Favourite Recommended Reads

Purdy Bear

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Mar 1, 2008
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What books/series are your ultimate favourite reads?

Here's mine:

The Dragons of Pern Series
Harry Potter Series
Artemis Fowl Series
Talon of the Silver Claw Series

If you were on an off world planet, and could only take one book with you, which would it be?

I would take the original book of "The Wizard of Oz", which is much better then the film and very motivational.

Thanks Purdy

Ps Where does that comma go, before or after the speach marks?
Before, Purdy. There should also be punctuation before you close them.

"The Stainless Steel Rat," by Harry Harrison.
David Eddings', "Belgariad," "Mallorean," "Belgarath," and, "Polgara."
"The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Douglas Adams.

My one book would be the obvious, "The Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkein.
i strongly recommend "The Silent Planet," "Perelandrea," and "That Hideous Strength"; C.S. Lewis's science fiction trilogoy

i agree that "Lord of the Rings" would be a great resource in isolation.

Other good series are, in my opininion, Ursula K. LeGuin's "Earth Sea" books and Frank Herbert's "Dune."
Ultimate Favorite reads:

David Gemmell - Jon Shannow Tales
Robert E Howard - Conan stories
Jack Vance - Emphyrio
Robert A Heinlein - The Moon is a harsh mistress
Philip K Dick - Now Wait For Last Year
Tim Powers - The Drawing of The Dark
Richard Stark - The Man with The Getaway Face
Douglas Adams - The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

I would take with me Robert E Howard's Complete Chronicles of Conan stories.
A Tale of Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson
A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
The Prince of Nothing, R. Scott Bakker
Perdido, StreetStation, The Scar, The Iron Council (Bas-Lag books) by China Mieville
The Black Company, Glen Cook
The First Law, Joe Abercrombie
Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
Conan Chronicles, Robert E. Howard
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Fritze Leiber
The Broken Sword, Poul Anderson
Dagon and Other Macabre Tales, H. P. Lovecraft
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Phillip K. Dick
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
Foundation series, Isaac Asimov
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds
Against A Dark Background, Iain M. Banks
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stepheson

Cheers, DeepThought
If you were on an off world planet, and could only take one book with you, which would it be?

Oops!, sorry I missed this one, the edit feature ran out of steam right after I posted...

Tough choice, but it would have to be Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice; third volume of Malazan series.

Cheers, DeepThought
Though the movie was a godawful mess, the graphic novel "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" by Alan Moore was a pleasure to read. As was "From Hell" (lso by Moore) upon which another bad movie was based. I would also suggest "Mouse Guard". It's like the movie "300" meets "The Secret of Nim".

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Just one desert island book?

Dune. Forget the sequels.........all of them.
What books/series are your ultimate favourite reads?
-Rigante series by David Gemmell
-Deeds of Paksennarrion series by Elizabeth Moon
-Seafort Saga by David Feintuch
-Honor Harrington series by David Weber
-Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
-Belgariad (+Mallorean) by David Eddings
-Dragonbone Chair series by Tad Williams
-Any Terry Pratchett series.
If you were on an off world planet, and could only take one book with you, which would it be?
Only one book then either War of the Flowers by Tad Williams or Enders Game by Orson Scott Card as both are great on their own.
Peter Hamilton - The Autumn's Dawn books
Peter Hamilton - The Commonwealth books
Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon books
China Mieville - Bas Lag Books
GRR Martin - Songs of fire and ice books.
GRRM of course
Another vote for the Time Travellers Wife (amazing story)
Farseer series
Jacquline Carey's Kushiel Series are pretty hard core if you can stomach some moderate S&M that is pertinent to the story line. Female main character, saving the realm and a whole lot of plot twists and intrigue. My kind of book.

She has six books to the Kushiel series ( two series really, and then Banewrecker and Godslayer which are a different story all together.
My favorites tend to be series' with multiple books where you can really get into that "world":

Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter
Chronicles of Narnia
A Wrinkle in Time series
The Mists of Avalon series

I'm now reading Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern series and I think I will be adding that to my list.

I can never choose just one book for to be stranded on a desert island. I would rather hope that doesn't happen!
I'll have to throw out the obligatory plug for GRRM too. Other than that, I highly recommend Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelanzy as well as The Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony. You can't go wrong with anything by Lovecraft either.
Most of my favorites have been mentioned - specifically HGTTG, Dune and Eddings books.
A few others would be:
Michael Crichton - Prey and Jurassic Park
Raymond E. Feist - Magician

I also have a soft spot for the Battletech series - those books got me in to Sci-Fi

Richard Matheson got me in to horror - I am Legend (NOT the movie versions) is fantastic.

So many books, so little time . . .

1 book to take to an off-world? HGTTG without doubt.
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Ah right, I forgot about the one book to take to an off-world part of the question. I think I would take the SFBC's H P Lovecraft compilation. It's a great read and spans his entire career with some rarities.
My current favorite series is The Dresden Files.

As for narrowing it down to a single book to tote along? I'm absolutely horrid at minimalism, so it'd have to be some form of omnibus of Dresden. =)
Anything by Robin Hobb. GRRM. Cecilia Dart-Thornton's Bitterbynde.

The Iron Tree by Cecilia Dart-Thornton would be the book I take.

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