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7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM
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What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.
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7/31/2016 6:59:27 PM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

My favorite work of fiction is the Communist Manifesto.
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7/31/2016 7:13:02 PM
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The Scary Stories to Read in the Dark series is really, really good, and a lot of that comes from Stephen Gammell's fantastic art.

Another early favorite is the Wardstone Chronicles.

Also S. (http://bit.ly...) is really really awesome. I don't think I've ever seen any other book take that idea to that level, or even had it done that well.
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7/31/2016 7:19:10 PM
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Quite generic but 1984 really is an amazing read. I only read it recently and wrote an essay about the themes present in the book. I thought at first writing an essay would make me hate it but it only make me love the book more as I dove into the background of Orwell in relation to the book.

Another recommended read is "A Study in Scarlet", the first Sherlock Holmes book. I'm only part way through it and I already realize how awful the TV and Movie interpretations have portrayed him. It's got a slower pace to it than other interpretations while retaining Holmes' quick fire deductions.
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7/31/2016 7:37:15 PM
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At 7/31/2016 7:13:02 PM, Torton wrote:
The Scary Stories to Read in the Dark series is really, really good, and a lot of that comes from Stephen Gammell's fantastic art.
Huh, apparently it's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

There was also this big anthology book that I used to check out a lot in my school library. It had a bunch of accounts and in depth information on pretty much everything that makes up the "paranormal scene." From cryptids like Bigfoot and the Mothman to UFO's and aliens to serial killers like Jack the Ripper. Really cool stuff, I don't remember what is was called, though.
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7/31/2016 9:44:54 PM
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At 7/31/2016 7:19:10 PM, MattTheDreamer wrote:
Quite generic but 1984 really is an amazing read. I only read it recently and wrote an essay about the themes present in the book. I thought at first writing an essay would make me hate it but it only make me love the book more as I dove into the background of Orwell in relation to the book.

Another recommended read is "A Study in Scarlet", the first Sherlock Holmes book. I'm only part way through it and I already realize how awful the TV and Movie interpretations have portrayed him. It's got a slower pace to it than other interpretations while retaining Holmes' quick fire deductions.

I have a huge book thats a compilation of all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, its AWESOME. Best series ever
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7/31/2016 9:46:26 PM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

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8/1/2016 2:11:04 AM
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I really liked novels like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Alex Rider, Fairy Tail, and Hunger Games

For single books, I enjoyed books like Fahrenheit 451, Legend, Past Sins, Left To Tell, The Martian, Into Thin Air, and the Golden Compass (currently reading).
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8/1/2016 3:57:28 AM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

The Sun Also Rises is definitely a favorite of mine, too. Favorite Hemingway, for sure.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Yeah, I'm with you on Joyce and Faulkner. Lots of great literature out there, too much in fact -- reading Joyce/Faulkner is a missed opportunity.
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8/1/2016 4:03:19 AM
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At 8/1/2016 3:57:28 AM, FourTrouble wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

The Sun Also Rises is definitely a favorite of mine, too. Favorite Hemingway, for sure.

I've always liked Hemingway, too.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Yeah, I'm with you on Joyce and Faulkner. Lots of great literature out there, too much in fact -- reading Joyce/Faulkner is a missed opportunity.

I agree. The opportunity cost of reading Joyce or Faulkner is too high to justify doing so.
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8/1/2016 5:04:11 AM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
In no particular order--The Book Thief, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter series, Ender's Game, Mistborn trilogy, To Kill a Mockingbird.
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8/1/2016 11:07:58 AM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

I didn't like the Lord of the Rings much... it felt too much like a fairy tale to have much appeal.

I liked the Da Vinci Code, though I preferred Inferno.

The Divine Comedy is excellent, if you appreciate that sort of thing.

Harry Potter... meh. It was good writing, but I'm not a fan of fantasy.

I didn't like Great Expectations either. My favorite work of Dickens's is A Tale of Two Cities.
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8/1/2016 11:14:42 AM
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The Divine Comedy, Deception Point, Inferno, Krishna Udayasankar's The Aryavarta Chronicles, Angels and Demons, Night Watch.
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8/1/2016 11:30:56 AM
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At 8/1/2016 2:11:04 AM, Vaarka wrote:

The His Dark Materials trilogy (i.e. the series of which the Golden Compass (Northern Lights) is the first novel) is certainly interesting... one of the few works of fantasy I have not been bored by.

If you like it, you should also read Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch trilogy, and the last two books, Last Watch and New Watch.
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8/1/2016 8:32:29 PM
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At 7/31/2016 6:59:27 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

My favorite work of fiction is the Communist Manifesto.
We get it, you're a libertarian.
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8/1/2016 8:33:34 PM
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The Foundation Universe (robot series, empire series, and foundation series), Neuromancer, Omega force, The Black Fleet trilogy, The Dresden Files series, Ready Player One, Hyperion (haven't finished it yet, but it's still damn good).
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8/1/2016 8:34:52 PM
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At 8/1/2016 8:32:29 PM, n7 wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:59:27 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

My favorite work of fiction is the Communist Manifesto.
We get it, you're a libertarian.

