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Old 03-22-2003, 05:37 AM   #1
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Your Top 10

Your favorite books of all time- fiction, non-fiction, whatever.

Ten, of course, is arbituary- you can list more, if you like.

If you would rather list authors, by all means do so- but include at least one title... please.
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Old 03-22-2003, 01:35 PM   #2
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The Broom of the System -- David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest -- DFW
The Tin Drum -- Gunter Grass
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch -- Solzhenitsyn
City Boy -- Herman Wouk
The Grapes of Wrath --Steinbeck
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance -- Pirsig
Language, Truth and Logic -- A. J. Ayer
The Old Man and the Sea -- Hemingway
New Ideas from Dead Economists -- Todd Buchholz

I tried to stick to ten, just to see if I could. Well, that was a great way to start the day!
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Old 03-23-2003, 02:17 AM   #3
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argh! I'm sorry. I can't leave it with just the list I had before.
I know I'm cheating- against my own rules even.

oh well.


Fiction
The River Why- David James Duncun
Midnight's Children- Salman Rushdie
Illusions: the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah- Richard Bach
Jitterbug Perfume- Tom Robbins
Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster
Time Enough For Love- Robert Heinlein
Letters From the Earth- Mark Twain
The Dispossed- Ursula LeGuin
Siddartha- Herman Hesse
Around the World in Eighty Days- Jules Verne

Non-Fiction
The Diversity of Life- E.O. Wilson
Demon-Haunted World- Carl Sagan
All Men are Brothers- Mohandas Gandhi
Last Chance to See- Douglas Adams
Thinking Physics- Lewis Carroll Epstein
The Day the Universe Changed- James Burke
Complexity- M. Mitchell Waldrop
Harpo Speaks- Harpo Marx
The Inside Scoop- Ben and Jerry
Chaos- James Gleick

Misc.
A View With a Grain of Sand-Wislawa Szymborska
The Republic- Plato
Ay Cuba!- Andrei Cordescu
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Old 03-31-2003, 11:31 AM   #4
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hmmmmm......

Into the Arms of Strangers
The Great Gatsby
Prayer For Owen Meany
Naked
Social Blunders/Sorrow Floats/Skipped Parts Tim Sandlin Trilogy
To Kill a Mockingbird
Of Mice and Men
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Beastly Boys & Ghastly Girls
Justice...by Dominick Dunne

I'll probably change this list in a bit
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Old 03-31-2003, 11:48 AM   #5
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will take some time....

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Old 04-23-2003, 11:51 AM   #6
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In no ranking order, and subject to revision at any time:

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters
by Julian Barnes
Rabbit Tetrology
by John Updike
Catch 22
by Joseph Heller
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
Earthsea Quartet
by Ursula le Guin (still haven't read the last one)
His Dark Materials trilogy
by Philip Pullman
Mason & Dixon
by Thomas Pynchon
Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne
The City and the Stars
by Arthur C. Clarke
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Old 06-01-2003, 06:28 PM   #7
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I red all these books in french or spanish, so I'll translate poorly I'm afraid, the titles of these books. I hope you, all intelligent people, will understand.

In the search of the lost times, Marcel Proust

From the earth to the moon, Jules Verne

A man that sleeps, Georges Perec

The magic mountain, Thomas Mann

Dune, (forgot the author)

The little Nicholas, Sempé-Goscinny

Gabriela, clavo y canela, Jorge Amado

Cathedral, Raymond Carver

Will you please shut your mouth, please? Raymond Carver

The conspiracy of the fools, John Kennedy Toole

Rayuela, Julio Cortazar

The Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges

Memories of Adrien, Marguerite Yourcenar

The Lover, Marguerite Duras

Moby Dick, Herman Melville
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Old 06-02-2003, 03:56 AM   #8
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The conspiracy of the fools, John Kennedy Toole
that's "A Confederacy of Dunces". i read it too, i loved it! very nice and dramatic, very funny too! if you like this, maybe you should try some books by John Irving!
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Old 06-02-2003, 05:46 PM   #9
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that's "A Confederacy of Dunces". i read it too, i loved it! very nice and dramatic, very funny too! if you like this, maybe you should try some books by John Irving!
Hi Frieda! Ignatius Reilly is incredible isn't he? I've never red anything by J. Irving, would you recommend me a good one to start? Have you read "The Neon Bible"? I believe that is the only book that J K Toole wrote before dying, if you did... how was it?
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Old 06-02-2003, 06:06 PM   #10
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well, john irving's books are a bit more sad and dramatic, but with the same sense of absurdistic humor as jk toole.

