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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Has been discussed before but is always good to update so we know what to pick up next time we are at Borders.

For me, I have to say the best book I have read in recent times is "A Fine Balance", by Rohinton Mistry. Is an amazing and realistic story of a group of people wrestling with societal status quo, it's characters display amazing humanity in the face of ever mounting adversity.

It moved me, and I'm very rarely moved.

What about all you readers, what can you recommend??

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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Best book I ever read was "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" by Robert Rankin ......  Smile


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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

"Birthplace of the Winds" by Jon Bowermaster.

"Birthplace of the Wind is Jon Bowermaster's riveting chronicle of his kayaking and mountaineering expedition to one of the loneliest, inhospitable, and wildly beautiful spots on Earth -- the volcanic peaks of Alaska's Aleutian Islands. As exciting as writing gets, National Geographic Adventure Press takes readers to the ends of the Earth -- and to the limits of human experience. "


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2993 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

Quoting Gordonsmall (Reply 1):
Best book I ever read was "The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" by Robert Rankin ......

Lol! The name sounds promising...

Aeroflot777


User currently offlinePetmbro From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

My favorite was Night Fall. I finished it last month, very good book for all you who were interested in TW800 and the investigation, plus the ending was really interesting.


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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7127 posts, RR: 87
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

I always enjoy the end of a Grishman novel...he usually ends up tearing your heart out the last page.  drunk 

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

I am an ardent lover of one Charles Bukowski. He really told it like it was, at least from his perspective. He's universally loved and/or hated, and that was no surprise to him. I have over 40 of his works; I couldn't possibly pick one.

As for others, I'd say the one book that riveted me the most was Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." 400-odd pages and I couldn't put it down. Camus' "The Plague" is a close second.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2366 times:
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My favorite book: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris





From Salon.com:

The book's second half is devoted to the author's recent move to France, where his boyfriend owns an 18th century house in a remote village. Sedaris' quixotic tilts at the language barrier interest him far more than bashing the French -- refreshingly, he has nothing against them. During the course of one warlike language class, his fellow students try to explain the concept of Easter, in beginning French, to a baffled Muslim classmate:

The Poles led the charge to the best of their ability. "It is," said one, "a party for the little boy of God who call his self Jesus and ... oh, shit." She faltered and her fellow countryman came to her aid.

"He call his self Jesus and then he be die one day on two ... morsels of ... lumber."

Sedaris tries with dogged perversity to boost his scant vocabulary on his own, making himself hundreds of flash cards to learn the words for "slum," "facial swelling," "death penalty," "slaughterhouse," "sea monster" and so on. You'll find few winks here to suggest that the author is deliberately exaggerating his eccentricities -- the corkscrew derangement of his worldview is ruthlessly consistent.



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Another Favorite: Road Fever by Tim Cahill





From Library Journal:

This is a hip, rather self-indulgent, yet ultimately triumphant account of an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Re cords time for a road trip from the tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Cahill and endurance driver Gary Sowerby spent 23 days piloting a truck while battling customs snafus, mechanical problems, bad roads, civil rebellions, terrorists, bandits, the vagaries of weather, their own anxieties and mood swings, and physical exhaustion, with grit and bluff, sporting lapel pins and consuming donated four-month shelf-life milkshake packages. For all the comic-opera aspects of the text, Cahill is an informed, serious commentator on the history and prospects of the countries through which they pass.





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User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Thread starter):
"A Fine Balance", by Rohinton Mistry

 thumbsup  Definitely his best book.

Recently, I've enjoyed "Aloft" by Chang Rae Lee, the language, the internal conflict of the protagonist is great.



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3552 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

"The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst" was the best book I ever read.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007...-1996964-2111344?v=glance&n=283155

Great read about this true adventure.


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

The whole lot of you need to read the definition of literature. God what sorry asses you portray.

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 10):
The whole lot of you need to read the definition of literature

Well, if the last book I had put down was Bukowski, he would have made my post but I am awaiting the next delivery  Wink


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 10):
The whole lot of you need to read the definition of literature. God what sorry asses you portray.

This is an interesting post. Let us know what you are suggesting. I am always interested in progressing to a higher form of literature.


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2328 times:

Can't beat a good Terry Pratchet Discworld novel!

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2321 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 9):
"The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst" was the best book I ever read.

His was a peculiar story indeed!


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

i enjoyed the Patricia Cornwell books!

User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

I only read non-fiction and mostly political books.

Recently I have read Sean Hannity's 'Let Freedom Ring' and 'The Right Man' by David Frum, I enjoyed both of them.

Now, I have a question for all of you, do any of you have a good book on middle eastern politics?

