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Sci Fi:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fantasy:
Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series by Tad Williams
Don Quixote by Cervantes (surprisingly hilarious)
Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher (roman pokemon, so good)
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin


Oh yeah how did I manage to forget Ender's Game...
Those other two sci fi books I haven't read though. What are they like?

Wheel of Time??? really?... hmmm definitely not in my top picks.. the first three or four maybe but the rest just killed it for me.
Codex Alera is a sick series and definitely a favorite of mine as well, though I wouldn't compare it to pokemon thats just an aweful comparison. lol.


Ah to each his own, I can't get enough Wheel of Time. The other sci fi books are fairly new. Redshirts is very funny, especially if you watched/liked Star Trek or understand a lot of the tropes of that genre. Ready Player One is a lot of fun. Full of 80's geek/pop culture references with good characters and an interesting story.

As for Codex Alera, "The inspiration for the series came from a bet Jim was challenged to while a member of the Delray Online Writer’s Workshop. The challenger bet that Jim could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion", and “Pokémon”"
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I think my favorite book is Narnia, the first book. I remember my teacher reading it to the class in 5th grade hee hee


The first book as in the first he wrote or the first chronologically? AKA Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (First written) or The Magician's Nephew (First Chronologically).

I would assume The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe just because it is usually the most popular.
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ViperEagle wrote:


DesidusRyke wrote:


ViperEagle wrote:

Sci Fi:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fantasy:
Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series by Tad Williams
Don Quixote by Cervantes (surprisingly hilarious)
Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher (roman pokemon, so good)
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin


Oh yeah how did I manage to forget Ender's Game...
Those other two sci fi books I haven't read though. What are they like?

Wheel of Time??? really?... hmmm definitely not in my top picks.. the first three or four maybe but the rest just killed it for me.
Codex Alera is a sick series and definitely a favorite of mine as well, though I wouldn't compare it to pokemon thats just an aweful comparison. lol.


Ah to each his own, I can't get enough Wheel of Time. The other sci fi books are fairly new. Redshirts is very funny, especially if you watched/liked Star Trek or understand a lot of the tropes of that genre. Ready Player One is a lot of fun. Full of 80's geek/pop culture references with good characters and an interesting story.

As for Codex Alera, "The inspiration for the series came from a bet Jim was challenged to while a member of the Delray Online Writer’s Workshop. The challenger bet that Jim could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion", and “Pokémon”"


Thats hillarious, but I still wouldn't say it is anything even close to pokemon. I got the reference but still don't see it as really anything that similar.
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Non-fiction.

People read too much fluff.


Leave me alone I like my fluff... besides I don't know too many anime that doesn't count as fluff...
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Okay, I am just curious: Why are there a lot of people suggesting that I need to read The Bible before I die? What is so remarkable about it? I've read the entire Bible through more than once and in different text translations and aside from them being nice stories, I don't see anything remotely remarkable about this tome of stories (historical or allegorical) which suggests that it is a 'top book'.




Because from a purely literary standpoint it's quite remarkable. Dozens of Books by different authors, written at different times, yet somehow put together in such a way that it reads as a chronologically bound narrative. Also Psalms and the Song of Solomon hold great examples of poetic imagery.

The Bible, like other religious cannons are not just a book of "nice stories". Religious cannons are top books because they have inspired the actions of man and shaped the world we live in today. Whether those actions be creative like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel or Da Vinci's Last Supper or historically altering like The Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition, or the formation of Islam. If the Bible, the Koran, Daozang, and other cannons were never written or put together how different would the world be? If you see the value in works like The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Metaphysics yet can't see the value in a several centuries old religious cannon perhaps you should broaden your horizons. I'm not Christian but I also don't limit myself to text that aren't religiously affiliated. Books that question religion or argue against it wouldn't even exist if not for religious text.

Books are like windows, with every window you get to see another side of the world, and the more windows you have the more open your world becomes which allows you to better understand and relate to the people around you. That's why you should at least attempt to read anything you get your hands on even if that means reading "crack pot" non-fiction or a religious book of "nice stories."


That's the better reason than most, although I consider 'top books' to be literary works that are so compelling that the entire collected work is worth reading. I don't find this to be the case with the Bible. I think some of the individual books are really interesting, but others are just really dry and I have no idea why they were included in the first place, given the remarkable number of books that were supposedly left out of the Bible for one reason or another.

But thank you for at least giving me a better answer than most would.



Most of the books of the bible have a purpose and even though some may seem dull and boring someone else might find them the most interesting. Like a historian often finds the begets very interesting because they give them a timeline and a chronology, but to me these are horrendous to read. (ex. nimrod beget retardo beget messedinthehead beget dumass beget mushforbrains etc etc...)

And then there is teachings which read more like a text book than a story, but were the way of living and a rulebook for their lives. Kinda like trying to read a lawyer text for the fun of it.

As for the greatest book ever I think this only applies to the people that believe that it is a holy book. I think it is probably one of the most important books ever written for it has literally changed the earth, but there are other books that have as well. There are things I respect about the book and things I whole heartedly disagree with... but in the end I think its worth a read.
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Graceling
Fire
Bitterblue
All by Kristen Cashore
I reccomend them more for girls though
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DesidusRyke
Thats hillarious, but I still wouldn't say it is anything even close to pokemon. I got the reference but still don't see it as really anything that similar.


Yeah I didn't realize it until I read that but then I thought it kind of fit. You're right though, they are not that similar. It's kind of a gritty, more visceral, elemental pseudo-pokemon for adults. Anyway I just describing as roman pokemon for adults.
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BATTLE ROYALE!!!

i just read it this past summer break. it's an AWESOME book.
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The Tao Te Ching.
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all the harry potter books and a song of ice and fire
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1984 by George Orwell.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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Pretty sure I posted here before so some that I list might be ones I have already said but whatever.

Codex Alera
The Dresden Files (Still currently reading but loving them. I am reading them a bit too fast and it is making me sad though.)
Night Angel Trilogy
Forgotten Realms series
The Thief
American Gods
Neverwhere
The Graveyard Book
Mardock Scramble
The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide
I really want to say Dragonlance series but the series overall can be pretty hit and miss with being good or not.
Tuesdays with Morrie
A Child Called "It" and the sequel The Lost Boy (Not sure about the third never got around to reading it but it is called A Man Named Dave.)
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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
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The Little Prince; One Bird; The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
Anything by Sandra Cisneros, Kyoko Mori, or Ernest Dowson.
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The Little Prince


Loved this.

The artwork was beautiful, and the story was so simplistically profound and poignant.
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