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#1 mikemuin

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:06 PM

So who's your favorite author/s?

My list:

Peter Drucker (Management)
Robert Ludlum (Suspense Thrillers)
Tom Clancy (Suspense Thrillers)

#2 wolverine

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:01 AM

I have more than 3 books of the ff people:
Ian Fleming
Robin Cook
Michael Crichton
Robert Ludlum
Eric Van Lustbader
John Grisham
Dan Brown
David Baldacci
Stephen King
Paulo Coelho
Robert Kiyosaki
John Maxwell
But I guess, if it would be gauge on the number of books I have read and owned, it would be Robert Ludlum.

#3 Dr_Smiley

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:59 AM

I read books more for pleasure then really learning (if I have to!)
Sidney Sheldon, Harold Robbins, Anne Rule, Michael Crichton, Robin Cook and Danielle Steele.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 07:12 AM

Robin Cook and Michael Palmer, yon lang so far

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 07:42 AM

Choosing a favorite author is not as easy as choosing a favorite med school subject, at least for me. :cool:

I've read close to a hundred fiction authors and the one I like the writing style most is Neil Gaiman.

Milan Kundera and Carlos Ruiz Zafon are both in second place.

Oops. Mahirap talaga mamili. :ninja:

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:20 AM

for the child in me/ when i want an easy read: JK Rowling, R.L. Stine..:laugh2:

for the kilig factor/ to pass time during college days at the dorm: Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel maybe, and authors like Judith Mcnaught (?) :hammer:.

for those time i want a good literary piece: Dan Brown, Erich Segal, Paulo Coelho (just the Alchemist though), Louis de Bernières... :read:

for something i find uneasy to read but still read anyway: Harold Robbins, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Francisco Sionil José :shh:

for my personal growth: Stephen Covey, Scott Peck, Jack Canfield ;)

i think i like Jose Rizal too :lol:. what do you think? he writes like Victor Hugo (Les Miserables and Hunchback of Notre Dame) :rolleyes:.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 10:49 PM

for the child in me/ when i want an easy read: JK Rowling, R.L. Stine..:laugh2:

for the kilig factor/ to pass time during college days at the dorm: Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel maybe, and authors like Judith Mcnaught (?) :hammer:.

for those time i want a good literary piece: Dan Brown, Erich Segal, Paulo Coelho (just the Alchemist though), Louis de Bernières... :read:

for something i find uneasy to read but still read anyway: Harold Robbins, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Francisco Sionil José :shh:

for my personal growth: Stephen Covey, Scott Peck, Jack Canfield ;)

i think i like Jose Rizal too :lol:. what do you think? he writes like Victor Hugo (Les Miserables and Hunchback of Notre Dame) :rolleyes:.


For me Jose Rizal beats the heck out of all the authors that I've read. Rizal said he was influenced by Hugo but I think Rizal bested him. Up to now its Rizal, JK Rowling and CS Lewis still are the best for me. All the other whose works I've read...I can read just anywhere...but these guys...well I have a special place in one corner of my house where I read their works and I lose all sense of time. ^_^

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 12:12 AM

LOL @ RL Stine! Gusto ko rin idagdag yung mga books ni Christopher Pike hehe and the Hardy Boys! warp zone pabalik ng high school =]

Some authors and their books which I heart-
- JRRTolkien: must admit I've never heard of him prior to the LOTR movie, pero when i got hold of his books, sobrang amazing pala niya magsulat!
- Nick Hornby: contemporary Brit humor at its best- Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, and his anthology of Speaking with the Angels
- John Irving: contemporary Americana, talks about topics that are not really taboo but they tend to expand the mind's horizon as regards everyday family concerns- The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Hotel New Hampshire,etc
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes! enough said =]
- Michael Ondaatje: may pagka-mystery-love story-travelogue- Anil's Ghost, The English Patient
- Stephen King: his autobiography On Writing is a great, great book for aspiring writers to read and eat =]
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude; Isabel Allende: The House of the Spirits; F. Sionil Jose: Po-on - I can feel the dirt, taste the sweat, hear the cacophony of town fiestas, experience the ferocity of the characters jump off of the pages of their books =]

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 11:14 PM

Paulo Coelho
Mitch Albom
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ayn Rand
Og Mandino
Malcolm Gladwell

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:47 AM

After reading all posts, I remembered my other fave authors. :lol:

Michael Crichton - I connected with him and his writing during (and after) med school. I especially liked 5 patients. I also liked the idea of a doctor into fiction writing.

