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    In the spirit of the worse books ever thread, what are some of the best books you guys have read? I'm always up for a good new book :)
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    It's out of print but my all time favourite (well, one of several) is The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton.
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    Watership Down. It will always be my favorite book. GWTW is up there too.
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    The Grapes of Wrath (1939) written by John Steinbeck.
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Watership Down. It will always be my favorite book. GWTW is up there too.
    Never read Watership down, but GWTW was great. There's a book called Bringing out the Dead about paramedics that I really liked. When I was a kid, my fav book was The Three Musketeers. I was a nerd. :Da
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    As a kid, Bunnicula, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, etc. were my favorites.

    Now, I tend towards sci-fi/fantasy, books like Armour, Ender's Game, and Starship Troopers are some of my favorites.
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    These bear rereading every few years, for me:

    Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. It's not about whales; it's about obsession and what it can do to you. This should not be assigned in high schools; no high schooler can understand the real theme, and everyone can understand it by the age of forty.

    Home Life, by Alice Thomas Ellis. Her essays for The Spectator on her attempts to deal with her disorderly house, family, and mind are by turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny.

    The Missing of the Somme, by Geoff Dyer. It's not so much about the First World War as it is about the function of memory - anticipated memory, memory of fairly current events, and how memory changes over time as events recede into the past.

    Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons. The Starkadder family of Cold Comfort Farm are set in order and put to rights by a cousin from the city who refuses to accommodate their nonsense.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been vilified on the "worst books" thread, so let me cast a vote of confidence for him here.

    There are lots more, but that's a start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junebug68 View Post
    Never read Watership down, but GWTW was great. There's a book called Bringing out the Dead about paramedics that I really liked. When I was a kid, my fav book was The Three Musketeers. I was a nerd. :Da
    I don't know if reading Watership Down as an adult would have the same effect but give it a try anyway. Bringing out the Dead was a Cage movie, right? I don't think I ever made it through the movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    I don't know if reading Watership Down as an adult would have the same effect but give it a try anyway. Bringing out the Dead was a Cage movie, right? I don't think I ever made it through the movie.
    Yeah it's a Cage movie, but the book came first and it's different and much better than the movie.
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    A Tale Of Two Cities by Dickens. There's a reason why they make us read it in 8th or 9th grade, it's a great story of love, history and sacrifice.

    My favorite modern novel is East Of Eden by Steinbeck. I like family sagas, and this one has characters as diverse as an Irish-American farmer and his strictly religious and thoroughly practical wife, a rich man from the east who thinks he can control nature, a madam who runs a house that caters to the darker pleasures, and a chinese manservant who studies philosophy on the side.

    I saw someone named The Witching Hour as one of the worst novels-it's one of my favorites, although I concede that the ending sucks, and Rowan and Michael should have killed the SOB once it took on flesh. But the build up is so awesome, and the family history of the Mayfairs. I also love the character of Carlotta, the seemingly evil old aunt.
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