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What are your favorite books?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mike Money, May 14, 2003.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I'm a bit of a Spec-Ops, espionage guy myself.

    I stick to Clancy and people of his type.

    I like a good David Halberstam, such as October 1964

    Alexander Dumas had his moments.

    Harry Potter is good stuff.

    The Bible on occasion... Maybe the Kuran if I get real bored and happen to be at the school Library...

    My top three books are probably:

    Rainbow Six- Clancy

    Point of Impact- Stephen Hunter

    Addicted To Danger- Jim Wickwire

    (Watches all of you gasp as you find out that I read books.)
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Hey, I like this thread.

    Of all time, it would have to be:

    Lord of The Rings.

    War of The Worlds.

    and last but not least....

    A Joyful Guide To Lachrymology.
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins

    The entire hitchhikers guide to the galaxy - Douglas adams

    Still life with wooderpecker - Tom robbins

    Half asleep in frog pajamas - tom robbins

    The foundation series - Asimov

    The Robot series - Asimov

    those are my favorites.
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    War of the Worlds was good, but I couldn't get to far into it. It just seems to be a bunch of rambling about invisible beams of something that are burning everything... kinda like my threads.
  5. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Yeah,,, it is very vauge.... I read the first 2 chapters,,,,

    Put it down for 2 years or so,,,,

    Then picked it up,,,,,beared trying to form the mental pictures in my head,,, and near the end,,,, it was an ok book.
  6. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Wrong Robot, excellent choices. Other than the ones you mentioned I would add some

    Discworld: Terry Pratchett
    The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul: Also by Doug Adams
    Whole Serie Dune: Frank Herbert
    Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury
    1984: George Orwell
    Well after checking out my choices I get the feeling that somehow in my subconscious I took the question as fiction books. :)

    I would also add somewhat more real books:
    Hunger: Knut Hamsun
    Grapes of Wrath: Steinbeck ( all of his books actually ).

    And my crying trilogy is
    Cyrano de Bergerac, Hunchback of NotreDame and Frankenstein.
    ... well I'll stop now. These are just the ones came to my mind mind you. There are possibly lots more that I actually love more than the ones mentioned.
    ... I feel dizzy.
  7. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    The "Conversations With God" series, by Neale Donald Walsch.

    Six books in total now.



    The most inspirational books I've ever read.

    PS. Don't worry about the fact that it's called "Conversations With God". These books aren't religious. They are spiritual, but they're about life. It doesn't matter what religion you are, or if you believe in God or not, the books are about life, and the material applies to everyone.
  8. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Books? I read a lot of them, so I'll just settle for a couple of authors who are floating towards the top of my list at the moment:
    • Michael Marshall Smith - thoughtful science fiction. The style is a potent blend of nonchalance and humour but the themes are thought provoking. If you're not so much into sci-fi, try The Straw Men (published under Michael Marshall), which is in the modern thriller vein (might be up your street, Mr Money).
    • Philip Yancey. Christian books but not what might be called 'religious'. I'm currently about halfway through Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church (or something like that - the title gives a good flavour of his consistent themes... faith which can take a realistic look at the church and see past the distractions to what's really made of gold)
      [/list=a] Wulf
  9. 1984 has to be my favourite book of all time, very powerful and moving.

    I also like Lord of the Flies, again very powerful and very well written. For a somewhat easier read, I love the Red Dwarf books, they're hilarious :D
  10. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Yup, they are great. Very amusing, very well written.
  11. I dont know if I have a favorite, but I like Steinbeck and Orwell a lot. Right now im reading Evasion(dont knwo the author), it's about people who dont pay for anything and eat out of dumpsters and stuff. Excellent read.
  12. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Native Son - Richard Wright
    The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
    Any Douglas Adams
    Lord of the Rings trilogy

    brad cook
  13. I've just finished reading Warlock, by Wilbur Smith. I intended to read it throughout the two week autumn (fall:rolleyes:) school holidays, but I finished it in the first couple of days. I just couldn't put it down.

    Other books of his are really good. The first one I read was Monsoon, about the Courtneys.

