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Posted: 20 Oct 2020 10:40
by Salvo
Hi everyone! I was curious about books and I couldn't find a place where to talk about it.
What kind of books do you read? What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. I also read some fantasy like Harry Potter (I'm trying to read the books in English, it's quite challenging actually!) or Chronicles of the Emerged World, but my favourite genre is sci-fi, I absolutely love it. I also wrote a sci-fi book, even if it's not available in english.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2020 12:00
by midtskogen
I have to admit, a large portion of books I read are dictionaries, often etymological dictionaries, of long dead languages.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2020 16:17
by Watsisname
I enjoy reading a variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction. The most recent fiction I've enjoyed was the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab, along with Vicious and Vengeful. At the moment though I'm reading five different books about American Indian history for an elective university course, including a text about tribal rights and the history of treaties and laws. Sounds incredibly dull, but it all ties together and I'm actually finding it much more interesting than expected.

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Posted: 21 Oct 2020 12:45
by A-L-E-X
Watsisname wrote:
I enjoy reading a variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction. The most recent fiction I've enjoyed was the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab, along with Vicious and Vengeful. At the moment though I'm reading five different books about American Indian history for an elective university course, including a text about tribal rights and the history of treaties and laws. Sounds incredibly dull, but it all ties together and I'm actually finding it much more interesting than expected.

You should also read about judges' decision that were biased against the Native American community.  I've read a ton on that, ever since the Standing Rock protests began.

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Posted: 21 Oct 2020 12:50
by A-L-E-X
midtskogen wrote:
I have to admit, a large portion of books I read are dictionaries, often etymological dictionaries, of long dead languages.

Fascinating- I was doing that in high school in prep for the SAT haha.   I found the best way to study was to randomly open up pages in the dictionary and see what percentage of words I actually knew (it was around 75%) and then try to bolster my knowledge by learning etymologies.   In college when I reread the Lord of the Rings and connected works by Tolkien I spent a month reading a collection of books on artificial languages like the one behind Tolkien's classic works.  I was so engrossed in it, I spent hours every day trying to come up with new words using the same methods Tolkien used and even tried to compose poetry using them.  I found that the most realistic artificial languages are grounded in ancient history and culture- even if it's a contrived ancient history like what Tolkien wrote.

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Posted: 21 Oct 2020 12:52
by A-L-E-X
Salvo wrote:
Hi everyone! I was curious about books and I couldn't find a place where to talk about it.
What kind of books do you read? What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. I also read some fantasy like Harry Potter (I'm trying to read the books in English, it's quite challenging actually!) or Chronicles of the Emerged World, but my favourite genre is sci-fi, I absolutely love it. I also wrote a sci-fi book, even if it's not available in english.

Read End of Eternity in high school along with a number of other Asimov books (both fiction and nonfiction and even his Opus compilations.)  It is outstanding.  Find The Gods Themselves if you can; The Stars, Like Dust, The Robot series and The Foundation series also, they are equally enthralling.

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Posted: 29 Oct 2020 10:03
by Salvo
A-L-E-X wrote:
Read End of Eternity in high school along with a number of other Asimov books (both fiction and nonfiction and even his Opus compilations.)  It is outstanding.  Find The Gods Themselves if you can; The Stars, Like Dust, The Robot series and The Foundation series also, they are equally enthralling.

Thank you for suggestions! I've already readThe Foundation series, but not the others  :D

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Posted: 29 Oct 2020 15:03
by A-L-E-X
You're about to go on a wondrous journey!  I still remember the first time I read them and one thing I really love about Asimov is he wrote so many books, that finishing one doesn't leave you sad it's done, it makes you look forward to reading the next.....

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Posted: 30 Oct 2020 14:47
by Mosfet
If you liked the Foundation Series, you should read the Robot trilogy as well (Caves of steel, the naked sun, the robots of dawn).
I liked the Dune saga, even the sequels and prequels written the son of the author.

