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Post by Skinny Bones Jones on Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:35 pm

Righty ho.

I think the best book of all time is Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises) by Hemingway, with Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy a close second.

I used to think Hemingway would be a shit writer who only appeals to upper class twits:
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because he had such a big name.

I'm not keen on Pullman's other stuff neither. Tried reading them but they don't even seem to be in the same style as the Northern lights etc.
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Post by shadow on Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:36 am

Skinny Bones Jones wrote:
I think the best book of all time is Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises) by Hemingway,.


duuude, Hemingway is my all-time favourite writer. I have all his books and he's only of the only writers who's books I've read more then once. And he's one of the few writers that I read in English. His writing style is superb. He tell about a stupid and boring moment with such passion and devotion that it suddenly gets so exiting. And if you look at the writer himself, I mean what kind of life that guy had. Bull fighter, ambulance driver during WO I, good friend of Castro,...


my favourite book from him is still "for whom the bells toll"


my other favourite books are:

-hagakure (by Yamato Tsunetomo, a Japanese book from the 16th century about the ethic and moral code of the samurai)
- The call of the wild (jack Londen)
And ofc: The ultimate Hitchhikers guide trough the Galaxy (6 story in one edition coz I can't chose which story is the best)

and naturally, just to annoy you guys: The animal farm by George Orwell.
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Post by Skinny Bones Jones on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:06 am

Ah i've read for whom the bell tolls, good stuff.
I agree that his writing style is ridiculously good, and he's probably the best writer ever.
Don't know much about his personal life, something I'd be interested in reading about.


And I'm a fan of animal farm by George Orwell too Very Happy
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Post by Pughie on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:15 am

Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion
The Halo Novels by Eric S Nylund (i couldnt believe how good they were)
World War Z - Max Brooks
Cosa Nostra a history of the Sicilain Mafia (Couldnt put it down)
Carra - Jamie Carraghers Autobiography
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Post by jerryGFL on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:28 am

OMG difficult question.

I would say some of my favoruites include:
the Matthew Sheldrake series
dark materials
Pillars of teh earth
and so many mroe i cant think of right now.
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Post by elbanaan on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:50 am

Extremely loud and incredibly close - jonathan safran foer
life of pi - yann martel
A Confederacy of Dunces -John Kennedy Toole
most of his stuff - Haruki Murakami

That's for "modern" writers. I also enjoy the russians: Dolstojevski, Tolstoj, Poeshkin etc.
Hemmingway indeed rocks, altime favo: the old man and the sea.
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Post by Hassan Pesearn on Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:26 pm

Pughie wrote:
World War Z - Max Brooks

OMG! People always make fun of me for saying World War Z is awesome, its amzaing to find someone whos read it aswell! Very Happy

I honestly go through phases of books, I dont think Ill ever have an all-time favourite. At the moment, it's anything by John Grisham, especialy "The Partner".
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Post by happyjoe5 on Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:29 pm

Catch-22. Best anything ever. By miles.

His Dark Materials would probably be up near the top of the list.

Also, SBJ, Philip Pullman only has one L in his first name. I wouldn't mention it except my name is also Philip and this particular misspelling is a constant source of irritation for me >_>
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Post by twaters on Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:45 pm

I love Animal Farm, IRL i don't take communism so seriously (mainly because it's so different in and out of erepublik), but someone hasn't returned my copy...Evil or Very Mad

Lord of the Flies - Golding
Moby Dick - Melville
War and Peace (couldn't put it down Razz) - Tolstoy
The Dawkins Delusion - Alistair McGrath
Taming the Tiger - Tony Anthony
Hitchhikers (1-4 mainly)
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Post by chrissetti on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:40 pm

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, I really can't pick a favourite.

God Delusion by Dawkins, someone who finally speaks some common sense.

To Kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee, American prejudice viewed from the eyes of a six-year old. Genius.

Confederation series series by Peter F. Hamilton, after reading this, I was always disapointed by our trains.

The hitchhiker's guide.
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Post by shadow on Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:36 am

happyjoe5 wrote:Catch-22. Best anything ever. By miles.



lol oh yeah, how could I forget that one. Yossarian must be the most disturbed character I've ever read about in a book. Laughing Laughing



EDIT: oh wait, the robot from hitchhikers guide (can't recall his name) came very close though Laughing
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Post by twaters on Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:30 am

chrissetti wrote:God Delusion by Dawkins, someone who finally speaks some common sense.