John Steinbeck - Have about 6 of his books.

#11 Ian.Gomez

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 06:39 AM

After reading all posts, I remembered my other fave authors. :lol:

Michael Crichton - I connected with him and his writing during (and after) med school. I especially liked 5 patients. I also liked the idea of a doctor into fiction writing.

John Steinbeck - Have about 6 of his books.


John Steinbeck! The best! Kasama yata ng memory ng bawat freshman sa MaSci (noon) yung pagbabasa ng The Pearl ni G.Steinbeck =] ayos! :hydrogen:

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 08:39 AM

joseph heller, kurt vonegut..the best,if u like satirical comedy..faulkner,for dramatic interlude...but harper lee is still my fave, too bad she only wrote one book. :)

#13 aristotle

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:20 PM

Robert Ludlum and all the co-writers of the Covert One Series
Erich Segal
Andy McNab

#14 ivy_m

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:52 PM

JRR Tolkien is definitely a favorite. Has anyone read The Hobbit? It's like a prequel to the One Ring series. I would definitely watch that if Peter Jackson turns it into film. How about Silmarillion? Now, that is even more challenging to read than the Lord of the RIngs series. :eyebrows:

Harry Potter books were actually my first foray into fantasy type of fiction. JK Rowling writes really well, but her efforts definitely pale against JRR Tolkien.



Harper Lee is such a beautiful writer too. After reading To Kill A Mockingbird, I almost wanted to quit med and pursue my childhood dream of becoming a novelist. :blush:

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:15 AM

Harper Lee is such a beautiful writer too. After reading To Kill A Mockingbird, I almost wanted to quit med and pursue my childhood dream of becoming a novelist. :blush:


Sinabi mo pa! :D This is a classic case of where the book is MUCH, MUCH better than the movie. The way she (author) goes into the minds of the characters and describes their thought processes. Galing!

Writing like that pushes you to want to become a writer! Hehehe...

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:34 AM

@ Ivy and Dr. Mike. Here in the US is a list of banned books for school. It varies from state to state. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (because of racism) ends up in the list very often. Surprisingly the Harry Potter series is also in that list because it promotes the wicca religion/ witchcraft. Some other ones: The Color Purple, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote,Oliver Twist, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, A Farewell to Arms... Usually the reason is: racism, sexual content, profanity, anti Christian, etc.. The Little House series is included because it 'makes fun of Native Americans'. Anyways... I will let my kids read every banned book at home LOL :tongue:

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:19 AM

@ Ivy and Dr. Mike. Here in the US is a list of banned books for school. It varies from state to state. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (because of racism) ends up in the list very often. Surprisingly the Harry Potter series is also in that list because it promotes the wicca religion/ witchcraft. Some other ones: The Color Purple, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote,Oliver Twist, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, A Farewell to Arms... Usually the reason is: racism, sexual content, profanity, anti Christian, etc.. The Little House series is included because it 'makes fun of Native Americans'. Anyways... I will let my kids read every banned book at home LOL :tongue:

Good Lord, I read almost all the banned ones :lol: I was very conservative with my reading when I was younger as I always liked Charles Dickens. I also appreciate Tolkien but more partial to C.S. Lewis ( not just the Narnia series but his Perelandra series was better). Crichton and Ludlum were ok but I used to enjoy Arthur Hailey in the 80's. The usual books they recommend in college in the Phil. like those of Harper Lee and F. Scott Fitzgerald were also good but the one that is very memorable is the one by Albert Camus (The Outsider/The Stranger) and I don' even like existentialism :lol: .
The only banned ones that I secretly read in college was Marx ( and I'm not even a communist or socialist) just to understand their philosophy. Mao was unreadable (even the English translations).

#18 ivy_m

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:11 AM

Sinabi mo pa! :D This is a classic case of where the book is MUCH, MUCH better than the movie. The way she (author) goes into the minds of the characters and describes their thought processes. Galing!

