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Old 08-23-2005, 10:38 PM   #106 (permalink)
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The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster.

Yeah, it's a children's novel, but still one of the most entertaining and unique reads you'll ever read. The guy who wrote it is a wacky, creative genious.
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (it's considered the #2 most inspirational book in history behind the bible, and it is terrific).
That is one of the worst novels ever written. It's horrible, full of Rand's rape fantasies and her bizarre fluorescent lighting fetish. By the time you reach John Galt's 380 page speech you're exhausted by the truncheon that she bludgeons her readers with. And I say this as a libertarian anarchist. The Fountainhead or the first edition of We the Living (much better than her revised edition) are better.

Till We Have Faces C.S. Lewis Remembered forever for Narnia, he never wrote a better novel than this.

The Golden Spur Dawn Powell The best book written by the greatest American writer of the 20th century. You heard me beehotches.

Foucault's Pendulum Umberto Eco

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

The Power & the Glory Graham Greene, the most Catholic of his novels, and in many the ways the most moving.

Witch Wood John Buchan. Generally written off as an imperialist, a la Kipling. But for one brief moment in time, at the end of the First World War, Buchan captured the mood of a nation in a way only equaled by T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland. Consider it the prose version of Eliot's epic poem. Set in a period of history dominated by madmen, an era that Scotland remembers as the "killing times" (the mid-seventeenth century), a reasonable young minister tries to negotiate a middling path between warring extremists. The tale's finish is one of the most desolate happy endings ever written.
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

Oedipus The King
Gilgamesh
Adventures of Huck Finn
Farhanheit 451
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Practically any H.G. Wells book...

But I'll cut it down to one book and say...Adventures of Huck Finn. I'm still waiting on a movie. And not a Disney version starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas either.
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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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Go Dog Go by I forget...(another childhood favorite)
That is by P.D. Eastman, also the author of one of my favorites, "Are You My Mother?".

That book has a happy ending, but it's touch and go for a while. :heart:

(BTW, P.D. Eastman is not Dr. Seuss. They are two different people.)
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The Monster at the End of this Book, starring Grover is always a good read.

I always thought The Jungle was an incredibly interesting book.
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:22 AM   #112 (permalink)
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This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
That was the one that was basically an autobiography of his early life right? Yeah, that was pretty good.

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I read a book earlier called Black Boy by Richard Wright, amazing also.
Richard Wright is one of my heros, just an incredible man all around. Black Boy was his autobiography which had the second half banned in many states because of his involvement with the Communist Party in Chicago. I think Native Son is a better novel though, in fact that might be the best novel I ever read in high school.

I also enjoyed Crime and Punishment very much; and both of Tolstoy's novels War and Peace and Anna Karinina, in fact I try to squeeze the fact that I have read War and Peace into conversations.

But right now I think the best book I've read is probably one I just finished, which is The Kingdom of God is Within You by Tolstoy. It's too early to tell, but hopefully it's lifechanging; and if anyone is thinking about scoffing at that statement, I'll refer you to two others who's lives were changed by it.... Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr.
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I've not read a classic that I've truly enjoyed to date. While I admire the depth of the likes of Animal Farm, Brave New WOrld et al, I often just don't enjoy them.

I think The Shining is a fantastic novel. THe films are hugely disappointing once you've read the book.

Other favourites:
The Firm (again, the film is a pile of crap)
Day of the Triffids
Watership Down (seriously)
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Classic.

Number 2 book is anything Steinbeck.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:52 AM   #115 (permalink)
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Classic.
I had to read that book last year for English. Terrible.

I didn't even bother finishing it.
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (it's considered the #2 most inspirational book in history behind the bible, and it is terrific).
That's the worst book I've read in my life.

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I had to read that book last year for English. Terrible.

I didn't even bother finishing it.
You may be the only person in history to hate that book.
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

Dune by Frank Herbert.

**** you David Lynch.
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:42 AM   #118 (permalink)
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Big ups to whoever said Hot Water Music and Till We Have Faces. Classics.
Whoever said that To Kill a Mockingbird is terrible... don't know what to tell you.
Otherwise:

J.D. Salinger, the Catcher in the Rye. Nobody will ever do teenage angst better, ever.
Leon Uris, QBVII and Mila 18. Any Jew who's unfamilar with his work should be ashamed.
James A. Michener, Hawaii. A masterpeice about the most interesting state in the union.
John Rabe, the Good Man of Nanking. A collection of diaries from my hero. Must-read for anyone remotely interested in WWII.
Ernest Hemingway deserves his own thread, ditto Fitzgerald and Roald Dahl.
I'd really like to list Hunter S. Thompson here, but I think he's subpar as a novelist. Is this about novels? I don't even know. I thought it was books in general. Oh well. I think he's the best journalist of my time, but the fiction falls short in the quality department. It's still fun as hell to read, though. Kind of like watching Spiderman, yanno?
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Dune by Frank Herbert.

**** you David Lynch.
I don't know how faithful the adaptation is, but Lynch supposedly didn't have final cut.
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The Last Shot - Darcy Frey

Wherever You Go There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Long Walk - Slavomir Rawicz

Founding Brothers - Joseph J. Ellis
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