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17-11-2010, 03:47 PM
Top Ten Books and Series
What do you consider to be the ten greatest books and/or series of all time? They don't necessarily have to be your favorites, just good literature. As an illustration of what I mean, I don't consider The Magnificent Seven to be a particularly great movie, but it's one of my favorites to watch because it's fun, whereas I consider The Prestige to be a great movie, but it isn't one of my favorites to watch because it's so heavy.

My list:

1. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. A science-fiction novel concerning a far-future colony on a planet under the thrall of a group of people who have modeled themselves on the Hindu pantheon, and the uprising that the new Buddha leads against them.

2. 1984 by George Orwell. Brave New World may be more realistic, but 1984 is a much better book overall.

3. Flowers For Algernon. The biggest tear-jerker that I have ever read. Or seen. No movie ever beat it. I bawled like a baby for hours after finishing it, and I still can't stand to hear anybody say the last line.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird. One of two required-reading books from my high-school days that I actually enjoyed. Most of the books that they assigned to us were garbage, but this book is a true classic.

5. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. Both are much more than run-of-the-mill science fiction. They contain brilliant social commentary and thoughts on morality and humanity.

6. The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Pratchett is much more than a satirist or a fantasy author. He's a philosopher of the highest order, and he does it so well that it seems perfectly natural that characters who, just a page previously, were getting involved in slapstick antics are now having a surprisingly in-depth discussion on what it means to be human.

7. Treasure Island. This was the book that made me love reading. It was the first serious novel that I ever read, and to this day I have not found an adventure story that pulled me along and made me feel that excited.

8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The other required-reading book from high school that I absolutely adored. This is a fantastic novel. I actually went out and bought my own copy after finishing it so that I could read it again and again.

9. Slaughterhouse Five. Poetry in motion.

10. The Call of Cthulhu. While, strictly speaking, this is not a novel, I think "novella" is close enough. And no one had a greater influence on American horror literature than H. P. Lovecraft, except, maybe, Poe. Everyone should read this at some point in their lives.

So what about you? What do you consider to be the greatest - if not the most fun - novels ever written?

"Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness."
- Terry Pratchett
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17-11-2010, 04:25 PM
RE: Top Ten Books and Series
1. I Am David

2. To Kill a Mockingbird

3. Almost Adam

4. 1984

5. The Contrary Farmer

6. Of Mice and Men

7.The Great and Secret Show (maybe doesn't deserve to be on this list, but I thought it was Clive Barkers best, and most underrated book)

8. Macbeth (ok, not a book, but it's one of the best things I've ever read, so it makes my list anyways)

9. The Lorax (yes, Dr. Seuss makes the grade!)

10. Fight Club

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17-11-2010, 04:50 PM
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(17-11-2010 04:25 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  9. The Lorax (yes, Dr. Seuss makes the grade!)

Fuck yeah he does.

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17-11-2010, 07:22 PM
 
RE: Top Ten Books and Series
#1: THE BIBLE

#2: The LEFT BEHIND SERIES

#3: Just kidding....

Hahahahahaha.

I'll have to think about this one and look over my bookshelf. I'll get back to you on this.
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18-11-2010, 01:42 AM
RE: Top Ten Books and Series
Debbie does Dallas.
Debbie does Duluth.
Debbie does Denmark.
Just kidding. Tongue
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18-11-2010, 07:22 AM
 
RE: Top Ten Books and Series
1. Hitchhiker's Trilogy ;-)

2. Frankenstein (a personal favorite)

3. Catch-22

4. Lamb by Christopher Moore (a bit more obscure, but read it!)

5. Fight Club (I love many of his books but I'll list this one because its his most popular)

6. Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs (fantastic!)

7. The Tower Series - Stephen King

8. The DaVinci Code (for itself and the consternation it caused)

9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera

10. Can I get a woot woot for The Lorax!!
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30-12-2010, 11:48 AM (This post was last modified: 30-12-2010 11:51 AM by Observer.)
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Books that changed my life

on 4: A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

on 3: Sophie's World - Jostien Gaarder
An entertaining story about philosophy for the younger. (Its "Plato meets the sixth sense")

on 2: The God delusion - Richard Dawkins
Terrific book but a bit TO fanatic for my weak mind. so not on 1 (sorry Rchard)
(btw: in Dutch it is called "God as a misconception")

on 1: Risk - the science and politics of fear - Daniel Gardner
READ THIS BOOK. It opened my eyes. 500+ pages of "so-that's-how-the world-REALLY-works"!!

(forgot "lord of the rings" somewhere and Da-Vinci-code and and)

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17-02-2011, 09:00 PM
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(18-11-2010 07:22 AM)Dregs Wrote:  4. Lamb by Christopher Moore (a bit more obscure, but read it!)

I saw it on the B&N "Featured" table about 6 years ago. The title alone makes it a "at least pick it up and look at it" book.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

I've been reading Moore ever since.

"Ain't got no last words to say, yellow streak right up my spine. The gun in my mouth was real and the taste blew my mind."

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17-02-2011, 09:13 PM
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Reminds me of "Jesus' Brother Bob" by the Arrogant Worms.

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18-02-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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(17-02-2011 09:00 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  
(18-11-2010 07:22 AM)Dregs Wrote:  4. Lamb by Christopher Moore (a bit more obscure, but read it!)

I saw it on the B&N "Featured" table about 6 years ago. The title alone makes it a "at least pick it up and look at it" book.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

I've been reading Moore ever since.

Moore is amazing! New one coming soon (at least he finished writing it, up to publisher now).
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