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christinejones
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i thought i might add to the favorite movie posting below by asking what are people's favorite books/book recommendations??
- at the moment i reckon my favorites are:
all quiet on the western front (a ww1 book by a german -reiner-maria remarques???- and i thought it was amazing)
the periodic table by primo levi
hamlet (possibly my fave book of all time - talk about psychological insight shakespeare could beat freud into the ground with a stick!)) also king lear
anything by john le carre or margaret atwood
mrs dalloway by virginia woolf
steppenwolf by herman hesse (actually i read that ages ago but i seem to think it made an impression at the time)
perfume by patrick suskind is a really weird book not sure whether i liked it even but its something.... other weird/interesting include : master and margarita - mikhail bulgakov
the unbearable lightness of being - milan kundera
and anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or A S Byatt.
ooooh - i'm sure loads more brilliant ones are gonna come into my head and i'll add them later but if anyone else has some good suggestions - i feel like a finding a new good book??? hope this topic isn't already somewhere else on the site (didn't do a search already).
i like ted hughes poetry (specially his birthday letters)
i like ovid too.

and a sci-fi book Vadis by Philip K Dick (the same guy that wrote the Blade Runner book)
and its sounds really boring but it's not at all which is Plato's Republic --- i like anything that has Socrates in it even though you spend most of the time shouting at the book 'complete nonsense/how can you possibly say that' like a mad woman... but its great and not boring at all and the translations are great --- i forget who translated it now as i am away from home but it has a light blue cover in any b&noble

i got into the classical books thru my first boyfriend who was a classicist and i thought they were going to be mind-numbingly tedious but ovid and plato/socrates are great.
i remember thinking 'tender is the night' is that the title by scott-fitzgerald was good too.

books i don't like include any horror and anything by Martin Amis; Gunter Grass; Virginia Andrews; P D James possibly also James Joyce although I only got six pages in and weirdly as I love his histories and tragedies any Shakespeare comedy (i just don't find them funny - maybe i'll grow into it).
i sometimes think the best thing about being born now is all the amazing books we have (imagine being born 500 years ago we wouldn't have half as much to read!!!) ok - that's it for now.
and gonna add 'banana yoshimoto' i loved her books... i just picked them up as i am off to japan in three weeks and i thought they were great!!!
on the religious front (not meaning to proselytize) i just read the bhagavadgita - brilliant and 'the inner life' by thomas a kempis both incredible books.... and i was gonna buy dante's inferno but i got side-tracked by machiavelli's discourses (really cracking too) i love going to bookshops and just stocking up..... so far in this little lot i just bought i have loved every one!

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A great book to make Freud look juvenile is The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. That book is amazing. George Orwell also does a nice job of assessing human emotion and government in the book 1984.

How about the Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte? That book is remarkably feminist considering the time it was written.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a good read, as is White Oleander by Janet Fitch.

Also, Philip Pullman writes weird books that always tend to make me cry, especially The Shadow in the North. Oh Frederick...

Well, I supposed that's enough for now. (If you can't tell, I really love reading and could probably list 50 more if I tried).


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christinejones
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oh yeah - thinking of george orwell kinda reminded me of aldous huxley (not sure why maybe that big brother/communist connection??) he lived in california for a bit... he's a big fave of mine too
gonna check out some of that dostoevsky geezer... i'll hit b&n when i get back - thanks!

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Something tells me e.e. cummings should be in this list.

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Tuesdays with Morrie -- Mitch Albom
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"Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman is excellent and short.

If you like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, give the book "Like Water for Chocolate" by Marco Leonardi a whirl, it's in the same magical realism vein.

I was about to recommend "Master and Margerita" until I went back and looked at your post again. Rock.

If you're into classics, many things you'd mostly likely enjoy:
Juvenal's satires (harsh, but hilarious)
the poet Catullus (especially if you like Ovid)
Horace (who also wrote satires but was a nice guy than Juvenal)
If you're into philosophy, definitely read some Presocratic philosophy--I read one called "Philosophy before Socrates" but there are probably lots. It's always really interesting to me how very much the most ancient of philosophers got right without any scientific proof at all. Of course, they also got plenty of stuff laughably wrong.

Anyway, I'm a Classics major and a big nerd, so if you need more reads I'm always around.

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einstein's dreams sounds amazing! and i'll check out some horace too - why not?
i was recently wondering about dante's inferno (has anyone read it - is it alright or am i never gonna get thru it???).
not sure really whether i LIKED GGM - i found it interesting and weird more than actually enjoyed it, the same goes for A S Byatt and Philip Roth too. thanks loads for the recommendations tho - it's great to find new books....

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My favorite book ever is Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. I also have to mention The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, because I've read it so many times. And I love Allen Ginsberg's poetry.

