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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 20/8/2006 1:39:34 PM   
impqueen


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I love the following

1984
Good Omens
The War Lord Chronicles
The Hobbit
Holes
The Grapes of Wrath
Lolita
American Psycho
Father of Frankenstein
The Sherlock Holmes Collection
The Iliad
Middlesex
Lord of the Flies
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Peter O'Toole Loitering with Intent


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 20/8/2006 9:51:35 PM   
danbo1138


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the hobbit.............no contest

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 22/8/2006 10:23:02 PM   
Jackal

 

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Posted these on another thread without knowing about this one...

The Catcher in the Rye (J.D Salinger)- never has a book made me laugh out loud so much yet it's quite a sad wee tale. Felt quite sorry for Holden. A bit of an arse at times but a decent enough guy who you'd like to help. Well, that's what I think, anyway.

Cross of Iron (Willi Heinrich)- Told from the Germans' point of view after the defeat at Stalingrad. Don't want to give too much away. Just give it a read.

The Big Nowhere (James Ellroy). Wow. Very complex. Don't let that put you off though. You get the hang of it after the first 100 pages. The first of Ellroy's I've read and it won't be the last.

The 47 Ronin Story (John Allyn). Ronin (masterless Samurai) plan for years to gain revenge on the man who betrayed their master.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 28/8/2006 11:58:28 PM   
fireboy


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From: UK
Gotta get in these -

The Nights Dawn Trilogy - Peter F Hamilton
  The Reality Dysfunction
  The Neutronium Alchemist
  The Naked God
 
Utterly brilliant epic space opera. Three books, each longer than the entirety of Lord of the Rings, containing a huge cast of people, planets, habitats and cultures. Breathtaking in scope and grand in execution, it never lets up pace for a second. Even at the end of the staggering 3500 pages, you want more, dammit. Fantastic. Actually, it kicks LotR into a cocked hat.

And on the other end of the sci-fi scale you have -

Feersum Endjinn - Iain M Banks

I mean, the guys the master, right? And this is a little gem of a book. A departure from his normal approach of meticulous planning, this was written from start to finish off the cuff, just making it up as he went along. Yeehah!

With four storylines presented alternately, including perhaps his greatest character in Bascule the teller, this is an energetic and engaging piece of arse-backward nonsense. Crazy stuff.


And on a lighter note -

The Moomins - Tove Janssen

Oh yeah, let's hear it for the moomins.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 8/9/2006 1:26:09 PM   
damn im good!


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I'd like to add:

Bringing Down The House - Ben Mezrich
Ugly Americans - Ben Mezrich: Wow! Superb true story, written in an uncomplicated style. Totally gripping.
Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk: By no means perfect, but riveting, twisted and darkly comic.
What You Make It - Michael Marshall Smith: Possibly one of the greatest collections of short stories ever.
In Harms Way -  The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors - Doug Stanton: Title says it all really. A very harrowing but neccesary read.



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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 15/9/2006 2:52:33 PM   
Niate

 

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I think there should be a clear difference between your favourite book and the best book you've ever read....

...with this in mind my favourite book ever has to be, without question, Good Omens - I've probably read it about 20 times. My two favourite authors in one place....bliss.....

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 30/10/2006 8:32:17 AM   
OptimisticYid


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From: Stamford
Dice Man, The - Luke Rhinehart

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 2/11/2006 4:39:45 AM   
minisnowflake


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I love

Little Women | Louise May Allcot
Hotel New Hampshere | John Iriving
Anything by Tom Robins :D



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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 2/11/2006 5:32:29 AM   
Izzardesque2


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Niate

I think there should be a clear difference between your favourite book and the best book you've ever read....



Absolutely, I completely agree. This is why I always get into arguments with people taking umbrage with 'Favourite Book/Film/Album/Whatever' polls because they think that some classis has been overlooked in favour of The Da Vinci Code or something.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 17/11/2006 10:03:24 AM   
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1) The Rum Diary
2) The Great Gatsby
3) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 4/12/2006 2:56:38 PM   
Jackie Boy

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: novadash

Post Office - bukowski


Easily my favourite this year,it's absolutely hilarious.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk was another fave of mine this year,i reckon it's even better than the movie.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 9/12/2006 3:47:05 PM   
closet heroine


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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Other Voices, Other Rooms - Truman Capote

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/12/2006 9:53:53 PM   
lewie24

 

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Oh God, why oh why did someone pick Little Women?  I'm a literature student, so I have EVERY RIGHT to say that it is the most atrocious piece of tripe ever to be committed to paper (tongue in cheek, before you start...).  I hate it with every sinew of my being.  I didn't give a crap when whatsherface died.  I read about  95% of it and STILL didn't finish it because I hated it that much.  Oh the anger and the resentment.

Um, at the moment, I'm having trouble beating Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.  I am writing a 5000-word essay on it at the moment though, so that might kill off my enthusiasm for it a little.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 6/1/2007 7:26:44 PM   
jools

 

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we need to talk about kevin by lionel shriver. fab

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 6/1/2007 7:28:16 PM   
jools

 

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yes loved it. would you like to live your life by the roll of a dice?

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 6/1/2007 11:08:27 PM   
The2ndRing


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I found that book (Dice Man) deeply unnerving

My most favourite book ever, even saying it's name makes me wanna...um well any way it's:

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, you either love it or you hate it, but I love it, I love it long time!


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 8/1/2007 6:25:43 AM   
Plagiarist

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: damn i'm good!

I'd like to add:

Bringing Down The House - Ben Mezrich
Ugly Americans - Ben Mezrich: Wow! Superb true story, written in an uncomplicated style. Totally gripping.



Just finished Bringing down the house - it's very very good. Much better than I'd expected. Truth really is stranger than fiction.
What's Ugly Americans about?

