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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 21/12/2008 8:48:35 PM   
Olaf


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Haven't done this yet, so here's my list.

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
James Joyce, Ulysses
Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
Albert Camus, L'Etranger/The Outsider
Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend In A Coma




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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 26/12/2008 12:02:54 PM   
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My list, as it stands -

1. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
As gripping and exciting a book you will not find. Chandler's private eye tale is funny, dark, and filled to the brim with brilliant characters.

2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
A hilarious rollercoaster ride and an interesting social commentary on the American Dream and the people cast aside by its cruel hands.

3. DisneyWar: Battle For The Magic Kingdom - James B. Stewart
A Shakespearean retelling of Michael Eisner's time as CEO of Disney, filled to the brim with information and never boring or dry.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird
- Harper Lee
Never dull and always enlightening, it still stands as one of the few books I have studied and not grown to dislike.

5. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
A nightmarish, surprisingly disturbing journey into the dark history of British colonisation through the eyes of one man.

6. This Other Eden - Ben Elton
While it isn't always as subtle as his other works (re: Blast From The Past), it's still a hilarious and vicious attack on our overriding desire to ignore our problems and always seek for the temporary cure, rather than the permanent vaccine.

7. The Killing Joke - Anthony Horowitz
Darkly funny and gripping comedy that takes a simple idea - a man decides to find out the origin of a joke - and follows it to its none-too-simple conclusion.

8. The Turn Of The Screw - Henry James
A dated writing style doesn't take away from the sheer bone-chilling terror held within the pages of this novella.

9. Lies And The Lying Liars That Tell Them
- Al Franken
I don't think I've ever laughed out loud as much as I have with this book. The politics are obviously heavily biased, but that's okay when the standard of writing is so high.

10. Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
My favourite book series as a child, Stormbreaker will always be the best of the shark-jumping Alex Rider series - exciting, funny, and finishing with a brilliant climax.


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 29/12/2008 4:07:24 PM   
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My main favourites are...
1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harry Potter Series, Twilight Series (Not the last one), A Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Lord of the Flies.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 11/2/2009 9:07:56 PM   
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Mine are:

Rebecca - Daphne DuMaurier
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
and lastly... The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - the only book that's ever made me properly sob and possibly my favourite set of characters ever.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 14/4/2009 2:55:32 PM   
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Mort - Terry Pratchett
The Gone Away World - Nick Harkaway
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
1984 - George Orwell



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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 25/4/2009 8:57:04 AM   
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"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money."

hello iamthedave - I like this quote, where is it from?

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 25/4/2009 9:03:57 AM   
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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 6/6/2009 5:42:59 PM   
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Off the top of my head....
The Catcher in the Rye
  - J.D. Salinger.

Less than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis

1984 - George Orwell

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

'Salem's Lot - Stephen King


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 11/6/2009 8:32:03 PM   
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (and her other two books, The Almost Moon and Lucky)
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Harry Potter series, obviously
LOTR TFOTR
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
err I can't think of any others, which is ridiculous, but my mind has gone blank

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 11/6/2009 10:30:24 PM   
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"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money."

hello iamthedave - I like this quote, where is it from?


I believe it was French writer Jules Renard, who wrote Les Histoires Naturelles and Poil de Carotte in the late 1890s. Both very good reads, I recommend them.


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 13/7/2009 1:48:36 PM   
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Fiction
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
World War Z - Max Brooks

Non Fiction
The Complete History of Jack The Ripper - Philip Sugden
Hillsborough: The Truth - Phil Scraton
The Moon's A Balloon - David Niven
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda - Romeo Dallaire

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 19/7/2009 11:16:12 AM   
CAD36


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Ah so many to choose from but I'd have to go with these:

Fiction
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  2. The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho
  3. Lord of the Lies - William Golding
  4. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
  5. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
  6. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  7. IT - Stephen King
  8. The Stand - Stephen King
  9. The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King
  10. The Talisman - Stephen King
  11. Ghost Story - Peter Straub & Stephen King
  12. 1984 - George Orwell
  13. Sarum - Edward Rutherford
  14. Marley & Me - John Grogan (much better than the tosh of the movie)
  15. Neil Gaiman - American Gods
  16. Dan Simmons - The Terror
  17. The Vampire Chronicles - Anne Rice
  18. His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman
  19. Clive Barker - Imajica
  20. Pendragon Cycle - Stephen Lawhead

