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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 12/1/2006 9:53:42 AM   
Izzardesque2


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quote:

ORIGINAL: pedros

Yes Man - Danny Wallace
One of the few books I've laughed out loud to, unfortunately I read it mostly in public so I got a few wierd looks.



Not a patch on Join Me. Yes Man just felt WAY too contrived to me.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 12/1/2006 11:23:15 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: pedros

Are You Experienced? - I forget what the guys name is
Very easy to read and a great funny story about backpacking round India. The end sucks a bit, but the getting there is great fun.

I've put that in and I think the authors name is William Sutcliffe but if anyone knows that I'm wrong could you point it out so I can change it? Thank you.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 12/1/2006 11:29:26 AM   
Izzardesque2


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It is indeed William Sutcliffe.

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But the good ones I've seen
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And the clean ones so seldom are comical

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 12/1/2006 7:42:49 PM   
Empitomezzo


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I would like to add Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar. A kiddy read, but a heartbreaking one at that.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 12/1/2006 9:35:39 PM   
HIM


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From: Star Trekkin', across the universe
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - the book is actually six seperate stories each written in a different prose. It basically reads like an anthology of stories. However each story is interconnected with the previous and the next story and the overall theme. Brilliantly concieved and briliantly executed. This is one book I'll definately be picking up again. Highly recommended.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/1/2006 1:20:27 AM   
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The Amtrak Wars - Patrick Tilley
I've read many of the books mentioned so far, this is the best book (6 books) I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
This series is not yet finished but so far it could give the Amtrak Wars a run for it's money.
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Sick, twisted and brilliant.  Many of his books deserve to make a 'great' list but I see this as the first and foremost.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 20/2/2006 3:37:04 PM   
NeilIsKing


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I'd Like to throw these into the hat:

Filth - Irvine Welsh
Haunted - Chuck Palahnuik (anything by this scribe, but this one hasn't been mentioned)
The Organ Grinders - Bill FitzHugh
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis you Madman 


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/3/2006 5:06:01 PM   
~Angel~


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From: Sunnydale
A few of my favs are:

Sabriel- Gath Nix
Lireal- Garth Nix
Abhorsen- Garth Nix
Nothern Lights- Philip Pullman
Subtle Knife- Philip Pullman
Amber Spyglass- Philip Pullman
The Thief Of Always- Clive Barker
Ruby In The Smoke- Philip Pulman
The Shadow in the North- Philip Pullman
The Tiger In The Well- Philip Pullman
The Tin Princess- Philip Pullman
LOTR Fellowship Of The Ring- J.R.R. Tolkien
"         The Two Towers- "
"         The Return of the King- "
The Hobbit- J.R.R Tolkien

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/3/2006 10:03:30 PM   
Le Tenia


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Books that have blown me away upon first reading -

Watership Down - Richard Adams
The Lord Of The Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Hot Zone - Richard Preston
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
Roots - Alex Hailey

....and Swan by Naomi Campbell...


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 21/3/2006 12:03:54 PM   
RadioGirl27


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Any list is complete without the most magical book ever written: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez. Everything about it it's perfect, the characters, the story, the world created by the author. Just a masterpiece.
Other books I love:
- Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
- The Red and The Black, Stendhal
- A portrait of the artist as a young man, James Joyce

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 4/4/2006 8:34:51 PM   
life_of_pi


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My two favourite books---------

The Time Traveller's Wife - Beautiful, heartbreaking and, crucially, interesting, The Time Traveller's Wife has   ridiculous ideas up its sleeve, yet they are written with an air of high realism.

Life Of Pi - One of the most magical books I have ever read. I do not mean magical as in Harry Potter magical, but as in uplifting and wise.

Time Traveller's Wife ranks higher than Life Of Pi. But both of them are waaaaaaaaaaaay better than your average Bestseller.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 8/4/2006 6:01:40 PM   
Sikurina


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I just can't believe that
Little Women and
An old-fashioned girl by Louisa May Alcott
are not on that list!!

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 16/4/2006 10:23:04 PM   
coolrex16


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My faveourite book is American Psycho. Its just perfectly writen.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 3/5/2006 11:02:02 AM   
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams. Funny, moving & thought-provoking masterpiece.
The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton. Dry, but fascinating sci-fi story.
Raise The Titanic - Clive Cussler. Daft, but outrageously exciting adventure.




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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 21/5/2006 1:39:36 PM   
Arienette


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The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 25/5/2006 9:23:47 PM   
Genie


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From: NE Essex
Hi, I'm new so be gentle with me!

Can I add:

"Star of the Sea" by Joseph O'Connor
Sharon Penman's historical novels, especially the Welsh trilogy, (I'm not too fussed about the mystery novels)
The Merrily Watkins mysteries by Phil Rickman

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 27/5/2006 1:50:44 PM   
Jagsman1971


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Can I throw in a mention for Smiley's People by John Le Carre.  I read it at an age when I was changing what I was reading, and this book was definately the turning point.

Until I find you by John Irving, which in my personal opinion was a fantastic story.  With a truly uplifting ending. 

LA Confidential by James Ellroy. Great book. So many characters, so many storylines all culminating into the one fantastic ending.  And the exceptionaly distrubing death of Trashcan Jack. I very nearly cried when Trashcan took the Big Goodbye. 

