|05-20-2010, 06:20 AM||#46|
C L J
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Birmingham UK
Device: Sony e-reader 505, Kindle Paperwhite 2
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.
|05-20-2010, 07:41 AM||#47|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Device: Kindle 2
I too have several
Miles Vorkisigon series (I imagined M J Fox as the lead character)
Several books by Georgette Heyer
A book I recently read and enjoyed is Blood of Flowers.
|05-20-2010, 07:53 AM||#49|
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
Join Date: Mar 2008
Device: Cybook Gen3 , Pocketbook 302 (Black) , Nexus 10: wife has PW
Lemmus - A Time Trilogy by Julian Jay Savarin
|05-20-2010, 01:42 PM||#50|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Aluratek Libre, Sony T1, Sony 350, Pandigital, eBM 911, Nook HD & HD+
I can't narrow it down to a single book.
|05-20-2010, 02:11 PM||#51|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Portland, Ore.
Device: iPhone, laptop, more
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.
|05-20-2010, 04:02 PM||#52|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Device: Nokia e71, Ipod Touch, Sony PRS 300
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.
|05-20-2010, 10:21 PM||#53|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Beijing, China
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...
|05-20-2010, 11:32 PM||#54|
Join Date: Mar 2010
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
|05-20-2010, 11:43 PM||#55|
Jeffrey A. Carver
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Device: Galaxy Tab 10.1, Nook HD+, and Windows Phone
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).
|05-21-2010, 12:06 AM||#56|
Pulps and dime novels...
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: nook STR/iPad Air
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!
|05-21-2010, 12:42 AM||#57|
MR prodigal son
Join Date: Mar 2003
Device: Galaxy Note, Nexus7
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.
|05-21-2010, 04:42 AM||#58|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: London, England
|05-21-2010, 07:53 AM||#59|
La Guera en Manzanillo
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
Device: Kindle 2 Global
At the risk of being trite, or being laughed out of here:
The Prince of Tides or
When We Were Six, lol!
|05-21-2010, 09:34 PM||#60|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Device: The nook, ipad 3, Kindle Fire HD (8.9), Kindle Paperwhite
1984 by George Orwell
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