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The Enupnion Reading Room

Have you found a particularly interesting, yet overlooked book ? Have you run out of stuff you actually want to read ? Well, I felt that a place where we could swap recommendations would be a good idea. In the name of keeping this vaguely orderly, I suggest that we keep posting to author, title, brief description and a little bit on whats so good about it.

For example, I'll kick off with a few

George McDonald Fraser - the Flashman Papers.

Absolutely brilliant, the memoirs of a Victorian hero whio's decided, in his declining years to come clean about it all (including what really happened in the Crimea and, hopefully to come, how he won the San Serafino Order for Purity and Truth) Excellent characters, brilli9ant style and damn funny. Be warned, the character is an arch cad and bully so do not expect a conventional book but it is superbly researched historical fiction

Jasper Fforde - The Thursday Next books, The NCD books.

Again, fantastic, Very amusing, especially when Tarquin the teddy bear gets arrested for running contraband porridge oats and honey and Mr and Mrs Punch are revealed as Reading's premier marriage guidance counsellors.
Exachix

The Deverry Cycle (Katherine Kerr)

Very good. Can't really describe it.
Hard, Very hard even, to follow.
Murky_Pool

I tried to read some of those, but was defeated.

I don't know anything about this author, but these two entertained me
Devices and Desires
Evil for Evil
by KJ Parker

Books one and two of a trilogy.
Uberblah

The Gatekeepers Series by Anthony Horowitz (Author of the Alex Rider Series)
Book 1: Raven's Gate
Book 2: Evil Star
Book 3: Nightrise
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Jack Riordan
Book 1: The Lightning Thief
Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
Book 3: The Titan's Curse
Destro Yersul

It's not exactly obscure, but I really like Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain series.
Ms Elaneous

The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy by Clare B. Dunkle. Very good. Her other books are good, too, but these hold a special place in my heart. Book three made me cry, actually, and the first is my favorite book overall. They're a bit more bent to a girl's liking, but I'd like to think that a guy could enjoy them somewhat, too.

I. The Hollow Kingdom
II. Close Kin
III. In the Coils of the Snake

Clare Dunkle's Site
NecroPaladin

The Book of Lost Things.

I read this over the vacation...Connolly really did a great job replicating the morbid atmosphere of all of the old Grimm fairy tales; and yet, at the same time, he can have these great ideas like communist dwarves because the child in the book accidentally left his father's copy of The History of Communism next to his fairy tales. A truly bizzare and beautifully imagined world. I loved it.
Darkblade

Darkblade declaers you all shalt read Neil Gaiman's American Gods

One of the best modern fantasy books ever detailing a war between Classical mythological gods and New American Gods of modern concepts and technology.
McBish

Also by Gaiman, Anasasi Boy's and Neverwhere both very good.

Gaiman and Pratchett, Good Omens, a hilarious book.

Anything written by Douglas Adams.

The Princess Bride- William Goldman.

Snow Crash- by somone whose last name starts with a S.
Kyrian

Saint by Ted Dekker.

Amazing book about an assassin.
Geomancer

The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind.

Amazing series if you can get past his bonkers political views.


The Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card.

Awesomesauce.
McBish

Yeah only thing about Sword of Truth is there are around 3 books that didn't need to be written, but the last one was good.

Orson Scott Card's Ender and Bean books. Very good.
Wukei

If you don't have the money for books or don't want to go to the library:

http://www.wowio.com

You can download three books a day. They also have some good graphic novels for people that want a wind down book or don't care for book books.
Exachix

I'm currently Reading
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
From the New Jedi Order series of Star Wars books =).
It's good.
Flabbicus

Uber wrote:
The Gatekeepers Series by Anthony Horowitz (Author of the Alex Rider Series)
Book 1: Raven's Gate
Book 2: Evil Star
Book 3: Nightrise


I didn't know Horowitz had updated the series.

*Adds Evil Star and Nightrise to my overly long reading list.
The Herald

Exachix wrote:
I'm currently Reading
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
From the New Jedi Order series of Star Wars books =).
It's good.


NJO gets a bad rap, but I generally found them to be quite enjoyable.

Here's my overlooked book:

Feed, by MT Anderson. A dystopic, stream-of-consciousness heartbreaker about a boy who falls in love with a girl doomed to one day become a vegetable because of a faulty cybernetic brain implant.
Obsidian Blade

Lord Iames Osari wrote:
Here's my overlooked book:

Feed, by MT Anderson. A dystopic, stream-of-consciousness heartbreaker about a boy who falls in love with a girl doomed to one day become a vegetable because of a faulty cybernetic brain implant.


