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Post books you've read and have meant a lot to you.



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My favorite read of all time is Watchmen by Alan Moore.



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This book/graphic novel/comic is one that I've read 9 times since I first received it from a friend in 2010. I have done an almost annual re-read since then. Last year was the first year that I did not.



It's the only graphic novel to make Time Magazine's All-Time best 100 English language Novels from 1923 to 2005. It ranked at #18.



The comic is based on an alternate timeline of the world where superheroes came into existence in the 1930s and had major social influence through major events such as the Vietnam War and Nixon Administration. Due to protests by civilians and police against them, they become outlawed and the story takes place in the 1980s during the Cold War as nuclear armageddon becomes more and more of a reality and the heroes of the disbanded group "the Watchmen," attempt to discover who is trying to kill them off and potentially cause world disaster.



It's a great take on realistic heroes and the problems they face as people. It has its moments where it feels like a normal comic book, but then uses that against you as the reader to throw plot twists into the story. The writing and illustration are superb and I recommend it to most anyone, even non-comic readers.

 

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I know he's probably terrible to some people, but ever since I read The Testament by John Grisham, I have been hooked. I have read or listened to every single one of this adult books (didn't do the Theodore Boone ones). His writing has a way of sucking me into a story that I have trouble putting down.



The other series I really enjoy listening to is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels. The original author passed away, but the guy the estate selected to continue the stories has done a pretty good job.



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I'll start it off!

 

My favorite read of all time is Watchmen by Alan Moore.

 

This book/graphic novel/comic is one that I've read 9 times since I first received it from a friend in 2010. I have done an almost annual re-read since then. Last year was the first year that I did not.

 

It's the only graphic novel to make Time Magazine's All-Time best 100 English language Novels from 1923 to 2005. It ranked at #18.

 

The comic is based on an alternate timeline of the world where superheroes came into existence in the 1930s and had major social influence through major events such as the Vietnam War and Nixon Administration. Due to protests by civilians and police against them, they become outlawed and the story takes place in the 1980s during the Cold War as nuclear armageddon becomes more and more of a reality and the heroes of the disbanded group "the Watchmen," attempt to discover who is trying to kill them off and potentially cause world disaster.

 

It's a great take on realistic heroes and the problems they face as people. It has its moments where it feels like a normal comic book, but then uses that against you as the reader to throw plot twists into the story. The writing and illustration are superb and I recommend it to most anyone, even non-comic readers.

 

LOVE Watchmen, and just about anything else by Alan Moore.

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My favorite author is Stephen R. Lawhead. He writes historical fiction/fantasy. For me, his writing is perfect for me as he's incredibly visual. I'm currently reading his Eirlandia series of books. This series dives into the Celtic world, set in Bronze Age Ireland, where Faeries still roam the islands, and warring tribes and clans vie for power. The story begins as the largest warhost the island has ever seen is about to make landfall. The stories are Inspired by Lawhead's study of the ancient Irish text, The Book of Invasions.



Part action, part mystery, and a huge helping of history go into the first book of the series, Region of the Summer Stars. Lawhead put in tons of research, and he layers on the details while building incredible depth. You can see his words, and that's why he's such a favorite of mine.



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My favorite author is Stephen R. Lawhead. He writes historical fiction/fantasy. For me, his writing is perfect for me as he's incredibly visual. I'm currently reading his Eirlandia series of books. This series dives into the Celtic world, set in Bronze Age Ireland, where Faeries still roam the islands, and warring tribes and clans vie for power. The story begins as the largest warhost the island has ever seen is about to make landfall. The stories are Inspired by Lawhead's study of the ancient Irish text, The Book of Invasions.

 

Part action, part mystery, and a huge helping of history go into the first book of the series, Region of the Summer Stars. Lawhead put in tons of research, and he layers on the details while building incredible depth. You can see his words, and that's why he's such a favorite of mine.

 

Whoa! I've never even heard of this author or this series but it sounds like something I'd really enjoy! I'm gonna add it to my goodreads queue and pick it up the first book once I get through my current reads. You've got me excited.

 

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Whoa! I've never even heard of this author or this series but it sounds like something I'd really enjoy! I'm gonna add it to my goodreads queue and pick it up the first book once I get through my current reads. You've got me excited.

 

You should check out his site if you get the chance... http://www.stephenlawhead.com/ He's written some wonderful books over the years.

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I know he's probably terrible to some people, but ever since I read The Testament by John Grisham, I have been hooked. I have read or listened to every single one of this adult books (didn't do the Theodore Boone ones). His writing has a way of sucking me into a story that I have trouble putting down.

 

Love Grisham. I've loved the books and I've loved the movies. He's an excellent writer and seems to be a decent man as well; which I always appreciate.

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Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite authors with two of my favorite series. The first of which starts with the book Hatchet and the second starts with a book titled Mr. Tucket. Hatchet is set in the Canadian bush and Mr. Tucket is set in the wild west. Basic premise for both is a teenage boy trying to survive in harsh conditions.



