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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Rogue5_jm » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:01 pm UTC

I'm simple

Anything by Michael A. Stackpole, Talion:Revanant is one of his best (incidentally also his first).
Anything by Arthur C. Clarke, I especially appreciated the Rama Series, and yes I know he wasn't as involved with those.
The entire Enders Game Series, though the first book was the most entertaining.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Angelene » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:42 am UTC

Graham Greene - The End of the Affair
Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Jonathan Safran Foer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
Hubert Selby Jr - Last Exit to Brooklyn
Henri Charrière - Papillon
Cormac McCarthy -The Road
Ian McEwan -The Comfort of Strangers

I'm sure I'll think of more later...I should really get to reading some classics, perhaps.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby uildaan » Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:08 pm UTC

Echoing alot of other people but...

Dune - Epic scope, love the politics and the bene gesserit way
Hitchhikers guide - Pure hilarity
Catch 22 - Brilliant Satire and humour, can you ask for more?
Brave new World and 1984 - Both brilliant and scary. Everyone should read these periodically
Magician (and all Raymond E Fiest's books) - He (and his friends)created such an immersive world
Earthsea quartet - I like Geds quite wisdom
Harry Potter - Was a kid when philosophers stone came out and it was a great experience growing up reading them
On the Road and Naked Lunch- Just been loving the beats lately

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Qoppa » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:58 am UTC

I (sadly) don't read much, but out of the few novels I have indeed read I thoroughly enjoyed:
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby TPman » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:06 am UTC

I just finished Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and although not wholly 'enjoyable' (it is a VERY depressing story) it was hugely engaging and without a doubt the single most moving reading experience I have ever had. I think it has to be one of, if not my favourite book.

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie is also good, if a little difficult sometimes, as is most of E.M. Forster.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Ati » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:24 am UTC

A Wrinkle in time, followed closely by huckleberry Finn, followed closely by the diamond age and ender's game.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby asanisimasa » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:24 am UTC

The Brothers Karamazov
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Zak » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:46 am UTC

But, i love them all!

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby mursidae » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:35 pm UTC

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
Into the Wild - Jon Krauker
The Princess Bride - William Goldman (does it get much better than a book that is both funny, romantic, and exciting? I think not)
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Hakond » Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:12 pm UTC

My all time favourites

Crime and Punishment - Fjodor Dostojevskij
The Brothers Karamazov - Fjodor Dostojevskij
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
The Sun also Rises and For Whom the Bell tolls - Ernest Hemingway
The Wayfarer trilogy - Knut Hamsun
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Among the more science fiction type books, I loved Ender's Game and the Anne Rice series.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby rob insurgent » Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:53 pm UTC

i really like god bless you dr. kevorkian by kurt vonnegut, last exit to brooklyn by hubert selby jr, and the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by mark haddon, but my all time favorite is brave new world by aldous huxley. that or the metamorphosis by franz kafka.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby mrlabenz » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:23 pm UTC

For socially engaging books, 1984 can only be rivaled--not beaten. For pure fun, The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman was the first series that fully captivated my mind. I enjoyed them when I was young and after re-reading them only a year ago am still convinced they are the most epic and compelling novels I have read. I've gone cover to cover several times.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Laura » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

I have two long-standing favourite books. Firstly, there's "Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000BC" by Bernard Cornwell. I read through it with my then boyfriend, and we rather childishly assigned ourselves character names as pet names between each other. He was named after the main character, and I after his wife. Stupid move. It turns out his wife is a cheating ho-bag. ...heh. Oh well. In reality, in our lives, it was quite the other way around. :D Nevertheless, the name stuck, and where I'm not Laura, I'm her.

My other favourite is Papillon by Henri Charriere. I can't explain why it's brilliant, but if you haven't read it and you have access to a public library, then please, please borrow this book and read it. You'll love it. You can't not. Even if you didn't like the film.

These two are wonderful, of course, but their position is currently being threatened by Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series. I love them. There are six books in the series, and McCullough has just released another novel which is apparently not part of the series...but totally is. We begin with "The First Man in Rome," which introduces my favourite literary character: Gaius Marius. He's a darned hoot. McCullough's characterisation is excellent, as is her -- actually, the whole lot is just excellent. She includes so much detail and has refused to be cowed into translating everything into English. You'll come across terms such as cursus honorem and toga praetexta and Iupiter Optimus Maximus. Read these books and you'll be able to answer almost any question that could come up in a pub quiz about the Late Roman Republic.

