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Oct 17, 2002 6:32 PM

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?

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    Oct 17, 2002 6:48 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Drummer Hoff...

    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...
     
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    Oct 17, 2002 6:54 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Oh god Margret don't get me started! :)

    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! :)

    "Classics"
    • Watership Down
    • *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

      Best Sci-fi/Fantasy
    • 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

      Other:
      Steve Ambrose books: Band of Brothers, Citiczen Soldier.

      Favorite newer books:
      Christ Clone Trilogy - BeauSeigneur

      If I had to recommend one, I'd say get the Ciardi translation of The Devine Comedy. Changed m'life! :)

      Hmmm. Just read up on Bonfire. Sounds good. Added to my amazon wish list! I loved the Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests by Wold, but then I'm a deadhead so... :)

      dave
     
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    Oct 17, 2002 6:55 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Such language! I'm so offended I didn't even earn the prerequisite 'f', 'a', or 'd' word for my efforts.
     
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    Oct 17, 2002 6:56 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Left out Paradise Lost... Milton. :)
     
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    Oct 17, 2002 7:00 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    King Ubu by Alfred Jarry (read at age 15)

    Brat would like.
     
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    Oct 17, 2002 9:28 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Something fun is the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin, but you can get addicted!
     
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    Oct 17, 2002 11:22 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Stranger in a strange land, Robert Heinlen. Out dated in it's patriacal thoughts, but a great read about a half Martian/earthling in the big bad world.

    Even spawned a few religious cults.

    "Thou art god"
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 3:54 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Also forgot the obligitory: Harry Potter! :)
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 4:40 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Sherlock Holmes
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 4:54 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Dancing WuLi Masters... great introduction to quantum mechanics for the
    layman

    Lord of the Rings... read it about 10 times...

    Anything by Poe. Anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Cannery Row by Steinbeck.



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    Oct 18, 2002 5:03 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Tolkein (again)

    Anything by David Eddings

    An Almanac of Words at Play by Willard Espy

    Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton - makes me cry every time.

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    Oct 18, 2002 5:06 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    >Anything by Poe. Anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Amen brudda!
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 5:07 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    "The Executioner's Song" Norman Mailer

    Couldn't put the damn thing down... 8 Times!
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 5:19 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking (not the one by Shannon
    Patrick Sullivan about Dr. Who. Not that I don't like Dr. Who.)

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson http://www.zompist.com/snow.html

    Mr. God, This is Anna by Flynn. A 5 (going on 50) yr. old's view of
    god and religion.

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    Carl B. Johnson
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    Oct 18, 2002 5:47 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Tolkein (again again)
    Consider Phlebas- Iain M Banks
    Crime and Punishment- Dostoevsky

    My God I'm eclectic...
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 5:51 AM   in reply to (Iain_McFadzen)
    My girlfriend's 15 yr old daughter has an assigment to read A Tale of
    Two cities by Dickens... she complained the whole time that the book was
    boring. What did she read instead? War and Peace.

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    Oct 18, 2002 6:32 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Oxford English Dictionary :o)
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 6:35 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    A night in the Lonesome October by Zelazny (read it once a year, guess when)

    I still like the Sprawl series by Gibson

    Anything by Donald Kingsbury

    The list can go on for awhile, I have too many books says my wife. I agree but only on moving days :)
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 6:51 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures. series

    Piers Anthony Magic of Xanth series

    of course Tolkin I just loved the Movie I think this was the first time a movie maker has gotten it right.
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 6:59 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    >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:
    paraphrasing:

    "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?!!!

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    Oct 18, 2002 7:01 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Is that by the Shire reckoning or the Gregorian calender? :)

    (sorry)
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 7:16 AM   in reply to dave milbut
    > 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
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 7:20 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    and the barrow downs...
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 7:56 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    > Ayn Rand was my favorite read years ago.

    Who is John Galt?
    Actually I think she got a bit verbose in Atlas Shrugged, but I tend to
    agree with her philosophy. The Fountainhead was my favorite.


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    Oct 18, 2002 8:06 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    I have to go with the "Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" series by Douglas Adams.
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 8:08 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Yes! RIP Douglas Adams!

    "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
    - Douglas Adams
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 8:11 AM   in reply to dave milbut
    >I have to go with the "Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" series by Douglas Adams.

    Yes! I used to get strange looks on the bus as a teenager, because I would burst out laughing whilst reading it! Marvin the Paranoid Android was my absolute favourite character.

    Also: 'Last of the Breed' by Louis L'Amour. Fantastic book - I read it once every year.

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    Oct 18, 2002 10:33 AM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    >Jackie Collins

    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. ;-)

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    Oct 18, 2002 11:03 AM   in reply to (Kath_Finch)
    > 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.

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    Oct 18, 2002 12:16 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Why is it that King can't just "end" a book?
    Examples of great king books w/horrid endings:

    It: a(n) f-ing alien spider?
    Tommyknockers: Alien space ship?
    The Stand: Wakes up on a dessert island?
    Dark Tower: 15+ years and unfinished? :)

    OTOH, "The Long Walk" (Bachman) has one of his best endings... Great book. Like watching a car wreck, you want to but can't look away!

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    Oct 18, 2002 12:23 PM   in reply to dave milbut
    > The Stand: Wakes up on a dessert island?

    Was that dessert island chocolateor vanilla?

    I think King's best books are of the non-horror genre.

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    Oct 18, 2002 12:26 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Anybody read "the Green Mile"? It's on my to get list, but hadn't heard what people thought of it.

    Rich
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 12:26 PM   in reply to (viol8ion)
    Stephen King's "Rage" (sometimes listed under R. Bachmann) is a great story,
    but too many people got the wrong idea aout it, especially after Columbine.
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    Oct 18, 2002 12:34 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    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?

    Rich,
    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...

    dave
     
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    Oct 18, 2002 12:36 PM   in reply to (Exaspera)
    Just a hint: T S Eliot, Thomas Pynchon.

    You people need to get out of the 8 to 14 age group section.

    "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" by Fridtjof Capra is an attempt to meld eastern mysticism with outdated modern physics. It is nonsense written by a lunatic.
     
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