Favourite Book of all Time & Why?

  • northwest

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    Apr 03, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    I am re-reading my favourite book of all time 'The Master & Margarita' By Mikhail Bulgakov.

    It is a dark sinister fantasy tale about the devil. Highly original, provocative and the writing (albeit translation) is stunning! The story is just brilliant, the characters amazing but the writing is so, so clever it still bewilders me on repeated reading.

    It was a book that was written and destroyed, re-written and burned again and again due to its content (in context) it almost never saw the light of day (it was eventually published 26 years later, long after the author had passed and is heralded as his greatest work even though he was already an acclaimed author)

    The Penguin Classics translation I feel is the best by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky.
  • Apparition

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    Apr 03, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    The Outsiders by SE Hinton. Orphan teenagers and 50's gangs in smalltown america. I liked ponyboy. It's not gay, but could be. First novel that I ever liked that I didnt have to read for school. (Schools have HORRIBLE taste)

    Enders Game by Orson Scott Card best Sci Fi ever written.


    We Also Walk Dogs by Robert Heinlein (Short story). Predicted the internet's effect on the Concierge Industry. Coolest plot ever about selling something to someone. If you liked the harry potter part of The Devil Wears Prada you will like the plot.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 03, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
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  • PolaroidSwing...

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    Apr 03, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    The Mole People: Life In The Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth. More than being utterly fascinating; I think it's one of the better examples of Gonzo journalism I've come across.

    I think I've re-read it more than any other book I've owned.
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    Apr 03, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. It's a story based on the Scopes Monkey Trial where a school teacher was arrested for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. He was arrested because he was breaking the laws of God and The Bible. The entire town was against this teacher except his wife and the defending attorney. The trial challenged people's right to think.

    This is my favorite book because it's the only book in high school that kept my attention from beginning to end. It made me appreciate reading books and what they do for an imagination.

    Reading World War Z right now. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 03, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    It's an Autobiography.
    The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
    By M.K. Gandhi.

    It change my life, it changed how I think, how I act, It made me better thinker, It made me what I am today.

    I don't give the whole credit to this book alone, but it's the consequences that followed in my life after reading this book made me to choose this autobiography as the favorite book of all time.
    It change my view of the world in totally different and unexpected way.
    It led me to acquaint my self with great writers...like Leo Tolstoy, Great teachers like Swami Vivekananda, and many many more.

    I give very much importance to this book, because, had I not read this book, I would have been a very different person.
    It led me to total satisfaction with my life.
  • HorrorHound

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    Apr 03, 2013 8:03 AM GMT
    Brett Easton Ellis' LESS THAN ZERO!

    He's the author of such books-turned-movies: American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules Of Attraction & The Informers.

    The style of writing of his characters whom feel empty in life are spot-on. He totally understands the downward spiral some people experience, & the excess people experience & how it changes 'em!

    His novels are like reading a character study of someone on a rollercoaster slamming into a brick wall. && I love him for that!!

    Plus the 3 recent film adaptions of his books are awesome!
  • johndubuque

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    Apr 03, 2013 8:20 AM GMT
    There are so many, but I love to reread Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels every summer, sitting on my patio with a cool drink.
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    Apr 03, 2013 8:37 AM GMT
    I think it would be the saga "children of the earth" by Jean Auel.
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    Apr 03, 2013 9:05 AM GMT
    Charlotte's Web and The Stone Angel

    I don't know why, it's crazy.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Just_Tim

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    Apr 03, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
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    Demon Theory by Stephen Graham Jones

    "On Halloween night, following an unnerving phone call from his diabetic mother, Hale and six of his med school classmates return to the house where his sister disappeared years ago. While there is no sign of his mother, something is waiting for them there, and has been waiting a long time."

    It's written like the screenplay for a horror movie trilogy. I can't really describe it enough to do it justice without writing a much too long book review, so I'll spare you. It has just about everything I love in there. The dialogue is great, the plot is great (cliche in all the right ways), the whole thing is just GREAT!
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    Apr 03, 2013 9:44 AM GMT
    Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare

    This was the first English language book I ever read, then read again in 9th grade English class. I love the book for many reasons.

    1/ The idea of Love obviously

    2/ The idea of having free will to choose your own path and course in life

    3/ If you absorb hatred, it will ends in tragedy

    I also love the film version (1967). Honorable mentioned:

    Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew - Shakespeare
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    The English Patient - Michael Ondaajte
    Finding the Boyfriend within - Brad Gooch

    *** Lately, I've been reading and learning more on the subjects of wars, WWII, Jews, Germany, China, Japan, US, Vietnam War! I think some of my latest read books, articles have been on War-Related incidents. (Yeah, I'm becoming a War History buff).

  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Apr 03, 2013 10:24 AM GMT
    'Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full" by Conrad Black. By far, it's the best biography written about RN.

    'Helter Skelter' by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. It's a true crime classic, and the story behind the murders is so bizarre that you would think it was fiction, but it's not.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 03, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens.
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    Apr 03, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    In Cold Blood, Truman Capote. Read it, you will know why.. icon_wink.gif
  • northwest

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    Apr 03, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    HorrorHound saidBrett Easton Ellis' LESS THAN ZERO!

    He's the author of such books-turned-movies: American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules Of Attraction & The Informers.

    The style of writing of his characters whom feel empty in life are spot-on. He totally understands the downward spiral some people experience, & the excess people experience & how it changes 'em!

    His novels are like reading a character study of someone on a rollercoaster slamming into a brick wall. && I love him for that!!

    Plus the 3 recent film adaptions of his books are awesome!



    He recently did a Kickstarter Project that I backed called 'The Canyons' which is being made into a film. It is ongoing - you should check it out, he helped front the campaign.
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    Apr 03, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidIn Cold Blood, Truman Capote. Read it, you will know why.. icon_wink.gif


    I read it recently, it was great!

    My choice is the Count of Monte Cristo though. Because it was originally written as a series in a magazine, it is fast-paced with lots of cliffhangers. It would have been interesting to read it as it was being released, eagerly waiting for the next installment. It is my best friend's favourite book as well. Last year I got to go to Marseille and visit some of the locations from the book which was fun.
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    Apr 03, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
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    Apr 03, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    I hope they serve beer in hell by tucker max

    Great author although on the surface it's just humor and him being a drank asshole. There's a subtext to it where I can really relate well to him and you can tell he has had to struggle and learn a lot to get to where he is.
  • btm7969

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    Apr 04, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    cliver barker's book of blood - why cuz its freaking clive barker i love all his work as a producer, director, painter & author hes awesome....
  • AMoonHawk

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    Apr 04, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    The Epic of Gilgamesh

    Why?
    1. First know written story of man.
    2. It is the love story of 2 men.
    3. There are some correlations with the more modern OT bible story, such as the Adam and Eve concept and the great flood.

    http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/
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    Apr 04, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
    Apparition saidThe Outsiders by SE Hinton. Orphan teenagers and 50's gangs in smalltown america. I liked ponyboy. It's not gay, but could be. First novel that I ever liked that I didnt have to read for school. (Schools have HORRIBLE taste)

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    Mine is That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton. It's a simple story but I think it's an honest story and with it's content about the choices we make, drugs, friendship and family it's still relevant today.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Apr 04, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    The last of the wine... Mary Renault.... Read it you will see
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    does it have to be a book? can it be a series of books? If that was the case I like the mortal instrument series. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok was very influential in my perception and appreciation of art.