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Quote from: Vostroya on July 16, 2008, 11:16:43 PMThe famous ones. A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner), The Man In The High Castle... you really can't go wrong, but I've actually not identified any gems hidden in his lesser-known works.
Quote from: Vostroya on July 16, 2008, 11:25:03 PMThey were all at my dad's, and right now they're in a box in mini-storage because his new house isn't done until NovemberI had all my Arthur C Clarke, Asimov, and Lovecraft stuff there too
Quote from: Vostroya on July 18, 2008, 05:06:39 PMIt's not Vonnegut's absolute best, but it's certainly up there. I liked it. If I remember correctly it's kind of weird in the beginning and you wonder when the biographical part will end but if you get through it it's good. That might have been Jailbird, though, I always get them mixed up. My favorites of his are Slaughterhouse-Five and Galapagos. Reefer, on H.P. Lovecraft: I'd say if you're a mild fan of Poe's style (dark and fantastical, but elegant) and also a fan of sci-fi thrillers, you'd enjoy Lovecraft. He is my personal literary hero and in my opinion one of the greatest authors to have lived... he only has a few real novels; mostly just short stories (and lots of them). I'd recommend one of the compilation volumes Penguin has published... I know I've had The Cthulhu Mythos and Other Weird Stories, which is a pretty good collection of the Cthulhu stories (the best ones). Alternatively you could buy some of the old Del-Ray paperbacks on eBay, which all had one or two of the longer stories and then a bunch of short ones. I think it's a 7 volume set.
Quote from: Vostroya on July 18, 2008, 11:45:57 PMLast time I read The Giver was years ago... I think I liked it. Brave New World is pretty good, but not incredibly deep. You might get more out of some Dick stuff or other noted sci-fi.
Quote from: Vostroya on July 20, 2008, 12:02:14 AMHAHRead them. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Quote from: Houdini on July 20, 2008, 12:25:55 PMA Scanner Darkly somehow managed to both be a really good movie and faithfully capture the spirit of the novel, which is pretty rare in the world of cinematic Dick interpretations. Bladerunner was really good but didn't have that Philip K. Dick feel that A Scanner Darkly did. I didn't even know until recently that Minority Report was based off a Dick story, because it just seemed like another boneheaded big-budget action flick.
Quote from: reefer on July 21, 2008, 02:19:10 PMMinority Report actually had a really cool idea, but of course it's only because it was based on Dick's work.
Quote from: Kingmush on July 21, 2008, 03:17:00 PMHere are some books I've recently read;The Good Guy by Dean Koontz - First off I noticed the OP read The Husband which while it does have a cliche story line, I still like the author. Anyway, this one is about a guy who is in a bar and get's mistaken as a hitman. A guy comes in and hands him the money and a picture of the victim, he then goes on and trys to save her. I must say, it was a lot better than I thought and the ending was totally unexpectedCell by Stephen King - This was my first Stephen King novel and I wasn't disapointed. I love these kind of books that focus on world wide disaster and humanity's atempt to survive/set it back right. But the brief synopsis of this novel is that a world wide epidemic of sorts was delivered by cell phones simaltaneously which turned people into basically animals with killing on their mind. A whole new society and mindset appears. Very good as I said before.Currently Reading:Prey by Michael Crichton - Only about 50 pages in so far, but anyways a friend of mine loves Crichton and I decided to check him out. So far it's pretty good but I'm waiting for some action to start. I love books that have some sort of catcher early on, and this one has only half satisfied me.Gave up on Reading:The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz - First off, Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors so it's surprising I gave up on this one. However, like I stated above I like books with early catches. I was 100 pages in and all that's happened is some maniac girl burnt an old person's home, the rest is filled with the main character's love for dogs and her boyfriend's obsession with drawing dogs...