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Jan 11 2007, 09:38 PM (Post #1)
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Are you extremely bored? Nothing to do around the house? Want to do something besides watch TV and play computer games? Well in this topic, we cure that boredom -- We recommend books to each other for potential future reading! I saw that we had a "What are you Currently Reading" Thread and I thought we could expand a bit on that part and recommend potential books here. If more than one person has read the book, and wants to discuss, please start a new topic.

Basically, provide the title, author, and a brief summary that leaves the reader hanging. Tell us why you enjoyed it from your point of view. ssmile.gif

I'm currently reading One with Nineveh by Paul and Anne Ehrlich for my college English class. It's about human consumption and politics and how it is affecting the world. I am only on Chapter 2, but once I finish it, I may recommend it to you guys if I like it. swink.gif
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Jan 11 2007, 09:52 PM (Post #2)
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I like very witty stuff that isn't terribly long. (By long I mean like 200 pages) Weird/crazy stuff. Like Toilet. I haven't read it, but I've read about it and it is VERY interesting. Look it up on amazon.com or something if you wish.

I also like informative things as long as it's something that I'm interested in..whether it is reading reviews on album reviews, guitar reviews, etc, or reading a guitar lesson.

Speaking of that, can any of you recommend a book on music theory?
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Jan 11 2007, 10:06 PM (Post #3)
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If you like Bob Dylan at all, his autobiography (Chronicles: Part 1) is an excellent read.

If you hate BD, then you should go out and read The Lord Of The Rings trilogy!

That's my first two recommendations... ssmile.gif
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Jan 11 2007, 11:08 PM (Post #4)
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My all time favorite Book, The Power Of One, bu Bryce Courtney. It's a book about this white kid in Africa, as he travels through it throughout is life and explores themes of racism. Not to mention the little tyke picks up Boxing lessons and gets in a few fights. Try to get the extended edition though.

Or any other Books by Bryce Courtney.

And as GJ said, the LOTR trilogy.
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Jan 12 2007, 09:17 PM (Post #5)
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Oh, and if The Lord Of The Rings is too tough for you to get into, try the Sabriel trilogy by Garth Nix - Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. It is an awesome fantasy series, full of it's own world and mythology but not quite as descriptive and tough to read as The Lord Of The Rings. Perfect for some light reading, but pretty big books that will take a while to read through sbiggrin.gif in fact, I'm going to have to write about them somehow in the Xt Project they're so good.
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Jan 12 2007, 09:50 PM (Post #6)
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I have a book to recommend: Choke by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club)

Choke is the story of Victor Mancini, a medical school dropout whose mother is in a nursing home. Because Victor doesn't make enough money at his colonial-reenactment job to pay for her care, he has devised an ingenious scheme. Victor dines in an expensive restaurant, and while eating, he chokes on his food. Someone saves his life, and Victor keeps in touch with them, telling them about how his mother is in a nursing home that he can't afford, or that he has to have dental surgery but can't afford it, etc. Naturally, his saviors, being rich, send him money.

As a child, Victor was in foster care because his mother was deemed mentally ill. Every few years, she would kidnap him and keep him until they were caught. Thanks to his unstable childhood, Victor has problems forming lasting relationships, and, true to his character, cruises sex addict support groups for action.

What's great about Choke is that it is full of unexpected twists. The entire novel builds toward a climax which invalidates a good chunk of the information given earlier. Not only that, it's amazingly funny. If you don't read this book, you should at least read one book by him. Chuck Palahniuk is a great author.
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Jan 24 2007, 02:00 AM (Post #7)
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The giver by I dont remember
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Jan 30 2007, 02:22 AM (Post #8)
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The give was a good story about a perfect city (utopia) and the kid finds out it is not so perfect, its good dude try it
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Feb 10 2007, 07:00 AM (Post #9)
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Try Anthem by Ayn Rand. A good, simpler introduction to her philosophy. One member of a super-collective society still has a flicker of free though: he rediscovers the sacred word "I" in a world ruled by the ubiquitous "we." (heavy stuff)
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Feb 10 2007, 10:45 PM (Post #10)
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The Alphabet of Manliness, by Maddox. Basically satirical humor on all things manly, it is hilarious.
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Jun 22 2007, 04:56 PM (Post #11)
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QUOTE (Wrath @ Jan 11 2007, 01:52 PM)
Speaking of that, can any of you recommend a book on music theory?
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Check out The Harvard Dictionary of Music.

It has articles on topics upon topics, including much on music theory. The Cambridge one is good as well, but for this purpose Harvard trumps it. As an amateur pianist/composer aspiring to become professional, it's an invaluable tool.

A book recommendation unrelated to this:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A great read if you've never read it before. Heavy stuff, but not too heavy, and easily readable. I don't want to tell you too much about it, I'll just tell you it's a very original "grim future" book.
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Jun 26 2007, 02:52 AM (Post #12)
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Orson Scott Card's Ender/Bean saga. I have a few of them as ebooks if you're interested.
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Jul 5 2007, 09:54 PM (Post #13)
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Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster: The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen by Brad Lewis

It's a great fast read: about the man who really built Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and numerous famous establishments and who was involved in Hollywood and many scandalous stories.
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Jul 5 2007, 11:00 PM (Post #14)
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All the Live Long Day by Debra Garson

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
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Jul 6 2007, 12:27 AM (Post #15)
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Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. Great apocalyptic story...
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