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irick
02-14-2014, 06:52 PM
I love books.
I love learning, I love stories, I love typography, I love book binding.
Love, Love, Love <3

There is just something magical about books, both physical and electronic. Having an author sit down and write their words down on a page to bring you into a story or to explain a complex topic is just a very personal thing. It's peering into a great mind, one that may even be otherwise lost to us. While others may argue that movies, music and television do the same there is just something special about the written word that makes it feel like the author is right there with you when you read through a well written book or article.

And then there is the artistry of book binding itself. I've got some lovely examples from the early 1800s that are miracles to have lasted this long! :P The evolution of typography, from the earliest movable type to the bromide processes of the 202 to finally the postscript era of laser printers and ink jets that set off the desktop publishing revolution. These are fascinating topics that truly touch every aspect of modern life!

So, here is a small list (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8258746/ePub/My%20Books.html) of what I have been reading recently. I have too many physical books just all over the place to really list, so I just exported my current ebook library. It should give you an idea as to what sort of books I personally like. I would love to hear what you read, what you love about books, and any suggestions you think others might enjoy!

*edit*

I thought I might add a bit of book porn: This is my favorite book in my collection. It was published in 1904, making it 110 years old! This luckily means that It isn't even covered by copyright, and it is a gorgeous book.

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Cause the Rat
02-18-2014, 12:20 AM
Some place you might like.

https://archive.org/details/texts

It's got a huge selection of old books. There is also a music archive. Some really cool stuff. Great place to go and listen to something completely different.

irick
02-18-2014, 09:11 PM
Some place you might like.

https://archive.org/details/texts

It's got a huge selection of old books. There is also a music archive. Some really cool stuff. Great place to go and listen to something completely different.

Yeah, archive.org is a nice resource for a lot of public domain/creative commons stuff.
Specifically for books, i'd recommend looking up project Gutenberg. It's pretty amazing.

SpixPanda
02-19-2014, 05:38 AM
Now this is my kind of thread, ha ha. I am an avid fan of collecting and reading books for myself. I am not knowledgeable on the topic of book collecting by any means, and I am still working my way through a lot of the classics, but I sure as hell love every minute of it. My library consists almost entirely of the fantasy genre, with a large chunk of them being anything at all with "dragon" in the title, from my middle and high school days. Recently I've been adding the works of Sir Conan Doyle and Agitha Christie, a bit of old sci-fi novels as they catch my eye, and the odd recommended book here and there (Ya Ya Sisterhood, what even are you). I think DragonLance novels take up most of my shelves/piles, though.

If I had to give a recommendation, I think my first choice will always, and without a doubt, be the Journeys of the Catechist series by Alan Dean Foster. It's a three part saga, and it touched my imagination in a way I've seldom felt more uniquely. The main character is very calm and zen-like, and has great personal conviction. He is not a good man, or a bad man, he is just a man, and it's perfect. Though I love to read, I am actually terrible with words, and trying to sum up a book that was such a personal experience feels like a waste of time, ha ha. If you find yourself with the time, please check this book out. Just try the first one, and see how you like it, if not all three~

irick
02-20-2014, 11:52 PM
Just to save people a bit of google-fu, here are SpixPanda's recomendations:

Journeys of the Catechist

Carnivores of Light and Darkness (http://www.amazon.com/Carnivores-Light-Darkness-Journeys-Catechist/dp/0446606979) (1998) ISBN 0-446-52132-9
Into the Thinking Kingdoms (http://www.amazon.com/Into-Thinking-Kingdom-Journeys-Catechist/dp/0446521361) (1999) ISBN 0-446-52136-1
A Triumph of Souls (http://www.amazon.com/Triumph-Souls-Journeys-Catechist-Book/dp/044652218X) (2000) ISBN 0-446-52218-X

I haven't yet started on the series, but I will definitely take a look. I am familiar with Dinotopia though.

melk
02-22-2014, 04:33 AM
Currently trying to scale the monolithic Infinite Jest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_Jest) by David Foster Wallace.

Also, I recently listened to this commencement speech that Wallace gave to a graduating class. It is very powerful and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

8CrOL-ydFMI

irick
02-22-2014, 06:25 AM
Currently trying to scale the monolithic Infinite Jest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_Jest) by David Foster Wallace.

Also, I recently listened to this commencement speech that Wallace gave to a graduating class. It is very powerful and I highly recommend giving it a listen.



That was a good speech.

The book seems pretty far into the meta, and absurdity is right up my ally. I will take a look at it, if i can follow it :P

melk
02-24-2014, 01:56 AM
That was a good speech.

The book seems pretty far into the meta, and absurdity is right up my ally. I will take a look at it, if i can follow it :P
It's not that hard of a read, it's just SUUUPER long. I'm not too far in, but it's really awesome so far.

I'm trying to get into Isaac Asimov. I saw that you had read a lot of his work and was wondering if you had any suggestions for what to read first?

irick
02-24-2014, 03:20 AM
It's not that hard of a read, it's just SUUUPER long. I'm not too far in, but it's really awesome so far.

I'm trying to get into Isaac Asimov. I saw that you had read a lot of his work and was wondering if you had any suggestions for what to read first?

Asimov (http://kaedrin.com/fun/asimov/aguide.html) [link to his suggested list] tended to prefer people start at the beginning chronologically. Personally, my first book of his was the very Foundation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_%28novel%29) of my love for science fiction. (:3)

Either way, you can't go wrong though. Asimov is an excellent SiFi author.

sassySloth
03-25-2014, 07:53 PM
I just started reading The Necronomicon and it's so gooood. So dark and engrossing. I can't believe I' never thought to read it before, it's perfect.

Yarnix
12-01-2016, 01:37 PM
I have read many books over the years and while I love books I am unfortunately a little picky with what I read. Nonetheless I have a little list and description of some books that I recommend.

'Once' by Morris Gleitzman:
This surprisingly optimistic book takes you on a journey with Felix, a Jewish boy attempting to survive the Holocaust. This book is written in a series designed so that you may read them in any order you like, however I recommend reading in order. A well written adventure that is perfect to really absorb yourself into and really put yourself in the characters shoes. While there are scenes that would be incredibly terrifying, they are written to be perfectly viewed and experienced by the reader in Felix's oddly optimistic and cheerful personality. Making a sad and very scary book oddly welcoming and relaxing to read. I recommend for young and adult readers.

'The Outsiders' by S.E Hinton:
I remember reading 'The Outsiders' in middle school, it is by no means a difficult book to read or grasp. By popular opinion, it is considered the only book a child will enjoy reading at school. That being said that doesn't mean adults cannot have a good time reading this classic! Set in the 1960's with themes of juvenile crime as you follow protagonist Ponyboy Curtis (an odd name with odd explination) through his life being a greaser in the rough side of America. I recommend for young and adult readers.

'Flowers for Algernon' by Daniel Keyes:
If your looking for something more mature I recommend 'Flowers for Algernon'. This book was a very strange read and I regret reading it when I was younger as the story is not easy to follow for young readers. In this book, you go through the life of a mentally challenged man, Charlie Gordon who is approached by a group of scientists. These scientists wish to attempt to improve Charlie's mind through their studies from tests on the adorable Algernon the lab mouse. While the cover of this book may seem innocent and inviting, I warn that this book is not for those who are sensitive to psychological horror. I need to read this book again as I have forgotten the ending. I recommend this for adult readers.