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    A thought came to mind as I typically read 2 books at once. Non fiction in the morning and fiction before bed. I figured a separate thread may be needed as other book threads seem to be 100% business/mindset/non-fiction books. Plus I know we have some fiction authors in here.

    What fictional books are you folks reading/or what are your favorites?

    I’m halfway through Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills newest book Red War. By far my favorite fiction author and Mills did a terrific job taking the series over.

    https://www.amazon.com/Red-War-Mitch-Rapp-Novel/dp/1501190598
     
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    Though I am not a gamer, nor a teenager, I found myself enjoying READY PLAYER ONE by Ernst Cline this past weekend. Action, fast, and something in it for most that read for pleasure.

    If I had kids, I'd read it to them!

    It's been years since I've read Vince Flynn. Thank you for the recommendation @MTEE1985!
     
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    I am usually reading about 4 to 6 books at once between my Kindle, Scribd, hard copy books, and audiobooks. It depends on my mood.

    I read a lot of fiction. I am currently reading Fire and Blood by George RR Martin which is part of Game of Thrones although outside the main series.

    I read a lot of fantasy, especially urban fantasy and thrillers.
     
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    I do the same thing.

    My favorite fiction book is Neuromancer by William Gibson. That's the book that coined the terms cyberspace, the matrix, microsoft, and a bunch of others. It's credited as the first cyberpunk novel (which is like saying The Ramones were the first punk band... it's not technically true, but it's true enough).

    Mostly, though, I read classics. Ernest Hemingway is really great for pre-bed adventure-but-cozy feels. I'm trying to get into more modern fiction, though, so I'm definitely open to recommendations!

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    Reading Frank Herbert's Dune before the movie comes out next year
     
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    I read a lot of fiction when I was young and have gotten back into them in the last few years, my favourite fiction book;

    I Am Pilgrim

    Highly recommend it!

    I also like to read historical fiction, currently reading "Mutiny on the Bounty" the captain on that ship is Captain Bligh, he served under Captain Cook.
     
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    Speaking of Vince Flynn... Have you read Term Limits?
     
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    Autographed copy brother. I actually got it at a goodwill type store in CA where I’d buy books for $1, read them and then donate them back. The Flynn books I would keep though.

    Probably best not to discuss it’s merits on an open forum but damn good book. One of my all time favorites.
     
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    Neuromancer is my all time favorite as well.

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is another good one.

    I used to read fiction before bed as well but have switched to non fiction and biographies now. Some of them have some great stories in them and are a fun / light read. Depends on the book though.
     
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    I recommend the Dresden Files which is an urban fiction series. There are currently 15 books with 24 planned. Jim Butcher has built one of the best fictional worlds meshing every mythology and supernatural element into modern day Chicago. It is the best series I have ever read and I mainly read series. It gets off a little slow but by the 3rd book, you will be hooked.
     
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    While I did not think that the writing on BNW was all that fantastic, I would slot this book as a must read for everyone. This is a book that should be mandatory reading for all school kids, along with 1984 and Atlas Shrugged.

    I am a big fan of high fantasy books, the ones that sprawl entire universes over like 10+ books. However, I rarely read them these days as I feel like I am eating the candy the whole time.

    My favorite series so far is probably Malazan Book of the Fallen written by Steven Erikson. These are 1000+ page books with 0 filler. You head to the next book and they literally don't give you one word of backstory. My #1 complain about most large books in a series is that the next book spends 300 pages talking about what happened in the last book. To me that is just lazy writing. If a reader wants to know what happened in the last book then F*cking pick it up and read it, or grab some notes online.
     
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    Also, the audiobooks for the Dresden Files is read by James Marsters of Buffy fame. He does distinct voices for every character and acts out the books. It is like listening to a play. He is responsible for selling me consuming audiobooks. I have listened to that series once a year for a few years.
     
