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31 Aug 2010 - 15:2639615
Your top 10 Books!
Don't know about you guys but I love to read and I'm always on the look out for something new. As such I was wondering what everyone's top 10 books were (no manga sorry) If you can't quite decide on 10 or can't be bothered to list that many, any favourites will do, but 10 would be appreciated. For those of you that love a series of books, for the purpose of this list, it can be posted by the name of the series as 1 entry..... (mainly because I want to include a couple of series myself and can't decide on just one of them)

So here's mine. (in no particular order)

#The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred

#Catch 22

#One Flew Over the CooKoo's Nest

#Chronicles of the Black Company

#The Thought Gang

#Wilt

#The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

#A Song of Ice and Fire

#Pulp

#Malazan- The Book of the Fallen

I'll post this quickly before I change my mind because there are at least another five nagging to get on there (and I'd rather not cheat in my own thread) Hope this isn't too much of a brain teaser and that we get some good books upfor recommendation.


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31 Aug 2010 - 15:5539618
iv never actually read any o those which puts me to shame as a bookworm... tho i havent been reading as much lately admittedly.

1. Anne Rice chronicles

2. Sherrilyn Kenyon books.

3. The Lord of the Rings

4. The Mortal isntruments series.

5. Darren Shan vampire books

6. Ella Enchanted

7. Dracula

8. Alex Rider spy books

9. The picture of Dorian Gray

10. Eragon


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31 Aug 2010 - 16:0339621
Now that's a hard question! (and what about graphic novels? )
I'll just list what comes to mind first...

The Man in the high Castle (just finished this, it's brilliant!)

The End of Mr. Y

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

The Tawny Man series by Robin Hobb

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Day of the triffids

Waywalkers

Pride and Prejudice

Picture of Dorian Gray

and ermmm.... maybe The EarthSea quartet? If we're including graphic novels then it would probably have to be Watchmen or V for Vendetta.

p.s: justthewaydrmademe if you like Eragon have you read any Anne McCaffery? The earlier dragons of pern books are pretty good and I think Paolini may have nicked some of his ideas from them lol!



Last edited by visiting_wizard (31 Aug 2010 - 16:09)
31 Aug 2010 - 16:0539622
I borrowed the Anne Rice chronicles yesterday and I love The picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula and The Lord of the Rings (on which note try out Malazan, Black Company or Ice and Fire) .... so basically, nice list



Surely Graphic novels would have to have their own separate list? Going better than expected already, got a couple on there to add to my wish list.


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Last edited by Woodstock (31 Aug 2010 - 16:09)
31 Aug 2010 - 16:1039624
What's The Thought Gang about? It sounds intriguing!


31 Aug 2010 - 16:2339626
Off the top of my head...

- The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

- The Lies of Locke Lamora (& the rest of the Gentlemen Bastards series) (Scott Lynch)

- City of Thieves (David Benioff)

- Song of Ice and Fire series (George RR Martin)

- Most of the books by Haruki Murakami

Hmmm might come back to edit and add more later.


31 Aug 2010 - 16:2639627
It's really strange. It's about an on the run, skint, aging philosopher meeting a one armed, inept criminal making their way through france robbing banks. It's quite scatalogical in style, without any real format or structure but I love it.

Pez - nice to see another G.R.R Martin fan and is Locke Lamora that good? Its on my list and sounds a bit like the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series.


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31 Aug 2010 - 16:5639629
Sounds cool, I think I'll look that one up.