- Neil


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6897 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 13):
Can't beat a good Terry Pratchett Discworld novel!

Correct. Especially
Monstrous Regiment
Going Postal
Thief of Time
Any of them with Death as a main character, or Lord Vetinari. I love the ones that are mocking 'roundworld' traditions and customs completely.

Add 'Darwin's Watch - the Science of Discword 3" onto the list as well. I enjoyed that, and I've just started on 'Thud' which I bought the other day. It looks to be another with a darker subtext than the humour suggests. Looks to be another winner.


User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Thread starter):



Quoting Xpat (Reply 8):

Wow! That is my favorite book too... and I usually pass on that genre of writing. Rohinton is the closest to Dickens I can think of. I also liked 'Brick Lane' by Monica Ali a lot.

Another amazing book by a fellow Canadian is, of course, 'Life of Pi'.

I really like this thread! I hope to learn a lot from fellow a.netters - this isn't about the best book, but the best read (as in enjoy).

Logan22L - maybe it's time to crack open a Biggles?  Wink


User currently offline7FTwinOtter From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is by far the most amazing book i've read. I would highly recomend anybody with an interest in aviation to check it out.

some great Saint-Exupery quotes;

"A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten," he does not say "My men were beaten". "

"We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men. "

�I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things�

"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. "

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 12):
Let us know what you are suggesting

Here are some suggestions:

Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground

Camus: The Plague, The Stranger, A Happy Death

Kafka: The Castle, The Trial

Sartre: Nausea

Kerouac: Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans

Celine: Journey to the End of the Night

Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Trumbo: Johnny Got His Gun

Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front

Charriere: Papillon

It doesn't all have to be high-brow stuff, either. Have fun!


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

The Name of the rose by Umberto Eco.

Read it years ago - great story, but what makes the difference is the wonderful language used - it just draws you deeper and deeper into it.

Focaults Pendulum was great too, but you need a HUGE amount of free time to read it. Spending a year teaching until lunchtime and then hanging out in the sunshine by the lake in Eastern Europe gave me just about enough time to finish it  Smile



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 20):
Charriere: Papillon

What an outstanding choice sir....  Wink



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 20):
Here are some suggestions:

Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground

Camus: The Plague, The Stranger, A Happy Death

Kafka: The Castle, The Trial

Sartre: Nausea

Kerouac: Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans

Celine: Journey to the End of the Night

Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Trumbo: Johnny Got His Gun

Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front

Charriere: Papillon

It doesn't all have to be high-brow stuff, either. Have fun!

Smeg all that stuff except for Charriere and Solzhenitsyn-I am surprised that you included one of his lesser works and left out The Gulag Archipelago.

I had all that other crap drilled into my head through high school and eight years of college and it spoils the love of reading just like drinking Sterno spoils the appreciation of good liquor.

I am surprised you didn't add Joyce's Ulysses and Hardy's The Return of the Native and other such monstrously boring pedantic claptrap from the Wasters of Good Serviceable Paper.

If I believed you there wouldn't be anything edifying written in the last fifty years.

What am I reading right now?

William Golding: Pincher Martin


Battles of the '45: Tomasson and Buist
The Great Thirst:Norris Hundley
The Bounty: Caroline Alexander
Crossing the Next Meridian: Charles F. Wilkinson

History of Ireland: Malachy Court
Rough Stone Rolling: Richard Bushman


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 23):
If I believed you there wouldn't be anything edifying written in the last fifty years.

I also have over 40 books by Charles Bukowski, the entire collection of John Fante, and am currently reading A Confederacy of Dunces. I was just offering some options on what I thought to be good literature. Maybe you've had these shoved down your throat - I have not. I read each of those of my own choosing.

BTW, I forgot:

Kosinski: The Painted Bird.