And that's quite a feat! :mrgreen:

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby justaman » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:01 pm UTC

The "Gormenghast" series by Mervyn Peake is awesome, some of the best imaginative writing I have ever read. "Catcher in the rye" is great too.

Every time I think about it I remember more great books, and I am really surprised by the incidence of classic works in the lists, personally I hated most of them, though I tolerate Dostoyevsky, Maupassant, and Chekov along with the ones I listed in an earlier post.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Xovan » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:27 pm UTC

Paying the Piper by David Drake.

Its got hovertanks, inappropriate language, and uses historical references to describe the political climate of the story. He's a very descriptive writer and I've enjoyed his hammer's slammers series for some years now.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby SummerGlau » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:29 pm UTC

I loved Orson Scott Card's book Enders Game, I read it when I was like 9, still my favorite book of all time.
If I had to pick a runner-up I would probably choose something like Battlefield Earth, despite the fact that L Ron Hubbard wrote it, it's still an awesome book, after all 1066 pages of it I wished it wouldn't end.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby I Am Raven » Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:47 pm UTC

Laugh at my stupid non-novel books! :twisted:

Darren Shan (well, the first series, the second one is shit...)
"His Dark Materials" by Phillip Pullman (ok, this is the odd one out, being an actual novel)
"How I live now", "What I Was" and "Just-In-Case" by Meg Rossof...
"This is all", by Aiden Chambers (actually, also quiete a novel)
The "Alex Rider"-series and "The Power of Five"-series by Anthony Horrowitz ( :oops: )
Lemony Snicket's "A Series Of Unfortunate Events" ( :mrgreen: )
"Eragon" and "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini.
"Het leven is verukkulluk" by Remco Campert
"Zomerhitte" by Jan Wolkers.

I realise some of these books are really childish, and that I should be ashamed to have them on this list. I 'll underscore every book I personally think (at the moment) is a good book, the other ones were great once, but not anymore... I sort of grew over them, but I still think they should be on this list.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Andle » Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:38 pm UTC

His Dark Materials
Slaughterhouse-Five
Catch-22
The Lord of the Flies
Good Omens
Animal Farm
The Catcher in The Rye

All favorites of mine in one way or another.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Daelin » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:37 am UTC

I really liked Yann Martel's "Life of Pi", it had a lot of re-read value.
Chuck Pahlaniuk's "Fight Club" was also good, although I sort of regret seeing the movie before I read the book.
My favorite is probably a toss-up between those two books.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby master_tonberry » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:47 pm UTC

I'm not sure if anyone's mentioned it yet but my fave would have to be The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester.

I'm not sure what it is exactly but theres something in it that I've loved since I was about 11 or 12 till today (so about 10 years now)
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Ruaridh » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:18 pm UTC

It's far too hard to name my all time favourites, but the best books I've read recently are:
- "The Wasp Factory" By Iain Banks
- "Crash" By J.G. Ballard
- "Smoke And Mirrors" By Neil Gaiman

All great books, though "Smoke And Mirrors" is a collection of short stories (good ones!).
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby dbsmith » Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:01 am UTC

Probably Tad Williams Otherland series...but i think im alone on this one.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby ironfroggy » Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:07 pm UTC

The Wooden Sea

I actually didn't know until I was asked the question. It never easy. It will probably change as I ramp up my reading schedule (I am finally making time again).

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Narsil » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:42 pm UTC

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
Hands down, my new favorite book. That whole month I read it was like another aspect of myself.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Cornelius » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:28 pm UTC

The Faded Sun trilogy, Forgotten Realms [especially Legend of Drizzt], and The Wheel of Time.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby GKZ » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:49 am UTC

Gah!

my answers are being influenced by yours...

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Enders Shadow-OSC
Enders Game -OSC (I have a signed first mass print edition)


Shade's Children-Garth Nix
V for Vendetta-Alan Moore
Watchmen-Alan Moore
Atlas Shrugged-Ayn Rand
Animal Farm-George Orwell
Brave New World-Aldous Huxley
Syrup-Maxx Berry
American Gods-Neil Gaiman
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-C.S.Lewis
The Tub of Happiness-Howard Taylor
The Great Gatsby-F Scott Fitzgerald
Without Remorse-Tom Clancy

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby spacecase » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:03 pm UTC

Fiction- God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Creative nonfiction- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Nonfiction- The Quantum Self by Danah Zohar
Scifi/Fantasy- His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Children's books- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and The Paper bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby eierkopf » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:42 pm UTC

mursidae wrote:Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
Into the Wild - Jon Krauker
The Princess Bride - William Goldman (does it get much better than a book that is both funny, romantic, and exciting? I think not)


