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07/23/2006 05:11:28 PM · #26
anyone read fight club - the book ?
07/23/2006 05:41:59 PM · #27
Mhmm I love 'To Kill A Mockingbird' as well. I studied it for an English Lit course which was very interesting.

Another of my favourites, which isn't really a book but more of a play, is 'Les Mains Sales' by Jean-Paul Sartre (I don't know what it translates as; literally it's 'Dirty Hands' but I can't remember what the English translation entitled it)

Originally posted by rami:

anyone read fight club - the book ?

Yes! I love it. Although I had seen the film before, the book was really gripping. I really like Palanhuick's (sp?) style; check out some of his shorter stories if you ever have the chance, there's some on the web I believe.

Another of my all-time favourites is Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. I think it's definitely one of his best, if not THE best.
07/23/2006 05:52:35 PM · #28
Impossible to narrow it down to a single title.

Someone mentioned Vonnegut. I like just about everything of his. Even got his autograph in a book :)

I've enjoyed several collections of Alice Munro short stories.

The Way The Crow Flies and Fall On Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald...both superb.

Anything by Anne Tyler or John Irving.

07/23/2006 05:58:40 PM · #29
Originally posted by danderson107:

The new Stephen King - Cell - is very good too.


also some Dutch stuff I like, Ronald Giphart, Saskia Noort, Kluun..
07/23/2006 06:09:52 PM · #30
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur Clarke).

Ah yes - One of my favs. The whole 'Rama' series in fact.

And depending on my mood, 'The Grapes of Wrath' - Steinbeck
07/23/2006 06:12:43 PM · #31
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

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).


Damn, we have similar taste! I loved all the Ringworlds... And you gotta love Clarke! Especially the Space Odyssey books...

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 18:13:57.
07/23/2006 06:39:44 PM · #32
Originally posted by asu_rower:

Any book by Micheal Crichton. But it would probably be a tie between Jurassic Park and Timeline.

I would agree. His movies don't do him justice especially Timeline. Also I have to admit that I really love the harry potter books.

1984 just may be my favorite of all time.

some others I love are America by John stewart (actually the audio book of this is so funny i almost crashed my car several times) and Maggie Estepps' Diary of an emotional idiot.
07/23/2006 06:42:30 PM · #33
When I was growing up my favorite book was a well worn copy of "TM 31-210". Those of you who recognize this will surely remember it fondly. I know it provided me with endless hours of amusement.
07/23/2006 07:05:43 PM · #34
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy + series - Douglas Adams
Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Enders Game & Enders Shadow - Orson Scott Card
Everything ever written by the master children's author Roald Dahl
07/23/2006 07:07:59 PM · #35
To kill a mockingbird is also my all time fav book. It was that book that really gave me a love for reading.
07/23/2006 07:41:13 PM · #36

Watership Down - Richard Adams
The MYTH series by Robert Aspirin
The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
Zen and The Art of Motorocycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
And I love mythology (from around the world)

Already mentioned -
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harry Potter

And I can't wait to retire to read more

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 19:41:36.
07/23/2006 07:48:21 PM · #37
I wish I could remember the last time I read a book for fun instead of it being a textbook for school or for work. Currently, I'm completely immersed in a book called Child-Parent Relationship Therapy by Dr. Garry Landreth and Dr. Sue Bratton. It's fascinating, but not exactly what one would call entertaining. ;)

I have had time for just a few short reads here and there in the past decade or so, and remember these titles as being interesting or fun:

Who Moved My Cheese?
I'm Not Suffering from Insanity, I'm Enjoying Every Minute of It!
The Five People you Meet in Heaven

I did read the entire Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and whoever the other guy was, but they weren't exactly literary gold...but they were entertaining nonetheless.

07/23/2006 08:02:34 PM · #38
Wow, hard to pick favorites. Favorites from the last year in no particular order, excluding history books:

1. Nostrodamus - Jospeh Conrad (nothing to do with dire prophecies of the future)

2. Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

3. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

4. Sailing Alone Around the World - Joshua Slocum

5. Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
07/23/2006 08:28:31 PM · #39
Definately the fairy tale "classic" childrens book and movie called, "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs..... I really believed that fairy tales can come true, after reading that one. I also realized that it was the first time I knew there were others like myself as well, even though in a fairy tale.....

