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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 7:36 pm 
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i am 14 and in need of literature. Please don't recommend romance novels (shudder) I despise them. I will read almost anything else though. Thank you in advance.


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I can give you the names of some of the books/plays i read for english lit when i was in high school. The ones i found interesting anyway...

"A Man for all Seasons"
by Robert Bolt

"The Glass Menagerie"
by Tennessee Williams

"Richard III"
by William Shakespeare (most of shakespeares's plays are good so u could look for some more)

"The Chrysalids"
by John Wyndham

"To Kill a Mocking Bird"
by Harper Lee

"Shane"
by Jack Shaefer

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READ CRIME AND PUNISHMENT! by Fyodor Dostoevsky!

I just finished it. It is full of suspense and mystery!

Read it!

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I'd read for starter:

"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

"1984" by George Orwell

And anything else you find that interests you. :o

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Bulfinch's Mythology - It may be dry at times but so many references that you'll find in literature again and again.


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"Lirael", "Sabrael", and "Abhorsen" ~Garth Nix

the Ender Quartet by Orson Scott Card

The Shadow Quartet by the same person

Enchanted...*points above*

Anything written by Anne McCaffery

...and I could go on with a HUGE list of fantasy books, but I can't remember all the author's names! ^-^

I'll give them to you tomorrow...go to the library and look. ^_-

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If your 14, read Steven Kings The Dark Tower books. The first one is The Gunslinger. a note of caution, if you arent enjoying it in the begginging, give it time, anything lacking from the early storyline is quickly replaced. It realy is fantastic.

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On The Road by Jack Kerouac. It's always nice to read a book that inspired a generation.

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Agatha Christie and Harry Potter - though you've probably already read Potter


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Johnathon Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susana Clarke is brilliant. When I was 14 I really like the Discworld Series by Pratchett. (well I still do but not as much)

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I have read almost every Agatha Christie but I can't find some of them. I am currently at 71 Agatha Chrtistie books including the the ones she wrote under the name Mary Westmacott.


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You do have taste, ocortina! And so many for one so young.

Where do all these precocious little pumpkins come from?

I have only read about 35 and I'm older than that.

And what are your feelings about Harry Potter?


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I believe that Harry Potter books drags along the beginning but eventualy develop into an interesting plot. After all most books that drag along the beginning turn into bestsellers somehow. Some books with interesting beginnings turn dull when you reach the end. It is strange but thats how it is sometimes...But yes I have read the books. Although I hate it when they commercialize a book by making games, movies, posters, ect. Then when you read the same book again it feels strange knowing that it is now somehow half of what it used to be.But then again that's just me.


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I agree about the beginnings - at the Dursley's - I always just bided my time til they moved on to Hogwarts.

And the commercialism does take away the images that the mind creates and yet that didn't stop me from getting my daughter (a bit older than you now) little fuzzy Hedwig, a Ravenclaw mug and a few other trinkets.

Not to mention the movies which changed my perception of the books forever. But still I was excited to see the view from the director/script writer/etc perspective. I haven't finished the 5th book and that could be the reason. But, then, when I started reading my daughter was younger and we shared the chapters...then she blasted off as a reader. I was lost in her dust and I owe thanks to JK Rowling as so many do.


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Hmm...I think you may be right about that, and it is interesting the director's view. Although that Series of Unfortunate Events movie was somewhat far from the books. All in all though I think that you are right and commercializing a book is not as bad as I thought...sometimes at least.


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