Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by lucifers angel, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

    i have read books by,

    Dean Koontz,
    Ann MCcafrey
    Arthur C Clarke
    Grant Naylor
    Anne Rice
    Terry Brooks
    James Herbert

    and lots more, but the problem is i am bored with those writters now, i like and suspense books, but i dont know what to move onto, any suggestions from those people here who read and not just read magazines
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  3. Lord Hillyer Banned Banned

    Edgar A Poe.
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  5. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

    Short Stories
    The Assignation
    The Black Cat
    The Cask of Amontillado
    A Descent into the Maelstrom
    The Devil in the Belfry
    The Domain of Arnheim
    The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
    The Fall of the House of Usher
    The Gold-Bug
    The Imp of the Perverse
    The Island of the Fay
    Landor's Cottage
    The Masque of the Red Death
    Mesmeric Revelation
    The Murders in the Rue Morgue
    The Oblong Box
    The Pit and the Pendulum
    The Premature Burial
    The Purloined Letter
    Silence -- a Fable
    The Tell-Tale Heart
    The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherezade
    Von Kempelen and his Discovery
    William Wilson
    A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
    The Spectacles
    King Pest
    Three Sundays in a Week
    The Angel of the Odd
    X-ing a Paragrab
    The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether
    How to Write a Blackwood Article
    A Predicament
    Mellonta Tauta
    The Duc de L'Omelette
    Loss of Breath
    The Business Man
    The Landscape Garden
    Maelzel's Chess-Player
    The Power of Words
    The Colloquy of Monos and Una
    The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
    A Tale of Jerusalem
    The Sphinx
    The Man of the Crowd
    Never Bet the Devil Your Head
    Thou Art the Man
    Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling
    Bon Bon
    Some Words with a Mummy

    that Edgar A Poe?
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  7. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    Jeffrey Deaver
  8. Fugu-dono Scholar Of Shen Zhou Registered Senior Member

    Recommend Murakami Haruki's books. Nice read.
  9. draqon Banned Banned

    Stanislaw Lem
    Bill Bryson
  10. DanceAndExplode Fear me, for I am Death. Registered Senior Member

    yeah he's great. i have Twisted. its got 16 short stories

    "short stories are like a sniper's bullet," says Jeffery Deaver. "fast and shocking. I can make good bad and bad badder, and most fun of all, really bad seem good."
  11. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

    Stephen Donaldson.
    Neal Stephenson.
    Peter F. Hamilton.
    Roger Zelazny.
    Richard Morgan.
    Jasper Fforde.
  12. ashura the Old Right Registered Senior Member

    Everything I've read so far by David Mitchell has been fantastic.
  13. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    Lisey's Story by Stephen King. I cried and cried.
  14. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    Koji Suzuki
  15. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

    You might like Alan Dean Foster, the rare author who writes both sci-fi and fantasy and does them both well. His most famous sci-fi novel is Midworld. My favorite fantasies are the Spellsinger series, which paint an entertaining fantasy world and are drenched in humor.

    For thought-provoking sci-fi stories, I like James P. Hogan. In his novel Code of the Life-Maker humans discover a planet on which the "life" is all mechanical and the "artifacts" they build are what we consider organic tissue. Each one thinks the other is a leftover construction of a lost civilization of the opposite type.

    Robert L. Forward wrote novels of meticulously crafted worlds that were scientifically plausible. Creatures that lived on a neutron star, others who had trisexual reproduction, he was a true scientist-author who challenged your imagination.

    John Stith writes good, tight, rousing sci-fi yarns. In Manhattan Transfer aliens go around scooping the biggest city out of each planet, enclosing it in a bubble, and pumping in food, water, air and power. The reason they have to do this is a little embarrassing.

    Jean Auel has written the first five books in her series The Clan of the Cave Bear. It's an allegory about the history of the first Homo sapiens in Europe, as they encounter the last of the Homo neanderthalensis--a "prehistorical novel" as it were. Ayla is a modern human orphan who was raised by Neanderthals and goes on to have a new epic adventure in each book. Auel researched her subject matter well, studying the few remaining hunter-gatherer tribes on earth, spending a winter in a hand-made shelter in Alaska, brushing her teeth with a frayed stick, etc., so her stories are painstaking in their detail and convincing in their reality. Ayla tames the first horse, makes peace between the tribes, becomes a medicine woman, and in general is larger than life.

    James Michener did the same thing with more contemporary subject matter, although many of his greatest works like "Hawaii" and "The Source" (about Israel) begin in the Stone Age or even in the time before humans walked the earth.

    Nobel prizewinner Saul Bellow is the only "great" author that my wife with her M.A. in English was able to successfully introduce me to--the others made my head hurt after twenty pages. One of his novels, Henderson the Rain King is about a (white) American who goes back to Africa to "get in touch with his roots" and has a set of experiences that are both extraordinary and extraordinarily entertaining. English majors do not consider this Bellow's best work, but for the rest of us it is a masterpiece full of entertainment and humor, which will nonetheless make you stop periodically and ponder the human condition in the manner of great literature.

    I love Dean Koontz too. If you enjoy a lighter mystery with no forces of darkness, you might try the Rabbi David Small detective series by Harry Kemelman. You'll learn a lot about Jewish culture but they're finely crafted genre pieces.

    I love the Harry Potter books; I'm a patient man who buys them used and just finished #5 in a dog-eared paperback. I make no apologies. I think they are this young generation's Lord of the Rings.

    Robin McKinley wrote a loosely connected fantasy trilogy about young female protagonists, the Spindle's End Trilogy. Obviously she's accustomed to writing for "young adults," but so is J.K. Rowling and these books are as accessible to grownups as the Harry Potter series. I was very captivated by them.

    Paulo Coelho's short novel The Alchemist is another of the very few books my hyper-literate wife and I both enjoyed. It's the story of a Spanish shepherd boy, perhaps in the 19th century, who goes off to find the Pyramids (without really knowing where they are) and encounters people along the way who teach him about life. I filled a whole sheet with quotes from this book. When he first meets the man who he suspects might be the alchemist, he is served dinner and invited to have a glass of wine. Already familiar with the customs of North Africa, he suspiciously asks, "I thought this is forbidden by your religion?" The Arab answers, "It is not what goes into men's mouths that is evil. It's what comes out of them that is."

    Illusions by Richard Bach (yes the guy who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the hippies) is a tiny book that won't take two hours to read. A dear female friend gave it to me and a very wise man once told me that when a woman gives you something, do whatever it is that is to be done with it. If it's a tool, build something; if it's a crayon, draw something; if it's a book, read it. I read it and I'm glad I did. There was an encounter over two pages that left me buried in thought for two days. I'm not a woman so you don't have to read it if you don't want to.
  16. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    I agree. The Clan books by Jean Auel are good. I also like Centennial by Michener.
    Running with Scissors by Augusten Burrows is good (movie SUCKED!)
    Oh!! read The Road. As a parent, this book tore me up.
  17. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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