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The Official "Books Worth Reading" Thread

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  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,213 Valuable Player
    The Steve Jobs biography. Great book on a guy that was a complete arsehole but got the job done. 
  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,213 Valuable Player
    In the event that you have a bustling life I can prescribe Audible for tuning in to books. Such a great amount of simpler to tune in to books while driving, strolling the puppy, having intercourse to the spouse, washing the dishes, having intercourse to someone elses wife. Helps fill in the exhausting holes throughout everyday life.
    Absolutely agreed. I’ve listened to Armada and Ready Player One on audible. 
  • LuciferousLuciferous Posts: 2,387 Valuable Player
    edited October 2019
    Luciferous said:
    If you have a busy life I can recommend Audible for listening to books. So much easier to listen to books whilst driving, walking the dog, making love to the wife, washing the dishes, making love to somebody elses wife. Helps fill in the boring gaps in life.
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    In the event that you have a bustling life I can prescribe Audible for tuning in to books. Such a great amount of simpler to tune in to books while driving, strolling the puppy, having intercourse to the spouse, washing the dishes, having intercourse to someone elses wife. Helps fill in the exhausting holes throughout everyday life.

    Now that is weird why would a bot copy just my post and change the words using a thesaurus and to top it off you gave it more awesomes than mine and Digikid agrees with it pfffft  :D
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 5,332 Valuable Player
    edited November 2018
    I guess these qualify as books too B) - these are the latest I've bought, still need to read the Owl book:

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    The owl book is quite thick - probably will take more time to read than the time needed to complete Transference...

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 5,332 Valuable Player
    This one arrived today - 928 pages  :)

    Unfortunately Skyrim VR just finished downloading, I think I shouldn't start reading any books before 2019!  :D

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  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 15,160 Valuable Player
    I love the 1988 film!


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  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 6,735 Volunteer Moderator
    The Gruffalo, me and the kids cannot get enough of it and it was on over Xmas to boot :) very intellectual and long (hehe) but sit down,  read it aloud and you'll captivate anyone nearby.
    A PC with lots of gadgets inside and a thing to see in 3D that you put on your head.

  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,213 Valuable Player
    If you’re a science fiction fan look up my friends books. Steven Lake is his name and he has this excellent series called Earthfleet. 
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,506 Valuable Player
    I keep on meaning to get myself a cheap tablet so that I can read stuff but haven't got around to it yet. I did have one before, but it was a REALLY cheap one that died just after the warranty ran out. Very handy for reading in bed before my tablets kick in and knock me out.

    I'm trying to cut down on my spending though because I'm getting myself a Yaw VR some time this year all going well.
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  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Posts: 163
    Art3mis
    edited January 2019
    I created this post a while back, I found some great recommendations from forum members.

    https://forums.oculusvr.com/community/discussion/29656/vr-books

    Or the summary (editing it a bit to distill it down to just the ones I think really worth reading as that is the post title. Credit to the recommendations are in my previous post.)

    Ready Player One - Ernest Cline - (highly recommend) Fantastic Book. No need for introductions.

    Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson's - (highly recommend) Great unique novel. A no holds barred brutal Cyber Punk future with large servings of action, VR, mystery and Katanas. Unusual writing style but you'll get used to it.(read twice)

    Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan (highly recommend) - Cyber Punk Noir / The Maltese Falcon style Book - fast paced and Action packed. VR in it but not main story. Real cool book.

    Broken Angels - Richard Morgan Change of style for this book 2 - more of a tomb raider kind of feel. Still good and worth a read.

    William Gibson sprawl trilogy
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    If you like cyberpunk few beat Gibson' imagined worlds. Not many books I read twice but Gibson's are pretty deep and atmospheric and I seem to need to read them twice to get the full benefit)

    1. Neuromancer - (highly recommend)  (read three times, probably my favorite sci-fi book ever)
    A washed-up computer hacker is hired by a mysterious employer for one last job against a powerful AI. 
    2. Count Zero - Good but more like epilogue for the first one but who can't get enough of the Gibson universe
    3. Mona Lisa Overdrive - Another good one better than Count Zero. More Atmospheric Cyber Punk.

