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Favourite books, what are yours?

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queenofkings

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Wow lots of interesting books from everyone. I guess my taste is more main stream? I have never been able to get into those sci-fi books or human studies type books. I saw a few people mention the fifty shades of grey books and I have read two of those and I started the third book and its just been so slow I can't seem to pick it back up? I agree with everyone I don't see what all the fuss is about? There good reads and all but I have read much worse.
 

ritualchaos

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I'm not sure which book thread here I mentioned the passage by Justin Cronin it was.

but it is a book deserving to be mentioned in both.

I am halfway through its sequel and wil suffer the third until it comes out then I'll rave about his writing to everyone a bit longer.

he is incredible in prose and in writing. feels like a great ride, but takes just the necessary amount of time writing needs to become a work of art.
 

turk

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One of my absolute favorites was a word of mouth recommendation. It's one of the best books you've never heard of. The Flying Carpet by Richard Haliburton. It was written in the 20's, and is the true story of Richard Haliburton, a young man from a rich family who rather than enter business, chose to take his inheritance and tour the world. He bought a prop plane dubbed The Flying Carpet and hired a pilot/mechanic with payment being the adventure of seeing the world. It's one of the greatest adventures I've ever read, and really shows how the world has changed in the years since it was written. If you can find it, buy it.
 

queenofkings

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One of my absolute favorites was a word of mouth recommendation. It's one of the best books you've never heard of. The Flying Carpet by Richard Haliburton. It was written in the 20's, and is the true story of Richard Haliburton, a young man from a rich family who rather than enter business, chose to take his inheritance and tour the world. He bought a prop plane dubbed The Flying Carpet and hired a pilot/mechanic with payment being the adventure of seeing the world. It's one of the greatest adventures I've ever read, and really shows how the world has changed in the years since it was written. If you can find it, buy it.

That sounds like an interesting book for my husband I will pass that on to him, from time to time reads books about flying a major interest of his. Thanks for the review.
 

O Morgan

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I love historical and contemporary romance novels
especially, such author as Judith McNaught
her novel "Once and Always", is my favourite
enthusing over the modern novels by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, THE CHICAGO STARS BOOKS are really cool))
 

pia

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The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (great book)
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (great book)
 

pia

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Lets make a thread about our favorite books!

I'll start -

The Divine Comedy, Dante

Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson.

I am Legend, Richard Matheson.

The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K Dick

I also like Camus, Ezra Pound and, well, yeah, I know there's more but I can't think right now.

I love these books by Philip K Dick:
Man In The High Castle
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (aka The Blade Runner)

I have always preferred reading the book as opposed to watching Hollywood's take "based" loosely on the book: Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Great movie though.
 

DT333

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I recently read Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. It is somewhat outdated now, but it gives a pretty fascinating insight into North Korea. One part I remember is that every family was assigned a picture of Kim Jong Il to hang in their homes. Then, the government did random inspections to make sure that everyone kept the picture free of dust. If citizens failed the test, they faced sanctions and could potentially be sent away to one of the terrible gulags.

As far as classic books, Catcher in the Rye is probably my favorite.
 

Blues

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The Godfather
American Psycho
Porno (squeal to trainspotting in case anyone gets funny ideas)
The Ice Man (confessions of a mafia hit man)
Under boss
gaspipe (confessions of a mob boss)
boss of bosses
Mafia Sun
La cosa nostra
Chopper from the inside
 
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Bananabrains

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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
And Abraham Lincoln; Vampire Slayer by Seth Grahame-Smith Certainly not astute literature, but a fast, fun read!
 

backspin

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The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It's a story about success and just absolutely makes sense. It's a must read in my books.
 

Blues

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@Allycat iv never been one for the romantic books.
Iv got those listed, but i also love autobiography's within reason :)
 

Allycat

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I'm with you on that @bluesbros, I prefer non fiction myself, I can get lost in a good book. Some night if you can't sleep try watching the Mob Wives,
you might get a kick out of it, it's about the mafia lifestyle from the wives point of view. I can't believe I just admitted I watched that lol!

I'm currently reading A Good Dog, I have such a soft spot for animals.
 

HarryIrene

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Selling Rare Ones to folks who really want that book :D

I like to take in an interesting Biography, Auto-Biography and non-fiction book here and there.
 
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Blues

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I'm with you on that @bluesbros, I prefer non fiction myself, I can get lost in a good book. Some night if you can't sleep try watching the Mob Wives,
you might get a kick out of it, it's about the mafia lifestyle from the wives point of view. I can't believe I just admitted I watched that lol!

I'm currently reading A Good Dog, I have such a soft spot for animals.

mob wife's that sounds crazy do they sit in strip clubs and play cards ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq3IW6KEIfU
 
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Allycat

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@bluesbros, no it pretty much shows how the wives have to pick up the pieces while their men are in jail, and of course lot's of cat fights.
It's kind of interesting, funny and sad all at the same time.
 

Blues

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@Allycat it sounds very E channel is it on E channel? or perhaps mtv.
I might give it a watch on your recommendation
 

Allycat

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Had to check it out for you [MENTION=1134]bluebros, it's VH1. Judging from your book list you're into the mafia, I'm not so sure how accurate this reality series
is but one it's cast is the daughter of 'Sammy the Bull', crazy stuff. She just wrote a book herself, evidently daddy Bull pleaded guilty to drug
distribution to protect her from going to prison. He couldn't take the witness protection program, he's safer in prison! Gotta love it.
 

stradamati

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I second George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. I'm reading the series again, and now that I know what's gonna happen, so many more things are making sense the next time around. Man, he sure knows how to write for a series of characters that are deep, complex and leave you completely guessing. There are so few characters that are cut and dry - I find myself sympathizing with all of them, even the ones you thought you were going to hate.

I hope he finishes the last 2 books soon. I'm dying for book six, and if he dies before the series is complete I will be very very upset.
 
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