the best one by far is called "a prayer for owen meany". a lovely book, it made me both smile and cry.

you might also want to try "boating for beginners" by jeanette winterson, it's a different version of the story of Noah and his ark.

i don't think i've read "the neon bible". i'll look for it!
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Old 06-02-2003, 06:33 PM   #11
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John Irving is one of my favourite old reliables. I really prefer his earlier stuff, though. Setting Free the Bears was the one I liked best and return to time and again. I am reading his latest paperback, The Fourth Hand , and it is reminiscent of his earlier, wackier style, though with greater maturity.
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Old 07-21-2003, 01:31 AM   #12
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Non-Fiction

The Emperor, Ryzard Kapuszkinski
King of Kings, Ryzard Kapuskinski
From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe
anything by James Fenton
The 12 Caeasars, Setonius




Fiction
The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, The Illegitimate Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, and most other books by Louis de Bernieres
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
Summer Lightning, P.G. Wodehouse
A Very Long Engagement by some Frenchman whose name I forget
I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Rupert Graves
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Old 07-23-2003, 08:21 PM   #13
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anything by john le carre ( the naive and sentimental lover, secret pilgrim, looking glass war )

norman mailer ( barbary shore )

michael ende ( neverending story )

ayn rand ( the fountainhead )

ken follett ( the pillars of the earth )

joseph heller ( catch 22 )

tom sharpe ( riotous assembly )

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Old 04-25-2004, 09:33 PM   #14
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Fiction:

"Monstrous Regiment" by Terry Pratchett
"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman
"The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf" by Gerald Morris
"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
"The Knight, the Squire and his Lady" by Terry Jones(Hope I got the title right)
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"Mostly Harmless" by Douglas Adams
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
"The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents" by Terry Pratchett
"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

Nonfiction:

"If Chins Could Kill-Confessions of a B-Movie Actor" by Bruce Campbell
"Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" by Al Franken
"Stupid White Men" by Michael Moore
"Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris
"Take the Cannoli" by Sarah Vowell
"The Salmon of Doubt" by Douglas Adams
"Ascending Peculiarity-Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey" Edited by Karen Wilkin
"The First 28 Years of Monty Python" by Kim "Howard" Johnson
"Don't Panic: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion" by Neil Gaiman
"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis

Others(mostly graphic novels and suchlike):
"Bone" by Jeff Smith
the "Ruse" series from Crossgen comics
"Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" by Jhonen Vasquez
"Goblins of the Labyrinth" by Brian Froud and Terry Jones
all of Edward Gorey's "Amphigorey" collections
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Old 04-29-2004, 08:39 PM   #15
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Sat down to make a list and I was shocked at how long it is!
In no particular order:

Nonfiction:

Innocent Killers, Jane Goodall and Hugo Von Laawick
Reason For Hope, Jane Goodall
The Wilderness Coast, Jack Rudloe
The Everglades - River of Grass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Into The Heart Of Borneo, Redmond O'Hanlon
Everest - The West Ridge, Thomas F. Hornbein
Ghosts of Everest, Jochen Hemmleb, Larry Johnson, Eric Simonson
A Clearing In The Distance, Witold Rybczynski
House, Tracy Kidder
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman
A Dog Year, Jon Katz
Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose
Band Of Brothers, Stephen E. Ambrose
The Bhagavad Gita
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu
Clarity, Prem Rawat
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck (Thanks for reminding me, Klynne!)

Fiction:

On The Road, Jack Kerouac
The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
Left Out In The Rain, Gary Snyder
Mountains And Rivers Without End, Gary Snyder
Turtle Island, Gary Snyder
Short Stories, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Nine Florida Stories, Marjory Stoneman Douglas
The Earthsea Books, Ursula K. LeGuin
Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor
Engine Summer, John Crowley
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier


I could go on all night but I won't. More to add later, I'm sure...

(Edited to add a few)

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