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Raid

Raid

Age : 56
Location : Finland
Registration date : 2010-08-20

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PostSubject: Re: What are your top five books?   What are your top five books? - Page 2 EmptySat Aug 21, 2010 2:23 pm

Moby Dick - Melville
East of Eden - Steinbeck
Mikael Karvajalka - Waltari
Sense of snow - Peter Hoeg
Saramago - almost whole production
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Anders And

Anders And

Age : 45
Location : Germany
Registration date : 2010-08-09

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1. Almost anything by Ray Bradbury
2. Shalimar the Clown, Salman Rushdie
3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
4. Kallocain, Karin Boye
5. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
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petertschantz

petertschantz

Age : 54
Location : Clover, SC
Registration date : 2010-08-12

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Bible - ESV for me
For Whom the Bell Tolls - EH
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (not a novel, but an impressive collection
Death in the Long Grass - Peter H Capstick (not great literature, but great stories for those with a fascination with safari)
On the shoulders of giants - Stephen Hawking, et al.


Off the cuff 'best 5' lists are tough, but these are defintely 5 favorites
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DoverPipes

DoverPipes

Age : 52
Registration date : 2009-05-24

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Do Hustler / Penthouse / Juggs / Cheri / and Big & Busty count as "books" ? Razz
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alfredo_buscatti

alfredo_buscatti

Age : 65
Location : Piedmont, North Carolina
Registration date : 2007-12-17

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PostSubject: Re: What are your top five books?   What are your top five books? - Page 2 EmptyWed Aug 25, 2010 5:49 am

The Lord of the Rings trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien - absolutely superlative!
Harry Potter seven volume set - J.K. Rowling - also superlative, but in the realm of fantasy Tolkien doesn't have a rival with Rowling or anyone else
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954 - 1963 - Taylor Branch, a civil rights trilogy, the first volume of which won the Pulitzer
Black Reconstruction 1860-1880 - W.E.B. DuBois
The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx (the movie with Kevin Spacey and Judy Dench is great, too)
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Eric



Registration date : 2009-11-03

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PostSubject: Re: What are your top five books?   What are your top five books? - Page 2 EmptyWed Aug 25, 2010 10:15 am

The Bible
The Lord of The Rings & The Hobbitt
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
My Lady Nicotine

Those are the ones I'm always re-reading.
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Amenhotep04

Amenhotep04

Location : New Mexico
Registration date : 2009-09-07

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PostSubject: Re: What are your top five books?   What are your top five books? - Page 2 EmptyFri Aug 27, 2010 7:01 am

Not necessarily in this order:

1. The Star Rover by Jack London
2. Experience and Nature by John Dewey
3. The Quest for Certainty by John Dewey
4. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
5. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

farao
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bruins

bruins

Age : 51
Location : the heartland
Registration date : 2010-08-25

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PostSubject: Re: What are your top five books?   What are your top five books? - Page 2 EmptyTue Aug 31, 2010 11:47 am

sun also rises--hemingway
lolita--nabokov
birthday boys--beryl bainbridge (really anything by her)
a sport and a pastime--james salter
blood meridian--cormac mccarthy

jesus, that leaves out many many necessary books...oh, and btw, death to the kindle and its like.
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Vercer



Age : 45
Location : Kernersville, NC
Registration date : 2010-09-26

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Hmm, to narrow it to five I'm going to have to cheat some and list series as single books.

In no particular order:

1) Lord of the Rings series (JRR Tolkien)
2) Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein)
3) Neuromancer (William Gibson)
4) Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein)
5) The Discworld books (Terry Pratchett)

Yeah, mostly sci-fi and fantasy. Heinlein is a good read for social commentary in additons to great sci-fi though.
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Jack Straw

Jack Straw

Age : 36
Location : Brooklyn
Registration date : 2009-08-27

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Off the top of my head, these are the ones that have stuck with me the most:

East of Eden - John Steinbeck (probably my favorite)
Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Wheel of Time (series) - Robert Jordan
Phenomenology of Spirit - Georg W. F. Hegel
1984 - George Orwell
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taja-big dog

taja-big dog

Age : 75
Location : Michigan
Registration date : 2010-11-01

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Pipe smokers and readers on the same site....this is good stuff.

