iamcanadian
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What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:07 am

Hey all, it's summer time and I thought I'd catch up on some reading. The only problem is, I'm not sure which books to read!

Yes, I HAVE read the Da Vinci Code, so that's been crossed off the list. I've also read the Lord Of The Rings as well as the Harry Potter octology (or whatever it's at now).

Any ideas?
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:25 am

Read the book that came before the Da Vinci Code, Angels And Demons. Also a Dan Brown book with Langdon in it but in my opinion far better than the Da Vinci Code.

Tom
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:28 am

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town - Stephen Leacock
The entire Foundation series - Issac Asimov
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Who Has Seen the Wind - W.O. Mitchell
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:47 am

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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iamcanadian
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:52 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 3):
To Kill A Mockingbird

Read that in Grade 10 Big grin
Shut up and calculate.
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:59 am

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 4):
Read that in Grade 10

OK smart arse try The Twelth Card by Jeffery Deaver.  Wink
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:08 am

A no-brainer here....."Airport" by Arthur Hailey.

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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:11 am

Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger
I thought I was wrong but I was only joking!
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:27 am

Just about any Sidney Sheldon and Tom Clancy book out there.....
Uhhh What?
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:35 am

It's tough for me to pick one, but "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond is probably a safe pick.
 
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Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:51 am

 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 10):

 checkmark 

"The Great Shark Hunt" by Hunter S. Thompson
"Hard Landing" by Thomas Petzinger Jr.

Texan
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:57 am

I would suggest:

"Catch 22" - Heller
"Into Thin Air" - Krakauer

and if you want a laugh and don't mind mysoginistic and cruel humor:

"I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell" - Tucker Max
"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:00 am

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 12):
"Catch 22" - Heller

Major Major Major Major is definetly a hero of mine!
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:08 am

"Straight From The Top" by Robert Milton AC CEO is worth a read. He's so humble in the book it smacks of being disingenuous but interesting none the less.

YOWza
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:09 am

Jane Eyre.......



(the original feminist book)
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:42 am

I like Johnathan Kellerman - All of his books are brill if you like Detective stories with a twist....Stocking up for my 2 weeks in Greece at present!!
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:05 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 13):
Major Major Major Major is definetly a hero of mine

"When can I tell them you're here?"

"When I'm not."

One favorite book is an impossible question. For lighter stuff, try Papillon by Henri Charriere or Deliverance by James Dickey.  Wink

The Plague by Albert Camus or Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky both went down like a cold beer on a hot day. yummy 

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has always been uplifting for me as well. crazy 

But if you want true literature, read anything by Bukowski. gnasher 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:21 am

If you liked the Lord of the Rings then you might want to try reading 'The Hobbit' also by Tolkein, and then try the 'Silmarillion', which is pretty heavy going if you ever need to fall asleep.

Dan Smile
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:26 am

Brian Greene - The Elegant Universe  thumbsup 

(Granted, that's if you can handle it  Wink )
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:30 am

The Beatles: Recording Sessions. The Official Abbey Road Studio Session Notes 1962-1970 by Mark Lewisohn. Published by Harmony Books, New York, 1988.

Mark
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:25 am

Quoting Iamcanadian (Thread starter):
Any ideas?

I strongly reccomend "Terrorist" by John Updike. It's very topical, and I couldn't put it down.
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:42 am

Since you seem to like SciFi/Fantasy -try Songs of Earth And Power by Greg Bear. Its my all time favorite book in that genre. For light fun reading, try any of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. For something a little heavier, Anne Rice and something out of the Vampire or Witch series (Queen of the Damned is my favorite).
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:42 am

I hate to seem to obsessed, but:
TRACON by Paul McElroy
is one of my favorites.
As for non-aviation books, I'd say any Tom Clancy books.

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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:54 am

"5001 Names for Cats" by Stephen Baker

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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:31 pm

Anything written by Tom Wolfe. He does a great job of capturing the essence of human experience.
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:44 pm

Anything by John Grisham, especially The Pellican Brief , or, for a more noticeable title, The Runaway Jury .
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:52 pm

My Pet Goat
Ain't I a stinker?
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:26 pm

Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini. A very young author but good one at that. The books are big so be in for a big read.

Also you'll want to read Eragon before the movie comes out later this year.
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:07 pm

Shake hands with the devil - Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:02 pm

Sophie's World and Perks of being a Wallflower.

Best two books ever
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:15 pm

JPod by Douglas Coupland

Excellent book, couldn't put it down.  Smile
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:20 pm

Any Terry Pratchett  Smile

Jingo, Small Gods and Mort are my usual favs.
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:15 pm

Also, two books by David Sedaris:

"Me Talk Pretty One Day"
&
"Clothe Your Family in Denim and Corduroy"

Both funny and poignant.
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:22 am

A world outlook book that everybody should read. Makes you really sit up and think.



Hegemony or Survival
America's Quest for Global Dominance
By Noam Chomsky
Published by Owl Books
paperback | 320 pages
9/1/2004 | US$13.00
ISBN: 0805076883

About the book:
An immediate national bestseller, Hegemony or Survival demonstrates how, for more than half a century the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing -- as in the Cuban missile crisis -- to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. World-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky investigates how we came to this perilous moment and why our rulers are willing to jeopardize the future of our species.

With the striking logic that is his trademark, Chomsky tracks the U.S. government's aggressive pursuit of "full spectrum dominance" and vividly lays out how the most recent manifestations of the politics of global control -- from unilateralism to the dismantling of international agreements to state terrorism -- cohere in a drive for hegemony that ultimately threatens our existence. Lucidly written, thoroughly documented, and featuring a new afterword by the author, Hegemony or Survival is a definitive statement from one of today's most influential thinkers.
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:29 am

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 34):

Hegemony or Survival
America's Quest for Global Dominance
By Noam Chomsky

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark 

An EXCELLENT piece of work. One of the best I've read on American foreign policy.

I'm enrolled in a program at school for the second session of summer quarter called The Political Economy of Noam Chomsky...it's got a hefty reading list! Have you read "Failed States" yet?
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:36 am

Am reading an excellent book at the moment.

 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:48 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 35):
Have you read "Failed States" yet?

Not yet as I'm still not quite finished "Hegemony or Survival" yet. But I really do enjoy and appreciate the intelectual style and writing of Chomsky so I will look for it soon.
 
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:14 am



The funniest book that you will ever read.
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:43 am


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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:49 am

Quoting Photopilot (Reply 34):
Hegemony or Survival
America's Quest for Global Dominance
By Noam Chomsky

Fascinating that someone so brilliant would not recognize that his entire argument rests on one's initial opinion. For him not to be dead wrong one must accept that the US' aim is domination (something they could achieve in ten minutes with nukes - domination of whatever is left!) rather than the PREVENTION of domination by the other side(s).

I doubt that this book will change anyone's mind. It might clarify a pre-existing bias or a million of them, but change, probably not.
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:14 am

"Galapagos" by Kurt Vonnegut is what I have enjoyed the most so far.

I would also suggest "Papillon" by Henri Charriere and the short story "Heart of a Dog" by Mikhail Bulgakov.

And then I would suggest a ton of other books, too.

Cheers,
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RE: What Is Your Favourite Book?

Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:12 am

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 25):
Anything written by Tom Wolfe. He does a great job of capturing the essence of human experience.

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Nobody does it better, my absolute favorite writer, I've read every word written...

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