Top 5 of your favorite books

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    I thought this would be kind of fun, plus I won't have to look around the bookstore for an hour.:)

    1) My first pick is high above all of the others. I first found it 5 years ago and have read it four times since, "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien. I love it because of the characters and the classic good vs. evil story. Reading this book really is like reading about another world with its own history, songs, languages, and people.

    2) Orson Scott Card has made himself one of the best sci-fi writers, and "Ender's Game" is in my opinion his greatest book.

    3) "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehlo will be one of those books that every teacher in America uses in their classroom because it is about a young shepard that is trying to find his destiny, with plenty of symbolism thrown in for good measure.
     
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    I'll go with the Alchemist excellent read.
    Which for some reason reminds me of one of may fav. high school books, The Metamorphosis by Kafka.
    High school reminds me of two books, de Tocqueville's, Democracy in America and Thoreau's, Walden Pond. I still like Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and now I'm out of choices.
     
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    Fiction

    1. Count of Monte Cristo or any of the Three Musketeers series - Alexandre Dumas (classic tales)
    2. Red Storm Rising, Debt of Honor or Execuitive Orders - Tom Clancy (just fun)
    3. Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Crazy symbolism)
    4. The Illiad - Homer (Different literary style)
    5. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Fascinating and real view of a gulag)

    Non-Fiction

    1. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies - Jared Diamand (Brilliant description of cultural evolution of humans based on environmental factors)
    2. Sacred Balance - David Suzuki (Great book on the environment by one of the world's foremost environmentalists)
    3. Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan (Our place in space, but one of astronomy's greatest supporters)
    4. Why I Hate Canadians - Will Ferguson (Good commentary on Canada)
    5. Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking (Complex subject, easy to read)
     
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    1. Chronicles of Narnia
    2. Reviving Ophelia
    3. The Chrysalids
    4. Life of Pi
    5. A Separate Peace
     
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    Welcome, Enthused. I love A Separate Peace.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome.

    I remember pretty vividly all the books I read in high school, I was such an English nerd.
     
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    I hate making superlatives of anything artistic but I'll try.

    The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Cosmos by Carl Sagan
     
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    1. Slouching Towards Gomorrah - Robert Bork. The definitive work on America's most dangerous enemies - the sixties counterculture, which grew up, donned suits and ties, and now run some of our most vital institutions - to our detriment.

    2. The Godfather - Mario Puzo. As great as the movies were, they couldn't hold a candle to the book. So much wisdom. So much depth.

    3. The New Thought Police - Tammy L. Bruce. An unexpected gem. Bruce was the head of the L.A. chapter of NOW during some of it's most tumultuous times, and felt the wrath of the P.C. Establishment to a degree usually reserved only for the most heinously unapologetic conservatives. A smart, funny book.

    4. 1984 - George Orwell. The sound of scales falling from the eyes of a well-meaning socialist dupe. Terrifyingly relevant to current events, for anyone with eyes to see.

    5. With Reagan - Edwin Meese. The side of Iran-Contra we never got to hear. Given a more balanced hearing in the press ( see sixties couterculture...now running some of our most vital institutions...), Jim Wright and the Democrat house of Representatives would have been shown as, at best, dangerously naive Daniel Ortega groupies. At the worst, they'd have been unmasked as traitors.
     
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    in no particular order and omitting hundreds of others that i could just as easily name:
    A happy death: kaffka
    V-thomas pynchon
    anything by foucald
    portrait of a lady: Henry James
    The Universal Baseball Association Inc. J. Henry Waugh Prop.: by robert coover
    honorable mention: Belfast confetti by Cirian Carson
    someone mentioned tolkien and orson scott card...both excellent..invisible man does rule too...as does the narnia books...I like C.S. lewis' other books better....love d.h.lawrence....
    nietzche, hegel, barthes, rousseau...jesus i'll stop or go on forever
     
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    1) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    2) Rebel Without a Crew
    3) Life After God
    4) High Fidelity
    5) Song Book
     

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