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    Best books you have ever read?

    A few of my very favouries

    Anna Karenina
    -Leo Tolstoy- A perfectly crafted novel with the most rounded and best characters ive ever read
    War and Peace- leo tolstoy- The ultimate epic novel
    1984- george Orwell- harrowing vision of the future written in such a clear way
    Crime and Punishment-Fydoor Dostoyevksy- A wonderfull study into the human mnind aswell as being a very enterianing read
    The wheel of time- A massive fantasy series with all the epic struglle between good and evil but with much more developed characters.
    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel- Susuana Clarke- A charming and brilliantly written book about 2 magicians at the time of the napolonic war
    Animal farm- George Orwell - Wonderfull parady on the soviet Union
    Keep the Aspidestra flying- George orwell - Bitterly funny book about a man rebelling against the money god
    Guards Guards- Terry Pratchett- funniest book ive ever read
    Too Kill a Mocking Bird- Harper lee- a book everyone should read
    Pride of Carthage- David anthony Durrahm- great historical novel about hannibal war [B]against rome
    Harry potter- J.k Rowling
    His dark mateirias- phillip paullman

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    Dark Materials Trilogy
    6 Harry Potter Books
    Or something.

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    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    Lord of the rings - JRR Tolkien
    Dark is rising sequence - Susan Cooper
    Most Bill Bryson
    Nick Hornby is also good to read esp High Fidelity.
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    Five books that (still) influence my life:

    All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Remarque
    Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell
    Out of Africa - Karen Blixen
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Ulysses - James Joyce

    oh-oh-oh- another one:

    Puckoon - Spike Milligan
    Nigel Clough's Black and White Army, beating Forest away with 10 men

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Dark Materials Trilogy
    6 Harry Potter Books
    I would have posted the exact same thing. I feel like a particularly small and backward child around about now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    I would have posted the exact same thing. I feel like a particularly small and backward child around about now.
    Haha... My love for genre fiction often makes me feel similar when people reel off a set of classics as their faves. I'll come back to this thread later to indulgently reel mine off though, as it's time for me to get some much-needed sleep.
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    Can't go past George Orwell (Burmese Days, 1984, The Road To Wigan Pier), John Steinbeck (Of Mice And Men) or Michael Bond (the Paddington Bear books)

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    Some great books mentioned so far, gosh arnt we all so well educated!

    Heres my list

    To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (my favourite book ever)
    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (closely run into 2nd)
    Catch 22 - Joeseph Heller (Sheer brilliance, has you questioning life and driving people insane for weeks!)
    Lord of the Rings - JR Tolkien
    The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux (forget the musical, the book is miles better)
    The Three Musketeers (infact the entire musketeers trilogy) - Alexandre Dumas
    Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe (great swipe at 80's yuppie culture)
    The Magic Army - Leslie Thomas (almost a british catch-22, great fun if you can find a copy)

    Also, and it hurts to say this, but Ben Elton (yeah i know, shoot me now) writes some fantastic comedy books..... i cannot recommend 'Dead Famous' enough, rips the hell out of programs like Big Brother, and its a fantastic whodunnit which'll have you guessing, and laughing, till the end!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr
    Some great books mentioned so far, gosh arnt we all so well educated!

    Heres my list

    To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (my favourite book ever)
    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (closely run into 2nd)
    Catch 22 - Joeseph Heller (Sheer brilliance, has you questioning life and driving people insane for weeks!)
    Lord of the Rings - JR Tolkien
    The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux (forget the musical, the book is miles better)
    The Three Musketeers (infact the entire musketeers trilogy) - Alexandre Dumas
    Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe (great swipe at 80's yuppie culture)
    The Magic Army - Leslie Thomas (almost a british catch-22, great fun if you can find a copy)

    Also, and it hurts to say this, but Ben Elton (yeah i know, shoot me now) writes some fantastic comedy books..... i cannot recommend 'Dead Famous' enough, rips the hell out of programs like Big Brother, and its a fantastic whodunnit which'll have you guessing, and laughing, till the end!
    everytime i read that I have to think of the quote of Shawshank redemption with the guys in the libary...haha look at this book written by Alexander Dum ***

    edit: ooh ffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwek
    everytime i read that I have to think of the quote of Shawshank redemption with the guys in the libary...haha look at this book written by Alexander Dum ***

    edit: ooh ffs.
    hehe aye

    'you'll like it, its about a jailbreak'
    'do we file this under educational or fiction?'

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    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    First you steal my username, and now my favourite book?!? Best movie conversion ever too, closely followed by The Godfather.

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    dunno, wasnt overly keen on the movie, lost alot of the humour i thought. but then a book like that is always going to be tough to do.....

    oh, and may i add the 'oh so obvious and current that were all to pretentious to say we like it' book

    The Di Vinci Code - Dan Brown (admit it, you enjoyed it!!! Not usually my sort of thing, but i enjoyed it alot)

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    dunno, wasnt overly keen on the movie, lost alot of the humour i thought. but then a book like that is always going to be tough to do.....
    You just didn't get it.

    Indeed doing a movie version of that book would have been a nightmare. Catch-22 is a 'deadly serious comedy' but the movie was more of the 'deadly serious' than 'comedy' for sure.

    oh, and may i add the 'oh so obvious and current that were all to pretentious to say we like it' book

    The Di Vinci Code - Dan Brown (admit it, you enjoyed it!!! Not usually my sort of thing, but i enjoyed it alot)
    Never planning on reading it.

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