I think everything else I would've felt compelled to list has already been mentioned.


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I really enjoy Wally Lamb- I've read both "She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much is True" and thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm also a big Kristin Hannah fan, but uhm...she's a lot more of a romance writer i guess. Eventhough, I really enjoy all of her books, I've read a majority of them.

I tend to like to read books with strong emotion. I feel that if a book can make me laugh out loud one minute and then make me cry in the next...its a good book.


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thought i'd add some more (and tried to edit old post but i'm not sure it worked) so here are some short story/quick-read books: 'banana yoshimoto' - i really liked her little stories in kitchen etc.
on a religious note the bhagavadgita and the inner life by thomas a kempis hahaha fantastic the both of them. marcus aurelius meditations and st. augustine's confessions are interesting...

am in middle of machiavellis discourses and hah genius ---
has anyone here read Dante? what's he like - is there a particularly good translation one should look out for?
lastly although unlikely to go down well on a vaguely pro-democrat site but Mrs Thatcher's Path to Power is great (not a small book) if one wants to understand a repubican/free-market capitalistic mind set!
all the best to all


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I like the following:

Digital Fortress
Angels and Demons
Cryptonomicon
In the Beginning There was the Command Line
Darwin Awards
Magic the Gathering: Jedit
Napalm and Silly Putty
Brain Droppings
The Secret Societies Handbook
Sweet Blood
Please Steal This Book


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hey coolest - i love the titles of your books...

are they fantasy/sci-fi - apart from philip k dicks 'vadis' (or valis i forget) i haven't yet read too much of that genre but i'm gonna start cos it's all kinda philosophical too in a weird way. i looove to read - its my favorite pastime but what i love even more at the moment is my boyfriend who reads aloud to me... i never had that before and it's great!
he's reading me angela's ashes and i just lie there and listen and as he has a slight irish accent makes it even better the only bad bit is when he stops --- i always beg him to continue and read another chapter but he won't... and i have to wait till the following night it's excruciating.

just to correct my first post i think 'all quiet on the western front' is written by erich maria remarques (not reiner - think i was getting confused with rilke which is weird cos i don't like his poetry too much anyway but maybe i got a bad translation??)


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hey marvellous purple.... as a self-proclaimed nerd do you know of good translation of dante's divine comedy at all - i want to read it but i don't speak or read italian.

the worst ever translation i read was of the master and margarita i can't even remember now the name of the translator but it was a woman (ginsberg maybe???) - and getting a different translation by michael glenny was as if a new book.

i know this isn't a book review site and for sure it'll be the last time i mention it but just asking in case....... to you or anyone who feels they might want to recommend a certain edition/translation.

or barbarosa - your name seems to have italian overtones??? unless it is referring to the ww2 german secret plan to invade russia oh maybe i'm getting confused - whatever.

all the best to all.


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East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. A HUGE favorite. Also, the His Dark Materials books, by Phillip Pullman, which are a retelling of Paradise Lost. I also enjoyed Digressions on some Poetry by Frank O'Hara, by Joe Leseur, and Frank O'Hara's poetry in general.
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christinejones, I liked John Ciardi's translation of the Inferno (all I've read of the Divine Comedy). I haven't it in nearly four years now but I thought he did a marvelous job. Probably the best translation of anything I've ever read actually.
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Read Welcome to the Ark by Stephanie Tolan...very deep, moving book
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hey ook (good name but can't remember now how you spell it without being able to look at it...) thanks v much for the recommendation i'll go for that one. that's great.

have been busy due to signing of Sudan peace agreement on Sunday ---- which is fantastic news although one just has to hope it will be lasting.

thanks jam too for the book - what's it about anyway??????? you know if you are into spirituality (i kinda gleaned it from some of your other posts on buddhism etc. i think the bhagavadgita is an exceptional work although it is hindu not buddhist in case you just happen to be looking for any extra spiritual texts!!!!) all the best to all. cj


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They're very easy books to read, but any of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" books are great. There are five in the trilogy, don't look at me funny, I know what a trilogy is. Well, you'd just have to read them. Just remember, 42 is the meaning of life, the universe, and well everything else.

I did love the Phillip Pullman books when I read them. "His Dark Materials" trilogy happened to be my favorite. I think I read two of the Sally Lockheart books too, they were pretty good.

Both "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown were good books. I found them both extremely interesting.

I read the "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan a month or two ago. I really enjoyed it, I'm not exactly an expert in Chinese Mother/daugher relationships so I found it interesting.

Most of the books by Mary Higgins Clark are good. Though I got tired of them after reading about 3 or 4.


