The Book Topic

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  1. eddyabs

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    Inspired by Pumblechooks Movie thread....name your books in these categories:

    Favourite Books of all Time: Patrick Suskind 'Perfume'/any of the Tom Ripley books by Patricia Highsmith/'The Teachings of Don Juan' by Carlos Castaneda/'Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah' by Richard Bach.

    Best I've Ever Read
    : The 6 'Lord of the Rings' books by J R R Tolkien/'Tales of the City'..all 6 of them by Armistead Maupin/'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C S Lewis.

    Most Liked Recent Book: 'Endurance' by Alfred Lansing, awesome book about Shackletons incredible journey to the Antartic, packed with original photographs taken by the ships photographer....cannot recommend this book enough.

    Last Good Book I Read: 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking

    Worst Book of All Time
    : tricky one, I always give up on bad ones....
     
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    I'm having some difficulty seeing the difference between the first two categories, as well as the 3rd and 4th categories. If it's the best you ever read how can it not also be a favorite?

    I'll second Richard Bach's "Illusions" and add "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

    I'm also tickled pink by anything from Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Dean R Koontz, and new favorite Tim Dorsey(A must read series for those with a twisted sense of humour).

    Similarly, "NOT The End Of The World", Christopher Brookmyre.
     
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    Ah, it's just a bit of fun, like the Movie Topic post, it's good to post as many books as you can I guess, I'm hoping to spot some that I haven't read, and go out, buy and read them. So without further cynicism...post those books!

    (Love Douglas Adams myself, also thought they did a good job of the film 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'...for those Brits who watched the original BBC tv serialisation of the book, was good to see the producers and directors stayed close to Adams vision, and that of the tv series back in the 80s).
     
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    Much like the movie thread, usually the "favorite" would be the movie "you like the most" and what you would call "the best" is the movie that actually "means the most." I.E. my favorite movie is Caddyshack, which has some meaning, but mostly is an excellent comedy. The best I've seen is About Schmidt, as it gives a very truthful outlook on the meaning of an older man's life.
     
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    I can't possibly choose just one book so I'll take anything written by these authors:

    In no particular order:

    Roald Dahl
    Milan Kundera
    Peter Carey
    Margaret Attwood
    Fay Weldon
     
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    How about your books Pumbie....let us in on your book habits! :rolleyes::wink::biggrin1:
     
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    Favorite: Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong/Moss Roberts)

    Best: The Complete I Ching/The Numerology of the I Ching (Alfred Huang)

    Most Recent/Last: The Knucklebook (Dave Clark)

    Worst: *puts up Jane Austen fanatic defense shields* Pride and Prejudice
     
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    Fiction: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Blindness by Jose Saramago, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy . . . i'd better stop.

    Non-fiction: Man and his Symbols, The Undiscovered Self, and Memories, Dreams and Reflections by Carl Jung, How We Believe: The Search for God in the Age of Reason by Michael Shermer, The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettleheim.

    Most recent fiction favorites: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.

    Most recent non-fiction favorites: Plan B: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott.
     
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    No please continue! I feel an LPSG book club developing...









     
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    Wow -this could almost have been my list! I also recently read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and really appreciated it. I read Tolkien as a young child, and so nothing can really take his place in my heart. In my adult life, Toni Morrison holds the crown and inspired me to get a degree in literature. I just finished her latest novel, Love. Also have to give a shout to The Lover by Marguerite Duras, another hauntingly beautiful work.
     
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    Favourite Books of all Time
    Anne Rice; Exit To Eden, The claiming of sleeping beauty, Beauty's punishment, Beauty's realease.
    Lucifers Hammer by L Niven

    Best I've Ever Read:
    same as above

    Most Liked Recent Book
    The DaVinci code

    Last Good Book I Read
    memoirs of a Geisha

    Worst book of all time
    Kamasutra what a waste of time.... this book is useless for anyone over 18.
     
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    Lucifer's Hammer was amazing. Have you read any of his other work?
     
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    I agree! Think we should do it.
     
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    Ok. As long as Oprah has absolutely NOTHING to do with it.:biggrin1:
     
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    Oprah is apart of everything ... let me be very clear on that point. :wink:
     
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    Kindred by Octavia Butler
     
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    The woman was a part of everything, until the Beef thing.

    Speaking of books....

    I am adding to the list. Like gillete, I enjoy Dean Koontz novels. I recently finished my all-time favourite books. The Dark Tower Series from Stephen King. It is some great writing, and the first time I cried during a book.

    I like other books too.:tongue:
     
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    err...eddy...I can recite Shakespeare with your big cock in my mouth.
     
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    Which, I would like to point out, caused a dramatic decrease in the sale of beef.

    I mean ... damn.
     
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    No I havent, but Im always on the lookout for it :smile:

    I always thought they tried to make it into a movie.. THE POSTMAN..(?). (Kevin Costner)but failed miserably. I never confirmed wether it was actually based on that book. It was the most awsome end-of -the-world novel I have ever read.
     
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