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Old 08-04-2008, 01:28 AM   #961
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I would like to see a list of everyone's top 10 favorite novels. Yes, I know its hard. Do it.
In no order:

Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
Time Enough For Love, Robert Heinlein
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Franny & Zooey, J.D. Salinger
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
This Immortal, Roger Zelazny
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Neuromancer, William Gibson
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:49 AM   #962
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I'll try and come up with a full list of 10 later. But, even though it's at the risk of being a cliche, I'm pretty sure that Catcher in the Rye is my all-time favorite novel.
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Top 10? Hmm...

In no particular order:

1. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
2. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
4. Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake*
5. Small Gods - Terry Pratchett*
6. The Good Terrorist - Doris Lessing
7. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
8. The Twelve Chairs - Ilf and Petrov
9. Perfume - Patrick Suskind
10. The Sparrow - Maria Doria Russell

* Since I couldn't list Gormenghast and Discworld series, I tried to pick a favourite book from each.
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I would like to see a list of everyone's top 10 favorite novels. Yes, I know its hard. Do it.
Where's your list?

I don't know if it's hard for me to compile a top 10, or actually impossible. A top 100 would be simpler, sadly.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:43 AM   #965
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Where's your list?

I don't know if it's hard for me to compile a top 10, or actually impossible. A top 100 would be simpler, sadly.
Yes, I know its hard. Do it.

In no particular order (except for the first one):

1. The Brothers K - David James Duncan
2. Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges (I know I'm breaking my own rules, but he's my favorite)
3. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
4. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
8. Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
9. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
10. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (I hate to put books that I have read so recently on to an all time favorites list, but I don't know if I can keep this one off).
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Yes, I know its hard. Do it.

In no particular order (except for the first one):

1. The Brothers K - David James Duncan
2. Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges (I know I'm breaking my own rules, but he's my favorite)
3. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
4. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
8. Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
9. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
10. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (I hate to put books that I have read so recently on to an all time favorites list, but I don't know if I can keep this one off).
Sadly, my list will have at least two from your list. Possibly three.
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Hatchet and Harry Potter!

M I RITE?
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Hatchet and Harry Potter!

M I RITE?
3, 6 and 10. Two of those, maybe three.
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3, 6 and 10. Two of those, maybe three.
There haven't been 10 Harry Potter books yet, dude.
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Dalton, when did "Everyone Poops" drop out of your Top 10?

Also, seeing Rowling sandwiched between Calvino and Marquez made me throw up in my mouth a little.
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There haven't been 10 Harry Potter books yet, dude.
In my head, the Potter books never end.
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Here is my top ten.

2 things:

A) This is a list of my ten favorites. I am not trying to say they are the "best" novels of all-time, not even close.

B) I read everything from total crap to Joyce or Proust, but, if I'm honest about it all, I don't enjoy Joyce or Proust. I'll keep reading books that I "should" read, because there are reasons these books are beloved and recommended....and I wind up loving some o them of course, but, my list will probably not reflect refined tastes or anything.

In no particular order, except for #1:

1) The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand (I am not a Randian or an Objectivist, nor do I agree with everything Rand had to say/believed in...but I agree with enough to the point that this book, when I first stumbled upon it in HS, had a major impact on me)

2) The Road - Cormac MCarthy (This book left me feeling drained and empty but a little hopeful, too. A true experience.)

3) All of the Sun Cycle Books - Gene Wolfe (Three sets of books, so this might be cheating, but whatever. The best SF/Fantasy writer alive and his Books of the New Sun are amazing, and what follows does not suck, either)

4) Dune - Frank Herbert (Amazing piece of Sci-Fi. Included not just an entirely realized fictional backdrop, but also included commentary on government, religion and the ecology. Seminal work).

5) East of Eden - My favorite book from one of my favorite "classic" authors.

6) The World According to Garp (This could have just as easily been Owen Meaney, but, Laz makes me sick. Irving has lost a bit of his magic touch his last few books, but, so many of his titles have found me enthralled.)

7) A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Love the book, love the film).

8) The Stand - Stephen King (A lot of people hate on King. Whatever. I love this book)

9) 1984 - George Orwell (Dystopian societies seem to appeal to me)

10) Shogun - James Clavell (Has a bit of everything: Action, adventure, romance, some loose historical fiction....and, I've always been fascinated with Japan, be it modern day Tokyo, or Feudal Osaka)

Honorable mention to 100 Years of Solitude, I, Claudius, Great Expectations, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Silmarillion, Catch-22, Cloud Atlas and The Sweet Hereafter and tons of others, surely.
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I'm appalled that you were reluctant to share Owen with me, but easily hopped into bed with Dalton and Cal. I'm trying to decide which Irving to read next; Garp, The Water-Method Man, or Setting Free the Bears. I have a bunch of his shit that is unread.

And The Fountainhead nearly made my list, as it had a huge impact on me as well. I just don't imagine myself slogging through it again any time soon, especially when I haven't taken on Atlas Shrugged yet.
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I'm appalled that you were reluctant to share Owen with me, but easily hopped into bed with Dalton and Cal. I'm trying to decide which Irving to read next; Garp, The Water-Method Man, or Setting Free the Bears. I have a bunch of his shit that is unread.

And The Fountainhead nearly made my list, as it had a huge impact on me as well. I just don't imagine myself slogging through it again any time soon, especially when I haven't taken on Atlas Shrugged yet.
I've read every Rand work. Atlas Shrugged is the one that requires more "slogging" through than The Fountainhead. There's a 56 page speech by the main character, so, yeah, that takes some work. I love that book, too, but The Fountainhead is easier reading, and works better as a novel than Atlas does.

I'd have hopped into bed with you, but I did not want to crush Lance.
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The only Rand book I've read is Anthem. I recall being among the very few in the high school class who liked it.

I'll come up with some sort of list later. If nothing else, it will be a list of books I've read in the past few years that have loved.

As for now ...

#55 America America by Ethan Canin

I really liked this book. New England in the early '70s. Local working class boy gets taken in by a local family of history, wealth, and power, and gets drawn into political campaigns, scandal and coverups.

They might as well have called the main political character Ted Kennedy and then gone on to talk about Chappaquiddick and Mary Jo Kopechne as opposed to the fictional names and events the author used, but anyone who tries to deny the history the book is taken from is either an idiot or a liar.

But I was totally sucked in from the first chapter - great characters.
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