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I've recently installed Stanza on my iPod Touch and decided to read up on my classics. Eagerly I dove into Project Gutenberg, and downloaded:

H.P. Lovecraft (unimpressed after first 2 Cthulhu books)
C. Dickens
A.C. Doyle
L. Tolstoy (boring? too heavy/archaic?)
A. Dante
H.G. Wells
J. Milton
M. Twain
O. Wilde

I know I missed a lot more. Which authors should I read? Which specific books would you recommend (and why)? I'm aware of the Top 100 page so I'm most curious about specific recommendations ...
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Nikku wrote:

L. Tolstoy (boring? too heavy/archaic?)

read War & Peace, think it's great and I wasn't bored, but it's just me

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a48
Tarzan of the Apes
A Princess of Mars

Haggard, Henry Rider
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/h#a365
Allan Quatermain
She
She and Allan
Ayesha, the Return of She

noticed that you can also browse by language?
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/nl
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Dr. No wrote:
Nikku wrote:

L. Tolstoy (boring? too heavy/archaic?)

read War & Peace, think it's great and I wasn't bored, but it's just me

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a48
Tarzan of the Apes
A Princess of Mars

Haggard, Henry Rider
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/h#a365
Allan Quatermain
She
She and Allan
Ayesha, the Return of She

noticed that you can also browse by language?
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/nl


Thanks!! Will check out Haggard, and just recently started in War and Peace ... no opinion yet.

I prefer to read in English. Dutch grammar and the size of its vocabulary make for horrible translations.
 
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Back when I had a job that gave me so much free time, I read 3 books in a week at work, I read Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham through Project Gutenberg. I remember being surprised by how much I liked it, since I normally don't like literature written before the last 50 years or so ago.
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Twain's Huckleberry Finn is terrific.
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eggplantia5 wrote:
Back when I had a job that gave me so much free time, I read 3 books in a week at work, I read Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham through Project Gutenberg. I remember being surprised by how much I liked it, since I normally don't like literature written before the last 50 years or so ago.
H'mmm, I found Of Homan Bondage to be incredibly dull, but I am a fan of literature written over 50 years ago. I kept hoping it would get good, but it never did.

I'd add Edith Wharton. Try the House of Mirth, for example. That might be on Gutenburg by now, not sure though.
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Nikku wrote:

H.P. Lovecraft (unimpressed after first 2 Cthulhu books)


Which "books" are you talking about?

How about Ambrose Bierce? I recommend Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (AKA In the Midst of Life), The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter, and Can Such Things Be?
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wmshub wrote:
eggplantia5 wrote:
Back when I had a job that gave me so much free time, I read 3 books in a week at work, I read Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham through Project Gutenberg. I remember being surprised by how much I liked it, since I normally don't like literature written before the last 50 years or so ago.
H'mmm, I found Of Homan Bondage to be incredibly dull, but I am a fan of literature written over 50 years ago. I kept hoping it would get good, but it never did.


I think Razor's Edge is great, though.
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Robert Howard Conan books.
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Anything by Edgar Wallace.
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sisteray wrote:
Nikku wrote:

H.P. Lovecraft (unimpressed after first 2 Cthulhu books)


Which "books" are you talking about?

How about Ambrose Bierce? I recommend Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (AKA In the Midst of Life), The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter, and Can Such Things Be?


The Call of Cthulhu
The Outsider

... and thanks for the recs!
 
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Thanks for all the recs, impressive list. If you have 'em keep 'em coming!

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Tarzan of the Apes
A Princess of Mars

Haggard, Henry Rider
Allan Quatermain
She
She and Allan
Ayesha, the Return of She

W. Somerset Maugham
Of Human Bondage
Razor's Edge

Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn

Edith Wharton
House of Mirth

Ambrose Bierce
Tales of Soldiers
Civilians
The Monk
Hangman's Daughter
Can Such Things Be

Jules Verne
Robert Howard
Edgar Wallace
 
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Oh, man.

