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DR86
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I'm readin a book right now called the "Essential Spiderman: Seasons 1-5". Such a great book. It teaches you a lot.















































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Old Post Aug-12-2003 02:45  Lebanon
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tathi
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Stranger In A Strange Lan - Robert A. Heinlein

Dune - Frank Herbert

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MrSquirrel
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quote:
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Stranger In A Strange Lan - Robert A. Heinlein

Dune - Frank Herbert


That is weird....I was reading through this thread and was going to put both of those in my list....since I am reading Stranger in a Strange Land again right now (4th time).

So here is a short list of what I consider "intellectually stimulating" reading (It is all novels or plays, I don't read much non-fiction).
Novels:
Robert A. Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land
Frank Herbert - The DUNE chronicles (all 6 of them)
David Eddings - The Losers
Michael Crichton - Sphere
Piers Anthony - Macroscope (out of print)

Plays:
Calderon de la Barca - La vida es Sueño (Life is Beautiful)
Sophie Treadwell - Machinal
Edward Albee - The Zoo Story
August Strindberg - The Ghost Sonata
Henrik Ibsen - An Enemy of the People
Eugene O'Neill - A Long Day's Journey Into Night <----Make sure you have a bottle of whiskey on hand, this one is rough
Bertholdt Brecht - Mother Courage and Her Children
Moliere - Le Misanthrope

That is the short list....I read a lot of books and I used to read a lot of plays (for my 7 semesters of Theatre History classes) so this is not by any means a total list. Just stuff that popped into my head.

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on one hand, i could just tell you to read a modern translation of the bible, completely.

on the other hand, "the screwtape letter" CS LEWIS


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tathi
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quote:
Originally posted by MrSquirrel
That is weird....I was reading through this thread and was going to put both of those in my list....since I am reading Stranger in a Strange Land again right now (4th time).


I am reading it for the second time at the moment

As for Dune i have only read the original, i have copies of God Emperor, Messiah and Children of Dune but they are towards the end of a long queue of books to be read

Are the prequels to dune worth getting?

quote:
David Eddings - The Losers


Is this anything like his earlier fantasy novels? I read the Belgariad and the Mallorean several years ago, i think i was about 11 at the time, and enjoyed them.

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MrSquirrel
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quote:
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Are the prequels to dune worth getting?

Is this anything like his earlier fantasy novels? I read the Belgariad and the Mallorean several years ago, i think i was about 11 at the time, and enjoyed them.


I have not as of yet read any of the younger Herbert's novels...will probably get to those sometime later this year.

The Losers is a fiction book set in recent times. It is a very very interesting book....not at all like his fantasy books. High Hunt (his first novel) is also very good. I have a harcover anthology with both of them in it. I recommend both if you like his writing style.

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hopefully the prequals written by Franks son arn't like the novels written by Christopher Tolkien, trying to cash in on a tired concept

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quote:
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hopefully the prequals written by Franks son arn't like the novels written by Christopher Tolkien, trying to cash in on a tired concept


A friend of mine said he read House Harkonnen a couple years back and thought it was pretty good. We shall see....at the very least I am interested in reading the Butlerian Jihad for the added background it would give (provided it works with the original well)

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the author of this book was interviewed for an hour on a local radio station. it was so intresting i think ill pick up the book

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MrSquirrel
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Added books to my list:

Robert A. Heinlein - J.O.B. A Comedy of Justice.
Richard Adams - Watership Down.
Douglas Adams - All Hitchhiker's Guide books, Dirk gentley's Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long, Dark, Tea Time of the Soul.
Raymond E. Feist - Faerie Tale


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quote:
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Richard Adams - Watership Down.


wonderfully written, creative and original book with fantastic sociological observations. i learned a lot about rabbits too.

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