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25 / F / The Earth
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I like Stardust, all 24 books of Tamora Pierce's, Harry Potter series (it's a classic, u hav to read it), Maximum Ride series, the ttyl series, and etc. I like books that hav romance and fantacy
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Has anyone ever read anything by Rene Daumal?
Like Mount Analogue, Le Contre Ciel, or A Night of Serious Drinking?
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31 / F / LI, NY
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you guys should read paulo coelho's eleven minutes.. its very thought provoking..

does anybody here read any romances? hekhek like judith mcnaught or julie garwood? i mean aside from all those sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, thriller books.. i read whatever genre as long as its good..
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I've actually read both authors before. When ever I'm really depressed, I find I end up turning to romance novels as an alternative to picking up smoking again (though the first time I was bad enough to start, as I never held a high opinion of romance novels before then, I was doing both). I've only read Garwood's Saving Grace, which I found humorous as well as adventurous and romantic. I like McNaught's period stories. I read Something Wonderful and Almost Heaven, and I've been meaning to find the other books of hers that have the same reoccurring characters.

I've found that most women, once they can get themselves to pick up a romance novel, will gravitate heavily to a certain romance author, even if they aren't terribly big on the genre like I am. My current is P.C. Cast, who writes the Goddess series (Goddess of love is the latest). I have three out of five in the series. It's not necessary to have a certain starting, point, though. Anything in one book that mentions a scene from another is described clearly, but briefly, so you don't get confused by it.
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31 / F / philippines
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ransom and the bride are also very funny (all by garwood) i used to read it all the time but now im more into "serious" authors like coelho or laura ezquirel (like water for chocolate: recommended) but i still pick up my old romances when i ran out of things to read (books are sooo expensive! =( and i still find them entertaining
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I'm huge fan of fantasy books. I love reading about dragons, magic, knights, action, swordsman, horses, etc. There's always a little bit of romance that just makes it perfect. I am picky about the writing styles. I don't hate it but I'm not a big fan of the first person writing style. But I do hate it when the author puts too much romance in it (so far I've found it to be the female authors). It's like if I wanted romance, I would be reading romance not fantasy. Plus all the romantic feelings ruins the hero or heroes judgement. It just makes me want to cheer for the bad guy to kill this idiot. I also love simple writing styles. I hate it when the author over does it with describing the scenery. Like I know it's a damn f-ing green forrest, just get on with what happens next. You don't need to describe the shape of the leaf and the different types of mushrooms.

Well here's a few books that I've read.

The Farsser Trilogy by Robin Hobb - a book about Fitz, a royal bastard and trained assassin. The first book was excellent but I got annoyed when Fitz grows up. It became "Poor me." "Why me?" "I can't live without her." I did finish the trilogy but I don't think I'll pick up another Robin Hobb book again.

David Gemmell - my favorite fantasy author. He's the reason why I read fantasy and how I got started with fantasy books. His writing style is simple. There's a little bit of romance to make you understand that the hero/heroine is human. The action parts are simple to understand. There's no special names for the killing move that you have to research on. The best thing about his books is that there's no specific order that you have to read them in. Of course it's better if you do read them in order for a better understanding of the character(s). I highly recommend him.

R.A. Salvatore - I've only read a few of his Forgotten Realms book with Drizzt, the dark elf. The first trilogy was pretty good. Drizzt is a pretty cool character and I couldn't help it but hope for the best for him. The bad thing is that there's a lot of books. You do have to read them in order to understand why he is the way he is and the reason behind all his actions. I think there's like 30+ books with just Drizzt. I love this character but there are some boring parts in the book. Salvatore does get a little over discriptive and repetitive sometimes that I get bored.

Greg Keyes - He's okay. There are some parts in his books where I'm like "Okay, Mr. Keyes! It's been 10 pages and they're still walking in the forrest doing nothing but constantly looking over their shoulder."

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay - I loved this book. The actions parts are so gory and awesome that I just couldn't put this book down. Mr. Kay doesn't make up this new world but base it on medieval Europe.

Margaret Weis - I enjoy her style of writing. To me, she's similar to David Gemmell but there are dragons and more magic involve.

