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canesandbhoys
07-01-2009, 02:14 AM
I have somewhat recently been inspired to read some of the great novels, but I'm not sure where to start. Plus, it is kind of boring to read a book and then reflect on it to myself. Maybe some of our more scholarly members would be interested in starting a FinHeaven Book Club?

There are many prospects on these lists that are very intriguing to me:
http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html

WeVie
07-01-2009, 01:05 PM
I read all the time but I don't think they are considered great novels. I like medieval fantasy and horror mostly but I like other thinks as well.

Big fan of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz.

WeVie
07-01-2009, 01:10 PM
I have read four books on the list and started another one but never finished it.

It by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm by George Orwell

INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison is the one I started.

GoonBoss
07-02-2009, 06:09 AM
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Goons reading list. Some of the most formitive books of my life. Most of my belief and values systems can be traced back to one of these works.

GoonBoss
07-02-2009, 06:11 AM
BTW..I'm all for it. Great idea. I would like to come up with our own list though.

GoonBoss
07-02-2009, 08:51 AM
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Let me add this one as well. Excellent book. There's been a great deal written about OIF. Most of which by people who weren't there. These guys are USMC legends and do an excellent job with writing thier experiences while covering the initial phase of the war.

canesandbhoys
07-02-2009, 06:08 PM
BTW..I'm all for it. Great idea. I would like to come up with our own list though.

Of course, we would have to vote or come to some kind of consensus on what books to read.

For some reason, I never got to Othello in High School. I took several AP classes, and somehow ended up skipping many of the "required" books like Catcher In The Rye, Animal Farm, Lord Of The Flies, Fahrenheit 451, and To Kill A Mockingbird. So I kind of feel like I got ripped off. But I did get to read some really good books that most of the school didn't.

Arsenal WV
07-02-2009, 08:26 PM
I read books all the time. So I think it would be a great idea to do so.

I read a lot of John Grisham, he is probably my favorite. I like the Harry Potter series books and the lord of the rings books as well. Yet im not a nerd haha

Pandarilla 72
07-02-2009, 09:44 PM
gotta start it off with Green Hills of Africa. Hemingway was the master of keeping it short and sweet (and his safari jaunts are always fun).

Adam First
07-02-2009, 09:59 PM
I can probably do good with some reading. Looking at some of the posts on the main Dolphins forum is making my brain melt.

cowboy82nd
07-04-2009, 07:13 PM
O.K., so what is on this (FH) reading list?

CedarPhin
07-04-2009, 07:18 PM
I'd be in on this too.

CedarPhin
07-04-2009, 07:20 PM
I recommend:

The Wolf of Wall Street
Catching the Wolf of Wall Street
Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas
The Bad Guys Won
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Wiseguy

cowboy82nd
07-04-2009, 07:22 PM
I've read Naked Lunch, by William Burroughs. That is a messed up book. You can tell when he would take another hit of herion, his words and writing became more colorful.

Rafiki
07-05-2009, 10:12 PM
I'd be down for something like this. I recently finished the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden. One book I'd highly recommend is Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. I read that and Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut consecutively, man that was a trip.

I'm starting Ovid's Metamorphoses tonight.

JTBRLZ
07-06-2009, 09:38 AM
I'm definitely in.

Chubby
07-06-2009, 01:26 PM
I'm a big Fantasy reader my current favorite author is

R.A. Salvatore

Rafiki
07-06-2009, 06:54 PM
A few books I've wanted to read are:

The Stand by Stephen King
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Iliad by Homer
Dickens
Joyce
Hemingway
Shaw
Shakespeare
Voltaire

and maybe Ayn Rand, but I'm kind of skeptical of her philosophy, which might ruin the work for me. Also I'm a big fan of good historical fiction, including westerns.

canesandbhoys
07-06-2009, 08:18 PM
A few books I've wanted to read are:

The Stand by Stephen King
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Iliad by Homer
Dickens
Joyce
Hemingway
Shaw
Shakespeare
Voltaire

and maybe Ayn Rand, but I'm kind of skeptical of her philosophy, which might ruin the work for me. Also I'm a big fan of good historical fiction, including westerns.

Candide by Voltaire was pretty interesting, although some aspects of the plot were a little annoying. I'm not a huge fan of Dickens. I got a lot of experience with Shakespeare over the last 2-3 years.

I haven't read anything by Ayn Rand, so I couldn't really tell you anything about her philosophy. Joyce is someone I want to get to as well.

Possum
07-07-2009, 01:23 AM
the halo series isnt bad either.

ih8brady
07-07-2009, 10:03 PM
I'd be down for something like this. I recently finished the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden. One book I'd highly recommend is Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. I read that and Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut consecutively, man that was a trip.

I'm starting Ovid's Metamorphoses tonight.


Great collection, love the tales behind each one, I think it was envy who had a particularly gruesome "origin."

I also just started to get into M. Amis, might have to put Time's Arrow to the top of my summer reading list.

SoJoMike
07-08-2009, 05:56 AM
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Goons reading list. Some of the most formitive books of my life. Most of my belief and values systems can be traced back to one of these works.