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Posted: 30 Oct 2020 15:31
by A-L-E-X
Yes!  I saw the movies first, but the books were even better (as they usually are.)

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Posted: 03 Nov 2020 18:25
by JackDole
I own about 3000 books. (And I've actually read a lot of it. Many books multiple times. Some very often.)
But I only own many of these books because I've read one thing before: The Lord of the Rings.
After reading this book, I started looking for something comparable. I don't think I found it.
Oh, I found Terry Pratchett and the Disc World Novels. They're just as good in their own way.
And loads of other good writers and books. But none made such an impression on me as the Lord of the Rings.
But I only read the whole book 4 times.
Once in the three-volume German paperback edition. Then not for 17 years! I didn't need to read it, it was always present to me as if I had only read it yesterday.
Then I read it in a one-volume, illustrated German edition. Then in a one-volume edition in a new German translation. (In my opinion a terrible translation, which I can't recommend anyone. And as far as I know, you can still get the old translation.)
And I've read the one-volume English edition.

Does that sound familiar?
It happened to a great many people like me, with the Lord of the Rings.
They set out on the search ...

Before reading The Lord of the Rings, I turned down Fantasy. It was too fantastic for me, too unrealistic.
I've mostly only read science fiction novels. (About 1000 of my books.) And non-fiction books.
And at some point I also had a phase where I read a lot of crime novels. Simple stories like Sherlock Holmes, without 'psycho'.

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Posted: 03 Nov 2020 19:20
by Mr. Abner
JackDole wrote:
Source of the post But I only own many of these books because I've read one thing before: The Lord of the Rings.
After reading this book, I started looking for something comparable.

Have you read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant?  I thought the first trilogy was excellent — "Lord Foul's Bane", "The Illearth War", and "The Power that Preserves." The second series, not so much. Never did read the third.
Oh... written by Stephen R. Donaldson.  And his science fiction "The Gap Series." That was a good read.

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Posted: 03 Nov 2020 19:34
by JackDole
Only the first trilogy. (But because you remind me of it, it was a long time ago, I should actually read it again!)

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Posted: 04 Nov 2020 01:23
by Mosfet
I can confirm the same happened to me with LOTR, didn't read anything fantasy before, then I tried with a book someone heartily recommended to me, and I stopped reading it halfway through.
I think I read LOTR 3 times.
I had a Foundation quadrilogy book that I don't touch anymore because I fear it'll break apart next time I open it, I stopped counting at 6 times, then I moved to digital copies.

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Posted: 04 Nov 2020 15:24
by A-L-E-X
JackDole wrote:
I own about 3000 books. (And I've actually read a lot of it. Many books multiple times. Some very often.)
But I only own many of these books because I've read one thing before: The Lord of the Rings.
After reading this book, I started looking for something comparable. I don't think I found it.
Oh, I found Terry Pratchett and the Disc World Novels. They're just as good in their own way.
And loads of other good writers and books. But none made such an impression on me as the Lord of the Rings.
But I only read the whole book 4 times.
Once in the three-volume German paperback edition. Then not for 17 years! I didn't need to read it, it was always present to me as if I had only read it yesterday.
Then I read it in a one-volume, illustrated German edition. Then in a one-volume edition in a new German translation. (In my opinion a terrible translation, which I can't recommend anyone. And as far as I know, you can still get the old translation.)
And I've read the one-volume English edition.

Does that sound familiar?
It happened to a great many people like me, with the Lord of the Rings.
They set out on the search ...

Before reading The Lord of the Rings, I turned down Fantasy. It was too fantastic for me, too unrealistic.
I've mostly only read science fiction novels. (About 1000 of my books.) And non-fiction books.
And at some point I also had a phase where I read a lot of crime novels. Simple stories like Sherlock Holmes, without 'psycho'.

JD after you read LOTR did you read other works by Tolkien?  I read the Silmarillion found it incomplete and then read his son's collection of works that he put together from his father's writings.  I found them even better than LOTR as even though they weren't complete they hinted at a greater reality that existed behind the curtain of LOTR.