Post your favourite Books

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by S, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. John Uskglass

    John Uskglass Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Aug 29, 2003
    I'm almost exactly the opposite. I'm drawn to Raskalinikov because I find his world view perverse, insane, amoral, nihilistic and, ironically, Nietzschian (woot! I think I spelled that right!). The insight and perspective of such a character I value far more then, frankly, almost anyone in Anna Karenina save the bad Levin, I forgot his name, he has not been mentioned in a hundred pages.

    BTW, yeah, Bezdomy, means Homeless IIRC. The book really makes fun of Soviet literature of the time: the literary organization is shortened to "Massolit", and the Devil ends up defending the existance of himself and God to an avowed atheist.

    BTW, I really think The Man who was Thursday has A LOT in common with the Woland/Satan-centered part of The Master and Margarita, I'll talk about it when you read the book.
     
  2. Tannhauser

    Tannhauser Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Mar 18, 2004
    I wouldn't really say 'ironically' there. You have to take into account the entirety of Crime and Punishment, not simply Raskolnikov for that period of the novel.
     
  3. John Uskglass

    John Uskglass Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Aug 29, 2003
    Ironically because Crime was written before Nietzsche wrote his major works.
     
  4. quietfanatic

    quietfanatic Ancient One

    Dec 10, 2003
    You might already know that my favourite books are Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

    EDIT:
    I notice that the 33rd book in the series, Thud!, is at my local library, so I can grab it soon.
     
  5. Volkov

    Volkov Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jul 30, 2004
    Thud! is one of his best IMO, read it as soon as you can.

    Favourite books, in no particular order:
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    The Conan Chronicles by Robert E Howard
    Legend by David Gemmell
    Scar by China Mieville
     
  6. S

    S First time out of the vault

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    Dec 13, 2005
    No, of course not :!: . Its for the sake of everyone sharing your favorite books is a good thing and wasn't for posted for getting a list of good titles. (i like reading awkward books)

    I meant to show that i was interested in those titles thats all.
    Anyone read sophies world before?
     
  7. Meanbean G.

    Meanbean G. First time out of the vault

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    Jun 2, 2005
    I really love Catch 22 written by Joseph Heller a book bout the totally weird truth of war

    You will laugh your ass off I promise!
    It's full of bureaucracy satire and black humor
     
  8. Dove

    Dove Half-way Through My Half-life
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    Dec 2, 2003
    Lots of them.

    Particularly:

    1. Armor - John Steakly
    2. The Posleen series of books - John Ringo
    3. Outlanders series - James Axler (must read for Fallout fans)
     
  9. The Vault Dweller

    The Vault Dweller always looking for water.

    Aug 24, 2004
    I love these threads for gift ideas.

    Otherwise I would say:

    -Lord of the Ring series including The Hobbit though it wasnt really a part.

    -The Dark Tower series particularly the first one.

    -Dune...I havent read the sequels though.

    -The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy...havent read the sequels.

    Considering social commentary also consider:

    -Brave New World.

    -Fahrenheit 451.

    -1984.

    I remember loving a book while growing up...my first novel and also first science fiction, but I havent found it in stores. It was called "The White Mountains". Not sure why that came up suddenly.

    Sincerely,
    The Vault Dweller
     
  10. Zaij

    Zaij Vault Senior Citizen
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    Feb 10, 2004
    I'm surprised, and glad, that none of Dan Brown's atrocious work has been posted yet.

    Discworld Series (chiefly the ones regarding the Watch) .
    Dune series, though I kinda thing Herbert (Snr) started to lose the plot around the last 2 books.
     
  11. quietfanatic

    quietfanatic Ancient One

    Dec 10, 2003
    Thud! was excellent, but it had a lot more emphasis on social commentary and utilising elements of the crime fiction genre, rather than frequent humour. I think you wouldn't enjoy it as much if you didn't know the setting and characters that well, so it is probably not a good book to start off the Discworld series.
     
  12. welsh

    welsh This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 5, 2003
    Ellisar! Dean Kootz sucks ass. He's gone so down hill. The guys a fucking factory. Really- a sacrifice of quality. Awful.

    Have been thinking of reading China Melville.

    Best book- Cash, by Johnny Cash (just kidding).

    I don't have a favorite book,though I am fond of the short stories of Harlan Ellison (Deathbird stories is a great read- and the story Deathbird- where Ellison retells the story of the snake, Adam and God is disturbing- God is an insane despot, man is his pawn who doesn't get wise till the end, and the snake is trying to clue us in that God is whacked in the head- disturbing).

    Love his story Prince Miskin and hold the mustard- in Angry Candy.

    My favorite paragraphy is probably from James Joyce, near the end of The Dead.

    It would be better if we split this by genre. Maybe.

    Or maybe Kharn is right.
     
  13. hakkapeliitta

    hakkapeliitta First time out of the vault

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    Oct 30, 2004
    The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
    The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) by Väinö Linna
     
  14. Lethe

    Lethe First time out of the vault

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    Dec 21, 2005
    Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
    Tolkien - LOTR
    Terry Pratchett - Mort
     
  15. Montez

    Montez So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 20, 2003

    No surprise there - like "Robert Ludlum", Dean Koontz was originally someone's pen name and then it became a brand name. All those books aren't written by "Dean Koontz", but by grad students or hacks or whoever else the publisher can find. It's like that French author from Balzac's time. I can never remember his name, but he literally had a factory of writers writing for him - he would give them a theme or plot synopsis, maybe a character or two, leave them to fill it out, then sign his name to it - just like artists and artisans during the time guilds were around.

    And on subject: Favorite books are hard to narrow down and change constantly, but here's a horribly incomplete list off the top of my head:

    Voltaire - Candide
    Lem - The Futurological Congress
    West - Miss Lonelyhearts
    Douglas Adams - Hitchiker's Guide + Dirk Gently series
    Ellis - American Psycho
     
  16. Mohrg

    Mohrg Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Jun 27, 2003
    Batman: The Killing Joke

    :P

    Mohrg :twisted:
     
  17. Montez

    Montez So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 20, 2003
    The Killing Joke is great. Now that you mention it, I'd have to say that most of my favorite books are graphic novels.
     
  18. Jebus

    Jebus Background Radiant
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    Jan 29, 2004
    I'm currently devouring Jared Diamonds books.

    Smart man. These books have given me quite some new insights, so I guess they can now be put onto my 'favourite books' list.

    My absolute favourite will always remain 'The Art of War', though.
     
  19. SimpleMinded

    SimpleMinded Vault Fossil

    Jun 17, 2003
    Ken Grimwood - Replay = The Best Book EVAR!
     
  20. John Uskglass

    John Uskglass Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Aug 29, 2003
    You know, I have to say, I'm kind of tired of Alan Moore right now. From Hell, Watchmen and The Leauge are all great, but V got me kind of angry. Near the end I was just so scared about the main character that I started rooting for the Fascists. Anarchy ain't for the UK, and it ain't for nobody.