That last one looks really interesting, "On Killing". I am going to look that one up.

The Orwell novels are really good, especially if you, like me, are generally distrustful of the rich and powerful and human's natural penchant for controlling everything around them.

1984
Animal Farm

GoonBoss
07-08-2009, 07:25 AM
That last one looks really interesting, "On Killing". I am going to look that one up.

The Orwell novels are really good, especially if you, like me, are generally distrustful of the rich and powerful and human's natural penchant for controlling everything around them.

1984
Animal Farm

Grossmans work is very thought provokeing, even if I don't agree with it all the time.

cafinfan408
07-08-2009, 07:57 AM
down

GoonBoss
07-08-2009, 09:26 AM
Ok. I'm willing to try to get this thing rolling. Here's my suggestion;

We come up with a list of catagories. Then, we start throwing in book titles and authors under each catagory. I'll see if we can't sticky it. Once we get enough titles, we'll start on one book in one catagory, then, after a week, have a roundtable thread on it. The next week, we'll move to another catagory and select a book from there.

What say you all?

ETA; I think we should have a Chairperson and assistant chair person to sort of drive things.

canesandbhoys
07-08-2009, 05:25 PM
Ok. I'm willing to try to get this thing rolling. Here's my suggestion;

We come up with a list of catagories. Then, we start throwing in book titles and authors under each catagory. I'll see if we can't sticky it. Once we get enough titles, we'll start on one book in one catagory, then, after a week, have a roundtable thread on it. The next week, we'll move to another catagory and select a book from there.

What say you all?

ETA; I think we should have a Chairperson and assistant chair person to sort of drive things.

Great idea. Some categories off the top of my head:

History
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction/Biography
Horror

I'm not quite sure what category would fit the dystopian, allegorical type of novels like 1984, Catch-22, and A Clockwork Orange.

JTBRLZ
07-08-2009, 11:59 PM
Nice, I'm glad someone took the initiative to get this thing rolling. Let's get these categories together. Also, we should probably start a whole new thread and sticky it to the top once we have a formative plan.

canesandbhoys
07-09-2009, 12:03 AM
Nice, I'm glad someone took the initiative to get this thing rolling. Let's get these categories together. Also, we should probably start a whole new thread and sticky it to the top once we have a formative plan.

BTW, to those involved; would you rather make a new thread for every book, or keep posting in one "official" thread?

ih8brady
07-09-2009, 12:06 AM
Great idea. Some categories off the top of my head:

History
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction/Biography
Horror

I'm not quite sure what category would fit the dystopian, allegorical type of novels like 1984, Catch-22, and A Clockwork Orange.

Novel/Fiction?

JTBRLZ
07-09-2009, 12:13 AM
BTW, to those involved; would you rather make a new thread for every book, or keep posting in one "official" thread?

Hmm good question, I almost want to make a new thread for each book, but I kinda want all of them to be easily accessible. It also kinda depends on how much activity we get on each book.

canesandbhoys
07-09-2009, 12:23 AM
Novel/Fiction?

That would make sense.

Philosophy?

Arsenal WV
07-09-2009, 12:32 AM
I'm down to read anything.

When you decide what you guys want to do, just let everybody know please...

Thanks

GoonBoss
07-09-2009, 03:24 AM
History
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction/Biography
Horror
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I'd say, further....
Philosiphy
I'd plus up Sci Fi to Sci fi/Fantasy
I'd plus up Horror to Horror/Suspense
Classics

Anyone got any other catagories?

JTBRLZ
07-09-2009, 11:21 AM
I think you should split up Non-Fiction and Biography, because there are some great Non-Fiction books that wouldn't be categorized as a Biography. Just make it:
Classics
History
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Biography/Memoir
Horror/Suspense
Philosophy

cowboy82nd
07-09-2009, 06:20 PM
I nominate canesandbulls for chairperson, since they started the thread.

Arsenal WV
07-09-2009, 07:01 PM
I nominate canesandbulls for chairperson, since they started the thread.

Since they started the thread?

You mean he?:lol:

JTBRLZ
07-09-2009, 07:24 PM
I think we should start a little sub-forum under the Critic's Corner, and then we can start a thread for each book.

ih8brady
07-09-2009, 07:33 PM
I think we should start a little sub-forum under the Critic's Corner, and then we can start a thread for each book.


Cool idea, especially for people with a potpourri of literary interests.

Rafiki
07-09-2009, 07:48 PM
I agree with starting a new subforum---->thread for each book.

We could also do two books at once just in case someone's already read one book and would like another option.

And how do we want to select books?

cowboy82nd
07-09-2009, 09:59 PM
Since they started the thread?

You mean he?:lol:

That's what happens when you smoke crack. I need to give that up (jk).

Bumpus
07-09-2009, 11:59 PM
I'd like to nominate See Spot Run.

Arsenal WV
07-10-2009, 12:14 AM
Has anybody read "The Associate" by John Grishman?

I've been wanting to read that one.

