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KatAddy
02-19-2014, 01:25 PM
Tell me all about your favorite book! What do you like most about it? Plot? Writing style? Characters?

My personal favorite is Princess Bride. Its such a classic adventure tale and its just so funny and compellingly written. I have to say I don't like the movie as much (Its a great movie don't get me wrong but the book man, the book is just better)

I think I like it so much because I read it in the hospital and it really cheered me up so I just feel like I have such a connection to the book.

Matt Conner
02-19-2014, 11:58 PM
It's a tossup between Crime and Punishment and 1984. Both brilliant novels, although I think 1984 wins just for re-readability. 700 some pages is pretty tough to chew on the second time around when you already know all the plot twists and stuff.

Batty Krueger
02-20-2014, 12:59 AM
Don't really have a favorite book. But anything from Hunter S. Thompson or Terry Pratchett is amazing.

Tiido
02-20-2014, 01:58 PM
I seem to read only technical literature lately. Currently I'm reading "tööstuselektroonika alused" (basics of industrial electronics) by J. Issakov, A. Platonov, V. Rudenko, V. Senko, V. Trifonyuk and J. Judin. Transistors and stuff kick ass haha.

Billy MT
02-20-2014, 02:29 PM
My all-time favorite is "211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do", by Tom Cutler.

It's a pretty humorous book about stuff from day-by-day that you should learn but nobody teaches. Like how to properly paint a door, tips on how to taste wine, how to put together a homemade , 3-day survival kit in a tin, some card games, how to make a farting gizmo, some few lines about how to insult people in spanish, that kinda thing XD

What I like the most is, much of the stuff in this book is actual useful advice, but it's hard to take it seriously even so. There's even a version for the ladies, "211 Things a Clever Girl Can Do", if anyone's interested. 10/10, still reading it after 4 years.

Pine
02-20-2014, 03:17 PM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will always be my favorite book. Douglas Adams has a unique sense of humor that manages to be silly without dumbing anything down.

Dire Newt
02-20-2014, 03:22 PM
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

Demensa
02-20-2014, 11:34 PM
As ridiculous as it is to try and pick an absolute favourite, the first books that come to mind are City at the End of Time and Blood Music, both by Greg Bear.
City at the End of Time is nearly incomprehensible, while Blood Music is a little lighter in terms of readability and understanding. (though hardly less profound)

In terms of non-fiction, at the risk of coming off as "look-at-me-I'm-so-intelligent-and-hipster," I have to say Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.
That book is nothing short of a masterpiece.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will always be my favorite book. Douglas Adams has a unique sense of humor that manages to be silly without dumbing anything down.

The Hitchhiker's Guide is one of those books you can pick up over and over and still be charmed by.
It's always so refreshing, though I often forget that it exists. I really need to buy my own copy.

irick
02-23-2014, 05:50 AM
The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts: And Other Tales translated by William Scott Wilson is a current favorite of mine.

It's so hard to drill down to my all time favorite book. In terms of story 2001: A Space Odyssey is probably my favorite novel of all time. It has a nice plot, introduces some interesting concepts and critiques society like any good science fiction story should.

In terms of literary faffery Catcher in the Rye tugs at my heart strings. I love the use of the literary passive voice to give us that sort of detachment that the narrator feels for his past actions and self. Just <3. Holden: I sort of, feel you.

And then there is my favorite book from an 'experience holding it in the hand and reading it' is a specific copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer published by Harper & Brothers in 1938. It was given to my on my literal birthday by close family friends. The binding is great. The paper has a nice feel to it and you can just see the indentations from the letter press.

Tybby
02-24-2014, 12:25 AM
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Batty Krueger
02-24-2014, 03:56 AM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will always be my favorite book. Douglas Adams has a unique sense of humor that manages to be silly without dumbing anything down.

http://imgur.com/BuadhtU
Oh shit how could I forgot such a glorious series of books.

KatAddy
02-25-2014, 01:56 PM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will always be my favorite book. Douglas Adams has a unique sense of humor that manages to be silly without dumbing anything down.

i love douglas adams!!! i've read the whole hitchhiker's guide series and im going to start reading dirk gently's holistic detective agency.

Gnarl
03-30-2014, 08:34 PM
Well you asked so I will tell you. My current favorite is Shielah of Earth, published last year. It is filled with all kinds of furry characters and one lone human. Technically they are human hybrids but they all have fur and tails. It is not a fanfic, it is not a fetish but a real story.
it is a Sci-fi about a guy who gets frozen in the north sea and then is found and revived thousands of years later when all that are left on Earth are hybrids! You asked! So I told you!

Batty Krueger
03-31-2014, 01:22 AM
i love douglas adams!!! i've read the whole hitchhiker's guide series and im going to start reading dirk gently's holistic detective agency.
To bad he died before the movie was released. So much wrong in the movie.
It's fun for people that havnt read the series, that's about it.

Sammacha
03-31-2014, 02:40 AM
I almost never read, at least not novels, but i really did enjoy silverwing.

Sylvia
03-31-2014, 11:20 AM
I like the Sholan Alliance series by Lisanne Norman, and have recently gotten hooked on the Destroyermen novels by Taylor Anderson. (The first one is a nifty scifi thing with telepathic cat people, the second is a kind of alt-history set where a WW2 US destroyer gets sucked into an alternate universe. Fun stuff :P)

Of the two I'd have to say I like the Destroyermen series more right now, because I've always been a fan of history and alternate history, and the idea of taking superior technology to another culture and bootstrapping them to muskets in order to fight off an evil empire gives me warm, fuzzy, imperialistic feelings inside.

FluffyMuffins230
04-05-2014, 02:05 PM
While I have no specific book that I particularly like, the genre that I lean towards is mystery, horror, or fantasy. Some few books that I had enjoyed reading were, "The chronicles of Vladimir Tod", "Interview with the vampire", and also, "Dead until dark."

BlueJaySF
04-06-2014, 12:58 PM
Might just be The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. A close second would be The Son of Neptune (Riordan).

Honorable mentions:

Christine - Stephen King
Meg series - Steve Alten
Dune - Frank Herbet
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion - Tolkien

Lunar_
04-06-2014, 03:43 PM
I've been in love with the Inheritance Cycle since Eragon was first published. Haven't gotten too far in Wheel Of Time, but I like what I've read. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children was a fantastic read.

One or two shitty novellas aside, I've never been disappointed with the books I read in high school. When I was still in a Catholic school, we read The Red Tent, which was incredible. I love reading from another person's perspective. My favorite, though, was Go Ask Alice. We had about a month to read it and I finished it in two days.

ArmorcladCoyote
04-10-2014, 01:11 PM
I've read too much to pick a single favorite.

I'm also big fan of Pratchett's works. Not only can he create crazy fantastic worlds, but he also has them make sense.

I find Garth Nix to be a mix of hit and miss for me. While I The Seventh Tower Series has stolen a couple weekends from me rereading it, some of his others fall flat.

My odd favorite The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm by Nancy Farmer. I also like the first two books in her Sea of Trolls trilogy. (I can't give my opinion on the last since I haven't found a copy yet.)

The late Tom Clancy is another that I love but I have to listen to the book on tape while do practice sketches or something simple with my hands or else I feel guilty I spent the entire weekend doing nothing but reading a single book.