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Discussion in 'Books' started by shifft, Nov 28, 2015.
What's your favourite book(s) and why?
Welcome to BigSoccer, and more importantly, welcome to the books forum.
Since you're new here, I'll play along, though if you start a thread like this, you could provide a better lead in if you listed your faves...
So, in no particular order, my non-fiction First Re-Read Shelf contains:
Watership Down -- Frank Adams. This is a storyteller's book, and in Hazel, we have the best leader in fiction.
The Lord of the Rings -- JRR Tolkein. I think I can safely say there will never be a better fantasy epic.
Dune -- Frank Herbert. The greatest world ever created.
Macbeth -- William Shakespeare. OK, OK, it's the Bard's most accessible play, but still...
To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee. Even more impressive after reading the first draft that is Go Set a Watchman.
A Christmas Carol -- Charles Dickens. It's not Christmas for me until Scrooge buys the prize turkey at the Poulterer's.
101 Dalmations -- Dodie Smith. It's the book that I've read the most.
It -- Stephen King. I love novels that tell multiple stories at the same time, and King has mastered it here.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret -- Brian Selznick. The man has invented a new form of prose.
Suds in Your Eye -- Mary Lasswell. Maybe the best bad book ever written.
The Forgotten Door -- Alexander Key. He's more famous for Escape to Witch Mountain, but this is better.
One Thousand and One Nights -- I've read a couple retellings, my favorite is by Hannan Al-Shaykh.
Les Miserables -- Victor Hugo. OK, just kidding. One of my favorites, but it's not a easy re-read.
The Moonstone -- Wilkie Collins. The first great mystery.
Green Eggs and Ham -- Dr Seuss. Juvenile literature was never the same.
Their Eyes were Watching God -- Zora Neale Hurston. More great lines/passages than Les Miserables in 1/5 the text.
Three there are.
Moby Dick, or The Whale – Herman Melville. “Wonder ye then at the fiery hunt?"
Nostromo, A Tale of the Seaboard – Joseph Conrad. “There is no getting away from a treasure that once fastens upon your mind."
Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner. “Maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished”
It is with some whimsy that I remark that Val lists certain books as non-fiction.
Watership Down is clearly non-fiction, but Les Miserables is fiction. The movie that stars Gerard Depardieu as Jean Valjean is non-fiction, though.