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What's Your Favourite Book?


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We all knew this thread was coming :P What's your favourite book(s) and/or series and why?

I think my favourite is The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. His Dark Materials is my favourite series but I think if I have to pick just one book out of the series, it would be The Amber Spyglass. This book has everything that I love: fantasy, adventure, animals and even a little romance. It deals with a lot of intense ideas and is a great book for thinking, reflecting and imagining the possibilities.
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Ahh too many to list.

Recently I've been reading more technical books but those are boring.

All time favs include LOTR series and HP (both which pretty much everyone probably knows).

Also the redwall series: http://www.redwall.org/. I loved those books as a young teen and still read them from time to time.

Rifles for Watie I really liked as well: http://www.amazon.co...87534955&sr=8-1
This is a story about a 16 year old boy who finds himself fighting for the union in the civil war. It's well written but not super heavy and very entertaining.

The power of one: http://www.amazon.co...7534993&sr=8-1.
This one is about a young boy growing up in apartheid south africa, it's masterfully written and very deep. Definitely not "light" reading.

That's all I can think of for now...

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The Hobbit :shades:

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Harry Potter and The Inheritance series

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Harry Potter and The Inheritance series

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I second that!

Inheritance would be my favorite, harry potter second favorite, and Artemis fowl third favorite.

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Harry Potter is definitely way up on my list as well :thumbsup: It probably comes right after His Dark Materials for me. I'm not sure which is my favourite in the series though.. definitely one of the later books. Probably 6.
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LOL!

I'd have to say.... The Darksword books? (Trilogy + sequal to trilogy.)

Death Gate series? Both of those are by the same authors o_O

Discworld is an extremely funny series.... I might say more but my comps acting up. Reboot.

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Mine was in no particular order

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Some of my top book series/novels (in somewhat order of preference):

1. Harry Potter
2. The Hunger Games (If you haven't read these I strongly recommend them; they're very fast paced and an exciting read.)
3. Artemis Fowl
4. Inheritance Trilogy +1 (Here's to having an epic 4th book)
5. LOTR
6. The Stand (extended & uncut edition by Stephen King :thumbup: )
7. Redwall
8. Firestarter (Another great Stephen King novel)

Gah I know I'm missing a ton of my favourites, as I've read so many books that have been amazing. Most of them are fantasy/sci-fi as they're my two favourite genres. I'll have to post a more extensive list when I have more time. :P

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I hate defining questions like these.

I'll list three of my favourite books.

1. The Power of One
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. The Hobbit.

If I don't post this, i'll change my mind!
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7. The Thief Lord by CORNELIA FUNKE - This book makes me go "aww." But not really. Well, yes it does. It's an amazing tale of two boys who, upon a visit to Venice, decide to run away from their aunt and uncle (their parents died, and they're under their care.) In the twisting alleys of the city, they encounter a "gang" of other cast- and runaways hiding out in an abandoned movie theater. The group is led by a masked figure called the Thief Lord, a young boy whose ultimate dream is to become grown-up. That's the BASIC gist of the tale, without giving away the juicy twists. This book, while it was no doubt intended for people around age twelve (*sigh*) was an easy pick for my list! Please go read it. (…you'll find it in the children's section at Barnes and Nobles…)

I have this book sitting on my shelf at home... at least I think it's still there. Unfortunately, although I've had it for YEARS, I've never gotten around to reading it. Maybe I should give it a go :)

3. Jurassic Park by MICHAEL CRICHTON - I… I love this book. I read the book after watching the movie (one of top five favorite movies off all time, coincidently!) so unfortunately whenever I read it, I'm always visualizing Sam Neil, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. But aside from that fact, it was the first book that I wrote down when creating this list! I have a sick obsession with this book, and whenever I can't choose a new book to read, my usual plan is to just re-read this one! I can't really count how many times I've read it, but I literally don't need to any more… I know what happens chapter by chapter, nearly scene by scene… If you like dinosaurs, you should read this. And if you don't like dinosaurs, you should read this so you CAN like dinosaurs. Because then you can go out and read "The Lost World" as well. Michael Crichton is one of my top-four favorite authors.

Zomg amazing book, right?? I randomly read it for an English assignment (we got to choose our own book to read) and I was pleasantly surprised. I mean I thought it would be good since I love the movie, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I like how you get a lot more of the science in the books and Chaos Theory plays a much bigger role.. or at least it's described in detail a lot more and its significance is a lot more emphasized.
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Zomg amazing book, right?? I randomly read it for an English assignment (we got to choose our own book to read) and I was pleasantly surprised. I mean I thought it would be good since I love the movie, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I like how you get a lot more of the science in the books and Chaos Theory plays a much bigger role.. or at least it's described in detail a lot more and its significance is a lot more emphasized.

I reread Jurassic Park and The Lost World every four months or so... :-w

If you're a Crichton fan, you have to read Pirate Latitudes. (An assistant found the manuscript saved on his computer, and his publisher -- HarperCollins -- published it posthumously.)

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Pirates.
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My favorite authors are Tom Clancy, Brian Jacques, J. K. Rowling. Of those authors I probably like Rainbow Six, Redwall, and #3 the best. Can't compare the books though, its apples and oranges, and cauliflower.

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George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire remains the greatest book series ever written and it's not even finished yet. Here's to hoping it will be.

I really love The Stand, probably my favorite standalone novel. I'm not too into the horror genre but Stephen King is a cool dude.

No love for classics? Faulkner. Enough said.

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George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire remains the greatest book series ever written and it's not even finished yet. Here's to hoping it will be.


I am still waiting for the next book. It's been delayed for ages! Did you hear they were making a series out of it? I'm apprehensive. It will be hard to convert such a dense, intricate, and 'controversial' storyline into a series effectively. Still, I adore the series. He's a very talented writer and the characters are amazing. The only thing that hurts is how easily he kills off main characters, though. After these books have gone on for so long, it hurts to see some of them go. I'm excited to see some of the plots unaddressed from A Feast For Crows be resolved in this next one.

I can't believe I haven't heard anyone mention The Wheel of Time series. Or The Dark Tower series. For shame, for shame.

Where are my fantasy/scifi lovers at?

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I would have mentioned the Dark Tower, but I haven't finished it yet. Only halfway through Wolves. And Wheel of Time would be great if it was about half as many books. Brandon Sanderson was really needed to give that series new life, IMO. The Gathering Storm was the first really good book in that series since Fires of Heaven, with a nod to Winter's Heart.

I'm really, really excited for the HBO series. HBO has put out some of the best television ever, so if anyone will do it justice, it'll be them. I just hope they don't pull the plug too soon, a la Carnivale. I don't know how much cable you've seen, but they won't shy away from some of the more shocking elements, although I think they had to age up characters like Dany and the youngest Starks a bit.

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Probably the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'trilogy', followed by Harry Potter, Protector of the Small/The Lioness/Trickster's Choice/Beka Cooper (ie everything by Tamora Pierce except Circle of Magic), anything by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games, Gregor the Overlander), LOTR, Artemis Fowl, possibly Pride and Prejudice, definitely Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Oh and The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider by Ms. Funke are awesome too.

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Can these only be fiction? If so, I doubt that I could choose: certainly Tolkien, for quite a while I was a fan of Paolini (I found Brisingr extremely disappointing. Cory Doctorow's work ranks up there, though, along with Orwell, and Huxley's Brave New World, and Army of The Republic.

As for non-fiction, I have a few clear winners, although literally hundreds of runners-up. Letters to a young contrarian, Freakenomics, No Logo, The Case for Mars, God is not Great, Good Calories Bad Calories, and the writings of Michael Pollan.
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