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What book would you live in?

Unread postby tuffy135 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:53 pm

I am watching an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where they stumble on the journal of an American astronaut from the 21st century is the only survivor from an alien attack, and the aliens make it up to him by creating a world for him to live in based on a book they found with him, Casino Royale. The American described the experience as making him welcome death, because the book was so poorly written.

This made me think. What would it be like to live in a book that is actually good and that the person likes?

I put the question to you all: What book would you choose live in if you were given the opportunity? Please describe why you chose that book.
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Unread postby Foif » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:48 pm

Arabian Nights. The books got so many other stories in it...that would be really fun. Other than that, maybe His Dark Materials.

1984 wouldnt be bad...O wait, were pretty much living in it!
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Unread postby Shi Tong » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:42 am

haha :lol:

I'd live in Journey to the West and play a part in Monkey's uprising- it's such a laugh and such a romp it would be hilarious!
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Unread postby FuguNabe » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:54 am

Probably 'Genji Monogatari' (the Western version is called The Tale of Genji). The Heian period was so dreamy in that classic Japanese literature. I could imagine myself being there.

Some others I've thought about where I wouldn't mind seeing the happenings in the book with my own eyes are...

Nansō Satomi Hakkenden
Ramayana (both original and Thai version)
Water Margin
The Three Kingdom
Dragonlance Chronicles
Riftwar Saga
Condor Heroes trilogy
Le Mort d'Arthur
Juuni Kokki
Tenchi Muyo novels (Jurai, Yosho, and Washu)
Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles
War and Peace
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights

Though I wouldn't necessarily want to get involve in any of the fighting in some of them (unless I was really forced to). The places and setting in these story are so interesting to me.
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Unread postby DarkDecapodian » Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:26 pm

Umm...most of the books I read usually feature suffering and destruction on a grand scale (though with horror and fantasy, that's pretty much the genre norm anyway...).On the other hand, stuff like Stephen King and Richard Matheson are only horrifying if you're in the area described, with the rest being plain ol' Earth. So, I'd probably opt for somewhere like Middle Earth or Malazan, so long as I'd recieve some decent magic/protective gear beforehand. No dignity in being killed by an orc 5 minutes into your stay, is there?

EDIT: foif's correct on both counts. Aside from the potential space-time collapse from so many 'gateways', travelling between the worlds in HDM would make for a lifetime of adventure.
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Unread postby Kristina » Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:09 pm

Great idea for a thread!

hmm. . .The Xanth books! I -loved- every single one of those.

Sabriel and Lireal would top my list too!

The Pern books . . . .

Summat Stephen King would be cool, mayhaps Rose Red

Gah, ya know what, I give up.

I read too much. . .
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Unread postby Starscream » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:25 pm

I'd choose the Wizard of Oz. Er well, the most evil entity in the story is merely a disgruntled gnome, not much harm done. I like Oz because it's magical with a slight tinge of modernity to it. Nobody gets old there and magic in Oz is controlled but available for convenience. Good for a lazy person like me. :lol:
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Unread postby Adam » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:47 pm

I Have No Mouth and I must Scream by Harlan Ellison....that'd be really interesting.

And yes it's not a book, but it's still a story and there -was- a game created based on it.
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Unread postby Ricky » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:38 pm

Rotk so I could change history, and even the SoSZ. Or just warn Cao Cao of a bunch of things in battle that are gonna happen.
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Unread postby SunXia » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:13 pm

I could live in Harry Potter's world!! Dark, yes but we live in dark times anyway in the real world!!
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