Books you love, books you hate...

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  1. elegant20

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    :cool:Tell me what they are and I'll be listening all the time.
     
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    "ham on rye"
     
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    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.
    DP
     
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    The Color of Water, and My First White Friend.
     
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    Cane River

    Portrait in Sepia
    Zorro
    Daughter of Fortune
    House of the Spirits

    The Historian

    THe Pillars of the Earth

    More later...
     
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    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.
     
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    The one I'm almost finished with: Shimmer Gradually
    Others:
    The Whiteness of Bones
    My Old Sweetheart
    Defying the Odds
    Close Up and Personal
    Perdido
    Anya
    Scoundrel Time
    I Myself Have Seen It...
    I could go on and on...I love to read
     
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    Kewlllll! I am going to have to check these out. I inhale books as well...
     
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    Doll if it's for your eyes...Add, Shoes Never Lie, by Mimi Pond!
     
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    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


    Hated:

    The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
     
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    Torah
    Old Testament
    New Testament
    Book of Mormon
    Koran

    * Maybe note so much the books themselves but how people buy into them

     
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    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)

    [4] Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; [5] it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; [6] it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. [7] Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    [8] Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. [9] For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; [10] but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. [11] 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. [12] 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. [13] So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
     
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    - all the ones of Harry Potter :p

    - 'Pompeii' written by Robbert Harris

    - 'De stad brandt' written by Maria Jacques (dutch)

    - Most of Agatha christie

    - ...
     
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    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
     
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    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:
     
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    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..
     
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    Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
    The Vampire Lestate - Anne Rice
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    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.
     
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    almost forgot!

    like:

    The Bible

    The Mahabharata

    The Rig Vedas

    The Pali Canon

    The Jataka Tales

    Nag Hammadi Library

    The Popul Vuh

    The Gathas

     
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