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    My wife and I did a 4-day vacation to the Lake George area of NY in September..
    She has read all of the "Leatherstocking Tales" books before, but I never had.

    After seeing "Cooper's Cave" at Glens Falls, visiting Fort William Henry and the remains of Fort Edward,
    and hiking along the wild Hudson river on the eastern edge of the Adirondacks, I just had to read "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherstocking_Tales

    It was cool to read the story after I had just been to the actual locations where it took place!
    (the story itself is fiction, but based on actual historical events of the French and Indian War.)

    Just finished the book a few days ago!
    great story!
    and as always, much better than the movie!
    I might read more of the Leatherstocking Tales..

    Before that I read:
    http://www.ajjacobs.com/books/yolb.asp
    highly recommended!

    My all time favorite authors would have to be JRR Tolkein and Douglas Adams.
    I have read all the works by both of them, multiple times.

    Scot

    interesting bit of trivia..
    Alan Alda's character "Hawkeye" from MASH is named after Hawkeye, the scout from the Leatherstocking Tales
    and Last of the Mohicans.
    In one MASH episode, Hawkeye explains that his father gave him the nickname when he was a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktulu View Post
    I have to agree, it is probably one of of my favorite books. The rest of the series is quite good too.
    I thought 'Xenocide' and 'Children of the Mind' were a little weak personally. But I enjoyed 'Speaker for the Dead'. And the Bean books were good to for the most part.
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

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    [QUOTE=swords;908014]Ha, someone else on earth knows William Burroughs! Somehow I feel my weirdness is partly vindicated! lol!

    HA! first Skinny Puppy and now Burroughs!
    I liked The Soft Machine more than any of the others... His obsession with "undifferentiated tissues" just kills me.
    I loved Junky for the whole straight forward confessional thing. Yeah, the majority of his work falls into that category of confessional but this was a little less ambiguous more of a "hey guys, I killed my wife."
    Sturgeon's Law:
    "Nothing is always absolutely so".

    http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102021

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
    I thought 'Xenocide' and 'Children of the Mind' were a little weak personally. But I enjoyed 'Speaker for the Dead'. And the Bean books were good to for the most part.
    I can see where you could say that, I liked them I think because of the anthropological aspects of them and the moral dilemmas that are present. I havent finished the Bean series yet and have only read the first one but it was pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktulu View Post
    I can see where you could say that, I liked them I think because of the anthropological aspects of them and the moral dilemmas that are present. I havent finished the Bean series yet and have only read the first one but it was pretty good.
    Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed them I just do not think they are the same calibre as the first two. The Bean books are good. The third I think is a little slow but over all I enjoyed them
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

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    Here are some of my favorites:

    The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski <-I highly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in something *different*.
    The New Mother by Lucy Clifford
    The Ash Tree by M.R. James
    The Summer People by Shirley Jackson
    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson



    These were my favorites as a child and teen:

    Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stein
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
    In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz
    Animorphs: The Discovery by K. A. Applegate
    Animorphs: The Threat by K. A. Applegate
    Animorphs: The Solution by K. A. Applegate
    The BFG by Roald Dahl
    The Witches by Roald Dahl
    Deathwatch by Robb White
    The Pearl by John Steinbeck
    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver


    I wish I had more time to read.....
    -Joel from Southern California


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
    Take your pick from these authors:

    Orson Scott Card
    David Brin
    Peter Hamilton
    Julie Czernedas
    Brian Stableford
    Issac Asimov

    I am sure there are others I can not think of right now
    Woah. Pyro! You are a Science Fiction junkie too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xvart View Post
    Woah. Pyro! You are a Science Fiction junkie too?

    Dyed in the wool Sci-Fi junkie. FIAWAL
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

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