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  1. #31
    My top ten:

    Warren /All the Kings Men
    Steinbeck/The Grapes of Wrath
    Salinger/The Catcher in the Rye
    Hemingway/For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Hemingway/The Sun Also Rises
    Melville/Moby Dick
    Cervantes/Don Quixote
    Vonnegut/Cats Cradle
    Heller /Catch 22
    Hijeulos/The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

  2. #32
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    Oh wow, someone else actually read Mambo Kings! That is a great read, also a good film, but hardly anyone I know has heard of either.

    Looks like we're a pretty well-read bunch of folks.

  3. #33
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    1. Dune by Frank Herbert
    2. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
    3. The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson
    4. Jupiter by Ben Bova
    5. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
    6. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
    7. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    8. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
    9. Forever War by Joe Haldeman
    10. Deepsix by Jack McDevitt

  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Worf View Post
    1. Dune by Frank Herbert
    2. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
    3. The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson
    4. Jupiter by Ben Bova
    5. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
    6. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
    7. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    8. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
    9. Forever War by Joe Haldeman
    10. Deepsix by Jack McDevitt
    I love Starship Troopers. Keep it on the Bounce.

  5. #35
    Mainstream: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

    Horror: IT by Stephen King
    Pet Semetary by Stephen King
    At the Mountains of Madness and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
    Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

    Fantasy: LotR by J.R.R. Tolkien
    WoT by Robert Jordan
    The Belgariad by David Eddings
    The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

    Crime/Mystery: Headhunter by Michael Slade

    YA: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    I don't read much Sci-fi so I don't have a favorite.
    Last edited by Bob Gray; April 11th, 2012 at 02:58 PM.

  6. #36
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    St. Paul, Minnesota
    At the moment:

    1) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    2) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    3) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    4) Cien Anos de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    5) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    6) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
    7) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    8) White Noise by Don Delillo
    9) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    10) The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

  7. #37
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    I decided to pick one by each author. God, this was hard.

    1. Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
    2. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    3. Diary of an Emotional Idiot - Maggie Estep
    4. The Fault in our Stars - John Green
    5. A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
    6. Fall on Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
    7. Gun, With Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem
    8. On A Pale Horse - Piers Anthony
    9. Girl Goddess #9 - Francesca Lia Block
    10. The Last Good Kiss - James Crumley

  8. #38
    My top ten in no specific order:

    Ligotti - Teatro Grottesco
    Dostoevsky - Crime & Punishment (or Brothers Karamazov)
    Bulgakov - Master & Margarita
    Tolstoy - War and Peace
    Martin - Storm of Swords
    Wolfe - Book of The New Sun (sorry, can't choose)
    Mieville - The Scar
    McCarthy - Blood Meridian (or The Crossing)
    Kay - Lions of Al-Rassan
    Holdstock - Lavondyss

    My no 11 would be Lovecraft - At The Mountains of Madness & Other Stories, but unfortunately there wasn't enough room. Sorry, HP.

  9. #39
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    Ada, MI, USA
    Including titles unavailable in English (*), while for some titles I used the better known original title than the English one:

    1. Noaptea de Sanziene (The Forbidden Forest) by Mircea Eliade
    2*. Caderea Constantinopolelui (Fall of Constatinople) by Vintila Corbul
    3. The Roman by Mika Waltari
    4. The Masters of Rome (7 vols) by Colleen McCullough
    5. Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings 7 vols) by Maurice Druon
    6*. Sfarsit de Mileniu (Chronicle of the 20th Century, 7 vols) by Radu Tudoran
    7. Use of Weapons by IM Banks
    8. The Honorverse (23 vols and counting) by David Weber
    9. The Night's Dawn (3 vols) by Peter Hamilton
    10. ASOIAF (5 vols and counting) by George RR Martin

    If only books available in English count the extra 2 would be:

    11: The Kushiel Legacy (9 vols) by Jacqueline Carey
    12: Roma sub Rosa (13 vols and counting) by Steven Saylor

  10. #40
    In no particular order

    1.Dune-Bar none the greatest science fiction novel ever.
    2.A Song of Fire and Ice series
    3.Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell
    5.The Vampire Chronicles
    6.The Works of H.P. Lovecraft
    7. Looking For Alaska
    8.The Elric Saga
    9.The Dark Tower series
    10.Stranger In A Strange Land

    Others that make me wish this were a top twelve:
    11.The Conan Stories
    12.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    In less traditional forms of literature:
    V For Vendetta
    The Watchmen

  11. #41
    A slightly different best of ...

    "Guest of the Nation" by Frank O'Connor
    "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

    "The Gutting of Couffignal" by Dashiell Hammett
    "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" by M. R. James
    "The Rats in the Walls" by H. P. Lovecraft

    "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke
    "Fondly Fahrenheit" by Alfred Bester

    "The Sadness of Details" by Jonathan Carroll
    "Le Peau Verte" by Caitlin R. Kiernan

    And, of course, I retain the right to create an entirely different list tomorrow.


  12. #42
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    I haven't read so many books, but still I would like share my top 5 favorite books.
    1. The Wonder
    2. The Vally of fear
    3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes
    4. Eragon
    5. Fight Club

    Althogh generally I love to read only books that are written for young adults, but sometimes I read some books from other genre also.

  13. #43
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    Dante's Commedia
    Cervantes' Don Quixote
    Lady Murasaki's Tale of Genji
    The Bhagavad-Gita
    Shakespeare's Hamlet
    Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov
    Achebe's Things Fall Apart
    Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Melville's Moby-Dick
    Goethe's Faust

  14. #44
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    Mine would be:

    1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    2. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
    3. Frost in May by Antonia White
    4. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    5. The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
    6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    7. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
    8. Under The Skin by Michel Faber
    9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    10. The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw

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    Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell (er, 4 books)
    Coelestis, Paul Park
    Dhalgren, Samuel R Delany
    Ascent, Jed Mercurio
    Kairos, Gwyneth Jones
    Aegypt Sequence, John Crowley (5 books)
    Take Back Plenty, Colin Greenland
    The Master Mariner, Nicholas Monsarrat (1 book + 1 unfinished)
    Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle
    How Far Can You Go?, David Lodge

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