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On 2/12/2017 at 2:31 PM, K1FFLOM said:

For me there is only one book:

H.G. Welles "The War of the Worlds".


Have read the book countless times.

I own both first releases which were printed as monthly installments in the "Pearsons" and "Cosmopolitan" magazines, before the initial book was released. The series started in Autumn 1897 and ended in Spring 1898. The story included some fabulous illustrations. The picture of the "flying machine", which Welles mentions in his story is most likely the very first of a spaceship in modern literature. We are talking 6 years before the Wright Brothers and a decade before a " common" aeroplane design. Oh, and 2 years before a car was driving 100 kph and the word "streamline" was not put into the same sentence with "public transport".

Which gave the illustrator a wide horizon for it's design/visuals.

Not to mention the design of the martian tripods....


And also in my collection is the very first bound and also illustrated version of the book from 1898. Sadly the picture of the "flying machine" was not used in it. It was probably way to progressive at the time for the mainstream reader, when even the thought of extraterrestrials was unheard of. Nerver mind -flying- extraterrestrials.


The 1897 version of the story is the best, as since the release of the book in 1898, the story was shortened and interesting parts had been left out. Parts of which made some people in Britain so angry that they demonstrated outside "Pearsons" publishing house and even made others damage kiosks which sold the magazine at the time....

Have you ever heard Orson Wells play based on that book? If so you should it's absolutely amazing



Today actually marks the 80th anniversary of that reading and it freaked EVERYBODY who happened to turn in mid-broadcast the f*ck out - https://abcnews.go.com/US/80-years-orson-welles-war-worlds-radio-broadcast/story?id=58826359



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On 7/7/2018 at 4:42 PM, realarmy said:

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned 1984 or Brave New World. Those are a must read.

+1. My favorite book is '1984', and I like 'Brave New World' too.

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Even my mother likes this books😎

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Mr. Galloway

I visited my local bookstore, and I bought a couple of biographies.






I love Dylan and Moon, so both of these books will definitely be an enjoyable read.

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Ordered some books off Amazon and got Gravity's Rainbow and American Psycho. Having seen the film version earlier, I decided to read American Psycho and I am enjoying it quite a bit.

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I hope it's okay to bump this. 


Got into the fantasy genre about a year ago and though I haven't read too many series', I've been interested in reading more especially in the high fantasy subgenre. So I finally got my hands on 'Gardens of the Moon', the first book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series and I'm super stoked. Heard many good things about the series and can't wait to go on what will hopefully be a grand adventure. 

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J Dilla

I've never been a book worm but my gf is and she gave me this book recently, Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot.

She also a linguist and done good research of which english translation would be ideal.

I've never been more stuck into a book, when I read it it's like watching a film, a fantastic one at that.




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Mr. Galloway

I just finished reading Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed, now I'm moving on the Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story; Patti's memoirs, Just Kids and M Train, will follow. The latter readings are just in time for a women's literature class that I'm taking, our final project is to write a research paper on a female writer (songwriters count). I'd love to write a research paper on Iggy as well for American literature so I could cover both the godfather and godmother of punk, but I'm pretty sure the instructor will recognize Iggy more as a musician than a songwriter. So, I'm going to go with the next best thing: Lou Reed. I bought/read his biography, appropriately titled A Life, a while ago, so now all I have to do is pinpoint the parts in the book that are vital for the research paper.


After all of that is done, Keith Morris's autobiography, My Damage, and Alice Bag's Violence Girl will be next on my reading list.

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I enjoy reading the classics;


I've pretty much only read the classics...


I've read (in rough order of me reading them):


Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

From The Earth To The Moon by Jules Verne

Around The Moon by Jules Verne

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Ninteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger 

I also have the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe and have read and enjoyed much of his work too.


This is what my actual library looks like.


I once got a loyalty card and maxed out a loyalty card from Soho Original Books in one trip!

I'm a fan of Richard Kern.


I want to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and The Arabian Nights by ?




On 7/7/2018 at 10:42 PM, realarmy said:

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned 1984 or Brave New World. Those are a must read.

On 10/30/2018 at 9:08 PM, spectre07 said:

+1. My favorite book is '1984', and I like 'Brave New World' too.

I read a 1965 edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four

(Found it in the attic) I read it in 2017, but the edition I read I found more novel since it was published when 1984 was still considered 'the future' and also, in 2018 I saw a poster of this edition at the book shop/book store at the Whitgift Centre/shopping centre/mall that I thought was the most random thing in the world, so I bought it. Now I've got both matching book and poster.

This poster. https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/theliterarygiftcompany/product/nineteen-eighty-four-poster



I see this edition on eBay, they're asking for £250 (they might be asking for £250 but I'd offer them £13 - £20, at most £40 just because I don't see it selling for £250 and as a neat and cool as it is); I think the seller thinks it's worth more than it is with what they're asking, but of course it's a neat book, just not £250 neat.

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Today I started reading this:



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I know it's a really old book but I finished Misery by Stephen King this past month. I'd only ever seen the 1990 film with Kathy Bates in the past (which is good in it's own right) but man, I much PREFER the book now. The characters are great, and I really enjoyed when Paul & Annie would communicate, and the dialogue. I love Paul's personality throughout, and obviously Annie Wilkes is such an incredible character with many layers. I was really surprised by how much the book was able to make my heart race and how intense the words came across and affected me. The book goes far more in detail than the movie and one part of the book surprised me with how crazy it was, and they definitely held back on some scenes. If anyone hasn't read yet, I'd highly recommend it. Masterful stuff from King. I can see why people call him one of the best Horror Authors. I would like to read more books by him.

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