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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2006, 08:36:45 pm »
Here's my go at it:

1. End of Eternity Isaac Asimov
2. Red Mars series Kims Stanley Robinson
3. Farenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
4. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, Douglas Adams
5. I, Robot Isaac Asimov
6. Non-fiction books that bore Normal People Note: not a real book
7. Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
8. Animal Farm George Orwell
9. 1984 Same, winds up on the bottom of my best book list, made it in half by the ending
10.  Roots Only historical fiction that I liked, Alex Haley. And he made up/plagiarized most of it!

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2006, 03:08:18 am »
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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2006, 04:20:01 am »
In no particular order:

Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse
Mars Trilogy - KS Robinson
Hitchhiker's "Trilogy" - Douglas Adams
LOTR and associated books - JRR Tolkien
Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Discworld Series as a whole (I can't really pick one) - Terry Pratchett
The Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
Alice In Wonderland/Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Carpet People - Terry Pratchett (This had a huge influence on me as a child)

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2006, 08:53:18 pm »
Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series
Dreadnought and Castles of Steel by Robert Massie
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Shoot to Kill by Michael Asher
Monte Cassino by Matthew Parker
The Lord of the Rings

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2006, 08:01:47 pm »
I can't think of any sort of order, but these are my top ten:

The Thrid Policemen (this book is insane and ivolves soooooo many different theories that are totally insane)- Flann O'Brien
Gateway- Frederick Pohl
Cryptonomicon- Neal Stephenson
Without Remorse- Tom Clancy
Red Storm Rising- Tom Clancy
The Transall Saga- Gary Paulsen
Very Crazy G.I. (Strabge But True Stories Of The Vietnam War)- Kregg P. J. Jorgenson
My Side of the Moutain- Jean Craighead George
Any Harry Turtledove stuff (his books really get you thinking!)
And any Arthur C. Clarke stuff, i love all his books!

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #20 on: August 02, 2006, 08:19:39 pm »
If you can get to read it if it's not required reading (And read it again if it originally was) then it's good, because I'm picky. I don't rank though.

Timeline I highly reccommend one does NOT ignore reading and just watch the movie, because the movie has only the character names, and where/when they go. The movie also includes the predestination paradox, which the book spends time proving doesn't exist (Well, technically, the Grandfather paradox, but that's the opposite, when one's disproven, so is the other) In fact, somewhere in the Naucean thread Hydro mentions how time travel works in nearly the same way.

Prey It's pretty cool, I was force fed it by my mom and read it in two countries (Free time during international/intercontinental school trip, or often used with travelling. I had nighmares with that and the sphere theater combined the next night)

Necro's gonna flame me but, The Harry Potter series. I like the read it's fun and light. I actually read the most recent while halfway through Timeline (Cuz that's when the book came out and I refuse to have endings spoiled, I spoil them for others, thank you very much) and kept on drawing sciencey parallels. I forgot them now, I need to redo it (Page 135... remember, that's when you broke from it.)

Meh, my other geekdom will show and I am now mentioning my favorite Manga Series, and the reason for most is they're pleasant diversions with memorable characters so I won't get them confused with one another, whether crossing-over or intra-comic (Though I still think Tomoyo and Ayame will one day doubleteam Sakura and Kisa)

Fruits Basket, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Hunter x Hunter, FMA, Fushigi Yugi, Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden, Saiyuki Reload.
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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2006, 07:59:51 am »
1. Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
2. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
3. The Great Hunt
4.  Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb
5. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb
6. Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb
7. Golden Fool - Robin Hobb
8. The Lord of the Rings 1 - Tolkien
9. Harry Potter 1 - JK Rowling
10. Harry Potter 4 - JK Rowling

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2006, 09:50:33 am »
1. Jurrasic Park
2. The Redwall books
3. Andromeda Strain
4. The Hobbit
5. LoTR
6. The Lost World
7. Congo
8. Sphere
9. Hatchet
10. Harry Potter series.

I am going to reread Jurrasic Park....

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2006, 04:45:00 am »
Lord Of The Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
The First Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant - Stephen R. Donaldson
The Second Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant - Stephen R. Donaldson
Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson
Time & Again - Jack Finney
Zodiac - Neal Stephenson
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
HeadCrash - Bruce Bethke
Good Omens - Terry Prachett & Neil Gaiman
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2006, 07:58:13 am »
I don't read that often, but when I do, it's often ender's game and it's many follow-up bugs in both the ender and bean quartet.
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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2006, 05:19:04 pm »
1. Songs of Ice and Fire Series - George RR Martin
2. Daughter of the Empire and the rest of the trilogy - R E Feist
3. Threshold - Sara Douglas
4. LOTR - Tolkien
5. The Swords of Night and Day - David Gemmell
6. Mort - Terry Pratchett though they're all good.
7. Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel
8. The Stand - Stephen King
9. The Shining - Stephen King
10. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2006, 11:17:59 am »
1. Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett - Best. Book. Ever!
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien
3. War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
4. The rest of the Discwold series - Terry Pratchett*
5. The Space Oddysey series - Arthur C. Clarke - Especially Oddysey 3
6. The Dark SIde of the Sun - Terry Pratchett
7. Misery - Stephen King
8. 1984 - George Orwell
9. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
10. The Sharpe series - Bernard Cornwell

Close But No Cigar: The rest of B. Bryson's books, Good Omens, The Hobbit, The Duncton series (William Horwood), Jeremy Clarkson's books, The Carpet People (Pratchett) and others.


*If I was truly honest about this Pratchett would have had about 8 out of the 10, so I tied all the discwold books bar my favorate in to one entry.

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2006, 07:27:26 am »
In no particular order:

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke - http://www.jonathanstrange.com/
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card - http://www.hatrack.com/osc/books/endersgame/endersgame.shtml
Seventh Son, by Orson Scott Card - http://www.hatrack.com/osc/books/seventh.shtml
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, author unknown - http://livinghistory.co.uk/homepages/sirgawain/
The Pearl, by John Steinbeck - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pearl_%28novel%29
Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_Series
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/46
Neuromancer, by William Gibson - http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/books/neuromancer.asp
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2006, 09:02:16 pm »
HHGttG.
The Lost world
Disc world - The Last continent
Jurrasic Park
Red Dwarf - Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Some others i can't think of most of Discworlds and the rest of the red dwarf series. I dont know how LOTR got so popular the 1st is fine but 2 and three make me want to sleep.

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Re: top 10 books
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2006, 08:49:38 am »
Ok, I am nowhere near being able to make a top 10 for myself, I am way too lazy to think it through.
Basically, anything by Terry Pratchett, Douglass Adams, Isaac Asimov, Iain Banks, Arthur C. Clark, Raymond E. Feist, J.R.R. Tolkien (of course), and I also like Anthony Horrowitz's kid-agent novels.

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