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Shadow12345
12-19-2002, 06:54 PM
Has anyone here read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (I'm pretty sure that's who wrote it).

What about The metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle, or Amerika by franz kafka? I'm reading the trial right now. I'd say Kafka's my favorite author.

What books are you reading and why do you like them so much?

Govtcheez
12-19-2002, 06:57 PM
I'm reading a collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison. I'm reading them because they caught my eye when I was at Borders. They're pretty good.

Shadow12345
12-19-2002, 07:01 PM
What style of writing does Harlan Ellison use? I've never heard of him (Harlan == 'him'?) before. Try to convince me to read the short stories :)

Aran
12-19-2002, 07:03 PM
i really want to pick up a copy of Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Fonniguit Jr... i read a chapter of my friend's copy and it looked REALLY interesting.

Captain Penguin
12-19-2002, 09:56 PM
I'm reading "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess because I saw the movie and it kicked ass and my friends told me it was a great book.

I'm also technically in the middle of reading Dune for the second time (I read it when I don't yet have a new book to read, so I've been reading it for many months).

Govtcheez
12-19-2002, 11:02 PM
Harlan Ellison's one of the most accomplished scifi writers of the 20th century. (yes, he's a he)

> "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess

Which version?

TechWins
12-20-2002, 12:02 AM
I HAVE TO read The Great Gatsby over winter break if that counts for anything.

Betazep
12-20-2002, 12:04 AM
Reading the prequels to Dune now... currently House Atredies written by Frank's son Brian Herbert with his father's notes. Just got done with House Harkonnen and it was nice to be back into the swing of things. The Dune series is a great story-line with lots of real world analogies. Makes you think differently.

I also just got done reading "The Art of Deception" by Kevin Mitnick. It is a real world "security" manual. It wasn't much of a read, but it was inexpensive.

I have read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse many times. If you like that, you might like Richard Bach.

If you like Sci-fi.... Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash and Diamond Age. (Preferably Snow Crash)

Anne McAffey's Dragon Drums, Dragon Songs, and the next one were good as well (that was a long time ago) for a fantasy-like sci-fi mix. Didn't care much for the Dragonriders of Pern.

I think I will check out this Harlan Ellison Govt speaks so highly of...

I was always partial to Isaac Asimov's short stories. Are Harlan's like his....?

(oh... and a shout out to Govt. You don't see me over here very much anymore. ;))

Betazep
12-20-2002, 12:09 AM
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unixOZ
12-20-2002, 12:52 AM
Ive always been a Tolkien lover, I also enjoy Clancy and Techie books :D

Govtcheez
12-20-2002, 01:24 AM
> Tom Cruise to play 'GovtCheez'.

Has Mr. Cruise been horribly mangled in some car accident I didn't know about?

> Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash and Diamond Age. (Preferably Snow Crash)

Stephenson's great - I liked Cryptonomicon better than Diamond Age, though. Snow Crash is better than both, though.

> (oh... and a shout out to Govt. You don't see me over here very much anymore. )

Word up. Keep it real, yo :)

Betazep
12-20-2002, 01:49 AM
Originally posted by Ken Fitlike
Right now, i'm reading cprogramming.com, which tends to be concentrating on two main sub-plots: the 'God Wars' which are now entering their 80th millenium where the Proto-Scientists of Re-Appropriated Deism, under the command of Darth Dogma, are attempting to promulgate an intellectual fascist oversight against the Theists of Absolute but Nonetheless Undecidely Different Paradigm Actually, led by Plook Slywanker, the Gestalt Revisionary. So far they have battled to a standstill, with neither side giving ground but still deploying stubborn bombs and missiles of scouring intransigence in an attempt to win the unwinnable. As an ironic counterpoint, the 'void main' wars have all but died out: occasionally a sad devotee of that heretical teaching emerges, only to be squashed under the combined might of the Holistic Armies of Int Main. The characterisations within these plots are generally robust and the storylines are sometimes epic but have a tendency towards repetition repetition repetition... I believe that plans are at an early stage to turn it into a motion picture. Don't quote me on this but I think Patrick Stewart has been approached to play 'Salem' and Tom Cruise to play 'GovtCheez'. I think any other characters would have to be digitally mastered for best on-screen effect. :p ;) :rolleyes:


You have such a beautiful wit my friend. :D (darn smiley limitations)

>>>>Ive always been a Tolkien lover

Oooooh... back chills. The second movie coming out!

