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Dante's Inferno
Divine Comedy
Book of Joby
God's Demon
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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).
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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. 
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Gravity's Rainbow - Pynchon

Slaughterhous 5 - Vonnegut
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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.
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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.


http://www.amazon.com/Emperor-Gates-Novel-Julius-Caesar/dp/0385343019/ref=ed_oe_p
1/24/10 7:16 AM
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Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Cloud Street by Tim Winton

Magician by Raymond E. Feist
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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.
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Willybone - Is it about a bicycle?
 


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11/19/10 11:37 AM
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Without Remorse-Clancy

LOTR triliogy
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.
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11/20/10 8:57 AM
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I should of added "Clear and Present Danger" to my list.

What got me here today as far as my taste was "Conan", by Robt Howard, i wasn't much of a reader growing up till i found Conan, i read several other Howard books when i ran out of Conan.

I wish i had a flux Cap, i would redo several things in my life especiall where bjj is concerned!
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Hated it as a kid, read it about once a year now, fantastic book

Birdsong: For everyone who has family who made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime

Dispatches: As close as you'll get to being in 'Nam

Frankenstein: classic

The End of Eternity: Not a classic as such, but an amazing idea related to time travel and the consequences of it

Neuromancer: The atmosphere drips off the pages

Great thread.