Favorite book?

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    Apr 07, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    I know its hard to choose ONE favorite book, but there must be one book u can reread over and over again....mine is Sea Wolf by Jack London. That book is so good...great theories and philosophies in it, and wonderful characters. Read first for a philosophy class when i was 17, and ive reread it several times since then. I always learn something new form the book
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    Apr 07, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    the bible.

    (looks around for lightning bolts)


    no really... probably the collected works of tolkien that create the world of middle earth: the silmarillion + the hobbit + the lord of the rings.

    others i re-read regularly:
    the last of the wine by mary renault
    pillars of the earth by... oh shit, his name slipped my mind
    harry potter
    abashag by isabel vandervelde
    the chronicles of narnia
    alice in wonderland and through the looking glass
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    Apr 07, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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    Apr 07, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    Fiction:

    "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens

    Non-fiction:

    "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman
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    Apr 07, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    I loved the Lord of the Rings books.
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    Apr 07, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    gymguy1 saidI loved the Lord of the Rings books.


    you know, ive never read one single book from that trilogy
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    Apr 07, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    Atlas Shrugged
    Magister Ludi
    Dune
    Looking Out for Number One
    Winning Through Intimidation
    A Confederacy of Dunces
    Anything by Elmore Leanord (Rum Punch, Tishomingo Blues)
    Anything by Raymond Chandler (Two Sisters, Big Sleep)
    Just about anything by James Elroy (The Cold 6000, LA Confidential)
    Anything by John Fante (Ask the Dust)
    James M. Cain (Postman always Rings Twice)
    PK Dick (We can remember for you wholesale, Ubik)
    The Great Gatsby
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    White Mughals
    Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

    OK this goes on for days
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    Apr 07, 2008 10:16 PM GMT
    Moudi said
    you know, ive never read one single book from that trilogy


    Just think of the Bible, but with elves icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 08, 2008 11:17 AM GMT
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

    followed by a list... hehe

    Ok here's some I can remember offhand:
    A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter Miller, Jr.
    Death's Master by Tanith Lee
    The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
    Contact by Carl Sagan

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    Apr 08, 2008 12:22 PM GMT
    I'll read anything by Terry Pratchet or Elmore Leonard, but I'd have to say my favorite book is Cather in the Rye. I really can't put my finger on why, but I know that when I read the book everything is put into a new perspective, and I'm able to look at things differently.

    And it helps me blow off some steam too.
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    Apr 08, 2008 12:37 PM GMT
    A few of my top fav's are:

    The Sugar Cage by Connie Mae Fowler
    Madame Bovary by Flaubert
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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    Apr 08, 2008 12:41 PM GMT
    The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
    and also Fire from Heaven about Alexander the Great my hero!
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    Apr 08, 2008 12:48 PM GMT
    The Mabinogion.
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    Apr 08, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
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    Apr 08, 2008 1:20 PM GMT
    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
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    Apr 08, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    There is no way I could ever pick just one book, so I'll list a few of my favourites that I read over and over again.

    The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
    The Golden Ass - Apuleius
    Legion of the Damned - William C. Deitz
    The Inferno - Dante
    The Mabinogion
    The Deathgate Cycle - Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
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    Apr 08, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    So There by Robert Creeley. My favorite book by one of my favorite poets.

    TheRanmanThe Mabinogdion


    I love me some epic poetry, but stay away from the Kalevala.
  • DiverScience

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    Apr 08, 2008 2:32 PM GMT
    Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint.

    Though Inferno by Dante (as translated by Miles Pinkney) is DAMN good.

    Plenty of other really good books though.
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    Apr 08, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I can't pick just one, although my first one is definitely the book I'd take to a desert island. But I'd try to bring more!


    Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson.

    The Complete Works of Anne Sexton.

    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

    Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim.

    Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice.

    Slowness by Milan Kundera.

    Naked by David Sedaris.

    Gosh, I'm forgetting dozens. Written on the Body I've read dozens of times. Just the most beautiful intense thing ever written.

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    Apr 08, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What She Found There

    The Alchemist

    Black Swan
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    Apr 08, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    If I have to choose only one:

    Straight Man by Richard Russo
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    Apr 08, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    Wow...if I actually had to narrow it down, off the top of my head I'd say these:

    The Odyssey
    The Song of Roland

    Malory's version of the Arthuriad
    Shakespeare's Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet icon_redface.gif
    Rosario Ferré, House on the Lagoon
    Edna O'Brien, House of Splendid Isolation
    Connie Willlis, The Doomsday Book
    Augusten Burroughs' Dry and Magical Thinking
    Christos Tsiolkas, Loaded
    Paule Marshall, The Fisher King and Praisesong For the Widow


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    Apr 08, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    The Silmarillion by JRR Tolien
    The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
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    Apr 08, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    Easy... A Confederacy Of Dunces
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    Apr 08, 2008 11:05 PM GMT
    To Moudi

    I lost track of the letter you posted about reading Fyodor--I think you are on another of his--moving from Crime to Brothers. Interesting--you've chosen a difficult novelist--challenging I should say. But man--does he know the psychology of man--esp of obsession and addiction and of life.

    When I first read this man I was working on a BA in Psych and English and thought that when I received my MA in Clinical Psychology I would teach a class on "Psychology through Literature." Well that dream was deferred and like the poet warned: "dried up like a raisin in the sun."

    You brought this all back to me.

    I have some suggestions for your future reads if I may:

    But Russia is not for everyone.

    Stories: Gogol (Overcoat,Nose); Pushkin--love this guy (Tales Belkin); Chekhov (stories)

    Novels: Pasternak (Dr Zhivago--yes believe it or not); Tolstoy (War and Peace--heavy into length but awesome man); Tergenyev (Sketches from a Hunter's Album and Fathers and Sons) and Pushkin (Eugene Onegin--awesome novel in verse--iambic pentameter I believe--you must read this kid). Pushkin is awesome man.

    Poets: Brodsky, Blok, Mayakovsky and another favorite Akhmatova--she is beautiful.

    The men who have sent letters here are well and varied readers I enjoyed reading their letters...I am impressed and if we could have all sat together one day/one night and told these stories of what we have read and liked and what changed us and what did not.

    Sublime, man.

    I tripped over your post and another on Haikus and was so taken -- so many powerful men writing and laughing.

    Well, I wrote too much and must go -- you'll be tired after this and that was not my intent.

    If you dare--try Fyodor's "The Idiot"--its about long suffering and enduring ... I have felt that here.

    ---cya