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    Books!

    I was just wondering what types of books people in this business read. I, personally, am a Si-Fi|Stephen King type of person. I have just started reading "CELL" by Stephen King and I have to say that it only takes a few pages to see how disturbed that man is.
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    I have the complete Harry Potter Series. Last of the series will be out soon.
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    How long has it been going on now? I haven't read any of the books or seen any of the movies.
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    You shouldn't have asked that because I'm a literate nut and published my first novel last year. Search for ''The Eclectic Chauvinist'' on Amazon.

    As for my favorites?

    Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
    The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
    Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
    The First Circle (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
    The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

    I've read the last one 7 times. I'd say it's a pretty safe guess that most people in the 3D business read either sci-fi or fantasy. You could conjecture a lot about the combinations of tech and imagination here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnStovall
    How long has it been going on now? I haven't read any of the books or seen any of the movies.
    Excellent books and movies. The last book due in a couple of months is the last one which is book 7. Its too bad they couldn't fit all the material from the books into the movies though. Still well worth it, especially if you love scifi.
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    While I do love most Sci-Fi, my fav's are the Larry Niven "Known Space" stories, and Frederick Pohl's HeeChee saga.

    The list is actually too big to put in a message here of what I like...

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    For me, it's Michael Crichton or nothing.
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    Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and any combination therein.

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    audio books!...
    just ''reading'' ida a scifi book and have just finished journey to the center of the earth by jules verne [also audio book]

    audio books are great as i can work and have a book read to me at the same time!...doesn't feel like work!

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    Love Stephen King! CELL is fantastic too! Dark Tower is my fav series. I also really enjoy RA Salvatore. Great stuff!

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    Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' is my favourite series of books.

    Other than that, Iain M. Banks is just about the only sci-fi/fantasy author whose work I rate as he is that rare thing in the genre; a good writer.

    I got a couple of Greg Bear books after the recent Eon CGTalk challenge but they are turgid. Great ideas but dull, dull, dull.

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    Uh, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven (current fave), Spider Robinson, Tolkein, Jerry Pournelle, David Brin, Frank Herbert.

    Tons o' sci-fi.

    Also Stephen King, James Michener, James Clavell, Ayn Rand.

    And LOTSA freakin' manuals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by creach
    Uh, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven (current fave), Spider Robinson, Tolkein, Jerry Pournelle, David Brin, Frank Herbert.

    Tons o' sci-fi.

    Also Stephen King, James Michener, James Clavell, Ayn Rand.

    And LOTSA freakin' manuals!

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    Interesting question

    This is jsut my opinion and my answer seems to be a anomaly which is a clue. I am nobody special and I am increasingly bored by popular fiction.

    I read little fantasy any more. I have seen little new imagination after progressing through Asimov, Heinlein, Tolkien to Stephenson and Gibson. After a while, those writing after those pioneers, especially those writing for the common denominator like most these days, seem so transparently formulaic, repetitive, and unimaginative. Some legal thrillers with Turow preferred over Gresham who is less of a prose writer. Fairly soon a program will be able to write popular thrillers--even King's and Clancy's.

    I read math, physics, graphics and programing books. Some economics and finance. My latest ones are: The Mystery of Capitalism by De Soto, Freakanomics by Levitt, The Tipping Point by Gladwell, and Physics-based Animation by Erleben et al (dense math and physics but very comprehensive).

    But I watch all the CGI effects films I can get a hold of. The Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings are top notch. As are space sci-fi though the Stars Wars plots are for grade school children and always have been.

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    Peter F Hamilton is the new king of science fiction.

    Imagine Frank Herbet's Dune x20 in terms of scale and scope, so I doubt anyone will have a large enough budget to turn one of his sagas into a movie (or three like LOTR) to do them justice any time soon.

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