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The Official "Books Worth Reading" Thread

I used to be an avid reader, but over time I've found it difficult to commit to the literature being released. I figure I just must be missing out on the good stuff. Use this thread to recommend the "best of the best" that you've encountered.

I've read all but the last "Game of Thrones" (Ice and Fire) books. However, my favorite series of all time is Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. Before that, I read a ton of fantasy and horror books, but none worth really recommending. Probably my favorite Stephen King book is Needful Things.

Any other readers out there?
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Yup huge reader here. Ok for me =

Catch 22 a must read 
All of Tolkiens books, way better than the movies.
Any book by Richard Herman 
Dirk Pitt adventures by Clive Cussler
Any Vietnam book on helicopter or fast jet pilots of forward air controllers. Can't read enough of those.
And any true life aviation books, my passion, even more so than VR 🙂

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Every single Terry Pratchett book.

Everything that Isaac Asimov has written.

Everything that Stephen Donaldson has ever written.

Everything that J R R Tolkien has ever written.

Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time series.

Out of all of those the Wheel Of Time books are my favourites I think. Along with the Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant I like any book where the protagonist has a REAL screw loose lol

The best thing about the Thomas Covenant books is that as you read them you start to realise that Covenant displays all of your own worst traits, you in effect ARE Thomas Covenant...Which is more than a little disturbing lololol 😄

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The series: War against the Cthoor - David Gerrold .... Thats scifi on a whole other level ....

Everything H.P Lovecraft.
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And the Second Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant has my all time favourite quote in it, which you can see in my signature  😄

I’m currently reading Bob Woodward’s Trump book, which is amazing and astounding. 

As far as non-fiction goes, I’ve recently gone through a Ken Follett phase. His Century trilogy (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, Edge of Eternity) follows several American, British, Russian, and German families through WW1, WW2, and the Cold War. I’ve also read his Kingsbridge trilogy (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Column of Fire) which similarly spans several hundred years in the Middle Ages.

For science fiction, I’m partial to Arthur C. Clarke (particularly 2001, Childhood’s End, and Rendezvous With Rama), and I also love a book called A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, about a future civilization after a global nuclear war. 

I used to to read a lot of Stephen King, but mostly his older stuff (‘80s), and a few years ago I went through his Dark Tower series. I also loved Robert E. Howard’s Conan novels when I was younger. 

I’m also obliged to recommend Dracula, because Bram Stoker is my great great great uncle. 

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@nalex66 is a Wampire CONFIRMED  😮

I wish @vannagirl was a Wampire, then we could spend eternity together Heart

Assuming that she'd give me a nibble of course!

My two favourite authors:
Hugh Cook - His Chronicles Of An Age Of Darkness (10 novels) is amazing. Starting out with typical medieval wizards and warriors joining forces on a quest (his first book was literally called "The Wizards and the Warriors"), as you get further in things change. One fascinating thing is that most of the books take place at the same time or overlap events, but from different characters points of view. Things start getting a bit meta too. Huge books, quite offensive but so awesome.

Alan Dean Foster - Over 100 novels, all great. Some are in his Humanx setting (a future where humans and thranx (giant praying mantises) have formed a joint society), others are stand alone. He's probably best known for his Spellsinger series and Pip & Flinx series. I think my favourite is To The Vanishing Point, a novel about a family road trip across Nevada that changes to a horror story after the threads of reality become entangled.

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 😄  i had to look twice at the word following "Huge" I thought you was a porn reader LMAO 
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I struggle to read books, by the time I get to the third page I've forget who's who in book LoL. When I do manage to read them them I like to read people's life stories, like Andy McNab's, Bravo Two Zero etc..