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My fav books right now are the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor. . . they're historical murder mysteries, pretty good. My favorite one is "Catilina's Riddle."


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I mostly read celebrity biographies. I love anything Andrew Morton rights, especially about Diana, because he's so informative. You get the feeling that he really makes his books his life while he's writing them. I liked Jenna Jameson's book; gives you an interesting look into porn. Probably the most relevant book I've ever read was Wuthering Heights. At first the whole plot seemed just a tad bit confusing. I mean, it is a lot like All My Children in terms of the relationships between all the characters and how they're all connected to each other. But after I got into the loop, and I got into the actual story, it was really great. It was sad, poetic, triumphant and all the rest of that. I would have to say that would be my favorite book thus far. Honorable mentions: The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, anything from Janice Dickinson, Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia, Valley of the Dolls, and Queen of the Damned.
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I just recently read Lovely Bones, awesome awesome book. It really gives a different view on things.

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A few books that helped make me who I am today:

Free the Animals by Ingrid Newkirk

Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

Evasion by Anonymous

The Evasion book you can order from www.crimethinc.com for just $6, so I definitely recommend it. They sell another book called Off the Map that is amazing too.


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Well im half way through Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut which is hilarious and wonderful. I'm also reading my affair with stalin which is funny and interesting. i recently read Wicked which is the wicked witch of the wests life story adn point of view concerning the murder of her sister. It's excelent and insightful a must read. Barbara Kingsolver is excelent and i read Acid Row which was good. The hitchhikers guide is great along with many other. I'm also a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and many others. I was a fan of anne of green gables, i am a dork, but there will always be a special place. Anything by Jostein Gaarder of Sophies World is a must read if you like stuff like that.
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A short list...

The first book I ever fell in love with was Harriet the Spy. I was 11. It was magic, and still is.

I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger this weekend. This book is amazing. It made me cry. Beautiful love story, well-crafted.

Also, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers. Mostly autobiographical, wry, sarcastic, characters breaking out of character. Read every page of this book, including the copyright pages, they will all make you laugh and/or cry.

coolestdesignz, I see you posted George Carlin's books, rock on. He is amazingly funny.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was the only good thing about English class this semester. Suspense! Drama! Insane asylums! Crazy old uncles! Getting shipped off to the Caribbean!

Joe Fiorito is a columnist for the Toronto Star and an excellent storyteller, hence, I liked very much his book The Closer We Are To Dying, which is all about the stories his father (another master storyteller) told him throughout his life, about growing up poor and Italian in northern Ontario.

The Kushiel's Legacy trilogy by Jacqueline Carey. Consists of the books Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar. Spies, sex, conspiracies, and a forthcoming sequel. Also, the author is absolutely fabulous to her fans, and keeps us all up to date on her website.

Chronicles of Narnia. Lord of the Rings. Lovelovelove a good fantasy. I read LOTR annually because I'm a big dork.

Neverworld & American Gods, two books by Neil Gaiman, were recommended and lent to me by my boyfriend, and he almost didn't get them back.

Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh, is a million times better than the movie. You won't miss out if you don't read Porno, its sequel, though.


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There are some seriously awesome books already on here. Wow. So reading is a serious past time of mine and I couldn't resist this. By the way Roze all the Green Gables books were awesome. LM Montgomery still shapes my outlook on life. Who else... it probably sounds overdone, but I don't think Where the Heart Is or A Walk to Remember should go unmentioned. They were heartrending books before they were pretty okay movies. Also a strange one is The Summer Girls (or sisters I can't remember) by Lois Lowery. I was really impressed but this book is not for little kids. Sci Fi is my main love and so I have to recomend Stephen Lawhead, Elizabeth Douglas, and Mercedes Lackey as just plain awesome authors. Mercedes Lackey especially does some nice stuff about alternative lifestyles. I'm very sypathetic since my former fiance is bi and so is my mom. These are just a few to start with but who knows maybe later...
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There are some seriously awesome books already on here. Wow. So reading is a serious past time of mine and I couldn't resist this. By the way Roze all the Green Gables books were awesome. LM Montgomery still shapes my outlook on life. Who else... it probably sounds overdone, but I don't think Where the Heart Is or A Walk to Remember should go unmentioned. They were heartrending books before they were pretty okay movies. Also a strange one is The Summer Girls (or sisters I can't remember) by Lois Lowery. I was really impressed but this book is not for little kids. Sci Fi is my main love and so I have to recomend Stephen Lawhead, Elizabeth Haydon, Sara Douglas, and Mercedes Lackey as just plain awesome authors. Mercedes Lackey especially does some nice stuff about alternative lifestyles. I'm very sypathetic since my former fiance is bi and so is my mom. These are just a few to start with but who knows maybe later...
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