Antonela TedFan

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Which book should I choose?

I have to choose a fiction novel for my English 4 class. I have been living in US for 2 years, but my teachers say that my English is quite good. I can manage to read "hard stuff", but I would prefer not time consuming, by which I mean not a lot of hard words, since I have so much homework to do. However, I cannot choose which book would be better. Suggestions, anyone?

  • Sep 7 2012: Anything by Jack London.
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    Sep 7 2012: I'm a sucker for "The Old Man and the Sea", and it's a really quick. If they would tolerate science fiction "Enders Game" and "Speaker for the Dead" are both amazing... "Stranger in a Strange Land" is also in that category, but far too long for most classes.
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      Sep 7 2012: I've read Ender's Game, and most of Ender's Shadow series. I'm still freaking waiting for these books to become movie adaptations dammit lol
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      Sep 8 2012: Enders Game?

      That sounds familiar Dave,i'm sure i read it,i just can't remember it?
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        Sep 8 2012: It's a futuristic story where Earth is at war against an insect-like race called "Buggers," and Earth then sends a bunch of the smartest kids around the world at a young age to a military training school in outer space in order to raise the best leaders to lead the armies against the Buggers, and Ender Wiggin is the "Chosen One" trope.
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        Sep 9 2012: Maybe you read it when you were a bit too young, I highly reccomend giving it another shot, because the sequel, "Speaker for the Dead", is amazing. Like James said, it's about a military training facility for genius children, preparing to defend earth from an alien invasion. It's one of those books you can't descibe very well without having to constantly say "SPOILERS" though. Very M Night Shamalan style ending.

        Also, just so you know the first 40 pages of "Speaker for the Dead", are really boring, and he picked a few character names, that are almost impossible to remember... after that it's one of my favorite books of all time though.
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          Sep 9 2012: Can i ask you a favor?

          Could you read a book by Glen Cook for me?i just want to see what a younger more modern mind thinks of it,a critique if you want but Glen usually writes call of duty style books due to his time being in the forces,with this book it's a one off and it ended all sci-fi for me when it comes to humans and empire.

          It's the only place i could find it,i was 17 when this book was released in 1987,back in the day's when the specialty book stores ruled.I don't know why people think i'm young,i must rethink my online presentation.I'm going to find the Ender's game series and let you know when i've read them

          Oh i forgot,the name of the book

          The Dragon never sleeps.
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    Sep 8 2012: I think Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Is a classic and it is a great introduction into recent literary philosophy like existentialism, absurdism and post modernism. The best part is that it is clear to read and understand and it is not saturated with complex philosophical concepts like some of Sartre's novels for instance. It is by no means a trivial read, it is considered a hallmark in American literature, but at the same time the author writes clearly and it's easy to interpret what he wants to convey.
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    Sep 8 2012: Antonela, I have selected 5 across a broad spectrum. Hope it helps.

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    Death of a Salesman, Authur Miller
    Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  • Sep 8 2012: Pick one that has a story that interests you. that way the reading is more pleasure than work. The learning is likely to be about the same.
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    Sep 7 2012: Pilgrim's Progress.
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    Sep 7 2012: If you could read a graphic novel, I would suggest Watchmen, written by Alan Moore.

    Clockwork Orange wasn't a hard book to read either in terms of vocabulary but it was definitely a strange story with interesting ideas.
  • Sep 7 2012: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    None Dare Call Them a Fool, by One of the Fools - by Anonymous (not the group)
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    Sep 7 2012: Try "Grapes Of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.
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    Gail .

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    Sep 7 2012: Of Mice and Men is another short one, but Little Women is essential Americana and was my first favorite read.
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    Sep 13 2012: La Philosophie dans le boudoir. Donatien Alphonse Marquis de Sade
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    Sep 8 2012: Thank you everyone!