Allstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
A little while ago, I started a thread about the last good book you read. I've just started my 1st Stephen Ambrose book "D-Day" (I should be through more than that, by now), and I love it. It's made me think of a different way to start a different thread about books.
What is/are your favorite all-time book(s) (and not necessarily the last book you read, although it certainly could be), and why it is/they are. Of course, most of you with whom I have had conversation/debate know that mine is the Bible (KJV, NASB, ESV). But some of my other favorites include:
-The entire of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's complete collection of Sherlock Holmes - the Sherlock Holmes mysteries is simply great storytelling
-Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus - that list of 101 things to do to keep her happy is indispensable
-The 10 Things You Can't Say In America by Larry Elder - he makes a lot of sense (especially about the one issue that most folks don't seem to understand - combatting drugs)
-The Way Things Ought To Be by Rush Limbaugh - certainly better than much of his radio commentary - the best thing I read in that book was his description of having the proper attitude - if you want to succeed, it's not discipline, it's desire.
-The Client by John Grisham - the best of his incredible collection
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12150 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
Lord of the Rings, without a doubt! Tolkien had such a great imagination, one of those people I would loved to have met, drawing much of his inspiration from the landscape he saw around him at the time he was writing.
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
Don't know if I had responded to this thread had I not read this one book recently. I was already debating in my head trying to decide if its the best non-fiction book ever written.
Contestants will be "Stranger to the ground" and "A gift of wings" by Richard Bach.
And the one I was talking about, MADE me read it twice back to back:
"The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer.
This book also made me read "All Quiet on the Western Front". But I think it doesn't even come close as the later is a fiction.
Comments (no flame bait please) on "The Forgotten Soldier" are welcome, there is some criticism on the author about its authenticity but the criticism is not directed on the events explained but rather on its accuracy as a guide to understanding the infrastructure of the German Army especially that of the Grossdeutschland. The author reacted by saying that its not intended to be a guide but just his story, who is BTW a French soldier (German mother) who fought in Russia for the Germans.
If you want to read the entire controversy the link is : http://www.deutschesoldaten.com
You'd have to click on the link, "The forgotten Soldier" in the left hand column. Highly recommended!
Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
I can't go a couple of months without rereading" The Riddle of the Sands "by Erskine Childers, which was the first modern espionage story.
For a self help book I would recommend "Don't Die With the Music in You" by Wayne Bennett
"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4948 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
I've also read all the Cussler novels with Dirk Pitt
My favourite novels are -
The Empire Trilogy (Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, Mistress of the Empire) by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts. I loathe fantasy, but for some reason these three books struck a chord with me.
Garden of Beasts by Jeffrey Deaver is also very good
Can't think of anything else off the top of my head.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
Xpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
Yikes, this is a difficult one. But here are some of my favorites (in no special ranking order)
A Prayer for Owen Meany-John Irving
The Hotel New Hampshire-John Irving
A Fine Balance-Rohinton Mistry
Aloft-Chang Rae Lee
The Color Purple-Alice Walker
The Magician's Assistant-Anne Patchett
God of Small Things-Arundhati Roy
The Grapes of Wrath-John Steinbeck
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain
The Great Santini-Pat Conroy
To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2130 times:
Any Terry Pratchett "Discworld" book will do me. Especially one that involves Sam Vimes, Esmerelda Weatherwax or Rincewind. I can read them again and again. That man has a way of putting the world in perspective.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2115 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 20): Anything written by Jack Kerouac. That man was really something! I wish we didn't lose him so young.
I too have read almost all of Kerouac, but I find him a bit inconsistent. My favorites are the Subterraneans, Dharma Bums, and Desolation Angels. BTW, Subterraneans was written on a roll of toilet paper in a benzedrine haze over the course of a weekend. The reason we lost him so young is what made him such a good writer at times. Sort of the Hendrix, Coltrane, Morrison, Joplin paradox.
I cannot pick a favorite book, but a few come to mind:
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski
Papillon - Henri Charriere
Deliverance - James Dickey
The Plague - Albert Camus
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
Wait Until Spring, Bandini - John Fante