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Post by Tsi » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:19 pm

Any books that has influenced you/changed the way you think/favourite authors/genre etc. feel free to post below.

Edit: graphic novels as well i.e. walking dead.100 bullets etc.

Recommendations so far-

The Guv'nor - Lenny Mclean
The Torture Garden - Octave Mirbeau
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
American Psycho - Bret Easton
Ellis Essais - Michel de Montaigne -
The Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan
On The Pleasure of Hating - William Hazlitt
Such, Such Were The Joys - George Orwell
The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine
Dictionnaire philosophique - Voltaire
Night Walks - Charles Dickens
The Adversary collection - F Paul Wilson
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Blood Meridian and The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Most of Bret Easton Ellis' stuff
Ranulph Finnes' autobiograpy
The Life of Senna - Tom Rubythorn
Steve Mcqueen: Portrait of an American Rebel - Marshall Terril
Watchmen - Alan Moore
The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City - Frank Miller
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Fact, Fiction or Fantasy? By D.A. Warin
Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
Wheel of Time series - Robert Jordan
Mistborn trilogy - Brandon Sanderson
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Remarque
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
The Iron Heel - Jack London
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
With the Old Breed - Eugene Sledge
Helmet for my Pillow - Robert Leckie
The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - Philip K. Dick
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
The Children of Men - P.D. James
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
The Stand - Stephen King
The Shining - Stephen King
It - Stephen King
Pet Semetary - Stephen
King Walden - Henry David Thoreau
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
The Interpretation of Dreams - Freud
Mr nice - Howard marks
Catch Me if You Can - Frank W. Abagnale
Marching Powder - Rusty Young
Midnight Express - Billy Hayes/William Hoffer
Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
God is not Great - Christopher Hitchens
A private life of the brain - Susan Greenfield
A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
SAS Survival Handbook - John Wiseman
Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan - Alan Partridge
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
The Great Siege: Malta, 1565 - Ernle Bradford
A Year in the Merde - Stephen Clark
Heart of darkness - Joseph Conrad J
ack Reacher series - Lee Childs
Shadows of the apt - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Study trilogy - Maria V Snyder
Glass trilogy - Maria V Snyder
Llewellyn Xavier: His Life and Work
Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History -CM Sevilla
The Timewaster Letters - Robin Cooper
The Devious Book for Cats: Cats Have Nine Lives. Shouldn't They be Lived to the Fullest?
The World's Stupidest Instructions
Roger's Profanisaurus - Viz and Roger Mellie
The Little Book of Complete Bollocks - Alistair Beaton
The Little Book of Crap Advice - Michael Powell
Rude Kids - Chris Donald
The Year of Living Biblically - AJ Jacob
Book of Dave - Will Self
We - Yevgeny Zamyatin
War and Piece - Leo Tolstoy
A Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Underworld - Don De Lillo
On Suicide - Emile Durkheim
The Flashman books - George MacDonald Fraser
In Search of the Indo-Europeans - J.P. Mallory
The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad
Under Western Eyes - Joseph Conrad
Junkie - William S. Burroughs
Hell's Angels - Hunter S Thompson
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson
The Motorcycles Diaries - Ernesto Guevara
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
The Aeneid - Virgil The Iliad - Homer
And They Wonder Why We Drink - Billy Furious
Apartment 16 - Adam Nevill The Ritual - Adam Nevill
The Thread - Victoria Hislop
Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden
Silence - Shusaku Endo
Cuckoo - Julia crouch
Never Knowing - Chevy Stevens
Still Missing - Chevy Stevens T
he Ritual - Adam Nevill
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith
Flashman and the Mountain of Light - George MacDonald Fraser
The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien
Lolita - Vladmir Nobokov
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Secret History- Donna Tartt
Sniper One - SGT Dan Mills T
ask Force Helmand - Doug Beattie
Let the great world spin - Colum Mccann
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Catcher In The Rye-J.D Salinger
The waiting room - F G Cottam
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe - Norman Davies

*i'll update the list with any new recommendations so instead of going through page after page they'll all be posted here <ok>

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Re: Books

Post by Tsi » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:20 pm

Will sort this out this afternoon when on the wife's comp

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Post by skalpel » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:41 pm

I just saw in your list:

Essais - Michel de Montaigne, The Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan, On The Pleasure of Hating - William Hazlitt, Such Such Were The Joys - George Orwell, The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine, Dictionnaire philosophique - Voltaire, Night Walks - Charles Dickens.

And thought, holy crap that is a string of great recommendations in a row. Then realised they were my recommendations on the last forum <laugh> <doh>.

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Post by Ibra » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:03 pm

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens. <whistle>

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Post by Hatem Is A Geordie » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:50 pm

I like the HP books, I'm 19 so grew up with them.

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Post by Cal » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:52 pm

I wish I could tear myself away from digital media enough to read books, got piles of books to catch up on.

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Post by Tsi » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:58 pm

Cal wrote:I wish I could tear myself away from digital media enough to read books, got piles of books to catch up on.
i'm the same try reading last thing at night in bed and get about 3 pages read and zonk out

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Post by Hatem Is A Geordie » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:00 pm

Anyone interested in Economics? For A Level I read a couple, I'll dig them out and give you the names.