Writing like that pushes you to want to become a writer! Hehehe...


I cannot even think of a better adjective other than beautiful with the way she told the story. (Ha! I'm gushing.)

If I could write anything like that, I'd definitely say bye-bye to being a doctor! :laugh2:

#19 ivy_m

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:18 AM

@ Ivy and Dr. Mike. Here in the US is a list of banned books for school. It varies from state to state. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (because of racism) ends up in the list very often. Surprisingly the Harry Potter series is also in that list because it promotes the wicca religion/ witchcraft. Some other ones: The Color Purple, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote,Oliver Twist, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, A Farewell to Arms... Usually the reason is: racism, sexual content, profanity, anti Christian, etc.. The Little House series is included because it 'makes fun of Native Americans'. Anyways... I will let my kids read every banned book at home LOL :tongue:


Gee I guess I got too much racism, profanity, violence and witchcraft in my brain now. :nuts: Will have to read The Color Purple and The Great Gatsby now for more "evil influence" hahaha

I guess they only allow Twilight books to be read in US schools nowadays. (Just kidding! :lol: )

Absolutely will force my future children to read those books. Hehehe

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 04:19 AM

my fave authors and have collections of their books.

John Grisham
Sidney Sheldon
Dan Brown
Robert Ludlum
Nelson Demille

#21 fieryfjord

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:33 AM

My current favourite authors are:
Fyodor Dostoevsky - nothing beats the way he understands the human psyche
Ursula Le Guin - I liked her Earthsea Quartet
Peter Hoeg - he writes great metaphysical/philosophical thrillers
Jostein Gaarder - I like his mystical take of philosophy and life in general

I used to read a lot of Robert Ludlum, Forsythe, etc but I've grown out of them now.
Also was a big Ayn Rand enthusiast back then, but now I qustion her pretty much narcissistic view of the world.

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:58 PM

Kahlil Gibran -> i love the poems he wrote
and
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-> love in the time of cholera, memories of my melancholy whores and one hundred years of solitude

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 01:48 AM

favorite author ko si dr willie ong at si pareng tinsley h. (kumpare daw :lol: )

lifeline talaga yang bluebook. kahit pa sabihin dati ng seniors na 'hoy bat yan binabasa mo?'
isip-isip ko: 'e ikaw nga yung admitting orders mo sa chart copy paste ng blue book?' :lol: :shh:

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 02:23 AM

Anton Chekhov - a great writer and doctor; impressionism at its best
J.D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye is not only for assassins, for every generation too.
Franz Kafka - existentialism written in the beginning age of surrealism
Ernest Hemingway - Old Man and the Sea, A Clean Well-lighted Place, Farewell to Arms etc
- founded the modern literary style
O. Henry - when the skies are gray and life is found wanting, I read O. Henry
Edgar Allan Poe - who doesn't know the Master story-teller. Amontillado!
James Joyce - 50% of what he's saying I have to Google to appreciate. His works
are the written equivalent of performance arts.
Chuck Palahniuk - You do not talk about Fight Club. If you want to faint read his works.
Joseph Heller - Catch-22 is unfortunately relevant to us physicians. Funny and scary.
Haruki Murakami - your heart, nay your Soul! will become Japanese. Dreams written on paper.

last but not the least, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - a colleague; and his prized character, an inspiration.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:58 PM

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle appears to be a favorite, and I concur!

Unfortunately I don't have much time now to read for leisure, as can be discerned by my favorite author list for the moment:

Huang Huang author of
Zhang Zhong-jing's Clinical Application of 50 Medicinals
Ten Key Formula Families in Chinese Medicine

Yifang Yang, MD, author of:
Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics
Chinese Herbal Formulas: Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies

both published by Churchhill Livingstone, btw...

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:14 AM

elena m patron, hal santiago, pablo s gomez, mars ravelo, gilda olvidado,jim fernandez,vic catan, vincent kua, carlo caparas

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 08:22 AM

What i like most is JK Rowling. I am done reading of all his series books.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:46 AM

Novels by James Patterson, Jack Higgins, Robin Cook, Jonathan Kellerman, Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 08:59 AM

Of course J.K. Rowling and Paulo Coelho.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:45 PM

Edgar Allan Poe - "In vino veritas" :wacko: Hik...

