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Whats the best book you've ever read??

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    Twerking ain't for Smurfs Packerjh's Avatar


     

    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    I'm currently reading the series by George RR Martin as well, but my all time fave book...

    Battlefield Earth by L Ron Hubbard...terrible movie bu great book!

    My favorite series would be a toss up...

    The wheel of time by Robert Jordan or the Tom Clancy novels...all hella good!
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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    My favorite is always Sherlock Holmes.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    So hard to pick... either The Stand or the Dark Tower series by Stephen King would probably be the best...

    My favorite is The Bears of Blue River, based in Shelbyville, IN (not far from me) and was the first "real" book ever bought for me.
    My dad bought me a copy for Christmas when I was 6, after sitting with him and reading him 3 chapters out loud from his copy, to prove I could do it. I still have my Library of Indiana Classics edition he bought me, his copy has the same printing defects, as well as the copy he has that belonged to his dad, who I never met (passed when I was a year old). Already bought my son a copy as well...
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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Best book I ever read was the Godfather, a close second, but completely different genre - The Help.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    I just finished Strangers by Dean Koontz and I loved it - a real page turner with lots of plot twists.

    Also, the Wheel of Time series is great if you are willing to commit to it - the 14th book just came out in January.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    My favs are, The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, Anything by by Alistair Maclean, a cloud of sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka etc
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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Definitely Brave New World. Although Fear and Loathing is close.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Quote Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post
    Definitely Brave New World. Although Fear and Loathing is close.
    I'm reading Brave New World right now. About 1/3 of the way through it. Pretty good book but not something I can't put down.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Quote Originally Posted by Lrbergin View Post
    I'm reading Brave New World right now. About 1/3 of the way through it. Pretty good book but not something I can't put down.
    I agree. I liked Brave New World, but i wouldn't call it the best book I've read.
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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    My favorite part of the book is where sorta spoiler: Bernard has Lenina, I think it was, in a gyrocopter and looking out into nature and just sitting there. Lenina freaks out from looking into what is essentially the abyss/unknown and wants to go back.

    It's not thrilling, sure. But it's something to really think about. I bumped up a college english class score by doing the final paper on Brave New World. I should have gotten a B from all the other grades I got back, but I managed an A and never saw the grade I got for the paper. So it may have been a combination of that and bonus points for class discussions being one of the most outspoken during them.

    In the paper, I stated that the world is move to the direction of Brave New World and that it's good. It was the opposite of what my professor directly said. And I used Aldous Huxley's Brave New World Revisited for references and background. Which I recommend to read if you're interested in the real life influences he had. Almost everything is explained in it and more. I remember a section on mind control which talked about research done with dogs to find their psychological breaking point.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    The books everyone should read (one way I'm kidding, another I'm not):

    Extraordinary Delusions and the Madness of Crowds -- MacKay

    On Growth and Form -- D'Arcy Thompson

    The Feynman Lectures on Physics -- Richard Feynman

    You English Words -- John Moore

    The Sot-Weed Factor -- Philip Roth

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy -- Tolkien

    The Foundation Trilogy -- Isaac Asimov

    The Gormenghast Trilogy -- Mervyn Peake

    Dracula -- Bram Stoker

    Dragon's Egg -- Robert Forward

    Fade Out -- Patrick Tilley

    War with the Newts -- Karel Capek

    The Cyberiad -- Stanislaw Lem

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle

    This list is pure free association. I have hundreds of "best" books.
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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Quote Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post
    Definitely Brave New World. Although Fear and Loathing is close.
    I have to say that would be in my top 5 but my favorite book is Hemingway's A Moveable Feast

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Lately I've been reading Jim Butcher's series Dresden Files Not to bad at all
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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Too many favorites:

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    1984
    Chaos - James Gliek
    Most any Vonnegut
    Early Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfune - Another Roadside Attraction
    Godel, Escher, Bach

    I'm a compulsive reader, mostly the sciences and math stuff. I don't read much fiction. My wife reads horror and True Crime. We have about 5000 books, hit a lot of library sales. I read about a dozen magazines, most free. I'll have to dig up some links for y'all. Amazon is a good place for cheap magazines, paying $4/ year for Esquire.

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    Re: Whats the best book you've ever read??

    Patrick Rothfuss's the Kingkiller Chronicles (or at least the first two) were great fantasy books. I'm eagerly waiting on the third book of the trilogy.
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