31 Aug 2010 - 17:0739631
Well I haven't got that many fav books (not including Manga) but here's the top three of what I do enjoy ^w^

1. The Phantom Of The Opera By Gaston Leroux (if you love the musical READ THIS BOOK it gives the characters far more depth and history than one could ever even fathom by just seeing the musical adaptation by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, read it with an open mind as well as there's a hell of a lot more to it than what ALW put in his adpatation)

2. Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

3. Harry Potter Seris By J.K.Rowling


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31 Aug 2010 - 17:2539632
Well here's mine ask me if you wanna know any of the authors cuz I cbb to name them all sorry

1. The Dragonfly Pool

2. Young Samurai Series

3. The Saga of Darren Shan

4. The Last Dragon Chronicles

5. Inkheart

6. The Wave Runners

7. The Earthsea Quartet

8. Harry Potter

9. The Chronicles of Narnia

10. The secret of platform 13

^^



Last edited by Timcanpy55 (31 Aug 2010 - 17:26)
31 Aug 2010 - 17:3239633
Of the top of my head:

- The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
- The Tawny Man trilogy
- the Black Magician Tilogy by Trudi Canavan
- Age of the Five trilogy by Trudi Canavan
- Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Gaaah, this was hard! There's so many books I want to put on this list! XD


31 Aug 2010 - 17:3539634
Not including manga, of course~...

1. Shiver

2. Linger

3. The Saga of Darren Shan

4. Dreamcatcher

5. Carrie

6. It

7. Red Tears

8. An Owl Came to Stay

9. The Green Mile

10. The Body

(Yeah, I'm pretty much a big fan of Stephen King. ^^)


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31 Aug 2010 - 17:3839635
Aww, I forgot to mention any of the Stephen King books! Happy you brought them up them! *lol* XD

And wow, I have a feeling this topic will make my book wish list grow a fair bit..


31 Aug 2010 - 17:4539636
Quote Mtani:
Aww, I forgot to mention any of the Stephen King books! Happy you brought them up them! *lol* XD

And wow, I have a feeling this topic will make my book wish list grow a fair bit..


Got that right and mines too big already.

When it comes to Stephen King you have to go with the Dark Tower series - never been a cooler cowboy or more memorable opening line. Oh and good choice of Gaiman, Neverwhere's my fav. although American Gods is pretty good too(and Sandman doesn't enter into it ofc)

... and Thought Gang is by Tibor Fischer. Wilt is also an amazing comedy if that's what you're looking for.


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31 Aug 2010 - 18:1639638
I LIKE READING!!

1- The Farseer Trilogy
2- The Liveship Trilogy
3- The Tawny Man Trilogy
4- The Crown of Stars Series
5- The Elder Gods Series
6- I am Legend
7- Harry Potter Series
8- The Vampire Chronicles
9-
10-

I cant think of a last two at the moment, and this list will probably be edited AT LEAST 3 more times today.

I love Robin Hobb. Though I wasn't as impressed with the Soldier Son Trilogy as I am with the rest of her work :/


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Last edited by Chikinpoo (31 Aug 2010 - 18:18)
31 Aug 2010 - 18:3639639
I admit, I read nowhere near enough but I do enjoy a good book. I'm one of the people who, a book has to be really griping for them to continue reading it.

So far my favs are:

1: Good Omens - Gaiman and Pratchett
2: The colour of magic - Pratchett (I've not read any others yet! I know......late getting into it)
3: Catch 22 - I forget......damn
4: Farenheit 451 - I'll be impressed if anyone else knows this book.
5: One flew over the cukoos nest - again....name has eluded me.

Animal farm by Orwell was pretty good, but I concider it more interesting than a fav.
1984 was really good...but I never finished it and I don't know why.

Theres also catcher in the rye....which I've read 4 times but every time. I get to about 20 pages to the end.........and I stop reading it.

Some stuff I really want to read though are alot of the Gaiman stuff, like American Gods. I hear it's brilliant. Of course, the disc world books too because the colour of magic was great!


31 Aug 2010 - 19:0739641
Quote Lulu Rose:


1: Good Omens - Gaiman and Pratchett
2: The colour of magic - Pratchett (I've not read any others yet! I know......late getting into it)
3: Catch 22 - I forget......damn
4: Farenheit 451 - I'll be impressed if anyone else knows this book.
5: One flew over the cukoos nest - again....name has eluded me.


Nice list! Loved Farenheit 451! (and you have 2 or my top 3 on there) As said above, if you like Gaiman try Neverwhere, American Gods is good but Neverwhere brings Gainman into his stride.


