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    Hey guys,
    I'm pretty new to these forums. Loving it so far.

    I was hoping that some of you might have good book recommendations for me.

    I'm an INTP, pretty tried and true to the bone, and I'm looking for great reads to curl up with. Recently I watched this Swedish vampire movie (No, nothing like Twilight, eeks, blasphemy!) called 'Let The Right One In' and absolutely loved it. Read the book and loved it too. Abstract storytelling, deep multidimensional characters, bittersweet ending, and blood.

    For those of you interested, you can watch it here -- YouTube - Let The Right One In 2008 full movie part 1
    It's an absolutely stunning work of art. All the parts are interconnected on YouTube.

    I seem to have sidetracked a little here...

    So anyway, any good book recommendations from fellow NTs? Greatly appreciated. I'm usually a fan of horror or science-fiction, or isolated complex protagonists.

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    Sun Tzu's Art of War. Every rational should read this.

    The first lines are about how conflict is essential for progress of societies. This is so core to the entire NT rationale. ENTP's and INTP's love debates and aren't afraid ruffling a few feathers, and our J cousins, well umm...

    Furthermore the whole thing is abstract and objective. I remember when I first read it after getting into the martial arts and while my functions where still developing, I was like like .

    It's a good way to excercise the Ti, Ne, and corresponding objectivity. Years later, I now read it, and I understand it, and it's applications.

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    I have a copy of it in my night stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroninja View Post
    Hey guys,
    I'm pretty new to these forums. Loving it so far.

    I was hoping that some of you might have good book recommendations for me.

    I'm an INTP, pretty tried and true to the bone, and I'm looking for great reads to curl up with. Recently I watched this Swedish vampire movie (No, nothing like Twilight, eeks, blasphemy!) called 'Let The Right One In' and absolutely loved it. Read the book and loved it too. Abstract storytelling, deep multidimensional characters, bittersweet ending, and blood.

    For those of you interested, you can watch it here -- YouTube - Let The Right One In 2008 full movie part 1
    It's an absolutely stunning work of art. All the parts are interconnected on YouTube.

    I seem to have sidetracked a little here...

    So anyway, any good book recommendations from fellow NTs? Greatly appreciated. I'm usually a fan of horror or science-fiction, or isolated complex protagonists.
    Twighlight sounds lame already

    What do you enjoy reading? Sorry a random list, if you let me know the type of book you like I may be able to dream you up a few, I run a book club here, so get through rathr a lot.....

    It might sound weird but have you tried French translations from the turn of the last century? They can be a bit gorey
    Zolar (trash fiction of the day, usualy quite exciting:
    Nana - grim in places
    Therese Raquin - a bit racey
    La BÍte humaine - kind of a murder story

    Usually his books open and you think - what grim ending will happen to this lot...very interesting window into France in previous time.

    How about Bram Stoker - Dracula or Mary Shellys - Frankensien

    Ian Banks
    Crow road - nice book very funny in places
    Wasp factory - significantly twisted, read to the end for the real sting in the tail... and I'm usualy quite good at second guessing

    Lionel Shriver
    We Need To Talk About Kevin
    Hated how this was written but as you get on the story is infinatle more compelling

    Child 44 - LOVE that... easy read -

    Ok other stuff I thoguth might be OK for an INTP but not on your list of subjects
    Balzac - another French author - these may be too soft for you
    Old Goriot such a good story - takes while to get into.
    Eugenie Grandet

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    Manon Lascat, loved this book, the the ballet of this book (seen it at least 8 versions), not seen the opera, was one of the firs real fictionbooks ever written

    Daphnie de maurier
    Rabecca - set in the UK c.1920/30 - facinating classic book
    Jamaca Inn - smugglers on the coast of cornwall around 1700/1800 type time
    Frenchmans creek

    Bryce Courtney
    The Power of One - uplifting and warmign book, I defy you not to fall in love with the chicken.