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 30/5/2006 6:02:56 PM   
Heriberto


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May I add;
The Getaway by Jim Thompson. Quite simply the best crime novel ever
'It was over in a split second. If a man can die instantly, the thief did'

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. A great novel about self destruction among other things.
'I held the face of mister angel like a baby or a football in the crook of my arm and bashed him with my knuckles, bashed him until his teeth broke through his lips. Bashed him with my elbow after that until he fell through my arms into a heap at my feet. Until the skin was pounded thin across his cheekbones and turned black.
I wanted to breath smoke.
Birds and deer are a silly luxary, and all the fish should be floating.
I wanted to burn the Louvre. I'd do the Elgin Marbles with a sledgehammer and wipe my ass with the Mona Lisa.'

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
One of the most exciting and enchanting novels I have ever read. A great childrens book
''it is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long, and we shall both catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow. Daughter of Eve from the land of Spare Oom
where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?''

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 
another fantastic children's book that I still read today
'Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper...and suddenly...from underneath the wrapper...there came a brilliant flash of gold.
Charlie's heart stood still.
''It's a Golden Ticket!'' screamed the shopkeeper, leaping about a foot in the air'

Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
A superb novel about overindulgence and the casual nihilism that comes with youth and money.
' 'Where are we going?' I asked.
'I don't know,' he said. 'Just driving.'
'But this road doesn't go any where,' I told him.
'That doesn't matter.'
'What does?' I asked, after a little while.
'just that we're on it, dude,' he said. '



oh and its R.L Stevenson not Stephenson. refer to Treasure Island

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 4/6/2006 6:08:29 AM   
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I have to add:

Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins
A hilarious outlandish tale of a CIA agent who is a walking contradiction. He is obsessed with the preservation of innocence, but desperately wants to deflower his 14 year old stepsister. He is anti-religion but finds himself falling for a nun. An exciting and insane story - definitely worth reading.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 5/6/2006 7:55:03 PM   
xenaphilia

 

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My recently favourites are


The Dice Man  by Luke Rhinehart,

Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 5/6/2006 11:15:05 PM   
europeancream


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I just want to add Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning. It's a seriously good and uplifting book about a girl who's in a band. She gets picked up by a huge record company and is thrusted into fame. But she soon realises that she doesn't want any of it (silly girl).
I'm serious, this book changed my life, so READ IT because it's so beautiful.




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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 12/6/2006 4:05:37 PM   
Heriberto


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Oh no great books list is complete without 'Roots' Alex Haley and 'The Colour
Purple' Alice Walker. Highly recommended moving novels

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/6/2006 11:00:25 AM   
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The New Rulers of The World by John Pilger - a disgusting damning inditement of the policies of  Western 'civilisation'. Everyone in the bloody world should read this book.

Also Consider Phlebas by Iain M Bainks - a fantastic space opera.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 6/7/2006 1:52:24 PM   
sushigoround


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From: Ireland
Oranges aren't the only fruit by Jeanette Winterson :


It won the whitbread prize for first fiction novel. It deals with a girl coming to terms with the fact that shes gay in a devout christian community, but its totally not what you expect. When they try to cast out her "unnatural passions" with an exorcism...oh how I laughed

The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn :

Its often said its a bit boring, but you only realise as you read it that your imagination develops along with the story.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 7/7/2006 12:17:24 AM   
Cuchulainn


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Gates Of Fire by Steven Pressfield

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 12/7/2006 7:00:44 PM   
Katsmwowe


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From: Rainhill, UK
The Keys to The Kingdom series - Garth Nix (Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday etc)
Tis one of the most rockingest series ever.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 25/7/2006 1:42:08 PM   
Dr Geek


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Couldn't be bothered to read the list of every single book listed so far so I'll just let you know my top ten books:

1. Head Full Of Blue - Nick Johnstone
2. Jesus' Son - Denis Johnson
3. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas  - Hunter S. Thompson
4. THEM: Adventures With Extremists  - Jon Ronson
5. I Am Legend  - Richard Matheson
6. The Catcher In The Rye - J.D Salinger
7. Animal Farm - George Orwell
8. Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
9. Post Office - Charles Bukowski  
10. Factotum - Charles Bukowski

Anyone who wants to read the best beat writer ever read Bukowski! Sleazy but true!

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 3/8/2006 12:15:59 PM   
MADMAT76

 

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From: a lynchian world with rabbits
my fave book of all time has to be COSMIC BANDITOS by A.C Weisbecker

a really entertaining book about a chap living in the south american jungle who receives a suitcase full of books on quantum mechanics etc. ( which his bandit friend nicked from a tourist) and who decides to travel to meet the original owner to discuss his theories, taking his bandit friends and pet dog High Pockets with him for the ride!! lots of fun ensues incl.drug trafficking and partying

really well written, a hilarious book!!

there was talk a few years ago that this would be a film with john cusack and benicio del toro as the two main characters (i think of del toro's character in 'fear and loathing' and think it would be amazing!)

i just hope it is made as a movie!!

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 16/8/2006 3:07:40 PM   
Nicola1001


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My favourites are:

The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 20/8/2006 1:18:39 PM   
KennyM


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The ones off the top of my head are;

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
Glue/Porno - Irvine Welsh
Fools Die - Mario Puzo

And I just remembered Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Stardust and American Gods. All brilliant reads.

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