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 03:58 AM
Ok...We have one vote for Canesandbulls for chair. If everyone's ok with it, we'll finalize with;

Classics
History
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Biography/Memoir
Horror/Suspense
Philosophy

These will be the catagories. I will run the request for a sub forum up the chain today. Lets go ahead and start tossing titles out there.

SoJoMike
07-10-2009, 05:52 AM
I am probably going to have to trail this, I have a hard time reading a book in the span of a week. I will try though. Looking forward to the recommendations.

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 12:42 PM
Ok. Bill is going to set us up a sub forum of the lounge. And Sojo, We don't have to be locked in for a week. Maybe we'll make it dependant on the length of the book.

poornate
07-10-2009, 01:05 PM
I haven't posted in this thread... but I am an avid reader... I have a suggestion for your first book... I suggest you read a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

He is a writer that appeals to all levels of readers. He has deep symbolism, while also writing active and engaging fiction. He is an easy read, prolific, and no book he has written (that I have read) would be a bad choice. (The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, Cities on the Plain)

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 01:17 PM
I haven't posted in this thread... but I am an avid reader... I have a suggestion for your first book... I suggest you read a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

He is a writer that appeals to all levels of readers. He has deep symbolism, while also writing active and engaging fiction. He is an easy read, prolific, and no book he has written (that I have read) would be a bad choice. (The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, Cities on the Plain)

Ok Nate. I will class that under fiction. Thanks for the suggestion.

poornate
07-10-2009, 01:27 PM
Under non-fiction or biographies you could also place David McCullough... the reason I suggest this is that he is so readable and a lot of folks balk at non-ficition... all of his books are very engaging... (1776 and John Adams perhaps being my favorites... and his most popular)

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 01:32 PM
Under non-fiction or biographies you could also place David McCullough... the reason I suggest this is that he is so readable and a lot of folks balk at non-ficition... all of his books are very engaging... (1776 and John Adams perhaps being my favorites... and his most popular)

I've read 1776. Excellent.

poornate
07-10-2009, 01:36 PM
For the science fiction suggestion... I don't like SF too much, even though, like everything (and every other genre) I have read quite a bit of it. Have you read the Enders gAME SERIES BY oRSON sCOTT cARD? I really like those books... they are written on almost a juvenile level but have deep human meaning in them... I recommend Speaker for the Dead.

JTBRLZ
07-10-2009, 03:25 PM
One more quick suggestion. Maybe we should have some sort of que to show upcoming books to give everyone some time to get the book.

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 03:30 PM
One more quick suggestion. Maybe we should have some sort of que to show upcoming books to give everyone some time to get the book.

Good call. What I sort of invision is actually setting up a Google document showing the overall catagories, and, all the selections in them. We'll work though the catagories in order, and we'll all vote on which book comes next, and, have it highlighted in advance. I'm hopeing I can find them used because I'm very short on money ATM.

poornate
07-10-2009, 03:34 PM
Library????

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 03:38 PM
Library????

Novel concept.

I just hate having to go though the whole process of the returning. I hate doing it with DVDs :lol:. I always prefer to buy stuff, so it's mine. I honestly didn't even think about the library. Drrrp drrrp.:crazy:

JTBRLZ
07-10-2009, 03:52 PM
Yea I usually don't go through the library, mostly because my library is horrible, but also because like Goon, I'd much rather buy stuff. I usually can find books used for pretty cheap.

GoonBoss
07-10-2009, 03:54 PM
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dffmz2mm_34g74gv8h8

Ok. Something like this is what i had in mind. What do you guys think?

poornate
07-10-2009, 04:04 PM
Novel concept.

I just hate having to go though the whole process of the returning. I hate doing it with DVDs :lol:. I always prefer to buy stuff, so it's mine. I honestly didn't even think about the library. Drrrp drrrp.:crazy:

Netflix my friend... they also have a Bookflis type service called Paperspine or something like that where you get to pick 5 books a month....

canesandbhoys
07-10-2009, 05:33 PM
I get my books from Amazon most of the time. They are usually in pretty good condition, and can be ridiculously cheap.

Rafiki
07-10-2009, 07:17 PM
I haven't posted in this thread... but I am an avid reader... I have a suggestion for your first book... I suggest you read a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

He is a writer that appeals to all levels of readers. He has deep symbolism, while also writing active and engaging fiction. He is an easy read, prolific, and no book he has written (that I have read) would be a bad choice. (The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, Cities on the Plain)

I would second the suggestion of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I haven't read it before, but I hear they're making a movie out of it.

A suggestion from me would be Hyperion from Dan Simmons (which I also haven't read, but have heard good things about).

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

JTBRLZ
07-10-2009, 07:19 PM
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dffmz2mm_34g74gv8h8

Ok. Something like this is what i had in mind. What do you guys think?

That's perfect, great idea.

JTBRLZ
07-10-2009, 07:19 PM
I get my books from Amazon most of the time. They are usually in pretty good condition, and can be ridiculously cheap.

I do the exact same thing, works like a charm every time.

JTBRLZ
07-14-2009, 04:37 PM
BUMP. For those interested, the thread has been created.