Non-Fiction
  1. The Story of Britain - Roy Strong
  2. Is it just me, or is everything shit..? - Steve Lowe & Alan MacArthur
  3. It's not about the bike - Lance Armstrong
  4. Every Second Counts - Lance Armstrong
  5. Snakeoil - John Diamond
  6. The Life & Many Deaths of Harry Houdini - Ruth Brandon



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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 1/8/2009 6:53:07 PM   
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'Red Dwarf' by Grant Naylor.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 1/9/2009 6:30:01 PM   
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hey folks

I'm new here so first of all hey

i love fantasy novels, especially those with dark settings
one of my favs is the blood book series by tanya huff - love those though i'm not that much into vampire novels ...



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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 17/11/2009 6:45:52 AM   
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In no particular order: Number 9 Dream by DAVID MITCHELL Kafka on the Shore by HARUKI MARAKUMI What a Carve Up! by JONATHAN COE The Secret History by DONNA TARTT The Lord of the Rings by JRR TOLKIEN On the Road by JACK KEROUAC The Crow Road by IAIN BANKS The Hitch Hiker's Guide ... by DOUGLAS ADAMS

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 17/11/2009 9:23:48 AM   
tftrman


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Most of my favourites have no doubt been mentioned, but they are:

Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Lord Of The Flies - William Golding
Survivor - Chuck Pahlaniuk
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
Christine - Stephen King
The Coffin Dancer - Jeffrey Deaver

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 4/12/2009 11:22:04 PM   
Niamhy

 

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My favourite book is Pride And Prejudice. I'm a real Jane Austen Geek! 

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 9/3/2010 5:50:04 AM   
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Finished Atonement last week and have to say it was really good, was throughly impressed with the writing. Has become a bit of a favourite of mine now.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 9/3/2010 6:04:30 AM   
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Sorry was I suppose to do a list?

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Catcher in the Rye
Dragon's of Autumn Twlight
American Psycho
Wasp Factory
Hitchhiker's guide
Atonement
This sporting life
LOTR of course


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 21/4/2010 7:43:10 PM   
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My all time favourite books are by Alistair MacClean; Force 10 from Navorone, Guns of Navorone and Where Eagles Dare.. I can and have re=read them over and over.. After that would be the Sven Hassel books, then J.T Edson westerns and finally the Sudden Westerns

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 5/7/2010 5:32:24 PM   
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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 6/9/2010 8:09:08 PM   
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My recommendations would be (in no particular order):

  1. Notes on a Scandal- Fantastic book, pretty much every character is horrible in some way but that makes it all the more enjoyable.
  2. Running With Scissors-It considered a memoir more than a biography and Im sure Burroughs elaborated a fair amount, but Im pretty sure the bulk of his insane upbringing is true.
  3. As Meat Loves Salt-Again a book that has seriously questionable characters. Set during the English Civil War, the narrator is on the run and forms a dangerous attachment with a fellow soldier.
  4. Interview With a Vampire- I want to say the entire Vamp Chronicles but cant bring myself to include them all as most of them after Tale of the Body Thief are various degrees of good and bad (mostly bad)
  5. Cry to Heaven- Anne Rice again. Period novel, set in Venice which tells the story of Tonio who is betrayed by his long lost father and castrated against his will. Because only men can perform on stage, he relucntantlly enters the Opera and hatches a plot of revenge.
  6. Discworld novels- Take you pick out of any of them. I havent read them all but Ive read enough to know that Pratchett always delivers. Even when hes not so good, hes still fantastc.
  7. Fight Club-Perfect, deceptive simplicity.
  8. Density of Souls- Anne Rices sons first book. Coming of age story which covers the secrets a group of friends keep and how it impacts on their lives as they grow up.
  9. Room- I read this recently in on sitting and if there is one book that I urge others to read it is this. The story stuck with me for days afterwards. I think its possibly my favourite book ever.
  10. Killer Inside Me- read it in uni and its excellent. Considered pulpish in its day, its a fun read. Apparently the movie adapt is pretty brutal.
  11. Postman Always Rings Twice- another uni read and is typical fun noir stuff.
  12. The Time Machine-I adored this book so much when I first read it.
  13. Witching Hour- Anne Rice again. Her best book by far. It covers the history of the mysterious Mayfair Witches. Busting with detail and historical drama.
  14. 1984- Everyone needs to read this. Orwell really was ahead of his time. Its a relevant today as it has always been.
  15. The Road- Excellent, stripped down to the bone narrative. Heartbreaking and scary.

