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What is the BEST book ever?

 
 
Reply Fri 6 Aug, 2004 05:20 pm
What is the best book ever and what are your favorite authours ever?
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kaleidosmith
 
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Reply Fri 6 Aug, 2004 09:18 pm
On Beyond Zebra

- Dr. Seuss
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Zxincubus
 
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Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2004 12:51 am
Small Gods, Terry Pratchett.

I can't stop raving about this book Razz Seriously, I have never read a better book.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2004 05:41 am
Two that are right up there are "Nine Princes in Amber" by Roger Zelazny and "2001" by Arthur C. Clarke. To those who have seen the movie, "2001," but not read the book: anything you may have found confusing in the movie is probably explained clearly in the book.
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brimstone
 
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Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2004 03:11 pm
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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annifa
 
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Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2004 04:02 pm
I love Watership Down by Richard Adams, mainly because i read it when i was young(er) and it holds memories of that time..
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drom et reve
 
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Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2004 04:23 pm
I don't believe that there will ever be a 'best' book, but my favourite book of all time has to be the epistolary novel, 'Les liaisons dangereuses' (Dangerous Liaisons) by Laclos. It was written just before the Revolution in France, and documents the evil schemes of its two anti-heroes. It is both twistedly funny (one has to love the anti-heroes' wit and effervescence, despite hating what they do) and tragic; a brave insight into humans, without ever lagging. I would never go without the book when moving.

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coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 7 Aug, 2004 07:54 pm
Joseph Campbell's, "The Power of Myth" explains the underlying meaning of religious myths, symbols, and metaphors.

James Burke's, "The Day the Universe Changed" discusses discoveries and inventions that radically changed the direction of thought and progress throughout the world's history.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2004 09:43 am
Lolita
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Garath
 
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2004 09:46 am
Shogun by James Clavell and Childhood's end by Arthur C Clarke have impacted the way I look at the world beyond all other books. Both were both thoroughly enjoyable and though they're probably not the best books ever written they are my favourites. Great reads!
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Polarbear
 
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2004 06:32 pm
My two choices are Les Miserables and Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
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Sirius Black
 
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Reply Thu 12 Aug, 2004 12:27 am
What is the BEST book ever?
Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 12 Aug, 2004 06:41 am
Good choice, Sirius.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 12 Aug, 2004 07:14 am
Mcmurtry'S "Lonesome Dove" and "The once and Future King" by WHite.
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Auricomous
 
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Reply Sun 22 Aug, 2004 10:18 pm
In terms of power to change lives?

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

In terms of power in depicting lives?

haven't decided yet, but undoubtedly lies within the ouevres of the Russian masters

In terms of visceral childhood power?

Narnia, without the Christianess. Just Narnia for the sake of Narnia.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Tue 24 Aug, 2004 09:00 pm
Yes, the Narnia books were a lot of fun.
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scottkit
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2004 09:12 pm
Replay by Ken Grimwood
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LuViNmEe
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2004 09:54 pm
the best book ever is "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul" it got me through alot of shi* n helped me respect others more. But the book I wanna get now is "Confessions of a Heiress" by paris hilton it looks good!! Smile
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William1987
 
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Reply Wed 6 Oct, 2004 09:53 pm
Favorite/best books
Good choice farmerman with The Once and Future King. Almost all of the T.H. White Authurian legends are increadebly well written and very easy and fun to become absorbed in.
My personal favorite would have to be Catch 22 though. Or at least thats one of them...
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 14 Oct, 2004 07:51 pm
"The Fountainhead" from Ain Rand.
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