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Post by Dishmcds on Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:33 am

Ludlum is my favorite author, Grapes of Wrath is my favorite book. Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm were also up there for me.
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Post by eadie on Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:55 am

I am currently reading the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin, which I can barely put down, tis excellent.

After 3 attempts I sat down and read the Lord of the Rings trilogy about 5 years ago and am glad I did. Read the Hobbitt a while back which was also very good.

I really enjoyed reading Boris Starling's book's, Messiah, Storm, Vodka and Visibility which are all great reads.
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Post by happyjoe5 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:53 am

I've tried on four occasions to read Lord of the Rings but it's just too awful. I did manage to slog through The Hobbit on my second attempt though.
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Post by Skinny Bones Jones on Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:55 am

Agreed.
The Hobbit is totally different and is brilliant, the LOTR is just bad writing in my opinion.
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Post by William of Orange on Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:46 pm

tim09 wrote:O don't think I would want my 8 year old kid to be reading the last 3 harry potter books to be honest. Her target audience changed a heap in the years that she wrote them
You have an eight year old? According to your forum profile you're only a kid yourself?
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Post by TheTruePredator on Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:54 pm

William you mis-read it he means if/when he has one
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Post by chrissetti on Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:04 am

Dishmcds wrote:Ludlum is my favorite author, Grapes of Wrath is my favorite book. Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm were also up there for me.

1984 was good political and social commentary but not a great novel in itself.
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Post by Dishmcds on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:59 am

chrissetti wrote:
Dishmcds wrote:Ludlum is my favorite author, Grapes of Wrath is my favorite book. Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm were also up there for me.

1984 was good political and social commentary but not a great novel in itself.

Maybe, but I enjoyed reading it as with most of the books I tend to take on. If I cant get past the first 20 pages or so, I can't really get through it. 1984 was a great read, a lot of interesting ideas, and intriguing to me. If it isnt enjoyable to read, you can't really say it's a great novel, either.
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Post by Skinny Bones Jones on Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:04 am

William of Orange wrote:
tim09 wrote:O don't think I would want my 8 year old kid to be reading the last 3 harry potter books to be honest. Her target audience changed a heap in the years that she wrote them
You have an eight year old? According to your forum profile you're only a kid yourself?


Anyone would think he's British eh?
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Post by Silver Strike on Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:30 am

Anyone here read any of the Saga of Seven Sunes books? (Kevin J. Anderson)
they're rlly good.
Also i'll read almost any Andy McNab/ Tom Clancy books

a good trilogy is the Black Magician Trilogy (Trudi Canavan)
also one of the few books to actually make me cry is "The 5 people you meet in heaven" and "for one more day"(Mitch Albom i think, aka the guy who wrote tuesdays with morrie)

Pullmans books weren't bad but i dont think my faves.
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Post by Silver Strike on Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:33 am

Also i have to read far from the madding crowd by thomas hardy for my IGCSE exam this year. that book is a "female dog" to read
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Post by Bremer on Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:41 pm

Animal Farm.
Moby Dick.
War and Peace.
Every Nietzche book.
The Republic.
LotR and The Silmarillion (Hobbit also).
1984
And for fun, Discworld.
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Post by shadow on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:22 am

is it me, or am I the only one noticing that so many PCP'ers have the animal farm in their favourite list?

In case some of you didn't realised it, behind the fairy tale of talking animals lies a message:

"COMMIES ARE DA EVIL".... that and "never trust a pig"
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Post by Ip Lockard on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:29 am

shadow wrote:is it me, or am I the only one noticing that so many PCP'ers have the animal farm in their favourite list? In case some of you didn't realised it, behind the fairy tale of talking animals lies a message:"COMMIES ARE DA EVIL".... that and "never trust a pig"
I don't know how people got that message. I always thought the book was about the corruption caused by power, no matter who has it or what system is in place.(The transferral of power from the Evil farmer, to the benevolent animal leaders, to the Evil animal leaders.)
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Post by Big Boy Bulley on Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:16 am

I like to read Chris Ryan books! fictional SAS mission stories!
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Post by forkboy on Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:45 am

shadow wrote:is it me, or am I the only one noticing that so many PCP'ers have the animal farm in their favourite list?

In case some of you didn't realised it, behind the fairy tale of talking animals lies a message:

"COMMIES ARE DA EVIL".... that and "never trust a pig"
You have to take Animal Farm in context. Read 'Homage To Catalunya'. George Orwell went to fight fascism in Spain, joined the POUM militia (the POUM were loosely regarded as Trotskyites, but were certainly anti-Stalinist), and had a respect for the POUM & the CNT-FAI as well. Essentially Orwell regarded Stalinists as evil, but much like IP Lockard said, it's an allegory for corruption being caused by power.

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Post by Silver Strike on Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:14 am

Big Boy Bulley wrote:I like to read Chris Ryan books! fictional SAS mission stories!

yeah he's good too
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Post by William of Orange on Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:58 pm

forkboy wrote:George Orwell went to fight fascism in Spain...
That was only an excuse to kill Catholics though.
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Post by Silver Strike on Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:07 am

any of you read Orson Scott Cards books?
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Post by Ip Lockard on Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:17 am

Silver Strike wrote:any of you read Orson Scott Cards books?

Enders Game - aaaaaagges ago. This topic makes me want to re-read though.
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Post by forkboy on Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:53 am

William of Orange wrote:
forkboy wrote:George Orwell went to fight fascism in Spain...
That was only an excuse to kill Catholics though.
Oh yes. That was it exactly. Rolling Eyes

So if you are going to make an outlandish comment, back it up. Sources.

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Post by Skinny Bones Jones on Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:43 am

IMO the best ever:

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Though I know that William prefers brown.
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Post by Sultan Farooq on Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:54 am

Dune is my favourite book, although at the moment I am reading His Dark Materials and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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Post by emilycvalentine on Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:12 pm

1984 and the Hobbit are brilliant books! I like books that are about real life events mostly but those two books are fab!
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Post by Bob Boblo on Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:28 pm

shadow wrote:is it me, or am I the only one noticing that so many PCP'ers have the animal farm in their favourite list?

In case some of you didn't realised it, behind the fairy tale of talking animals lies a message:

"COMMIES ARE DA EVIL".... that and "never trust a pig"

It condemned the perversion of the russian revloution and communist ideals, not those two things as a whole.

Although, I find it even stranger that people percieve 1984 as a criticism of socialism, because The Party in the novel had abandoned any real political ideal they had in order to stay in power, resulting in totalitarinism. That can happen to any ideology, left or right, centrist or extreme. Socialism was merely used (by name and nothing else), because the Russia situation was the most relevent to the novel at the time of publication.
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