    Oh, and if you're also including non-fiction, here's a book I recommend to all of you:


    Great stuff.:D
  14. You got that right, I never saw it coming.

    1984 - George Orwell
    Brave New World - Huxley
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    The Time Machine - H.G. Wells

    And... not fiction:
    Hyperspace - Michio Kaku
    Black Holes and Time Warps - Kip Thorne
    E = mc^2 - David Bodanis

    Fiction-ness unknown:
    Njals Saga - Author unknown
  15. the only books i got truly into were the thomas harris books, its hard to satify my wants in a book, but they do it perfectly, theres only 4 books, but they are my 4 favorite books,

    1:Red Dragon
    3:Silence of the lambs
    4:Black Sunday

    hmmm, i just realized that i like them more as he writes them, because they are in opposite order that they were written, Black Sunday(I'm reading now) is really slow to get into, but its getting better, and the movies are crap compared to the books
  16. babecker


    Mar 7, 2002
    Sykesville, MD
    Mike, you should read Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead . It's right up your alley, I suspect.

  17. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    What a surprise, or should I really be surprised? A literate group!

    Here's some of my faves:

    Requiem, a hallucination by Antonio Tabucchi
    [ a surrealistic day in the life, short, one of the best I have ever read]

    Point of Impact, Dirty White Boys, Time to Hunt and all the newer stuff by Stephen Hunter

    The Grifters - Jim Thompson [ TODD !]

    The Big Sleep and all the rest by Raymond Chandler.

    American Tabloid, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy - Todd if you like Thomas Harris you'll love Ellroy, start with the Black Dahlia.

    The Return of Moriarty, Revenge of Moriarty, John Gardner
    The Whitechapel Horrors – Edward B. Hanna
    The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    A.E.Van Vogt - The Weapon Shops of Isher, Slan,
    great writer.
    Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A.Heinlein

    The Worm Ouroboros: a romance by E.R. Eddison
    a Viking flavored fantasy before it became a genre.

    The Space Merchants - Frederick Pohl
    Downbelow Station - C.J. Cherryh
    The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
    The World of Tiers - Phillip Jose Farmer - love that Kickaha character

    The War of the Rats - David Robbins

    The Return of Moriarty, The Revenge of Moriarty,
    by John E, Gardner.

    Non Fiction:

    IWO JIMA: a legacy of valor. Bill D. Ross
    Stalingrad - Antony Beevor - very well written
    Chickenhawk - Robert Mason - Vietnam Helicopter
    pilot autobiography.
    All three above great reads, also

    Adolf Hitler - John Toland.
    Toland is just a better historical writer than most.

    I'm with Gunnar Þór on the Sagas,
    currently reading the Saga of Grettir the Strong.

    Just finished
    Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami - great book & Postcards by Annie Proulx (C+)

    Current fluff book is Desperate Measures by David Morrell [ First Blood was great- think Rambo ]

    over and out
  18. Wooooo, I've just started getting into Chandler, those books are great. In a kinda pulp-fiction kinda way, I think.

    Anyway, my favorite book is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Sure, I picked it up because of the film, but just ....whoa....... It's a fantastic book (waaay better than the film) but what really struck me with it was the atmosphere in it. Really heavy, sticky, kinda paralysing, like a really humid summer's day. Which is exactly what he's trying to get at. I was amazed.

    Other I've really dug are The Outsider by Albert Camus, Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (I've read Siddhartha too, but that just wasn't happening) and Ringolevio by Emmet Grogan. Any of you into "counter-culture," read that last one! It's the biography of Grogan, who was the other leader in the Haight-Ashbory 60's hippy thing, and what he got up to..... I'm assuming it's true, and if it is, then it really is amazing, nd inspiring.
  19. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    " A prayer for Owen Meaney "by John Irving.
  20. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Chandler is great, kind of the second important NOIR author, right after Dashiel Hammet time-wise.
    I like Chandler better, though.

    Ellroy is very tough, dark, gritty NOIR author.

    Funny, I have Ringolevio on my shelf, was going to donate it, as I never read it, change of plan.
    That puts it in there with Kerouac and Hunter Thompson. Tom White 60's stuff.

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