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Post by darvit » Sun 15th Jan 2006

We're all Artemis Fowl fans here, obviously.. But are there any other books that you guys absolutely love?

Let me start with a few of my own:
  • The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The History of Middle-earth [basically everything] by JRR Tolkien
  • The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman
  • The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
  • The Alanna series by Tamora Pierce
  • Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
...and that's all I remember. I can't recall the others. :lmao:

Also, recommend a book and tell us what you're reading now! 8)
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Post by Angy » Sun 15th Jan 2006

i have read the JRR Tolkien books there good i just read the Da Vinci Code it was kool.
i have read the first The Alanna book. i have the others i just have not had time to read them yet.

the book i REALLY like.

the harry potter book
The Supernaturalist
im thinking or reading The Wish List
The Thief Lord
Eargon
Eldest

thats all i think ?

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Post by F.A.B » Sun 15th Jan 2006

Ive read ALL the AF books. Also The Wish List, The Supernaturalist and the AF Files!

Ive just started 2 read Northern Lights from the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy by Philip Pullman.

All the Harry Potter books!!!

All the lord of the rings books including the Hobbit.

those are all the books i have REALLY enjoyed (in the case of Nortern Lights the ones ive enjoyed so far! :) )
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Post by F.A.B » Sun 15th Jan 2006

Oh how could i forget ALL the chronicles of Narnia books?! How very dare I!
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Post by MichaelM » Sun 15th Jan 2006

There are 4 main series that I read.

-Artemis Fowl (of course XD )
-Harry Potter (Great books :D Just fun to read. The latter, darker ones are my favs)
-Sharpe (Huge series - with 20 books in it. About a soldier in the 1800s, fighting the Napoleonic Wars. So well written, clever, and factual. I love it! :D Only 3 more to get )
-Lord of the Rings (No explanation needed!)

Aside from that, I read random books :)

Right now im reading Angels and Demons, and I love it!! :jump:

I really owe my cousin, for making me read this XD
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Post by MichaelM » Tue 17th Jan 2006

Darvit - Whats the Da Vinci Code like?

Honestly, before i started reading A&D, i was pretty much avoiding these books. I knew very little about them, but the impression i was getting was that they were some anti-religious thing going out of its way to pick wholes in things :(

I didnt even know they had a storyline :o

A&D is the complete opposite of what i expected. Its so well informed, and by that, i mean informed on all sides. Its not really anti-anything (so far XD )
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Post by darvit » Tue 17th Jan 2006

Well Michael, it's a great book. ^_^ It's one of those thinker novels.. Suspense, action, mystery... They're all in there. B) Yeah, The Da Vinci Code presents some ideas that are pretty much against the beliefs of the Vatican, but if you always remember that what you're reading is a novel and NOT a history book, and enjoy the book as it is [the writing style, prose, depth, plot, and overall mood], you'll have a great time. :D

I read Angels & Demons too, before reading The Da Vinci Code. In MY opinion, A&D was better than Da Vinci, though. Da Vinci was a bit predictable. But it's educational too, in a way. :D You learn to appreciate art, for one. And there's stuff about feminism [and why our current society is quite patriarchal], among other social issues.

It's very interesting. :D Have you finished reading A&D? :)
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Post by Matt » Tue 17th Jan 2006

I read an average of six books a week. I spend about three hours a day reading. Here's a recent list:

- The Da Vinci Code,
- Angels & Demons
- Darren Shan: Cirque du Freak (Awesome.)
- I reread every single one of Colfer's books, including Benny and Babe, Benny and Omar, Wish List, Supernaturalist, Captain Crow's Teeth, Legend of Spud Murphy and all of the AF books.
- War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)
- Animal Farm (Shocking book)
- Starseeker

That's the list I've read since Christmas. That's why my site isn't too good, I spend too much time reading, lol.

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Post by MichaelM » Tue 17th Jan 2006

darvit wrote: Well Michael, it's a great book. ^_^ It's one of those thinker novels.. Suspense, action, mystery... They're all in there. B) Yeah, The Da Vinci Code presents some ideas that are pretty much against the beliefs of the Vatican, but if you always remember that what you're reading is a novel and NOT a history book, and enjoy the book as it is [the writing style, prose, depth, plot, and overall mood], you'll have a great time. :D

I read Angels & Demons too, before reading The Da Vinci Code. In MY opinion, A&D was better than Da Vinci, though. Da Vinci was a bit predictable. But it's educational too, in a way. :D You learn to appreciate art, for one. And there's stuff about feminism [and why our current society is quite patriarchal], among other social issues.