Cant think of any more right now.


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/10/2010 4:56:17 PM   
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Don't worry if I've repeated what's on there KB, you don't have to put this up. Just wanted to get it out there. I own a bookshop so have access to lots of good stuff. Compiling a list is basically impossible. I guess we just put down the ones that first come to mind, that mean something to us for whatever reason, and the really good ones we read recently.
So, hmmmm. For lots of reasons, LOTR is a firm favourite. It was my Star Wars moment in literature as a child. Everything by Douglas Adams, but Hitchhikers series at the top. Easily the most consistently funny book(s) of all time. Everything by Iain Banks/Iain M Banks, especially Wasp Factory, Complicity, Dead Air, Excession, The Player of Games and Feersum Enjin. Everything by Brett Easton Ellis, especially American Psycho. Everything by James Ellroy, especially the JFK quadrology. Everything by Elmore Leonard, especially umm, all of them? All of Tim Willocks' stuff, Green River Rising at the top (the book I would most like to be turned into a movie, apart from the Star Wars books). I can see already I'm not gonna be able to include anything like all my faves, so I might leave it soon and come back at intervals. Yeah, like you can't wait right?
Time Travellers Wife, The Lovely Bones, Shantaram. All of the Roddy Doyle books. Pat Barker. All Stephen King, especially The Dark Tower series, The Stand and IT. Same goes for James Herbert. Michael Marshall/Michael Marshall Smith, everything he writes is a cut above. Absolutely everything by Tom Robbins. Genius. Len Deighton and John Le Carre; undisputed masters of everything spy-like. Not a bad book between them. Same goes for Bernard Cornwall and Conn Iggulden. Anyone reading this far? I haven't mentioned anything much older than my generation, except maybe Tolkein as I reckon most people have covered the classics already and not many are gonna give you grief for naming Dickens or Kipling (who I adore). But I'll chuck in a few modern classics like To Kill A Mockingbird and Catch 22 as well. Ok, I'd better go reas something. More soon no doubt. If anyone's interested that is.............

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 14/10/2010 9:48:59 PM   
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I may well have posted on here already, but what the hell:

Most stuff by Stephen King - especially The Stand, It, The Shining and Carrie
The Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Most stuff by George Orwell
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The Crow - James O'Barr
Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
From Hell - Alan Moore

and so on


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 25/10/2010 6:20:44 PM   
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Some of mine...

To Kill a Mockingbird-Just fantastic



American Tabloid-Sprawling, huge, insanely enjoyable novel



We need to talk about Kevin-Lional Shiriver: A brilliant, touching, powerful book.



JFK-An Unfinshed Life



The Book Thief: A fantastic story, great characters.




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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 25/10/2010 9:21:04 PM   
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Before I forget:

The World According to Garp - John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

Deep Six - Clive Cussler - Pure pulp escapism, but I love it!!


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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 9/1/2011 7:57:21 PM   
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No doubt listed, a thousand times, but the Stieg Larsson trilogy.

Such fabulous reads, can't give them enough praise, and of course, Let the Right One In.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded - 6/5/2011 2:19:50 PM   
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Brilliant...


Brilliant...


Brilliant!


Also J.R.R Tolkien & Stephen King.

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 20/5/2011 4:31:48 PM   
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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy?

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RE: Your Favouritest Books: Reloaded (Updated 26/10) - 22/5/2011 1:29:29 AM   
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Interesting topic. Got some ideas what to read next.

As for me, the best book ever is Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". It's my life-wisdom handbook.. just love to read and read it again.

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