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PoeJoe
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3/8/2009 4:20:03 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
There is a thread like this already (still on the first page of the forum).

But just for the sake of contributing, Atonement, by Ian McEwan. It is, to date, the only novel that has made me cry.
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3/8/2009 4:23:23 PM
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Where the Red Fern Grows
This is the only novel to ever make me cry.
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6/20/2009 1:09:45 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I'd have to say Eragon by Christopher Paolini, not because its amazingly well written (its good, but I've seen much better), but because it just about introduced me to the fantasy genre.
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7/8/2009 5:30:50 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Lord of the Rings, by far.
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7/16/2009 6:05:03 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 3/8/2009 4:23:23 PM, crackofdawn_Jr wrote:
Where the Red Fern Grows
This is the only novel to ever make me cry.

...Shame...

Books aren't something to cry over.
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7/16/2009 6:58:08 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 6:05:03 PM, wjmelements wrote:
...Shame...

Books aren't something to cry over.

What exactly do you mean by that?
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7/16/2009 7:04:39 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 6:58:08 PM, Lifeisgood wrote:
At 7/16/2009 6:05:03 PM, wjmelements wrote:
...Shame...

Books aren't something to cry over.

What exactly do you mean by that?

I've never felt any sympathy or other crying emotion while reading.

Books are the epitemy of determinism. They are also rather predictable.

I can understand crying in a movie, but crying over a book is different. You aren't seeing the characters, and you don't usually attach sentimental value to them.
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7/16/2009 7:22:51 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 7:04:39 PM, wjmelements wrote:
I've never felt any sympathy or other crying emotion while reading.

My jaw dropped at that. What exactly do you read?

Books are the epitemy of determinism. They are also rather predictable.

A fatally flawed statement.

I can understand crying in a movie, but crying over a book is different. You aren't seeing the characters, and you don't usually attach sentimental value to them.

Ah. Here we are. You have difficulty with mental sequencing and stimulation through written word. I understand your situation, and I pity you.
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7/16/2009 7:28:53 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 7:22:51 PM, Lifeisgood wrote:
At 7/16/2009 7:04:39 PM, wjmelements wrote:
I can understand crying in a movie, but crying over a book is different. You aren't seeing the characters, and you don't usually attach sentimental value to them.

Ah. Here we are. You have difficulty with mental sequencing and stimulation through written word. I understand your situation, and I pity you.

I find I do best when I take people in my life and replace the characters in the book with them. I am usually the protagonist, etc.
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7/16/2009 7:38:30 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 7:28:53 PM, wjmelements wrote:
I find I do best when I take people in my life and replace the characters in the book with them. I am usually the protagonist, etc.

That is always the best approach. It is a technique everyone uses, including me. :)
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7/16/2009 7:51:06 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Have you ever cried over non-fiction books, such as The Diary of Anne Frank? I didn't cry on that one, either. I did tear up a little for Ferns, though. Our teacher was really crying, though.
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7/17/2009 3:13:18 AM
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Is this about crying over novels or actually reading them?

One of the better novels I have to say that I've read is actually an alternate series based off the book Ender's Game called Ender's Shadow, both of which (along with their many sequels) I thoroughly enjoyed. Those books were really my first foray into learning about psychology.

Best thing about those books though was that I was supposed to do a report/summary for them in Grade 10, and I had already read it, so I handed in my report within a day of getting the assignment, while everyone else took the standard week-and-a-half!
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7/17/2009 4:34:50 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Beautifully written, intelligent also the funniest book I've ever read.

Furthermore, because it was written in the 1890's it is also very interesting from a historical point of view.

It documents the adventures of the author and his dog and two of his friends as they row up the River Thames.

Once you've finished that, read the sequel: Three Men on the Bummel where they travel around Germany with their bikes. This one's fascinating because it predicts the first world war more than twenty years before it started. ("Bummel" by the war is an antiquated German word meaning to wander aimlesslly or 'to go on a walkabout' as the Aussies say).
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7/17/2009 3:15:30 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 7:51:06 PM, mongeese wrote:
Have you ever cried over non-fiction books, such as The Diary of Anne Frank? I didn't cry on that one, either. I did tear up a little for Ferns, though. Our teacher was really crying, though.

I hate that book. All it is is a girl sitting in an attic for a long time going through everyday things, just very, very quietly. BORING!

BTW, nobody try to give me any of that "Oh, but it's about the Holocaust," crap. Idc, that doesn't make it an interesting read.
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7/17/2009 5:20:16 PM
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wow, a forum about favorite novels and not a single mention of Harry Potter, come on its the second best storyline in the world.
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7/17/2009 5:47:18 PM
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-To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

-All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

- The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
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7/17/2009 6:04:48 PM
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I personally don't read fiction books. I prefer metaphysical, political, and scientific books.

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7/17/2009 6:52:48 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Fiction: I'll read Grisham, but I don't really read fiction unless the gov't makes me.
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7/17/2009 7:20:18 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/16/2009 7:38:30 PM, Lifeisgood wrote:
At 7/16/2009 7:28:53 PM, wjmelements wrote:
I find I do best when I take people in my life and replace the characters in the book with them. I am usually the protagonist, etc.

