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Favorite Books/Authors

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

  1. Princeton

    Princeton Well-Known Member

    Purely classics.
  2. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    I wish you joy in the acquisition, then. ;)

  3. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Growing up, I loved anything by Roald Dahl. As good as some of the movies based on his stories were, the books are still better:
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Charlie and Great Glass Elevator
    James and the Giant Peach
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Magic Finger
    And anything by Lillian and Russell Hoban. Long before Jim immortalized it, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and Harvey's Hideout were two of my absolute favorites. Still have the first editions, and I'm never parting with them.
  4. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Man...the Vermicious Knids STILL give me the creeps! They spell your doom! Aaaaah!
  5. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    At the moment I'm curently re-reading "Watership Down" by Richard Adams and am being reminded, once again, why it's one of my favorite books. :D
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  6. AlittleMayhem

    AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    Just finished reading the latest Skulduggery Pleasant book, "The Death Bringer" by Derek Landy. All the books are strong, humorous, pacy, action-pack, emotional and just downright brilliant. If anyone is a fan of horror, fantasy and humour, I highly recommend these.
  7. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    Favorite authors: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Charles Dickens
    Favorite books: Anne of Green Gables, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman", Black Beauty, A Christmas Carol
    Favorite poem: Halfway Down, by A. A. Milne (what else?)
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  8. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    A Feynman fan! Very cool. I had a high school chem and physics teacher who was very much like Feynman. Gave me a love of science I've never shaken.

    Very into poet Billy Collins these days. He seems genuine, whereas for some reason most male poets strike me as very full of themselves, even if good...
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  9. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    One other famous book from my childhood- The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. Tells the story of the real-life Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse located underneath the George Washington Bridge in New York. When I was little, my dad used to work in Edgewater, New Jersey, right across the river from the lighthouse. I could stand at the edge of the pier, and see the tiny lighthouse on the other side, underneath the mammoth structure of the bridge. Talk about big and little! :)

    At one point, the lighthouse was going to be demolished. But public outcry from little kids who read the book saved it from the wrecking ball. But even so, the lighthouse was neglected for decades. It was rusted, covered with graffiti, and a sad shell of its former self. Then in 1986, funds were allocated to repair the lighthouse, once again spearheaded by kids who read the book. Now the lighthouse is fully restored, granted Landmark status, and every June they have a festival celebrating the lighthouse, and one of the activities includes have various celebrities reading the book aloud to the kids gathered (one year James Earl Jones did the honors). If you're ever in New York City, it's well worth checking out. The lighthouse will always be there, and is still very very proud! :)
  10. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite book series is The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffery.
  11. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Oh, wow. I remember that one! I think that was the same period when I also liked Ferdinand and Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel. Neat...thanks for the flashback!
  12. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    The Hunger Games!! Awesome book, but...the movie wasnt so awesome..
  13. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    I've been a big bookworm my whole life (I learned to read when I was 3, and am told stories about how I would sit around looking at books before I could read, to give you an idea), so I have a lot. This will be a condensed list:

    -On the Road
    -One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    -Lies My Teacher Told Me (nonfiction history book)
    -Skinny Witch (the actual title cannot be said here)
    -Various books about Buddhism and Wicca, my two favorite religions to read about
    -And many more.

    I actually don't have any favorite authors now, but as a child/teen, I liked the works of Judy Blume, R.L. Stine, Beverly Cleary, and Shel Silverstein.
  14. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Stuff I've been meaning to acquire and devour for a while now but have no dinero for:

    "Kraken" by China Mieville
    "The Prisoner of Heaven" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    "One of Our Thursdays Is Missing" by Jasper Fforde...and I see on amazon he has a new book coming out next month...arrrrgh I'm so behind...

    ...and I STILL have at least 3 books on my shelf I STILL haven't read. I'm pathetic.
  15. ilovemusic

    ilovemusic Well-Known Member

    Right now, I'm reading 'The Bernini Mystery' (or something like that in English...) by Dan Brown. I've already read 'The Da Vinci Code' (still need to watch the movie), and I so totally loved it, and then I found out I should've read 'The Bernini Mystery' first. Gah.
    But still, Dan Brown's books are so awesomely written, and the best is, that it features enough facts to be believable.
  16. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Brown does his research, I'll give him that. Although his books don't interest me I can have some respect for any author who takes the time to do their homework!

  17. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I'm reading both Small Steps by Louis Sachar, which is the spinoff-ish sequel to Holes (which I've also read beforehand). The best part about it is that you don't need to read the latter to understand the former, since they do explain some of the events from it.

    I'm also re-reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I hope to get to A Thousand Splendid Suns very soon. :)

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