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    Default Polks Book Club

    Post your book recommendations here

    1. The Biggest "Tax Loophole" Of All, Otto Skinner
    2. The Cure For All Cancers, Dr. Hulda Regehr Clark
    3. Anything by Beavis and Butthead
    4. Solving the MS Mystery: Help, Hope and Recovery, Hal A Huggins
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    I really enjoyed the "Bourne Books" they were very good, and in no way shape or form the same as the movie. I think Ludlum is the author.

    Angles and Deamon by Dan Brown was very good (again clearly fictional) but very exciting.

    I know it sounds childish but I do like the Harry Potter books, and like the Bourne books, feel free to watch the movie and read the books since the movies leave about 1/2 of the story out after you get past the first 2.

    Not to take this on a legality of the income tax track, but be careful with books like "The Biggest "Tax Loophole" of All. These books have some element of truth, and can normally cite a passage from a dissenting (minority) opinion in the Supreme Court, so there is some legal theory behind it. But make no mistake, the Supreme Court has repeatidly affirmed the legality of our federal income tax (states get popped all the time for going to far), and as of today, the law of the land says the income tax is valid.
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    Stephen King fan here.

    1. The Stand
    2. IT
    3. The Mist (short story in the book Skeleton Crew)

    I have the entire Gun Slinger 7 book series, just need time to dig into them.

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    Lord of the Rings.

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    For light reading, I enjoy W.E.B. Griffin....any of his series are good.

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    The last full book I read was Monster a bio on an ex LA gang member, it was decent and easy to read.

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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    I never had it like this where I grew up. But I send my kids here because the fact is you go to one of the best schools in the country: Rushmore. Now, for some of you it doesn't matter. You were born rich and you're going to stay rich. But here's my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can't buy backbone. Don't let them forget it. Thank you.Herman Blume - Rushmore

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    Anything by Stephen Frey, Dan Brown & J.R.R. Tolkien

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakelm View Post
    Lord of the Rings.

    The Hobbit
    I have made it through The Hobbit, but not Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit was good, but for me slow to read. (But I never have been a speed reader.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombie boy 2000 View Post
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    a great book

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    Hyperion - Dan Simmons

    A most excellent sci-fi read followed by three more for the series.
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    Speaking of sci-fi..
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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    Anything by Michael Crichton or David Brin (Sci-fi)
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    Fight Club, the book, is excellent.

    The movie is fairly true to the book, and as always, the book is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    Anything by Michael Crichton or David Brin (Sci-fi)

    Pick up Jurassic Park. The movie was cool, but the book had a whole lot more detail and was simply an awesome read. Highly recommended!

    I also read some of the Star Wars books. Shadows of the Empire was very very good. Takes place between ESB and ROTJ. The Heir to the Empire trilogy books (takes place a few years after ROTJ) are excellant reads also, if you're into Star Wars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strong Bad View Post
    Stephen King fan here.

    1. The Stand
    2. IT
    3. The Mist (short story in the book Skeleton Crew)
    The Stand is one of my favorite books of all time. A bit... long for casual reading, but just amazingly complex and engrossing. Ditto for most of King's books, although some are... less good. The Shining is also one that people need to read - the Kubrick movie is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but the book is a whole different level.

    Pick up Jurassic Park. The movie was cool, but the book had a whole lot more detail and was simply an awesome read. Highly recommended!
    Again, agreed, Jurassic Park the book was an awesome read. From that same time period, "Sphere" was one of my favorite books back in high school. If you can find it, and like sci-fi books that are based in reality, you should love it. Just talking about it makes me want to read it again, all these years later :)
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    Vernon God Little.

    Pretty different from any other books I've read. It's one of the only novels that has actually made laugh out loud numerous times. Pretty easy read too.

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    The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
    bust a gut funny all the way through....

    Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book is still the funniest thing I've ever read in my entire life. Even on the 10th read, I'm crying on pretty much every page...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235
    Again, agreed, Jurassic Park the book was an awesome read. From that same time period, "Sphere" was one of my favorite books back in high school. If you can find it, and like sci-fi books that are based in reality, you should love it. Just talking about it makes me want to read it again, all these years later :)
    Only two of Crichton's books have been done justice on film IMO..."Jurassic Park" and the "Andromeda Strain". "Sphere" ranks as one of my ALL TIME WORST movies followed closely by "Congo". I sort of liked "Timeline", "Disclosure", "The Terminial Man" and "Rising Sun" but they were ok at best. My favorite Crichton book, "Eaters of the Dead" was made into the "13th Warrior" which was especially disappointing to me. I mean give me a break....Antonio Banderas as Ibn Fadlan, an 10th century arab diplomat
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    Ugh, the Sphere movie was so bad I apparnetly forgot it even existed. I tend to wonder if they even knew there was a book when they made that garbage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235 View Post
    Ugh, the Sphere movie was so bad I apparnetly forgot it even existed. I tend to wonder if they even knew there was a book when they made that garbage.
    So many positive reviews...
    so little time:p

    Just come out of the closet and admit ya think Ishtar is the best movie ever made.

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    If you are into Fantasy -

    The Sword of truth series by Terry Goodkind is very good.
    1st, 2nd and 6th books are my favorite.

    I also like R.A. Salvatore and his many Drizzt series books. (They are set in the Forgotten Relms land about a Drow elf.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235 View Post
    Ugh, the Sphere movie was so bad I apparnetly forgot it even existed. I tend to wonder if they even knew there was a book when they made that garbage.
    Since Crichton was one of the producers, I would suspect they knew about the the book.

    Seriously, it is a shame that even with direct input/participation from the author of what I consider to be a very interesting book, they were still able to make one of the worst movies of all time.
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    Best Fantasy Series ever:

    Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin first book is A Game of Thrones...

    this is for people who are sick of LOTR knockoffs. Very political. It reads like a historical fiction of European royal families but there are increasing fantasy elements as time goes on.

    Actual Literature Books:

    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a very interesting novel I read recently. I can't say too much about it without spoiling it, but if you like very creative non-annoying modern lit with a touch of sci-fi, it is very good.

    Anyway, best books I have read recently.
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