I have four: Ulysses by James Joyce The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
and since I wanted to include something relatively recent... 2666 by Roberto Bolano (I cannot overstate how good this is - it is incredibly haunting and graphic at times, but just an amazing literary work, I haven't read anything since the year 2000 at least that comes close to this book)
It's bizarre to me that all these are fiction works, as I generally enjoy non-fiction much more, but these four are so good that they destroy my typical preferences.
2/14/09 2:33 PM
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For absolute favorite, I'd probably have to go with the Great Book of Amber (or at least the first 3 books in the collection), though it's pretty hard for me to choose just one. Memories of Ice is in the running, as well (though the list changes if we include non-fiction).
Earlier in my life, I would have said Franny and Zooey (By J.D. Salinger).
4/23/09 10:45 AM
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I've been on a Kurt Vonnegut kick the last couple of years... Cat's Cradle and Breakfast of Champions are two of my favorite novels by him or anyone else. Catcher in the Rye by Salinger and Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh are also among my faves.
4/23/09 4:14 PM
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Gravity's Rainbow - Pynchon
Slaughterhous 5 - Vonnegut
4/24/09 9:59 AM
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5/1/09 5:23 PM
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Ishmael- Daniel Quinn The Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse Gods of Eden - Wiliam Bramley The Medetations - Marcus Aurelius/translation..take your pick..Gregory Hayes was my favorite.
5/14/09 10:32 PM
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My favorite is Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut, and it's not even close.
7/17/09 7:32 AM
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Crime and Punishment. I can read the account of Raskilnikov killing the pawn broker over, and over.
7/26/09 4:17 PM
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The Emperor series by Iggulden is fantastic.
Its historical fiction/biography.
It follows Julius Caesar from Childhood to death, with added characters to add beautifully to the plot.
The battle scenes are spectacular, and the book series as a whole is one of the best I have read.
The Author changes minor events in history to add to the plot, but it's not significant enough frustrate you as you read.
It takes a couple of weeks to complete if you don't read much, the books are pretty short, but that is my only complaint.
If you like Ancient Roman history, I highly recommend this book series.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville Ulysses by James Joyce Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien The Third Policeman by Flann O'brien
1/25/10 4:23 PM
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Felix Holt - The Third Policeman by Flann O'brien
Is it about a bicycle?
1/26/10 3:32 PM
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Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey : Chuck Palahniuk
Shogun : James Clavell
The Gunslinger : Steven King
I have read all of these books repeatedly and each have changed my thought process. For good or Bad who knows
1/28/10 2:00 AM
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Don't ask why: Sphere by Michael Crichton
1/28/10 10:02 AM
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Ulysses is such a demanding read.
It's atop a lot of best books ever written lists, but I'd make a distinct seperation between best written book, and most enjoyable/favorite book. Portrait of the Artist was a more enjoyable read for me.
I don't know what my 'favorite' book would be.
Maybe 'On the Road' or 'The Sun also Rises'
I read a book a long time ago called 'Independence Day' by Richard Ford that I thought was great, and have always meant to read it again.
'The Moviegoer' by Walker Percy is also a book that is high on my list.
3/28/10 1:30 AM
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Willybone - Is it about a bicycle?
You're my new favorite poster.
11/19/10 11:37 AM
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11/19/10 7:32 PM
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CDog1955(did you have a Flux Capacitor by any chance?) has a great taste in books.
LOTR is the Royce Gracie of geeks. It may have flaws, but without it, NONE of us would be here today.
Without Remorse is great fun. There can't be an intelligent person with good parents who hasn't imagined how they would react in that situation. Me personally? I'd have got shot by the professionals. But it's fantastic to read how someone who wasn't as crap as me would get on.