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If you like scientific books, check out The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. He has many books that are worth reading but this one's my favourite.

If you like scientific books, check out The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. He has many books that are worth reading but this one's my favourite.
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The Metamorphosis, Amerika, and The Judgment by kafka are fun reads.

The Metamorphosis, Amerika, and The Judgment by kafka are fun reads.
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YariThe Metamorphosis, Amerika, and The Judgment by kafka are fun reads.

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[quote=Yari]The Metamorphosis, Amerika, and The Judgment by kafka are fun reads.[/quote]
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TailorTFThe entirety of the Foundation series by Asimov

seconded.

Read pretty much anything by Camus, if you're gonna read The Stranger read The Myth of Sisyphus as a companion to it. Coming Up For Air by Orwell is fantastic as well. Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series if you wanted to read good historical fiction, probably more interesting if you're an American.

[quote=TailorTF]The entirety of the Foundation series by Asimov[/quote]

seconded.

Read pretty much anything by Camus, if you're gonna read The Stranger read The Myth of Sisyphus as a companion to it. Coming Up For Air by Orwell is fantastic as well. Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series if you wanted to read good historical fiction, probably more interesting if you're an American.
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"Astrophysics for people in a hurry" - Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Started reading it at work while bored and sparked my old interest in all things space
also, gotta ask, but why are you asking this on a gaming forum? lol

"Astrophysics for people in a hurry" - Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Started reading it at work while bored and sparked my old interest in all things space
also, gotta ask, but why are you asking this on a gaming forum? lol
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I really enjoyed the Mongoliad series. Extremely well studied historical fiction. Sounds kind of lame, but it covers a really interesting part of european/asian history that I was not well studied in beforehand. The series takes place during the end of the crusades/right in the middle of the Mongol invasion of China. Highly recommend

I really enjoyed the Mongoliad series. Extremely well studied historical fiction. Sounds kind of lame, but it covers a really interesting part of european/asian history that I was not well studied in beforehand. The series takes place during the end of the crusades/right in the middle of the Mongol invasion of China. Highly recommend
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YariThe Metamorphosis, Amerika, and The Judgment by kafka are fun reads.

sooooo goood

The Bible, Don Quixote, Paradise lost, Crime and punishment, Psychology of the unconscious, Ficciones

[quote=Yari]The Metamorphosis, Amerika, and The Judgment by kafka are fun reads.[/quote]
sooooo goood

The Bible, Don Quixote, Paradise lost, Crime and punishment, Psychology of the unconscious, Ficciones
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I liked Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and The Stranger by Albert Camus, they're pretty short as well so if you want a quick read you should deffo check those out

I liked Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and The Stranger by Albert Camus, they're pretty short as well so if you want a quick read you should deffo check those out
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google murray bookchin

google murray bookchin
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Stormlight Archive, or anything by Sanderson. If you don't mind a slow pace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is solid.

Stormlight Archive, or anything by Sanderson. If you don't mind a slow pace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is solid.
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harry potter

harry potter
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Currently reading The Devil's Cradle which is a very detailed history of Finnish black metal.

Currently reading The Devil's Cradle which is a very detailed history of Finnish black metal.
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Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The funniest book I've ever read, and funny books are kind of my thing.

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The funniest book I've ever read, and funny books are kind of my thing.
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bijlolI see people recommending the foundation books a lot and while i agree that it is a true sci-fi classic i think that the robot novels (caves of steel, etc) are much more interesting.

true actually. looking back on it I much more enjoyed the robot series, but I didn't feel it had a satisfying conclusion to me personally.

Also the I Robot movie blows.

[quote=bijlol]I see people recommending the foundation books a lot and while i agree that it is a true sci-fi classic i think that the robot novels (caves of steel, etc) are much more interesting.
[/quote] true actually. looking back on it I much more enjoyed the robot series, but I didn't feel it had a satisfying conclusion to me personally.

Also the I Robot movie blows.
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vooshoos1. No longer human by Osamu Dazai

I love that Dazai book so much. I'd recommend going for the original translation personally because I think it captures the alienation really well through its obtuse language. The newer translation is known under the title "A Shameless Life" and I don't think it quite captures the mood of the original translation. However, due to the nature of translation, the newer release is no less valid than the former, and in some cases I'm sure it's a superior translation. That said, I still recommend the original, for the reasons posted above.

Once I know someone's reading habits a bit better, I generally try and recommend one of the following:

>Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
One of the most starkly beautiful and violent books I've read. Written in a somewhat obtuse manner, it's an extremely rewarding Western that follows The Kid through his encounters with various parties, all with a sense of inevitability and an acknowledgement of human brutality that can be shocking. Definitely worth a read.

>Roadside Picnic, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
The inspiration for the STALKER series and Tarkovsky film. A first hand account of pilfering a restricted zone and the adventures towards mythical treasure. Extremely vivid and features one of my favourite passages in fiction. The care and attention given to making their domestic situation feel real was fascinating to me, and I probably missed a lot of subtext too, given that it was written during the USSR and had to make it through the censors.

>Highrise, by J.G. Ballard
The slow decent towards a primal culture from within a contemporary tower block. This is a beautifully written novel and is also quite a simple read. I think that the novel handles the concept of societal breakdown much more effectively than the film, which plays more with visual and sexual decadence.

Also can recommend some of the following to a lesser degree:

>American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
>L'étranger, by Albert Camus
>La Peste (The Plague), By Albert Camus
>Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
>Everything Is Illuminated, Johnathan Safran Foer
>Gaunt's Ghosts series, by Dan Abnett (bit of a guilty pleasure)
>Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville (flawed, but enjoyable)

[quote=vooshoos]1. No longer human by Osamu Dazai[/quote]
I love that Dazai book so much. I'd recommend going for the original translation personally because I think it captures the alienation really well through its obtuse language. The newer translation is known under the title "A Shameless Life" and I don't think it quite captures the mood of the original translation. However, due to the nature of translation, the newer release is no less valid than the former, and in some cases I'm sure it's a superior translation. That said, I still recommend the original, for the reasons posted above.

