Acquired library subscription; what books do you guys recommend?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by dopezilla, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. dopezilla

    dopezilla God of Blood and War

    Nov 6, 2015
    So yeah, I just got a subscription to the local library and I'd like to make the most of it. I'm into srs literature, as well as sci-fi, high fantasy and thrillers as long as it's not just schlock. Can't be wasting time with any of that.

    Anyway, I've been out of the reading game for a while now, and I'd like to get back in. I've recently read the first Hyperion book, which I've enjoyed a lot, so I'll definitely read the second as well, but after that I wouldn't know what to pick.

    What are NMA's choice picks?

    Recommendations should be available in either English or Dutch, as those are the only languages I can actually read. :(
  2. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    A fire upon the deep
    The atrocity archives (British bureaucracy meets Chulhu mythos)
    The Coming of the Quantum Cats
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  3. welsh

    welsh Junkmaster

    Apr 5, 2003
    I am reading Jean Larteguy, The Centurions- pretty good stuff
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  4. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    As Dutchie said, A Fire Upon The Deep and basically everything else by Vernor Vinge.
    Also, everything by Kim Stanley Robinson. Mars-Trilogy, 2312, The Years Of Rice And Salt...
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  5. Stone Cold Robert House

    Stone Cold Robert House Mojave Rattlesnake

    Jul 6, 2015
    Fiction - The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Take your time, enjoy the read, you'll have a blast.

    Non-fiction - Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. Nothing more fascinating than really understanding how we think.

    Right now I'm also reading Supergods by Grant Morrison which is pretty niche but great if you like comic books (or related characters) at all.
  6. Makenshi

    Makenshi Ahoy, ye salty dogs!

    Jul 28, 2006
    This book is awesome, I read it all in just four hours (during two flights, to and from Brasilia):

  7. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan

    May 27, 2004
    Some random ones off the top of my head:

    Reality (or claimed to be) if you're into military stuff:

    Dear Mom: A sniper's Vietnam - Good
    Acceptable Loss ('Nam LRRP & Apache Blue) - Good
    Chickenhawk (slick pilot) - Very good & sad
    Making a killing (awesome PMC adventures) - Extremely recommended
    Escape from Baghdad (PMC adventures the sequel) - Decent, not special
    A long way gone (child soldierin') - Decent
    The forgotten soldier - Timeless classic, must read
    Storm of steel - Timeless classic, must read
    Shake hands with the devil (UN ROE suck balls) - Educational

    The dogs of war - Timeless classic, must read
    Roadside picnic - Get out of here, stalker
    I am Legend - Decent classic
    Catch-22 - Timeless classic, must read
    Brave new world - Timeless classic, must read
    1984 - Timeless classic, must read
    Animal Farm - Timeless classic, must read
    The road - Decent, but hugely overhyped
    A canticle for Liebowitz - NMA classic
    The name of the rose - Classic

    Hard scifi:
    Start with Douglas Adams, then go to Heinlein, transition to Haldeman/Scalzi & go back for Philip K. Dick.
  8. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    I was never good at block-of-text-reading, sooner or later, I feel like I'm just staring at the paper material, staring at the ink. It's not dyslexia, because I can write just fine, hell, I can write a LOT

    But I must second 1984, which I litterally couldn't put down, I surprised myself, and it spurred me to finally get to work with a sci-fi idea I had brooded on for years (nothing similar, just... inspired by the act of reading - time to write! Before then I had only written short-stories, but suddenly I had the will to really pour it out)
    As well as Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, which had me crying tears of laughter in some parts

    both these just drew me right in, and out of sheer captivation, I pushed through, despite the aforementioned issues.
  9. TheRippaMan

    TheRippaMan First time out of the vault

    Nov 4, 2015
    I'm a big book lover myself. I read everything, but mostly stick to the classics -- much insight can be found in a couple words from Aurelius or Plato. ;) I would definitely have to recommend Meditations and the Republic if you haven't read them already.

    I also like Plutarch's Lives. I always keep a few copies of that lying around.

    For fiction, 1984 is an excellent book that has already been mentioned. I also quite liked Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World. The Road is also excellent.
  10. dopezilla

    dopezilla God of Blood and War

    Nov 6, 2015
    So yeah, I've disregarded pretty much all of your recommendations and instead I've read Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk and right now I'm reading Metro 2033 by Dmitri Gloechovski. I'm definitely going to get to your recommendations at some point, but while browsing the library I got distracted by silly comic books and lots of other stuff. Apparently I can read the New York times there. I'm feeling pretty high-brow right now. Anyway, I'll definitely check all of these recommendations out at some point, but the whole library was kind of an overwhelming experience. I'm going to check their online catalogue and see if all the titles you guys mentioned are even available.

    Anyway, I've copied most of the titles you guys recommended to my OneNote and I hope I can get to them at some point.

    I've read pretty much everything Tolkien has ever written, including his short stories and the Silmarillion.

    Already read it. Own it even. Awesome. Big Hunter S. Thompson fan here. I should really finish reading the Rum Diaries at some point. Interesting stuff.

    Eh. Plato and Aurelius seem a bit too hard to get into. Maybe I'll get into it, but first let me prove to myself I can actually read. 1984 and Brave New World I've already read. Hard to miss classics like that. I have read the Iliad, though. But srs Greek philosophy kind of scares me. I'm afraid I won't get it and feel stupid while reading it. :(

    So anyway, all titles are in my OneNote and I'll eventually get to it, but wow, lots of recommendations. When I finish my first batch of books I'm going back with an actual shopping list. :D Thanks guys!

    Edit: just discovered that there's an online catalogue from which I can reserve books. On it!
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  11. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (1960, Brian Aldiss)
    Collection of short sci-fi stories. I'd like to draw your attention to The Mutant Millennia - Gene Hive (1958) especially, because I believe that Richard Grey's transmutation to The Master in first Fallout was inspired heavily by this one. ^^
  12. dopezilla

    dopezilla God of Blood and War

    Nov 6, 2015
    Couldn't find a lot of the authors listed in this thread in the catalogue. But I've made a list which I'll take with me next time I'll go to the library.
    Anyway, for such a big library, the whole catalogue seems a bit disappointing. At least in the sci-fi department. Oh well, like I said, I made a list of authors that *are* available, and I'll be busy for quite some time, I think.

    Also, Metro 2033 as a book was pretty disappointing. However, as a really long piece of creepypasta (which it essentially is) it's pretty cool. Mixed feelings. Lots of loose ends and the whole twist ending thing felt kind of cheap. Also, mutants because mutants.