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Posted 5/25/13

Title: The Prince

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Summary: Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor, The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president.

What did you like about it? I thought it was a how to book. I found it funny. It can be a serious book but I read like it was supposed to be funny.

Who do you think would like this book? History nuts. My age preference would be highschoolers and above.

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Posted 5/26/13
THANK YOU! for the awesome book recommendations Justanotherguy_2005 and Zatanablack. I really appreciate it, Some great books in your recommendations.
Posted 5/27/13

Title: Veronika Decides To Die

Author: Paolo Coelho

Brief Summary:
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything -- youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does -- at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.

What did you like about it?
This part -> “I wanted to...feel hatred and love, despair and tedium-- all those simple, yet foolish things that make up everyday life but that give pleasure to your existence. If one day I could get out of here, I would allow myself to be crazy. Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don't know they are crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to.”

Who do you think would like this book?
The book has rather dark themes so I wouldn't recommend this story to younger readers.
Posted 5/27/13 , edited 5/27/13

Title: Brave New World

Author:Aldous Huxley

Brief Summary:
Huxley's bleak future prophesized in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years ahead, in "this year of stability, A.F. 632"--the A.F. standing for After Ford, meaning the godlike Henry Ford. "Community, Identity, Stability," is the motto. Reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a rigid class system. As they mature, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society has created for them. The rest of their lives are devoted to the pursuit of pleasure through sex, recreational sports, the getting and having of material possessions, and taking a drug called Soma. Concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered grotesque. Against this backdrop, a young man known as John the Savage is brought to London from the remote desert of New Mexico. What he sees in the new civilization a "brave new world". However, ultimately, John challenges the basic premise of this society in an act that threatens and fascinates its citizens.


What did you like about it?
It was interesting to read about this supposed Utopian society and its flaws and how it all relates to the real world.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone. It is really a book that everyone should look into and if it seems interesting should give it a try. Its worth it in my opinion.
Posted 5/27/13 , edited 5/27/13

Title:The Giver

Author:Lois Lowry

Brief Summary:
In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his Utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

What did you like about it?
It is just another one of the flawed Utopian society books that fascinate me.

Who do you think would like this book?
It is another one that anyone should give a try if they are interested or like that sort of thing. This, like a Brave New World, are for any ages.
Posted 5/27/13 , edited 5/27/13

Title: Tuesdays With Morrie

Author: Mitch Albom

Brief Summary:
This is a true story about the author who spent every Tuesday with Morrie during the last months of Morrie's life. Knowing that Morrie was dying, it is about the conversations they had and the final lessons that Morrie taught Mitch about living life.

What did you like about it?
I just like what Morrie had to say about things so I suppose all of it.

Who do you think would like this book?
I would recommend this book to anyone. It didn't seem like my kind of book when I first picked it up but I definitely enjoyed it.
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Posted 5/29/13

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Title: A Child Called "It", The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave

Author: Dave Pelzer

Brief Summary:
Ok...it is another one that should not be read by younger people or those who can't handle stories with horrible events in them. It is a true story though. It is about the life of Dave Pelzer and the child abuse he went through and the events that got him past it and his life after it.

What did you like about it?
The events behind it all were terrible but the story overall was just really positive. It is just a great story that is pretty impressive. I went through some things and the story just kind of helped put everything into perspective of how things could have been.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone who isn't bored by non-fiction should give them a try in my opinion.


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Posted 5/30/13

justanotherguy_2005 wrote:


Title: Tuesdays With Morrie

Author: Mitch Albom

Brief Summary:
This is a true story about the author who spent every Tuesday with Morrie during the last months of Morrie's life. Knowing that Morrie was dying, it is about the conversations they had and the final lessons that Morrie taught Mitch about living life.

What did you like about it?
I just like what Morrie had to say about things so I suppose all of it.

Who do you think would like this book?
I would recommend this book to anyone. It didn't seem like my kind of book when I first picked it up but I definitely enjoyed it.


God I loved this book. I remember reading it in the summer, though I judged it by the cover, always putting it off until one day I just said "Let's do this."

It was worth every second, real inspiration but kind of ended sadly.
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Posted 5/30/13
Thanks for the book recommendations guys, keep them coming!
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Posted 6/1/13 , edited 6/1/13


Note that the third book isn't out yet and is due for release in 2014



Title: The Kingkiller Chronicle

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Brief Summary:
The Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantasy trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss. the books tell an autobiography of Kvothe, an adventurer, arcanist, and famous musician. The plot is divided into two different action threads: the present, where Kvothe tells the story of his life to Devan Lochees (known as Chronicler) in the main room of his inn, and Kvothe's past, the story in question, which comprises the majority of the books. The present-day interludes are in the third person from the perspective of multiple characters, while the story of Kvothe's life is told entirely in the first person from his own perspective. The series also contains many metafictional stories-within-stories from varying perspectives, most of which are recounted by Kvothe, having been heard from other characters in his past.

What did you think about it? and Who would like these book?
This trilogy is with out a doubt the best books a have read. I can guaranty you, yes you, no mater who you are. Will enjoy these books. I don't believe I know anybody who hasn't liked these books.
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Posted 6/1/13
I have a lot of books to put here, but I've got to get on with writing. For now, I'll just quote one book from those here that everyone really should read.


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Title: American Gods


A damn good book.
Posted 6/1/13 , edited 6/1/13

Broshmosh wrote:

I have a lot of books to put here, but I've got to get on with writing. For now, I'll just quote one book from those here that everyone really should read.


justanotherguy_2005 wrote:


Title: American Gods


A damn good book.


He is writing a sequel for it too. It is also apparently going to be an HBO series. I am very excited for both.
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