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    Speaking of adaptations, John Krasinski (The Office) is adapting David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers are working on Where the Wild Things Are. I'm pretty excited about both of those.
    WTWTA is live action isn't it?

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    Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

    I'm sure there is more to the list, but this one was rather fantastic for me and it's held its appeal to this day.

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    Complete Works - William Shakespeare (best writing ever)
    Morte D'Arthur - Sir Thomas Mallory (Caxton version, it's the reason why we read prose today)

    Everything else tends to cycle with me. Books, for me, tend to be more about my understanding of them at the place and time when I read them than anything else. That doesn't necessarily lend itself to compiling favorites.

    Though here's three I'd probably consider in any top 10:

    For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
    Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
    Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

    Some others that would make my list on a frequent basis:

    Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
    Lord of the Rings trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkein (it wasn't necessarily designed to be chopped up into three books)
    Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    In Parenthesis - David Jones

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien
    Great book.

    I really liked the Stand too. Steven King was my first great literary love. W/out him I'd probably not be the reader I am today.
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    I really liked the Stand too. Steven King was my first great literary love. W/out him I'd probably not be the reader I am today.
    We probably read "The Stand" at around the same time and age. I remember finishing it and thinking "Holy crap that was good." Went back and re-read it 15 years later and it blew me away that it was even better than I realized when I first read it.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Ten works of fiction I don't think have been mentioned yet:

    1. The Aubrey-Maturin Novels- O'Brian
    2. The Quincunx- Palliser
    3. The Flashman Novels- Fraser
    4. Ring Lardner's Best Stories
    5. The Most Of S.J. Perelman
    6, The Once And Future King- White
    7. The Postman Always Rings Twice- Cain
    8. Piece Of Cake- Robinson
    9. The Adventures Of Augie March- Bellow
    10. Edwin Mullhouse- The Life and Death Of An American Writer, 1943-1954- Millhausen
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    We probably read "The Stand" at around the same time and age. I remember finishing it and thinking "Holy crap that was good." Went back and re-read it 15 years later and it blew me away that it was even better than I realized when I first read it.
    I read it the summer of 1978, loved it, lapped everything he wrote up until 1988. Haven't read a thing since by him.

    Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Ten works of fiction I don't think have been mentioned yet:

    1. The Aubrey-Maturin Novels- O'Brian
    2. The Quincunx- Palliser
    3. The Flashman Novels- Fraser
    4. Ring Lardner's Best Stories
    5. The Most Of S.J. Perelman
    6, The Once And Future King- White
    7. The Postman Always Rings Twice- Cain
    8. Piece Of Cake- Robinson
    9. The Adventures Of Augie March- Bellow
    10. Edwin Mullhouse- The Life and Death Of An American Writer, 1943-1954- Millhausen

    Perelman and Lardner. Great, great choices.

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    I could probably pass with sweetshop's list, but I'll change it up a bit...all fiction, and no poetry or plays except for Shakespeare (I can't cut him out).

    Complete Works - Shakespeare
    Bartelby the Scrivener (short story, but long enough) - Herman Melville
    Ada, or Ardor - Vladimir Nabokov
    High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
    Peter Pan - James Barrie
    The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
    All the Names - Jose Saramago
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    The Chosen - Chaim Potok
    The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Native Son - Richard Wright

    and the Little House books, which get better every time I read them.

    I appear to have a lot of books about angry or stunted young men. Hmmm. To be fair, that's a huge portion of literature.

    I love this thread...it is reminding me of books I've always wanted to read but haven't. Keep em coming.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Novels:

    1. Madame Bovary--Flaubert (peerless)
    2. Magic Mountain--Mann
    3. The Idiot--Dostoevsky
    4. Nostromo--Conrad
    5. Lord Jim--Conrad
    6. The Secret Agent--Conrad
    7. Wieland--Charles Brockden Brown
    8. Day of the Locust--West
    9. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?--McCoy
    10. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--Joyce
    11. Wings of the Dove--James
    12. Golden Bowl--James
    13. Jekyll and Hyde--Stevenson
    14. Sister Carrie--Dreiser
    15. An American Tragedy--Dreiser
    16. Wise Blood--Flannery O'Connor
    17. Ada--Nabokov
    18. Jude the Obscure--Thomas Hardy
    19. Dead Souls--Gogol
    20. Bleak House--Dickens
    21. Scarlet Letter--Hawthorne
    22. Absalom, Absalom!--Faulkner
    23. Go Down, Moses--Faulkner
    24. Gulliver's Travels--Swift
    25. The Confidence Man--Melville

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    I could probably pass with sweetshop's list, but I'll change it up a bit...all fiction, and no poetry or plays except for Shakespeare (I can't cut him out).

    Complete Works - Shakespeare
    Bartelby the Scrivener (short story, but long enough) - Herman Melville
    Ada, or Ardor - Vladimir Nabokov
    High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
    Peter Pan - James Barrie
    The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
    All the Names - Jose Saramago
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    The Chosen - Chaim Potok
    The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Native Son - Richard Wright

    and the Little House books, which get better every time I read them.

    I appear to have a lot of books about angry or stunted young men. Hmmm. To be fair, that's a huge portion of literature.

    I love this thread...it is reminding me of books I've always wanted to read but haven't. Keep em coming.
    Holy Crap! I said Ada by Nabokov without even looking at yer list. Whoa.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    All right, from my youth, mostly. Novels. Since the kids, well, who reads any more....

    Gravity's Rainbow -- Thomas Pynchon
    Tristram Shandy -- Lawrence Sterne
    Ulysses -- James Joyce
    Lie Down in Darkness -- William Styron
    On the Road -- Jack Kerouac
    Et tu, Babe -- Mark Leyner
    Universal Baseball Association, J. Hemry Waugh, Proprietor -- Robert Coover
    The Power and the Glory -- Graham Greene
    The Waves -- Virginia Woolf
    The Vox Populi Stories -- Dallas Wiebe
    Pale Fire -- Vlad Nabokov
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    Et tu, Babe -- Mark Leyner
    Mark Leyner doesn't so much write as he attacks your senses. Great stuff.

    My advice to the young people of today? I'm tempted to say: Surround yourself with flunkies and yes-men and have naked slaves, perfumed with musk, fan you with plastic fronds while you write. Because that's what worked for me. But what does history teach us?
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    I realize this list is all over the place.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude (GGM)
    Hard Times (Dickens)
    Trinity (Uris)
    Dubliners (Joyce)
    Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
    The Name of the Rose (Eco)
    Catch-22 (Heller)
    The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky)
    The Shadow of the Wind (Ruiz Zafon)


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