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What Novel are You Reading? Holiday Read Recommendations?

  1. Dec 16, 2014 #1
    The holidays are upon us. With the holiday's comes time off work and school for many. What books are you reading during your spare time? Do you Have any Favorite holiday reads? Perhaps some guilty favorites?

    Currently I am working on four novels:

    1. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
    2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    3. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
    4. Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts (My guilty pleasure read. Shh... don't tell anyone I secretly enjoy chick lit!)
     
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  3. Dec 16, 2014 #2

    ShayanJ

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    Have you read Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clark? If not, go and read it, its already late.
    The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem and Nightfall by Isaac Asimov are great works too.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2014 #3

    Danger

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    It would be best if I don't tell you. :olduhh:
    Besides, I'll never finish it because my oxygen generator can't keep up. :oldmad:
     
  5. Dec 16, 2014 #4
    Asimov is on my list of authors to start familiarizing myself with. I am acquainted with Asimov's laws of robotics of course (they really push the ethics stuff in bioengineering...), but have yet to actually read any of his novels. I have not read Childhood's End. I really need to start brushing up on my science-fiction reading. Reading text books has really taken the desire to read for pleasure out of me. Have you read 1984? It's not exactly sci-fi but it's definitely a "mind warp-er" (to put it in polite terms). I didn't like it at first but when I finally read it it completely blew my world apart. It has altered the way I view most things in this world. It is now one of my all-time favorites.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2014 #5
    Oh! The mysterious intrigue! Dun Dun Dun....
     
  7. Dec 16, 2014 #6

    ShayanJ

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    Can't you read in mind?
    Also I believe there are softwares that can actually read things for you. So you can have such a software and an ebook version of the thing you wanna read.
     
  8. Dec 16, 2014 #7

    Danger

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    That's the way that I always read. I think that you missed the point of my statement. :biggrin:
     
  9. Dec 16, 2014 #8

    ShayanJ

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    Well, something is in my mind now. Exciting things to "read"!
     
  10. Dec 16, 2014 #9

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    I haven't read any of George Orwell and, with no intention to lower his works or any similar one, these things aren't suited for me because such works actually mark the beginning of sci-fi(I guess!) and aren't that sci-fi. But Clarke, Asimov, etc. actually mark the golden age I think. I should confess I don't know that much and I just read a dozen(or maybe more) sci-fi novels some years ago and then didn't continue. But I should say you can find things that are really sci-fi, have great stories to tell and also have the potential to affect you. One more I can remember is Nemesis by Asimov. Or...god, I'm really bad in remembering things! Maybe tell you later.
    The tetralogy Rama by Clarke is great too. Also Space odyssey which is again a tetralogy.
    Don't forget short stories by each of these great writers too.
     
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  11. Dec 16, 2014 #10

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    If you're into the the "hard" stuff (not the kind to which I previously alluded), try out "Dragon's Egg" and its sequel "Starquake" by Robert L. Forward. They're about life on a neutron star.
     
  12. Dec 16, 2014 #11

    Choppy

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    I just finished "The Martian" by AndyWeir and definately give it two thumbs up if you're looking for an entertaining read.

    The premise is that an astronaut from the third expedition to Mars is left for dead during a storm on the planet and he has to figure out how to survive. It kept me up reading far past my bedtime. I had just read Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" prior to that (also recommended although not a novel), but the two books really jived well with each other.
     
  13. Dec 16, 2014 #12
    I'm reading Anna Karenina as well. It's a beautiful novel.However, I think my favorite read is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
     
  14. Dec 16, 2014 #13
    1984 is definitely amazing. In terms of Asimov, you should read The End of Eternity.
     
  15. Dec 16, 2014 #14
    I'm about to start "The Passage" by Justin Cronin
     
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