That was one of the weirdest books I've ever read.
The Herald

Yeah... but it was good. Don't let the weird slang turn you off, people. It's worth it to wade through, and after a while you'll stop noticing it altogether.

Oh, and I meant "become a vegetable" in the sense of "go into a vegetative state," not "transform into asparagus".
Moozy

Lord Iames Osari wrote:
Oh, and I meant "become a vegetable" in the sense of "go into a vegetative state," not "transform into asparagus".

I've always had to suppress laughter when someone mentions that. I mean, it's a very sad thing, and I know that, but when I picture that person transforming into a carrot... Confused

Anyway, on topic: I'm getting bored with reading. I read voraciously for the past 10 years, and now I'm bored because I've read most of the good stuff. I will keep looking, though. And re-reading the really good ones. Smile
Terumitsu

War of the Flowers by Tad Williams was a good one. Think crazy evil faries cannabalizing their lesser fey cousins for magical and political power.

The Darkness series by Harry Turtledove was one of the better things I read in a while. It was basicly a 'What if WWII had taken place within a fantasy setting?' but very well done. The version of the holocaust was actualy pretty well thought out for this offshoot of 'whatif' history.

And anything by Terry Prachett.

ANYTHING.
Obsidian Blade

Terumitsu wrote:


And anything by Terry Prachett.

ANYTHING.


Exactly! Razz
Castaras

Terumitsu wrote:
War of the Flowers by Tad Williams was a good one. Think crazy evil faries cannabalizing their lesser fey cousins for magical and political power.


Have you read the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Trilogy by Tad Williams? That's an awesome set of books.
Terumitsu

I was planning on that as soon as I finish his Otherland series. Half rediculous but it has a semi-logical progression to the current internet. Full immersion net.. That is something to think about.

Currently on Sea of Silver Light
Castaras

Ahh, haven't read Otherland yet. Need to sometime...

Along with all the other books I need to read...<.< >.>
Terumitsu

Heh.. My 'need to read' list is always running on empty.... If something has words.. I WILL read it with little to no question about the content untill I am done.. Which has lead to some very interesting subjects... and issues.... and good times.
Artemis

Hmm...if anyone likes Historical fiction and adventure, let me suggest The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amore. It follows the adventures of Mathurin Kerbouchard as he searches for his father through 12th century Europe. It has action, adventure, intregue and romance, a little of everything, really. This book is my all-time favorite, unfortunately it might be a little hard to find, I had to special order it from my bookstore the last time I bought it.
Terumitsu

*Marks the title down*

Pretty much anything posted here goes on the 'to read' list...

Has anyone read the Poisonwood Bible?
Castaras

Terumitsu wrote:

Pretty much anything posted here goes on the 'to read' list...


Usbourne adventures!
Spot the dog!
Where's Waldo!
Asterix!

Although more seriously, Asterix just rocks. Awesome comics. =D
Exachix

Asterix just rocks... I'll second that.

I have, on my need to read...

Quote:
Exy's 'I need to read these'
Posts I've Missed =).
The Dark Elf Trilogy (Got, on second book of)
The Icewind Dale Trilogy. (need to get)
The X-Wing Series. (Need to get)
The Rest of a New Jedi Order.


*grin*
Madmal

Castaras wrote:

Although more seriously, Asterix just rocks. Awesome comics. =D


i'm going to have to go with a "QFT" here.

i'm currently trying to read "Dune", but i doubt i'll have enough time for the rest of the week due to exams.
Artemis

DUNE is great! The series gets a little...odd towards the end, but the first three are really good. Also, the prequels worked on by Brian Herbert, the original author's son, are as good if not better than the originals.
Osnagard

The Sight -David Clemint-Davis (sorry, but may be spelt wrong)

Interesting look at the world from the point of view of a wolf. Even has some "origin of werewolfs" elements to it.
wxdruid

I'm reading Kushiel's Avatar, part of a series that all have Kushiel in the title, they are by Jacqueline Carey.
Flabbicus

I read I Am Legend a month ago and it was a great read! It's pretty short (roughly 170 pages) and very cool. And the implication of the whole thing was great.

I'll be looking forward to the action movie they're making out of it. I doubt they'll address his growing mental instability, or the lack of actual morals and such, and the depressing ending will probably be completely trashed. But hell, who doesn't want to see a zombie movie only hesitantly based around a great story, especially one with Will Smith? Am I right guys?
Terumitsu

Just an odd thing to put here but here is a story that is excelent but also one that I hate.  Anyone read Flowers for Algernon?
Flabbicus

Terumitsu wrote:
Just an odd thing to put here but here is a story that is excelent but also one that I hate.  Anyone read Flowers for Algernon?


