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Re: Favourite Book

Postby Clifford on Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:02 pm

Have I said Dune by Frank Herbert already?
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby LuckyLuigi on Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:02 pm

If you put a gun to my head I'd have to go with...
Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut...
no wait !
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett (required reading for Pastafarians really :twisted: )...
no wait !
1984 by George Orwell...
no wait !
Catch-22 by Jospeh Heller...
no wait !
Zen & the Art of Motercycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig...
no wa *BANG !*
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby fueledbycoffee on Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:39 pm

Y: The Last Man by Brian Vaughan, Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore, Sandman, American Gods, and/or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Ulysses by James Joyce, Kingdom Come by Mark Waid, Watchmen by Alan Moore, Hellblazer by Jamie Delano et al, blah blah blah for like a million years.

And yes, comic books count in my head.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby Capellini on Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:25 pm

Well, I definitely think my favorite piece of fiction is "Rebecca". I consider it highly appropriate, since I just learned from my dad that my grandfather's favorite movie was "Rebecca".
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby black bart on Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:55 am

Capellini wrote:Well, I definitely think my favorite piece of fiction is "Rebecca". I consider it highly appropriate, since I just learned from my dad that my grandfather's favorite movie was "Rebecca".


If you enjoyed Rebecca have a read of 'Jamaica Inn' also by Daphne Du Maurier, it's superb (it's about smugglers).

She also wrote the short story 'Our feathered friends' on which Alfred Hitchcocks film 'The Birds' is partly based.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby WelshRarePasta on Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:03 pm

It's almost a cliche at this point, but I recently reread it for the umpteenth time, and it holds up well to time and experience. If I had to pick one book to say was my favorite, I'd have to say One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's the only book which I reread on a yearly basis with any consistency.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby HeathenPastafarian on Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:16 pm

I like this thread, because I just got so many suggestions.

(Not in Order)
The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
The Hot Zone - Richard Preston
The Noonday Demon - An Atlas of Depression - Andrew Soloman
The Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Bridge To Terabithia - Katherine Patterson (no, I didn't see the movie, I couldn't stand that they turned my favorite childhood book into something it wasn't; a fantasy book)
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Handmaidens Tale - Margaret Atwood
The DSM-IV-TR - American Psychiatric Association
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby Zankou 2.0 on Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:35 pm

HeathenPastafarian wrote:I like this thread, because I just got so many suggestions.

(Not in Order)
The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
The Hot Zone - Richard Preston
The Noonday Demon - An Atlas of Depression - Andrew Soloman
The Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Bridge To Terabithia - Katherine Patterson (no, I didn't see the movie, I couldn't stand that they turned my favorite childhood book into something it wasn't; a fantasy book)
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Handmaidens Tale - Margaret Atwood
The DSM-IV-TR - American Psychiatric Association

Dude, watch it. Seriously. It was amazing....

The ads portrayed it in a most inappropriate way. In actuality, it was almost completely true to the book.

Do yourself a favour and rent it, you will NOT regret it.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby Capellini on Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:47 pm

I LOVED The Hot Zone!
True terror lies in the futility of human existence.

Malcolm Reynolds is my co-pilot.

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Re: Favourite Book

Postby HeathenPastafarian on Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:08 pm

Capellini wrote:I LOVED The Hot Zone!


Wouldn't it be right up your alley with the monkey's and all?

Yeah, I loved how they were able to track the possible source of infection back to the cave. And everytime I read about an Ebola outbreak in Africa I freak out still! I haven't read it in awhile, I should break it out (haha, break out) and re-read it.
-Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded bigot.
-Music was her life, the lyrics were her story.
-Be careful what you say, it may remind me of a song that needs to be sung.
-GOT JESUS? I thought you had him....shit!
-Why do people with closed minds always open their mouths?
-My pit bull is my co-pilot.
-To err is human; to ARRGGHHH is pirate!
-Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?
-Well behaved women rarely make history.
-Laughter: When a smile has an orgasm
-I'm not so good at the advice; can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby black bart on Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:38 am

WelshRarePasta wrote:It's almost a cliche at this point, but I recently reread it for the umpteenth time, and it holds up well to time and experience. If I had to pick one book to say was my favorite, I'd have to say One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's the only book which I reread on a yearly basis with any consistency.


That book is wonderful. I am reading 'Love in the Time of Cholera' at the moment...on the train...keep falling asleep...not because of the book, just tired after work.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby WelshRarePasta on Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:04 pm

All of his books are incredible. They really are. Might I suggest News of a Kidnapping when you're done with love? It's nonfiction, but just fantastic... and if you like Marquez, you probably appreciate Borges as well. Wonderful stuff.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby pieces o'nine on Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:57 pm

Borges - an author unconstrained by measurable time. :D

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Re: Favourite Book

Postby black bart on Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:06 pm

Also enjoyed 'The General in his Labrynth'...I think I must have South American blood.
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Re: Favourite Book

Postby WelshRarePasta on Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:08 pm

Yup, love Marquez and Borges both... actually learned Spanish originally to read them in original. And I still couldn't understand 25% of what Borges said, but the other 75% made it worth it.
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