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    Hi,

    I was just wondering what books all of you enjoy? Some of the best for me are...

    - The Tipping Point - By Malcom Gladwell
    - The Chronicles of Narnia (7 in all) - By C.S. Lewis
    - Organizing Genius - By Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman
    - Lincoln on Leadership - By Donald T. Phillips
    - The 80/20 Principle - By I Don't Know Who.

    I've read the first four, but have just started the 80-20 book...very interesting though!

    Anyone else? I have a vibe already that a lot of you will also have read/liked the Narnia series.

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    Well, I haven't actually picked up a book to read in a while (unless it was for school). The other day I was babysitting some kids and their older sister had the first 3 Harry Potter books. Being bored and not very interested in watching the kids, I picked up the first one as I was wondering what all the hype about the book was about.

    Needless to say, I bought all 4 and I read the first two in two days and Im currently pacing myself through the third book. They're pretty good, but what I like most is adults and kids are enjoying them.

    So anyway, I recommend trying them to anyone who has a fairly good imagination and can tear themself away from the screen.

    Ravi

    [Edited by RaviJP on 08-28-2000 at 09:24 PM]

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    Yeah...even though they're aimed at kids, a well-written book is a well-written book! Just a note, though: if you like the Harry Potter books, you'll definetly enjoy the Narnia series...you'll also do yourself a favor to run a search for "John Bellairs" on Amazon.com - he wrote many similar books awhile back.

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    yeah. I only knew about Harry Potter because it got so big. But I think I'll have enough reading in University to satisfy my needs


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    Chris, definitely the Chronicles... Ahhh, I had fun reading them and re-reading them...

    Early on, any Roald Dahl book (particularly Matilda) would keep me occupied for hours at a time.... And the DragonLance series hooked me too.

    And dare I mention 'The Joy of Sex'?


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    - LOL

    I've re-read a few of the books...and sometimes just individual parts of them.

    Ronald Dahl was good - loved the movie version of Matilda - but never read the book. Didn't Dahl also write "Esio Trot"? That's "Tortoise" spelled backwards...very cool book, considering I must've been 8 years old.

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    Indeed, Esio Trot was written by Dahl - the last book. I've got it sitting on the shelves at home, gathering dust. I still grab it occasionally if I really have nothing to do.

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    I wrote my first ever book report on that book - in fifth grade (just ten years old)...I remember changing the names in the report..."Mr. Hoppy" sounded amazingly dumb...I just referred to the two people as "George and Sally" and skimmed over a lot of details...skimping here and there. Got a C because it was a bit sloppy...I learned my lesson and later that year turned in a 3-page report (no big deal now, but back then it was considered huge) all typed up and printed out...hehe...got an 'A'

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    To be honest, I really haven't been reading much real books lately (other than for school). Guess I spend too much time here.

    When I do read, I enjoy Michael Chrighton (sp?) and Tom Clancy.

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    I think it's spelled "Crichton"...

    I enjoy the Clancy movies...and probably would enjoy the books. Crichton is very cool - Sphere was a great read (didn't read it ALL though)...I also read Jurassic Park - but did so after seeing the movie. That *REALLY* helped.

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    I love Chrichton or however it is spelled. I was hooked on Sphere and read the whole book in 2 seatings. I've read most of his books about 2 years ago, and they were great.

    Wish I had time to read Sphere again!

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    Of Human Bondage - W. Sommerset Maughan
    The Bridge on the Drina - Ivo Andric
    Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light - Ivan Klima
    Harry Potter series

    those are the one's i can think of at the moment

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    Any books by John Grisham are on the top of my list.

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    My all-time-favorite is the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, basically the book I live by

    I read so many books, it's quite hard to select a list of "best-ones".

    Johannes

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    The Bill James Baseball Abstract. Pick a year, doesn't matter which...

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    "Catch-22" by Heller and "A Clockwork Orange" by Burgues

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    I like Cryptonomicon and The Firm. Of course that doesn't include any technical or howto books...because they usually don't have any personality to them (even though the very good-looking people on the Wrox books help add a little..).

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    Disc world series... Terry Pratchett... lol i am sad hehehe

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    I like anything that has something to do with fantasy/sf:

    The Lord Of The Rings - J.R.R.Tolkien (read it three times, 2 times in Dutch and one time in English)

    About all books of David Eddings and Terry Brooks

    The Hobbit - J.R.R.Tolkien

    The DragonLance Saga - Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Read The DragonLance Chronicles)

    Further a lot more books, but I don't know the English titles.

    I've been writing down details of most of the books I've read. The counter is now on 206, but guess it can be multiplied with 1.5
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    One of my favourite authors is Stephen King, I think the best book he wrote (though I havent read them all) is 'Geralds Game'.

    I also like fantasy style books like. David Eddings is excellent and so is Robert Jordan.

    I'd like to actually sit down one day and write a book. I just never get time.
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    Gerald's game is good but the Tommyknockers is the best.

    I love John Grisham, makes a nice relaxing read on holiday etc.

    I am not too keen on fantasy, they all seem the same after a while. Narnia is the best though. They are just brilliant.
    I have also read ALL the Star Wars books!

    Some books I recommend:

    Forrest Gump - Winston Groom
    Gump & Co - Winston Groom
    (The film is great but really does not do the books any justice)
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Goodbye to all That - Robert Graves
    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    The Green Mile - Stephen King
    Waiting for Godot/Endgame - Samuel Beckett
    A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
    Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

    Some stuff by Shakespeare, Coleridge, Walt Whitman, and of course the classics by Jane Austen, Bronte sisters, Dickens, DH Lawrence etc.

    I have loads more but I do not want to bore you. I used to catalogue all my books when I was younger but I don't have the time now. Plus a lot are at my parents house, in my loft and all over my house. I reckon I have 1000+ books by now and 500+ films/videos.

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    Is Gump & Co. a continuation of the movie story we all know?

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    Originally posted by LuZeR
    The Bridge on the Drina - Ivo Andric
    those are the one's i can think of at the moment
    That's a great book LuZeR, I was very surprized to see that somebody here has read a Bosnian book, very nice to see.
    If anybody wants to read a great book, my favorite is by Albert Camus, I think it's called "The Stranger" in English.
    Very deep, there are also great Bosnian books by a writer called Mesa Selimovic. Search Amazon.com for him, he's great.
    Emir.

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    Originally posted by Nicky
    Gerald's game is good but the Tommyknockers is the best.
    Seen the movie And it didn't seem very scary so I didn't bother with the book.
    russell.cz.cc - coming soon (I promise!)

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    jbb - yeah!!!!!!!!!
    The hitchiker's guide to the galaxy (all 5 of them ) is definitely at the top of my list! I have read it 100 times.

    Another books that I really like are Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller), The Elegant Universe (Brian Greene), Thus spoke Zarathustra (Friedrich Nietzsche) and some others.



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