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Ritika Saxena
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Hi Ranchers,

I wonder if among all the technical people out here, is there anyone who is interested in reading something non technical. What about novels??


Please share some of your thoughts about the novels you have read..
ankur rathi
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Originally posted by Ritika Saxena:
Hi Ranchers,

I wonder if among all the technical people out here, is there anyone who is interested in reading something non technical. What about novels??


Please share some of your thoughts about the novels you have read..


Not novel as such but non technical books I have read are:

1. Jeet Aapki (Hindi version of You can win).
2. Badi soach ka bada jadoo (Hindi version of The magic of thinking BIG).
3. Five point someone.
4. A night @ call center.
5. Rich dad poor dad (completed around 60%).
6. RDPD's Four Quadrant (completed around 50%).
7. Atlus Shrugged (completed around 10%).

I think, thats all.
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ankur rathi
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What about you Ritika???
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Ritika Saxena
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Ya I have also read few books.
Recently I have "Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Its a good book. The story goes on simply but in the end you realize that there was some hidden message.

There are certain others which I enjoyed:
Five point someone
One night @ call centre
God of Small Things
Who moved my cheese
The monster who sold his ferrari
Da Vinci Code
Angels and Deamon
Digital Fortress
The Firm(By John Grisham)
Not a penny less not a penny more (By Robin Cook)
Ritika Saxena
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And ya I forgot the Harry Potter series
Purushoth Thambu
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I guess Ritika got mix'd up with Not a penny more... It's by Jeffery archer. I perfer novels by John Grisham, Jeffery archer, Arthur Hailey, Michael Crichton, Ayn Rands. Off course I enjoyed 5 point someone. Dan Brown is big disappointment.
Chetan Parekh
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On an average every month I read 2 non-technical books. It can be any type of. Nowadays I have downloaded Audio Books so listening them in weekend.


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Nitin Nigam
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Originally posted by Ritika Saxena:
The monster who sold his ferrari

Hey ritika.. its The monk who sold his ferrari, not The Monster who sold his ferrari.


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richa shah
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hmm..i love reading novels..mostly fictional stuff...

the kite runner
not without my daughter
harry potter series
god of small things
most of sidney sheldon\jeffery archer\agatha christie\daniel steel novels

cant fall alseep till i read one or two chapters
Chetan Parekh
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I have planned something different.
Nowadays I am looking for a book on Lothal. I will book about Lothal, also gather further information from internet and in the end I am planning to visit Lothal in end of this year.
Same I want to repeat with Khajuraho.

Anybody interested to join me?
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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Purushothaman Thambu:
Dan Brown is big disappointment.
A while back I decided to read the Da Vinci Code because of all the hype. If so many people were reading it, I guessed that it can't be too bad (I stupidly forgot the bandwagon fallacy!). I was very disappointed though. OK, so he had an interesting concept, but the characters were little more then excuses for him to describe the next bit of his theory. A far better book in the area is Focault's Pendulum.

I've recently just finished War And Peace, which took me quite a while to read! It was surprisingly good though. I was expecting it to be quite a heavy read, but once it got started it was very good indeed. Its well worth a look, although only if you have a lot of spare time

Before that I read The Last Temptation, which was a lot harder to read, but very interesting.

For a bit of a lighter and more humorous read, I'd recommend Iain Banks. I recently read The Bridge and Use Of Weapans, which were both pretty good.

But, if you only have time for one book, read A Short History of Nearly Everything. OK, so its not a novel, but it is just about the best science book I've ever read in terms of entertainment value - its just as fun to read as a novel.
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MInu
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I had a habit of reading novels .... but forced to gave up!!!


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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Vinod Ennes:
I had a habit of reading novels .... but forced to gave up!!!
You gave up reading novels?! Reading novels has got to be one of the best things about being a human. I know it would be good for my bank balance to stop reading, but I can't imagine doing it. I'm going on holiday at the end of next week, and am planning on taking about nine or ten books with me for the week. There's something fantastically relaxing about sitting on a beach reading a book.

Even away from holidays, I like to read a bit every day, just before going to sleep. Give that up? I'm not sure I could.

What forced you into this radical decision?
Ritika Saxena
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Sorry i messed up with some of these... ya Not a penny less... was by Jeffrey Archer and it's The Monk who sold...

I too have read some of the Dan Brown ones: Da Vinci Code, Angels and Deamon, Digital Fortress. Although there is a world wide hype of Da Vinci but among these I like Digital Fortress the most.
ankur rathi
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Originally posted by Ritika Saxena:
And ya I forgot the Harry Potter series


I too forgot to mention all comics series of chacha chaudhary, billu, pinky, gabdu, nagraj and many more.
ankur rathi
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Originally posted by rathi ji:


I too forgot to mention all comics series of chacha chaudhary, billu, pinky, gabdu, nagraj and many more.


chacha chaudhary ka dimag computer se bhi tej chalta hai.

Chacha Chaudhary's mind run faster than computer.

Chetan Parekh
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Originally posted by rathi ji:


I too forgot to mention all comics series of chacha chaudhary, billu, pinky, gabdu, nagraj and many more.


still do you read?
ankur rathi
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Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:


still do you read?


No, but if I get then I will not leave.

Jeroen T Wenting
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I've around a thousand novels, mostly science fiction and fantasy (and adding one or two on average per month).


