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Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:23 am

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 

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:30 am

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.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:38 am

My all time favorite is Bram Stoker's Dracula. I absolutely love it. The Count of Monte Cristo is a close second.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:39 am

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.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:46 am

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

415 pages of dish, dirt and bitchery.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:35 am

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - Betty Smith

"A Boy's Own Story" - Edmund White

"Earth as it is in Heaven" - Roman Genesis
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:38 am

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

And I guess Shadows of the Empire...yeah I'm a Star Wars fan.
 
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:09 pm

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
 
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:11 pm

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!
 
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:17 pm

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

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:07 pm

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

Tom 

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:17 pm

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
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:19 pm

I really enjoy the Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler. Sure, it's just trash for guys, but they're really exciting
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:39 pm

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.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:48 pm

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.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:53 pm

"It Takes a Village" by Hilary Clinton

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:54 pm

Here they are :

The Prophet.
The Hours
The Kite Runner.


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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:58 pm

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.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:04 pm

I agree about Pratchet's books. "Men at Arms" and "Jingo" are two of my favorites.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:05 pm

Find Waldo!

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:05 pm

Anything written by Jack Kerouac. That man was really something! I wish we didn't lose him so young.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:23 am

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
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:30 am

Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:33 am

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!
 
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:01 am

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

easy reading + makes you dream...
 
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:56 am

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 Story by Carol Gino.

Two books that had me up all night bugeyed to finish and then thinking about what I had just read:
Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Gravity by Tess Gerritsen.

A book that has really helped me in my relationships with others:
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:02 am

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 it better.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:08 am

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... I know its a bit of a cliche but its one hell of a good read.
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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:23 am

Quoting FOMEA (Reply 16):
The Kite Runner.

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 again, but instead of seeing it as a requirement for college, I'm reading it like I normally read. For fun and with an open mind. It's infinitely better.

My favorite of all time, though, has to be either SSN by Tom Clancy, or Rising Sun by Michael Crichton, though it's very hard to find a Crichton book I didn't love enough to read 4 or 5 times, except Sphere.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:25 am

For an airport management-type like me, it's a no-brainer: "Airport" by Arthur Hailey.

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RE: Your Favorite All-time Book

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:40 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 22):
Superfly

LOL..  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl  I stopped reading that when I was in 3rd grade (very informative).  Wink
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