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The best book you ever read was...

The best book you ever read was...

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Mazdarese

19,513 posts

93 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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American Psycho.

HowMuchLonger

2,819 posts

99 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged/The Fountainhead

drivin_me_nuts

17,864 posts

117 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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The Stonor Eagles. By William Horwood and if it's a beautifully interwoven set of threads that make for a powerful story.


JonnyFive

27,929 posts

95 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Shaw Tarse said:
Was mentioned in the other thread, but Sniper One by Dan Mills.
Yep, this is also my favourite book.

Edited by JonnyFive on Monday 22 August 17:14

RDMcG

10,148 posts

113 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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The Great Gatsby

Enduring Love, ( Ian McEwan)
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Highrisedrifter

754 posts

60 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Mazdarese said:
American Psycho.
This is either at the top or in second place, depending on how my mood takes me.

The other book in that equation is 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley.

indi pearl

302 posts

103 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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The Godwhale by T.J. Bass

"A thundering surf drowned the forlorn screams of land locked Rorqual Maru.Brine-tossed grains of olivine and calcite buried her left eye, blocking her view of the sky...As the eyelid of sand darkened her world, Rorqual wept over her irretrievable, wasted years. She was a Harvester without a crop-a plankton rake abondoned by Earth society when the seas died."
Well over 600' long, Rorqual was a cyborg, part whale, part ship, and a marvellously complex combination of biology and mechanics. She had been built to serve Man, and yearned for his return and the feel of bare feet on her decks.
Then, after centuries, the miracle happened. The sea grew life again-and Rorquel began her long ,slow search. But mankind had forgtten all about Rorquel and her kind.......

mattviatura

2,996 posts

106 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Anything by Damon Runyon has me in stitches. Can't really specify a favourite book though, too many genres.

GetCarter

22,130 posts

185 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Doors of perception: Aldous Huxley.

Changed my life.

Tuscan Rat

3,276 posts

129 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Apache by Ed Macy.

Read the first chapter here

http://www.edmacy.com/#/the-book/


Mazdarese

19,513 posts

93 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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GetCarter said:
Doors of perception: Aldous Huxley.

Changed my life.
Just added to my Kindle. Hope it's good. smile

jeff m

3,866 posts

164 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Not sure if this was the best, but I doubt it's going to on this list if I don't put itsmile

"A Day in the Life of A Soviet Worker" Andrew Smith (non fiction)

American Socialist/Marxist/Union guy is convinced the Russian way of life is better than that of the American worker.
So he ups sticks and heads east.

Edit I did a search...appears it is called "I was a Soviet Worker"..., possible I confused it with the Soltzy one of a similar title.

Edited by jeff m on Monday 22 August 17:36

Getragdogleg

5,007 posts

89 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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I recently re-read Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner which is a book telling of the social reasons and reception to the rise of Hitler in post 1st war Germany, the national pride/shame mix and the way it helped Hitler to get power. Incredible book, very hard to get hold of a copy unless you go via a second hand seller, unless it has been re printed.

For pure escapism I read the Millenium Trilogy (Girl with the dragon tattoo, The Girl who played with fire and the Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest) Excellent set of books, well written even though they are translations, clever pacy interlaced story over the 3 books, I can see who lots of folk took them on holiday with them and who they are being made into Films.

GetCarter

22,130 posts

185 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Mazdarese said:
GetCarter said:
Doors of perception: Aldous Huxley.

Changed my life.
Just added to my Kindle. Hope it's good. smile
You probably need to be on drugs. (Just a heads up)

jt racing

531 posts

80 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Lived bravo two zero. Read it loads of times and its still great. I liked immediate action too.
As a teenager I loved a book called 'the Wheatstoe pond'. Can't remember for the life of me who by, I think Roger or Robert someone but I got it for a car journey across the uk and never once pit it down.

krusty

2,413 posts

155 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Ken Follet's - Pillars of the Earth & A world without End
If you saw the mini series of Pillars, ignore it. Not a patch on the book.

I'm also a big fan of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series.

Dirty Frank

598 posts

60 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith.

Just gone back to it after the third and final part of the trilogy has been released, and its still gripping.

Dirty Frank

598 posts

60 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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krusty said:
I'm also a big fan of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series.
Ive been put off those because the first two dont have an english translation, do you miss anything by not reading them?

Jasandjules

57,968 posts

135 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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If you liked Chickenhaw you'd like "If I die in a Combat Zone".

If you liked Bravo 2 Zero then I think you'd also like Immediate Action.

If Tomorrow Comes is a good book, read it quite a few times.

Insomnia by King is good (well, the ending is not so much but the idea is good). 48 by Herbert. Imagica by Barker. So, so many books.


swiftpete

1,772 posts

99 months

Monday 22nd August 2011
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Papillon is an excellent book. My friend and I read it about 10 years ago and still quote lines from it to each other. Have you read the sequel Banco? It's more of the same, but also very entertaining.
I thought about this for a while and I think the books that really stand out are the foundation trilogy from isaac asimov. They're the books that made me realise I liked sci fi and are awesome. I haven't read them for years but I will re read them. You ought to give them a go if you haven't read them.