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serpentstooth

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Also, Ayn Rand's Fountainhead is terrific (I'm just starting Atlas Shrugged, her other famous book).

And if you want pure enjoyability, have you read Pride and Prejudice?
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thanks to everyone who's suggested books so far.

Middlesex: read it, loved it. i loved his writing style. for those of you looking for a good read also, i suggest Edward P. Jones' "The Known World".. also beautifully written and very engaging.

bass, i've read parts of the gay science, and your suggestion will have me reaching for it again. and i've read the tipping point as i've personally been really into complex systems. a great read. and i've been reading Gaiman's American Gods lately.  ;D it's been so hyped up but i think it takes a bit too long to get to the point, though i'm sure it'll be worth it in the end.

the rest i haven't heard of, but every suggestion is getting added to my list. Everything looks interesting. Thanks again, guys!



Good Omens has Pratchett's wit and style, so it gets to the point.  It is really excellent.

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I knew there was a reason why I <3 you bass. :)

But you weren't at the Gaiman reading a few months ago?
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No, I missed it.  I had to work or something.


Eats Shoots and Leaves: a great book about grammar.

Hate to be on the other side of things, but I just want to throw my opinion out there on this.  I HATED(!) Eats Shoots and Leaves.  I love grammar, and I think the title (and idea behind it) is wonderful.  The book was terrible read for me, however.

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I would second ayn's Atlas Shrugged.  Herman Hesse writes some awesome stuff as well.  I recommend Siddhartha, Steppenwolf (sp?), and Demian.

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My tastes are a little less philosophical, but not in the relm of "made for TV thrillers" either.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/fullview/2BP05QMWFW39R/104-6596830-7589540


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"Den of Theives" by James Stewart; true story of shady Wall Street manueverings and legal cat & mouse. The unflappable SEC and DOJ lawyers against the modern-day Rothschilds and Morgans. I really dug it.
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Some high-quality popular lit off the top of my head:

Smith, Zadie. White Teeth.
Haddon, Mark. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Ffjord, Jasper. The Eyre Affair series.
Dunn, Mark. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters.
McCown, Clint. The Weatherman.
Brockmeier, Kevin. The Truth About Celia.

Other random stuff--
anything by Dave Barry, David Sedaris, William Zinsser

That's all for now.  :)

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anything by Dave Barry, David Sedaris, William Zinsser

That's all for now.  :)

Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty rocker my world
As did Zinsser's classic "On Writing Well."  I reread it 5 times.

Dave Barry is funny.

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I would recommend...


The Life of Pi -  by Yann Martel
Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseini
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom



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i like reading ayn rand for fun but i once dated an objectivist and they can seriously be insufferable people. we'd fight whenever politics came up.  :D
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