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Can't put my mind on what to read about..


The last few have been


The Rift war saga by Raymond Feist


Mein Kampf


String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction


Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics.


Doyle Brunson's Super System


I'm open for suggestions be that fiction or non-fiction..



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I am going to suggest a book called, "The Road", by Cormac McCarthy.


The book is haunting and disturbing, but beautifully written. It is about a father and son who wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Very tragic; showing the best and worst of human nature.


It received a lot of critical acclaim. Here are a few quotes from several of many raving reviews


"Stunning and heart-wrenching...A remarkable and unforgettable novel."


"One of the saddest, most desolate, most horrifying books I've read in years...It's so good that it will devour you, in parts. It is incandescent."


"Many authors have imagined a post-nuclear world. McCarthy is particularly well-suited to the task because he writes so beautifully and convincingly about violence, despair and men in desperate situations."


As fair warning though, if you cannot already tell, this book is extremely grim. I feel I am fairly numb to violence in entertainment, but this really got to me. The way the book is written, it feels almost too real for comfort. But the relationship between the father and son is absolutely brilliantly written, and heartwarming at times. Also, I am a fan of science fiction, and post-apocalyptic settings.

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"Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann


This is a great book. It is just about the connectedness of life. Set in New York in the 70's during vietnam. (Not about Vietnam) Just amazing the way this guy writes. Takes my breath away. The author is from Dublin and the book starts out there and just goes.


I would also recommend "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy -- This guys writes some amazing stuff as well.

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I always like tackling lists. I've been reading off and on from the Modern Library's top 100 best fiction and non-fiction lists. The site consists of both the "board's" list and the "reader's" list. Here are some links:


Fiction: link removed


Non-fiction: link removed


If you dig Sci-Fi then try this list: link removed


Recent books that I've read:

Fiction - Neuromancer by William Gibson, Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, some H.P. Lovecraft short stories (Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horrors), 1984 by George Orwell, Coraline by Neil Gaiman


Non-fiction - More Liberty Means Less Government by Walter Williams, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, (If you have kids then) Einstein Never Used Flash Cards by Kathy Hirsch-Pacek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff


Currently reading: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Next on list: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Relentless by Dean Koontz, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, The Double Helix by James Watson, and Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson


Also, the EBSCO database: NoveList, is helpful in picking out your next book to read. Most libraries provide online access to it. I believe a library may be the only way to access it.


Good luck and happy reading!

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The nonfiction book I'm recommending to everybody lately is The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs. It's interesting, it's funny, it's reverent and irreverent at the same time--highly entertaining.


The scene where he sets out to stone an adulterer is hilarious; all he can bring himself to do is carry around some tiny pebbles and "accidentally" drop them on somebody's shoe.


Also in nonfiction, I'd recommend Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. But only if you're not squeamish. It's all about the things that get done with bodies donated to science. The author has a really wonderful writing style and a fearless way of approaching difficult subjects (like the use of cadavers as crash-test dummies, for example). Kind of gross but absolutely fascinating.


In fiction, I'm recommending The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Ostensibly a children's book, it's a nifty little graveyard fable for adults too. The concept is like The Jungle Book, except with the orphaned child being raised by ghosts in a cemetery instead of animals in the jungle.

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