Favorite books

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    Apr 28, 2014 6:54 PM GMT
    What is the first line in your most favorite book?

    Mine is:

    "I was twelve years old the first time I walked on water. The man in the black clothes taught me how to do it, and I'm not going to pretend I learned that trick overnight." (Paul Auster, Mr. Vertigo)
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    Apr 28, 2014 6:58 PM GMT
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


    The End of Faith


    Jurassic Park
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    Apr 28, 2014 7:01 PM GMT
    “I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention. For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks-accidentally-and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive.”

    ― Augusten Burroughs, Running with Scissors
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    Rabbit, Run, John Updike (1960)

    Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it. Legs, shouts. The scrape and snap of Keds on loose alley pebbles seems to catapult their voices high into the moist March air blue above the wires. Rabbit Angstrom, coming up the alley in a business suit, stops and watches, though he's twenty-six and six three. So tall, he seems an unlikely rabbit, but the breadth of white face, the pallor of his blue irises, and a nervous flutter under his brief nose as he stabs a cigarette into his mouth partially explain the nickname, which was given to him when he too was a boy. He stands there thinking, the kids keep coming, they keep crowding you up.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:29 AM GMT
    The Kite Runner
    Shadow of the Dragon
    Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
    Nina Wilde/ Eddie Chase series

    Can't think of anything else but there's a bunch. First thing I'm gonna do when I get my own home is start a personal library.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."


    btw (see above) all those Updike "Rabbit" books were good
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    tj85016 said"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."


    btw (see above) all those Updike "Rabbit" books were good


    Didn't care for the sequels. icon_cool.gif But the first novel slays lives.
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    Dopeamine said
    tj85016 said"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."


    btw (see above) all those Updike "Rabbit" books were good


    Didn't care for the sequels. icon_cool.gif But the first novel slays lives.

    I enjoyed Peter Rabbit. Was that the first or the second sequel?
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    From one of my favorites:

    A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.


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    Apr 29, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    What is Peter Rabbit? A sweeter version of Watership Down?
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    In Cold Blood ~ Truman Capote
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    Dopeamine said
    tj85016 said"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow."


    btw (see above) all those Updike "Rabbit" books were good


    Didn't care for the sequels. icon_cool.gif But the first novel slays lives.


    they weren't exactly "Dune" or "The Catcher in the Rye" or "The Scarlett Letter" but they were good
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:27 AM GMT
    Another great one. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison:

    I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination - indeed, everything and anything except me.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:16 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidFrom one of my favorites:

    A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.

    That is a truly brilliant novel. I just re-read it a few weeks ago. Still funny as ever. Ooo-wee!
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    Apr 29, 2014 12:59 PM GMT
    “Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
    Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
    Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
    One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”


    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings