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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Liet Kynes » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:21 pm UTC

Dune as you couldprobably tell by my name.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Yurez » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:12 pm UTC

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Yurez wrote:Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I thought this was a great book. Have you read Good Omens?

Nah, after a dozen Discworld novels Pratchett became a bit predictable, so I passed.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby HenryGifford » Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:27 pm UTC

Probably something by Stephen King.

Either that, or 1984.

Or the Maus books...

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby eripio » Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:29 pm UTC

Fareneheit 451- Just so enjoyable and yet meaningful.

1984- So scary and such a classic

Fear and loathing in las vegas- The funniest book I have ever read.

god is not great by christopher hitchens- Many good anti-theist arguments expressed with a scathing with that is only possessed by Hitchens

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Julien » Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:44 pm UTC

My favourite book is Vladimir Nabokov's "The real life of Sebastian Knight". It's clever and funny. I've never seen a writer making fun of his own universe like him. He makes fun of publishers, readers, litterature teachers, writer's fanboys, and writers themselves.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Aeronaut » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:47 am UTC

Sadly, I have had a great deal of otherwise wonderful books ruined for me by high-school literary analysis. One of these books was one that I can see has been a favorite within this topic- 1984 by George Orwell.

Fortunately, there are still many books/series that I have enjoyed over the years, my favorite being The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Nothing else that I have read has managed to make me laugh or smile as often as I did while reading that series.

Second place goes to Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, another book I've seen mentioned fairly often here. It has an extremely intriguing storyline/ending, and I regret not (yet) having read the rest of the series aside from Ender's Shadow.

The rest of the list is entirely debatable, as I really don't have that many fond, non-school-ruined memories of other books I have read. Perhaps I should go back and read some of them again now that they aren't "required reading"...

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Absolute » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:52 am UTC

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, 1984, Atlas Shrugged, East of Eden, Catch-22, I don't feel the need to comment on those.

George Orwell, Collected Works, an assortment of short stories, memoirs and essays, includes Politics and the English Language. It seems I dust this off every four years.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby josephoenix » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:25 am UTC

My favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Second would probably be Fight Club
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby SanguineMusicNote » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:05 am UTC

My favourite books...hmm...would have to be Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, In Cold Blood, and The Count of Monte Cristo. :) I need to read more...

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Jakkar00 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:24 am UTC

Well, I've culled some of my favorites from browsing through here and recalling what I enjoyed reading...
Sorry, this is going to sound preachy and long.

At the end of the day I'm a pleasure reader, not a thinking reader, so my list is made up of books I enjoyed at least once and will probably read again. They are all fiction. I generally do not read non-fiction.

"For Profit Trash":

Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
just a pleasure to read. speaker for the dead is orson scott card at his preachy but not overly Mormon best.
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
best books are probably 4 and 6. best movies so far are (best first) 3,2,5. trashiest trash at its most readable.

"Upscale For Profit Trash":

Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, maybe Quicksilver (the first of the Baroque Cycle) - Neal Stephenson
i haven't read diamond age, but that would probably be on the list too. sooooooo fun to read. the rest of the baroque cycle disappointed me.
Shogun, King Rat - James Clavell
my two favorites. i think i've read all of his historical fiction, and the rest just aren't as good imho. shogun killed me the first time i read it. conclusion? nay! ye shall have italics!
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
strangely enough probably the best of the jack ryan novels (i've read them all) and jack isn't even really the main character.

"Modern Classics" - I read Catch-22. It was great, but I don't want to read it again. I read Fight Club, then watched the movie (I still hold that the movie was crap because that dumb ending ruined the book's finest moment), then read other books by Palahniuk and couldn't take his style after a while. I can't stand Hemingway. I can't get through much of Steinbeck apart from Of Mice and Men. J. D. Salinger can't hold my attention. Kurt Vonnegut is clever and occasionally mind-blowing, but not my cup of tea.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
yes, it was assigned to me when i first read it. i may have read ahead by accident... woops. the ending still kills me.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The First Circle - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
on a dare i told my parents that i would read any book they chose from our family bookshelf. they chose the gulag archipelago volume 1. i didn't enjoy it since i was in middle school at the time, but it did help me discover solzhenitsyn's amazitude. it also fueled my charge through russian greats tolstoy and dostoevsky.

