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READERSVOICE.COM aims to collect a few interesting reading tips. Montreal animator Felix Harvey has a wide spectrum of interests, like playing in his band Krash Lama, and he gives some good reading tips in this interview. Some of his stick figure animations have had millions of views on YouTube. He creates his short movies in Adobe Flash, and produces entertaining and thought-provoking results with what he regards as a very basic knowledge of the program. He also posted a helpful tutorial on YouTube about how he created his animations.

See Xefpatterson, a name used by Felix Harvey on YouTube, to see his stick figure animations.
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READERSVOICE.COM: Could you list some of your favorite books of all time?

FELIX HARVEY: First, I have to say that I’m not a big reader. I love to read, but I don’t read as much as I would like due to the fact that I read very slowly, and only before going to bed, and I also fall asleep very easily. That’s why if a book, even if it’s good, is not captivating enough for me, it can take me a long time to read. Just like Rainbow Six, by Tom Clancy, which took me about a year to read even though I liked it. 
Anyway, that being said, here are the best books, or the ones that have been the most significant to me:
Peter F. Hamilton’s Commonwealth Saga (Pandora’s Star; Judas Unchained) — I had never read fiction before reading these two massive books, but I think that the ideas and imagination of Peter Hamilton were really impressive.
These books are an optimistic representation of the future of man, and are so well written and thought out that they made me wish to be in a world like this.
Hamilton also succeeds in mixing fiction, action, a detective story, and more into these two books. I am looking forward to reading Hamilton’s Void Trilogy, which is a sequel to those.
Garfield, Jim Davis — Probably because they were my first reading experience, and because of the times when I was a kid that I was the only one laughing out loud in the school library.
Quino’s comic books — I think Quino is my favorite comic book author. Even though I’m not a huge fan of his most famous work, the Mafalda series, I really loved some of his other stuff. 
Papillon, Henri Charrière
 — The incredible story of Henri Charrière (and written by him), an innocent man who got arrested for murder but just couldn’t resign himself to stay behind bars, and escaped several times from prisons with awful conditions and injustices. This is a must-read (controversial) story that also made a really terrible movie, to anyone who read it.
Le Grand Cahier – Agota Krisrtof — Harsh, raw, powerful story about two young twins during a war that they suffered indirectly… I had to read the first few chapters for school work and I dare anyone to read just the first chapter of it. You just won’t stop.
Les fabuleuses aventures d’un Indien malchanceux qui devient milliardaire, Vikas Swarup. 
Also known as Slumdog Millionaire. Simply because it is a great story to read!


Shogun, James Clavell –
 Great, epic story with so much history and research that you learn a whole lot of new incredibly interesting stuff about ancient Japan. 

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