I'm starting the think this thread was a bad idea - I spend enough on books already and now can't resist getting some more (having trouble narrowing down the lis though)


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31 Aug 2010 - 19:1439642
im an avid reader, but ne really think of one book above another. this list is certainly my top 10 though

1: Don Quixote (absolute top of the list. if you've never read this, do so, its amazing!)

2: Watership down

3: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

4: The wind Up Bird Chronicle (and indeed any book by Haruki Murakami)

5: Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (they're all good)

6: Catcher in the Rye

7: Lord of the Rings trilogy

8: Johnathan Livingston Seagull (for those who dont know it, this is NOT a kids book)

9: Narnia books (its all good)

10: My Cousin Rachel (and indeed anything by Dauphne Du Maurier)

of course, im a huge Gaiman fan as well, but i doubt Sandman, being a graphic novel series, would be allowed here. still good


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Last edited by Fishyfins (31 Aug 2010 - 19:19)
31 Aug 2010 - 19:2339643
Oh my god how could I completely forget to mention Anansi Boys! Awesome book! I've been meaning to get round to reading Neverwhere too.
Neil Gaiman is amazing! I love the Sandman series too and Lulu Rose, I'm glad you put Good Omens on your list since I just added it to my amazon wish list but I can't find any reviews.

P.s: Robin Hobb is also amazing - I love Fitz, even if he is an angsty bastard! Not sure about her latest stuff though.

Gah! Now I really want to spend my next uni loan on books! XP



Last edited by visiting_wizard (31 Aug 2010 - 19:29)
31 Aug 2010 - 19:4039644
Visiting Wizard - Good Omens is pretty good although I'd say it reads like a Pratchett than a Gainman book - same formula and style as Pratchett and the same humour too (who I can't believe isn't on my list but ... there's no room! Might have to take something off to put Nightwatch, Going Postal, Monstrous Regiment or Small Gods on there)


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31 Aug 2010 - 20:0039645
I've actually only read Diggers and one of the Discworld books from Pratchett but I like his work too. I read more Tom Holt than Terry Pratchett and I never seem to get round to starting the Discworld series properly!
Have you read any Jasper Fforde? Vaguely similar form of humour - The Eyre Affair series is awesome.


31 Aug 2010 - 20:1539646
I hadn't heard of him before but I've just looked up his work and added it to my wish list. Just have to pick a few to actually buy now. Think I'll post what I get when I finally decide. If you like Holt though you should try pratchett but I'd try the city watch, Guards! Guards! or a stand alone like Small Gods or The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.


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31 Aug 2010 - 20:2939650
I think I picked up Small Gods before and liked the sound of it. The only one I've read is one of the ones about death's apprentice. Mort is it? It was years ago so I don't really remember.
It's not so much a 'funny' but The End of Mr. Y is really an awesome book too. I keep trying to force-lend it to people lol!
Hmmm I miss reading! I used to devour books before I started uni and now I never seem to manage to pick one up!


31 Aug 2010 - 20:3339651
Quote visiting_wizard:
Now that's a hard question! (and what about graphic novels? )
I'll just list what comes to mind first...

The Man in the high Castle (just finished this, it's brilliant!)

The End of Mr. Y

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

The Tawny Man series by Robin Hobb

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Day of the triffids

Waywalkers

Pride and Prejudice

Picture of Dorian Gray

and ermmm.... maybe The EarthSea quartet? If we're including graphic novels then it would probably have to be Watchmen or V for Vendetta.

p.s: justthewaydrmademe if you like Eragon have you read any Anne McCaffery? The earlier dragons of pern books are pretty good and I think Paolini may have nicked some of his ideas from them lol!


waywalker is brill and yes! i have read some anne mccaffrey before but not a whole lot yet


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31 Aug 2010 - 20:5239653
It can get that way at Uni, depends on how many lectures you go to I guess Funny you mention Mr. Y because I've added it to my wish list and looks like I buying it - decided to try and just buy books that are 1p from Amanzon to help me shorten the list. Getting Waywalker too.


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