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Volkov
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5/19/2010 1:26:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I've been engrossed in a few fiction novels for the past couple of months, interspersed with a history book and studying. One book, however, has really "wowed" me: Metro 2033.

For those who don't know, Metro 2033 is a book written originally in Russian by a former Russia Today journalist named Dmitry Glukhovsky. It's a sci fi book, but it really ventures outside of the usual cliche's of the genre. It's a very interesting plot with reflections on life, humanity, politics, religion, and general mystery, all in relation to one individual's mission. It even makes comments and a case for determinism, against the backdrop of arguments of free will and religious thought on God's direction in life. It's quite funny to see in a sci-fi book which was made into an Xbox game (which doesn't do the book justice, IMO).

So, given this, I was wondering what other fiction novels out there that people thought went above and beyond the call of plot, climax and conclusion, and really created an interesting reflection on life, relations, and ideals. There are obvious ones - Ender's Game, some of Ayn Rand's books - that don't need mentioning, but there are less obvious ones out there that you wouldn't really expect, like Metro 2033. Anyone have any suggestions?
studentathletechristian8
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5/19/2010 1:35:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 1:30:01 PM, Nags wrote:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's basically a comtemporary version of Orwell's 1984. I highly recommend it.

In that case, no.
Volkov
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5/19/2010 1:36:16 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 1:35:27 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:30:01 PM, Nags wrote:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's basically a comtemporary version of Orwell's 1984. I highly recommend it.

In that case, no.

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studentathletechristian8
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5/19/2010 1:37:48 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 1:36:16 PM, Volkov wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:35:27 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:30:01 PM, Nags wrote:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's basically a comtemporary version of Orwell's 1984. I highly recommend it.

In that case, no.

?

I was just kidding.
innomen
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5/19/2010 1:50:32 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Nice thread, always looking for a good fiction book. I spoke of it before, but Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts is a great historic fiction book from a unique perspective. I liked Water for Elephants a lot as just a fun book that i didn't think i would like. I liked also like Pillars of the Earth - and i know the history on that one is questionable, but it was a nice read.

A really great book was Earth Abides by George Stewart. This one covers everything, from sci fi to anthropology, and psychology, political science and philosophy. Absolutely a great book that's underrated in my humble opinion.
Korashk
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5/19/2010 3:51:45 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 1:30:01 PM, Nags wrote:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's basically a comtemporary version of Orwell's 1984. I highly recommend it.

Great book.

The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglas, and the books that follow it. It's a saga and in my opinion very well written.
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5/19/2010 4:00:45 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
last one I remember reading was Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I thought it was actually pretty good, and its definitely not your typical kind of science fiction.
Puck
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5/19/2010 4:01:08 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 3:51:45 PM, Korashk wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:30:01 PM, Nags wrote:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's basically a comtemporary version of Orwell's 1984. I highly recommend it.

Great book.

The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglas, and the books that follow it. It's a saga and in my opinion very well written.

Eww.
Korashk
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5/19/2010 4:51:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 4:01:08 PM, Puck wrote:
At 5/19/2010 3:51:45 PM, Korashk wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:30:01 PM, Nags wrote:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's basically a comtemporary version of Orwell's 1984. I highly recommend it.

Great book.

The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglas, and the books that follow it. It's a saga and in my opinion very well written.

Eww.

I take this ti mean that you're not a Sara Douglass fan. I'll admit that some aspects of her books are odd.

I would also reccomend Mortalis, Ascendance, Transcendence, and Immortalis by RA Salvatore.
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Korashk
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5/19/2010 4:52:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
^^^^^

In that order.
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5/19/2010 4:53:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
Blindness - Jose Saramago
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5/19/2010 4:59:39 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 4:01:49 PM, Puck wrote:
Since you like politics, Volkov, go for, Dune.

I couldn't get into Dune.

Concur about Foundation though
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5/19/2010 10:19:35 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Do you read fantasy?

A Song of Ice and Fire series - George R. R. Martin
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Lukas
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5/20/2010 6:26:24 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 1:40:00 PM, feverish wrote:
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Great Apes by Will Self
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

I want my books back bitch! lol jus kiddin (:
Lukas
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5/20/2010 6:28:37 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ - Phillip Pullman
Anathem-Neal Stephenson
Vernon 'God' Little- DBC Pierre
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5/20/2010 7:02:51 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/20/2010 6:26:24 AM, Lukas wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:40:00 PM, feverish wrote:
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Great Apes by Will Self
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

I want my books back bitch! lol jus kiddin (:

He he you wouldn't want them back the state they're in now.

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ - Phillip Pullman
Anathem-Neal Stephenson
Vernon 'God' Little- DBC Pierre

Wanna lend me any of them?
Lukas
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5/20/2010 9:38:24 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/20/2010 7:02:51 AM, feverish wrote:
At 5/20/2010 6:26:24 AM, Lukas wrote:
At 5/19/2010 1:40:00 PM, feverish wrote:
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Great Apes by Will Self
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

I want my books back bitch! lol jus kiddin (:

He he you wouldn't want them back the state they're in now.

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ - Phillip Pullman
Anathem-Neal Stephenson
Vernon 'God' Little- DBC Pierre

Wanna lend me any of them?

Judging by your first statement, no not really! Nah, course you can mate. Cloud Atlas and The good man Jesus, you can borrow anytime but I'm just finishing off Anathem. I've got the Third Policeman and Illuminatus! for you aswell. I might swing by Ziggy's on Saturday and drop them off then.
Lukas
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5/20/2010 9:39:57 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/19/2010 10:19:35 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
Do you read fantasy?

A Song of Ice and Fire series - George R. R. Martin

My wife's favorites, I cant get get into that kind of shizzle though but she proper rates them.
mattrodstrom
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5/20/2010 5:37:13 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
haroun and the sea of stories - Salman Rushdie

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"He who does not know how to put his will into things at least puts a meaning into them: that is, he believes there is a will in them already."

Metaphysics:
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5/20/2010 10:02:31 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
whoever said stephenson- yes!

cryptonomicon and snow crash are my two favorites.

also, if you have a LOT of time on your hands... read infinite jest. its over a thousand pages but very arresting... it really does suck you in. what with school and other books in between i've been working on it for several months :P
evidently i only come to ddo to avoid doing homework...
Volkov
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5/21/2010 10:43:13 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

So far my booklist has compiled thusly:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Earth Abides
Infinite Jest

... and eventually the Foundation series by Asimov, though I swear I've read a couple already.

Keep 'em coming!