That is always the best approach. It is a technique everyone uses, including me. :)

You should have asked me before saying that everyone uses it. Because I don't.
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7/17/2009 7:28:44 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
@Volkov: I've read Ender's Game and every book in the Ender's Shadow series, as well as Ender in Exile. It's probably my second favorite book series.

At 7/17/2009 5:20:16 PM, Bigfoot wrote:
wow, a forum about favorite novels and not a single mention of Harry Potter, come on its the second best storyline in the world.
I don't know if that's sarcasm or what, but it's patently false. Harry Potter is predictable and it exactly follows the fantasy formula. Let's look at how clichéd it is:

-Ordinary boy is special for some random reason.
-Wise person helps ordinary boy and tells him about ancient evil.
-Ordinary boy somehow fends off ancient evil.
-He does it again.
-And again.
-Some people die, but they are all non-crucial characters. Empathy or sadness is impossible.
-Ordinary boy somehow kills ancient evil.
-Everyone lives happily ever after.

Seriously. It's been done a thousand times. No amount of wizardry or magic can change that.
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7/17/2009 7:43:36 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/17/2009 7:28:44 PM, MTGandP wrote:

Seriously. It's been done a thousand times. No amount of wizardry or magic can change that.

And then it took some elements from Lord of the Rings.

-An ancient evil that is dead, but not really
-Ancient evil has life force in object(s)
-Literal and Firgurative small protagonist destroys object(s)
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7/18/2009 2:30:25 PM
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At 7/17/2009 5:20:16 PM, Bigfoot wrote:
wow, a forum about favorite novels and not a single mention of Harry Potter, come on its the second best storyline in the world.

I don't like Harry Potter. Too much weirdness and magic.
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7/18/2009 2:47:37 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
How about this: The Magician:

- Orphan Boy has unusual talent for magic
- Is thought Lesser magic by magician in castle but can't learn it
- A war erupts when a nation from a different planet attacks via a rift.
- He is captured as a slave but earns freedom when he is taken in by the Assembly of Magicians on that planet.
- He learns how to be a Greater Path Magician.
- Angers Warlord of that nation and flees with slave wife and slave child.
- With the aid of the greatest magician in existence (The host for the Dead God of Magic), he closes the rift and ends the fighting
- Starts Magical academy on Lake Island.
- Academy fails and the ancient dragon lords attempt to takeover the Universe
- Prevents evil and starts a secret organisation of Spies, Assassins and Magicians to stop the Mad God of Evil
- Fights reincarnations of the Mad God
- ?
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7/18/2009 2:50:58 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/18/2009 2:47:37 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How about this: The Magician:

- Orphan Boy has unusual talent for magic
- Is thought Lesser magic by magician in castle but can't learn it
- A war erupts when a nation from a different planet attacks via a rift.
- He is captured as a slave but earns freedom when he is taken in by the Assembly of Magicians on that planet.
- He learns how to be a Greater Path Magician.
- Angers Warlord of that nation and flees with slave wife and slave child.
- With the aid of the greatest magician in existence (The host for the Dead God of Magic), he closes the rift and ends the fighting
- Starts Magical academy on Lake Island.
- Academy fails and the ancient dragon lords attempt to takeover the Universe
- Prevents evil and starts a secret organisation of Spies, Assassins and Magicians to stop the Mad God of Evil
- Fights reincarnations of the Mad God
- ?
- Profit!

Sorry, couldn't help myself. Sounds interesting though.

I myself enjoy some fantasy novels that blend in with reality. It is probably why I enjoy a lot of sci fi novels, but not extreme ones - I like the ones where you're still in the nitty-gritty of human politics and fallacies. No Star Trek like perfect-Earth BS.
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7/18/2009 2:54:36 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 7/18/2009 2:50:58 PM, Volkov wrote:
At 7/18/2009 2:47:37 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How about this: The Magician:

- Orphan Boy has unusual talent for magic
- Is thought Lesser magic by magician in castle but can't learn it
- A war erupts when a nation from a different planet attacks via a rift.
- He is captured as a slave but earns freedom when he is taken in by the Assembly of Magicians on that planet.
- He learns how to be a Greater Path Magician.
- Angers Warlord of that nation and flees with slave wife and slave child.
- With the aid of the greatest magician in existence (The host for the Dead God of Magic), he closes the rift and ends the fighting
- Starts Magical academy on Lake Island.
- Academy fails and the ancient dragon lords attempt to takeover the Universe
- Prevents evil and starts a secret organisation of Spies, Assassins and Magicians to stop the Mad God of Evil
- Fights reincarnations of the Mad God
- ?
- Profit!

Sorry, couldn't help myself. Sounds interesting though.

I myself enjoy some fantasy novels that blend in with reality. It is probably why I enjoy a lot of sci fi novels, but not extreme ones - I like the ones where you're still in the nitty-gritty of human politics and fallacies. No Star Trek like perfect-Earth BS.

By the way, that happens over the course of 10 or so books (15-ish with added side stories). The series is by Raymond E. Feist. It kind of goes beyond when the Boy beats the evil. In this book, the evil is somewhat unbeatable unless they can revive a God, which is no mean feat. And the magician isn't the main character. After the first book, he takes a side role. I mean, being the most powerful Magician in existence could be a bit boring.
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