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07/23/2006 03:07:01 PM · #1
mine is "to kill a mocking bird" by Harper Lee ... great book
07/23/2006 03:09:50 PM · #2
Whatever one I am currently reading -- currently I'm between books. :(

David
07/23/2006 03:14:27 PM · #3
The Collected Poems of Charles Olson (Olson, Charles)
The Cantos of Ezra Pound (Pound, Ezra)
Tender Buttons (Stein, Gertrude)
07/23/2006 03:22:49 PM · #4
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
07/23/2006 03:24:01 PM · #5
Life of Pi- Yann Martel..Someday I hope to write like that...
07/23/2006 03:28:56 PM · #6
hey cryindragon... i was just in the library today lookin to buy Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman... couldnt find it thou... is it really good ?
07/23/2006 03:33:51 PM · #7
It's a great book. Cheap if you want to buy it.

//www.amazon.com/gp/product/0915811006/103-8778476-7979021?v=glance&n=283155
07/23/2006 03:47:05 PM · #8
I have alwaysloved books by Margit Sandemo (norwegian author)

Favorite book is hard though

i love all books i buy
07/23/2006 03:47:53 PM · #9
Oh, I forgot my all time favorites...

Anything by Shel Siverstein
07/23/2006 03:54:23 PM · #10
Originally posted by UrfaK:

Life of Pi- Yann Martel..Someday I hope to write like that...


That was an excellent book but I almost put it down before I got half way through it..
07/23/2006 03:58:09 PM · #11
I have so many favourites. I like books by Ken Follett especially Pillars of the Earth.
07/23/2006 03:58:54 PM · #12
Swan Song, BAAL and They Thirst by Robert McCammon
07/23/2006 03:59:09 PM · #13
I'm amazed anyone can pick just one.

Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
Any Steinbeck
Any Philip K. Dick
Asimov Robot Series

The new Stephen King - Cell - is very good too.
07/23/2006 04:03:56 PM · #14
all of Piers Anthony's Xanth series
07/23/2006 04:06:23 PM · #15
a book i have read through at least 5-6 times and my all time favorite is "the Fountainhead" by ayn rand. im very much into philosophy and idealism.not that i agree with rands idealism, but it is great food for thought.
07/23/2006 04:13:29 PM · #16
Originally posted by kiwiness:

I have so many favourites. I like books by Ken Follett especially Pillars of the Earth.


This is a great book and his introduction, explaining why he wrote it and how it was promoted by word of mouth only, is extraordinary!

I must admit to also enjoying Anne McCaffrey "dragon" books, thrillers by Greg Illes, serious stuff like James Joyce and Shakespeare which I love to read aloud because the words just sound so glorious, and Winnie the Pooh! A bit eclectic!!!

I try to read one or two books a week if possible. Just finished "Wild Swans" - fantastic!
P


07/23/2006 04:38:50 PM · #17
Oh, man, what an impossible question. Probably because I am deaf and don't have music, I have read on average about 5 books a week since early childhood. I have so many favorites...

Perhaps instead of talking about favorites, I can mention one I was very much influenced by, and that would be Gödel, Escher, Bach An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.

Extraordinary piece of work; I've never read anything even remotely like it before or since.

One book I keep returning to over and over again is The Book of a Thousand Nights and One Night in the Powys Mathers translation. This is a four-volume, unexpurgated translation of what many know as "The Arabian Nights" and it, too, is extraordinary. It bears almost no resemblance to the bowdlerized translations most of us have read. It takes us into a time and place, a way of thinking, that once flourished in the cradle of civilization and is long-vanished. It's an absolutely beautiful book. I have had a copy for over 30 years, and go back to it at least twice a year.

Robt.

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 16:39:34.
07/23/2006 04:40:45 PM · #18
different times different books

The Door Into Summer, Robert A. Heinlein
Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (skipping some dry bits)
The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
Dragon's Egg /Starquake, Robert L. Forward
Foundation trilogy , Isaac Asimov
and of course
Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
07/23/2006 04:41:46 PM · #19
Right now Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres, but it changes regularly
07/23/2006 04:44:25 PM · #20
Any James.A.Michener, William Horwood...goodness gracious....how do I pick a favourite?
07/23/2006 04:49:14 PM · #21
I see we have a number of science fiction fans :-) That's an area I'm a fanatic in... I am in the process of re-reading most of Greg Bear right now, and Larry Niven. I REALLY like books like Ringworld (Niven) and Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur Clarke).

R.
07/23/2006 04:52:46 PM · #22
i love philip pullman - his dark materials trilogy, im not sure wether thats what they're called in other countries though
but its - northern lights, subtle knife and amber spyglass...

really is a beautiful story and makes me well up everytime i read them.

:)
07/23/2006 04:53:39 PM · #23
Any book by Micheal Crichton. But it would probably be a tie between Jurassic Park and Timeline.
07/23/2006 05:04:38 PM · #24
To Kill A Mockingbird is the standard answer, and a damn good book, but as a literature junkie I cannot possibly limit myself to just one.

A few other favorites:
Three Junes, Julia Glass
Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood
The Bone People, Keri Hulme
The Chess Garden, Brooks Hansen
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
Salamander, Thomas Wharton
My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
Candy, Mian Mian
On Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
I, Claudius, Robert Graves
the entire Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

If I have to recommend just one book to read from that list right this second, I will rave about Three Junes to my deathbed, though The Bloody Chamber is also brilliant, especially if you like the traditional fairy tales. Carter's spin is fantastic, and like chocolate for the eyes.

My guilty pleasure books are Italian travelogues, particularly Frances Mayes since she's truly got an ear for language as a poetry professor, but any badly written bit about Italy will generally satisfy.

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 17:09:37.
07/23/2006 05:09:02 PM · #25
Originally posted by Bear_Music:


Perhaps instead of talking about favorites, I can mention one I was very much influenced by, and that would be Gödel, Escher, Bach An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.

Extraordinary piece of work; I've never read anything even remotely like it before or since.



Bear -- I first read G.E.B. as a kid and have to agree that nothing else has ever come close; I've recommended it to a bunch of people but you're the only other person I've heard of who has ever completed it!
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