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#21 Earthshine Emmeline

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:31 AM

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:44 AM

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Don't you recognise it? It's called a joke. wink.gif

Of course, but still...

Some people just don't appreciate Canadian authors, apparently.

Love Robertson Davies, btw. He is in my top 10.  

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:45 AM

QUOTE (micgtr71 @ Mar 7 2011, 06:29 AM)
QUOTE (summer_sky @ Mar 6 2011, 01:19 PM)
Here is a list of my favorite books.  Many have been made into movies over the years, not sure if I like that or not!

J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy
L. Ron Hubbard's 'Battlefield Earth'
Leon Uris's 'Trinity'
Paul Theroux's 'The Mosquito Coast'
Richard Adams's 'Watership Down'
Stephen King's 'The Stand'
Jean Auel's 'Earth Children' series
Ken Follett's 'The Pillars Of The Earth'

Most of these I have read and loved. I never read anything by L. Ron Hubbard...hesitant to though I shouldn't be. Maybe I will give it a try seeing that you have it grouped with a lot of my favorites.

Though there are so many...Sun Also Rises, Gatsby, Mockingbird....I will have to say that the greatest book that I have ever read is The Fountainhead.

Yup, Gatsby and Mockingbird are definitely in my top 10.  

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:58 AM

QUOTE (Finding IT @ Mar 7 2011, 10:45 AM)
QUOTE (micgtr71 @ Mar 7 2011, 06:29 AM)
QUOTE (summer_sky @ Mar 6 2011, 01:19 PM)
Here is a list of my favorite books.  Many have been made into movies over the years, not sure if I like that or not!

J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy
L. Ron Hubbard's 'Battlefield Earth'
Leon Uris's 'Trinity'
Paul Theroux's 'The Mosquito Coast'
Richard Adams's 'Watership Down'
Stephen King's 'The Stand'
Jean Auel's 'Earth Children' series
Ken Follett's 'The Pillars Of The Earth'

Most of these I have read and loved. I never read anything by L. Ron Hubbard...hesitant to though I shouldn't be. Maybe I will give it a try seeing that you have it grouped with a lot of my favorites.

Though there are so many...Sun Also Rises, Gatsby, Mockingbird....I will have to say that the greatest book that I have ever read is The Fountainhead.

Yup, Gatsby and Mockingbird are definitely in my top 10.

I really should add The Great Gadsby and To Kill A Mockingbird... thoroughly enjoyed these two great books!

Mic, give Battlefield Earth a try... it has no clear relation to Scientology wink.gif

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:25 PM

Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer
Catcher in the Rye
The Other - Thomas Tryon

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:50 PM

QUOTE (Lost In Xanadu @ Mar 7 2011, 01:25 PM)
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The Other - Thomas Tryon

oh, I remembering reading this and other Thomas Tryon a long time ago.  I was still a teenager.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:08 PM

QUOTE (summer_sky @ Mar 7 2011, 11:58 AM)
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Here is a list of my favorite books.  Many have been made into movies over the years, not sure if I like that or not!

J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy
L. Ron Hubbard's 'Battlefield Earth'
Leon Uris's 'Trinity'
Paul Theroux's 'The Mosquito Coast'
Richard Adams's 'Watership Down'
Stephen King's 'The Stand'
Jean Auel's 'Earth Children' series
Ken Follett's 'The Pillars Of The Earth'

Most of these I have read and loved. I never read anything by L. Ron Hubbard...hesitant to though I shouldn't be. Maybe I will give it a try seeing that you have it grouped with a lot of my favorites.

Though there are so many...Sun Also Rises, Gatsby, Mockingbird....I will have to say that the greatest book that I have ever read is The Fountainhead.

Yup, Gatsby and Mockingbird are definitely in my top 10.

I really should add The Great Gadsby and To Kill A Mockingbird... thoroughly enjoyed these two great books!

Mic, give Battlefield Earth a try... it has no clear relation to Scientology wink.gif

I will. I'll look for it this week when my son and I go to the library. I'll let you know what I think.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:14 PM

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Mic, give Battlefield Earth a try... it has no clear relation to Scientology wink.gif

I will. I'll look for it this week when my son and I go to the library. I'll let you know what I think.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:47 PM

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The Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, 1984, A Farewell to Arms.
I really can't pick one; they're all exceptional.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:45 PM

Re: The people who mentioned "Gatsby":
I loved The Great Gatsby. Best book I read in English last year. Gatsby became my second "fictional beau", right after Edmond Dantes of The Count of Monte Cristo and Hamlet, of.. Hamlet, obviously.
Some of the other characters in "Gatsby" didn't strike me as all that interesting, but Jay Gatsby stole my heart and broke it. Shame he fawned all over Daisy. And then died. |:

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:28 PM

Okay, here it goes, though favorite is the appropriate word, not greatest:

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:17 AM

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Amongst many, many others, I forgot this steel-forged classic. Probably the funniest book I've ever read.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:54 AM

Epic literature.

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But seriously.  I'm throwing in a few non fiction as well.

GIANTS IN THE EARTH by O.E. Rolvaag
O PIONEERS! by Willa Cather
PARADISE LOST by John Milton
HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU by H.G. Wells
1984 by George Orwell
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger
BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE by Dee Meyer
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
TILL WE HAVE FACES by C.S. Lewis
A GRIEF OBSERVED by C.S. Lewis
MIDDLEMARCH by Georg Eliot
BEING AND TIME by Heidegger
ON COSMOPOLITANISM AND FORGIVENESS by Derrida
LE MORTE DE ARTHUR by Thomas Mallory
THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO by Karl Marx
THE CYBORG MANIFESTO (this is more of a pamphlet, but still) by Donna Haraway
THE LORD OF THE RINGS by JRR Tolkien


There are so many more, but I'll stop there.  Basically, books rule my life.  


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 12:07 PM

I just received a copy of a book that my grandmother lent to me when I was a young girl and remember enjoying very much.  I bought it on Amazon...

Hannah Fowler by Janice Holt Giles.  An historical novel of an American pioneer woman making a life in the Kentucky wilderness.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 02:24 PM

Another great book for me is Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (garbo @ Mar 8 2011, 11:54 AM)
Epic literature.

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Actually, it IS great.  The voice in the Little Critter books is a kind of "healthy cynicism," which I enjoy.  

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:51 PM

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Don't know whether I should laugh or face palm, so I'll do both.

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Shouldn't it be "facepsalm" ??


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:27 PM

I can narrow it down to two:

Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:00 PM

QUOTE (Running Rebel @ Mar 8 2011, 06:51 PM)
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The holy bible......laughed all the way through it tongue.gif

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Don't know whether I should laugh or face palm, so I'll do both.

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Shouldn't it be "facepsalm" ??


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:42 PM

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