I do like both of those stories, but I wouldn't have started with those. The Outsiders is far from representational of his work, and The Call of Cthulhu is too deep into the mythos to be interesting to anyone not already into it (though Mountains of Madness is worse).


I know you are probably not interested now, but if you ever are interested in giving him another chance I recommend:
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
or
The Whisperer in Darkness.

Then if you change your mind and you think that you could actually get into him then:
The Colour Out of Space
Dunwich Horror
The Cats of Ulthar
Under the Pyramids
The Rats in the Walls


BTW, 'Tales of Soldiers and Civilians' is one title.
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sisteray wrote:
Oh, man.

I do like both of those stories, but I wouldn't have started with those. The Outsiders is far from representational of his work, and The Call of Cthulhu is too deep into the mythos to be interesting to anyone not already into it (though Mountains of Madness is worse).


I know you are probably not interested now, but if you ever are interested in giving him another chance I recommend:
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
or
The Whisperer in Darkness.

Then if you change your mind and you think that you could actually get into him then:
The Colour Out of Space
Dunwich Horror
The Cats of Ulthar
Under the Pyramids
The Rats in the Walls


BTW, 'Tales of Soldiers and Civilians' is one title.


Thanks, I'll definately try them! I was very confused about the chronology in the preferred order to read the books, so I just started with the first.
 
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Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan (Victorian supernatural fiction)
Wilkie Collins The Moonstone (first English detective novel) and The Woman In White
Saki - Edwardian short stories.
Alexandre Dumas (although you may have already read his stuff)
Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan and Pellucidar and Barsoom
John Buchan - the Richard Hannay adventure/spy novels in particular (start with The Thirty-Nine Steps).
Rudyard Kipling
G.K. Chesterton - The Napoleon Of Notting Hill, The Man Who Was Thursday, The Club Of Queer Trades and The Father Brown stories.

Maybe
Thomas Hardy's novels - I don't particularly get on with them but a large number of people like them.
George Eliot's novels which are Victorian realist.


If you want modern SF and fantasy novels I can point you at some free ones.
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andyl wrote:
If you want modern SF and fantasy novels I can point you at some free ones.


Yes! Especially if you think they're worth reading.
 
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Nikku wrote:
andyl wrote:
If you want modern SF and fantasy novels I can point you at some free ones.


Yes! Especially if you think they're worth reading.


http://www.suvudu.com/freelibrary/

I can recommend Manifold:Time and Red Mars. Elric! is good if you remember that it was one of the earliest Sword & Sorcery books. Lots of people seem to like His Majesty's Dragon.

http://www.kschroeder.com/my-books/ventus/free-ebook-version - Karl Schroeder's Ventus

http://www.mikebrotherton.com/diamonds/ - An anthology of astronomy based SF.
http://www.mikebrotherton.com/?page_id=8 - Mike Brotherton's Star Dragon.

Small Beer Press http://lcrw.net/index.htm has some good collections of short stories to download -
The Ant King and Other Stories by Benjamin Rosenbaum
The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories by John Kessel
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link.

Jeffrey A. Carver has some of his novels available on his website - http://www.starrigger.net/Downloads.htm

Jeffrey Thomas has Deadstock available at http://www.solarisbooks.com/features/deadstock-free-download...

Charlie Stross's Accelerando - http://www.antipope.org/charlie/accelerando/

Any of Peter Watts's novels - http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm (click on the book covers)

Oh and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is a great YA novel.


I think you have enough there with the Gutenberg recommendations to keep you reading for a month or two.
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I have a side question:

I've downloaded public domain texts from Guttenberg and I was able to format them for eReader on the Palm. I'm considering the Kindle, but I'd want the same ability to put Guttenberg and other public domain text on it. Does anybody know anything about that?
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spacerx wrote:
I have a side question:

I've downloaded public domain texts from Guttenberg and I was able to format them for eReader on the Palm. I'm considering the Kindle, but I'd want the same ability to put Guttenberg and other public domain text on it. Does anybody know anything about that?


From what I understand (secondhand knowledge because Amazon won't sell us Europeans a Kindle) Kindles can read normal unprotected mobipocket (.prc) files.
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