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 December 29, 2007 6:16 PM

So the best book eh?

Well I read a lot but hang on to very few of them, so my library is really quite small. A book is a joy but to my mind why hang onto one if it isn't something that you would read over and over again.
So for a guy who might read 50 or 60 books a year... you wouldn't know it from my library shelves. Here are my best books and the reasons why I like them.

The first batch would be apocalyptic fiction.. end of the world stuff. I like reading that sort of SF/Fantasy because the really good ones give you a feeling of the really best of the human spirit and the very worse. It's a time when everything has turned upside down and the conventional rules that keep us civilized have vanished... and what do you do? Always a fascinating exercise in morality.... and ultimately the best and worse of our natures...
My favourites in that are
H.G. Wells "The War of the World"
John Wyndham "The Day of the Triffids"
Stephen King "The Mist"
The first two are recognized masters and their books are considered classics. Stephen King is a differant matter, posibly in time he may be considered in that same class but only time will tell that. Good writers come and go and the history of lit is filled with forgotten favourites. I like King but I don't care for his tendancy to.. welllll... write too much. He doesn't really know when enough is enough... the stories are fun but filled with just too much. "The Mist" is differant.... it shows King as he could be. It is a tight small novella with all the best of King's story telling.... and it is tight and under control. I like this small book very much and wish King would write more like this.... tight, controlled writing like this would assure King a lasting title as a master.

The next category I like are "The small guy conquering his limits". I like stories that show the small and weak... the normal everyday people in situations that are anything but ordinary.
J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" which includes "The Hobbit". It is a little prissy in it's style... very much a product of an earlier England, but the story is a delight all the same. I read all 4 a least once a year. It well and truly moves me.
Phillip Pullman "His Dark Materials"... an astounding kid's book and a wonderful sequel.. of sorts.. to John Milton's "Paradise Lost". It well and truly celebrates the very best in human spirit in which a small girl and boy quite literally save the world.. all of them. It is the sundering of hell and the death of fear.. and is all done by simple and real love. Love that shows the future contains all sorts of wonderful possibility. It's sad that many will not see past it's inner story of the failure of "relgion".... because it isn't the love of the divine that fails. In fact that is really what saves the world in this series.. but rather the failure of close minded smallness. Not a comfortable read for many.
Neil Gaiman "Neverwhere"... a grand adventure in the underworld of London England. Of a normal man who rises above his limitations and risks all to gain something wonderful. Gaiman has really created an almost punk version of "Alice in Wonderland" while retaining all the great joy and zest of that masterpiece. Neil is a story teller very much in love with the act of creation and entertaiment. He's also a wonderful fellow just to simply talk with.. I had that experience once and the man can talk for hours without stop and never once bore you. A rare person who puts all of himself into his work.

Then there are the few that fit no one category.... Yann Martel is one of those with his "Life of Pi". It is beyond description. A combination of the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the sheer wonder of Neil Gaiman. Martel has written an astounding adventure of a young boy lost at sea in a lifeboat with a bengal tiger as a companion. it is a rare and truly moving read. Magic on paper. I won't tell any more of it because it sounds silly when reviewed, even preposterous.... yet it works... and it is an astounding bit of writing. A real gem.
And the last of my favourites is Terry Pratchett... a man who has turned a lunatic satire of fantasy into real and true literature. I like his books of the Night Watch... and Death the best.. but all of his books are very readable and a pleasure. Who else could combine "Lord of the Rings", "Conan the Barbarian", Hollywood and Shakespeare's "Macbeth" into a series of books and make it all work so well.

So my fave books........ I make my stand with these and defy all others.. LOL. Well not really... I'm not quite that egotistical.. almost but not quite. 

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anonymous  December 29, 2007 1:48 PM

amendment:

Duncton wood is by William Horwood, the series is long and there are two viewpoints to each collection.

I could never choose a one favorite, I devour books, am surrounded by them, I love them !

