Recommend me some awesome literature

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    bpprox22 String Breaker

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    Since moving away from home, I have a lot more "me" time and have decided I want to read more.

    I am open to all genres of books/works. What are some that you consider to be fantastic reads? Thanks!
     
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    The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a fiction classic and not very long!
     
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    I started reading a book called Caves of Steel the other day, and I'm not done yet but I'm enjoying it. I guess this Isaac Asimov guy is one of the earlier sci-fi writers to popularize stories about robots. In the foreword I learned that robot is actually coined by a Czech writer and comes from a Czech term for forced labor. Oh, I should mention that it's a murder mystery focused around a NYPD detective who is made to partner with a robot.
     
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    Iliad by Homer
    Odyssey by Homer
    Paradise Lost - John Milton
    Epic of Gilgamesh
    The Divine Comedy - Dante
     
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    ^that's a f///ing lot of iambic pentameter
     
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    Hmm...

    Well, I like weird stuff, myself, so be warned that I might recommend some garbage. Also, I'm not much of a big novel reader.

    Stephen King. Thinner was an interesting read that stands out to me, but I haven't yet found a dud from him.

    Nikolai Gogol. The Nose was my favourite. Grotesque surrealism at its most coherent.

    Edgar Allen Poe. The Cask of Amontillado grabbed me.

    W.W. Jacobs. The Monkey's Paw.

    HP Lovecraft. Not the best writing, but interesting picture-painting. I especially liked At the Mountains of Madness.

    Robert Bloch, The Thing.

    JRR Tolkein. Try Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but obviously the LotR books are pretty much his go-to works.

    I like a lot of traditional stories as well. Check out The Quest of the Sons of Tuirreann.
     
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    There are some interesting picks here!

    I should note: I'm not really a fan of Sci-Fi novels :/

    Here are the books I ordered:
    Thinner by Stephen King
    The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligieri
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions) by Oscar Wilde
    Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
     
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    Have you tried the Bible? I don't know if it's considered awesome, but it IS pretty righteous.
     
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    Aw, older sci-fi (z.B. ETA Hoffmann, Jules Verne, HG Wells) was about the only fiction I would read as a kid, unless it was for homework. I guess I haven't come too far since then...
     
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    Some personal favorites, a mix of military history and fiction mostly.
    The Things they Carried- Tim O'Brien
    Native Son by Richard Wright- a dark violent book about inner city life in the early 20th century
    Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer - One of the best books talking about the Eastern Front in WWII
    Bloodlands:Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder- details the crimes against humanity committed by both the Russians and Germans
    The Fall of Berlin by Anthony Beevor- Details the massive scale of raping/pillaging committed by the Russians
    The Poetic Edda-Lee M. Hollander -Norse Mythology
    Eaters of the Dead-Michael Crichton - modern retelling of Beowulf
    Count of Monte Cristo- Alexander Dumas
    Vengeance by George Jonas- true story of an Israeli hit team
    White Fang- Jack London
    From Hell- Alan Moore
     
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    Is this sarcasm? :lol:
     
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    I took it to be vocabulary joke. You know, awesome's traditional use
     
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    I'd have to recommend:

    Waking Up - by Sam Harris (about spirituality without religion, lots of of neuroscience, philosophy, and meditation)
    Thinking Fast And Slow - by Daniel Kahneman (about how the mind processes and reacts to situations, makes decisions, and the biases hidden that result)
    Havana Nocturne - by T. J. English (an incredible history of the Cuban revolution and its relation to organized crime in America)
    The Greatest Show on Earth - by Richard Dawkins (an inspiring review of modern evolutionary biology)

    If you haven't guessed, I'm not much of a reader of fiction. lol
     
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    Vilk has the right idea, I was making a play on the original use of awesome (something which awes people) and the double play on righteous.
     
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    These are some that I can get into :agreed:
     
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    Yep, this makes more sense.
     
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    Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
    The Trial - Franz Kafka
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami

    are the first three that currently come to mind!
     
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    Flow My Tears The Policeman Said, or The World Jones Made by Philip K Dick are fantastic. Both set in the future but not really trad sci-fi.

    On the other end of the scale, The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov is amazing and surreal, but not the 'lightest' of reads.

    If you're looking for something easy and funny, but still brilliant and entertaining, I'd recommend any PG Wodehouse, in particular his Jeeves & Wooster books.
     
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    Chuck Palahniuk - Choke, about a guy who trained himself in almost choking on food to have people forge an emotional bond towards him as they save his life. Great but a little weird.

    Hunter S Thompson - The Rum Diary, an easy read, fast storytelling. Took me far away while I read it. Great storytelling.

    Troy Blacklaws - Malindi, a rather sad story about a kid in South Africa loosing his twin brother, amingly written though, really grabbed me. Kind of a coming of age story with a dark twist.

    David Duchovni - Holy Cow, really the easiest of the bunch, but I had some great laughs.

    Toni Morrison - Sula, a book which I consider to be among the top 5 I have ever read. Also read The Bluest Eye, which equally had me looking at more by her works.
     
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    Superb recommendations! I have a list that will last me the year in Cleveland :coffee:

    I'm going to keep this thread as a reference list when I am looking for new books/works to check out. Please feel free to keep posting if you think of more :yesway:

    Also, I will come back and post my thoughts on books as I finish them (This will give me incentive to finish them :lol:)
     

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