Are you implying that people haven't read that book?
Terumitsu

Possibly. You never can tell really. I used to think that everyone had read The Woman in the Wall when I was at a younger age. But now I just happen to have that twist to my speach that allows for possibilies of either instance.

Anyway.. It comes off as a horror story almost... To me at least.. and for once it was rather scary...
wxdruid

I'm on Kushiel's Scion...next is Kushiel's Justice (although I might have to buy it in hard back)
InaVegt

Flabbicus wrote:
Terumitsu wrote:
Just an odd thing to put here but here is a story that is excelent but also one that I hate.  Anyone read Flowers for Algernon?


Are you implying that people haven't read that book?
I haven't...
Wukei

Don't feel bad.  I haven't, either.
Terumitsu

Well.. I will say that it is a good story. I do reccomend it.

Now I say that I do because this is like recognizing something that is well done but not needing to necessarily like it... I will say one thing.. Loosing intellegence is something that does scare me... So.. That is partialy why I don't like it...
Alarra

wxdruid wrote:
I'm reading Kushiel's Avatar, part of a series that all have Kushiel in the title, they are by Jacqueline Carey.


This is my favorite series and the books keep getting better as it goes along. It's the only series I've finished and immediately started over at 1 again. (that was when there were only the first 3)
Timberwolf

I've read those and really enjoyed them.

Just don't let your granny near it (unless you have the kind of granny that grows old disgracefully)
A Rainy Knight

Destro Yersul wrote:
It's not exactly obscure, but I really like Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain series.


Same here.  I've got all of them and I'm eagerly awaiting the next one.  You wouldn't think Warhammer and humor would go together, but they do.
El Jaspero

I can't walk away from a book thread without mentioning my dear favorite Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban.   It's, oh my...just so very striking.   It's a post-apocalyptic world, but instead of some Mad Max thing, it's about people rebuilding a culture and even their language, based on fragments of what's left after everything goes to pot.   As such, the writing is phonic...every time I read it, it takes about 3 chapters to really get back into the rhythm and structure of Hoban's devolved, re-invented English.   It's brilliant, depressing, funny, and deep all at the same time.
Uberblah

Just finished a pretty good book. Sleeper by Gene Riehl. Bought it on a whim for $1 at the library but it turned out to be really good. A must for all those into spy/FBI books. It's about an FBI agent working on a stolen Da Vinci that turns out to be a whole lot bigger.
Kyrian

I almost picked up the Song of Ice and Fire books today, but I couldn't find the second one so I didn't... ;-;
Timberwolf

In incredibly sad news, yesterday, George McDonald Fraser passed away.

He will be unfamiliar probably to all of you (although he really shouldn't be because his books are the best) but he has given me so much reading pleasure over the years and deserves this mention.

R.I.P GMF, R.I.P Flashy, thanks for the laughs and all the fun.
Keledrath

Also, for those of you looking for fantasy books with good plots and characters, try the Riftwar saga by Raymond E. Fiest.
Book 1 Magician: Apprentice
Book 2 Magician: Master
Book 3 Silverthorn
Book 4 A Darkness at Sethanon

Also, after you've read them in order (A must, because otherwise they make no sense), try reading them in reverse about 6 monthes later.  It's earie.
McBish

Ok I suggest "The Name of the Wind."  By Patrick Rothfuss.  Been called the best Fantasy book in the last decade.  And as an avid reader of Fantasy I agree wholeheartedly.

Here is the description from the dust cover.

"My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to. The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree.

"The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to its own devices, it sticks up and makes me look as if I have been set afire.

"The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.

I've never thought of "The Broken Tree" as very significant. Although in retrospect, I suppose it could be considered at least partially prophetic.

My first mentor called me E'lir because I was clever and I knew it. My first real lover called me Dulator because she liked the sound of it. I have been called Shadicar, Lightfinger, and Six-String. I have been called Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. I have earned those names. Bought and paid for them.

But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."

I have, of course, been called many other things. Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me."

If it sounds awsome, it is only because it is.

http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/index.asp for his website.  I wish I went to the school he taught at.
Osnagard

As far as A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin goes, it's currently tied of one of my favorite series. I say that the first A Game of Thrones is the best in the series so far, so if you havn't read it yet, do so imediatly.

The other series which is tied for first place is The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Stephen Erikson. My favorite two in that were books three and five, Memories of Ice and Midnight Tides, respectivly. I havn't finnished Midnight tides yet though, so I can't comment on how I'll feel after it's over.

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