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anonymous I really can choose a best, favorites are December 26, 2007 5:50 PM

Anything by Kaffe Fassett, artist and designer

why. fantasic designer and use of color

Anything by Luis Royo Fantasy artist

why. fantastic renditions I identify with

Anything Nature, Photography, Creatve Process's,

why. I soak up nature, color, it relaxes and excites me

Lots of Floristry and Gardening

why. cos I love it and was sitting my Masters in Floristry.

Fave fiction for r and r without a doupt Jilly Cooper series

why. dam good plot, storyline, characterization, sizzles.

The Duncton Wood Chronicles

why. I have never read anything more human in my life, all  the  characters are moles.

Chronicles of Narnia

why. I learn something new evertime I re read it

Poetry..........on and on it goes !

why. cos I love its form of expression and I can write music to it.

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 December 11, 2007 12:22 PM

OK... So... my all time favorite book is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, followed closely by The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Which would shock anyone who knows me (the fact that I love long boring french novels) because my everyday reading material consists of classics such as The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Zombie Butts from Uranus and Butt Wars: The Final Conflict all by Andy Griffith (no, not THAT Andy Griffith)  [ send green star]
 
 December 11, 2007 11:58 AM

The Medical Mafia, author:  Ghislaine St-Pierre Lanctôt.  You make research on google, you ll see who she his and what is about the book.  She wrote many others.  She praticed as doctor 25 years in hospitals.  She had clinics in Canada and USA. 

I hope you ll enjoy.

Love

Marie and  hugs

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 December 11, 2007 7:06 AM

Actually I have been reading so much that to post a particular name or a book title would be hopeless for me -- but I think it would be interesting to make sure those that frequent the store - this grp somehow have their selections somehow eventually tagged to their name so when new books of the genre or author come out we can flash them -- ideas?  [ send green star]
 
 July 14, 2007 9:19 AM

Now those are all my kinds of books. 

Let's see - I am so ecletic in reading but I guess my favorite author/book  is actually part of a series by Laurell K Hamilton.  I will admit she is one of the few authors that even after 15 books in the series I still eagerly await the next and every day I check her blog to see if there is any new news on the next book.  Her Anita Blake Vampire Series is just too cool for waords - lol - so I love it and after 15 books, it just gets better to me.  Her other series the Merry Gentry series is up to book 6 which will be released in October and I can't wait. 

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anonymous  July 03, 2007 2:55 PM

Ramses books 5 kpl written by Christian Jaq. The books are written the way I could walk with Ramses II through all the boohs. The author is also egyptologist and got me a bit interested in Ancient Egypt.

Next four are The stone of Light by Christian Jaq. ( may be translated in other way in USA)

ArcticSummer Princess

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anonymous  July 03, 2007 1:55 PM

Hmmm Kat...S. Kenyon Hunter sounds exciting so if you have it let me know because I am interested....Mariah Stewart's series Dead Certain, Dead Even, Dead Wrong & Dead End series was very exciting...lots of intrigue..mayhem...murder...twists & turns...my daughter Kim turned me on to this writer and I totally enjoyed her...so maybe someone else in the group would enjoy these books if you got them...  [report anonymous abuse]
 
 July 03, 2007 6:04 AM

No one reads sooo how can they bring it on? S. Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series -- why because she is entertaining - drags you in kicking and screaming - precise - concise - detail oriented - and you fall into the spell and hate the fact the book ends - you stang in rain - sleet - snow - monsoons - hurricanes to get the next book as it hits the stands - or we could all pile into a VW Van and go to her house and wait on the front lawn as she writes demanding excerpts!!!! And she is little and cute!  [ send green star]
 
Bring It On - Name the BEST Book and why.. July 02, 2007 10:50 PM

Alright Ladies and Gentlemen - BRING IT ON - I want the Names of the Best Book and why you think it is the best - Tell me your favorites - What made it your favorit?

Let's see if I can find these books and post them so others can have a chance at finding new books to love.

Kimberley

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