A book on religion by a man who's ignorant of it, which is denounced by atheists and theists alike? And whose main argument is the classic 6-year old 'well who made God then?' Yeah.... Rolling Eyes

chrissetti wrote:To Kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee, American prejudice viewed from the eyes of a six-year old. Genius.

However, completely agree with this, forgot to mention it. Atticus is one of my favourite literary characters.
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Post by Final Destiny on Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:31 am

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Discworld books.
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Post by KIA Sneak on Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:18 pm

The certificate of finance and diploma of finance (Twat-ers will know what i mean)

Hitchhikers (of course)

Terry pratchett (only just started to read them but love them. The science of discworld ones are a good read.)

Hobbit (want to see the film)

Harry potter (i surprised someone hasn't mentioned it or shunned it but then again everyone’s list seems more like English lit then the rubbish I read.) 

The UK forum (well its not a book but the amount I read here puts me off most books.)  
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Post by widdows9000 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:47 pm

KIA Sneak wrote:
Hobbit (want to see the film)

Harry potter (i surprised someone hasn't mentioned it or shunned it but then again everyone’s list seems more like English lit then the rubbish I read.) 

I agree 100% on the Hobbit and I hope they bloody hurry up with the film but I have to say my opinion of you has fallen a lot after it appears you're a HP fan Razz. Seriously, I've read them all, I know I'm ashamed, but they're actually pretty damn crap, and the movies are just bloody s***e.
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Post by Hephaestus on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:32 pm

KIA Sneak wrote:Harry potter (i surprised someone hasn't mentioned it or shunned it but then again everyone’s list seems more like English lit then the rubbish I read.)

Harry Potter? Honest to gd I've never read such skull poundingly crap and boring books in my life. Final nail in the coffin of western imaginative fiction. They should make laws against this sort of thing, honest to god I would support that.

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Post by forkboy on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:38 pm

People enjoy it, so I'd imagine that making laws against it would be a bit...unpopular. Even a tad too much for Gordon Brown!

Currently my favourite author is Philip K Dick. Well, either him or Robert Rankin. Keep meaning to re-read the Brentford Trilogy.

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Post by happyjoe5 on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:49 pm

I've got the first six of the seven Harry Potter books. In my defence, I was six (just) when the first one came out. After that I just got used to reading them, and after the fourth one it seemed a shame not to follow the story to the end.

Although I got really pissed off at the sixth one. It has no plot of its own, and exists solely to set up the seventh one. When I finished it I felt so robbed that I decided immediately not to buy the seventh.
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Post by chrissetti on Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:42 am

A book on religion by a man who's ignorant of it, which is denounced by
atheists and theists alike? And whose main argument is the classic
6-year old 'well who made God then?' Yeah.... Rolling Eyes

To be fair I plan on reading The Dawkins Delusion afterwards to get a balanced argument. I enjoy both sides of the religious debate.
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Post by KIA Sneak on Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:10 am

widdows9000 wrote:
KIA Sneak wrote:
Hobbit (want to see the film)

Harry potter (i surprised someone hasn't mentioned it or shunned it but then again everyone’s list seems more like English lit then the rubbish I read.) 


I agree 100% on the Hobbit and I hope they bloody hurry up with the film but I have to say my opinion of you has fallen a lot after it appears you're a HP fan . Seriously, I've read them all, I know I'm ashamed, but they're actually pretty damn crap, and the movies are just bloody s***e.

Hahaha. That was the response i was looking for. I wouldn't say i'm a fan but i do read the books. 

tbh i read anything that’s shoved in front of me (usually computing textbooks as its the only way to revise when you don't get taught half of what’s on the test). Like happyjoe said once you read one you may as well read the rest. 
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Post by tim09 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:37 am

Hmmm I read anything and everything once I start.

I like historical fiction a lot especially the books by Sharon Penman and Bernard Cornwell.
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Post by Skinny Bones Jones on Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:18 pm

The Hobbit is brilliant.
I used to be big on Harry Potter too.
Great books for kids to read in my opinion.
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Post by tim09 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:43 am

O don't think I would want my 8 year old kid to be reading the last 3 harry potter books to be honest. Her target audience changed a heap in the years that she wrote them
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Post by Alex Steiner on Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:48 am

I suppose she realised her readers were growing up between books (I did).
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Post by Relic on Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:14 am

Now... let me think ...
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

My favourite trilogy... Maybe...
Haven't read all like 10 times, but yes... the story is kinda interesting... specially was when I was a kid... ou those times...
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