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Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:35 am

Seen as im sitting here with bugger all to do ill ask the question, "What is your favourite book?"
Mine would have to be "Bravo two Zero" written by Andy McNab. It is a non-fiction account of his SAS patrol that was sent into Iraq to disable the MSR's and destroy Scud missle platforms. He gets caught after toughing it out in all sorts of extremes and is thoroughly "Interrogated". In the process he also comes across his comrades and they endure a battle for survival in the harsh enviroments of the Iraqi holding cells.
It is a great book but not for the faint hearted as no detail is left short.

What other books to you all recommend?.
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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:41 am

'Berlin' & 'Stalingrad' by Anthony Beevor are great, if you're interested in what was basically the Verdun of WW2 - it just hits you how ignorant the commanders on both sides were, especially in Stalingrad, where the German high command didn't really make it easier for its troop by first reducing the city to rubble (a lesson that the Allies should have learned from, before doing the same thing at Monte Cassino a short while later), and then not having enough winter uniforms etc. when the russian winter sank in.

Not to mention Goering's incredible lack of resposibility when he assured Hitler that his Luftwaffe could supply the pocket by air - at no point did they even come close to the minimum amount required.

Also, Paulus' refusal to break out of the ring, even when help was only 20-30 miles away, due to the lack of a direct order from Hitler.
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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:43 am

Brave New World

The Count of Monte Cristo

Of Mice Of Men
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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:48 am

"Mine would have to be "Bravo two Zero" written by Andy McNab. It is a non-fiction account of his SAS patrol... "

Unfortunately it seems that the book is quite the work of fiction. According to accounts of other participants and witnesses of the real events, the events in the book, were, how shall we say, grossly 'sexed up'. Sorry.

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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:48 am

Animal Farm - Wells

Tuesdays With Morey - Mitch Albom

The 5 People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

Where The Red Fern Grows

To name a few...
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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 11:15 am

Roosevelt's Secret War
Ghost Soldiers
Hard Landings

That's a good start

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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 11:59 am

Some favorites include:

microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
You Shall Know Our Velocity -- Dave Eggers
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men -- David Foster Wallace
The Beach -- Alex Garland (yes, the film adaptation sucked)
The Kitchen God's Wife -- Amy Tan
East of Eden -- John Steinbeck
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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 12:04 pm

Darn, how could I forget 'The Animal Farm' - I remember seeing a cartoon adaption of it once, and I was sort of outraged at how Napoleon was able to trick his minions into believeing everything he said.

RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 12:10 pm

The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Fate is the Hunter - Ernest K. Gann
Hawaii - James A. Michner

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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 12:15 pm

Mine would be 24/7 by Jim Brown, it is not very well known but it is my favorite book of all times!

Also I like The Giver but I am not sure who wrote that.
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RE: Favourite Books

Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:30 pm

Anything by Jon Krakauer.
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 12:53 am

My favourite are in French. I'll read anything from Romain Gary. Many of his books have been translated in English and other languages. One of his novel became a famous Hollywood movie: Roots of Heaven.

My favourite Gary's novel are "La vie devant soi" and "Le Roi Salomon".

Gerald Méssadié is also one of my favourite. He wrote many controversial novels on famous religious people, such as Moses and Jesus. Especially "The man who became God", the story of Jesus. I just finished one of his novel on the life of St-Paul, which taught me a lot about the early beginnings of Christianity.

In English, Philip Roth (Portnoy Complaint) and Michael Moore stand out as my favourites.
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:16 am

Anything Dungeons and Dragons.

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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:18 am

One of the first novels I actually read without stopping was "Vertical Run" by Joseph R. Garber

I also enjoyed "The Takeover" by Stephen W. Frey

But a great aviation book I thought was "Airframe" by Michael Crichton

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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:35 am

"Jurassic Park", Michael Crichton

Anything related to the "Lord of the Rings" series, JRR Tolkien

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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:19 am

The Caine Mutiny -Wouk
Red Storm Rising -Clancy

*hands mirrodie some steel balls to roll around*

after reading his last 2 books I am seriously starting to think Clancy needs to give up writing but his early stuff is pretty good.
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:31 am

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
- I read this book in 1.5 days. I read the first 90 pages one night, and then the next night I stayed up til 4am to finish it. It is one helluva thriller, and a very good read.

Jurassic Park/The Lost World/Airframe/Congo - all by Michael Crichton
- All very good books, researched well, and page turners. Although Airframe hasn't been made into a movie, the other three books are much much better than the films.

