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If you haven't read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy,
read it. All five books.
The Gap Cycle - Stephen Donaldson
If you enjoy sci-fi, go grab the Gap Cycle. Magnificent prose and wonderful characters (in a sense). Based (very) loosely upon Der Ring Des Nibelung (sp?). Technically, it's sci-fi, but at its heart, it's a character-driven drama. And not for those with a weak stomach. The victims (and the characters often change from victim to protagonist to savior, etc...) aren't threatened with death very often. Usually, the threat is being stripped violently of their personality, whether by torture, technology, rape, etc... Death is almost a charming escape.
Harry Potter I-III - J.K. Rowling
For those that like quality fantasy, go get the Harry Potter books if you haven't already! Most people, I know, are put off by the fact that they've been labeled "children's books," but that is far too limiting a title. Anybody who's read C.S. Lewis or Madeline L'Engle realizes that a "children's book" can actually contain far more meaning and entertainment than any book written for "adults." If you like fantasy, escapism, fairy tales, or just well-written books, at least give the first of these a try. It's out in paperback now, so it's cheap.
If you liked the book, you've got to check out the movie...DIRTY HARRY POTTER!. My eight year old, a major Potter fan, LOVED the clip on http://www.cc.gatech.edu/data_files/dvfx_movies/dvfx2000/projects.html Mark Guzdial (who already has his book order in for IV...)
Another sci-fi classic is Stranger In A Strange Land. =) If you don't know what that is, or who Heinlein is, perhaps you should check it out.
Another nice ditty is Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Pirsig, IIRC. If you enjoy deep philosophical bits of tripe, this probably isn't for you. However, if you do enjoy quality spatulas at a fraction of the retail price, you should check out Spatula City! Wait...wait, no, I don't think the store actually exists. But the books do! Oh yes indeed, they so ever do.
ps. I've heard the Harry Potter books compared to the Narnia Series, so, how bad could they possibly be? Also along the same lines as those, but at a slighter higher reading level ( 4th? 5th? grade, who knows ), comes A Wrinkle In Time, and the sequels, A Wind In The Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet ( unless there's yet more, I've not heard of them ). by Madeline L'Engle (sp?), I believe.
I'm done now, and it's 4 in the morning, and my momma ain't home, and we got...wait, no, stop that.
A couple of sci-fi books that I like are Isaac Asimov's 'I Robot' and Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.' (the second
author has an award in his name) Blade Runner was based on the second book, but it WAS nothing like the movie.
You're blues ain't like mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
I LOVE the movie. absolutely love it. Shaggz Mickley
What movie? are you insane? -Shaggz
Don't answer that! -Shaggz
Robert Jordan has almost become a cliche- everyone mentions him - but don't overlook him because of that. Jordan's Wheel of Time series rocks the house.
Bah, it's been done before. The Lord of the Rings, and all that other wonderful Middle Earthy delightfulness. If you don't know what I'm referring to, take yourself over to a bookstore and find out. Or a library, if you're into that leftist sharing concept. -Shaggz
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