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 21/1/2007 3:44:22 AM   
Hissyfit


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The Delicate Dependency: A Novel of the Vampire Life by Michael Talbot

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 2/2/2007 8:10:11 PM   
chilipenguin


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The View From The Mirror Quartet by Ian Irvine. Over the course of four parts, Karan and Llian find themselves embroiled in the very fabric of history. Unwittingly come into possession of a enchanted mirror, they find themselves being hounded all over the land by every race who lays a claim on it. The characters are fantastic throughout and they really grow over the course of the four books and I think Karan is one of the best written females in any book. Fact

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 5/2/2007 9:59:08 PM   
davef1967


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I'd recomemend:

The Keep - F Paul Wilson

(Michael Mann made a movie of this and in most fans opinion (including the author) completely missed the point of the book)

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas - wonderfully funny & worring at the same time

The count of monte cristo - don't be fooled by poor movies & numerous TV attempts - this in one hell of a book

One to avoid - War and Peace - reading it was like ...... well trying to read war & peace!

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 4/3/2007 8:13:43 AM   
boaby

 

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I'd like to add a few:

White Fang by Jack London - I love it so much it's the only thing I've ever stolen. I nicked it from my primary school library on my last ever day there.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie - no film compares

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson - brilliant, better than Treasure Island IMO. Highlights the Low/High and the Jacobite/Hanoverian divide in Scotland in the middle of a swashbuckling adventure/coming of age story. Also, by the same author: Catriona, sequel to Kidnapped, and of course Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon - not even studying it at school ruined it. Change, love, loss, growth as well as a great illustration of the time and place (1st World War and rural North East Scotland). 1st book in a trilogy, A Scots Quair, the other 2 aren't as good.

I'd also recommend all of John Grisham's work and all of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels. Two authors not treated brilliantly by visual mediums.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 21/3/2007 6:57:57 PM   
jimbo909


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Here are some books I read recently that I really liked:

Starter For 10 by David Nichols. This is really funny! I laughed a hell of a lot. I didn't get a chance to see the film unfortunately because it was only showing for a very short time. Stupid mainstream multi-plexes!

Down and Out In Paris And London by George Orwell. Here's a paragraph that I love:
"Most of my Saturday nights went in this way. On the whole, the two hours when one was perfectly and wildly happy seemed worth the subsequent headache. For many men in the quarter, unmarried and with no future to think of, the weekly drinking-bout was the one thing that made life worth living."

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. Really creepy short stories, within another creepy story.

Misery by Steven King. For some reason I'd not previously read much King. But this was a good place to start. I think I enjoyed it even more than the film.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 16/5/2007 10:53:58 PM   
random13

 

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k, some of these are sort of aimed at teenagers etc.. but there brill
-cherub series by robert muchamore - awesome
-alex rider series by anthony horowitz - so bloodly amazing
-tess gerristen is an awesome writer - esp her sort of criminal/forenic/medical books

ermm... what else...
-lotr!!!


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 8/6/2007 1:56:00 PM   
Beckiw


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The Band and the Banished - James Clemens I loved these 5 books when i read them and very much missed the characters after i finnished them. I like how he writes from different perspectives and always leaves you hanging it makes you want to read more and more (I have just bought the first book of his new trilogy can't wait to start reading)
Black Magician Trilogy and Voice of the Gods Trilogy - Trudi Cannavan I love this writer she writes some of the best fantasy ever and fantasy is basically all i read. She maes characters that you really invest in and never gets carried away with the magic and extravagant things that can happen in fantasy books.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 29/6/2007 5:15:27 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jimbo909

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. Really creepy short stories, within another creepy story.



Just finished it. Oooh, feel the quality.


In parts, however, it's the Earl of Sickminster.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 6/7/2007 10:13:10 PM   
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A Clockwork Orange
The Lovely Bones
The Ghost Road
David Copperfield
Jaws.

(All the classics at the moment)...

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 19/7/2007 10:26:20 PM   
Manxcat

 

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Rebecca is my favourite book ever. I read it when I was 11 and have done many times since, despite knowing what happens
Otherwise, I love Good Omens
                           Neverwhere
                           The Shadow of the Wind
                           Pride and Prejudice
                           The Secret History.
 

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 24/8/2007 1:43:22 PM   
Damo26


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So much of what I like has been mentioned here already, and I'd have to add umpteen tedious lists of stuff by Huxley, Barker, King, De Maupassant, Du Maurier, Kafka, Camus, Hardy, Lawrence, McEwan, Roth, yada, yada, and yada yada some more per post per author, so I'll just throw one out there people might not have heard of, again French lit:

La Symphonie Pastorale by Gide. It's a novella you can still pick up as a double translation on Penguin Classics with Isabelle, but will always be one of my favourite bitter-sweet little stories; and it's utterly, utterly haunting.

Gide was often really good on all those delicate intricacies in human sexuality, wrestling such as he was, with his own; and this one really shows that aspect of forbidden desire in him off brilliantly.

To cut a  long story short, a village pastor takes charge of the care of a young blind girl of 15 called Gertrude, he falls for her, and eventually, tragically, the shit has to hit the fan. 

Well worth a read. The titular scene where he attempts to describe the concept of colour to a girl blind from birth using the music of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is unforgettable.



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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 13/9/2007 8:23:24 PM   
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How can you have ommited this masterpiece!?! :O








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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 10/11/2007 7:45:49 PM   
damo1104


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I am a real fan of the auther (pseudonym) AJ Quinnell.. he wrote the "Creasy" series of books (Man On Fire- recently remade starring Denzel Washington) and also the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child..
But have recently enjoyed the series of "Emperor" books by Conn Iggulden..based around the life of Caesar..and have recently got the first book of a new series he has written based on Genghis Khan...

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