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Postby Rainswept on Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:18 am

Realistic, you may have a point. I happen to be a huge Fantasy/Sci-Fi reader so I lean in that direction anyway.

I liked Roark a lot also, but Dagny was way cooler than Dominique.

Fountainhead had a bit too much of Rand's weird sexuality themes in it as well.
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Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:12 am

Dickens!
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Postby Taidje Khan on Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:50 am

Foundation--Isaac Asimov

Watership Down--Richard Adams

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas--Hunter S. Thompson

Lord of the Flies--John Golding (Jim? Jacob?)

Cat's Cradle--Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The Meditations--Marcus Aurelius

A Confederacy of Dunces--John Kennedy Toole

Invisible Man--Ralph Ellison

Hiroshima--John Hersey (who wants to have nightmares?)

The 48 Laws of Power--Robert Greene (way better than Machiavelli)
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Postby Moral Minority on Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:33 am

Don Quixote.
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Postby E.Raser two on Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:30 am

the greatest classic book of every time

The Gospel of FSM by Bobby Henderson ( never read )
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Postby EarthRise on Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:30 am

Definitely Slaughterhouse V.
[...] the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.
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Re: Classic Books

Postby black bart on Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:25 am

Cap'n Turtlehead wrote:Let's start a list of what we believe to be "classics".
I'll begin, as I am posting the topic. Duh.

Animal Farm
1984
A Catcher In The Rye
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
Anything Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, really.


There was a Sci Fi novel set in America which was very much like the Adventures of Tom Sawyer...I'll have to consult my Sci Fi encyclopedia to find it's title.
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Twain

Postby black bart on Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:59 pm

I've done my research:

Through Darkest America by Neal Barrett Jr (no idea who Neal Barrett senior was).

It is Twain's Huckleberry Finn set in a troubled future when the Mississippi has turned to acid!
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Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:07 am

That sounds like an interesting book. I shall look it up.
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Postby Taidje Khan on Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:54 am

The Epic of Gilgamesh

'Cause I'm old school like that.
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Postby St John the Blasphemist on Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:20 am

A Fall of Moondust - Arthur C. Clarke (even if you don't like sci-fi, this has some great commentary about human nature)

Nausea - Jean Paul Sartre (you may find it boring & uneventful most of the way through, but keep reading & you'll get a big surprise - hint: one of the characters has ulterior motives)

Coming Through Slaughter - Michael Ondaatje (yes, I agree, The English Patient sucked - but The English Patient tames in comparison to this)
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Postby black bart on Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:06 am

St John the Blasphemist wrote: (yes, I agree, The English Patient sucked - but The English Patient tames in comparison to this)


The English National Health Service Patient by Dicky Spleen was a far better read. The chapter where the main character survives for days on a trolley in a hospital corridor is amazing.

Critical Acclaim for the The English National Health Service Patient:

Oh god, please keep me out of hospital!

The Daily Diana Mail

A great book to read while you're on a hospital waiting list as it's 5,000 pages long

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Postby Auntie Blackbeard on Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:46 pm

Childhoods End , Clarke

Lord of the Rings , Tolkien

Lathe of Heaven , Ursula K. Le Guin
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Postby Moral Minority on Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:09 am

La Divina Comedia. (sp?)
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Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:27 am

War and Peace.
(I haven't read it yet, but I plan to. 3000 pages of small print! How could you not like that?!)
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