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We've got some booky types in kin. Here's a thread for sharing your favourites!

 

I'll start with a series I just spoke about in kin chat. Its not brilliant by a long stretch but you'll want to read it in one sitting.

The Pirate series by Tim Severin. It's a series of books on the career of a pirate called Hector Lynch. The ladies will love him and the men will love him but not tell us.

 



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Just finished Game of Thrones and I have to say the books are really good. The plot line is a bit different, just FYI, but the story is really good. Took me most of the year to finish the entire series.

Also, If you've never read the Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide series, I highly recommend it.  

 

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I read the GoT series way back in 2006 and twice more since. My books fell apart they were so worn out.

Hnoss you should read the Diana Gabaldon series The Outlander and report back to me! Sorry Aurland if she leaves you for Jamie.



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The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead is still my favorite book series to date.  He takes the Legend of King Arthur, puts it into a historical context around actual events and people, and makes it a believable possibility, even Merlin, who is much more subtle than the typical legend, more of a Gandalf type where you could explain the "magic" another way, but those around him can't.  Also, if she leaves me for Jamie, I'll always have Charis, a gymnast that does vaults off of live bulls, to keep me company.

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I remember that part of the books, pretty sure the gymnast in question is nude.

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Probably my favorite book of the last 10 years is Ready, Player One, by Ernest Cline. It's where I got my name Parz from, and it's particularly meta with this group. It's about a teen on a hunt for an eccentric billionaire's fortune, but if he wants to find it, he has to master all things 80s, video games, and pop culture. The hunt is conducted in the OASIS, a futuristic MMO. 

Great writing, terrific story, and sort of that book that sums me up (video games, 80s, MMOs).

Ready, Player One on Amazon

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I bet that's a fun read. I'm going to check it out. Although I am strangely drawn to the naked bullriding heroine too. So many choices!



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Oh parz you just listed one of my all time favorites.

It was recommended to me by fiddle...he needs to make a come back.

I got tons of recommendations!

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The seventh tower (6 volumes) by Garth Nix (More fantasy than anything)

The night angel trilogy by Brent Weeks (Grimy and crude fantasy...close to game of thrones, just a bit less politics)

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Fiction...a little story about a boy in britain at the start of world war 2)

 

 



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I am a Stephen King nut, have over 60 first editions and have read almost every one at least once (still have a couple to read yet) The Dark Tower series is the best series although I am really getting into the "Mr. Mercedes" series. I think the scariest book I have ever read was and is "Pet Sematary"

 

 

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The Grail Quest series by Bernard Cornwell, 3 volume set:  The Archers Tale, Vagabond, and Heretic.  Adventures and hardships of an archer, son of a village priest, set in the time of the War of the Roses.  Love, deception, violence, abuse of power, historical conflicts.  What's not to like?

Boy finds dragon egg series by Christopher Paolini, 4 volume set.  Eragon, Brisinger, Eldest, and Inheritance.  Fantasy.  Good vs Evil.  Men, elves, dwarves, no hobbits.  Two movies, one animated, were in my opinion horribly delivered.  Wish somebody would step up and give it the LOTR trilogy treatment it deserves.

Evangeline by Longfellow, poetry from the mid-1800's.  Struggle for survival of separated lovers during the British expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia.

 

 



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Non-fiction:

I just finished a book called, "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" -- this is a well written story of how a guy raised as a very devout Muslim sets out to prove the superiority of Islam over Christianity (his family is living in the USA). What makes it interesting is that he ends up doing the opposite! It all comes down to a crisis as he has to choose between his Faith and his family -- for embracing one will surely mean losing the other.

It's a very helpful book to understand how Muslims think (and how the way they think is different from the way we view life as westerners). Note: this is not a book about criticizing Islam. Rather it is a story of a person's honest search for the Truth.

Fiction:

  David Weber

  Honor Harrington series -- known as space opera, features a very likable female protagonist thrown into impossible situations, who by sheer force of will and determination somehow finds a way to win. I enjoy the description of the battles because the author takes time to explain the technology and how it makes a difference in their tactics.

  Safehold series -- unusual story of a planet colonized by refugees from earth. As the story unfolds you realize that the inhabitants were intentionally 'kept in the dark' by the creation of a false religion by the founders. In this religion the original founders are known as archangels and all forms of technology are evil and outlawed. This religion is the glue that holds society together and no one thinks of questioning it.

  But ... the artificial intelligence of one of the original ships suddenly one day comes 'awake' and discovers the fraud that has been perpetrated on the people. Outraged, it sets out on a mission to tell people the truth, overthrow the false religion, and re-institute technology, but it's not as easy as it might seem.

Military thriller:

  Tom Clancy (Jack Ryan series),

  Dale Brown (Flight of the Old Dog) - interesting story about using an old B-52 for a secret mission to fly into Russia and destroy some kind of super weapon the Russians are building.

 

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