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The best book you've ever read?
    #3417429 - 11/27/04 10:24 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

What's your absolute favorite book of all-time?

Mine is by far, hands down, head and shoulders above the rest - "To Reign In Hell" by Steven Brust. It is an absolutely amazing read. It is filled with wonderful dialog, and a cast of characters that you will not soon forget. Here's a link where you can read the first page if you like. Read first page here!


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: 13eetleJuice]
    #3417437 - 11/27/04 10:27 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

A Game of Thrones

I just gave my mother in law a copy to read, and she is nuts over it now, can't stop talking to me about it.  Which is great, because I love to talk about it.  :stoned:


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: 13eetleJuice]
    #3417438 - 11/27/04 10:27 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

The first book of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, "Eye of the World". :thumbup:


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Adamist]
    #3417445 - 11/27/04 10:30 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

lord of the rings when i was in eigth grade. :sun:


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Adamist]
    #3417449 - 11/27/04 10:31 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

That's a great series! :laugh: I loved it. As to the original question, it's hard for me to say, as many books as I've read. I've always loved anything by Steinbeck, though, particularly "Cannery Row".


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Adamist]
    #3417451 - 11/27/04 10:31 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

I was actually about to make a thread about a book I'm currently reading.

"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole captured my interest from page one.

Interestingly the book was brought to a writer by Toole's mother after his suicide. He commited suicide in his early 30's.


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: cb9fl]
    #3417460 - 11/27/04 10:34 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

The Silmarillion (by Tolkien the LotR guy for anyone who doesn't know)... I happen to have good text-to-picture imagination, so that book rocked my socks!


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: 13eetleJuice]
    #3417465 - 11/27/04 10:36 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

As of late the best book I've read is the Da Vinci Code.


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: BOBs]
    #3417481 - 11/27/04 10:43 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

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As of late the best book I've read is the Da Vinci Code.




excellent page turner :thumbup:


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Snip]
    #3417507 - 11/27/04 10:49 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

I dunno what everyone likes so much about the wheel of time series? I got to a quater through the second book but lost all interest. Any reason why i should continue?

Favourite series is the dark tower series by Stephen King....

Favourite book.... dunno, too many to choose from


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: 13eetleJuice]
    #3417511 - 11/27/04 10:51 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

The Hobbit

Living with the dead

Voice of the whirlwind

White Oleander

Wher the sidewalk ends

Fear and loathing in las vegas

Alice in Wonderland


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: MovingTarget]
    #3417520 - 11/27/04 10:54 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

There are parts of the series that can get pretty boring. Too much information and detail and not enough interest... I got to the 9th book and stalled, myself. :wink:

But that still doesn't mean the 1st book doesn't kick major fuckin ass!


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Dreamer987]
    #3417535 - 11/27/04 11:01 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

jeeze this is a tough question... i'll name a few, 'cause i can't pick just one. i'd say "the Dharma Bums" by Kerouac, "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse, "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by Nietzsche, "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dosteovsky, "Post Office" by Charles Bukowski, "Naked Lunch" by Burroughs, "An Homage To Catalonia" by Orwell, "Island" by Aldous Huxley, "The Tao of Physics" by Capra...

damn this list is never going to end. basically, there are a ton of books that i've read that, at the time, were the "best book ever!"

needless to say, i'm a bit of a literary fanatic :smile:


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Krishna]
    #3417542 - 11/27/04 11:07 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

"Naked Lunch by Burroughs"

are you serious? I haven't read any other of Burroughs work, but everybody makes him out to be some sourt of great folk hero. I got threw 2/3rds of naked lunch, and couldn't stomach the rest.
The whole book is about shooting heroin, and fucking little boys! Written in a very eloquent, and poetic manner of course.


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Dreamer987]
    #3417585 - 11/27/04 11:24 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test



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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: Dreamer987]
    #3417622 - 11/27/04 11:37 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

Quote:

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The whole book is about shooting heroin, and fucking little boys! Written in a very eloquent, and poetic manner of course.




:smile: well, it certainly isn't a very "plot-driven" book. i like the "surrealistic" manner that Burroughs wrote in (except for Junky and Queer - both of which were really straight-forward narratives). Check out Nova Express and the Soft Machine for a bit less "explicit" subject content, but the same sort of writing... Also there is a book called "Interzone" that is more short-stories - although, again, not "plot-driven." I'd liken Burroughs to an abstract painter (albeit an abstract painter who was hooked on heroin and sex with young boys :smile: ) - he wrote prose, but definetely not like any of the prose that came before him. legend has it he experimented with mixing collage and writing - there is some interview with Allen Ginsberg where he talks about how Burroughs would type out numerous pages, and then collage-together the different scenes (even splitting up sentences and paragraphs, i guess) - in the same way that an abstract painter might come up with numerous "chunks" of a painting, and then put them all together.


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: kindkesey]
    #3417624 - 11/27/04 11:37 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

for a story aspect.. i read 'Where the Red Fern Grows' god knows how long ago.. i still read it from time to time.. great book.

also, the Hobbit[never read past the hobbit, lol] & the Ender Wiggin[read all of it eventually] series were really fucking interesting

'We're All Doing Time' by Bo Lozoff is one hell of a read, as well

the Da Vinci Code was interesting as hell..

i also want to read the Psychedelic Experience, as i'm sure it'll be one of my favorite reads.. but I can't bring myself to read a book that long on a computer screen. I'll end up buying it, cause none of the librarys around here have it or are willing to get it.. :/


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: 13eetleJuice]
    #3417681 - 11/27/04 11:54 PM (12 years, 13 days ago)

The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene

Because of the wild flights it sent my mind on...the doors it opened that I never knew existed...and the raw intellectual stimulation I got from the first page to the last (it even builds up right to the end!).


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: 13eetleJuice]
    #3417721 - 11/28/04 12:08 AM (12 years, 13 days ago)

Hands down "the Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoyevsky. The book changed my life.


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Re: The best book you've ever read? [Re: MovingTarget]
    #3417757 - 11/28/04 12:23 AM (12 years, 13 days ago)

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I dunno what everyone likes so much about the wheel of time series? I got to a quater through the second book but lost all interest. Any reason why i should continue?

Favourite series is the dark tower series by Stephen King....

Favourite book.... dunno, too many to choose from





I got to the Lord of Chaos I'm on that one as we speak but it took be forever to get 30 pages in now I'm like 400 something.

I agree to much detail not enough action my text to picture imagination runs thin at to much detail.


I have also read the Dragonlance series very very very good its my all time fav series so far I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little bit of all emotions and fantasy books.

series is:

1. Dragons of Autumn Twilight
2. Dragons of Winter Night
3. Dragons of Spring Dawning
4. Time of the Twins
5. War of the Twins
6. Test of the Twins
7. The Second Generation
8. Dragons of Summer Flame
9. Dragons of a Fallen Sun
10. Dragons of a Lost Star
11. Dragons of a Vanished Moon

pick up these (around the end of the first 6 books) to The Soulforge then Brothers in Arms (no its not about gays) have to read them all in the orders i gave you or no since at all


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