Looking for a good read

Doctor Beastly's picture

I been spending most of my time lately doing school work at home after coming home from practice. As the year is winding down I am looking for a new outlet oter than the tube. Are there any books that ya'll find interesting that I may entertain myself with. Anything goes, espcially if there are any mangas up for suggestion.

Splash's picture

The book club forum...

...is quite large, if sorely neglected of late. :-)

I don't know much about manga, though I know I took notice when someone published manga versions of several Shakespeare plays. (I'm a theater nut, though.)

Overall good reads... anything by Tamora Pierce and the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, and Amber Spyglass are the three books) are some of my favorites.

~~~ the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses ~ e e cummings ~~~

Neutrina's picture

Depends what you're looking

Depends what you're looking for.
Black Jewels Trilogy is amazing, pretty serious though.
Cryptonomicon is also good but kind of confusing.
Mercedes Lackey books and Patricia Briggs are awesome fantasy-type books. Also Name of the Wind is awesome, but kind of frustrating because there will be a sequel but it doesn't exist yet.

Manga...I think Gokudo exists in manga form. There's also the Excel Saga, which is good if you like stuff with little to no plot. *shrugs*
"When the people begin to reason, all is lost" - Voltaire

jeff's picture

Hmm...

I just read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, which is pretty fascinating, albeit journalistic non-fiction about why people become successful. After that I read his earlier work, The Tipping Point, and am now on his audiobook of Blink, while reading the paper version of The Numerati, which explores the impact of number-crunching in society, and projecting what the Googles and club-card-scanning grocery stores will be able to do with all of the data they gather.

Debating whether to go Brideshead Revisited or The Fountainhead after that.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

kaj's picture

I just finished Sybil.

I just finished Sybil. Definitely reccomend that.
Franny and Zooey is also really good.
Johnny's in the Basement is a kid book, but I still like it.
I'm not really in the manga scene, so I couldn't help you in that department.

wilde_sapphire's picture

Michael Chabon novels are always a good read

But if you haven't read Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, I recommend it as I've read it four times :) Also if you really can't seem to find anything just pick up something classic, may sound cheesy but you can't go wrong.

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

Peregrine's picture

orphen is an awesome

orphen is an awesome manga!!!!!!

Go into the sand, and the dust, and the sky
Go now, there's no better plan, than to do or to die
Free me, pray to the fayth in the face of the light
Feed me, fill me with sin, and get ready to fight

jeff's picture

Also...

I'd consider that book club thread dead, not just sluggish lately.

of course, if someone posts there and revives it, they can try their luck.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis