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Favorite Books
« on: April 28, 2009, 02:53:56 PM »

What are your favorite books?
You can say more than one book
Mine are "Crossing The Wire", "Steinbecks Ghost", and Two Hotdogs With Everthing


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Re: Favorite Books
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 03:15:06 PM »

Tom Clancy for me.


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Re: Favorite Books
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 04:20:54 PM »

I luvs the John Steinbeck stuff.

Tortilla Flat, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath . . .

and like Orwell: 1984, Animal Farm

and I like Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

I like post-apocalyptic fiction, but I still haven't read Cormac McCarthy. He's on the list . . .


Re: Favorite Books
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 06:07:19 PM »

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
National Geographic: A 100 Year History

and so on

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Re: Favorite Books
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2009, 07:11:00 AM »

Where George Orwell is concerned, my tastes run more to Homage to Catalonia and Down and Out in Paris and London1984 is good, but when I was reading it, I felt it was more about living in England after World War II (rationing was kept in effect for eight years after the war ended, to limit spending on imported luxuries) than about repressive totalitarian states per se--the big giveaway is the constant references to freshly made real coffee as the sign of membership in the party elite.

I like spy thrillers and crime fiction.  I am a huge Deighton/Le Carré fan.  In recent years I have felt Eric Ambler is an underappreciated master, but this seems set to change--four of his 1930's novels are apparently to be issued as Penguin Classics.

Many of Graham Greene's novels are pure fun, e.g. Our Man in HavanaThe Power and the Glory is tough going, but worth it.
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Re: Favorite Books
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009, 09:09:12 PM »

Actually making this On Topic: One of my favorite books I got a few years ago when the USDOT suddenly discovered it had a bunch of bicentennial books on the history of roads.  So a bunch of us on mtr all ordered them and, free books and free shipping later, we had our copies.  I'm sure they're all taken now, but I'm very glad I jumped on it when I did.


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Re: Favorite Books
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2009, 03:38:09 PM »

Basically, anything by Crichton.

Also, "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.



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