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User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1416 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

And there's others, of course.  biggrin 

-R

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User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

I love most of Somerset Maugham's books, and he is my favorite writer. But, I just read Robinson Crusoe for the first time since I was 12, and I think it may have become my new favorite.

-Kevin



"If you take everything I've accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into 1 day, it looks decent!"
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

My all time favorite is Bram Stoker's Dracula. I absolutely love it. The Count of Monte Cristo is a close second.


A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11645 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1405 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.

Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5068 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

"Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine.

415 pages of dish, dirt and bitchery.



Next Up: STL-LGA-RIC-ATL-STL
User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - Betty Smith

"A Boy's Own Story" - Edmund White

"Earth as it is in Heaven" - Roman Genesis



Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

And I guess Shadows of the Empire...yeah I'm a Star Wars fan.


User currently offlineSRQCrosscheck From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

As I Lay Dying -- William Faulkner

"Revelation," "Greenleaf," "Parker's Back" or any other short story by Flannery O'Connor

The Cider House Rules -- John Irving


User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1381 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!


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

The "Doomsday Warrior" series by Ryder Stacy
'Mad Max' meets 'Red Dawn' with sex!!!
Also the lead character was named "Ted".

What else did I need @ age 15?
(besides to get laid?)


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2181 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

I love the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, it's just the way the author writes, and the storyline of course!

Tom 

[Edited 2005-08-12 14:08:22]


Atheists - Winning since 33 A.D.
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1333 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.
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

I really enjoy the Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler. Sure, it's just trash for guys, but they're really exciting


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4635 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

I've also read all the Cussler novels with Dirk Pitt  Smile

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.

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1320 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
Covenant-James Michener
etc. etc.



The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

"It Takes a Village" by Hilary Clinton

Signed, B757-300



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineFOMEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 849 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Here they are :

The Prophet.
The Hours
The Kite Runner.


Regards.



On the internet you can be anything you want..its strange so many choose to be Stupid.
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1315 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.

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

I agree about Pratchet's books. "Men at Arms" and "Jingo" are two of my favorites.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Find Waldo!

Signed KROC


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1306 times:

Anything written by Jack Kerouac. That man was really something! I wish we didn't lose him so young.

User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1300 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


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39853 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1295 times:




Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

The Hunt for Red October for me.... allthough there are others I really like:

Stephen Ambrose: D-Day, Band of Brothers



29th, Let's Go!
User currently offlineBoogyJay From France, joined May 2005, 490 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

The Ice People by Rene Barjavel (French title: "La Nuit Des Temps")

easy reading + makes you dream...


25 Redngold : The first book I read about medicine that made me think "people need someone to explain what's happening, so that they don't get scared": Rusty's Stor
26 Post contains images KLMA330 : Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned! What a ride... read the whole thing in one day, couldn't put it down, and then read it again slowly, just to absorb i
27 QR332 : John Grisham's The Testament is my favourite book, with Jon Adams' Blood Price coming in at a close second. Third is the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown...
28 ANITIX87 : Just finished this book as a requirement for college. I LOVED it, I thought it was incredibly written and very powerful. I just started reading it ag
29 Tom in NO : For an airport management-type like me, it's a no-brainer: "Airport" by Arthur Hailey. Tom at MSY
30 Post contains images Xpat : LOL.. I stopped reading that when I was in 3rd grade (very informative).
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