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Old 05-13-2006, 11:20 AM   #1
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Thought Provoking Books?

So, anyone know any good, thought provoking books?

Something that gets you thinking?

I'm thinking something similar to Dan Brown's books?
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:43 AM   #2
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Old 05-13-2006, 12:09 PM   #3
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Anything by Grahm Hancock.

Or David Icke. Icke has some crazy theories.
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Old 05-13-2006, 01:46 PM   #4
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Fallen Angels. It's a very realistic vietnam war book, and it changed my opinions on many things.
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:24 PM   #6
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:34 PM   #7
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:36 PM   #8
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Meh, that's overrated -- not nearly as good as people make it out to be.
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:56 PM   #9
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:05 PM   #10
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Try The Mind's I. I'm not sure who the author is, but I had a friend who underwent some thought changes after readingit.
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Fallen Angels. It's a very realistic vietnam war book, and it changed my opinions on many things.
I read that in like 6th grade. A bit over my head at the time, but I remember enjoying it.

lol read duh vinchi code o geez!!!

Or read anything by someone who has opposing political views as yourself. I used to think of myself as a Republican, although I didn't necessarily like Bush. So I read some Al Franken books. They were light reading and very enjoyable, but they really opened up my mind to some new things. I understand that he is heavily biased, but if you get both sides of a heavy bias, then you can make your own decisions, aka provoke some thought.
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:46 PM   #12
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Christ, how did they let you read that in 6th grade? I'm in 10th and it nearly didn't go over.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:10 PM   #13
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Dune.


If you're smart, it will make you think about the nature of religion and so called messiahs and prophecies. At least, it made me thinking about that.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:17 PM   #14
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Christ, how did they let you read that in 6th grade? I'm in 10th and it nearly didn't go over.
Nobody let me read it. I just got done reading another war book and the librarian said I probably would like that one. Chances are she had never actually read it, she just heard it was good.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:18 PM   #15
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Try The Mind's I. I'm not sure who the author is, but I had a friend who underwent some thought changes after readingit.
Hofstadter I think. I read Godel Escher Bach by him, it was confusing but very interesting (non-fiction)

The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene. It's about string theory, eye-opening.
I also changed after reading Bertrand Russel's History of Western Philosophy, get a good book for a philosophy overview and it will probably change you too.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:00 PM   #16
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Any tom clancy book, cause you will read them and think "what the hell am i doing?"
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:42 PM   #17
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Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert Pirsig. I'm not really sure how to explain but it's one long thought provocation.
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So, anyone know any good, thought provoking books?

Something that gets you thinking?

I'm thinking something similar to Dan Brown's books?
hahahahahahahahaha

edit: sorry for the troll but lmao

read The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

edit 2: the da vinci code doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what this book did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Rushdie#The_Satanic_Verses_controversy

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yeah, that guys got a death warrant from the muslims hasnt he?
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yep, he's been under constant protection for years now
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Old 05-14-2006, 08:54 AM   #21
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For the people suggesting The DaVinci Code, go read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the original book that started the whole thing.
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For the people suggesting The DaVinci Code, go read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the original book that started the whole thing.
And note that the documents noted in both books were faked.

whoa was does "documents" do that
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:21 PM   #23
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For the people suggesting The DaVinci Code, go read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the original book that started the whole thing.
It is original but on the other hand I only got about 2/3 of the way through it before deciding it was just too dull to go any further.
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hahahahahahahahaha

edit: sorry for the troll but lmao

read The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

edit 2: the da vinci code doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what this book did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Rushdie#The_Satanic_Verses_controversy
That sounds so cool. I'm getting that off Amazon as we speak. I assume you've read it, right?
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Yes I have, I've also read Midnight's Children by the same author, it's perhaps a better book but I recommended ...Verses because it deals with religion (albeit Islam instead of Christianity)

If you like Verses I would certainly recommend Midnight's Children. In fact I'm going to pick up a couple of his other books - I'll report back to you on how they are.
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I saw the Bill OReiley video clip on Wikipedia in which he was talking about his newer book called Shalimar the Clown. It also sounds intruiging. Actually all three do. I'm really interested in Islamic culture, so i'll probably pick them up. I've only heard of this story about the fatwa and everything vaguely, but never thought to look into his books. Thanks.
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:36 PM   #27
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V For Vendetta always made me ponder, but it's more of a graphic novel than a book.
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I saw the Bill OReiley video clip on Wikipedia in which he was talking about his newer book called Shalimar the Clown. It also sounds intruiging. Actually all three do. I'm really interested in Islamic culture, so i'll probably pick them up. I've only heard of this story about the fatwa and everything vaguely, but never thought to look into his books. Thanks.
that or Fury was going to be the next one I bought. I really picked up the two I did because they're both Booker Prize winners, and I try to read all of them that i can find so i can look smarter than i am really
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that or Fury was going to be the next one I bought. I really picked up the two I did because they're both Booker Prize winners, and I try to read all of them that i can find so i can look smarter than i am really
I'm reading Midnight's Children children right now. I'm around about 3/4 of the way through. I read Fury before this one and wasn't anywhere near as impressed with it as I am with Midnight's Children.
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