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Offline Cathy C

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2006, 08:05:44 PM »
Every book I've ever read has had a good/bad, evil versus the cowboy on a white charger, plot? :-\

Love/hate. Good/bad. girl/boy. Will he/she, won't he/she?


Isn't that the basis of every story under the sun? The bible and Koran included?

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2006, 05:28:35 PM »
All of Jane Austen's work...and I never tire of reading Pride & Prejudice(I always take a copy when I go on long holiday..its like a 'friend')..
Ive read all of Thomas Hardys but favourites are:
Mayor of Casterbridge
Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Far From the Madding crowd
I love short stories too and recommend H.E. Bates..Guy de Maupassant..E.F. Benson (who wrote the wonderful 'Mapp& Lucia' books)
Modern writers I like are :
Joanne Harris(Blackberry Wine)
Tracy Chevalier(Girl with a Pearl Earring)
and Im halfway through Boris Pasternak's 'Dr Zhivago' ( I love the film with Julie Christie & Omar Shariff)
Im also reading Portuguese author Eca de Queiros work:'The Crime of Father Amaro' and 'The Maias'
Trouble is, I read a lot in bed, and invariably fall asleep over my book ::)
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Re: best books ever
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2006, 01:38:41 AM »
In no order:

1. Lord of the Flies, Goldman
2. The Water Method Man, John Irving
3. The Fermata, Nicholson Baker
4. Lolita, Nabakov
5. Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
6. Breakfast of Champions, Vonnegut
7. Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick
8. Island of the Blue Dolphins, O'Dell
9. Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich
10. All of the Best American Short Stories anthologies.

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #33 on: June 23, 2006, 09:57:50 AM »
The Lord of the rings (3 books) --by J.R.R. Tolkein
Duncton Wood (two trilogies, 6 books) --by William Horwood
Stranger in a Strange Land -- by Robert A. Heinlein

All these books made me "feel" a full range of emotions and took me upon a wonderous journey.

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #34 on: June 23, 2006, 12:27:08 PM »
No one has mentioned A Tale of Two Cities!!

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #35 on: June 25, 2006, 04:14:01 PM »
All books are good books.  It just depends on who is reading and it depends on how the story captivates the reader. Every book has something that someone can learn from or relate to.  It doesn't matter if it's fiction or non fiction.

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #36 on: June 25, 2006, 04:31:37 PM »
Hard to choose ten as some probably depend on my mood.

Listed in no particular order.

Pride & Predjudice - Jane Austin - I have probably read this more than any other book.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
The Danger - Dick Francis
Player of Games - Iain M Banks (I've just finished The Algebraist - great book too.  Still thinking about it, so not sure how it will end up yet)
Sword of Truth series - Terry Goodkind
The Begariad/Mallorian Series - David Eddings
Magician Series - Raymond E Feist
Shaun Dillon books - Jack Higgins
Parallel Worlds - Michio Kaku (none fiction) - mind blowing
The Hobbit - Tolkien (I enjoyed the LotR, however I think the Hobbit is a much better story/book - I suspect I am one of the few poeple happy to critisize apsects of LotR?)

Harry Potter - J K Rowling - possible entrant - series still not finished so reserving my final opinion
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Re: best books ever
« Reply #37 on: June 25, 2006, 04:34:15 PM »
Maybe not literary, but a good bloody read. :P

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A good read is the main point for a book, if it isnt that, anything else doesnt matter as no one will read it. :P

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #38 on: June 25, 2006, 04:36:26 PM »
Precisely!

To me his books are stories, I dont remember anything represented as fact.  I just enjoyed the stories.

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2006, 04:38:41 PM »
Hi Folks,

Hmm, having done a quick scan through the posts in here, I notice that what I've heard described as 'The Greatest book ever written' has received only one mention. As most of the posts, I think, come from posters in what we term 'The West', what does this say about our supposed Christian religion? Don't get me wrong, I'm not 'having a go', this is just an observation by an atheist. And as such, it strikes me as strange...


Dave.


Cant stand the little I've read of the new testament.  Old Testament is a good read though, lots of fun stories, the usual, sex, death, destruction.

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #40 on: June 26, 2006, 04:32:53 PM »
I agree with Writers Block, but I think these are my tops: (no order)
1. Fire Bringer, David Clement-Davies
2. Hounds of the Morrigan, Pat o'Shea (a childrens book, yes, but it's original and wonderfully light hearted)
3. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
4. The Wolves of Time, William Horwood
5. The Spooks Apprentice, Joseph Delaney
6. Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo
7. Paradise End, Elizabeth Laird
8.The Beach Dogs, Andy Jennings
9. Blue is for Nightmares, Laurie faria Stolarz
10. Northern Lights, Phillip Pullman

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #41 on: June 29, 2006, 12:11:51 AM »
Not having read every book ever written, I can't pick the ten best but some of my favorites are:

Ilium - Dan Simmons
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
Ring - Stephen Baxter
The Stand - Stephen King
Ringworld - Larry Nivan
Koko - Peter Straub
The Damnation Game - Clive Barker
Weaveworld - Clive Barker
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
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Re: best books ever
« Reply #42 on: June 29, 2006, 09:11:12 AM »
I only have three that I can think of...

1. (Previously mentioned) Anything by Douglas Adams.
2. (Previously mentioned) Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salenger.
3. Jon Krakauer, especially Into the Wild.

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #43 on: June 29, 2006, 03:12:16 PM »
I have an appreciation for many different writing styles, topics, genres, and authors. I really love the classics. Here are some of my favorite books:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S.Lewis (my all time favorite!)
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom (a Holocaust survival story)
Anything Shakespeare and Nathaniel Hawthorne

My newest favorite is A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore. It's so quirky and crazy, but it had me laughing the entire time. I highly suggest reading it. :D

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Re: best books ever
« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2006, 04:54:39 PM »
A few of my favourite books, various genres over a long time.
Enchanted Pilgrimage - Clifford Simak
Wolfsbane - Pohl & Kornbluth
Caught in the light - Robert Goddard
Innocents abroad - Mark Twain
The search for the Maya - Arthur Catherwood
Covenant with Death - John Harris
Safer than a known way - Ian McHorton
The Great Escape - Paul Brickhill
A thousand shall fall - Ray Pedden
In the morn of the red ponies - James Lee Burke

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