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Post by Whitchester Mag » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:30 pm

Hatem Is A Geordie wrote:Anyone interested in Economics? For A Level I read a couple, I'll dig them out and give you the names.
I'm doing A-level at the moment and have read 'Predictably Irrational' and flirted with the idea of reading 'Freakonomics'.
The former was a great read. Really got me thinking.

How did you find Econ A-level out of interest??
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Post by Hatem Is A Geordie » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:23 pm

I got a C in the end but am re taking the second year of College as I generally f***ed up. The macro was easier than the micro, always hated micro in comparison. Can't even remember what the questions were now!

I have 3 books. 'Who Runs Britain? - Robert Peston, 'The Worldly Philosophers' - Robert Heilbroner & 'A History Of Economics' - John Kenneth Galbraith

All great reads, Who runs Britain is an easier read whilst the other two are more in depth and are on many Uni reading lists apparantly. I've read freakonomics as well, found it helpful <ok>

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Post by Whitchester Mag » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:18 pm

Hatem Is A Geordie wrote:I got a C in the end but am re taking the second year of College as I generally f***ed up. The macro was easier than the micro, always hated micro in comparison. Can't even remember what the questions were now!

I have 3 books. 'Who Runs Britain? - Robert Peston, 'The Worldly Philosophers' - Robert Heilbroner & 'A History Of Economics' - John Kenneth Galbraith

All great reads, Who runs Britain is an easier read whilst the other two are more in depth and are on many Uni reading lists apparantly. I've read freakonomics as well, found it helpful <ok>
I prefer macro at the minute. Macro is almost just common sense really but micro requires you to understand fully the different concepts and theory.

Quite enjoying it though (well at least, compared to Latin, French and History)
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Post by cabluigi » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:28 pm

I'm doing Economics at A-Level at the moment but I'm dropping it at the end of the year. The 18 mark essays are f***ing killers! <laugh>
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Post by Whitchester Mag » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:37 pm

cabluigi wrote:I'm doing Economics at A-Level at the moment but I'm dropping it at the end of the year. The 18 mark essays are f***ing killers! <laugh>
I take it your doing AS at the end of this year then?
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Post by Acid Hippo » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:54 pm

Got bought Roald Dahl's short story collection and And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks, by Burroughs and Kerouac, for my birthday. yet to start reading like.
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Post by Seagull » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:02 pm

I'm about to buy a few books and want to get another Hunter S Thompson book (only read Fear and Loathing), which one should I get?

Edit: I got the Rum Diary in the end...
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Post by cabluigi » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:37 pm

Whitchester Mag wrote:
cabluigi wrote:I'm doing Economics at A-Level at the moment but I'm dropping it at the end of the year. The 18 mark essays are f***ing killers! <laugh>
I take it your doing AS at the end of this year then?
Yeah they're f***ing b****es <yikes>
Yeah, I'm Year 12, so I can afford to just take it to AS, then get on with my other three subjects in year 13 without the distraction of bloody Demand and Supply <laugh>
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Post by The Situation » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:06 pm

Mentioned it on not606 but George Orwell '1984' is a excellet read, and so is into the wild (there is a film based on it for you lazy people).

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Post by Tsi » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:13 pm

I want curly hair wrote:I'm about to buy a few books and want to get another Hunter S Thompson book (only read Fear and Loathing), which one should I get?

Edit: I got the Rum Diary in the end...
few on the list

hells angels (enjoyed)
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 nothing like las vegas but his wit is razor sharpe as always found this a bit hard going in places but worth it in the end
got the rum diary but not got round to reading it

out of the other 2 i'd say go for hells angels
there's other stuff but i don't pocess them :)

not related but you might like The Motorcycles Diaries - Ernesto Guevara

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Post by Hatem Is A Geordie » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:41 pm

18 markers?Wait till you get to the 25 mark essays in A2.. or not in your case.

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Post by ToonSi » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:16 am

The Secret Ingredient wrote:
I want curly hair wrote:I'm about to buy a few books and want to get another Hunter S Thompson book (only read Fear and Loathing), which one should I get?

Edit: I got the Rum Diary in the end...
few on the list

hells angels (enjoyed)
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 nothing like las vegas but his wit is razor sharpe as always found this a bit hard going in places but worth it in the end
got the rum diary but not got round to reading it

out of the other 2 i'd say go for hells angels
there's other stuff but i don't pocess them :)

not related but you might like The Motorcycles Diaries - Ernesto Guevara
Hells Angels is a great shout.
The Gonzo papers are also canny (you can get them separately starting with the Great Shark Hunt or buy them as one big book now I believe).
Kingdom of fear is his second last published book before death & is also a great take on the world post 9/11 alongside Hey Rube which is a compilation of his articles for ESPN (sometimes about sports, often not!).
One of my personal modern favourites of his is the article written just after September 11th 2001, scary how true it was & would love to know his thoughts on the world today what with the Arab spring & current global occupy movements etc.
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