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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:51 pm 
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"Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne-I deem it responsible for getting me into reading.

"The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan-I read it when I was about nine or ten years old. It completely blew me away and turned my perspective of the world upside down.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams-After finishing it, life suddenly seemed funnier than it ever had.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling-Not necessairly changed my life as the first two or Watchmen did, but I was really hooked to it (still am!). And I'll just say that I read "The Order of the Phoenix" at the perfect age and time.

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As far as Graphic Novels go: Neil Gaiman's Sandman

Literature, on the other hand... David Brin's The Postman, Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead, someone else mentioned Moby Dick already, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (which Moore alludes to a few times in Watchmen, and the scene with Rorschach, Nite Owl, and Veidt at Karnak reminds me of Marlow's meeting with the psychopathic Kurtz), almost anything William R Gibson, and most lately, The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner by Sir Phillip K. Dick, this book got me interested in the fields of bioethics, cybernetics and Transhumanism, put simply, it also fueled my interests in Science as well.

V for Vendetta by Sir Alan Moore and Mr. David Lloyd
1984 by Sir George Orwell
Anthem and Atlas Shrugged by Dr. Ayn Rand

All of the three books above gave me a deeper insight into philosophy, politics and metaphysics, just like Watchmen had done. It also affected my thinking about the ideas of collectivism and statism, like fascism and communism for examples, ideas that I used to admire but now despise after knowing the devastating effects they have for the society. In a nutshell, the aforementioned three books had influenced me greatly in my life, in the form of a fine written fiction and top-notch classical storytelling.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner by Sir Phillip K. Dick, this book got me interested in the fields of bioethics, cybernetics and Transhumanism, put simply, it also fueled my interests in Science as well.


thats one of the ways that the night's dawn trilogy i mentioned earlier affected me aswell.

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American Psycho and Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, The Safety of Objects by A.M.Homes, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Paradise Lost by Milton, Hamlet by Shakespeare and The Fall by Albert Camus are the first books/plays that spring immediately to mind. I don't normally read comics or graphic novels, so in a way, Watchmen has the honour of being one of the few comics to affect me as much as most of the books I read.

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Goldschach wrote:
Sir Phillip K. Dick
Sir Alan Moore
Sir George Orwell



None of those people were ever knighted, so idk why you put Sir in front of their names.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:52 am 
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WJK wrote:
Goldschach wrote:
Sir Phillip K. Dick
Sir Alan Moore
Sir George Orwell



None of those people were ever knighted, so idk why you put Sir in front of their names.

Just for the hell of it I guess. You can call people sir without them having been knighted. I don't even get the whole knighting thing. ....What's that all about?

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Facepalm.

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diego1235467 wrote:
Facepalm.

It's just a ritual of recognition right?

Am I missing something here?

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Godziller66 wrote:
diego1235467 wrote:
Facepalm.

It's just a ritual of recognition right?

Am I missing something here?


To be Knighted, you:

1. Must be British.
2. Have done something to have gained the awareness of the Royal Family.

Basically it's almost the British equivalent of a Medal of Honor, without the whole going to war part. You just need to glorify England basically on a worldwide scale lulz.


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what the fuck is this

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I think that's "I don't know what you're saying".

As for the "Sir" thing, from my movie-experience I got the impression that there are a lot of Sirs in the Usa army. Or are they're just sirs?



Books.

LotR, of course. <|8) I spent a lot of time in Middle Earth in my puberty. Wouldn't say that those books affected me like Watchmen, though. I mean, I didn't learn much from them (apart from improving my English).


The influencing ones:

On top of all: Illuminatus! by Shea and Wilson. I can justly call Robert Anton Wilson one of the most important mentors of my youth. I learned MUCH from him.

Then, before I knew Watchmen, there was V for Vendetta.
Do I have to say anything about it? Don't think so. <|8)

Then a bunch of non-fiction that I won't list here. :mrgreen:

Everything Earthsea by the amazing, the wonderful, the poetic and deep Ursula K. Guinn. The science fiction that I have read by her is very good, too. Eg. The left Hand of Darkness.

And another science fiction author that influenced me and whom I admire is C. J. Cherryh. She wrote A LOT, and it's not all for me. But specially her Alliance/Union novels and there the Chanur-Saga are brilliant. Imo.

Ah, and Iain M. Banks' Culture novels! My favourite of those is Excession.

And From Hell is amazing, too.

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