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Uty
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm going on a business trip Tuesday night and wanted to pick up something to read. Any suggestions? Something preferably in the fiction catagory.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Pick up a Discworld book by Terry Pratchett if you haven't read any. They're short and humorous, so if you don't enjoy it, you haven't lost a ton of time. Julie can probably hook you up if you don't have time to make it to the library.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

There's a book by Karl Sabbagh on the Riemann Hypothesis, which is probably the most important unsolved problem in mathematics. The title of the book is "The Riemann Hypothesis: The Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics."

I tell you this because the book is terrible and you should avoid it at all costs.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. A hell of a lot more interesting than The DaVinci Code and a quick read.

You could always go the classics route and read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury or The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. They're both fantastic books and highly regarded.

If you're into history, try The Alienist by Caleb Carr. He's got a sequel to that called Angel of Darkness, but that builds on the first one.

Quick reads, but fun are the Netforce books created by Tom Clancy. Also quick and fun are any of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.

If you like bleaker stuff that creeps you out, go Stephen King. I recommend IT, Firestarter, or The Stand (Complete & Uncut). You could also go King-lite and do Dean Koontz' Strangers or Watchers.

I read a lot...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:29 am Reply with quoteBack to top

bjciii wrote:
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. A hell of a lot more interesting than The DaVinci Code and a quick read.


If you've read DaVinci Code, then don't bother with Angels & Demons. They're the exact same story, with a couple of names and locations changed. And the end of Angels & Demons is so ludicrously idiotic it'll make you wish you had gouged your eyes out instead.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:42 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Y'know I think I remember reading some sort of article about one author wanting to sue the other over stealing the story ...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

It's the same author, Dan Brown.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

HyLander42 wrote:
If you've read DaVinci Code, then don't bother with Angels & Demons. They're the exact same story, with a couple of names and locations changed.


It's not quite that blatant (for more examples of blatant see Escape from New York v. Escape from L.A.), but I can see where you'd come to that conclusion. Both stories feature conspiracies from roughly the same source and both feature the same main character, but the nuances are a little different.

HyLander42 wrote:
And the end of Angels & Demons is so ludicrously idiotic it'll make you wish you had gouged your eyes out instead.


Um... besides the gouging out of the eyes part, no argument there. The ending is pretty ridiculous.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

bjciii wrote:
HyLander42 wrote:
If you've read DaVinci Code, then don't bother with Angels & Demons. They're the exact same story, with a couple of names and locations changed.


It's not quite that blatant (for more examples of blatant see Escape from New York v. Escape from L.A.), but I can see where you'd come to that conclusion. Both stories feature conspiracies from roughly the same source and both feature the same main character, but the nuances are a little different.


1. Langdon becomes involved in a mystery resulting from someone dying, and whose death appears intimately related to an ancient secret society.
2. The dead person has an extremely attractive female relative who helps Langdon to find out why their relative died.
3. The bulk of the story is a hunt through a European city, looking for symbology in famous works of art that's relevant to the secret society.
4. A sequence of utterly ludicrous events follows, removing the possibility of believability.
5. The mystery is resolved, and maybe the bad guy dies, maybe not.
6. The unusually attractive woman falls in love with Langdon.

I'll agree, there are subtle differences, but the problem is those are the ONLY differences.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:29 am Reply with quoteBack to top

thats the problem with some writers

they only tell one story
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

wicked... the life and times of the wicked eitch of the west

or anything else by Gregory Maguire

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 12:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

my wife loves that book

she's currently reading confessions of an ugly stepsister
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 12:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

what does she think of Confessions? i have it, but couldn't really get into it the first time i tried
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

i've always been fond of patricia cornwell... murder mysteries told from the P.O.V. of the medical examiner... i went through 6 of her books in 6 weeks... and they're not terribly gory... well - no gorier than CSi...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 5:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

EllyJy wrote:
what does she think of Confessions? i have it, but couldn't really get into it the first time i tried


she took it back apparently
she didnt like it
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