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Post by Eli Farmer » Sat Aug 27, 2005 5:03 am

I realy liked The Giver. It defintely is a one-of-a-kind bok. I htink that if you are interested, you should go ahead and read it!
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Post by Cassandra Rose » Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:00 am

I just read 'The Photograph' by Virginia Ellis, it is truly a must read book. I cried because it was such a sad book.
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Post by Elganorus Oakbark » Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:27 am

Vivian Durdenski wrote:Of Mice and Man by John Steinbeck - a beautiful, deep, sad book about dreams, friendship and human cruelty.
Lord Of the Flies by William Golding - someone had already mentioned that one. A must!
Animal Farm by George Orwell - hard to read not because of the style but the content. And so true. I had to keep struggling with myslef to read on. But it was worth it.
Agreed.

I will add, as Sophoronia, the Discworld novels (Terry Pratchett), and Douglas Adams novels and some more seriuos ones like:

Shakespeare - all

Bohumil Hrabal - a czeh writer, very good if you like sarcasm and things alike

Asimov - all from the Robot universe

Oscar Wilde - tales (charming)

Franz Kaffka, and many many more classical...

They really worth reading even if they are not fantasy or sci-fi.
Give them a try!
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Post by Epo Then » Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:22 pm

There are many great suggestions in this thread, many that I agree with, and all I really want to say is:
Foxfire: Confessions of a girlgang By Joyce Carol Oates... I honestly never thought I could love a book as much as I love this one. The language, the characters, everything.. It's oh so tragical and oh so perfectly written, just love it all. It's about a girl gang, and the story is told by one of the members, Maddy, but it's mostly about Legs... Who is such an interesting character. But then again, what I love the most, is the language, which is insane..
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Post by Niniel Sanders » Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:47 pm

Tamora Pierce
The Song of the Lioness quartet
Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman who Rides like a Man
Lioness Rampant

The Immortals quartet
(there're 4 titles in this as well)

The Circle of Magic quartet
(there're 4 titles in this as well)

The Protector of the Small quartet
(there're 4 titles in this as well)

The Circle Opens quartet
(there're 4 titles in this as well)
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Post by Illiah Black » Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:40 am

Ooh year guys, i would also lke to recomend books by:
Robert Jordan
Steven King
Garth Nix
Robbin Hob
Terry Goodkind
Issabelle Carmody - obynewton series and the legendsong saga - sooooo good
also Cavern of Ice and it's series
oh i can't believe i forgot this book, its my all time favourite!
'Old Magic' by well i can't actually remember the author soz, if i do i'll edit this post again. Anyway, its a short book but is really really really good.
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Post by Elyna Moonveil » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:07 pm

hmmm....good books , well i must be honest and say that i haven't read as many books from the foreign literature , but the ones i have always left a pleasant impression on me.So here's my little list (in random order) :
Paolo Coelho-11 Minutes and The Alchymist
Emily Bronte-Wuthering Heights
J.D Salinger-The catch in the rie
Sylvia Plath-The glass bell (im not sure whether this is the english term-i have it in my own language)
John steinbeck-The winter of our discontempt
Hemingway-Farewell , arms
the list goes on but i dunno...i could recommand some Romanian books but i dont know how many students here are actually from Romania so i'll just stick to those
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Post by Airemay Speare » Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:04 am

Just a friendly mod reminder to use proper spelling and grammar when posting. This means capitalization and punctuation. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
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Post by Gwendolyn Zabini » Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:50 am

Let's see...

My favourite almost all-time book is The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. It's quite educational as well /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Err... I probably don't need to recommend Harry Potter here...

Some other good books are...

Finding Cassie Crazy, by Jaclyn Moriarty

and...

The Firm, by John Grisham

And lots more, but I can't fit them all in... /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
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Post by Bev Grey » Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:49 am

Some great books to read if you like Harry Potter are
Bartimaus trilology
Eragon
Eldest (book 2 of eragon)
Children of the Lamp

All these books are great. I love them all!
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Post by Avery Brookshire » Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:34 pm

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is one of my favourites. Going into a realm where you can do anything and be anything and have anything you want?!?! Yes please?
Also Ella Enchanted-book is much better than the movie, and Piratica is good, especially if you like pirates and girls kickin butt! Wooo!
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Post by Emilor MacKinnon » Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:53 am

I've noticed quite a few people mention John Grisham. Well, I'm happy to read his books, but he wrote one called "A Painted House" that's very different from his others (no lawyers for one) and my favorite of his. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
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Post by Tanis Majere » Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:14 pm

Try Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. If that hooks you in the entire dragonlance series should interest you.
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Post by Wolfdrac Dragonalia » Wed Oct 19, 2005 11:57 pm

I've seen Eragon recommended. Has anyone read the sequel Eldest?