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Another series that I have read for a long time is...The Hardy Boys. The Hardy Boys are basically teenage detectives that go on crazy adventures to solve mysteries. However, this series is roughly 190 books long and ran from 1927-2005. There are spin offs and such that have continued but the "Original" series has ended. I have not read all 190 books but I am pushing over 60 read.

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Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite authors with two of my favorite series. The first of which starts with the book Hatchet and the second starts with a book titled Mr. Tucket. Hatchet is set in the Canadian bush and Mr. Tucket is set in the wild west. Basic premise for both is a teenage boy trying to survive in harsh conditions.

 

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Another series that I have read for a long time is...The Hardy Boys. The Hardy Boys are basically teenage detectives that go on crazy adventures to solve mysteries. However, this series is roughly 190 books long and ran from 1927-2005. There are spin offs and such that have continued but the "Original" series has ended. I have not read all 190 books but I am pushing over 60 read.

 

Damn, I haven't thought about Hatchet in years. I remember reading it in like grade 5 and loving it.

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My favorite read of all time is "The Anasazi Mystery Series" by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear.



This series is comprised of 3 books: The Visitant, The Summoning God, and Bonewalker. Very good read if you like mystery, suspense, and vividly described worlds.



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W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, award-winning archaeologists and international bestselling authors, breathe new life into the vanished world of the Anasazi, bringing out the spirit, the loves, and a mysterious world where mystery and horror lurk in every shadow, behind every door, sometimes right before you. Dive 800 years into the past—a world of danger, murder and a power that transcends time.



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Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite authors with two of my favorite series. The first of which starts with the book Hatchet and the second starts with a book titled Mr. Tucket. Hatchet is set in the Canadian bush and Mr. Tucket is set in the wild west. Basic premise for both is a teenage boy trying to survive in harsh conditions.

 

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Dude! Hatchet was a cornerstone book for me! It is one of my earliest remembered books and one I can still remember so much about! Love it!

 

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Hello!

 

My favorite read of all time is "The Anasazi Mystery Series" by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear.

 

This series is comprised of 3 books: The Visitant, The Summoning God, and Bonewalker. Very good read if you like mystery, suspense, and vividly described worlds.

 

Synopsis:

 

W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, award-winning archaeologists and international bestselling authors, breathe new life into the vanished world of the Anasazi, bringing out the spirit, the loves, and a mysterious world where mystery and horror lurk in every shadow, behind every door, sometimes right before you. Dive 800 years into the past—a world of danger, murder and a power that transcends time.

 

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These sound really good! The danger of this thread is that my "to read" list will never stop growing haha

 

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The 'Fancy Jack Crossman' historical fiction series by Garry Douglas Kilworth. Every book until 'Brothers of the Blade'.



'The Forever War' by Joe Haldeman



Otherwise I don't read much fiction. I'm much more into non-fiction, philosophy and history books. I recommend almost anything by Plato (just be prepared to do some research and if you read 'The Republic' be ready to read it several times), Maurice Merleau-Ponty was the source of an epiphany, and Baruch Spinoza I recommend to those who'd like to sample the derivation of all of existence from 5 essential propositions.

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Fallen Angels

Author: Wayne Dean Myers

 

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"A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death arent the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all."

 

 

 

I chose to read this book in High School and loved it. Going to re-read it as an adult. I remember it being entertaining and profound.

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Amazon.com: The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S.  Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great  Divorce, The ... The Abolition of Man, and The

This man and Tolkien are two of my all-time faves. I'm still yet to read the Narnia books though.

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All I've read from Lewis is the Narnia books, but some of this others are on my "you need to eventually read these" list.


Nice! His non-fiction is very good. As one might expect if they're remotely familiar with Lewis, much of his non-fiction is religious, but there's lots of good stuff in there and he doesn't beat you over the head with it and strangle you.

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Conan the Barbarian

Robert E. Howard

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Conan the Barbarian includes the stories originally written by Howard to be published in the magazine Weird Tales in the 1930s. These include the first published Conan story 'The Phoenix on the Sword' and short stories such as 'The Tower of the Elephant' through to longer tales like 'A Witch Shall Be Born' and the novel 'The Hour of the Dragon'.

Although many have taken up the challenge to extend Conan's adventures over the years, Howard was a master of his craft, lovingly creating a mythical world in which his original masterpieces reign supreme.

Conan the Barbarian is a name known throughout Cimmeria, Brythinia, Turan and all the territories bordering the Vilayec Sea - as well as most countries more familiar to us in the real world. The character has become a multi-faceted industry all on his own with toys, comics, card games, role playing games, TV series, movies (starring Anrold Schwarzenegger), video games and board games making him as famous in our world today as he was in his own world during The Hyborian Age.

About the Author

(1906-1936) Robert Erwin Howard was born and raised in rural Texas, where he lived all his life. The son of a pioneer physician, he began writing professionally at the age of fifteen. Howard killed himself in June 1936 when he learned that his beloved mother had fallen into a coma.

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