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Greatest Book?

Creator: MrCuddowls October 11, 2012 2:55pm
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The Journey to The West and Silmarillion
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i don't read much uhhh 'light' reading anymore because i read science texts/patents/research articles all the time and it really doesn't put me in the mood to go read about 1000 pages at home.

of mice and men is a solid book.

gatsby was one of my least favorites along with a tale of two cities...boring as all hell.

lotr was good. but goodness his writing style include so much descriptive detail it takes you 30 pages just to read how the grass looks. hobbit was indeed a lighter read.

can't believe i read that cuddowls didn't read the bible but goes on to make like 10 religious threads to say religion is BS. holy ballz. seriously cuddowls i try to like you but you make it so easy to want to punch you in the face with a hammer. the bible is a great piece of literature btw...no arguing that. i (unlike many of the people who regularly practice religion) have read it twice.

never read animal farm but heard that one is good. also i have seen 'the alchemist' pop up a bunch...might have to look into it.

harry potter is a great series of books. yeah maybe a little kiddy and the writing style aims to be able to allow a large range of people read it which makes it a little watered down but good for what it is.

my adolescent reading encompassed two books i still to this day think are great books:

Red Dog (Bill Wallace)

Call of The Wild (Jack London)

i personally like murder mystery type of books...the nero wolfe series (rex stout) is good but nearly impossible to solve...of like 10 books i have read i have solved 2 before they give it to you at the end.

i just read 'the drop' by michael connelly. solid book. reminded me of 'dirty harry'


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I dont read much, but The Alchemist was great.
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Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

The Hive and the Tower series (same author) is also pretty good

Chronicles of Narnia...His Dark Materials...LotR...HP...Fahrenheit 451...

In the (slightly) more weird category:
Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare)
Oedipus Rex/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone (Sophocles)
Beowulf

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I found the Maze Runner series quite entertaining. Also forced to read For The Win by my brother, surprisingly good.


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Maybe I missed it, but how in the world did China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, nor Terry Pratchett get mentioned?

Pretty much every book those authors have put out has been gold.

Time for the listicles.

Fiction:
"Mad Love" Batman arc by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm. The best. Killing Joke, overrated.
"Breakfast of Champions" - Kurt Vonnegut
"Neuromancer" - William Gibson
"Going Postal" - Terry Pratchett
"Perdido Street Station" - China Mieville. Special mention here. It's fantastic in the most literal sense of the world. It's weird, original, and ******* strange. It's not Tolkien-esque in the slightest.
"Interpreter of Maladies" - Jhumpa Lahiri. A beautiful set of stories that won her the Pulitzer Prize. Also, "The Namesake".
"Locke and Key" series - Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez. Original, fun, and some of the best art in a comic book. Why Fox passed on the series pilot, I'll never know.

Nonfiction:
"Hardcore Zen" - Brad Warner. An explanation of Zen Buddhism without all the pretension in the writing.
"Thrive" - Brendan Brazier. A guide on how to employ a vegan diet in competitive sports and life, written by an active triathlete.

I know I'm forgetting so many.

Also, meh on Tolkien. =P
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Robin Hobb is an amazing author. I've not bothered to read her Soldier Son trilogy (which is apparently pretty arduous) but the Farseer, Liveship Traders, Tawny Man and Rainwild Chronicles are absolutely brilliant. I especially loved how a certain personal dilemma introduced early in the Farseer trilogy is finally resolved in the Tawny Man, in the final 200-ish pages after the main plot has been resolved. It created a wonderful homecoming that nicely tied of that story.

Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy is... one I can appreciate as frickin' awesome. Sadly, I like my books to, while being full of tragedy in the middle, happily end with pleasant resolutions to all the little sub-plots and relationships. The cynicism of his writing and way it sets up cliches them takes them off to a different, altogether less ideal conclusion is incredibly intriguing. Such stuff leaves me feeling very disquieted, alas, alack and welladay.

Speaking of 'alas, alack and welladay', Katherine Kerr's Deverry Saga is a big favourite of mine. It's perhaps not the absolute best writing, but the Celtic knotwork that is its plot and the often emotive descriptions really make it a favourite. Plus, at 15 books it's pretty long. That said, the 13 books of Robin Hobb's I mentioned probably have about 3-4 times the meat. Rainwild Chronicles books didn't seem that long, but the last of the Tawny Man was in excess of 800 pages. It's funny, because they don't seem that big when you pick them up and you never notice the hundreds flying by.

I suppose more on line of the OT, best book? I never liked Lord of the Flies much, but it's not really a fantasy epic to draw you off into far away lands is it? I honestly think the writing, plot and combination of bildungsroman and fantasy makes the Farseer trilogy amazing. The Liveship Trader's more convoluted plot and multiple narrative viewpoints wins if you want a heavy, but in no way ponderous, read (ASOIF gets ponderous in places, too much waffle).
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Friedrich Dürrenmatt's detective stories.
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