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twilight... (the first book coz the succeeding books sucks) harry potter... and lord of the rings. (i don't really read books. just mangas.)
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I just wanted to say that i find this thread interesting, however, i don't have time to make a proper post right now, about the books i'm very interested in and the books i'm currently reading and the books i've really enjoyed in the past (mainly because there's a lot)
so i'm marking my spot here, and i'll come back and either edit this post, or make a new post, (not sure yet)

i'm glad there are some literary people on this site other then lokita. (not that i don't love ya loki!)
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I like so many. My room might as well be a library.
A few of my favourite authors are J.R.R and Christopher Tolkien, Michelle Paver, Phillip Pullman, Marianne Curley, William Nicholson, Frank Herbert, Anthony Horrowitz... the list goes on and on. I like JK Rowling, although I think it's got to the point where she has become a bit overrated. I mean, I enjoy Tolkien's books more, and Michelle Paver is also a really good author with the chronicles of ancient darkness. I love that series.
Can someone explain Twilight to me please? I've never heard of it here in the UK. I'm assuming it's pretty big, but I've never heard of it.
Tbh, a lot of fantasy books seem to borrow from Tolkien nowadays, and I suppose he borrowed from myths and legends of old.
I've read a lot more than that though, including Boy kills man which was an amazing story. And some adult crime thrillers etc. Nearly every genre of fictional writing I think.
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ojsinnerz wrote:


CerridwenStorms wrote:


JuliaRhys wrote:

I hate Eragon.


Care to elaborate as to why? I haven;t read it yet, but I did give it to one of my high school friends, and she loves it, as do many of my friends. I'm hesitant to pick it up, though, because one of my professors said, "It's like reading Pern again, only written by a kid who obviously hasn't written before this, over uses imagery and is, overall, not quite as imaginative in the long run."


I've read it, and loved it. Unfortunately, it copies most of elements off of LOTR, and Star wars. Most of the contents, even characters, are extremely similar to those two other series I've mentioned, and many other series. There really aren't anything to add to the fantasy genre, because everything in that book was done before, and copied off of another series. It's still worth reading though


I thought that too when I read it, I also felt that I could see the ending. I didn't buy the third book, but I'm pretty sure the 3rd dragon rider was that elf princess Arya. Totally copied off LOTR. I mean, look at the place names. Nuff said. I thought Eragon was a pretty 2 dimensional character, very flat and predictable and stereotypical. At least in LOTR Tolkien chose to do a proper anti-hero as the protagonist.
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I was thinking of buying some new books, the other day I bought a book called Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks since lately I've been taking a liking to learning about the brain thanks to the Ghost Hound Anime. I found it interesting how this one guy had "musical seizures".

Anyone have any books they can recommend? Usually I pick up the classics I've heard about all the time like "Catcher in the Rye" so I haven't picked up anything too new.
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Well...uh..mi gave boook ryt now is 'Fairest' by Gail carson Levine
its bout a girl dat doesn't look attractive but shes got a rlly nice voice and rlly nice personality
[in here play 'Ayortha' teh people always sang..so you've gota have a nice voice]
and she ended up going to da palace to attend the king's wedding and she meets da prince..which da handsome prince sudden'y grew to like her even though she wasn't pretty. lolz something liek dat. and also i'd read SUSPENSE BOOKS. books from Iris Johansen but she write books for adults tho lolz but i still read'em :D
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man, i type so bad lolz srry!!!
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24 / F / in Wonder Undergound
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all time favorite- the chronicles of Narnia!
also the "Cirque du Freak" and "Demonata" series by Darren Shan :D
& of course the Harry Potter series, Stephen King stuff, Mitch Albom, James Patterson etc. really too much to list a specific one.

I do like the twilight series but its seriously overrated. it sure is entertaining but not a series which is particularly deep or moving. also I found it a bit too mushy :S this is just my opinion, so dont get offended!
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31 / M / オレンジ 郡 カリフニャ
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haha. since this is crunchroll i recommend... *drum rolls*

Miyamoto Musashi by Eiji Yashikawa.

Greatest Samurai Japan has offered and awesome fictional story based on a real life character. I recommend it to anyone who has time for a thousand pages of awesomeness!!
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I don't really have preference in reading books...as long as the story is interesting, il read it...
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