My pretty much all time favorite book has been "Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolf. Have read it twice, in a couple of more years I will have the pleasure of reading it once again, hopefully having 'forgotten' most of it. Frankly, it was one of those books that when I reached the end-I was terribly disappointed that it was over. Right now, it's "London" by Rutherfurd.
Got anymore confess...er recommendations? A twelve book program?
Best damn book I've ever read. Checked it out from the library every chance I got. Of course, then I moved on to the second grade and had to go to a different library--one without a copy of Drummer Hoff.
Pretty much quit reading after that. Just stayed with the pictures--now if I could just get those staples out of her belly button...
I like mostly sci-fi & fantasy, but the last few years I decided to broaden my horizons... Ever try any of these? They're now among my favorites. And I NEVER read a (good) book only once. You ALWAYS miss something good! :)
*Devine Comedy (3 books) - Dante Alegheri (John Ciardi Translation)
*This is probably my favorite.
Animal Farm & 1984 - George Orwel
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Don Quixote - Cervantes
The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
All Tolkien (inc. compiled by Chris Tolkien)
Wheel of Time (10 books, incomplete)
Incarnations of Immortality - (7 books) Piers Anthony
Thomas Covenant Series (6 books) Donaldson
The Stand - S. King
Steve Ambrose books: Band of Brothers, Citiczen Soldier.
>I think this was the first time a movie maker has gotten it right
Buko, for the most part, I agree. Moria was especially cool. But I had a serious problem when they made Arwen stand up to the riders at the ford not Frodo. For me, I think that was one of Frodo's defining moments, his "coming of age". He stands up to the riders on his own:
"Back to Mordor with you!"
"Come, to Mordor we will take you!"
It really "PO'd" <g> me when they made Arwen out to be some kind of Xena Warrior Princess and robbed Frodo of his manhood (hobbithood)! I also missed Tom Bombadil. Why is he always left out. The old forest scene w/old man willow would have been really cool!
BTW, I share a birthday with Bilbo and Frodo. How cool is that?!!!
> It really "PO'd" <g> me when they made Arwen out to be some kind of Xena Warrior Princess and robbed Frodo of his manhood (hobbithood)! I also missed Tom Bombadil. Why is he always left out. The old forest scene w/old man willow would have been really cool! <br /><br />I agree... they made Arwen into someone that she wasn't in the novel.<br /><br />And I was PO'd they left out tom Bombadil, bombadil, bombadillo<br /><br />~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<br />Out of my mind.<br />Back in 5 minutes!<br />www.wuli.com
"We the Living" by Rand is wonderful, too. "Atlas Shrugged" went to an extreme perhaps, but I was thinking that she was trying to press a major point. That one point in the book where they are dining in an exclusive reataurant while everybody and their dog was evacuating was a bit incongruous.
Okay, here's a confession-sometimes I just have to have a Jackie Collins jag. Lascivious ***** men and women who are gorgeous/handsome with piercing eyes who are rich and determined and always in bed with each other. :D
I have never been able to read past the first page of books like that. God
knows I've tried! When I was in high school, all the other girls were huge
Danielle Steele and Jackie Collins fans. They just couldn't understand why I
preferred to read Stephen King. ;-)
My ex-wife's brother, Julio lived in Bangor, ME up until this year. He
was a lawyer, and good friends with King. King rented an office from
Julio's corner store converted to law office on Rt15 and wrote "Pet
Cemetary" there. And the story "Thinner" was about Julio. All of the
people in King's books are based loosely on real folks, and the stories
are based on real incidents that he takes to the exremes of weirdness.
I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
carl, vanilla! :)
>I think King's best books are of the non-horror genre.
"Eyes of the Dragon" rocked. Notice the bad guy was named Flagg? What is it with that name? (Also the baddie in The Stand and Dark tower) Did he have an abusive teacher by that name when he was growing up or something? What other non-horror of his have you read?
I read the green mile. It was awesome.
jay, "Rage". Got it. Will get it. :)
How about (non-King) "Hannibal" the book ending is very different and IMHO much better than the movie...