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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:57 pm 
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Hello everybody!
Now just to let you know, I don't think I've read a book in my life!
Infact I'm the kinda guy who will wait for a movie of a book to come out before I go and read one - Lord of the rings for example, I would never read all those books - but I can easily sit in a theatre for over 3 hours! hehe :D

So what I've come up with is this...
I want to know what you guys think are the top 100 books you should read before you die! Or go blind but then again they can re-print in brail I guess...

Anyway, maybe start off with your top 20 list... 100 is probably a little too much.
I'm doing the same with movies but that's another forum...
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H'm, okay. I hope we don't have to give opinions of why you should read the books. Hehehe. I tend to ramble.

First of all - uh, dude, you have to read The Lord of the Rings. (And, I'm being serious. ;-)) I really hope one would know by now that a lot of important information, and quite a few interesting things along the way, get left out in the movies. Please read the books. You will then know why they call Tolkien 'genius'.

Secondly, reading C.S. Lewis's seven-book series, beginning with The Chronicles of Narnia, wouldn't be such a bad idea either. C.S. Lewis was absolutely amasing when it came to describing and living in a whole new world.

*Notes to self: okay, that's ten books total so far ...*

Next: Treasure Island, White Fang, and The Call of the Wild were absolutely spell-binding. I could not put the books down!

Anything by Scott O'dell is worth reading ... as is anything by Eva Ibbotsen (who is a quirky writer of not-so-scary ghosts, fraidy-cat witches, and other such funny things ...).

I guess that might amount to twenty books, but, if you enjoy 'whodunnit' stories (by THE master of detective work; can I get a witness?), read Agatha Christie's work. I promise you she must have had an IQ of 180.

Do you have a genre of bo- I mean, movies, that you like in particular? I could match you up with a book genre ...

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Hey thanks for that. It's a start anyhow.
Ummm, movies...
I'm kinda into anything really. Though I tend to watch more horrors or thrillers lately because my partner is into those - even though she ends up jumping half the time.

I've also joined a movie forum so I could get some ideas.
However, I find that most people are movie critics. Everyone has their own opinions of what are the greatest movies ever. It's like when you go to a restaurant, some people will love it, others won't. Or it's like when you go out to a nightclub... some people will like the music, others won't. You can't satisfy everyone I guess.

Here is the link for the movie one though:
http://forums.movieforum.com/MovieCat/m ... sg=11710.2

Thanks for your help!
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haha I can probaly do 100 becasue I read so much, but then I do not know if anyone would want to read all that, so I won't maybe.

Here are books that were really meaningful to me, or that I consider classics, or were just really good.

Island of the Blue Dolphin, by Scott O'Dell

Sidhartha, by Herman Hesse

The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

Catch in the Rye, by JD Salinger

The Maugs, by John Fowles

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint

The Great Gastby, by F. Scott Fitzgereald

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

No Exit (ok, this is a play, but it is amazing), by Jean Paul Sarte

Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Elements, by Morgan Llewelyn

Frakenstien, by Merry Shelly

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Virgins of Paradise, by Barbara Wood

Density of Souls, by Christopher Rice

Snow Garden, By Christopher Rice

Cry to Heaven, by Anne Rice

Feast of All Saints, by Anne Rice

At least one thing by Tom Robbins


hehe ok, I think that is good for now, before I get too carried away.

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I have read Island of the Blue Dolphins over and over and over and over .... I love that book.
H'm, horror/thrillers horror/thrillers ... um, I remember reading some of those (I tend to read any kind of genre if it's interesting), but it was a couple of years ago. I didn't read a lot of them anyways, or my dad might've killed me for 'filling my mind with junk'.
Jane Austen was brilliant, Robert Louis Stevenson was brilliant ... Rowling (whatever people may say, although her work is not particularly Christian ...) is funny, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was blooming hilarious, and anything by ... well, I won't get into poetry.
And for swordfights, gunfights, or fights in general, we have Louis L'amour, Robert Jordan, and Christopher Paolini.
I also liked Arthur Conan Doyle ... Sherlock Holmes was very cool ...