Thought I should make it clear :)
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8/1/2016 10:12:59 PM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Armor
Courtship rite
Nightfall
Heechee series
Biting the sun
Dragonriders of perm series
Clan of the cavebear series
The gods themselves
Lots of science fiction i cant recall right now
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8/1/2016 10:19:15 PM
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At 8/1/2016 10:12:59 PM, janesix wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Armor
Courtship rite
Nightfall
Heechee series
Biting the sun
Dragonriders of perm series
Clan of the cavebear series
The gods themselves
How is the god's themselves compared to Asimov's other work? I've heard that it was one of his worst novels from some and one of his best from others.
Lots of science fiction i cant recall right now
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8/1/2016 10:27:19 PM
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At 8/1/2016 10:19:15 PM, n7 wrote:
At 8/1/2016 10:12:59 PM, janesix wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Armor
Courtship rite
Nightfall
Heechee series
Biting the sun
Dragonriders of perm series
Clan of the cavebear series
The gods themselves
How is the god's themselves compared to Asimov's other work? I've heard that it was one of his worst novels from some and one of his best from others.
Lots of science fiction i cant recall right now
Nightfall and gods themselves are my favorites. I pretty much hate the rest of his stuff. Its been a long time since ive read any science fiction though. Im not sure why. Just cant get into the new stuff.
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8/2/2016 4:48:58 AM
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At 8/1/2016 10:12:59 PM, janesix wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Armor
Courtship rite
Nightfall
Heechee series
Biting the sun
Dragonriders of perm series
Clan of the cavebear series
The gods themselves
Lots of science fiction i cant recall right now

Are these all part of a series?
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8/2/2016 4:49:33 AM
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At 8/1/2016 8:33:34 PM, n7 wrote:
The Foundation Universe (robot series, empire series, and foundation series), Neuromancer, Omega force, The Black Fleet trilogy, The Dresden Files series, Ready Player One, Hyperion (haven't finished it yet, but it's still damn good).

What was The Dresden Files about?
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8/2/2016 4:56:39 AM
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At 8/1/2016 8:33:34 PM, n7 wrote:
The Foundation Universe (robot series, empire series, and foundation series), Neuromancer, Omega force, The Black Fleet trilogy, The Dresden Files series, Ready Player One, Hyperion (haven't finished it yet, but it's still damn good).

Foundation and Dresden -- very good choices.
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8/2/2016 4:58:27 AM
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At 8/2/2016 4:48:58 AM, YYW wrote:
At 8/1/2016 10:12:59 PM, janesix wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Armor
Courtship rite
Nightfall
Heechee series
Biting the sun
Dragonriders of perm series
Clan of the cavebear series
The gods themselves
Lots of science fiction i cant recall right now

Are these all part of a series?
Some are series which i noted, the rest are not. They are all science fiction except for clan of the cave bear.
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8/2/2016 4:59:07 AM
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At 8/2/2016 4:58:27 AM, janesix wrote:
At 8/2/2016 4:48:58 AM, YYW wrote:
At 8/1/2016 10:12:59 PM, janesix wrote:
At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:
What are your all time favorite works of fiction? Why? What did you like about it? What made it stick with you?

Of all time... Anything from the Hardy Boys, to Harry Potter... The Divine Comedy to Da Vinci Code... Lord of the Rings to Lord of the Flies... 1984 to A Clockwork Orange... The Idiot to The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sun Also Rises, to the Grapes of Wrath... Great Gatsby to Great Expectations... Blood Meridian to The Human Stain.... Pride and Prejudice to Atonement, etc. etc. etc.

And so that you know... there is no obligation to hold out high brow literary works of fiction like Winter's Tale, Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, etc.

Mass market fiction can be really good, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Goldfinch, and personally I'd take either of those over anything written by James Joyce or William Faulkner any day. That's not to deride Joyce or Faulkner, so much as it is a reflection of my dislike of how they write. However, there are some works of literary fiction that I really like too... like The Brothers Karamazov, or Dead Souls, or Heart of Darkness.

Armor
Courtship rite
Nightfall
Heechee series
Biting the sun
Dragonriders of perm series
Clan of the cavebear series
The gods themselves
Lots of science fiction i cant recall right now

Are these all part of a series?
Some are series which i noted, the rest are not. They are all science fiction except for clan of the cave bear.

Ah very cool
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8/2/2016 6:01:27 AM
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The Grapes of Wrath is still probably #1. Its ending is by far the best I've ever read, and the underlying message of hope despite being such a bleak tale is conveyed beautifully. It also had a good deal to do with me turning into a liberal, or, at least, I become a liberal at around the same time.

Close second is the ASOIAF series. Best book series I've ever read, far and away. Vivid world, mostly brilliant characters, a grand and nearly-perfect plot unparalleled in scope and depth... *gushes* The TV show is also amazing, and I highly recommend it.

A distant third (but still a fantastic read) is the manga Deadman Wonderland. The art is beautiful, but what really carries it through is the characters, or specifically one character. It has, far and away, the best antagonist of all time.
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8/2/2016 6:03:35 AM
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At 7/31/2016 6:56:48 PM, YYW wrote:

What are yours? I know a few of 'em, but not all.
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8/2/2016 4:59:28 PM
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At 8/2/2016 4:49:33 AM, YYW wrote:
At 8/1/2016 8:33:34 PM, n7 wrote:
The Foundation Universe (robot series, empire series, and foundation series), Neuromancer, Omega force, The Black Fleet trilogy, The Dresden Files series, Ready Player One, Hyperion (haven't finished it yet, but it's still damn good).

What was The Dresden Files about?

It's about Harry Dresden, a wizard in modern day Chicago getting into all sorts of trouble. The author, Jim Butcher has created a fantastic world. He wrote a short story called "Vignette" to provide a bit of a taste for his books.

http://www.jim-butcher.com...
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8/2/2016 7:11:36 PM
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