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posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 03:45 PM
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Well, I'm not the best at recommendations...... (LOL fear of rejection?)

but here are a couple, just to get it rolling.

No Easy Day www.amazon.com...
Comes out Sept 11th of course.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
www.amazon.com...=sib_dp_pt#reader-link




posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 03:56 PM
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THose both sound like good selections to me. I am at work now but when I get home tonight I am going to go through my stack and see if there are any I wouldnt be too ashamed to recommend as well



posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 03:57 PM
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Holy cow... The Dog Stars sounds awesome. I will second that nomination!



posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 04:05 PM
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Since I know there are other Lovecraft fans here at ats, I will humbly offer up this continuation upon his work (well, it's sort of a continuation):

Hive




If you like Lovecraft and/or At the Mountains of Madness, you will love this little tentacle-fest!



Eta: Just saw that Beezer wants to know what genre the book is, too. I suppose this could go into the horror genre or just into fiction. Whichever suits you best, Beezer.
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posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 04:20 PM
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Is this going to be ATS style book club?

I'm interested, sign me up.

Oh, and I have a copy of Foucault's Pendulum that I want to read and I think It's right up ATS alley. It's about three friends, who try to invent their own conspiracy, when they get sucked into secret societies that believe they hold the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.

A word of warning though, It's said to be one of the hardest books to understand. So a true test for hardy readers.
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posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 04:58 PM
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Great Idea!
Here is a cool website and I have gotten some great books from here.

www.grahamhancock.com...



posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 07:56 PM
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I love the idea of a book club! Count me in. I just recently ordered from story bundle 7 books in the fantasy/scifi genre. If you guys haven't heard about story bundle you can read about it here


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posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 08:16 PM
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Originally posted by DAZ21
Is this going to be ATS style book club?

I'm interested, sign me up.

Oh, and I have a copy of Foucault's Pendulum that I want to read and I think It's right up ATS alley. It's about three friends, who try to invent their own conspiracy, when they get sucked into secret societies that believe they hold the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.

A word of warning though, It's said to be one of the hardest books to understand. So a true test for hardy readers.
edit on 27-8-2012 by DAZ21 because: (no reason given)


Foucault's Pendulum is a real difficult read. I had to force myself through it. The other Umberto Eco book that's pretty famous is "Name of the Rose" and that's a lot easier. It's a detective story set in 1327 at an Italian monastery.

I'm currently reading Mythago Woods by Robert Holdstock. So far it's shaping up to be kind of like Neil Gaiman's American Gods, except focused on British folklore and it's kind of...headier. Different forms of legends existing in different times, talk of the cycles and forms of legends. I'm not too far in it, but it's good so far.

I'm also reading "Little, Big" by John Crowley. It's kind of a story about a story (or rather, The Tale). It's about four generations of a weird family that has contact with mysterious forces. It's hard to explain. The plot is very jumbled and it jumps around in time a lot, but it's very good so far. It has a lot of critical praise. I'd look for a better synopses, but I don't want to accidentally spoil the book for myself.

One last suggestion: "American Tabloid" by James Ellroy. It's historical fiction. It's characters include the Kennedy Brothers, Howard Hughes, J. Edgar Hoover, Guy Bannister and others. The style is very terse and the content is brutal. THe story spans from 1953 to November 22, 1963. You watch several conspiracies built from the inside out. It's a pretty incredible ride.



posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 10:16 PM
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Originally posted by DAZ21
Is this going to be ATS style book club?

I'm interested, sign me up.

Oh, and I have a copy of Foucault's Pendulum that I want to read and I think It's right up ATS alley. It's about three friends, who try to invent their own conspiracy, when they get sucked into secret societies that believe they hold the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.

A word of warning though, It's said to be one of the hardest books to understand. So a true test for hardy readers.
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Is that the one by Umberto Eco?? I liked that!

ETA; I see that it is.
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posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 10:23 PM
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A great start! Thanks folks! I'll give it a few days and compile a reading list.



posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 10:55 PM
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I just wanted to add that the library is also a great place to get these books. If they don't have it, libraries can request it from other libraries. It's cheaper and sometimes quicker.

