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      12-10-2010 02:00 AM #1
      What is your favorite book of all time?

      No qualifiers needed. No judging.

      It doesn't need to have the best prose, or be the most controversial book ever written.

      Just your favorite book of all time, and a small blurb on why.

      For me it is Neuromancer by William Gibson.



      This prophetic book is credited with starting the cyber punk era. It doesn't quite stand up as well as some of the other novels of the genre, but it still is quite relevant today. Reading this book got me into reading, and also shaped my love of technology. It is pretty mind boggling how many predictions of Gibson's were pin point accurate, considering the internet was just a glint in Al Gore's eye at the time he wrote it.

      Great book pick it up. It will appeal to you even if you are not a huge Sci-Fi fan.
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      12-10-2010 04:40 AM #2
      Old but good!



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      12-10-2010 06:33 AM #3
      The Count of Monte Christo

    4. 12-10-2010 07:22 AM #4


      Not a very original choice, but true. I really hate the image on the cover though.

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      12-11-2010 12:44 AM #5


      Coolest Characters and Plot ever. Plus you knew someone was going to post this or LOTR.

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      12-11-2010 06:57 PM #6
      Oh man, what a difficult choice to make. I'm not sure I could pick just one, but I could probably narrow it down to 3 or 4 books.



      If I had to pick one, it would probably pick Wizard's First Rule. Hidden subtly under fantastic fantasy is a really good message (inspired heavily by Atlas Shrugged) brought to life by some of the most vivid and engaging characters of modern fiction. I jumped into Wizard's First Rule (and subsequently the rest of the Sword Of Truth series) as someone who hadn't read much fantasy up to that point and still really enjoyed it.

      The runners up:





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      12-13-2010 02:19 PM #7
      wow i hated jane eyre, most boring book ever. then again, that was in high school.

      i think my most recent favorite is



      though the classics that i must also mention are:
      - Redwall series
      - Deathstalker series
      - Where the Red Fern Grows
      - John Bellairs books

      ... too hard to pick, so many good books out there.

      i just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Good casual read, nothing profound though. Solid entertainment.
      currently going through Stephen King's The Dome
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      12-13-2010 06:39 PM #8


      old school and public domain on my phone

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      12-14-2010 11:31 AM #9
      I can never pick a favorite book/movie/song/etc because I like so many for different reasons. For example, how can you compare a compelling account of Cold War espionage to a classic novel?

      That said, I tend to use Breakfast of Champions as my default answer when asked what is my favorite book.
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    11. 12-15-2010 05:25 PM #11


      Pure genius. Was the first book for my kindle as it was free. Sure I studied the Theory of Evolution in grade school and college but never read his original work. It's the best science literature I've ever read.

      2nd favorite: Neal Stephenson's Anathem. Epic science fiction adventure.

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      12-15-2010 08:12 PM #12
      These were full of chuckles and very addicting...



      One of my all time faves though

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      12-15-2010 10:19 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Big M View Post
      I can never pick a favorite book/movie/song/etc because I like so many for different reasons. For example, how can you compare a compelling account of Cold War espionage to a classic novel?

      That said, I tend to use Breakfast of Champions as my default answer when asked what is my favorite book.
      I have the same problem when trying to choose a favorite book. When someone asks me I usually say the last book that I read.

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      12-26-2010 12:17 PM #14
      Eldest by Paolini

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      12-31-2010 03:38 AM #15
      A Tree Grows In Brooklyn & Gone With The Wind are two of my favorites. I'm a huge Stephen King fan too, and It was his first book I ever read so its high up on the list too.

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      02-10-2011 12:08 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Laser04 View Post


      Coolest Characters and Plot ever. Plus you knew someone was going to post this or LOTR.
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      02-10-2011 12:53 AM #17
      Catcher in the Rye

      9 Stories

      Both by Salinger

      1984 comes in a close second.

      To Kill a Mockingbird comes in a close third.

      The Great Gatsby comes in a close fourth.

      They're all about equal, honestly.

