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Offline Jinto

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Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« on: February 09, 2007, 11:30:34 PM »
This thread is for you to list your choice of the number one, absolute best Fiction novel or series that you've ever read. No honorable mentions, no "this author has also written...", and no ties for first. If necessary, pretend you're going to be stranded in space by your evil mad-scientist boss(es) and you only get to grab one book (or series) to take with you. So think hard, and choose wisely. Oh, and try to say a little something about it, too.

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My own choice for number one would be Eiji Yoshikawa's "Musashi". It mainly follows the story of a rough-cut, wild young man from a hard background in life in feudal Japan, and his transition into a deeply philosophical samurai warrior of renown. The story also includes several important supporting characters, including Musashi's two childhood friends, the mother of his best friend, and eventually, his greatest rival, another samurai of great skill, as well as a few other interesting characters. It is a very human story, with mostly day-to-day adversity that the characters must deal with, but with a few major scenes (usually a battle Musashi must fight) as well, and is deeply philosophical. Musashi is a cultural icon in Japan and I believe it worthwhile for anyone looking to broaden their literary horizons to read this book.


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007, 12:31:32 AM »
My #1 picks in the fiction genre are:

Favorite series:  Deathlands by Laurence James(AKA James Axler)

A post-apocalyptic adventure series, Deathlands(formerly known as The United States of America) takes place in the year 2099(at least at first) and is the story of a small group of characters that come together over the course of the first 13 books of the series.  They travel around via the use of matter transferrence machines located at hidden military bases around the world(and in one case, floating somewhere out in space.)  The world is still a dangerous place.  In addition to the surviving human elements there is also a large variety of mutant species to contend with.  Deathlands consists of, as of this posting, 77 novels with who knows how many more to come.  Many stories revolve around the main group of warrior-survivalists having to deal with the remnants of the various secret projects the US military was involved in before the nuclear war.

Laurence James wrote the first 33 novels in the series until he died and since then the stories have been in the hands of guest writers(though books are still published under the James Axler moniger).  The basic characters are Ryan Cawdor(the leader), Krysty Wroth(his mutant lover and 2nd) J.B Dix(the weapons specialist), Dean Cawdor(Ryan's Son), Jak Lauren(an albino teenager and expert killer), Mildred Wyeth(a black woman thawed from cryogenic suspension by Ryan and his group) and Theo "Doc" Tanner(a man who looks much older than he is due to being and unwilling time traveller).

These are the only "macho" books I read but I just love the characters, especially Doc.

Favorite Stand-Alone novel:  Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way by....duh, Bruce Campbell

A very funny fictional account of Bruce Campbell's inability to find good and meaningful work in mainstream Hollywood.



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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2007, 12:51:13 AM »
Deathlands sounds like a Science Fiction series, instead of regular Fiction. 'Post-Apocalyptic' and 'Matter Transference Machines' kinda gives it away. ;)

Oh well, I'm getting the impression that few people here read regular fiction anyway, so this thread may be pointless. Actually, I'll admit I rarely read any regular fiction either.  Hmm. I suppose I could re-define this thread as being for regular Fiction, as well as all the sub-sets of the genre, like Mystery. For example, "The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas was good story wise, though boring to read due to excessive descriptions. That would qualify as regular fiction (or maybe classic fiction if you want to get picky), as would, say "The Great Gatsby", which was a horrible tale forced upon us in high school English class, and if ever there was a Rifftrax for books, it would be my first nomination. Then there's literature like "Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which would classify as both mystery and classic fiction. And I suppose Westerns would fit here too as another sub-genre. Ugh, and romance (shudder).

OK, well make of this thread what you will I guess. Just try to keep it generally in the Regular Fiction range. :D


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007, 01:48:06 AM »
Most of it is actually pretty low-tech.  Aside from the matter transferrence(who's to say the government doesn't have it?) most of the technology used is leftover from the 20th century since nobody has any real idea how to duplicate any of it except for gasoline and even then it's poor quality.  I figure it's more fiction than science fiction so that's why I decided on it.  As you say, it's hard to definie "regular fiction" since it's an umbrella term and not specific unless it takes place in present day and manages to cover all sub-genres.

Oh well, I'll still hold onto my Bruce Campbell choice.


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2007, 06:11:51 PM »
Wow, nobody seems to read regular fiction? No Sherlock Holmes, Three Musketeers, Beowulf, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Canterbury Tales, or even Arthurian legend stuff like Le Morte d'Arthur or The Once and Future King?

Hmm, maybe I should change this into the "Worst Fiction Ever" thread, and get everyone to post the titles of crap they read in high school, like "The Great Gatsby", which I remember I and a friend using MST3K quotes to label the chapter titles of for fun.


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2007, 09:31:28 PM »
It's funny but it takes us back to the what is regular fiction anyway.  Nope, wouldn't classify anything about Arthurian legend or Beowulf as regular fiction.

The Great Gatsby is close, though.  Canterbury Tales is a blast reading it in middle english.

I haven't actually read any books that I would consider "bad" fiction.  Now that I think about it, this thread needs to be relabeled as "Classic Fiction"

Classic Fiction definitely includes Sherlock Holmes, Three Musketeers and all the others.


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 03:58:45 AM »
It's funny but it takes us back to the what is regular fiction anyway.  Nope, wouldn't classify anything about Arthurian legend or Beowulf as regular fiction.

The Great Gatsby is close, though.  Canterbury Tales is a blast reading it in middle english.

I haven't actually read any books that I would consider "bad" fiction.  Now that I think about it, this thread needs to be relabeled as "Classic Fiction"

Classic Fiction definitely includes Sherlock Holmes, Three Musketeers and all the others.

Unfortunately, I don't think renaming the thread would help at this point. It looks like you and I are the only ones who dare to venture into the territory of regular Fiction (classic or otherwise). Heh. :P


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2007, 01:12:36 AM »
Have wanted to read The Count of Monte Cristo for a while but haven't done so.


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Re: Your #1 pick in the Fiction genre
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2007, 04:46:32 AM »
I've had Dracula and Frankenstein sitting on my shelves forever and still haven't read them. I keep putting them off as I read modern sci-fi or fantasy titles. Actually, I can say the same thing about Canterbury Tales.  :D