    Another Gibson
    The Peripheral (Recommend)  In a distant future technology has been discovered to communicate with the past. Every time they connect it creates a different alternate universe. Rich people can hire a server and play god with their own instance. (Gibson on form again)

    Ascend Online Series (three books plus an offshoot to story): If you like good light adventure stories (Ready Player One kind of style) all based on a Skyrim type RPG VR game (Sword art online technology). 
    'Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that's so sorely lacking in his real life. ...'

    Permutation City from Greg Egan - - (highly recommend if you like deep thought provoking books) The concept of this book is mind blowing. A real universe is born from the virtual auto-verse.

    Bobiverse Series
    (highly recommend) A man is copied into a computer and sent into space as one of man's last hopes. These are epic books.

    'Masters of Doom'
    The story of John Romero and John Carmack's rise to infamy.
    Not normally my kind of book but I really recommend this as it charts the rise from unknown teenagers to their eventual split and onwards until up to 2004.

    For me it was incredibly interesting as I never knew the back history of the games that help define my childhood (Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake). Especially as I had no idea how much I owed these guys and their team for bringing virtual worlds to my life.

    John Carmack joining Oculus was like a jigsaw piece clicking into place. Another bonus is Wil Wheaton is narrating it on Audible. That guy can make stamp collecting sound interesting.

    The Girl with all the gifts
    Post apocalyptic Zombie romp, what more could you ask. Rated quite highly on audible and rightfully so. They made a film out of it which was dire. Only watch after you have read the book, so you can curse film industry for another pathetic attempt at drastically changing a books story line to give everybody a happy, fuzzy, warm feeling inside.

    The Name of the Wind - (highly recommend) or also know as The king killer chronicles first two books in the series by Patrick Rothfuss

    Like a darker version of Harry Potter, couldn't stop listening to it. Slow start but it warms up very very nicely. Plus the other good thing is you really get your monies worth, I think both both books each were 40 hours plus. It takes him 6 years to write each one which shows the attention to detail he puts in them. I think the last one is due in the next 2 years.

    Great story telling and the narrator is first class Rupert Degas (who also has won awards for narration) 
    Seveneves, Cryptonomicon, and Reamde by Stephenson are also so good.

    Count Zero was better than Mona Lisa Overdrive (change my mind).  I also recommend Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and the Burning Chrome collection by Gibson.

    Nonfiction books I recently finished include The City of the Lost Monkey God, and The Quantum and the Lotus; both gripping reads.  I am currently slogging through The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind which is heady, dry, and probably wrong, but I am determined.

    The Word for World is Forest is a good read, and so is Dune.
  • TadinTadin Posts: 318
    Trinity
    edited January 2019
    Snowdogs list pretty much sums up a lot of my favourite books, but I'm surprised noones mentioned Anne McCaffrey Dragon Riders of Pern series, now thats a classic.

    Also, Weis and Hickman - Dragonlance Chronicles series is great as well, set in a D&D universe, so lots of Dragons and Wizards and all that fun stuff.

    I think Patrick Ruthfuss The Name of the Wind may be my fav book of all time though, as mentioned, its slow to start but really is a page turned by the end.

    Someone mentioned Tom Clancy, i really loved Red Storm Rising, very very good book about a Soviet invasion of Europe and the middle east after a terrorist attack on the Soviet oil fields.
  • LuciferousLuciferous Posts: 2,387 Valuable Player
    edited January 2019

    @tadin If you like The Name of The Wind, try Brandon Sanderson 'Mistborn' Series. Excellent books. I am onto the fifth book now, really good. The way he creates depth to stories and characters is amazing.

    I am more of a cyber punk kind of reader but after reading 'The Name of the Wind' and unable to wait for the last book I found this series. Get the first book Final Empire, I'll bet you love it.


