeping with guys, even considering turning her little brother into a druggie at one point, this is great.

    The Pigman. Sad sad story about two kids who befriend a lonely old man. Great read.

    Anything from "Fear Street". Such good books each and every one of them.

    The Dictionary. Good book and has a surprise ending with a zombie. Lol.

    Steven Spielberg. My hero, and film idol, this really thick and lengthy biography about the director is a good read.
     
  16. lorelai_g87

    lorelai_g87 Senior Member

    Try reading

    The wrong way home - Peter Moore

    It's lovely
     
  17. renee

    renee Member

    Gathering Blue. :cool:
     
  18. serra

    serra tentacle girl

    i read that in grade 9 english! it was a good book!





    okay, here are some of my favorites.

    1. DOUGLAS COUPLAND - he is probably my favorite author of all time. the one who brought you generation X is a rocking author of twisted satirical political culture jamming humour. the stories are impossible and amazing. i would recommend girlfriend in a coma, all families are psychotic and of course Generation X is a must for anyone!

    2. Junk by Melvin Burgress - about a bunch of kids doing smack in england. sounds lame but i really really liked it.

    3. Summer of my Amazing Luck by Miriam Toews - a single welfare mom living in public housing in Winnipeg, Canada. sounds like a weird topic for a comedy, but it's great.

    4. Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn - a must read for any ecofriendly adbusting millenium hippie!

    5. Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out by Timothy Leary - Psychedlics and you: partners for life.

    6. Steal this Book by Abbie Hoffman - Just reading this one now. have wanted to read if for a while but couldnt justify paying for it. borrowed from a friend.



    that should keep you amused for a while!! let me know what you think if you read any of them!
     
  19. DarkLunacy

    DarkLunacy Senior Member

    I was reading a book that sounds remarkably similar called Smack. It was about this 15 year old (or was it 14) who left home and started doing smack with his girlfriend... Dont remember the author and had to return it before I could get into it.

    If your a Kubrick fan you can read A Clockwork Orange (rather rough do to the malanky language difference) or Space Oddesy. The Legends trilogy is awesome if your into fantasy. Stephen King of course. Cujo, Pet Semmetary, IT, The Dark Tower series (And still the tower is closer :p)

    Anyone else read the Doom novels that were based on the game? I read every one but endgame damnit!
     
  20. serra

    serra tentacle girl

    weird.... this one is about a kid who runs away from his abusive parents and then his girlfriend also runs away and finds him and then they end up junkies! they are around 14 too. WEIRD. maybe it's the same book?
     

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