Another on is called "The Unicorns of Killamarajah", which is a beautiful picture coffee table book, and one would believe in "unicorns" after reading that book.....

I also enjoy "Di Morrissery" novels, as they are a pure delight to read.

Another favorite which is a personal true life story, is Jeanne Shepherd "Dare to Dream", & also "Never Say Never".

Kaye Cottees true to life adventures sailing alone around the world, called "The First lady". (My family, who are known as "Blackmores" Health Products, sponsored Kay on this journey, and I was on the main ship to welcome her home in Sydney Harbour.)

Lastly the famous novel "The Horse Whisperer"

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 20:29:31.
07/23/2006 09:02:28 PM · #40
I'm with Nightshy and Danderson107...

Enders Game and Ender's Shadow. By Orson Scott Card.
07/23/2006 09:04:11 PM · #41
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- JK Rowling

but not the movie, it was a major disappointmnet
07/23/2006 09:11:26 PM · #42
Originally posted by larryslights:

but not the movie, it was a major disappointmnet

So often true ... as is the case with my favorite, if forced to pick just a single book:
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne.

For non-fiction, my favorite is a 1935 India-Paper Edition of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, complete with a biographical dictionary, a gazeteer (place names), and a "history of the world" -- at least through WW I.
07/23/2006 09:13:00 PM · #43
"Underboss" By Sammy Gravano

But I like just about any biography.
07/23/2006 09:26:34 PM · #44
How could I possibly have forgotten to include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay? It was so marvelous that before I went to meet Michael Chabon I made a point of getting my hands on a first edition copy, just so that I would have a signed first edition of a book so clearly destined to be an American classic. Chabon is a flippin' genius.
07/23/2006 09:38:38 PM · #45
Like Bear Music, it's tough to select a favorite when we read so very much.

But my eyes light up whenever a new edition of "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" edited by Dave Eggers and selected and put together by a bunch of talented teenagers comes out. Usually about once a year. (One just came out and I have it in my hands right now. Lucky me.)

Other than that, the usual SciFi books; heck I was reading the Foundation Series as Asimov was writing them and many times since! Women authors, of course. Ok, this could get to be a laundry list, because like potato chips & peanuts, you can't stop at just one. so I'll stop now.

So many books, so little time.
07/23/2006 09:44:23 PM · #46
I certaintly don't have "A" favorite - but among my top 10 are
The entire Dune series by Frank Herbert - but none of the horrid look-alikes written by his son Brian after he died,
Terry Goodkind's Sword of truth series, and
Anything by Steven King or John Irving

heh... that's way more than 10 :P
07/23/2006 10:12:29 PM · #47
I'll read anything that has words in it... I think I might even be more obsessive about reading than I am about dpc lately. I keep a book in my car and read at red lights, and waiting for kids... several in each bathroom, one by my bed... etc.
Pick a favorite... no way. I love any journey that a book takes me on...
07/23/2006 10:13:09 PM · #48
Some I have enjoyed enough to go back to and read again-


The Sot-Weed Factor, and Giles Goat Boy by John Barth
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Sailor Song, Sometimes a Great Notion, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey


Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen
The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
Ruffian: Burning from the Start by Jane Schwartz
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

07/23/2006 10:22:59 PM · #49
I'm also an avid reader. Mostly Sci-fi, horror or murder mystery. But the one book that I have read mutiple times is The Stand by Stephen King. I'm actually thinking about a second reading of the Gunslinger series now.
07/23/2006 10:24:14 PM · #50
Originally posted by kdsprog:

I'm also an avid reader. Mostly Sci-fi, horror or murder mystery. But the one book that I have read mutiple times is The Stand by Stephen King. I'm actually thinking about a second reading of the Gunslinger series now.

Oooooooh loved that one. Took weeks and weeks to get through and I was mad about it all the way.
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