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What is your most favourite book?

 
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The Bible and The Source, by James Michner
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The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot



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Re: What is your most favourite book?
I Love apocalyptic books. So here is my list

Deep Winter Series
Any Donovan Creed Novel (It's not apocalyptic, it's just so cool)
Lucifier's Hammer - over the top recommendation!
Hunger games. Crap ending but... First book is very good
American Apocalypse all books in the series
The Stand. (of course...)
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse
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Dialectic of the Enlightenment by Horkheimer and Adorno
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 Quoting: Luzèt Níblum


Oh wow. That book rocked. The Inferno scared the living hell out of me (sorry for the pun). I had nightmares for months.

But the story told in the book, and the progression from ignorance to understanding was awesome.

I'm still pissed that Dante put Socrates in Hell, though :D
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"And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." - Thomas Jefferson, from a Letter to John Taylor written in 1816

"Unfortunately, it is in the nature of man to tinker - even with immutable truth. Thus, we must be ever vigilant... - James Munford

“It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.” - Francis Bacon

"Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths" - Aleksander Pushkin
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
Sho-Gun by Clavelle
The Facade by Heiser
Black Body by Turk
Dune by Herbert
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Creation by Vidal
Slaughterhouse Five By Vonnegut
too many favs to pick just one.
Door into Summer by Heinlein
Enders Game by Card
I reccommend these to friendds.
oh, and : I Married Adventure by Johnson (old book)
The Works of Rabelais
Candide by Voltaire- I need to stop now.
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Foucault's Pendulum by Eco. Or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez. Read it when I was fifteen, I was bored. Couldn't put it down and read in a single day and night without pause.

Lord of the Rings of course.

Best SF: Asimov's Foundation series. And The Ender Saga from Orson Scott Card.

Come to think of it, there are really a lot of good books I wouldn't miss for the world.
 Quoting: Anoesjka


Oh yes! anything by Marquez- he is brilliant!
Ender is also one of the one's I listed-we are alike in our choices.
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03/23/2012 11:12 PM

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RingWorld by Larry Niven,I do not understand why Hollywood has not made this classic Sci-Fi into a movie, probably a good thing because they sure screwed up DUNE,
Larry Niven also wrote a bunch of Louis Wu stories that Rock,
Hollywood has not touched them, why ?
Larry Niven grew up in Beverly Hills and was/is an Heir to a great oil fortune, so I suspect that he is pissed on by the Hollywood mutant lib entertainment crowd.
Larry Niven Rocks !
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13075653

James Cameron had the rights about 10 or 12 years ago, for a while at least. It's possible he still has them, I don't know. He really wanted to do it, but got side-tracked by a succession of other projects (eventually culminating in Avatar). For a while he was trying to do a couple of really big Mars related movies, and had even acquired the rights to Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy (great series, not as great as Ringworld, though). He was also working with Dr. Robert Zubrin, formerly of NASA on that project.

I think the reason Ringworld hasn't been made is because it's simply so enormously epic in scale that it would be very difficult to do justice to. You mentioned how the screwed up Dune, and you're right, and I think it's maybe sort of the same problem. I guess the story of Ringworld is much more contained than that of Dune, but Ringworld doesn't really work unless you are able to accurately convey the unimaginable scale of the Ringworld structure, itself. Even on the big screen, I think it would somehow be lost. In the mind of a reader, it does work.
 Quoting: LifeInDeath

The scale is one thing, but there's another aspect of Ringworld that really stands out to me, Louis Wu's interior struggle against the wire. That is some great writing about addiction and I just don't know what kind of footage you can get out of him sitting there drooling. But his terrible problem and Niven's great description of it and how it really drives a lot of the plot, is what makes that book really special to me.

Similar to Case's addiction to cyberspace in Neuromancer - it is very tangible and a source of motivation for action, it is central to the concepts in the book but pretty cerebral and subjective for the big screen.
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
Watership Down by Richard Adams.

Love it!!
 Quoting: Eazy D


When I was young that was my favorite book for many years. I have read all his others, they are all good, did you ever read Maia?
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Aztec by Gary Jennings
 Quoting: red/mx


Oh that's supposed to be good, but I never read it.

I imagine you have read Shogun by James Clavell. That's a lot of people's favorite book.

I sure enjoyed when I read it, I had a cold and I spent a week in bed drinking tea and reading Shogun. I felt like life was pretty good.

I am a fast reader but it took many days to get through that. Great book.
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
I have several...

The Railway Children

A Christmas Carol

Great Expectations

Angels: God's Secret Agents

those are four of my favorites ...may be back later to list others.

GOOD THREAD five stars for you! hfhf
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I see you like Dickens, my favorite Dickens is

Our Mutual Friend
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The Lord of the Rings (origianlly meant to be 1 book, but publishers insisted on splitting it into 3.)
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03/24/2012 01:32 AM
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
Grapes Of Wraith.

Cry, The Beloved Country.

To Kill A Mockingbird.

The Power Of One.
Do not take memories of what happened yesterday, into what might happen today.

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Re: What is your most favourite book?
I have several...

The Railway Children

A Christmas Carol

Great Expectations

Angels: God's Secret Agents

those are four of my favorites ...may be back later to list others.

GOOD THREAD five stars for you! hfhf
 Quoting: GLP Angel


Got your PM,

Love your message.

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Baldrick: Well, I had to haggle.
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The Lord of the Rings (origianlly meant to be 1 book, but publishers insisted on splitting it into 3.)
 Quoting: Celt 13102758


Which totally makes no sense when you read the "Trilogy". The second book opens up with the death of Boromir which just starts the whole thing off wrong, imo.

But alas...what's done is done.
Éireann~

Eisteacht le gra! ~ArunaLuna (Translation from Gaelic: "Listen to Love!")

"And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." - Thomas Jefferson, from a Letter to John Taylor written in 1816

"Unfortunately, it is in the nature of man to tinker - even with immutable truth. Thus, we must be ever vigilant... - James Munford

“It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.” - Francis Bacon

"Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths" - Aleksander Pushkin
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The Prophet-Kalil Gibrhan(sp?)
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Awesome series.....it led to my meeting my husband...:)
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
I am totally a human bookworm....I have so many "favorites" that I can't really pin one down....

That being said, however, the book that ALWAYS comes to mind when someone asks a question like this is "Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal." By Christopher Moore.

Fabulous read......

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I've read and enjoyed many of the books mentioned here. No duds imho! From classics to literary fiction to sf/fantasy, glpers have good taste. Read "Tales of the Dying Earth" by Jack Vance. George RR Martin has acknowledged that this collection was his inspiration. It is MASSIVE fun!
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Re: What is your most favourite book?
I am totally a human bookworm....I have so many "favorites" that I can't really pin one down....

That being said, however, the book that ALWAYS comes to mind when someone asks a question like this is "Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal." By Christopher Moore.

Fabulous read......
 Quoting: Dried Up Hag


Agreed, love that book :)
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