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As with some of the above, i have been a big fan of all things Tolkien.

Terry Pratchett - Discworld series ...... these books make me laugh out loud!

Stephen R Donaldson - The Cronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever ...... same genre as Tolkien although darker

 

I like Donaldson but he does subscribe to the "why use one word when a thousand will do" school of thought....

 

Oh, god, yes Donaldson does. In fact, I sometimes use his sentences to explain to my students what not to do. "Unambergrised" and "condign" are fun, but not even Evil Time Lords could speak that way with a straight face. I also wanted Covenant to be less mopey and pull himself together, but he's more of a Hamlet type, I suppose. The Giants were cool.

 

One of my favourites was " the colour of chrysophrase and Daphins Eyes"...why not just say Green you berk lol

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As with some of the above, i have been a big fan of all things Tolkien.

Terry Pratchett - Discworld series ...... these books make me laugh out loud!

Stephen R Donaldson - The Cronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever ...... same genre as Tolkien although darker

I would have thought you'd have gone for Hammer of the Gods... ;)

hehehe yeah, that and 'Led Zeppelin the Concert File' .... essential reading for all Zepp-nerds!!
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As with some of the above, i have been a big fan of all things Tolkien.

Terry Pratchett - Discworld series ...... these books make me laugh out loud!

Stephen R Donaldson - The Cronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever ...... same genre as Tolkien although darker

 

I like Donaldson but he does subscribe to the "why use one word when a thousand will do" school of thought....

 

Oh, god, yes Donaldson does. In fact, I sometimes use his sentences to explain to my students what not to do. "Unambergrised" and "condign" are fun, but not even Evil Time Lords could speak that way with a straight face. I also wanted Covenant to be less mopey and pull himself together, but he's more of a Hamlet type, I suppose. The Giants were cool.

 

One of my favourites was " the colour of chrysophrase and Daphins Eyes"...why not just say Green you berk lol

hehehe ... doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

How about this one? ....

Gradually, the night stumbled as if stunned and wandering aimlessly into an overcast day -- limped through the wilderland of transition as though there were no knowing where the waste of darkness ended and the ashes of light began. The low clouds seemed full of grief -- tense and uneasy with accumulated woe -- and yet affectless, unable to rain, as if the air clenched itself too hard for tears.......

Instead of .......

It was a dull sort of a night

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The Magus by John Fowles, which I fell in love with at Uni and have no reason to reject it now. It`s the greatest in terms of total pages too :)

 

For comedy - Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome. Over 130 years old but I`ve never laughed out loud so much as when reading this.

 

For general awesomeness, Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving.

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Interesting question. Here are three of my favorite books (of literary consequence, anyway)...

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

 

Roughing It - Mark Twain

 

1001 Arabian Nights

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Interesting question. Here are three of my favorite books (of literary consequence, anyway)...

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

 

Roughing It - Mark Twain

 

1001 Arabian Nights

 

All four of your top three are great picks!

 

Don Quijote is so great -- so much more than charging windmills, and the sheer scale of storytelling in the 1001 Nights makes that a desert island book for me, surely.

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Interesting question. Here are three of my favorite books (of literary consequence, anyway)...

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

 

Roughing It - Mark Twain

 

1001 Arabian Nights

 

All four of your top three are great picks!

 

:LOL:

 

Limiting my top three to four was a challenge in itself!

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