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Postby aedwards » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:33 pm

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Fiction, about magicians & 'englishness'. Very well written.
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Postby fatdad » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:39 pm

This thread could roam all over the place. I have lots of possible suggestions but they've be more tailored if you told us what kind of stuff you gravitate toward.
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Postby Guyzo » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:44 pm

fatdad wrote:This thread could roam all over the place. I have lots of possible suggestions but they've be more tailored if you told us what kind of stuff you gravitate toward.


good point.


I recommend "Young Men and Fire" by Norman Maclean.

Let it roam......
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Postby Augie Medina » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:55 pm

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Postby fatdad » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:28 pm

Mostly good suggestions in this thread so far. A good parallel thread to read, however, is: http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewto ... sc&start=0
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Postby tigerlilly » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:58 pm

No specific topic.

Once I asked the question, "Tell me a book you read that changed your life."

Someone mentioned to me The Origin of Species. (?!) Well, I read it and it has pretty much changed my life, too. Once I read On War. That one surprised me too. It was quite interesting, because it was on a subject I knew nothing about. Or "Confessions" by Saint Augustine. I would never have come up with that one on my own.

I think a good book is a good book, regardless of topic. I don't want to narrow it down.

It would be a shame to miss a really good read, hidden by a genre I wouldn't normally consider.

-That said, I read mostly science or outdoor adventure books. But I haven't read them all ....yet.

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West With the Night

Postby Howard71 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:12 pm

West With the Night by Beryl Markham.

Great book about a woman pilot in 1940's Africa.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_with_the_Night
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Postby cp0915 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:43 pm

Great topic.

Gary Schenk wrote:The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test
In Watermelon Sugar
Helter Skelter


Good ones, though I didn't especially care for In Watermelon Sugar.

The Lord of the Rings stuff is fantastic. The greatest epic tale, ever.

-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
-On the Road / Dharma Bums
-The Gary Snyder Reader
-The Autobiography of Abbie Hoffman
-The Antichrist
-damn near anything by Kurt Vonnegut
-Pulp, Hollywood, Ham on Rye
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a horrible movie, but a classic book.
-Journey to the End of the Night

The Way of Zen changed my life too. Then again, so did Electric Kool-Aid, On the Road, Cuckoo's Nest, the Abbie bio, and Journey to the End of the Night, which might be the most brilliant book ever written. Anyone else read it?
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Postby fatdad » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:44 pm

The following, for me, are either works of fiction that I, as a very picky former English major, think define the genre, or really affected the course of my life:

Walden
Brothers Karamozov
The Wayof All Flesh
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Treasure Island
Light in August
Moby Dick
A Farewell to Arms
Babbit
Short stories by Chekhov
Anna Karenina
The Death of Ivan Ilych
Tonio Kroger
The works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
In Praise of Folly

This doesn't even get into the pillars of Western literature like the Bible, Shakespeare, Dante's Inferno, Homer, etc. Since you've read things like St. Augustine however (an awesome read), you know there's a lot of good stuff out there not on people's radars.
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Books to read

Postby Norman » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:32 pm

Just finished new book on Smothers Brothers..."Dangerously Humorous" by ??? can't remember the guy. Local Library got it for me, pretty new. Great Read on the late 60s in TV censorship. Took me back to my Junior High School days when another student and I would always review their show from Sunday Night.
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Postby dyusem » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:55 pm

I'm currently reading A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester which is specifically about the 1906 SF earthquake and more broadly about plate tectonics. It is as fascinating as his book regarding Krakatoa (Krakatoa - The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883).

Another recent book that I dare anyone to read and not be incredibly moved is Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood by Donovan Campbell.

Another must-read that this crowd may appreciate is Bushido: Samurai Ethics and the Soul of Japan by Inazo O. Nitobe describing a philosopy and ethical standard that has a place in modern time.

Many more to list however I'll be quiet for now. That said, I greatly appreciate all of the other suggestions!
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Re: Good Books

Postby ChristianRodriguez » Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:14 pm

books about Mountains and mounatianneers
Touching the Void
The Shinging Mountain

and one of my favorites:
The Fountainhead



tigerlilly wrote:Hey all,

I'm always looking for a good book to read. Suggestions? What are your favorites?
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Postby tigerlilly » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:19 pm

I started Quo Vadis ~ it is excellent. THANKS
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