What's Everyone's Favorite Book?

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What's Everyone's Favorite Book?

Postby Raxivace » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:33 am

Mine is probably Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. I love how it feels like a Latin American proto-Twin Peaks.
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Postby Raxivace » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:16 am

Derived Absurdity wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Communist_Manifesto" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That is a pamphlet, not a book. [angry]
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Postby aels » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:04 pm

Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett. I'm a big Pratchett fan.
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Postby OpiateOfTheMasses » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:57 pm

Complicity by Iain Banks.
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Postby Faustus5 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:35 pm

Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett.

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Postby Islandmur » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:10 am

I don't know that i have "a" favorite book, there are certain books that are favorites and I tend to gravitate towards them and read over and over again. One of those is "La petite Fadette". I also like Les precieuses ridicules. The little prince. Etre en pleine conscience. I enjoy epics I'm currently reading the wheel of time (though I'm still missing the two last books). I never get tired of reading Sherlock Holmes. The mother goose murders.
I could go on and on I think lol

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Postby Raxivace » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:58 am

I remember when I read A Study in Scarlet I was really surprised when halfway through it turned into a western about Mormons set in Utah. Really weird for a Holmes story to do in retrospect.
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Postby JaredMithrandir » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:54 pm

Paul Feval's John Devil, as translated into English by Brian Stableford for BlackCoatPress.

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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:23 pm

I'll have to split it into categories:

Fiction: War and Peace - Spent a pretty amazing summer reading this. It felt like less of a novel and more of a life experience. I don't know of any fictional work that has its amazing combination of grand, epic scope and small, intimate detail. Combine that with a cast of some of the most psychologically alive characters ever and it's pretty amazing all around. People balk at the length, but it's a surprisingly fast read because of how entertaining it is, and I even slowed down near the end because I didn't WANT it to end!

Drama: Hamlet - I've often said if I'd read this before I saw Evangelion it probably would've had the same effect on me because Hamlet is dealing with a lot of the same shit as the characters in NGE, and by extension what I was dealing with. It's similarly inexhaustible in its substance: the richness of the characters, language, philosophy, etc.

Poetry: Paradise Lost - It's the work that ignited my love of poetry. I still remember reading it the first time thinking "I didn't know language could do this." Since then I've reread it twice and listened to it on audiobook twice, and it's just as amazing every time. Still probably the single richest treasure trove of English language as an aesthetic object in itself.

Non-Fiction: Rationality: From AI to Zombies (https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Rationa ... to_Zombies) - Though I read it all online, it's been collected in book-form since. Yudkowsky's fundamental sequence on rationality was like a washing machine for my brain in my early 20s. Much of what he wrote I'd already thought about, but reading him allowed me to clarify it to a great extent. There was also plenty of new stuff to chew on and digest--of those "A Human's Guide to Words" had the biggest impact--and it really helped solidify my overall philosophical perspective.
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Re: What's Everyone's Favorite Book?   Reply #10

Postby Gypsy-Vanner » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:53 pm

Melanie Rawn and her Dragon Price and Dragon Star trilogies and Robin Hobb Fitz and Fool series. It's a toss up as to which I love more.
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Re: What's Everyone's Favorite Book?   Reply #11

Postby Islandmur » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:07 pm

I preferred her Exile series but she never published the last book!

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Re: What's Everyone's Favorite Book?   Reply #12

Postby Chuckles_Otoole » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:37 am

"Beau Geste"

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Postby CashRules » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:26 pm

The Holy Bible
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Re: What's Everyone's Favorite Book?   Reply #14

Postby Chuckles_Otoole » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:17 am

CashRules wrote:The Holy Bible

Fiction or non-fiction?

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Postby CashRules » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:55 pm

Chuckles_Otoole wrote:
CashRules wrote:The Holy Bible

Fiction or non-fiction?


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