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    need a good book

    im looking for a good book that simular to Brave New World, Handmaids Tale, and 1981. i heard there was a good one that came out this year but i cant find anything. i really like the "government opression" kind of books if that helps... plz help
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    Illuminatus!

    by R.Wilson and R.Shea....

    kah-razy!

    edit: well, not quite exactly what you are looking for.... kah-razy anyways
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    Fahrenheit 451 or whatever the number was.

    So, uh, where's that avatar from?
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    i've read fahrenheit 451, good book.....

    whats Illuminatus about?

    i got the first 3 books of The Wheel Of Time series. (simular to LOTR) heard its a good seires

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    First off, it took me 10 minutes to read this thread, 9 out of the 10 was spent looking at your advatar. :inlove:


    Anyway, I'm really into fantasy books. So I can give you a list of those.
    Sword of Truth Series: By Terry Goodkind
    A Song of Ice and Fire: George R. R. Martin
    The Darktower Series: Stephen King

    Hehe my list isn't too big because I've been reading fantasy books for about a year now. My friend just told me, to tell you, to read a book called "Choke" he says its about a sex addict. He said its wierd and you might like it. Hes an idiot, you don't have to listen to him.
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    Choke, i believe, is by Chuck Palhanuik (no idea how to spell that last name). The guy who wrote fight club. good books. that's all.
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    Do a Google search for "dystopia" and you'll pull up a lot of leads.

    My suggestions...

    Fatherland by Richard Harris (avoid the crappy TV movie version at all costs, though).

    A Clockwork Orange

    Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.

    Also, if you liked the Handmaid's Tale, Atwood has a new book out called Oryx and Crake.
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    Illuminatus! is about the truth

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    You might like Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf or George Orwell's Animal Farm. For some reason these came to mind.. along with authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins (the last two are both kind of comical writers but their overall world view is along the same lines as Huxley's.. maybe?).

    You can never go wrong with Mark Twain. Definately one of my favorite writers. His short story "the Mysterious Stranger" is probably one of the greatest IMHO. "Letters from the Earth" is nice too.

    .. if you like Brave New World you might get a kick out of these authors anyway.
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    my $0.02:

    "Armor" John Steakley.
    Highly Recommended!!! ***** (5stars)

    "Stranger in a Strange World" Robert Heinlein
    Anything by Heinlein really. ANYTHING!

    Anything from Isaac Asimov really.

    These all have that feel you are looking for. I am into the same genre you are. so i know. when i have more time i'll post more.
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    Heinlein is really where its at! "Puppet Masters" is another one of his good books. Anything Heinlein is where it is at. Believe it or not "Starship Trooper" (which only has two things in common with a the movie: the title and they both have soldiers. thats it. nothing more.)
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    I have to second some of Oglzogl's picks. If you liked 1984 & Brave New World, you'll probably enjoy Animal Farm. Of those three it's my favorite. Personally I think it should be read to children before bed.

    Also Slaughterhouse 5 is a good introduction to Kurt Vonnegut. You may end up liking him, you may not. But at least that book is based on a historical event (the firebombing of Dresden) that Vonnegut was a witness to. So it's probably relevant one way or another.

    Um. Regarding Hermann Hesse... all his works are slower than the others mentioned. And I'm not as fond of Steppenwolf as I am of his others. Siddhartha is really good, but you might find it boring. Hard to say. The Glass Bead Game is also good -- it won him the nobel prize for literature -- but it's huge.

    Oh. And as far as fantasy is concerned, I'm not a big fan myself, but I still enjoyed George RR Martin's series, which AnarchyAo2 already mentioned... The Wheel of Time turned to crap at some point, in my opinion. I liked the first 3 or 4, but I gave up on the series half way into the 5th or 6th.

    Have you read Fight Club? Since terrorism is a part of the book it might hit closer to home than when I read it. If you're from the US anyway. I actually thought of this book when I turned on the TV the morning of sept. 11th.

    Hmm. So i didn't actually make any new recommendations... well, whatever. it's all good, pimpin.
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    Personally I think Palahniuk's book "Lullaby" has more overtly political/ social statements in it than "Choke" but I guess when you're reading any of Palahniuk's books you're going to get extreme statements of any kind...Fight Club, of course is the obvious example but I preferred the film.
    "Survivor" another Palahniuk book talks a lot about engineered celebrity and all that sorta stuff...

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