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Favorite Books/Authors

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by newsmanfan, May 8, 2011.

  1. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Never heard of either of them, but I'll try to check them out ^_^
  2. Starchamberfall

    Starchamberfall Well-Known Member

    I am not an American. Sometimes I think it is too bad Donald Justice is so little known over there: he seems to me the great American poet of his time: the post-war years (he died in 2004). He is a poet whose poetry is for reading, not just studying.

    Here is one of his poems, Sadness :

    Dear ghosts, dear presences, O my dear parents,
    Why were you so sad on porches, whispering?
    What great melancholies were loosed among our swings!
    As before a storm one hears the leaves whispering
    And marks each small change in the atmosphere,
    So was it then to overhear and to fear.

    But all things then were oracle and secret.
    Remember the night when, lost, returning, we turned back
    Confused, and our headlights singled out the fox?
    Our thoughts went with it then, turning and turning back
    With the same terror, into the deep thicket
    Beside the highway, at home in the dark thicket.

    I say the wood within is the dark wood,
    Or wound no torn shirt can entirely bandage,
    But the sad hand returns to it in secret
    Repeatedly, encouraging the bandage
    To speak of that other world we might have borne,
    The lost world buried before it could be born.

    Burchfield describes the pinched white souls of violets
    Frothing the mouth of a derelict old mine
    Just as an evil August night comes down,
    All umber, but for one smudge of dusky carmine.
    It is the sky of a peculiar sadness—
    The other side perhaps of some rare gladness.

    What is it to be happy, after all? Think
    Of the first small joys. Think of how our parents
    Would whistle as they packed for the long summers,
    Or, busy about the usual tasks of parents,
    Smile down at us suddenly for some secret reason,
    Or simply smile, not needing any reason.

    But even in the summers we remember
    The forest had its eyes, the sea its voices,
    And there were roads no map would ever master,
    Lost roads and moonless nights and ancient voices—
    And night crept down with an awful slowness toward the water;
    And there were lanterns once, doubled in the water.

    Sadness has its own beauty, of course. Toward dusk,
    Let us say, the river darkens and look bruised,
    And we stand looking out at it through rain.
    It is as if life itself were somehow bruised
    And tender at this hour; and a few tears commence.
    Not that they are but that they feel immense.
  3. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Very nice. If you like that, try Conrad Aiken's "Preludes."

  4. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised no one said J.K. Rowling
  5. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I mostly like to read animal books, mostly books that have dogs:
    Marley and Me-John Grogan
    Merle's Door-Ted Kerasote
    A Big Little Life-Dean Koontz
    A Dog's Purpose-W. Bruce Cameron
    Books about cats:
    Homer's Odessey-Gwen Cooper
    Dewey-Vicki Myron
    Chicken Soup for the Soul series featuring animals

    While we're on the subject of animals, Sgt. Floyd, I love your avatar and I love the Kratt Brothers!
  6. ilovemusic

    ilovemusic Well-Known Member

    Hm, interesting.
    I have lots of favourite books, I read through the whole library...
    Lemme try:
    The Hunger Games series (but I especially like 'Catching Fire'), The Artemis Fowl series (again, I have a favourite one, 'Opal's deception'), The A House Of Night series, Devil's Kiss (woohoo for angels of darkness), Kiek (there's no way to translate that, really, it's a real weird Frysk name), Wings & Spells, Gone...
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  7. ZeppoAndFriends

    ZeppoAndFriends Well-Known Member

    Okay, J. K. Rowling. :D

    My favorites library currently consists of The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series, The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles, all by Rick Riordan, Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter by the previously mentioned Joanne Rowling (a name which I like much better than J. K.).
  8. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I'm not, considering the age of most people here...
  9. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    I'll admit to liking Rowling, and yes, I read the whole series, and yes, I found that her stories AND her writing skills improved considerably by the last few. Enjoyable all the way through. I've heard from younger folks that Riordan is good; I'm just pleased for him that after a failed attempt at becoming a mystery writer he found his niche with young adult adventure. Good for him and a second chance!

    Looking forward to snagging a copy of Jim Lehrer's new book about presidential debates, since he's moderated a number of them expertly (wonder if he'll get called on for 2012? wonder if he'd do it again, now that's he's retired as an anchor?).

    For anyone who likes wry fiction, many of Lehrer's fiction books are great fun. "The Last Debate," "The Franklin Affair," and "Fine Lines" and "Purple Dots" (the last two being about ex-CIA agents) are all wonderful.

  10. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    Since the last post was November 9, I hope I'm not necroposting, but my all-time FAVORITE fiction author has to be Markus Zusak, followed by Joan Bauer. Zusak's stuff is AMAZING, especially "The Book Thief" and "I am the Messenger". Bauer's stuff is a bit more simple, but it's really down-to-earth and simplistic, and I love it when author's do that and make the ordinary events of everyday life (like selling shoes or being a waitress at a diner) seem extraordinary.
  11. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I really love the works of Alice Sebold, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, and Harper Lee. :D
  12. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    I'm in love with this book...........
    Anne Frank: Diary of A Young Girl
  13. Bannanasketch

    Bannanasketch Well-Known Member

    I'm almost halfway through Stephen king's new novel, 11/22/63, and I absolutely love it! I'm definitely going to be reading more of King once I'm finished with this one.
  14. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Several people have now mentioned "The Book Thief" to me. I'm going to have to take a look.

    Careful with King...he's writ some wonderful stuff, but also some real dogs. ("Cell", f'rinstance. Yugh.) Best of King: "'Salem's Lot," "The Stand," "Everything's Eventual," "Night Shift," "Danse Macabre," "The Shining." I liked "Duma Key" and "Under the Dome" and about half of "Just After Sunset" a great deal; still slugging through "Full Dark, No Stars" and haven't made up my mind yet, although the writing in that one is lush. I know very little of the Dark Tower series, though I liked the first book he did with Peter Straub, "The Talisman." Good to hear the new one is worth a read! The concept sounded intriguing.
  15. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Just finished Mockingjay. I started The Five People You Meet In Heaven last night, which should be a fairly quick read. Then I'm gonna read Bossypants and then the second book in the Game of Thrones series.
  16. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    i'm just finishing Stephen King's Desperation!.....awesome book....it's a bit creepy tough, the cover with the doll....ugh!
  17. thlog

    thlog Member

    I really enjoyed reading the Hunger Games series and the girl with the dragon tattoo Series.

    At the moment i am reading Steve Jobs (or actually listing to the audio book)
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  18. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    I'm going to have to check the Hunger Games out...the premise reminds me of "Running Man" a bit.

    Welcome in, thlog! Hey, why don'tcha introduce yourself in the New Members thread? We like newbies...with fries and a Coke...kidding. :news: Nice to see so many new folks jumping right in!
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  19. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Such a sad book, I just cry from this book.
  20. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    de end is just.......sad......that last thing she writes on what August 1, 1944?....i just cried in front of my class........thank god i wasn't born in the time of the Holocaust...i would have been dead........but that's one of the saddest books i've ever read....

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