    The sequil is even better Tandia - although Peakay has become an adult... I would love there to have been a third of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroninja View Post
    So anyway, any good book recommendations from fellow NTs? Greatly appreciated. I'm usually a fan of horror or science-fiction, or isolated complex protagonists.
    Well, you're not an INTP until you read non-fiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Sun Tzu's Art of War




    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit
    I have a copy of it in my night stand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Well, you're not an INTP until you read non-fiction.
    LOL. Agreed. But during leisure time I try to read fiction. I'm doing my Masters in Communication now so I get (i.e. have!) to read more than enough non-fiction text than I can stand (and if this is a blasphemous thing for an INTP thing to say, then, darn my buttocks and smack me pink!). Fiction is for the mind to unwind, and I'm hoping to fill it up with good fiction. So far, I've been pretty hit and miss. :S Besides, aren't INTPs supposed to be imaginative, creative creatures? There's only so much one can mould with a non-fiction read - speaking, of course, in terms of a fantasy world filled with things like zombies and mouldy things.

    Thanks so much for the book recommendations Tinkerbell!

    The books I've read recently over the past month are:
    Romance Of The Three Kingdoms - Luo Guan Zhong (That was one longgggg read)
    The Dead Zone / The Stand - Stephen King
    Handling The Undead - John Ajvide Lindqvist
    Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
    Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk
    The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
    Snow - Orhan Pamuk
    All short stories of Roald Dahl

    I'm definitely looking up Bryce Courtney and that book about a chicken (and of course, a little boy growing up during World War II ). If it's about a lovable chicken, then I most definitely have to read about it!

    Do any of you have any leads as to where I can buy / download-for-free (yes, somebody shoot me) ebooks online?
    I don't live in the States, so Amazon is out of the question. A website that offers downloads for cheap from anywhere in the world.

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    ok from the list above these you might enjoy
    Ian Banks
    Crow road - nice book very funny in places
    Wasp factory - significantly twisted, read to the end for the real sting in the tail... and I'm usualy quite good at second guessing

    Lionel Shriver
    We Need To Talk About Kevin
    Hated how this was written but as you get on the story is infinatle more compelling

    Child 44 - LOVE that... easy read about a serial killer in Stalin Russia.


    Tomas Hardy - the Silence of the lamb, there are three of them now.


    James Herbert - the Magic Cottage is one of his first novels that too year before it was published - personally although it was long since published after he shot to fame, it is good and probably the creepiest non gory book.

    Then you have The Rats, the Lair, the fog.... loads of them... Good reads but total pulp.

    One you get board of pulp fiction give me a prod and I'll give you another reading list.

    OK thats probably enough from me for now, I could dig you up some non fiction too, but I suspect the guys will chip in some too

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell View Post
    ok from the list above these you might enjoy
    Ian Banks
    Crow road - nice book very funny in places
    Wasp factory - significantly twisted, read to the end for the real sting in the tail... and I'm usualy quite good at second guessing

    Lionel Shriver
    We Need To Talk About Kevin
    Hated how this was written but as you get on the story is infinatle more compelling

    Child 44 - LOVE that... easy read about a serial killer in Stalin Russia.


    Tomas Hardy - the Silence of the lamb, there are three of them now.


    James Herbert - the Magic Cottage is one of his first novels that too year before it was published - personally although it was long since published after he shot to fame, it is good and probably the creepiest non gory book.

    Then you have The Rats, the Lair, the fog.... loads of them... Good reads but total pulp.

    One you get board of pulp fiction give me a prod and I'll give you another reading list.

    OK thats probably enough from me for now, I could dig you up some non fiction too, but I suspect the guys will chip in some too
    Thanks a bunch! I shall get started with seeking them out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroninja View Post
    LOL. Agreed. But during leisure time I try to read fiction. I'm doing my Masters in Communication now so I get (i.e. have!) to read more than enough non-fiction text than I can stand (and if this is a blasphemous thing for an INTP thing to say, then, darn my buttocks and smack me pink!). Fiction is for the mind to unwind, and I'm hoping to fill it up with good fiction. So far, I've been pretty hit and miss. :S Besides, aren't INTPs supposed to be imaginative, creative creatures? There's only so much one can mould with a non-fiction read - speaking, of course, in terms of a fantasy world filled with things like zombies and mouldy things.
    Yeah fiction can make for better escapism, something all INTPs seem to be familiar with. Science fiction seems to be fairly popular among NTs.

    Quote Originally Posted by astroninja View Post
    Do any of you have any leads as to where I can buy / download-for-free (yes, somebody shoot me) ebooks online?
    I don't live in the States, so Amazon is out of the question. A website that offers downloads for cheap from anywhere in the world.
    Do you use torrents at all? If you type in the name of the book into google and add the word "torrent" to it, you can almost always find an ebook copy online. And it's free.

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