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Old 05-18-2010, 08:01 AM   #31
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Small World - David Lodge
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:28 AM   #32
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Lolita - Nabokov

and

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Murakami

avoided Lolita for years due to inverted snobbery.... and some weird anti-Sting/Police thing.

Oh - if you like 'Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy', you must get Douglas Adams' 'Dirk Gently' books. 2 of them, and his best character creation of all.
http://www.amazon.com/Dirk-Gentlys-H.../dp/0671746723
http://www.amazon.com/Long-Dark-Tea-..._bxgy_b_text_b


Long dark tea-time of the soul..... genius, i tell you.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:46 AM   #33
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Watership Down by Richard Adams has been my favorite book since I was ten - read it 4 times so far.

followed closely by

Neverness by David Zindell

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:47 AM   #34
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:01 PM   #35
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Tough question. I can't really choose one, but the top contenders would be:
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
Interview With a Vampire - Anne Rice
Phineas Finn - Anthony Trollope (or He Knew He Was Right, or The Prime Minister)
West With the Night - Beryl Markham
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:10 PM   #36
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Watership Down by Richard Adams has been my favorite book since I was ten - read it 4 times so far.


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Ah - forgot about this one. Have read it many times as it holds special memories for me. Definitely on the favourite list
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:08 AM   #37
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Its hard to select one but if I have to I would say GODFATHER by Mario Puzo. I don't know why but I really enjoy reading this book. I guess I am intrigued by the character of the godfather and how he manages/manipulates people.
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:26 AM   #38
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So, what is your favorite book?
My favorite is always the next one, the one I haven't read yet.

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Old 05-19-2010, 10:47 AM   #39
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I would have said that my currently recollected favourite was Bliss by Peter Carey, though the posts of others have reminded me of books like Neverness and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Then I'm reminded of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Under Milk Wood. An Imaginary Life was/is a book I loved from when I first was forced to read it at high school...

...but I probably come back to Bliss, even if I haven't been enamored with others of Carey's books I've read.

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Old 05-19-2010, 12:16 PM   #40
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Wow... Read all the replies so far and saw a lot of books that would be up there, but for me it would probably be:

Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard (don't judge the book by the movie, if Dianetics has a hell, John Travolta is going to its deepest darkest corner for what he did with that movie ) . By now I've probably read that book close to 50 times.

All the rest of the close contenders would be:

Almost anything written by Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, or Card.

My favorite Heinlein book would be a tie between Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Number of the Beast, and The Past through Tomorrow.

Asimov, of course the foundation series.

Herbert, the Dune series, including the later ones his son participated in authoring.

Card, the Ender series, and his Eden books too were a pretty darn good romp.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:23 PM   #41
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One of my other favorite books is "Catcher In The Rye" because this is the bookthat turned me onto reading. (Please put it in e-book format)

I went to a Catholic school and our seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Masek---great teacher, had the guts to assign it to us. Of course the sh*t hit the fan but it gave us kids the more emphasis to read the book.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:20 PM   #42
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Really hard, and I couldn't pick just one:

Any list would have to include the following, though:
LOTR,
Red Storm Rising,
Alas, Babylon (Pat Frank).
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:55 PM   #43
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Long dark tea-time of the soul..... genius, i tell you.
Amen.

Though, if I can only choose one book, it would be Bridge of Birds, by Barry B. Hughart.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:53 PM   #44
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Legend by David Gemmell
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Riftwar series by Raymond E Feist

Wonderful books that transformed my reading from an occasional pastime to a lifelong passion.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:07 AM   #45
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Naming just one is so cruel, but here goes: THE TOMORROW FILE by Lawrence Sanders, a terrific futuristic thriller from my all-time favorite author.
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