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:20 PM

i go for the great stephen king ;)

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:23 PM

stephen king made award winning novels..he is just plainly great..

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:24 PM

Edgar Allan Poe - "In vino veritas" :wacko: Hik...



Edgar allan was great too, he has great works also..:)

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:55 AM

Certainly. :cool: @idarine

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:13 PM

Stephanie Meyer and Michael Crichton. Both are good authors and great writers.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:22 PM

Tama nakalimutan ko pala si Michael Chrichton. Gustong gusto ko talaga yung Sphere. Very psychological ang basis.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:38 PM

I love med people; they really appreciate good literature. http://pinoy.md/ipb//public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.png http://pinoy.md/ipb//public/style_emoticons/default/clap.gif Just discovered Ayn Rand this year (right about the same time I decided to go to med school rather than go corporate). Gonna finish The Fountainhead over the next two weeks (sembreak!)

There's one little known (very erudite, but its essentially young adults fiction) author that I really love and recommend to all the girls out there though: Eva Ibbotson.
She died in 2010 thoughhttp://pinoy.md/ipb//public/style_emoticons/default/bawling.gif, but check out her books. Seriously

Edited by chasingkitestrings, 14 October 2011 - 08:41 PM.


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Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:43 PM

Hi. I am an avid reader (it's my favorite pastime more than Facebook), and so I have several favorite authors and not only one. I list them here to share with you guys, not necessarily in order of priority:

1. Cornelia Funke - I purchased Inkheart in a bookstore out of curiosity (or maybe impulse buying), but after reading through it, I got hooked enough to read the other two books of her Inkworld Trilogy, Inkspell and Inkdeath. I haven't watched the Inkheart movie yet, though, so I don't know how the movie fares compared to the book.

2. Stephen King - I love horror stories, and this very prolific writer is one of those who can satisfy one's craving for the macabre. I also like his style of story-telling; he really knows his stuff.

3. H.P. Lovecraft - The creepy, monstrous creatures that he portrays in his stories never fails to give me the chills. I especially liked his novella, "At the Mountains of Madness". I was so disappointed when Universal Studios refused to give director Guillermo Del Toro the go-signal to make it into a movie.

4. George R.R. Martin - After watching HBO's "Game of Thrones", I got interested and started looking for the book where it's based on. I'm currently reading "A Game of Thrones", and so far, it seems to be much better than the TV series.

5. J.K. Rowling - I got addicted to reading in the first place because of her "Harry Potter" series. I haven't stopped reading since then. I read the entire Harry Potter series (all 7 books) at least twice.

6. J.R.R. Tolkien - His The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy masterpiece. However, his books are hard to read at times.

It's just a shame that J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft passed away before their works became widely known. If they were still alive, mayaman na rin sana sila ngayon like the rest of the authors that I listed above.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:56 PM

For Fiction my favorites are:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King, John Grisham for thrillers and mystery
Hermann Hesse, Paulo Coelho, Kahlil Gibran for the philosophical and spiritual types, reading them is almost if not completely life changing
Charlotte Bronte because she wrote the only romantic novel I didn't regret reading - Jane Eyre
Jose Rizal, Victor Hugo, Sionil F. Jose, George Orwell for the social criticism types
Christoffer Moore, Ricky Lee, I'll grab them if I want an entertaining read

In high school days, I wouldn't even look at nonfiction books because I was looking for the out-of-ordinary stuffs. But during college days, I found reading non fiction stuffs more fulfilling:
Bertrand Russel, Paul Sartre, Sam Harris they're logic are really engaging, reading them made me more critical and analyzing about the existing thoughts of today
Al Ghazali, a Muslim scholar who seemed so ahead of his time
Jose Rizal, his essays are so timeless that we can even quote him when we talk about our government officials and local media these days
Youngblood articles, i bought every volume, the book is cheap and it's like your being transmitted back in time

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:56 PM

Dan Brown
Pulo Coelho
Bo Sanchez
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these are my 3 most favorites

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:00 AM

David Gemmel (too bad, he already passed away. I remember during my high school years; I would be caught reading his novels even on the day of our exams. My mother would scold me but hey, heroic fantasy beats long exams any day).