The Testament - John Grisham
- Another page turner. I especially liked it because it jumps back and forth between the law offices of Wahington DC and the deep jungles of Brazil.

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
- Told from the perspective of a 14 year old girl AFTER she is raped and murdered and ends up in heaven, and what she sees as she looks down at her family coping with her death. It is a very good book, and offers a sense of hope.

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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:39 am

Me against my brother,
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History of bombing, by Sven Lindqvist
Exterminate every brute, by SL
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 12:48 pm

I may faves right now are:

Hija de la fortuna (Daughter of Fortune) by Isabel Allende
God Said, "Ha!" by Julia Sweeney
Ciudad de las bestias (City of Beasts) by Isabel Allende
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:01 pm

A few favorites...

The Ghostwriter, by Philip Roth
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Marquez
Bellefleur, by Joyce Carol Oates
Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole
Mr. Vertigo, by Paul Auster
The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:03 pm

I'm not a fan of literature at all but there was just something about The Catcher In The Rye that I love.

Other than that, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greane is also a very good book.
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RE: Favourite Books

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:08 pm

I just remembered that I also love, love, love...

Cronicas de una muerte anunciada (Chronicles of a Foretold Death) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I rather read the Latin American authors works in Spanish. I feel that those books have more feeling in Spanish that when they are translated in English through someone else.
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RE: Favourite Books

Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:38 am

Cronicas de una muerte anunciada (Chronicles of a Foretold Death) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

That's probably the best book I read in High School (went to HS in Puerto Rico). Kept me riveted. Marquez is a great author, but its best to read him in Spanish. I prefer reading stuff in English, but books translated into English from Spanish never seem to have the same feeling.

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RE: Favourite Books

Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:52 am

Hello all,

my most favourite book is "War and peace"

Very good book to read!


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RE: Favourite Books

Fri Feb 20, 2004 5:39 am

Just about anything on military history, non-fiction, fiction Particularly like Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.

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RE: Favourite Books

Fri Feb 20, 2004 7:40 am


Bravo 2-0 is a great book even if it is exagerated (which wouldn't be a surprise as Mcnab now writes fiction novels). Have you read "the one that got away" by Chris Ryan? He was the member of Mcnabs patrol that escaped to Syria, and the only one who was neither captured or killed. Mcnab tells his story a bit in his book, but Ryans story is amazing itself if you haven't read it.

My favorites-
"Aswan" by Michael Heim. About the High dam in Egypt and the danger of it collapsing, or being blown up. (originally written in German, I think it was under a different name).

"Night Letters" by Rob Schulthaus. Written by a journalist travelling with the mujahideen during the soviet occupation of afghanistan.

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RE: Favourite Books

Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:35 am

anything with soft, absorbent pages.

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RE: Favourite Books

Sat Feb 21, 2004 10:55 am

Mine are Bridget Jones' Diary, Harry On The Boat? and Is Harry Still On The Boat? I've just bought It Shouldn't Happen To A Rep, so I'll see what that is like. It will bring back memories of when I used to be a holiday rep, so it should be good.
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RE: Favourite Books

Sat Feb 21, 2004 11:15 am

1. Da Vinci Code---amazing page-turner/thriller. Incredible research went into making this book...full of tons of little-known facts, and exciting as hell too. Just like CVG777 I read about 100 pgs the first day and finished it the next.
2. Angels and Demons---pretty much just as good as Da Vinci Code.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. Of Mice and Men
5. Catcher in the Rye
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RE: Favourite Books

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:39 pm

Great books- Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Brave New World (Aldous Huxley?)

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RE: Favourite Books

Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:54 pm

Where the Red Fern Grows is so sad, though...but it is good.

In not really any too particular order,

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • All of Anne McCaffrey's books, especially concerning Pern and the Talents

  • Dragonlance series by Weiss and Hickman

  • Bruce Coville's Alien series

  • Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, The Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters.

  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae – Steven Pressfield (slightly embellished a little bit to fill in the gaps, but IT IS GOOD!

  • Firestar by Michael Flynn

  • Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand and translated into English

  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

  • Who Killed Homer?: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom – Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath.

  • The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko, it totally redefined how I thought about America's real millionaires.

  • Series: An Airline and its Aircraft by Davies and Machat (I have the PAA, Delta, and Aeroflot books and they rule! I want the Eastern and TWA volumes as well)

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