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Old 08-02-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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Help me pick what I will read next

I want to start reading another book, but I'm undecided which one. Which one would you choose to read first, among these?

- On Basilisk Station, by David Weber
- 1632, by Eric Flint
- Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan
- Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
- The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

*sigh*, I really should only buy a book at a time, but now it's done. Those are my options now. What would you recommend me?

Context: it'll be the book i will be (slowly) reading during my trip to Africa.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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The Stand is my favorite book so that's my vote. I'm saving my next read of it for the winter months when I curl up by the fireplace and get lost in the story.
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Little Brother. I really enjoyed it and it's a quick read.
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Old 08-02-2008, 12:30 PM   #4
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I want to start reading another book, but I'm undecided which one. Which one would you choose to read first, among these?

- On Basilisk Station, by David Weber
- 1632, by Eric Flint
- Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan
- Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
- The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

*sigh*, I really should only buy a book at a time, but now it's done. Those are my options now. What would you recommend me?

Context: it'll be the book i will be (slowly) reading during my trip to Africa.
Definitely "The Stand" I'm with Daffy on this one. Read it slowly, pay attention to the characters, and enjoy.....His best book ever, IMHO........and I know there are those out there who disagree.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:05 PM   #5
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Just noticed the "Africa" note. Maybe you could find a book that relates to the area you're traveling in. Educational and Entertaining!
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:17 PM   #6
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I guess The Stand got more votes, so that will be the one I'll read. Sounds good, as it was the first ebook I bought.

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Just noticed the "Africa" note. Maybe you could find a book that relates to the area you're traveling in. Educational and Entertaining!
I've already done that. It's educational, and it helps to ejoy the trip even more.
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I don't care for Steven King, so I haven't read The Stand and won't recommend it. I really enjoyed On Basilisk Station and Little Brother.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:38 AM   #8
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I don't care for Steven King, so I haven't read The Stand and won't recommend it. I really enjoyed On Basilisk Station and Little Brother.
How about you *can't* recommend it because you haven't read it.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:54 AM   #9
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I want to start reading another book, but I'm undecided which one. Which one would you choose to read first, among these?

- On Basilisk Station, by David Weber
- 1632, by Eric Flint
- Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan
- Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
- The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

*sigh*, I really should only buy a book at a time, but now it's done. Those are my options now. What would you recommend me?

Context: it'll be the book i will be (slowly) reading during my trip to Africa.
I recently finished Assassin's Apprentice annd The Stand. I've also read The Sword of Shannara. All three are good books to read. So go for either of those as a starter book.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:19 AM   #10
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*sigh*, I really should only buy a book at a time, but now it's done. Those are my options now. What would you recommend me?

Context: it'll be the book i will be (slowly) reading during my trip to Africa.
Be aware that On Basilisk Station and 1632 are both the first books in a series. Either is a dandy read, but you probably want to get the others as well if you are going on an extended trip.

They are available in Mobipocket from the Baen Free Library, here.
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Be aware that On Basilisk Station and 1632 are both the first books in a series. Either is a dandy read, but you probably want to get the others as well if you are going on an extended trip.
"Assassin's Apprentice" is the first book of a trilogy too ... well, the story continues in a later released different trilogy, but it's some years after the original trilogy.
I'm a fan of Robin Hobb's books by the way and "Assassin's Apprentice" is a nice start.
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Agree with about 'The Stand'. It is definitely King's best.

I'm about 100 pages into 1632 and, so far, like it a lot.
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I don't care for Steven King, so I haven't read The Stand and won't recommend it. I really enjoyed On Basilisk Station and Little Brother.
If you tried to read it, you might really find you enjoy it. I would even be willing to send you a copy (on loan) to prove my point. I will be honest, and say I can't stand what he's written lately. In the last few years. BUT that being said, he has written some outstanding stuff........feel free to pm me if you'd like.
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If you tried to read it, you might really find you enjoy it. I would even be willing to send you a copy (on loan) to prove my point. I will be honest, and say I can't stand what he's written lately. In the last few years. BUT that being said, he has written some outstanding stuff........feel free to pm me if you'd like.
Count me as another who is not a Stephen King fan.

I have enormous respect for him. He is arguably the best at what he does. You can make a case that Stephen King is responsible for Horror being broken out as a separate publishing category. (And I understand he was urged by an agent early on to branch out, and avoid being typecast as a horror writer. His response was roughly "So? That's fine by me! Horror is what I want to write!")

But I don't care for King (or Koontz, Straub, Barker or the rest) because the emotions horror is designed to induce are not ones I like to feel. My SO reads Horror, and occasionally comments "That was a scary book!" And I've no doubt it was, but being scared has never been something I liked or wanted to feel deliberately.
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Count me as another who is not a Stephen King fan.

I have enormous respect for him. He is arguably the best at what he does. You can make a case that Stephen King is responsible for Horror being broken out as a separate publishing category. (And I understand he was urged by an agent early on to branch out, and avoid being typecast as a horror writer. His response was roughly "So? That's fine by me! Horror is what I want to write!")

But I don't care for King (or Koontz, Straub, Barker or the rest) because the emotions horror is designed to induce are not ones I like to feel. My SO reads Horror, and occasionally comments "That was a scary book!" And I've no doubt it was, but being scared has never been something I liked or wanted to feel deliberately.
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The Stand is not just a scary book. If you think all he writes is "scary", then I don't think you've read enough of his books. A lot of his books are more than "scary" although some are just plain "scary" ( Pet Cemetery ).

To me The Stand is on par with adventures like The Lord of Rings. It's almost like a biblical story. The biggest things I took away from the book were hope and faith, not just in God but in humankind.
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