Once I know someone's reading habits a bit better, I generally try and recommend one of the following:

>Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
One of the most starkly beautiful and violent books I've read. Written in a somewhat obtuse manner, it's an extremely rewarding Western that follows The Kid through his encounters with various parties, all with a sense of inevitability and an acknowledgement of human brutality that can be shocking. Definitely worth a read.

>Roadside Picnic, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
The inspiration for the STALKER series and Tarkovsky film. A first hand account of pilfering a restricted zone and the adventures towards mythical treasure. Extremely vivid and features one of my favourite passages in fiction. The care and attention given to making their domestic situation feel real was fascinating to me, and I probably missed a lot of subtext too, given that it was written during the USSR and had to make it through the censors.

>Highrise, by J.G. Ballard
The slow decent towards a primal culture from within a contemporary tower block. This is a beautifully written novel and is also quite a simple read. I think that the novel handles the concept of societal breakdown much more effectively than the film, which plays more with visual and sexual decadence.

Also can recommend some of the following to a lesser degree:

>American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
>L'étranger, by Albert Camus
>La Peste (The Plague), By Albert Camus
>Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
>Everything Is Illuminated, Johnathan Safran Foer
>Gaunt's Ghosts series, by Dan Abnett (bit of a guilty pleasure)
>Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville (flawed, but enjoyable)
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Worm by John McCrae (pen name Wildbow) is a self published web novel and quite possibly the best piece of superhero related fiction I've ever come across. It's super long at ~1.6 million words, but is very worth while if you're a fan of the genre. and especially so if you enjoy playing with tropes.

its also free to read

Worm by John McCrae (pen name Wildbow) is a self published web novel and quite possibly the best piece of superhero related fiction I've ever come across. It's super long at ~1.6 million words, but is very worth while if you're a fan of the genre. and especially so if you enjoy playing with tropes.

its also free to read
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The Mars trilogy is pretty great.

The Mars trilogy is pretty great.
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The Koran

Mashallah dog power in Allah

The Koran

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Leyr

based and bookpilled, highrise is very good

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based and bookpilled, highrise is very good
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I personally think 100 Years of Solitude is the greatest novel ever written.

Blood Meridian is my second favorite book I've ever read but it's difficult. No Country for Old Men, The Road, really anything Cormac McCarthy I think is top tier.

Heart of Darkness, Song of Solomon, Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Vonnegut is good and funny - Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos (the last one isn't talked about as much but I love it).

Best nonfiction book I've read recently is called Prompt and Utter Destruction by J. Samuel Walker. It's a concise but detailed analysis of Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs and it's considered a very even-handed and well-sourced work of scholarship.

I personally think 100 Years of Solitude is the greatest novel ever written.

Blood Meridian is my second favorite book I've ever read but it's difficult. No Country for Old Men, The Road, really anything Cormac McCarthy I think is top tier.

Heart of Darkness, Song of Solomon, Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Vonnegut is good and funny - Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos (the last one isn't talked about as much but I love it).

Best nonfiction book I've read recently is called Prompt and Utter Destruction by J. Samuel Walker. It's a concise but detailed analysis of Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs and it's considered a very even-handed and well-sourced work of scholarship.
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SicariusWorm by John McCrae (pen name Wildbow) is a self published web novel and quite possibly the best piece of superhero related fiction I've ever come across. It's super long at ~1.6 million words, but is very worth while if you're a fan of the genre. and especially so if you enjoy playing with tropes.

its also free to read

https://parahumans.wordpress.com/

[quote=Sicarius]Worm by John McCrae (pen name Wildbow) is a self published web novel and quite possibly the best piece of superhero related fiction I've ever come across. It's super long at ~1.6 million words, but is very worth while if you're a fan of the genre. and especially so if you enjoy playing with tropes.

its also free to read[/quote]
https://parahumans.wordpress.com/
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Das Kapital
Roadside Picnic
Metro 2033/4/5 (Translation is a bit wonky at times, but otherwise really good books)
All Quiet on the Western Front

Das Kapital
Roadside Picnic
Metro 2033/4/5 (Translation is a bit wonky at times, but otherwise really good books)
All Quiet on the Western Front
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I'm a massive simp for Terry Pratchett, Discworld starts off rocky with the first three books but really hits a stride, I think they hold up for adult reading but that's just me.

Non-fiction wise I'm a big fan of Oliver Sacks work, last I read was Musicophilia which was super interesting. Also a big fan of The Men Who Stare at Goats by John Ronson.

Out Stealing Horses is a book I read for secondary school about ten years ago but it's a recently interesting use of language to display nostalgia, hated it on the first read as a teenager, adored it on my second when I "Got it".

I'm a massive simp for Terry Pratchett, Discworld starts off rocky with the first three books but really hits a stride, I think they hold up for adult reading but that's just me.

Non-fiction wise I'm a big fan of Oliver Sacks work, last I read was Musicophilia which was super interesting. Also a big fan of The Men Who Stare at Goats by John Ronson.

Out Stealing Horses is a book I read for secondary school about ten years ago but it's a recently interesting use of language to display nostalgia, hated it on the first read as a teenager, adored it on my second when I "Got it".
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look me in the eye by john elder robison (not a typo that's how you spell the surname) is an interesting autobiography i read a while back

[i]look me in the eye[/i] by john elder robison (not a typo that's how you spell the surname) is an interesting autobiography i read a while back
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