1. Great Expectations - Dickens (The master of character)

2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (Best book/movie combo ever?)

3. Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy - John LeCarre

4. The Great Gatsby - F.Scot Fitzgerald

5. Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
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momus

momus

Registration date : 2010-12-12

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Cormac McCarthy-the Road
Herman Melville-Moby Dick
Umberto Eco-The Name of the Rose (nothing like a 14th century detective novel)
C.S. Lewis-Till We Have Faces
Henry Fielding-Tom Jones
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pasq0321

pasq0321

Age : 45
Location : Cleveland, Ohio
Registration date : 2010-11-08

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Hmm, there are so many to choose from, but I think I like these best-

Lord of the Rings- JRR Tolkien
Into Thin Air- Jon Krakauer
My Wicked Wicked Ways- Errol Flynn
Jurassic Park- Michael Crichton
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant- Stephen Donaldson

Great idea for a thread.
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whiskeywillow

whiskeywillow

Age : 30
Location : New Jersey
Registration date : 2011-01-09

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I love The Lord of the Rings and Sherlock Holmes collections probably more than anything else, but I'll omit them from my list simply because they've already been repeated so many times and I like a little variety.

In no order:

- The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
- Old Man's War by John Scalzi
- Dubliners by James Joyce
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


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talrmn35

talrmn35

Age : 45
Location : DeKalb, IL
Registration date : 2010-12-09

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PostSubject: Re: What are your top five books?   What are your top five books? - Page 2 EmptyMon Jan 10, 2011 9:37 am

Let's see here...

Fahrenheit 451
Brave New World
1984
Deep Thoughts (by Jack Handy)
Mastering the art of French Cooking

With nods to Bible KJV, Chronicles of Narnia, and all things Sherlock Holmes.
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Richard Burley

Richard Burley

Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09

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1. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
2. Same
3. Same
4. Same
5. Same

What the hell, I read it five times and each time it was the best thing I ever read.
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shootist51



Location : Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration date : 2007-12-28

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Killer Angels...Michael Shaara
Old Man and The Boy...Robert Ruark
The Road...Cormack McCarthy
One Second After...William R. Forstchen,He has also co-authored several good alternative histories with Newt Gingerich...my favorite is "Gettysburg"
Patriots...James Wesley, Rawles, also maintains a great survivalist blog called.....SurvivalBlog.com

All of James A. Michner's, particulary "Texas", "The Covenent" and "Cenntenial"

Another great book, if you can find it, as it was banned in the U.S. for years, is "The White Tribe" written by the same guy that wrote the Green Berets, Robin something, but his last name eludes me.
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DocRx

DocRx

Age : 64
Location : wall,nj
Registration date : 2010-12-24

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The Day of the Jackal...F.Forsyth
Chesapeake...J Michner
Tale of Two Cities..C.Dickens
The Last of the Mohicans..J.F.Cooper
Truman..D.McCullough
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CyrilLucar

CyrilLucar

Location : Chattanooga, Tennessee
Registration date : 2011-06-16

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
The Lord of the Rings with the Hobbit, Tolkien
Harry Potter, Rowling
The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
Future Grace, Piper
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Schacht

Schacht

Age : 50
Location : Berlin. Germany
Registration date : 2011-06-16

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• Dostojewskij - Crime And Punishment
• Hegel - The Phenomenology of Spirit
• Houellebecq - Platform
• Miller - Nexus, Sexus, Plexus (is this counting as one?)
• Roth - The Dying Animal

Not easy to pick only five - I love classic German literature, and the romantic period as well (how could I not). Please let me at least add Rilkes "The Book of Hours". That list would be so incomplete without some poetry.

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ten_fiver

ten_fiver

Location : Evanston, WY
Registration date : 2011-11-08

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  • Lord of the Rings- JRR Tolkien
  • The Stand- Stephen King
  • Blood Meridian- Cormac McCarthy
  • Gravity's Rainbow- Thomas Pynchon
  • Catch 22- Joseph Heller
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alfredo_buscatti

alfredo_buscatti

Age : 65
Location : Piedmont, North Carolina
Registration date : 2007-12-17

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As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Edith Wharton, a Biography, R.W.B. Lewis
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Bhagavad Gita
The Harry Potter Series, J. K. Rowling
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