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Recommend me a book

  1. Apr 7, 2010 #1
    I want something entertaining and thought provoking. Here's the books I have already (something off this list is ideal):
    -I, Robot
    -War of the Worlds
    -Have Space Suit -- Will Travel
    -Ender's Game
    -Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    -Starship Troopers
    -20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    -The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    -Stranger in a Strange Land
    -Eaters of the Dead
    -State of Fear
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  3. Apr 7, 2010 #2
    Oryx and Crake -- read it.

    the curious case of the dog in the night time -- another great book
  4. Apr 7, 2010 #3


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    I haven't read it, but I've heard great things about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    I'd highly recommend Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
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    I am a huge Michael Crichton fan, so:

    The Andromeda Strain
    Eaters of the Dead
    Lost World

    Those are my favorites. In my opinion, you can't really go wrong with anything from either Crichton or Asimov.

    I've heard good things about Flatland, by Edwin Abbott.
  6. Apr 7, 2010 #5
    Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson
  7. Apr 7, 2010 #6
    I enjoyed Jules Verne's Master of the World. It has a vehicle called the Terror which is a boat, submarine, car and airplane.
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  9. Apr 7, 2010 #8
    Also a huge Crichton fan; you can't forget Timeline from that list :tongue:
  10. Apr 7, 2010 #9
    Weaveworld by Clive Barker or Altered Carbon by Richard k Morgan
  11. Apr 7, 2010 #10
    I've liked Crichton's books but I thought State of Fear was just bad. He was trying too hard to make his statement.

    The Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson is where my SN comes from. Its more entertaining than anything but Wilson prided himself on his "guerrilla ontology" so if you are looking for something that may challenge the way you perceive the world this could work.
  12. Apr 7, 2010 #11
    Wow! Nice reading!

    How about Sherlock Holmes? You could start with The Hound Of The Baskervilles...
  13. Apr 7, 2010 #12
    Time's Eye Trilogy - Arthur C Clarke/Baxter
  14. Apr 11, 2010 #13
    If you like "Have Space Suit -- Will Travel", then you should get a copy of "Citizen of the Galaxy", which is, IMO, the best of Heinleins juveniles.

    You might also want to look at "Three Men in a Boat" since it is referenced in "Have Space Suit -- Will Travel". It is in the public domain and can de downloaded from here:


    Or you can view the 1889 version here: http://books.google.com/books?id=bf...CS4G-E5eUyASI-6nKDw&cd=3#v=twopage&q&f=false"

    While the discussion on how to open a can without a can opener has it's points, my favorite is the discussion in Chapter IV - ADVANTAGES OF CHEESE AS A TRAVELLING COMPANION.
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  15. Apr 13, 2010 #14
    The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov
    The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    Footfall - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
    The Genesis Quest - Donald Moffit
    The Jupiter Theft - Donald Moffit
  16. Apr 13, 2010 #15
    The Dice Man - Luke Rhinehart.
  17. Apr 13, 2010 #16
    The whole Dune series by Frank Herbert starting with "Dune".
  18. Apr 13, 2010 #17
    Yes, but only the ones by Frank. The ones by his son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin Anderson aren't worth anything.
  19. Apr 16, 2010 #18
    thought provoking..hmm, check out The Kit Runner
  20. Apr 17, 2010 #19
    I have only read the ones by Frank. I will take your word for the poor quality of the non-Frank version.

    Warning book two by Frank is lame but it gets much better after that.
  21. Apr 18, 2010 #20
    Based on the great books you listed...

    The Sprawl Trilogy by William Gibson
    Count Zero
    Mona Lisa Overdrive

    The Integral Trees and The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven

    Only Forward or anything else by Michael Marshall Smith

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

    I highly recommend Only Forward or perhaps Spares by Michael Marshall Smith.
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