The Princess Bride - William Goldman
That's one of my favorites
Also the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
More recently Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Rowsdower » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:39 pm UTC

Ughh, just one? My favorites are:

Animal Farm
Count of Monte Cristo
Ender's Game

Not in that order. I can't decide which is best. Ugh.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Killy_mcgee » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:34 pm UTC

Ender's Game
Timeline
Eragon series (I'm starting to grow out of it. It copies too many other books)
The Tomorrow series Excellent series. Go google it if you're interested.
Animal Farm, although the ending was a little abrupt.
The Hobbit. Definitely a read.
To Kill A Mockingbird
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Allium Cepa » Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:08 am UTC

Killy_mcgee wrote:Eragon series (I'm starting to grow out of it. It copies too many other books)
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I agree, there was a lot of similar junk to other books, obviously a lot Lord of the Rings and some Star Wars I thought as well. It's been so long since I read the books I can't really remember that much about them, and will most likely have to reread them before the third one comes out. I just want to figure what happens to his cousin, as he is a far richer character than Eragon himself.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Killy_mcgee » Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:30 am UTC

I agree. Rowan (remembered his name) seems to be a much cooler character than Eragon himself. If they made like a little series on him, I'd think that would be good.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby I Am Raven » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:20 am UTC

Killy_mcgee wrote:I agree. Rowan (remembered his name) seems to be a much cooler character than Eragon himself. If they made like a little series on him, I'd think that would be good.

Most definitely. It's a pity he died. Altough the whole "sand-morphed-to-diamond-grave"-part was very cool. :D
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Killy_mcgee » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:31 pm UTC

No, that's Brom you're thinking of.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby I Am Raven » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:42 pm UTC

Oh then they should DEFINITELY make a book for him! :D
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Larphenflorp » Sun May 04, 2008 12:31 am UTC

I'm kind of surprised not one person mentioned Bret Easton Ellis. Lunar Park is so damn good. It's one of those books you just can't stop reading. Any other fans of metafiction will probably enjoy it. Also I think it's the first book he wrote in past tense.

Anyone seen American Psycho? He wrote that shit.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Killericon » Mon May 05, 2008 6:46 am UTC

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Rowsdower » Mon May 05, 2008 5:14 pm UTC

Killy_mcgee wrote:Eragon series (I'm starting to grow out of it. It copies too many other books)

I never got into that. I read the first book in about four days, so I could see the movie. I couldn't even finish the second one. It's in the back seat of my car, being forgotten.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby tday93 » Wed May 07, 2008 3:24 am UTC

Hmmmmmmmmm.... depends on what i'm looking for


General:
"Surely your joking Mr. Feynman"
H2G2 series
Great Expectations
A Seperate Peace
Call of the Wild
Congo
Sphere
10'000 leagues under the sea
journey to the center of the earth


Science etc:
The lighter side of gravity
How to build a time machine
Six easy pieces
Six not so easy pieces
A Brief History of Time
Fearful symmetry


but overall, Prey, hands down
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Groovy » Wed May 07, 2008 8:01 am UTC

When it comes to reading I'm a serious book nut. I'm always cramming books into my brain and the living space in there is kind of crammped. As I have so many books to choose from Il list a few in different catagories.

Sci Fi: Number 1 I'd go with Pandora's Star by P.Hamilton. Its simply a top book. Nuff said.
Number 2. The Praxis Humanity reaches the stars by being conqured( we didnt do it on our own). Civil war erupts and humanity is caught in the middle.

Fantasy: Number 1: Magician by R.Feist...if you haven't read it, your missing out
Number 2: Misenchanted Sword by Laurance Watt Evans. The sword always kills and can never leave his side. One day it will turn on him and theres nothing he can do about it.

Non-Fiction : Guns,Germs and Steel by Jared Diamon. It talks about the rise of civilisation and theories of why it rose faster/slower on different continents.
Selfish Gene Theory by R. Dawkins. Its an interesting theory that we are slaves to our genes. There are good points and bad points to his theory worth checking out so we can have some great debate over it.

Podcast Novels: Yeah I consider them books, there are many blind people out there and some of us like to listen to stuff when we are doing brain dead work.
Number 1: 7th Son by J.C Hutchins its about 7 clones who have to stop their original from taking over the world.
Number 2: Ancestor by S.Sigler A good monster novel. Bio-engineered carnivores stuck on an island and the only meat are humans.....
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