(I'm not being very helpful, am I? I'm giving out too general info ... Oh, well. :p)

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My top twenty-ish, in no particular order:

1)The colour of magic-Terry Pratchett
2)The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett
3)Equal Rites- Terry Pratchett
4)Mort-Terry Pratchett


You can see where this list is going, anything from the discworld series really. And:

5)Honoured Enemy- R. E. Fiest & William Fortschein
6)Salmon of Doubt- Douglas Adams
7,8,9,10,11)Htichhikers guide to the galaxy -DNA
12,13,14) Lord Of The Rings- J R R Tolkein
15)The Hobbit JRRT
16)Bored Of The Rings-National Lampoon
17) The little Princess-Can't remeber who this is by, but v v sad
18)19)20)The Three most recent harry potter books- J K Rowling

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Not totally on topic but...
have any of you read 'The Shining'?

Can you tell me what its about?

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i can tell you what the movie's about if we're thinking of the same "shining"

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If you mean Stephen Kings The Shinning I have read it and can tell you what it is about. Basicaly it is about this family, a mom, dad, and young boy, and the dad gets work at this big resort hotel during the off season so they are the only ones there. The boy has this speical gift, and strange things start happening at the hotel, the dad gets pocessed by some evil force in the hotel.

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At least one thing by Tom Robbins


8O i didnt hear it before.
i read four -translated- books of him and falled in love his sentences.
i think his books make me a better person.
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i've only read half asleep in frog pajamas and it was amazing

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Kujo wrote:
i've only read half asleep in frog pajamas and it was amazing

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i read it, yes amazing :)


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Guys what about the works of good old P.G.Wodehouse. His sense of humour is unparalleled. :D


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1)The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
2)Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
3)Slaughter-House Five, Kurt Vonagut
4)The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
5)The Inferno Of Dante
6)Ender's Game, O. Scott Card
7)The Foundation Trilogy, Isaic Asimov
8)Interview With The Vampire, Ann Rice
9)The Fountainhead, Ann Rynd
10)The Caunterbury Tales-Geoffry Chaucer
11)The Cathcer In The Rye-JD Salinger
12)To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee
13)Watership Down-Richard Adams
14)The Great Gatsby-F Scott Fitzgerald
15)Animal Farm-George Orwell
16)1984-George Orwell
17)The Lord Of The Rings-JRR Tolkien

And That's all I can give you :) Sorry if the list is too short, or if anything is spelled wrong.
As always, your loyal citizen 'Codename V'

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 2:50 pm 
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Hello everyone
Just so you know, I'm new here but think it's a great place!

Here is some books you GOTTA read before you die! They are a MUST!

1) All the classics off course! Like Jane Austen and Charles Dicken, s.o.
2) All by Nicholas Sparks! He is amzing when it comes to lovestories, especially THE NOTEBOOK is one, one have to read. Or watch!
3) J.R.R. Tolkien: Not only because the story is absolutly amazing but because a creation this big gotta be explored to the fullest! He also writes amazing and Oxford-like, gotta give ham that!
4) When you're working on Tolkien why not take C.S. LEWIS! At least book number 2 in the Narnia serie! It is much more than a child-book.
5) It has got to be on the list! J.K. Rowling! Same reasons as Tolkien.
6) One I find better than Rowling actually is Ursula K. LeGuin! Same genre only she has a special way of writing that can't be explained! READ HER!
7) Also better than Rowling is Philip Pullman! His trilogy - The Golden Compas - is absolutly FANTASTIC! You'll see.
8)I find his stories a bit strange but he is one, you have to read. He just is. Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 100 years of solitude and Love in the time of Cholera.
9) Complex, hard to figure, twisting but amazing! Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Shadows of the wind!
10) Elisabeth Kostova - The Historian! Brilliant!
11) John Fasman - written hard and forward!
12) Dan Brown - because he is everybody's talking subject!
13) Patrick O'Brian - Far side of the world - a classic
14) Paulo Coelho - The alchemist
15) Jean M. Auel - the whole serie
16) Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl
17) Wiliam Faulkner
18) A.A. Milner - Because he is our childhood
19) J.M. Barrie - Love his dream
20) Kate Mosse - Labyrinth

Hope You'll find something interesting on it:)
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