"Older Classics" - I have read a ton of so-called older classics, from the snooze fest that is Dracula and Frankenstein, the syrupy goo that is Jane Austen (the Eyre sisters are better), and the seemingly drug-fueled prose rampage that is Dostoevsky (my favorite is The Idiot, but why is everyone on LSD? i can understand raskolnikov in crime and punishment, but that inclination for "overheated" characters is too strong a thread in his books). These are classics or near classics I'd like to curl up with again and again in the future:

War and Peace, Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoi
character. plot. no one does it better or makes it more compelling. war and peace (except for the repeated section intros about the grand sweep of history) felt short to me, it was so entertaining. of course i still bragged about the deed, but somehow it didn't feel right bragging about reading a book i richly enjoyed - twice. and who doesn't have a man-crush on prince andrei?
Portrait of a Lady - Henry James; The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
barely squeak in. james is a little too laborious in his prose for me, and wharton too impersonal, but these are still great books. i guess these aren't perfect examples of the "american experience" pre-WW2, but don't get me started on theodore dreiser...
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
sometimes i think dickens is the greatest thing to come around since sliced shakespeare. other times i'm not so sure. what is for sure is that david copperfield packs an extra oomph for being semi-autobiographical and i enjoyed it immensely.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby coblenski » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:50 am UTC

1984 and the Discworld series which I read alot when I was younger always stand out a lot.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby The Wandering Dog » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:57 pm UTC

It 's quite difficult to narrow it down to just one so:

L'arrache-coeur and Lécume des Jours, both by Boris Vian (L ecume des jours I think has been translated in English under the title "The Froth of a Daydream"
The Shadow at the Bottom of The World, collection of short stories by Thomas Ligotti
City of Saints and Madmen, by Jeff Vandermeer
Nightime Stories, by Paul Biegel
I am going to stop now because I could go on forever. I 'm sure I 've left great stuff out of the list

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Postby crickets » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:11 am UTC

Zod Wollop and Resume With Monsters (William Browning Spencer). These are brilliant books no one i know has ever read unless i made them. Why? Why does no one know? I will personally mail delicious treats to someone who can tell me they've read one of these....

In addition:
White Oleander
The Princess Bride
Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle


No cookies for those, but still...
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Dori » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:07 am UTC

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
V for Vendetta by David Lloyd and Alan Moore
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Those are only a few.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby dane9640 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:50 am UTC

This may sound childish, but i like the Inheritance Trilogy. You know Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Pookleblinky » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:21 pm UTC

Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach" is definitely my desert-island book.

Though, with less stringent constraints, I would be hard-pressed to decide among these:

Richard Feynman's "Lectures on Physics"- Here is the book that can rebuild all of science after a nuclear holocaust.
Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" - Perhaps the best novel ever written.
Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Omnibus" - No need to explain
Neil Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" - Here is the book that can rebuild all of geek culture after a nuclear holocaust.
Murray Rothbard's "Man, Economy, and State" - Not only could it rebuild freedom, but its hefty dimensions make it excellent to bludgeon socialists with.
The Talmud - So enormously complex, diverse, stuffed full of anecdotes and NP-Complete problems and legal arguments and recipes... it really cannot be adequately described.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Filius Nullius » Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

What is "Man, Economy, and State" I've never heard of it before 0-o

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Xanthir » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:47 am UTC

"Memoir from Antproof Case", by Mark Helprin.
  • This book got me into reading fictional memoirs, which I like very much now.
  • It was given to me by someone I hate.
  • It reminds me of my first love.
  • It's just an awesome sort of life to recount. Especially the coffee parts.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Rufaellie » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:36 pm UTC

Alice In Wonderland. Imaginative, thoughtful, insouciant, logical, illogical, creative, and funny. All in one. It doesn't get better.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

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Rufaellie wrote:Alice In Wonderland. Imaginative, thoughtful, insouciant, logical, illogical, creative, and funny. All in one. It doesn't get better.


No. I don't believe it.

No one really enjoys that book. It may be great, but it certainly is far from an entertaining piece...and it was once much better. There's no way any modern mind can consider that their favorite book.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby charliepanayi » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:17 pm UTC

Mr.RobLikesBrunch wrote:
Rufaellie wrote:Alice In Wonderland. Imaginative, thoughtful, insouciant, logical, illogical, creative, and funny. All in one. It doesn't get better.


No. I don't believe it.

No one really enjoys that book. It may be great, but it certainly is far from an entertaining piece...and it was once much better. There's no way any modern mind can consider that their favorite book.


Well evidently someone can. Either that or the original poster was lying.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby J3ssid33 » Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:50 pm UTC

My favourite book, and one i can read many times is Bryce Courtenay's Jessica
It is an intriguing story with a few twists and turns, it was also made into a mini series at one point, but definitely read the book!
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby tinotimes100 » Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:15 am UTC

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

All my friends thought I'd gone off the deep end when they saw me reading this book. Who knows maybe I have. Regardless, this is a great book.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Large Trout » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:40 am UTC

My favourite books (in no particular order) are;

A Scanner Darkly by PKD
Time Out Of Joint also by PKD

In fact, I went through a phase of reading nothing but PKD so let's just conclude that most of his books are up there on my favourites list. Also among my favourites are;

The First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson (but for some reason I just can't get into the new Chronicles that he's doing).
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Earth Abides by George R Stewart

That's all that comes to mind just now. I'm currently trying to wade through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series so I can get the last book when that new guy is finally finished it.