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I tend to read novels in clusters by author: I'll read two or more books by the same person in a row, then move on to another author, usually chosen for maximum contrast, but sometimes to continue a theme. So let's see. Working backwords in time, over the last two years or so, I've read the following fiction that I can recall:

Jonathan Saffran Foer:
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Everything is Illuminated

JRR Tolkien
Smith of Wooton Major/Farmer Giles of Ham
LOTR Trilogy
The Hobbit

Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake
Interpreter of Maladies (Short story collection)

Yann Martel
Life of Pi

Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 411
Stories

Amy Tan
The Bonesetter's Daughter

Louise Erdrich
The Master Butcher's Singing Club
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Maureen Augustus
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I'll read anything I can get my hands on. I, too, was not entirely impressed with the Da Vinci Code. It's hard to get that interested in a book where the most compelling character dies in the first chapter.

Right now, however, I'm re-reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I forgot how much I love those books.

In general, though, my most absotively posilutely favoritist author in the world is Kurt Vonnegut. Funny, weird and makes you think. What could be better?


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Originally posted by Maureen Augustus:

In general, though, my most absotively posilutely favoritist author in the world is Kurt Vonnegut. Funny, weird and makes you think. What could be better?


Vonnegut is awesome. The last thing of his I "read" was a book on tape, with Kurt himself reading "Timequake." What an experience!
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    Mostly SciFi, but not much time for that lately...


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    Jeroen T Wenting
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    Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
    Mostly SciFi, but not much time for that lately...


    same here, reading EJB books for light entertainment at the moment.
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    Dan Brown ... Digital Fortress is a hundred times worse than Da Vinci.

    Just finished a "chick book" someone gave my wife - the second in The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Wonderful tone & characters even if not much happens.

    I like John Dunning, James Patterson (Alex Cross anyway), James Lee Burke.

    Those are all pretty violent, misogynistic things aren't they. In my fantasy time maybe I'm not that nice a guy.


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    Is anyone writing any novels here?
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    Godfather, The last don, Godfather, Godfather.......
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    The Kawasemi series by Hiraiwa Yumie

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    Posted by Marc Weber
    Is anyone writing any novels here?

    In end November,my best friend with my assistance will start writing novel on the bitter experience of we people in this college.We plan to publish it as soon as we leave this institute.Not much for now,each JavaRancher will get a copy of it.So......
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    Finished reading all 8 books in the Ender/Ender's shadow series by Orson Scott Card. All of it interesting reading, and some of it exceptional.

    Then read Olympos by Dan Simmons, which was a disappointment, esp. since I had been eagerly awaiting it after reading Illium.

    Right now, reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein.
    This is a book I have been taking off the shelf at the book store, looking at the cover for a few seconds, and then putting it back, for quite some time. Finally, got around to buying it.
    Very impressive, especially considering that it was written in the 60s.


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    Not a penny less not a penny more (By Robin Cook)

    Er... isnt that by J.Archer?
    Raghav Sam
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    How do you guys manage to read novels?
    With a 19 month kid around, novels and even newspapers for that matter have become a thing of the past. :roll:
    Weekends are for going to supermarkets to buy that long list of items.

    The last time I read novels was when my wife and kid went back to India for vacation...


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    Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
    Then read Olympos by Dan Simmons, which was a disappointment, esp. since I had been eagerly awaiting it after reading Illium.
    I was a bit disappointed with Illium after the excellent Hyperion. The rest of the Hyperion series did tail off a bit (and Simmons' obsession with Keats is a bit odd), but I was hoping that starting a new series would bring out the same kind of freshness that Hyperion had. Illium just seemed.. a bit rushed. As if Simmons had an interesting idea and quickly wrote a book without really thinking it through much.

    While on the subject of sci-fi, has anyone else read the The Gap Cycle? Now that is a strange series, but pretty good. Its not quite as good as the Thomas Covenant books, but well worth a read. Just don't read the first book on an empty stomach.
    Dave Lenton
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    Originally posted by Raghav Sam:
    How do you guys manage to read novels?
    With a 19 month kid around, novels and even newspapers for that matter have become a thing of the past. :roll:
    There's always time to read! How about just ten minutes of reading before going to sleep each night? I find its a great way to relax.

    Of course I'm saying this as someone who isn't a parent, so I'm not on the point of collapse when I go to bed
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    Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
    There's always time to read! How about just ten minutes of reading before going to sleep each night? I find its a great way to relax.


    +1
    Raghav Sam
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    Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
    There's always time to read! How about just ten minutes of reading before going to sleep each night? I find its a great way to relax.


    I wish I could do that. But what really happens is, I fall asleep the moment I hit the bed, sometimes even before my kid is fully asleep.
    Ritika Saxena
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    Is there anyone here who has read some auto-biographies or biographies. I haven't read any but I these days I am getting interested in them
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    Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
    .. but I was hoping that starting a new series would bring out the same kind of freshness that Hyperion had. Illium just seemed.. a bit rushed.


    Yeah, that is exactly why I was so excited about Illium, I was hoping it would be another Hyperion!
    I found it ok. I am not very familiar with Oddysy or other ancient Greek litrature, so I really enjoyed getting to know the Greek characters. But I was counting on Olympos bringing everything together in a grand finale, and it was nowhere near it
     
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