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Favouite books 2 years 3 weeks ago #198

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I read a lot. Fiction and non fiction, all kind of genres. Long intricate descriptions of people or places might however make me lose interest. Some authors (China Mieville spings to mind) pulls it of great though.

However, I've never been able to really apreciate poetry.
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I hate reading fiction, facts I love, fiction, no no, without being able to create a scene I can't enjoy it :(
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My favourite books tend to change from time to time. But my all time favourite books haven't changed in a while, 1984 by Orwell and anything from the Harry Potter series, but I've just finished reading the fault in our stars and that's a good book too!
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Favouite books 2 years 3 weeks ago #248

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I enjoy a variety of reading, it is hard to actually pick. I enjoy fiction and non-fiction, my family is filled with story tellers and I grew up having The Hobbit read to me amongst other works. When I read a book that has too much descriptive imagery, I skim the imagery part. I enjoy complex stories with plenty of stuff to chew on, so my favorite Sci-Fi is Dune . For many years I did everything I could to escape my reality, so I played a lot of DnD and read a lot of fantasy books as well, my favorite authors in that genre are Tolkien, Tad Williams, Janny Wurts, and Storm Constantine. I also read a decent amount of non-fiction, currently finishing up The Intelligence Paradox by Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, read Quiet by Susan Cain, and Consciousness Explained by the Tufts philosopher Daniel Dennet. Next on my list is another non-fiction title by Dr. Brian Little Me, Myself, and Us.
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Favorite book of all time is Richard Henry Dana's TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. Dana is a true hero in so many ways as his account of life as a common sailor on a hide (cow-type hide) ship off the California coast in the 1830's led to reforms in maritime law that immensely improved the lot of a class of people who were little better off than slaves.

Other fave books are: ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE; THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY; THE HAJJ; and anything by Eckhart Tolle, et al.

I require very precise descriptives in my reading material, not so that I can form mental images in my head, because I can't, but because the precision allows me to build a cohesive conceptualization which leads to understanding and appreciation. Does this make sense to anyone else?
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I read fiction mostly. Since learning the name of aphantasia I have decided that I need to reread Shades of Grey (not 50!) by Jasper Fforde. A dystopian reality set in the future where people's standing in the social hierarchy is based on their ability to see colour. Terry Pratchet was also a fan of Jasper Fforde
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I wrote a short story once that lampooned our notions of gender roles based on hair color =) So masculine and feminine were related only to the color of ones hair not their actually biological sex.
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Remains of the Day (loved its subtlety), Candide, Confederacy of Dunces, Neon Bible, Septuagenarian Stew, Perfume, Catch 22...
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Favouite books 2 years 3 weeks ago #1146

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"Dune" was absolutely my favorite. I read all of the Dune books and then read some others by Frank Herbert. I remember being stranded at the airport in Newark, New Jersey during a snow storm reading the first book - 4 hours to get through the first 50 pages - kept having to refer to the glossary at the back to look up the meaning of the words. It was tedious at first and would have normally given up (being a terribly slow reader anyway), but I had nothing else to do and I discovered that Herbert was brilliant!

Interestingly, I really enjoyed the movie. Although the movie was missing so much of the book, I found the images of the world I had been reading about exciting to see for the first time. All of the movie characters were so well cast and Sting was great. I don't think one could understand the movie without reading the book first.
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Dune has been on my to read list for a long long time. I guess better get around to it. I've seen the movie and can't obviously say if I understood it the same way I would have if I had read the book, but I sure liked it.
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A tale of two cities is a favorite of mine, also Empress Orchid - love the historical aspects of those two.

I love Anita Shreve and Amy Tan ... They're really character/emotion driven writers.. Also Kelley Armstrong's women of the other World Series are good fun.
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Illustrated books for adults

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evk, now that you've seen the movie, you will enjoy the book. Just know that there is a lot of made-up words which initially require you to keep referencing the glossary, then you go back and re-read the paragraph. If it wasn't for the fact that I was stranded in one of the more horrid airports with nothing else to do, I would have given up and missed out on a wonderful experience. Herbert creates an extraordinary collection of worlds, credibly integrated (but pushing the limits) and fascinatingly balanced economically and politically; it is perhaps the extraordinary integration of what he created that was missing from the movie.
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i absoulutly love Dune first read it many years ago
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In regards to Dune, for those who have seen the movies or the mini-series, the books will certainly be a bit different. Frank's son Brian has said that the storyline for the mini-series was more accurate, but the ambiance of the original motion picture was visually more accurate. I personally did not enjoy the mini-series as much, though the gross story line was fine, some severely lacking attention to detail drove me nuts, like Fremen outside with their faces uncovered losing moisture, etc. The color scheme used, the books clearly reference the stillsuit material as black, black can be an important color in regards to heat, the Bedouin wear black robes instead of white for a reason, even though it seems counter-intuitive but it actually uses convection and reduces heat that makes it to the skin. Ok enough of a rant...certainly read Dune and his son has done an excellent job as well, his prose is different because he wanted to stay true to the universe and concepts instead of trying to sound just like his father.
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Yeah, the stillsuits with exposed heads were a glaring omission, but I accepted that it would be tough to make a movie where you couldn't see the actors faces. Excepting that one contradiction, I very much enjoyed being provided such great images. Loved Sting, navigators, and the grotesque Vladamir Harkonnin.... and the worms! I don't think your average visualizer could have imagined better.
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I was after such books for my son Matthew and was told to look at the comics as well. I have downloaded BBC food and BBC gardeners world magazine on my iPad and they are great because they have lots of visual information. I am not good at reading blocks of writing. If someone asks me to read a manual I would rather jump of a cliff :)
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My favourite authors are Mercedes Lackey, Robin Hobb and Katharine Kerr. They are all fantasy books full of emotion and descriptions.
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I love science fiction, crime. Just reading the last Disc World book, saddened at the death of Terry. Science fiction stirs my imagination.
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Anything by Kurt Vonnegut.

Although his novels are all fictional, his radical take on humanity and conscience isn't all about imagary.

I find it's a lot more rewarding to read something where I'm able to question things internally rather than to plough through flowery prose that doesn't evoke anything for me.

Also loved brave new world for the same reason.
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I adore Bernard Werber, but the best book is Empire's Angels!!! Read it! :cheer:
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