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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Dec 3, 2012.
What is your *ONE* favourite book of all time?
Just one please.
That's a tough one.
God Bless you, Mr. Rosewater.
by: Kurt Vonnegut
Genre: boy that's tough...all i can say is that it's fiction
why?....boy, that's tough too, except it really made me think
Another Vonnegut fan.
Mine is Breakfast of Champions though.
Changed the way I look at everything. Literally
Im a Vonnegut fan, as well.
Im still not certain, though, which book is my favorite of all time.
Likely, because I fail to see the importance of ranking one's favorite things.
In the spirit of the thread, I'll go with KV's "Cat's Cradle" or possibly Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums".
Sorry, I couldnt stick to just one.
Stranger in a Strange Land
This book changed the 60's and has influenced people ever since. One of the truly great science fiction novels.
And in close contention with Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy for my top spot.
Title: An island to oneself
Author: Tom Neale
Genre/Topic: True story about a man who decides to leave everything and go live alone on an island in the pacific. He ended up staying there 16 years and wrote a book about his story.
Why: Because i am quite a loner myself and always wondered if i could survive something like that without going mental! It is a pretty incredible story whichever way you look at it.
The book is also very well written and keeps you up all night. I read it in two sittings, staying up till stupid o'clock, which very few books made me do.
Threat by Richard Jessup
A great thriller from the '80's. I haven't yet found anyone I've loaned this to who hasn't loved it.
Getting them to return it however...
Ah, and then there's the Tom Robbins books which have provided me with great perspective in recent years...
most notably, "Skinny Legs and All"
This is next to impossible.
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupery.
Return of the King
Fantasy masterpiece. Very evocative. This book ties all the loose ends up.
Macroscope by Piers Anthony is a close second.
As a kid I would've told you the John Carter of Mars books or Tom Swift were the best.
His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)
This trilogy(can be bought as one book) is intended for young teen/adolescents but in my opinion some of the subject matter dealing with Christian mythology is a little heavy for that age group. The Golden Compass movie was an abomination.
I'm a big fan of Vonnegut, like others here. Especially "Galapagos".
I was also really tempted to say "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig.
But for my one book, I'd have to go for Lord of the Rings. That choice is perhaps more about where I was in my childhood when I first read it than about the book itself.
The Dragons of Eden
That's one of my favorites. You're the only other person I've ever heard mention it.
This is tentative, since I very well could read something that takes its place any time.
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski
Horror/Drama/Satire/Spiraling into insanity
Because this book is amazing.
Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail
TR wrote this book in 1888 about the time he spent in North Dakota as a cattle rancher and hunter.
I first read this book when I was in the navy and later found a second printing (1896) in great shape. I have traveled to the place of his ranch many times camping, hiking and hunting the territory that he did.
Title: Speaker For the Dead
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre/Topic: Science Fiction/Philosophy
Why: Despite the fact most people prefer Ender's Game, I feel SFTD has better written characters and goes much deeper into the story
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles
For those of you guys who like Vonnegut you should really check out Murakami. I kind of see him very much in the vein of Vonnegut and Tom Robbins. Like those guys his books are sort of all over the place. There was one scene in this novel that was so intense I almost vomited, but it was just that one scene. No other author has emotionally affected me as much as Murakami. Whenever I read one of his books I spend so much time thinking about translation ie how much of the intent of the author came through in translation etc. In the end, they are always very satisfying books if you like out there fiction.
When I was younger I could never get into SFTD. Maybe I need to give it a shot now.