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      02-15-2011 01:01 PM #18
      Hard to pick one favorite. Some in the running would be Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, The Little Prince. Many more I could add.

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      02-18-2011 02:43 PM #19
      Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

      The thought of cloning extinct creatures is one of those cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, so why not go with dinosaurs? Maybe we could find out why they went extinct (comet/no comet theories). Philosophically, the book has some great lines that can apply to many things in the world.

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      02-22-2011 11:44 PM #20
      I don't read many books these days but I remember that James Clavell's Asian Saga novels were some of my favorite books growing up, especially Shogun and Noble House. They made TV adaptations of some of these books, but none were very good.

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      02-23-2011 04:31 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post
      Catcher in the Rye

      9 Stories

      Both by Salinger

      1984 comes in a close second.

      To Kill a Mockingbird comes in a close third.

      The Great Gatsby comes in a close fourth.

      They're all about equal, honestly.
      I really, really enjoyed both The Catcher in the Rye and 9 Stories.

      I read both 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird in high school (along with The Catcher in the Rye) and instantly enjoyed them both.

      My next favorite book would have to be The Hobbit. I first read it when I was in elementary school.

    22. 03-29-2011 04:37 AM #22
      Pride and Prejudice, it's a masterpiece of all time.

    23. 03-29-2011 01:37 PM #23
      There, there. There, there.


    24. 03-29-2011 01:43 PM #24
      this...


      or maybe

      this...


      it changes

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      03-29-2011 02:22 PM #25
      As has been mentioned, too many to list. My favorite series is the Aubrey/Maturin books by O'brian (I love nautical literature)


      Though my fall back is usually On the Road by Kerouac.

      Basically defines the restlessness in me.

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      04-05-2011 12:28 PM #26
      I read this one every few years.

      It always gives me a warm feeling and motivation in life when I finish it, though it starts a bit slow.


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      04-08-2011 12:04 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by falundafa View Post
      Pride and Prejudice, it's a masterpiece of all time.
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      04-10-2011 09:18 PM #28
      A few contenders








    29. 04-20-2011 04:07 PM #29
      pleasantly surprised to see some one else enjoying these books. I read the first one at 13 and got hooked. Read the whole series, cought up to #6 i think and then had to wait as each came out. If you liked the sword of truth series, check out The Law of 9's. lots of reference to TSOT series By Terry Goodkind.

      Quote Originally Posted by EK20 View Post
      Oh man, what a difficult choice to make. I'm not sure I could pick just one, but I could probably narrow it down to 3 or 4 books.



      If I had to pick one, it would probably pick Wizard's First Rule. Hidden subtly under fantastic fantasy is a really good message (inspired heavily by Atlas Shrugged) brought to life by some of the most vivid and engaging characters of modern fiction. I jumped into Wizard's First Rule (and subsequently the rest of the Sword Of Truth series) as someone who hadn't read much fantasy up to that point and still really enjoyed it.

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      04-21-2011 03:32 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by MrRoboito View Post
      pleasantly surprised to see some one else enjoying these books. I read the first one at 13 and got hooked. Read the whole series, cought up to #6 i think and then had to wait as each came out. If you liked the sword of truth series, check out The Law of 9's. lots of reference to TSOT series By Terry Goodkind.
      I keep meaning to pick up Law Of Nines, but always forget to look for it at the book store whenever I am there. Definitely will be picking up The Omen Machine though.
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      04-26-2011 12:05 AM #31
      I love the Wheel of Times series. Cant wait for it to complete.

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      04-26-2011 10:41 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by monkey7247 View Post
      I love the Wheel of Times series. Cant wait for it to complete.
      Apparently Robert Jordan could't wait either.

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      04-28-2011 12:29 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Bustov View Post
      Apparently Robert Jordan could't wait either.

      True. So far Brandon Sanderson has handled the completion role well, I think.

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      05-04-2011 11:56 AM #34
      Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.
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      05-04-2011 01:10 PM #35
      If you liked the Sword of Truth series give the Wheel of Time a read. Both have their ups and downs, but I ended up reading Wheel of Time more then Sword of Truth.
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