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Fledermen64 » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:06 pm UTC

Stranger in a strange land
Dune
Enders Shadow
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Harry Potter's

In no particular order
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby MaybeAndroid » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:50 am UTC

Large Trout wrote:Earth Abides by George R Stewart


That's such a good book. There are a lot of really grim post-apocalyptic books, but this one is filled with hope and human perseverance. It's a book about the end of the world that reads not as an epilogue but a prologue. I love it.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Ralith » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:56 pm UTC

For laughs- Good Omens.
For combat sci-fi- Honorverse.
For occultism, Princess of Wands,
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for warping, Slaughterhouse 5.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Coifsh » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:24 pm UTC

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Postby MalkuthSephira » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:07 am UTC

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Close contenders include House of Leaves and Cryptonomicon.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Ethereal87 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:34 pm UTC

American Gods by Neil Gaiman is still one of my favorites.
The entire Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher is an enjoyable set of books. Very predictable/formulaic but you know what, I don't care ^_^. He's a wizard dealing with supernatural problems in Chicago :).

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Bathcat » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:47 am UTC

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Rufaellie » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:51 am UTC

charliepanayi wrote:
Mr.RobLikesBrunch wrote:
Rufaellie wrote:Alice In Wonderland. Imaginative, thoughtful, insouciant, logical, illogical, creative, and funny. All in one. It doesn't get better.


No. I don't believe it.

No one really enjoys that book. It may be great, but it certainly is far from an entertaining piece...and it was once much better. There's no way any modern mind can consider that their favorite book.


Well evidently someone can. Either that or the original poster was lying.


Not joking. It's awesome! I would wish that I was born in Mr. Dogdson's time period so I could have met him, but then I wuldn't be born in this time period and be able to laugh at how strange the ideas and language are. Dude, no contest!

Honorable mentions:

Stranger In A Strange Land
Jonathon Livingston Seagull
Harry Potter series
Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow
The Lord Of The Rings Series
1984
Lord Of The Flies
The Belgariad

Not really in any order.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Noa » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:34 am UTC

My favorite novel is definitely the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I have literally hundreds of small post-it notes stuck in the pages with questions and ideas written on them and I still struggle with the moral dilemmas presented in the novel. I also go back and read the letter making up the final pages of the novel at least once a month. I don't know how people can consider The Three Musketeers Dumas' best work!
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Joskanathan » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:44 am UTC

The Catcher in the Rye with The Great Gatsby a close second.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Zohar » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

I despise Catcher in the Rye! I only read it once, almost ten years ago, but I hated how the main character was so completely negative about everything. No matter how excellent the writing might be, the protagonist was so loathsome to me I couldn't like the book.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Tallfellow » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:14 pm UTC

Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy - DON'T PANIC!!

The Malazan Book of the Fallen series - some of the best books around

Dune - Frank Herbert was the King!

Could name dozen and dozen's of more but i'd best let it go at these :)

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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Joskanathan » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:16 am UTC

Zohar wrote:I despise Catcher in the Rye! I only read it once, almost ten years ago, but I hated how the main character was so completely negative about everything. No matter how excellent the writing might be, the protagonist was so loathsome to me I couldn't like the book.


I love that he is straightforward with the things he hates. He's so judgmental despite his own shortcomings. Holden Caulfield is a very human character with so many sides you're not sure which side of him is the cause of all his problems. That's probably why I like it so much. I can't stand anything with bland characters.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Noa » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:40 am UTC

Joskanathan wrote:The Catcher in the Rye with The Great Gatsby a close second.


Finally!! When I was required to read it in high school I was the only one in my class who liked it and even after entering university I could find very few people who actually finished it and didn't just read the spark notes -.-;; As much as I loved it, I must confess I haven't read any of Fitzgerald's other novels.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby River » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:21 am UTC

Anything by Terry Pratchett is brilliant, particularly the Diskworld series. Also, Diane Duane's Wizards at War.
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Re: What is your favourite book?

Postby Jessica » Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:59 pm UTC

not sure really...
Thinking back (as I'm currently about to start reading it again for the... 4th or 5th time...) I think Good omens is on my list of favourite books.

Not sure of any others, even though I love a lot of books...
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