It's very interesting. :D Have you finished reading A&D? :)

Darvit - Nope. Im still reading it. I try not to read books too quickly. You only ever get one chance at a first time, so why rush it? At least, thats my logic :) (That said, new AFs and some other special books are the exception to that rule :P )


Im going to go with your approach. Just remember its a book :)

So much easier than having to wonder how much is true etc. And it make for one hell of a story anyways! :jump:

I hope the movie is good as well :)


Matt - You liked Animal Farm? We read that in school, and it was pretty meh. The idea of talking animals representing whole societies was a little scary (And i HATED the ending XD ). Seemed too sudden, and a little cheesy :(

War of the Worlds looks brilliant though! :jump:
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Post by michelle_f33 » Sat 21st Jan 2006

i luv Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda. There pretty short books and good for when your bored and want something easy and short to read. I know most people dont like em but i do.

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Post by michelle_f33 » Sat 21st Jan 2006

darvit wrote: [*]The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

darvit- i always wanted to read The Da Vinci Code but in order to read i'd have to buy it, because it's banned from my school libary (crazy catholic school) and is never in at my local libary. Would you say it's worth buying?? If not i can wait for the movie :lmao:

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Post by darvit » Mon 30th Jan 2006

michelle_f33 wrote:
darvit wrote: [*]The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

darvit- i always wanted to read The Da Vinci Code but in order to read i'd have to buy it, because it's banned from my school libary (crazy catholic school) and is never in at my local libary. Would you say it's worth buying?? If not i can wait for the movie :lmao:

I went to a Catholic School high school too [haha, am I the OLDEST one in this forum??! :o], haha, and yeah, we didn't have a copy of The Da Vinci Code in our library either.

Personally I think buying a copy of it is a good investment, especially if you wanna get started on reading those action/thriller type of novels. Other people hate the book because it's too controversial and just too overrated. Before buying my copy, I read book reviews, and everyone said it's great, so I went to see for myself. I think it's great, and my copy is pretty much worth it [because lots of people would borrow it from me! haha!].

Michael--Yes, that's good and sensible logic. :D

Matt--I haven't read Animal Farm, but I'm very much interested in that too. Haha. George Orwell is a great author. His 1984 is just brilliant. B)
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Post by MichaelM » Mon 30th Jan 2006

My cousin is lending my the Da Vinci Code the next time i see her. Yay! :D

So much easier than having to buy it XD
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Post by Meril » Wed 9th Aug 2006

So, what book are you reading now? And do you know any good books you could recommend other people (no need to write "Artemis Fowl", it's Artemis Fowl forum after all :D ).

I'm reading now "Pharaoh" by B.Prus (polish author). I'm slowly getting towards the end, luckily... I thought it would be more interesting :(

My recommendation list:

- Harry Potter :rolleyes: of course...
- All of Tolkien books concerning Middle-Earth. Those who are new to the series, start with Hobbit or LOTR
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld series - it's HILARIOUS!!! (btw. Pratchett is favourite - or one of the favourites, I don't remember - author of Eoin Colfer)

If I remember something more, I'll post it ^_^

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Post by darvit » Wed 9th Aug 2006

There was a similar thread I started a few months ago.. But it kinda died.. :( And anyway it was just about <a href='http://forum.fangathering.com/index.php?showtopic=48' target='_blank'>"Other Books You Read"</a>.

Here's a modified list of books I recommend:
  • The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The History of Middle-earth [basically everything] by JRR Tolkien</li>
  • The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman</li>
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman</li>
  • The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis</li>
  • The Alanna series by Tamora Pierce</li>
  • Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice</li>
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson</li>
  • The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende</li>
  • Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder</li>
  • The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown</li>
...and that's all I remember. I can't recall the others. :lmao:

Oh and I'm currently reading: Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. I'm not yet halfway through. I'll let you guys know if it's any good. XD

And yeah, better start off with The Hobbit or LOTR. The Silmarillion would be a tough dose, if ever you started off with that one. XD
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