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Old 05-20-2010, 06:20 AM   #46
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Peter Beagle: A Fine and Private Place.

Few have read this, but it's worth getting hold of. Probably not an ebook; I've got the pback.

I originally read it after a friend lent it to me many years ago; it was so good that I went out and bought it. Waterstones and other major bookstores didn't have it in stock, so had to order it. It's probably available on Amazon.
The most original story: set in a graveyard; main characters are two ghosts and a guy who (for reasons later revealed) can't leave the graveyard and is looked after by a talking raven who steals food for him.
Highly recommended.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:41 AM   #47
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I too have several

Ender series
Miles Vorkisigon series (I imagined M J Fox as the lead character)
foundation series
Several books by Georgette Heyer
Dune
PG Wodehouse

A book I recently read and enjoyed is Blood of Flowers.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:49 AM   #48
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:53 AM   #49
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:42 PM   #50
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I can't narrow it down to a single book.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:11 PM   #51
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I can't narrow it down either, no way. But today I'm going to go with A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

It's not what I usually read or write (I'm more of a historical espionage/crime noir thriller kind of guy) but I'm fascinated by this book because it doesn't seem to work and yet does.

Otherwise, I'd go with the better books by Graham Greene, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith ... Okay, I'll stop. I had to pick one.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:02 PM   #52
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Definitely Harry Potter 4: The Goblet of Fire. Good Plot, exciting story, and a real breakthrough from its predecessor.
Followed closely by Tom Clancy's The Sum of All Fear.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:21 PM   #53
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This one is easy for me...my criteria is what book would I buy again if I was traveling and needed something to read, even though I may have the book at home.

I have (3) paperback copies of "Red Storm Rising" on my bookshelf, all purchased while traveling and as a direct result of some very poor choices in reading material selection before those trips.

I'll bet most people don't recall that book came out about (9) months before a real meeting between Reagan/Gorbachev in Keflavik, Iceland. So when the meeting took place, I was already familiar with Iceland and Keflavik and the strategic importance of Iceland.

The other book I really enjoy is "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"...just love how Twain plays the Connecticut Yankee off against Merlin...
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:32 PM   #54
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I haven't read many but I'd have to say

1984 by Orwell
The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky
The Metamorphoses - Kafka
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:43 PM   #55
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The Lord of the Rings, hands down. I read it every exam period when I was supposed to be studying in college, and I've read it aloud to my kids several times.

The books that turned me on to reading as a kid were the Tom Swift, Jr. series and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (esp. The Revolt on Venus).
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:06 AM   #56
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If you are going by the single volume I have purchased, read, and given as a gift more than any other tome in my collection, it would have to be Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein. There have been times when I felt like Mel Gibson's character in the film Conspiracy Theory, checking out of a used bookstore with multiple copies of Stranger, in various formats.

Now, if your definition of "favorite book" could be expanded to include "favorite series of anthologies," the honor would have to go to Isaac Asimov's three-volume Before the Golden Age (spanning 1931-1938) and continuing with all twenty-five volumes of Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories (1939-1963). What a colossal literary education, in paperback form!

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To pick only one is very, very difficult. Ultimately, it has to be Lord of the Rings though. Reading this in me early teens was a life changing experience, and is the only book (apart from Dune) that gets re-read at least every other year.
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Another excellent choice. I'm off to re-read it now!
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At the risk of being trite, or being laughed out of here:

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When We Were Six, lol!
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