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Favourite book?
« Topic Start: July 03, 2012, 07:45:34 AM »
I was surprised this topic has not come up before, or maybe I just didn't go far enough down the necropost.

Many of us here are avid readers and intellectuals, so what's your favourite book (and why if you care to offer)?

I'm a Moby Dick man, I suspect because it was the first real book I learned to read and grew up by the sea.  There is virtually no topic to which Melville does not apply, and it is far more respectable then my love of Wuthering Heights.

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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #1: July 03, 2012, 08:50:27 AM »
"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking, because its the best single book on astrophysics for the common reader.

Note- One of my friend got the "50 Shades of Grey" trilogy. It can be my next favourite :-P
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #2: July 03, 2012, 09:57:51 AM »
*yawn*

Lord of the Rings. End of thread.  ;D
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #3: July 03, 2012, 10:19:13 AM »
I don't really have one favorite book, so here's some recent good ones I've read:

Elmore Leonard - '52 Pick-up
Elmore Leonard - Rum Punch

And I've started the ASoIaF series, working my way through the first book now... good stuff so far!

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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #4: July 03, 2012, 11:28:15 AM »
Many of us here are avid readers and intellectuals, so what's your favourite book (and why if you care to offer)?

You ask the impossible!

For the longest time I would probably have said Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Now I'm just unable to give that title solely to that. So many competitors have cropped up. Too many to start listing here.

Also, shouldn't this be under General Talk instead of BM General Discussion?
« Last Edit: July 03, 2012, 11:30:56 AM by LilWolf »
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #5: July 04, 2012, 04:47:40 AM »
I don't have favorite books because all of my favorite books are part of series.

Here's my top 3 series/books I've ever read:

1. The Kingkiller Chronicles (2 of 3 books released)
2. The Wheel of Time (13 of 14 books released)
3. A Song of Ice and Fire (ie. Game of Thrones) (5 of 7 books released)
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #6: July 04, 2012, 06:53:54 AM »
I tend to have favorite authors rather than books.  And for me, there can only be one:

Lois McMaster Bujold.
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #7: July 04, 2012, 02:51:14 PM »
Put me down as another who couldn't just pick one. That said, I will offer up something a little less well know that's a favourite.

Anyone read The Blade Itself (and sequels) by Joe Abercrombie?
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #8: July 04, 2012, 03:43:40 PM »
Anyone read The Blade Itself (and sequels) by Joe Abercrombie?

Yup. Very good books.
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #9: July 04, 2012, 06:58:13 PM »
What a loaded question!

However, I'd say my favorite book, in terms of just one I could read over and over again, would be a 4-way tie between:

1. an anthology of Icelandic Sagas (Egil's and Njal's especially)
2. The Tale of the Children of Hurin, Tolkien
3. The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Chesterton
4. Cyrano de Bergerac, Rostand (technically a play; whatever)

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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #10: July 04, 2012, 09:26:08 PM »
I too cannot pick a single book, however a selection series I thoroughly loved reading:

The Dreamers, by David & Leigh Eddings
Dune, by Frank Herbert (and to a lesser extend, the sequels/prequels by his son)
Discworld, by Terry Pratchett (mainly stories about The Watch)

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« Reply #11: July 05, 2012, 01:46:39 PM »
I too cannot pick a single book, however a selection series I thoroughly loved reading:

The Dreamers, by David & Leigh Eddings
Dune, by Frank Herbert (and to a lesser extend, the sequels/prequels by his son)
Discworld, by Terry Pratchett (mainly stories about The Watch)

If I was going to pick something from Eddings it would probably be the Elenium; didn't really enjoy the Dreamers. Dune is brilliant and I can't think of anything else in the genre that stands up to it, sadly including its sequels. Big fan of Terry Pratchett, read most of the Discworld novels.
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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #12: July 06, 2012, 02:46:36 PM »
uhhh...difficult. Not a single favorite book...thats impossible.

Authors:
Micheal Swanwick: most shortstories; The Iron Dragons Daugther, Stations of the Tide
Frank Herbert: Dune
Gene Wolfe: The Knight/The Wizard Knight
Alfred Bester:Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! (Also known under 'The Stars my Destination')
Mary Gentle: Rats and Gargoyles

Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August)
Ceasar: Civil War (not meant as 'look how impressive I am' - it truly is an excellent book/autobiography/history/propaganda piece)
John Hemming: The Conquest of the Incas




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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #13: July 08, 2012, 09:29:41 PM »
Shardik, or anything by Richard Adams.

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Re: Favourite book?
« Reply #14: July 10, 2012, 09:45:33 AM »
Some of my other favourites:

*"The Immortals of Meluha" and its sequel "The Secret of the Nagas", two great mythological fantasy tales.

*"The Affair" and "Killing Floor" by Lee Child
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