  • LuciferousLuciferous Posts: 2,387 Valuable Player
    edited January 2019

    Seveneves, Cryptonomicon, and Reamde by Stephenson are also so good.

    Count Zero was better than Mona Lisa Overdrive (change my mind).  I also recommend Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and the Burning Chrome collection by Gibson.

    Nonfiction books I recently finished include The City of the Lost Monkey God, and The Quantum and the Lotus; both gripping reads.  I am currently slogging through The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind which is heady, dry, and probably wrong, but I am determined.

    The Word for World is Forest is a good read, and so is Dune.
    Well don't get me wrong I loved both books, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive but in the latter (if I remember right) Molly Millions makes an appearance again, grounding me a little more to Neuromancer.

    I was not so impressed with burning chrome to be honest. I liked a couple of the short stories but it fell short of his normal standards.




  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Posts: 163
    Art3mis

    Seveneves, Cryptonomicon, and Reamde by Stephenson are also so good.

    Count Zero was better than Mona Lisa Overdrive (change my mind).  I also recommend Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and the Burning Chrome collection by Gibson.

    Nonfiction books I recently finished include The City of the Lost Monkey God, and The Quantum and the Lotus; both gripping reads.  I am currently slogging through The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind which is heady, dry, and probably wrong, but I am determined.

    The Word for World is Forest is a good read, and so is Dune.
    Well don't get me wrong I loved both books, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive but in the later (if I remember right) Molly Millions makes an appearance again, grounding me a little more to Neuromancer.

    I was not so impressed with burning chrome to be honest. I liked a couple of the short stories but it fell short of his normal standards.




    So... to be totally honest I never finished Mona Lisa Overdrive; it just didn't grab me in the way that Neuromancer and Count Zero did, even though any time Gibson puts words on a page it's art (have you checked out his poem Agrippa?).

    Count Zero holds a special place in my heart due to the Loa.  The novel has a very nice timbre and tempo.

    Burning Chrome was my first pass at Gibson, so I'm no doubt somewhat biased.  However, it's great in a way that a writer just stretching his wings can be.  Any would-be novelists ought to take note: before writing a novel, try writing short stories.  Maybe use some of the ideas generated in your first novel.  I remember Red Star Winter Orbit, The Belonging Kind, The Gernsback Continuum, Johnny Mnemonic, and Dogfight being good.
  • logotomielogotomie Posts: 81
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    Quite a few books i agree on have been listed.

    Dune by Frank Herbert, at least the first trilogy is a must imho
    Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons is great
    Southern reach trilogy,  the first one genius, the second book is a bit of a drag. The last a fitting conclusion. If you can live with questions unanswered, maybe just read the first.
    Phillip K Dick. Its hard to recommend a specific one
    The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronen


  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,506 Valuable Player
    Now that I'm not getting a Yaw VR motion simulator this year I decided to buy myself a cheapo tablet from Amazon so I can start reading books again. Only cost me 37 quid so it's not going to be great but should be good enough for reading books and watching Netflix. :D
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

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  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 15,160 Valuable Player
    Dear Oculus, there's not enough book references on your forum. Only two pages? Fuck you, I'm buying a Vive.

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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,506 Valuable Player
     :D  :D:D
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • Epona0000Epona0000 Posts: 35
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    snowdog said:
    And the Second Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant has my all time favourite quote in it, which you can see in my signature  :D
    Thomas Covenant series was always a favorite. Saltheart Foamfollower frequently brought me to tears, with his words or his deeds..

    “Are you a storyteller, Thomas Covenant?"
    Absently he replied, "I was, once."
    "And you gave it up? Ah, that is as sad a tale in three words as any you might have told me. But a life without a tale is like a sea without salt. How do you live?"
    ... Unconsciously, he clenched his fist over his ring. "I live."
    "Another?" Foamfollower returned. "In two words, a story sadder than the first. Say no more -- with one word you will make me weep.”

    Then there's the Apprentice Adept, and Incarnations of Immortality series' from Piers Anthony. And David Eddings' The Belgariad. The Well World series by Jack L Chalker. Crystal Singer and Killashandra from Anne McCaffrey.

