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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2005, 05:33:06 am »
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If you're looking for comedy, you cannot go past The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's laugh-out-loud stuff. Cracks me up big time.
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2005, 09:23:33 am »
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Everyone has made really good suggestions..I'm not sure what everyone else things about the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, but I love them!! It really appeals to the side of me that wants to be a secret agent  So I recommend that
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2005, 05:01:07 pm »
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All I can suggest at the moment are all the Books by Lindsey Davis.
I have never been a reader but after I started reading "Venus in Copper" I couldn't stop.
Currently I m at my 4th book from her. "Shadows in bronze"
Its all about  this Roman called Marcus Didius Falco.He is an informer (detective) I feel I'm really living in Rome.He has all these murders and mysteris to solve. Very addictive. I even sent Lindsey an email thanking her for writing these books and she sent me an email back within 3 weeks. I thought that was great.
If you want to start from the beginning of her stories you need to get "The Silver Pigs" thats the first book.









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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2005, 09:34:37 pm »
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I strongly recommend Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.  Its the prequel to The Davinci Code and really brings out a lot of controversial issues.  Put your thinking cap on if you plan on reading it!
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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2005, 08:41:40 pm »
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I recomend books by James Patterson (murder mystery) Some of his books have been made into movies like, Along Came A Spider, Kiss the Girls, 1st to Die, and thats all I can think of.
If you do decide to read one of his books you can go to www.jamespatterson.com to see which to read first (ie, if you read one of the Alex Cross (a character in his books) books, you would read Along Came a Spider b/c that's the first A.C. book)

To Kill a Mocking Bird is a GREAT book.

I also recommend Louis Sacher. His books are funny, like the Sideways School books. Holes is an excellent book. I've read that many times.
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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2005, 09:35:42 pm »
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Thanks KingWaldoForADay, And everybody else!

I'm going to try and read all or most of your recommendations. The only book in the library I found interesting the other day was A Beautiful Mind. I already saw the movie but I checked it out anyway. And it was interesting for a bit....but I could barely read it; too complex and practically every other word was a new vocabulary word I had to get around. More like a university professor's mathematical science book than entertainment. So I'm checking it back in.
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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2005, 03:10:24 pm »
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Hey Blue Star: I would recommend The LOTR, well you know the author ; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Managing your Emotions by Joyce Meyer, she is a Christian author; Everything is Iluminated by Jonathan Safran Foer(I almost finished it) and if you like to read teen novels, I would say Little Women and Little Men both by Louise May Alcott, I read them when I was a kid.
If you can try to read simple tales in Spanish, that will help you to increase your vocabulary words. 
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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2005, 03:51:32 pm »
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Thanks MyFrodo!


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If you can try to read simple tales in Spanish, that will help you to increase your vocabulary words. 


Where would I find those?
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« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2005, 07:05:24 pm »
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Quote from: Tigerlily on January 03, 2005, 10:24:19 pm   

If you're looking for Fantasy, my recommendation would be The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint. I usually don't like Fantasy books, but this book was really good. It tells the story of Jilly Copercorn who was a victim of a hit and run. She's now paralyzed in a hospital (if I remember correctly) and she dreams of herself in another world where she is free -- a dream world she shares with her sister Raylene, who in the dream world is a wolf. Raylene is Jilly's younger sister, whom Jilly left because she was being abused, which left Raylene to be abused. The sisters eventually run into each other in the dream world. One sister doesn't want to share the dream world with her sister, and goes to extreme measures to have it for herself.

Another great book I'd suggest isn't Fantasy; it's a Mystery by Kevin O'brien. Actually, any book by Kevin O'brien is wonderful because he's a great writer that doesn't weigh you down with unnecessary detail. Out of all of his books, I'd recommend Left for Dead. It's very suspensful, and it tells the story of a woman who was left for dead (hence the title) and can't remember anything about her life. As her memory comes back piece by piece, she realizes she can't trust anyone especially those who tried to help her. Her life is in danger because she's the only one who has seen the killer, though she can't remember who it was.

Both of those books sound interesting!

Sandy, Left for Dead sounds kind of like that one story you wrote a while back. Funny, funny.

Books I would recommend:

House of the Spirits - a book set in Argentina over several generations. I enjoyed following the family. Although Estaban is really annoying, the woman characters are interesting and well developed.

Empire Falls - involves a small town and a guys attempt to change the direction his life is inevitably going. I enjoyed the connections between characters.

Pride and Prejudice - one of my favorite all-time books. This book has amazing witty dialogs and my favorite male character ever. Jane Austen's best book.
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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2005, 02:32:03 pm »
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For comedy you could always go for the Bridget Jones books.
And you could read 'Let Sleeping Vets Lie' by James Herriot. Mind you if you don't live in England I doubt you'll be able to find it.
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« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2005, 04:05:52 am »
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Quote from: Blue Star on December 31, 2004, 01:47:40 pm   

The kind of book genres I like are mostly in the fiction part. Adventure, fantasy, horror, suspense, drama, those kind of genres. Comedy would be interesting, but I doubt that many literature books out there I could read would actually be funny. Proove me wrong if you know some good books in that genre. I've read Misery by Stephen King, and I love that book. The White Tower seems good. It's an old one. I've read the Hobbit twice and not all of the trilogy, but I want to read the Silmarillion.
I thought maybe I'd read Lord of the Flies sometime. Any great book reccomendations?

Could it be that you┤re talking about The DARK tower by stephen king? if yes i┤ve read all five (or was it 6??) books of that and i didn┤t like the end but the story is great!if you are a fan of very very long storys: go for it!
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« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2005, 08:31:17 am »
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I have a book everyone should read!

It's called 'Get this house in order' by Matt Ruff. It's about these two Multiple Personality Disorder sufferes, one who has his life sorted and one who doesn't. And it's so amazing- I can't put the damned thing down and I only picked it up by chance! It's slightly confusing at first, but once you get over the first two chapters it's fine. I love it!
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« Reply #27 on: November 09, 2005, 12:42:12 am »
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to Kill a mockingbird is a must read!!!
Little women i really liked and read when i was about 14... not too challenging but well worth the read!
Pride and Prejudice is also a really good read! especially if you've seen one of the dramatisations because the language is easier to cope with... its more challenging because of the formality of language i supose.
I'm not sure if she's published out of australia but 'saving francessca' and 'looking for alibrandi' are really good books by melina marchetta... so if you can track them down read them! i like saving francessca better. anyway none of these are really in the fantasy genre but they are just classics that will always be good!
catcher in the rye is a great book!

EDIT: i've just found the first chapter of saving francesca online with some comments by the author if anyone's interested...
http://www.bookdivas.com/excerpts/sf.html

anything george orwell is fantastic but often a commitment to read... at least i find.
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« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2005, 07:55:54 am »
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The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe?
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« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2005, 08:29:09 am »
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Good Omens - Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman.
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