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 Post subject: Re: Pick up a Book
PostPosted: 07/22/08 10:32:45 AM 
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Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury

I'm not extremely into books and only read books that grab my attention and this is certainly one of them. So many detailed stories of gangster's gettin their asses kicked and a look at all the different gangs and how powerful they were. Ashbury writes so many pages and pages of vivid detail that it makes the movie look like it based on the picture on the front. Very good read! Highly recommended, even if you don't like reading.

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Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut
the Dexter series

Both good...Vonnegut is required reading IMO


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MADDMAN wrote:
this would be a thread to ask this question in..... my fellow book readers, i read alot of "how to" sort of stuff , history, fact, mythology, self improvement. so there is no question as to what my goal is in reading..... but what i often wonder about is .... fictional books???? i have read some in my younger ages but i find that the informational parts of it are limited. so i ask, to those who may read a great deal of fictional books,, what are some books that may have a fictional storyline but many true informational facts, and if you do not know of any, then what besides passing time, what do you feel like you acomplish from completing a fictional book ?


thanks in advance!

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox is a very good semi historical picture of 19th century england.

I read fiction books to identify and empathize with a character or situations...or to hate the character...i think it basically connects you with an idea the author had...if it has a strong connection and you start to understand and have emotional responses like the character does it is like informing yourself about emotions and others actions in your own life.


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I don't know if this has been recomended yet but

"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold is a fantastic read

It's even been optioned into a feature film directed by Peter Jackson


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i love the Carlos Castaneda books. Carlos Castaneda was an anthropologist in LA who decided to go to Mexico to look
for a shaman to do studies into psychotropic plants but ended up becoming apprenticed to Don Juan,
who kind of turns his world upside down and there is lots of insight into the infinite in these books,
but you have to be very open minded and interested in that sort of thing

also right now i am reading Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahamsa Yogananda or something
its really entertaining, too, once again you should be interested in eastern philosophies etc

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I'm readin Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer...I am loving it so far, i really like this guys writing.


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john hogue- the millennium book of prophecy
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"Blackwater"-Jeremy Schahill...

...good book


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Gullivers Travel's

by James Swift.

This book is off it rocker, im not talking about the children's book found in schools, but the actual satire from during the times of The Enlightenment.

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Albert Camus - "The Plague"


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Recently I've read..

Ken Kesey - "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
Kurt Vonnegut - "Player Piano"
J.G. Ballard - "Concrete Island"
J.G. Ballard - "Crash"
J.G. Ballard - "The Crystal World"
Henry Miller - "The Time Of The Assassins: A Study Of Rimbaud"


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George Orwell - "Burmese Days"
Paul J. Batura - "Good Day: The Paul Harvey Story"


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Richard Elliot Freedman--Who Wrote the Bible

A great introduction to form criticism of the Hebrew Bible.

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William McKeen - "Outlaw Journalist: The Life And Times Of Hunter S. Thompson"


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reading LIes my Teacher Taught Me...2005 edition


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