>>>>Has Mr. Cruise been horribly mangled in some car accident I didn't know about?

Have you looked behind the beard lately. Perhaps you have grown into a suave sophisticated fellow. It could happen... ;)

Cheeze-It
12-20-2002, 02:31 AM
I almost thought about maybe reading "Slaughterhouse 5" by
Vonnegut. Someone at work recommended it to me. I think I
remember reading an exerpt from it. I remember not liking it
because it was written in the first-person (which usually bugs me)...

I also think it started talking about aliens...

adrianxw
12-20-2002, 03:46 AM
>>> What books are you reading

"Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan - a very violent Sci-Fi - that guy has a seriously evil imagination, turns out he's a teacher, wouldn't want him near any kid of mine!

At other times, I am part way through "A parrot in the pepper tree" by Chris Stewart. An altogether different book about Chris's rural life in Southern Spain.

Sang-drax
12-20-2002, 05:16 AM
>>>>Has anyone here read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (I'm pretty sure that's who wrote it).

We were going to read Siddharta in our german class. Unfortunaly our german wasn't good enough to motivate us to read the enitire book. We ended up watcing a movie instead.

I'll be reading "Crossroads of Twilight" when it comes out January 7th.

>>>>What about The metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle, or Amerika by franz kafka?

Kafka is a good writer, I've read some excerpts and short stories like "Vor dem Gesetz" and I liked them.

whistlenm1
12-20-2002, 05:25 AM
A must read is 1632 by Eric Flint! I'm now looking for 1633 by same author , although I believe their is a co-author?

rick barclay
12-20-2002, 05:37 AM
I guess you could say I've stopped reading.

When I joined this board more than a year ago, I think I was
into the second volume of an eight volume set by Edward
Gibbons, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Well, I'm
still reading it. I'm up to the middle of volume seven. I only
read it when I'm in bed and I rarely read more than two or three
pages at a clip. Give me another year and I should be almost
done with it. It is an amazing book, as some of you who have heard my rants on it, are aware. Quite frankly, I think it's one
of the most important books ever written.

salvelinus
12-20-2002, 08:26 AM
The Illuminatus trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, and the Schrodinger's Cat trilogy by Wilson are both pretty good. I also like some of Robert Traver's books, Trout Madness, Trout Magic, Danny & The Boys.
For hard sci-fi Stephen Baxter is pretty good. For mysteries there's Reginald Hill & Minette Walters, & Raymond Chandler's always good. And the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Harlan Ellison wrote one of the best sci-fi short stories, Repent, Harlequin, Said The TickTock Man. He also wrote an episode of the original Star Trek series, City On The Edge Of Forever, but he didn't like how it ended up, so used a pseudonym in the credits.
What about currently? Complete SQL Reference, aagghh!

Govtcheez
12-20-2002, 09:55 AM
> The Illuminatus trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

That's a good one - pretty messed up, but good...

> City On The Edge Of Forever

I thought Roddenberry changing it was what ticked him off.

adrianxw
12-20-2002, 02:32 PM
>>> Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

I read that lot, and have just bought the DVD as a Christmas present for myself. Very interesting stuff. I'd never been a historical scholar, but after that, I read a couple of Robert Graves's books, "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the god", and got well into this. I have a modern translation of Suetonius's "The Twelve Cęsars" in my "new books" pile.

Those Romans certainly new how to live.

Shiro
12-20-2002, 02:43 PM
What about The metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle, or Amerika by franz kafka? I'm reading the trial right now. I'd say Kafka's my favorite author.


I've read Der Prozess and Die Verwandlung, I especially liked Der Prozess.

There's a lot about Kafka on the internet, you may like the Kafka project on www.kafka.org.

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What books are you reading and why do you like them so much?
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I read a lot type of books, I have no special preference. Currently I'm reading Een vlucht regenwulpen of Maarten 't Hart, a Dutch book from one of the better Dutch writers.

Shadow12345
12-20-2002, 02:54 PM
Een vlucht regenwulpen of Maarten 't Hart


MY MOTHER IS NOT A 43 YEAR OLD HOMOSEXUAL HERMAPHRODITE!!!

EDIT:
are you fluent in whatever language is in the quote?

Shiro
12-20-2002, 03:11 PM
I grew up with two languages, Frisian is my first language, Dutch my second. The language in your quote is Dutch.