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What is the best book you ever read?

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  1. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    What is the best book you ever read?

    Was it trash fiction, nonfiction, assigned in class, something you just stumbled on at a yard sale or a work of your favorite author?
     
  2. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    Ask me tomorow and I might have a different answer, though this is and will remain in the top few favorite books of all time.

    Without Remorse Tom Clancy
     

  3. CRC

    CRC Sarah's Dad

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    The author is David Morrell. All 3 books are fiction: The Brotherhood of The Rose, The League of Night and Fog and The Fraternity of the Stone. They are a sort of Trilogy. The Brotherhood.. and The Fraternity..are tied in to The League of Night and Fog.

    I actually read The Fraternity Of The Stone, cover to cover in one night, pulling CQ duty while in the Army. I couldn't put it down.
     
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    My favorites are The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
     
  5. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    I would have to say "Lord of The Flies'. Eric
     
  6. Bill Powell

    Bill Powell Cross Member CLM

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    Without Remorse

    I like the HIGH CRUSADE, BY Anderson. The reason I like it is it is the book that got my family into reading. I sat them down and read it to them.

    The BROTHERHOOD OF WAR series.

    With a few exceptions, the last book I read is my favorite.

    ALAS BABYLON aint too shabby. etc etc etc etc
     
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    Bill Powell Cross Member CLM

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    LORD OF THE FLIES leans toward spooky
     
  8. Cicero

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    Moby Dick - Melville.

    The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis.

    The Gospel according to John - God.

    The book of Job - God.

    The rest of the Bible - God.




    After that, I'm partial to the early- to mid- Out of the Ashes and Last Mountain Man series by William Johnstone.
     
  9. mhambi

    mhambi κολασμένος

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    Too many 'categories' to just pick one...






    however, Dandelion Wine by Bradbury is beautifully written, and one of my favorite reads.


    :)
     
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    Bill Powell Cross Member CLM

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    Cicero, you like Johnstone? I read every Johnstone I can find. You do the first mountain man or the last mountain man? I like the Eagles series, too.


    It was the last mountain man, talking about lawyers, who said, "You know, it's the damnedest thing. You have one lawyer in a little western town, and he makes a living like everyone else. Let a second one move into town and I'll be damned if they don't both get rich.
     
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    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    I think 'Lord of The Flies' is the best book I've read, from a literary standpoint.

    As far as enjoyable fiction, I would have to say that it is a tie, between Stephen King's 'The Stand' and 'The Talisman'. Also by Stephen King. The Harry Potter series would be in the top five though.

    I have read thousands of books and I know I am forgetting a lot of great ones. Eric
     
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    I like both the mountain man series. There were a few books at the end, about a year before Johnstone died, where it was clear that he was just recycling plots. (I still remember one where he used the same flashback twice within 50 pages). The Ashes books got flaky at the end too with the aliens thing. But I've tried to hunt down every other book in all three series whenever I can find it. In terms of just fun, relaxing, western style writing, there's nothing better.
     
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    My vote goes for two titles from Heinlein's massive collection:

    "Stranger in a Strange Land" & "The Number of the Beast"
     
  14. Bill Powell

    Bill Powell Cross Member CLM

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    Shows what I know. When did he die? That's probably why he aint answering my E-mails. I agree with you about the transition into totally predictable, and slightly juvenile, story lines. I really liked the horror series he did. The early first mountain man books were great, til he got to the mad ceasar. I liked the first of the first mountain man books, when they were in the English fort, being attacked by sick indians. Some Englishman pointed to the 'fleeing indians', and Beartooth told them that in about five minutes those indians would be fleeing right back at them.

    The only series I could never get into was the brotherhood, no it was the BLOOD BROTHERS series, the two young guys.

    The Ashes-------Show a hand tilting from side to side. aannnnhhh
     
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    I have to pick only one?

    Last of the Mohicans is way up there. Gates of Fire is another top contender. Lost Books of the Bible the Forgotten Books of Eden was darn interesting. Anything by Theodore Roosevelt is good. The Beowulf story along with Eaters of the Dead and other spinoffs are fun.

    Nope. Can't do it. It's hard to put one before another because each book is good in it's own way.
     
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    I have two,
    1, Fiction, The decline and fall of Pax Americana

    2, I don;t know what to call it, The Prince By Machiavelli.

    Of course Nietzsche is also good for a headache and to provoke some thought.
     
  17. CobraCommander

    CobraCommander Hi Everybody!

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    Great!
    Pretty good!

    Also,
    • The Forgotten Soldier
    • Black Edelweiss
    • Enemy at the Gates
    • Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege
    • The Fall of Berlin
    • Band of Brothers
    • Starship Troopers
    • Intern
    • To Hell and Back
    • Blackhawk Down

    It goes on and on...
     
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    In recent memory, two come to mind:

    "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

    and

    "John Adams", a biography by David McCullough
     
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    Four novels referred to as The Alexandria Quartet, by Lawrence Durrell: Justine, Balthazar, Montolive, and Clea.

    The Quartet has it all: French/English conflict...Coptic and Muslim lifestyles...the Jewish quest for a Palestinian homeland, romance, and humor.

    Durrell was an Irish writer. Written in the mid 50s.
     
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    'The Catcher in the Rye'