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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by elegant20, Oct 12, 2008.
Tell me what they are and I'll be listening all the time.
"ham on rye"
If you're a horror fan, then OK. I'm coming out of my literary closet.
All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria von Remarque) is not only a classic anti-war book, but it has descriptions of WWI battle conditions that would probably make Stephen King cringe (i.e., bombs going off in cemeteries with soldiers taking cover inside coffins where bombs had exposed the coffins and their corpses whether, skeletal, rotting, or fetid. Imagine trying to take cover in something like that!)
This may not be what you were talking about.
If not, then Auntie Mame is a good one.
The Color of Water, and My First White Friend.
Portrait in Sepia
Daughter of Fortune
House of the Spirits
THe Pillars of the Earth
Lots of books, but I'd like to mention one I'm reading now, Last Train to Memphis, the second volume of Peter Guralnick's bio of Elvis Presley.
Deals with Elvis' life from his induction into the U.S. Army and service in Germany onward.
Guralnick is a really good writer and strikes a perfect balance between hagiography and the kind of vicious treatment that Elvis got at the hands of Albert Goldman.
The one I'm almost finished with: Shimmer Gradually
The Whiteness of Bones
My Old Sweetheart
Defying the Odds
Close Up and Personal
I Myself Have Seen It...
I could go on and on...I love to read
Kewlllll! I am going to have to check these out. I inhale books as well...
Doll if it's for your eyes...Add, Shoes Never Lie, by Mimi Pond!
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Sometimes a Great Notion - Ken Kesey
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Desert Solitaire - Ed Abbey
Annapurna - Maurice Herzog
The Guns of August - Barbara Tuchman
Chesapeake - James Michener
Centennial - James Michener
Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
Papillion - Henri Charierre
Fate is the Hunter - Ernet J Gann
Song of the Sirens - Ernest J Gann
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Rules of the Game - Andrew Gordon
Noble House - James Clavell
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
A book I both love and hate is The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg. That book fucked me up.
The Book of Skulls -- book review
SF REVIEWS.NET: The Book of Skulls / Robert Silverberg ☆☆☆☆
Sygdommen til Døden. En christelig psychologisk Udvikling til Opvœkkelse.
L'Être et le néant : Essai d'ontologie phénoménologique
Sein und Zeit
I and Thou
СУДЬБА ЧЕЛОВЕКА В СОВРЕМЕННОМ МИРЕ
In Memoriam A.H.H.
À la recherche du temps perdu
Die Verwandlung, Der Prozeß, Das Schloß, Briefe an Felice
Jefferson and His Time, by Dumas Malone
Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge
Война и мир
Преступление и наказание
The Book of the Hopi
The Emergence of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bi-Cameral Mind
The Yogi and the Kommisar
Einführung in die evangelische Theologie
Die Krisis der europäischen Wissenschaften und die transzentale Phänomenologie: Eine Einleitung in die phänomenologische Philosophie
Most recently loved:
The Case Against Barack Obama
Book of Mormon
* Maybe note so much the books themselves but how people buy into them
I'm not entirely in disagreement with you on the last point. With regards to the books themselves, I'm torn. There's some horrible, indefensible stuff in those books, which pose a real challenge to anyone who hold egalitarian ideals. On the other hand, they also contain great truth and beauty:
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (Revised Standard Version)
 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;  it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;  but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.  So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- all the ones of Harry Potter
- 'Pompeii' written by Robbert Harris
- 'De stad brandt' written by Maria Jacques (dutch)
- Most of Agatha christie
Even though it's mainly a novelette and a book aimed at younger children, i really enjoyed
Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
It made me laugh and cry in just the right places.
Check it out... Really enjoyable
Where God went wrong
Some more of God's mistakes
Who is this God person anyway
I can't remember who wrote them but at least there are only three parts in this trilogy :wink:
Just finished The Audacity of Hope by our man Obama. Good stuff. He's a better writer than orator.
What I love? I'll second Naughty's pick of The Historian. Talk about indulgence.
What I hate? Hated Gravity's Rainbow. So pretentious I could only manage to shuffle 2/3 of the way through the book..
The Harry Potter series.
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
The Vampire Lestate - Anne Rice
She and I - Eileen Lottman
Cats Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
Jovah's Angel - Sharon Shinn
The Color of Distance - Amy Thomson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
I can't really remember any I hate, 'cause I usually just stop reading them and toss them into the bin.
The Rig Vedas
The Pali Canon
The Jataka Tales
Nag Hammadi Library
The Popul Vuh