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Your Favorite Books!

  1. Mar 18, 2003 #1
    [SOLVED] Your Favorite Books!

    Hey everyone I'm sure you remember this topic! Post your favorite books, why you like them, or anything like that on here.

    I believe before the new PF 3 came up we were talking about the Enders Series... anyone wanna comment?
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  3. Mar 18, 2003 #2
    By the way Zero or Greg can you put this as a sticky again?
  4. Mar 18, 2003 #3
    My fav book is "Survivor" by Chuck Palahniuk, the author of fight club. I just started reading all of Palahniuk books over x-mas break, and fell in love with them. They are so crazy and twisted and totally unique! I highly recommend any of his books to everyone!
  5. Mar 18, 2003 #4
    my fave book is The Outsiders! I love that book because it was very touching. It taught me a lot about people and how everyone is so special. It made me cry too. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry....:frown:. Anyhow, it's about a gang. In general, we'd expect a gang who's got members who are involved in murders, robbery to be downright bad. No good left in'em! But we forget they have feelings too. The book focuses on two boys who are best friends. One of them, Johnny, kills someone, in order to save his friend, Ponyboy from death(the other dude that got killed was attempting to kill Ponyboy). But anyway, such a good book. There's a movie too(but I should warn you that the movie seriously sucks. it doesn't show the emotion involved.)
  6. Mar 19, 2003 #5
    The Bible is my favorite book.
    Here are some of my other favorites:

    Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstadter
    Consciousness Explained - Daniel Dennett
    The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene
    Visions - Michio Kaku
    Five Golden Rules - ?
    many more...

    All of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
    Anything by Raymond Smullyan
    Anything by Edgar Allen Poe
    The Homecoming Sage - Orson Scott Card
    The "Pegasus" Trilogy - Anne McCaffrey
    The "Ender" books - Orson Scott Card
    The Worthing Chronicles - Orson Scott Card
    Wyrms - Orson Scott Card
    many more...
  7. Mar 19, 2003 #6


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    Greetings !

    I just read Nature's Numbers by Ian Stewart.
    It's a GREAT popular level book that provides
    you with a partial view of modern mathematics.
    It's aspecially intresting for people (like me)
    who heard about modern physical theories
    but not about modern mathematical theories
    that really are, in fact, an important aspect
    of future physics research and future science in
    general in every aspect.

    Live long and prosper.
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  8. Mar 19, 2003 #7
    The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and anything else by Umberto Eco (I'm convinced Eco is one of the greatest minds in the last 100 years)
    Anything by Samuel Beckett
    100 Years of Solitude -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The Myth of Sisyphus -- Albert Camus
    Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
    Godel, Escher, Bach -- Douglas Hofstadter
    Consciousness Explained -- Daniel Dennett
    System of Nature -- Baron d'Holbach
    The Selfish Gene -- Richard Dawkins
    Candide -- Voltaire
    The Society of Mind -- Marvin Minksy
    The True Believer -- Eric Hoffer
    Gargantua and Pantagruel -- Francois Rabelais
    All of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout.
    There's too many....I need a nap....
  9. Mar 19, 2003 #8
    100 Years of Solitude -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    ^^^Yes! This is great, so is Love in the Time of Cholera. I love the way he starts his books....

    Hemingway is also amazingly good, now. My high school English teacher told our class we shouldn't read "Old Man in the Sea" until we were 30 because we wouldn't understand it.... that applies to most of his stuff to a lesser degree I think.
  10. Mar 19, 2003 #9
    Swan Song - by Robert R. McCammon
    Subterranean - by James Rollins
    Cabinet of Curiosities - by Douglas J. Preston, Lincoln Child
  11. Mar 20, 2003 #10
    Question for you Mentat and zk4586:

    Is Godel, Escher and Bach a tough read? It's on my bookshelf but I've sort of been putting it off because it looks like a behemoth.
  12. Mar 20, 2003 #11

    The Feynman Lectures, Volumes 1-3 by Richard Feynman
    Theoretical Physics by Joos

    The Structure and Function of Evolutionary Theory by Gould

    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    A Farewell To Arms and The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
    A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Stranger by Camus
    Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

    Philosophy -

    Philosophical Papers, Volumes 1-3 and Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature by Richard Rorty
    Rorty and His Critics
    Dennett and His Critics
    Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty by Lugwig Wittgenstein
    The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 and Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault
    Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective and Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation by Donald Davidson
    The Library of Living Philosophers: The Philosophy of Donald Davidson
    Limited Inc. by Derrida
    The Savage Mind by Levi-Strauss
    The Gulf War Did Not Take Place by Baudrillard
    A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
    The Minimalist Program and Language and the Problems of Knowledge by Noam Chomsky
  13. Mar 20, 2003 #12
    After reading so much [positive] feedback on Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" i eventually got around to buying it. I've started reading it, and I'm liking it so far. Yay for me :wink:
  14. Mar 20, 2003 #13
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    Journey To The Center Of The Earth - Jules Verne
    Star Trek - all of them
    Winnetou - Karl May
    Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
    The Way I See The World - Albert Einstein
    (I don't know the original title...just an approximation->I read a translation because I'm romanian)
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  15. Mar 20, 2003 #14
    I personally found it very enjoyable and an easy read. It's not something you should try to hurry through, but I found his style to be very readable.

    I do enjoy Hemingway. You should read the Garden of Eden. I'm not saying it's one of his best, but it's very sultry and risque; I had to keep reminding myself that it was actually Hemingway who had wrote it.
  16. Mar 20, 2003 #15
    A Wrinkle In Time
    Heir of the Empire
    Dark Force Rising
    The Last COmmand
    A WInd in the Door
    A swiftly Tiltiing Planet

  17. Mar 20, 2003 #16
    BTW can you guys PLEASE make this a sticky like in the old PF?
  18. Mar 23, 2003 #17
    in nonfiction, my favorite books are historical and biographical books. in fiction, my favorite would have to be "beloved" by toni morrison.
  19. Mar 23, 2003 #18


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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Through the Looking Glass
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The American Ephemeris (different version for different years)
    The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
    James and the Giant Peach
  20. Mar 24, 2003 #19
    I second "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the looking glass".
  21. Mar 24, 2003 #20


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    mentat, both books from lewis carroll (aka charles dodson) were meant to teach children about logic...
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