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    What's your favorite non-computer related book?

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    Drew Carey's "Dirty Jokes & Beer." It's the funniest thing I ever read.

    I'm also a big fan of Ayn Rand -- "Atlas Shrugged," "The Fountainhead."
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    whats a non computer related book? I am confused
    ... really I like Terry Pratchett's disc world

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    Well a computer realted book would be like "Introduction to Java 2 for dummies" or something that is a computer course/instruction book.
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    I love most of the Sci-Fiction books in existance. I do not like romantic books and other (in my eyes) boring genres. I like some action, but with a good story, of course.

    'The Lord of the Rings' still is one of the best books ever written.
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    Hi,

    I don't exactly read a lot of the time but my favourite book would probably "Playing For Keeps" which is a Michael Jordan biography. My favourite fiction book probably would be the first Red Dwarf book by Grant Naylor.

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    It depends on my mood...

    I probably have enjoyed reading Lord of the Rings (Its more than one book - I know!) the most in my life.

    I also like books by Krishnamurti a great deal.

    Its hard to pick a favorite though, as different books appeal to me at different times.

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    If I had to choose a favorite book it would be the "Middle Earth Quintuplet" by J.R.R. Tolkien. But that would make my other 5000 books feel left out so I don't play favorites and love them all equally.
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    Um,

    Before She Met Me - Julian Barnes

    The Bachelor Home Companion : A Practical Guide to Keeping House Like a Pig - P J O'Rourke

    Anything by Spike Milligan

    Scepticism-Inc. by Bo Fowler (Hence my site name in sig, very good book - highly recommended)

    I like factual books best I think - history, biography, etc

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    The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings by Tolkien are great books. Geez, well I've read over 50 non-computer books in the past year so it's hard to choose. I like almost all C.S. Lewis books (sci-fi ones). That's about it...

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    Tolkien is amazing...rivaled only by C.S. Lewis and the ridiculously well-written Chronicles of Narnia...I can't get over how fabulous those books are.

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    Lord of the Rings! What a classic. I'll never tire of it.

    I also enjoy 19th century books e.g. Dickens, Malthus, Mill - all that Industrial revolution philosophical stuff.

    Anything by Nietzsche, esp. Thus Spake..., Beyond Good and Evil, Human, All too Human.

    I love just picking up Shakespeare and reading a few passages, or Milton's Paradise Lost - what a mighty poem.

    I've missed plenty of great classics here, but I won't miss probably my favourite book ever - Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. A heavy novel, but one that couldn't be put down until 50+ pages had been read!

    Like Wayne I feel guilty ignoring others, but these are the first that come to mind.
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    TWT at least we agree on something
    I love the Narnia books, I really should dig them out and read them again.

    I must admit that I feel unworthy being here now because I've never read Lord of the Rings. sorry!

    Is the film out in the US yet and is it any good (should go to http://www.movieforums.com and check myself really).

    (How's that for a plug TWT!)

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    The Silmarillion by Tolkien is also a wonderful book. Its a history of the gods and elves in Middle Earth. It has a beautiful creation story. (I'm wondering if this is what Wayne included along with The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King when he said that he liked the Middle Earth Quintuplet.)

    And C.S. Lewis has also written many good Non-Narnia books (I love those also!) including The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed and his Space Trilogy (Sci-Fi)- Out of the Silent Planet, Perlandra and That Hideous Strength.

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    The Screwtape Letters - what a cool idea. "The Great Divorce" was good too.

    Thanks for the plug Peter...hehe. You should have your check by next week

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    Originally posted by adam_shep
    The Silmarillion by Tolkien is also a wonderful book. Its a history of the gods and elves in Middle Earth. It has a beautiful creation story. (I'm wondering if this is what Wayne included along with The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King when he said that he liked the Middle Earth Quintuplet.)
    You got it. I have all five custom bound in handworked leather and they are among my most prized possessions. I am currently looking for other Tolkien works including his language diaries and printings of his notebooks if they are available.
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    The Communist Manifesto.


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    I loved Sphere by Michael Crichton. I read it when I was in 7th grade. I plan to read it soon.

    The movie wasn't great, but the book was very good. I was so hooked on it that I finished it in a day or two...that's a record for me

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    I liked:
    The Firm
    Cryptonomicon
    Goodnight Moon

    Besides those few books I only get stories at Christmas and sometimes for my birthday. I read those but my real love is technical, computer fiction, and computer nonfiction books.

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    Francis Schaffer's "How should we then live"
    James Sire's "The universe next door"
    Gordon Thomas's "Gidion's Spys, the secret history of the Mosad"

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    I have some Tolkien books, I have a special edition set of his books, but I haven't finished them, I am actually having a hard time reading them because I find them kind of dull.

    So now I'm trying to find the ultimate horror story/novel, Stephen King's 'Geralds Game' is in front right now, can anyone here recommend anything that kept them awake at night?
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    I read To The Devil A Daughter by Dennis Wheatley in one night. Not having a break pulls you into the book more. The film was cak though.
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    I read the seventh installment of the Chronicles of Narnia in around 3 and a houlf hours...it was 11PM and I couldn't sleep...so I stayed up past 2 to finish the whole thing...needless to say I don't remember any details about the book - just a few broad things.

    Tolkien amazes me...if I'm not mistaken, he actually divised some (or was it all?) of his very own language. I find that amazingly fascinating.

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    All the languages in his book from the different forms of Elvish to Dwarven were created by him. He created his first language when he was a child, 10 or 12 I believe. Each of his languages are fully evolved and have grammer, spelling rules and can be used to carry on written and spoken communications. His languages are studied at Universities all over the world just like French, Spanish or English and are the inspiration for such modernly created languages such as Klingon and other science fiction languages from Star Trek, Star Wars and Babylon 5.
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