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    I read a lot of fiction :)
    At the moment Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, before that the Gregor The Overlander Series by Suzanne Collins, soon Harry Potter again :) And then Stephen King The Stand

    Thank you for all the recommendations. Didn't know Vince Flynn, sounds interesting :)
     
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    If you dislike elected officials, you’ll love Term Limits. If you like them, it will offend you.

    The rest of his books are a series about a counter-terroism assassin for the CIA. The kind of stuff we all know probably goes on behind the scenes in reality but we don’t actually want to know about it.

    Flynn himself passed away in 2013 from cancer but Kyle Mills picked up where he left off and you would never notice it is a different writer.
     
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    Some random favorites:

    - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Such a great read. Philosophical, entertaining and thought provoking. It's centered around a father and his son travelling on motorcycle with some friends cross country while being "haunted" by a "ghost" of the father's former self. It dives deeply into the difference of perspective regarding values, quality, and a number of other topics. One of the few books I just love coming back to.

    - The Brother's Karamazov: I've never in my entire life read a book that developed characters so perfectly. The author really has a knack for writing in a way that makes you believe that every single character is real and unique. By comparison, most other books have characters that sound/feel like they are all the same character with different talking roles, while Dostoevsky's characters are so wildly different and unique that it's like a different author wrote each character. Fair warning - even with the translation, Russian literature is wildly different from what you're probably used to. It took me a while to get the "knack" of reading it.

    - Catch 22: One of the few books I can open up to literally any page and laugh at what I'm reading immediately. If you like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but want something written far better and more down to earth, this scratches that same kind of 'silly' itch.

    I've never been more disappointed in a book in my life. I was looking forward to reading this for years and when I finally got around to it I was totally let down.

    While 1984 and BNW get compared to each other a lot, I think they are so dissimilar that it's an insulting comparison. 1984 was a masterpiece of literature, while BNW felt like a pretty passable high school short story with just one or two good ideas.

    Don't get me wrong - I loved the idea of a world controlled by pleasure rather than pain, but if it wasn't such a famous book that I really wanted to get through I'd have put it down after 2 chapters.
     
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    I reccommend The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. While its mostly categorized as bussiness / leadership book, its also a fascinating fiction.
     
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    I read and have read so much fiction (deliberately excluding the UK tabloids!).

    My favourite author is Bernard Cornwell, particularly the Sharpe, Winter King, and Last Kingdom series.

    I also like Conn Igulden for other historical fiction, Peter F Hamilton and Arthur C Clark for sci-fi and Tom Clancy for more modern thrillers.

    Another fantastic author is George MacDonald Fraser with his amazing Flashman series. Would love to see a genuine movie or TV version with Tom Hardy in the lead role.
     
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    OHMYGOODNESS.

    I didn’t know there was going to be a movie!!

    Oh man I hope they don’t screw it up.
     
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    Watch the documentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky. His storyboards with legend Jean Giraud aka Moebius. Inspired Aliens, Star Wars, etc....

    The greatest movie never made.

    Jodorowsky's Dune
     
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    I haven't read his books before but actually bought War of the Wolf the other day, looking forward to reading it!
     
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    Dude!! I know how I’m going to procrastinate from business stuff tonight!!

    Hahaha... no but really this looks freaking awesome. Pink Floyd soundtrack?!? And Salvador Dali?? Whhaaat?? So cool!

    I loved Dune. *happy sigh

    Until that possessed sister character. She ruined it. Lol.
     
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    It's being made by Denis Veilleneuve:
    [​IMG]

    Here's his filmography:

    Incendies

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nycksytL1A


    Prisoners

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d51SD_ejU84


    Enemy

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJuaAWrgoUY


    Sicario

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR0SDT2GeFg


    Arrival

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    Blade Runner 2049
    BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer
     
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    He seemed too high on himself both literally and figuratively.

    Should check out his LSD movie The Holy Mountain

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmR0vi0ifzE



    "In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment"-Wikipedia
     
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    I really enjoyed The Art Of Deal by Donald J. Trump.
     

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