I really liked Eragon but haven't read the sequel yet.

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Post by Rachel Baudelaire » Sat Nov 05, 2005 6:24 pm

I was just packing my bookshelf when I came across my Torey Hayden book, 'Just Another Kid'. Torey Hayden's books are mostly about her experiences and reflections gleaned from being a special-educations teacher, and they deal with tougher issues revolving around children with special needs and abused children.

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Her writing leaves a punch, she tells it as it is and they stories will pull at your heartstrings. It reminds you that 'love takes many forms'. Try it out! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
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Post by Ryuichi Hyori » Fri Nov 11, 2005 6:28 pm

I really enjoyedThe Catcher in the Ryefor some reason. I just had no idea that my school would allow such a book to enter its library. A very interesting concept and the characters are great as well.

Holden, the main character, has been kicked out a school for the fourth time now, and he goes home early without telling his parents and lives life out on the town in New York for a few days. Very comical and thought evoking.
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Post by Faye Laramie » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:19 pm

Since I'm on a posting splurge I might as well add to this one. I'm starting to drift away from fantasy; sorry Garth Nix, that new book sucked. Same with you, Gregory Macguire.

As for classics, I agree with Elganorus - get yourself some Kafka. You'll like it. It's short, I promise. (Well, The Trial is, anyway.) And if you like sci-fi (sort of sci-fi, futuristic anyway) get Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. The title sounds like a vapid chick lit book, but it fits, I swear.

I don't know if anyone else recommended this, since no way did I read through 6 pages of recommendations, but in light of the film coming out in December, read Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Aside from Madame Bovary, it's such a perfect piece of literature.

Oh, if you're in the mood for plays, Equus is so good. Poor Alan. Doublemint, doublemint, doublemint gum, indeed.
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Post by Alwyn Paow » Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:43 pm

I agree with Leah, Memoirs of a Geisha is a wonderful book. I read it about a year or two ago and thought it was great.
One book which I've loved for years is The Little White Horse. I actually think that my mom got it for me because it was one of the books that JK Rowling said inspired her. But it's a lovely story that just has something... special. It's wonderful for all ages.
But my personal favorite book is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's a hilarious story about the Apocolypse. Other books by those two authors are great too, but Good Omens is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Even reading to prologue is fun!
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Post by Cassandra Dresden » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:09 am

Alwyn Paow wrote:I agree with Leah, Memoirs of a Geisha is a wonderful book. I read it about a year or two ago and thought it was great.
One book which I've loved for years is The Little White Horse. I actually think that my mom got it for me because it was one of the books that JK Rowling said inspired her. But it's a lovely story that just has something... special. It's wonderful for all ages.
But my personal favorite book is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's a hilarious story about the Apocolypse. Other books by those two authors are great too, but Good Omens is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Even reading to prologue is fun!
Hey Alwyn, I completely agree, Good Omens was really funny, it just made fun of everything and it was totally insane. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> They both are really good authors. Though have you read Neil Gaiman's book American Gods? I just finished that one, and it was pretty interesting, all about gods of past and present, and a kind of war between the two. And there was some twists I really didn't expect. One other book that I really liked though was Peace Like A River by Leif Enger, there was a lot of stuff about miracles in it that was different than you usually see.
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Post by Alwyn Paow » Mon Dec 12, 2005 12:13 am

Cassandra Dresden wrote:Hey Alwyn, I completely agree, Good Omens was really funny, it just made fun of everything and it was totally insane.  /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> They both are really good authors. Though have Neil Gaiman's book American Gods? I just read that one, and it was pretty interesting, all about gods of past and present, and a kind of war between the two. And there was some twists I really didn't expect. One other book that I really liked though was Peace Like A River by Leif Enger, there was a lot of stuff about miracles in it that was different than you usually see.
I read American Gods. It was very good. I was surprised at the end. You know what I mean *wink*. I really love stuff by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's all good. Sorry to say I haven't read Peace Like A River. Maybe I'll check it out sometime.
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