Rick Giordan (love Greek mythology, so no mystery here. But the way he tells it; it makes Greek mythology contemporary.)

J.K. Rowling (remember reading her books during my childhood. remembered sleeping late just for the sake of finishing the entire book in one seating)

Bob Ong (have all his books. very inspirational...so inspirational that it forced me to become familiar with Filipino. Didn't speak that much in Filipino before I discovered Bob Ong)

Miguel Syjuico (bought his very first novel on a whim. loved his unique literary style. I found it fun to read even though the ending isn't very clear. can't wait for his other works)

Neil Gaiman (loved his style and story ideas...some may find him dark and a bit, errr, what's the word..."adult"? anyway, try reading his "Anansi Boys"...it's not as "dark and adult" as his other works)

Frank Herbert ("plans within plans within plans" - if you get that, you're a Dune fanatic. Ironically, read his work during the time I was taking up a Theology subject. I would use this rant (non-verbatim), "Why do I need to take up Theology anyway. Isn't religion the cause for the Butlerian Jihad" - if you got that too, then you are a Dune zealot.

Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson (well, loved their Legend of Dune trilogy. It's not written in the style of Frank Herbert but it does the Dune Universe justice by explaining how the Dune Universe revolved around the planet of Arrakis and the sale of the spice or melange. It was because of Serena Butler and her Jihad against the machines...)

Conn Iggulden (he translated the history of Genghis Khan into a great story)

Matthew Reilly (action with a bit of history in a novel)

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:32 AM

Ah, Frank Hebert and Neil Gaiman..........

BTW, do you also have a copy of Neil Gaiman's and Terry Pratchett's book, Good Omens?

Also worth noting is the book I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan, A good book that tells a story of what the world might be like in the eyes of the infamous fallen angel AKA the Bearer of light, the bright and morning star whose symbol is also a star (pentagram) and who possesses 12 wings; something that even the highest of seraphs do not have (since seraphs can only have up to six wings).

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe with his work, Faust

And finally, Dr. Juan Flavier with his books, Doctors to the Barrios and Let's DOH It: How We Did it. Posted Image

Edited by Pacs, 02 January 2012 - 07:34 AM.


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:11 AM

@Pacs

Nope, don't have that book eh.

Only read:
"Stardust" (the novel version is WAY darker than the movie. for instance, no mention of Captain Shakespeare. Don't worry won't give spoilers to the novel, just know that in the novel; Tristan, Yvanne and the Lilim didn't have a fight scene)

"Coraline" (oo children's novel siya pero pwedeng-pwede. Neil Gaiman for kids hahaha)

"American Gods" (this is one of the novels in which I encountered a bizarre scene. A man getting eaten by a sex goddess through her vagina)

"Neverwhere" (for those who'd been traveling through London, especially by using its train stations (or is it tram stations?); you'll definitely look at the London Underground differently)

"Anansi Boys" (yes, already mentioned that its lighter in tone but still has that unique style Gaiman is known for)

And since you mentioned Lucifer...

I've read Gaiman's "Sandman and the Mist of Time" (one of its plot-lines is that Lucifer gives up his dominion of Hell to Morpheus). And following that, read "Lucifer" based on Gaiman's characterization of Lucifer. Let's just reading "Lucifer" is not for the faint of heart.
For instance, it describes how Lucifer fights against the predestination of God.

Edited by Random, 03 January 2012 - 07:15 AM.


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:14 PM

Nice.

#45 Ioseph

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:35 PM

Palahniuk. Especially his Rant and Fight Club.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:03 AM

I'm more into fantasy fiction so Angie Sage( Septimus Heap) is no. 1 on my list then Brandon Mull. For Dystopian types, it's Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:37 AM

suzanne collins' the hunger games. the best novel series and i can't wait to watch its movies. katniss! katniss! Posted Image

#48 zuuzrap

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:30 AM

Pauolo Coehlo, Robert Kiyosaki, Alexander Dumas

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:36 AM

JRR Tolkien
Dan Brown
JK Rowling

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:23 PM

Robert Ludlum (Suspense Thrillers)
Jennifer Crusie (Romantic Comedies)
Tess Gerritsen (Medical Suspense)
Karen Robards (Suspense-Romance)
John Grisham (Supense)
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