25 Post contains images Nighthawk : Currently reading "A short history of nearly everything" - Bill Bryson. Good book, depending on what your into some bits can be great, and others a li
26 EWROwznj00 : Stephen King: Dolores Claireborne, Misery Camus: The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyiphus Beckett: Waiting for Godot Zadie Smith: White Teeth
27 Post contains images Boeingfanyyz : Just read his book "Le Petit Prince" and you'll find out how screwed up this poor man was! If you enjoy Rohinton Mistry, I would highly recommend "Jo
28 KiwiinOz : So if this is the case, I was wondering what this: was referring to you. Feeding a superiority complex by pretending to be an intellectual? It's abou
29 IRelayer : My favorite read in the past couple of years: 1) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (A.K.A Blade Runner), by Phillip K. Dick 2) High Fidelity by Nic
30 KiwiinOz : Love it, try, "Notes from a small Island" too
31 Post contains links ScarletHarlot : One of my favourite books of all time is "Eagle in the Sky" by Wilbur Smith. Eagle in the Sky is a novel about combat flying in Israel and violence in
32 Post contains images Logan22L : You'll be alright. They're just the books I've liked. I'm not pretending to be anything, and my earlier comment was just to . I guess I did.
33 SFOMEX : I'm reading it right now! The last two books I read were Cuentos Chinos by Andres Oppenheimer (an interesting essay on Latin American economy and pol
34 Saxdiva : I found this to be a page-turner, and I can't recommend it enough. I couldn't call it my favorite, but it was sure fun to read. Also, Sartre's No Exi
35 Dougloid : I can do without Kerouac. Having spent a couple years attending a slightly whacky junior college in the 1960s I have listened to the ravings of speed
36 Fumanchewd : I don't have a favorite, but I have a list. A couple off of that would be Ralp Ellison's-Invisible Man. Camus-The Stranger. Henry Miller-Tropic of Can
37 Sleekjet : Go to the New Testament and read Acts. Authored by Dr. Luke, who wrote well and from his unique perspective as a physician.
38 Logan22L : Nixon Nixon bush league President this is a populist hymn to you and yours And I begin with your face and come back to your face for 'our history is
39 Kmh1956 : Surely what constitutes good literature, like art, is subjective? I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" (considered by snobs to be
40 Saxdiva : I've always been a Steinbeck fan, but I keep it out on conversations with Mr. Diva, who can be a bit of a literary snob at times. But I just realized
41 DL021 : The best book ever. The first one to come to mind is Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. Right after that is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes's The Hou
42 NoUFO : If I had to pick only one, it would probably be "The Cidre House Rules" by John Irving.
43 Logan22L : Absolutely. Kiwiinoz just got his pants in a wad because I spouted off about literature after having too many beers during the superbowl last night.
44 DL021 : Terrific book. I loved it, and he definitely had some interesting visions of life. Aviator, too. Fellow aviation geek, he would have definitely been.
45 Post contains images Saxdiva : Huh? Doesn't that combination of factors usually lead to wife-beating? You, my dear sir, are a GIANT geek.
46 KiwiinOz : No wads here, (I can't find a post that suggests that I was annoyed), and I must admit when I first saw your post I did consider that it might be alc
47 ANCFlyer : I'll echo that sentiment . . . Griffin has a new Series out finally - first book, "By Order of the President". I have all of Griffin's books, all of
48 Post contains images Logan22L : To be fair, I did start it...see below. Well that's a bit harsh even for a reed player. Even my ex-wife would back me up on this.
49 KiwiinOz : lol, I was about to let out my best schoolyard tantrum version of, "HE STARTED IT" but you beat me to it!!
50 Post contains images Saxdiva : I'm kidding, but I *did* read somewhere that domestic violence incidents tended to go up right after games; something about the combination of alcoho
51 Post contains images Logan22L : So we're all OK, then? I still stand by my choices. Pretentious or not, they are the lot I love. I also have every Bukowski book in print, and no one
52 KiwiinOz : Hey! We were always OK! I never had a problem with you or any of your choices. Have read some and loved them, and am researching the ones you mention
53 Logan22L : Now you see why I was wondering...cool enough, Mate!
54 Gunsontheroof : Some of the books I've read in the last year that you might enjoy... Jared Diamond-"Guns, Germs, and Steel" Franz Kafka-"Amerika" (can't go wrong with
55 Fumanchewd : WARNING DRUNK POST I can't believe that noone else has mentioned Henry Miller. True, he was misogynist, but he had a gift of expressing the craziness
56 Paulc : Have just finished reading 'The Naked God' - the final part of a trilogy which has 'The Reality Disfunction' as part 1 and 'The Neutronium Alchemist'
57 Post contains links Flyingbabydoc : I do like your suggestions, I am an aficionado for Russian literature. I have to say that A. Chekhov is by far my favorite - the Lady and the small d
58 Aleksandar : OK, few suggestions from me: "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach "Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thack
59 Dougloid : Stop the frickin' press here. I've read every novel that George V. Higgins ever wrote, and it was a sad day for me when he died suddenly a few years a
60 Post contains images Texan : Not a big reader of fiction, but here are a couple of my favorites: Chuck Pahlaniuk - Survivor Very interesting read. Captivating with some really gre
61 Planeboy : Its really surprizing nobody mentioned Sir Vidia's works, especially his travelogues.
62 KiwiinOz : If you like Chuck, Lullaby is worth a look. It's laugh out loud black comedy!!
63 Aerorobnz : Try anything by Bill Bryson, they're all great reads. I rate him as highly as Terry Pratchett for quirky humour and astute observations. When I finis
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