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Favourite Books?
« on: February 06, 2007, 07:32:01 PM »
I'm actually quite surprised that this topic hasn't begun yet.  Just list your favourite books and we can argue about their greatness.  To get us started, here's mine:



As a huge film history nerd, this book is great at detailing the American new wave.  Plus it's got loads of good juicy gossip.   :)



Surreal and hilarious.  Don't watch the film, read this!



I love big books.  This one is 1264 pages.  And it's the first in a trilogy that are of equal length!  I think the term "epic" sci-fi was redefined with these novels.



Gabriel Garcia Marquez may be my favourite writer.  He's witty, intelligent and incredibly evocative. 


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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2007, 01:19:11 AM »
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse five or "The Children's Crusade" -  One of the most hilarious books I've ever read. Breakfast of Champions, Welcome to the Monkey House, Cat's Cradle, Bagombo Snuff Box, and Time Quake are all fantastic as well, . His most recent work, "Man without a country" is great and might be his last book. I agree with mrbasehart, Catch-22 is an amazing book. I've never seen the film




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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007, 05:28:07 AM »
Any Artemis Fowl book. I love Artemis's intricate plans and seeing how they work out.

The Bartimeaus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Very compelling characters, great plot, and sarcastic demons. These blow Harry Potter out of the water.

Mike Nelson's Mind of Matters is probably the funniest book I own, but Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is also hilarious.

I also love House of the Scorpion


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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2007, 07:16:38 AM »
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse five or "The Children's Crusade" -  One of the most hilarious books I've ever read. Breakfast of Champions, Welcome to the Monkey House, Cat's Cradle, Bagombo Snuff Box, and Time Quake are all fantastic as well, . His most recent work, "Man without a country" is great and might be his last book. I agree with mrbasehart, Catch-22 is an amazing book. I've never seen the film

Kurt Vonnegut's someone I've been meaning to check out for a while.  What would you say is the best novel for newcomers?


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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2007, 07:23:52 AM »
1. Groucho and Me
2. Murder on the Orient Express
3. Angels and Demons
4. Memoirs of a Mangy Lover
5. Curtain
6. Harpo Speaks
7. The DaVinci Code
8. A Wrinkle in Time (so sue me >:()
9. The Shining
10. IT

 These are in no particular order by the way.
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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2007, 07:29:50 AM »
1. Groucho and Me

I went to a second hand book shop the other day - one my favouritest places in the world! - and bought Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and his Friends.  I love movie star biographies, and read a bunch of them: Chaplin, Brando, Bette Davis, Jimmy Stewart... 


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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2007, 07:39:17 AM »
1. Groucho and Me

I went to a second hand book shop the other day - one my favouritest places in the world! - and bought Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and his Friends.  I love movie star biographies, and read a bunch of them: Chaplin, Brando, Bette Davis, Jimmy Stewart... 

 I've read that one. It's pretty good. I love movie star biographies as well. There are several ones out there about James Cagney that are really good. You should check them out.

 
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2007, 07:50:06 AM »
Catch-22 was a remarkable book - attempting to film it was foolhardy, though I kind of like it.
Slaughterhouse Five was remarkable, as well.
Some of my favorites include 1984, Gulliver's Travels, Les Miserables, Ball Four by Jim Bouton (one of the most realistic baseball books ever written), The Natural, Contact, Cosmos, A Candle in the Dark (the last three by Sagan), A Brief History of Time, 2001/2010 (pretend the others don't exist...seriously), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and American Hero. To name a few.
Oh yeah, and a book I had published a year ago  ;D
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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2007, 08:13:01 AM »
The Harry Potter series.   ;D

I also love just about all Michael Crichton's novels.


The Bartimeaus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Very compelling characters, great plot, and sarcastic demons. These blow Harry Potter out of the water.

I'll have to give those a try, and assess the validity of that statement.   ;)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2007, 08:14:24 AM »
Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves is probably one of the best books I've read in a while. I'm also currently enjoying The Confusion, the second book in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle.


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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2007, 08:24:14 AM »
Catch-22 was a remarkable book - attempting to film it was foolhardy, though I kind of like it.
Slaughterhouse Five was remarkable, as well.
Some of my favorites include 1984, Gulliver's Travels, Les Miserables, Ball Four by Jim Bouton (one of the most realistic baseball books ever written), The Natural, Contact, Cosmos, A Candle in the Dark (the last three by Sagan), A Brief History of Time, 2001/2010 (pretend the others don't exist...seriously), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and American Hero. To name a few.
Oh yeah, and a book I had published a year ago  ;D

I've read Clarke's 2001 series, and you're right, the others meander very badly.  But so do the Hitchhiker's books. 


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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2007, 08:27:34 AM »

Kurt Vonnegut's someone I've been meaning to check out for a while.  What would you say is the best novel for newcomers?
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I'd say Breakfast of Champions or Slaughterhouse


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2007, 09:05:11 AM »
Catch 22 is brilliant, as has been mentioned. I'm fond of all Mike Nelson's books, but Death Rat is my personal favorite. I've read a lot of Star Wars EU stuff, and I'm particularly fond of Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales from Jabba's Palace. I like reading Shakespeare's plays, my personal favorite being Much Ado About Nothing. The Maltese Falcon was an awesome book (Never seen the movie but I hear it's classic.) So I have a pretty diverse taste in literature. :^)


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2007, 09:54:59 AM »
I love Jazz and Miles Davis autobiography Miles takes a real hard look at his life including his battle with heroine and racism in america, also theres a great story about saxophonist Charlie Parker with a bucket of Chicken a bottle of whiskey and a prostitute in the back of a taxi. I've loved the Marx brothers since I was 10 but I'll have to check out Groucho and me and Harpo Speaks


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Re: Favourite Books?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2007, 10:31:24 AM »
Any fans of historical fiction?

The Jeff/Mike Shaara Civil War series flippin' ROCKS. "Killer Angels" is the best of the series, of course (Pulitzer Prize winning if memory serves)
Jeff's "Rise to Rebellion" American Revolution series is also good.

I am not a /big/ fan of Science Fiction novels, but I like Crichton - kind of like literary bubblegum.

I find "Left Behind" mostly laughable, but overall interesting.
And if I were to configure a top ten list of reads, then tons of classical and old-school literature would be in it:
- Poe's detective mysteries
- Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
- Tolkien's compelte works
- CS Lewis' "Mere Christianity"
- Mark Twain (An author and the world's first stand up comedian....)
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