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Old 31-08-2009, 15:08   #1
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What are your 3 favourite books ever?

Simple really. No point in asking for fave book ever but thats a bit too hard.

In no particular order

Going Solo - Roald Dahl
Salems Lot - Stephen King
The Sweet Forever - George Pelecanos
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Old 31-08-2009, 15:19   #2
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To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
Driving Over Lemons - Chris Stweart (The original drummer and a founding member of Genesis, and his time buying a house in Spain and living/working as a farmer there)
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Old 31-08-2009, 15:26   #3
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I couldn't pick just three books. Or at least, I couldn't pick the same three books every time you asked me. Today's answer would be as follows:

Charlotte's Web is one of the earliest 'proper' books I can remember loving.

Back when I was a teen, The Hobbit was definitely one of the books that turned me into an avid reader.

Branson's "Losing my virginity" was the book that taught me that success comes from hard work and dedication, peppered with a few failures.

Tomorrows answer probably wouldn't be the same.
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Old 31-08-2009, 15:43   #4
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Actually, for me it is easy to say what is my single favourite book: it has been for at least thirty years and is the only book I re-read regularly (about every five or six years): The Lord of the Rings

Nothing comes close for its beautiful language and powerful evocation of an entire world and its history, all suffused with a deep and powerful melancholy - sadness at the passing of things yet also a deep joy in life.

What would be my runners up? Let's see - can't only list two more really!

In no particular order then:

The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durrell
Poor Things - Alasdair Gray
Fremder - Russell Hoban
Farewell to Matyora - Valentin Rasputin
Wolf Solent - John Cowper Powys
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Old 31-08-2009, 16:10   #5
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I couldn't pick just three books. Or at least, I couldn't pick the same three books every time you asked me.
I feel the same, but right now I'd have to say:

Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov or Notes From The Underground - can't pick between them! Two utterly perfect books.

Bret Easton Ellis - Lunar Park. Similarly I could pick just about any one of his books, but this one gets the nod for the especially moving final chapter, which is the best thing Ellis has written.

Cormac McCarthy - The Road - only read this recently, but it was the most powerful thing I've picked up in a very long time.

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The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Testament - John Grisham
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
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Old 31-08-2009, 17:36   #7
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Dark Rivers of the Heart - Dean Koontz
The Bear and The Dragon - Tom Clancy
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
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Old 31-08-2009, 18:05   #8
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Mars trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson
Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith
Excession - Iain M Banks
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Old 31-08-2009, 18:15   #9
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Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland
The Stand - Stephen King
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
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Magician - Raymond E Feist pure epic fantasy start to finish, love how the characters grow up and evolve.
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson - cyberpunk poster child.
Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson

(last was only because I couldnt decide between any of the Culture novels or The Reality disfunction..)
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Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rabbit Tetralogy - John Updike

Last one is a bit of a cheat as it is four books, if I had to pick one of the four it would be 'Rabbit, Run'. Bit disappointed I can't get 'Old Man and the Sea' in there either - though that would be two really short books with that and the Conrad. How about a 3 favourite novellas thread ?

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Straight to the point while writing about characters that feel real and believable.

Barrytown trilogy

Blokelit to the max my ultimate guilty pleasure.

High fidelity- Nick Hornby

Daytime soap in the middle ages but oh so addictive. The one book I would love to see a film made of. The sequel World without end was enjoyable but not nearly as good as the first book.

The pillars of the earth- Ken Follett
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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Distant 2 and 3rd (I like them alot but above still awesome IMO):
Legend - David Gemmel
Magician - Feist
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The Hobbit
The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
and although not a single book but the early Robert E Howard Conan novels which were mainly short stories.
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The Stand by Stephen King

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton
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Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Apathy and Other Small Victories - Paul Neilan

The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Stand by Stephen King
The Crow Road by Iain Banks
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If I was just limited to three for eternity, like on desert island discs, then:

LOTR
Tad Williams Otherlandseries
Clive Barker's Weaveworld .
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ooh good call with Ender's Game. Might have to compete with Magician for the number 3 spot
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I suppose it will have to be the only 2 books that I have re-read:

Catch 22
Brave New World

Probably 'crime and punishment' as a third, really worth sticking with the unpronouncable names and 3 page long descriptions of peoples appearance.
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