    Heck I have a library of books I love. Too many to mention.

  • nalex66nalex66 Posts: 5,449 Volunteer Moderator
    I've been reading "The History of the Future" by Blake Harris, which tells the story of the early days of Oculus. Pretty interesting read so far.
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  • youtubeconverteryoutubeconverter Posts: 1
    NerveGear
    I'm trying to cut down on my spending though because I'm getting myself a Yaw VR some time this year all going well.

  • myanime002myanime002 Posts: 4
    NerveGear
    I struggle to read books, by the time I get to the third page I've forget who's who in book LoL. When I do manage to read them them I like to read people's life stories, like Andy McNab's, Bravo Two Zero etc..
  • myanime002myanime002 Posts: 4
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    In the event that you have a bustling life I can prescribe Audible for tuning in to books. Such a great amount of read my aunt at mangazuki.online simpler to tune in to books while driving, strolling the puppy, having intercourse to the spouse, washing the dishes, having intercourse to someone elses wife. Helps fill in the exhausting holes throughout everyday life.
    Gordon Korman Books are still fantastic especially The "Bruno and Boots" series.  I read a lot of scifi books from Alan Dean Foster ( only his Star Trek books ) and the Halo series ( from the excellent Halo video games series )  I also read Star Trek Books from other authors as well.
  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,213 Valuable Player
    In the event that you have a bustling life I can prescribe Audible for tuning in to books. Such a great amount of read my aunt at mangazuki.online simpler to tune in to books while driving, strolling the puppy, having intercourse to the spouse, washing the dishes, having intercourse to someone elses wife. Helps fill in the exhausting holes throughout everyday life.
    Gordon Korman Books are still fantastic especially The "Bruno and Boots" series.  I read a lot of scifi books from Alan Dean Foster ( only his Star Trek books ) and the Halo series ( from the excellent Halo video games series )  I also read Star Trek Books from other authors as well.
    Agreed 100%  Those MacDonald Hall books are my fave!  I want to go Home is also quite funny as well.  Having a hard time tracking down No Coins Please though....
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 15,160 Valuable Player
    So I finally got around to signing up for Audible through Amazon.com

    I am currently listening to "The Name of the Wind" (Patrick Ruthfuss). I started this book quite a few years ago, but stopped before Chapter 10. Now with the Audible, I went beyond Chapter 12 in one sitting!

    After I finish this series, I may try for the Mistborn series since I have heard so many good things about it lately.
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  • LeroyVRChristopherLeroyVRChristopher Posts: 9
    NerveGear
    How to win friends and influence people - Loved the Book. Highly recommended!
  • KevinUlquiroKevinUlquiro Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    Napagady said:
    Hello everyone!
    I guess my favorite book is The Alchemist. i recommend this book, really worth reading :)
    Yeah...its definitely a good one. Worth Recommending to others.
  • sford52sford52 Posts: 179
    Art3mis
    edited October 2019
    Zenbane said:
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    I am currently listening to "The Name of the Wind" (Patrick Ruthfuss). I started this book quite a few years ago, but stopped before Chapter 10. Now with the Audible, I went beyond Chapter 12 in one sitting!
    You have time. The third book of the trilogy is due 8/20/2020 (https://lrmonline.com/news/third-kingkiller-chronicle-book-gets-2020-release-date/)

    I agree with @Luciferous regarding the Bobiverse books. They are light reading but a lot of fun. And the people on this forum are exactly the target audience.

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  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 15,160 Valuable Player
    I'm almost finished with Book 2 of the Name of the Wind trilogy. Audible rocks! Excited for Book 3.
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  • LuciferousLuciferous Posts: 2,387 Valuable Player
    edited October 2019
    yeah Bobiverse was a brilliant, original series. Mistborn also is a cracking read.

    On another note, the Ascend Online Series went a little down hill after the first book and turned more into a teen book, so I would skip my recommendation on that.
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