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The most famous you've never read

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by direstraits, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Occlith

    Occlith Well-Known Member

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    Still haven't read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
     
  2. darrenwhite

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    I found it hard going...
     
  3. ChaosTheory

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    I love Frankenstein, but found Bram Stoker's Dracula to be kind of a slog. Go figure...
     
  4. direstraits

    direstraits Well-Known Member

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    Wow, I loved Dracula. I expected it to be campy, but boy I thought it was fantastic. It was exciting, had spills (literally) and thrills, wonderful characters (ok, two of them). And nobody sparkled. Much better than I had expected (but then I did not have any expectations at all, and I find that that's usually a plus).
     
  5. ChaosTheory

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    My expectations might have been too high :) I liked the use of journal/letter entries to move the narrative but it didn't scare me and I found the characters (aside from D himself) awfully bland.
     
  6. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Setting is sometimes all important. What you need to do is be far too young (9) and sneak out the house at night with the book because you were a. forbidden to spend the night in the tree house by yourself and b. forbidden to read Dracula. Make sure it is a dark and windy night. Proceed to read by torchlight in a wildly swaying treehouse with creaking branches and scary noises all round.

    Be VERY grateful when your parents find you 3/4's of the way through the book.

    THEN it is scary, very scary!

    PS this experience may be why I have never watched a horror movie for longer then 5 minutes :rofl
     
  7. direstraits

    direstraits Well-Known Member

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    Haha! Wonderful stuff!
     
  8. ChaosTheory

    ChaosTheory Active Member

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    Fair enough :D
     
  9. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Dan Brown. Seen a movie, but based on input from some friends, decided not to read the book.
     
  11. readsalot

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    In answer to the original question. Steven King.
     
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    Horror: Dark Tower series, House of Leaves
    Sci-fi: Buncha famous Asimov books, Star Wars books
    Fantasy: Colossal Game of Thrones books
     
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    Dark Tower and House of Leaves are both amazing, a must read.

    Have never read J.R.R. Tolkien
     
  14. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Tolkien is a must read too LOL
     
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    Tolkien scares me. I have read the Hobbit, but when I tried to go on with the story I froze. I will have to try again soon.
     
  16. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    oh dear :( really it isnt that intimidating - if you could read the hobbit you can read LOTR as the style isnt much different. Just more of it.
     
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    I have a terrible issue with languages. If I can't pronounce it in my head I have trouble. May not make sense....
     
  18. Meadow337

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    oh hmm there isn't nearly as much in the books as in the movies and you can just skip it :)
     
  19. BookGyrlinMO

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    Alright....I'll put the first next on my TBR and see how it goes :D
     
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    I've been told that Dark Tower isn't worth the effort; but I'll read it anyways....can't say the same about house of leaves..

    tut tut...Doctor sleep sucked big time!
     

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