But the books that I will list will have Amazon links to them for ease of ordering.

beez



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 04:19 AM
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Originally posted by beezzer
As an avid bibliophile (bibliophile means "alergic to cottage cheese") I'd like to see if there would be any interest for the current crop of ATS members.


Ah Beez. How I missed your comedic stylings. Only you could turn a thread about books into something to do with cottage cheese....
(or even applesauce....)


I have very eclectic tastes (eclectic is latin for "meatloaf")


And it just gets better... (or it may be the Scotch talking...)

On topic though, I am currently making my way back thorugh the Clive Cussler series, as spending elongated times waiting in airports and on flights has given me much time to rekindle the paperback obsession I once had.

I like similar tastes to yourself, but in addition enjoy the original Dragonlance, Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms series, as fantasy shaped much of my early writing destiny. Despite this, I am currently on the prowl for new Sci-Fi, a lot of the newer books seem to lack that hardcore element older series had.

As most books rarely make it beyond borders, any ideas would be greatly appreciated, both for my literary absorption, and my new found library room.


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posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 07:29 AM
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I don't think she is a ghost. Didn't Odd say that she couldn't see the ghost dog?

Anyway, looking forward to the list. Many great suggestions so far that I would have never tried reading.

Ashamed to say I have never read Lovecraft.



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 07:49 AM
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Oooh, ooh! Can I play?

I'm totally up for this idea...
is it possible we can do non-fiction as well?

I'm especially interested in Robert Wright's works (and interspersing them with fiction, most recently The Hunger Games, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) on sociology/philosophy and human nature.

Great suggestion, beez. I've been wishing for this very thing. There have been a couple of "what are you reading" threads, but no follow up with discussion or "study". Also, as a writer myself I am always interested in discussing things literary.


~wild



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 02:20 PM
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Originally posted by wildtimes
Oooh, ooh! Can I play?

I'm totally up for this idea...
is it possible we can do non-fiction as well?

I'm especially interested in Robert Wright's works (and interspersing them with fiction, most recently The Hunger Games, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) on sociology/philosophy and human nature.

Great suggestion, beez. I've been wishing for this very thing. There have been a couple of "what are you reading" threads, but no follow up with discussion or "study". Also, as a writer myself I am always interested in discussing things literary.


~wild

Absolutely! The more the merrier!

I can appreciate the writing aspects of this kind of thread as well.

I also think that this kind of thread can even be appreciated by just people visiting!



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 05:57 PM
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SF, I am with you! I have a full line up in college right now, so the amount of time I need may be atleast a few weeks. Although, I am legally blind and am accustomed to using a screen reader or TTS, so I can just crank the reading speed to 100 percent and read on. lol




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posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 06:18 PM
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Originally posted by benrl
Thats a good idea, I'm an avid reader as well.

Avg one or two a week, I could squeeze in an ats recommended book.

May I recommend World War Z, Max Brooks (Mel Brooks son).


I read that...and had no idea it was Mel's son...haha and as far as the book goes...its a good read becuase you can really substitute other plagues, or issues besides zombies and the human reaction would be similar. Good pick.



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 08:03 PM
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Originally posted by schuyler
Sounds very much like "One Book; one Community" events done by public libraries.

1. Call for Nominations. Limit number of days to a couple.
2. Compile results. (Beezer gets to do this.)
3. Vote on choice. Limit number of days to a couple.
4. Procurement period. Buy or borrow. (Give 'em 2 weeks)
5. Read phase. (Give 'em a month.)
6. Discussion phase.


I am in with the above suggestions. Seems manageable. I would prefer not to read franchises, or series books though. (my personal preference but I suppose I could be suaded by my peers.)



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 10:49 PM
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Wow, I was just thinking yesterday about searching ATS for some kind of book club thread. Count me in! Though, it will depend on the book cost, and whether or not I can get it on my Kindle. Times are tough and I can't justify a costly book purchase at the moment.

I'm up for fiction or non-fiction, so long as it is readable. No recommendations are coming to mind though.



posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 11:12 PM
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Keep the titles coming folks. This weekend I'll put together a reading list and any suggestions.

Thanks all, for showing your enthusiasm!

beez





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