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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    9. "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry. I never wanted this book to end, and I hated it when Gus died.
    So true.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    Don't even get me started on "Four Quartets".
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    9. "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry. I never wanted this book to end, and I hated it when Gus died.

    I love those books. The entire series. (streets of laredo, dead man walking, commanche moon)

    I also like the "last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane's Depressed" trilogy.
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    When I started my list, I automatically started with Shakespeare. Best writer ever, bar none.

    But after some semantic soul searching, I couldn't really say his plays are my favorite *books*. So I took them off. To thine own self be true, I supose.
    The traditional view of Shakespeare (and one I wholeheartedly support on one level) is that his work is meant to be performed and witnessed, not read. It's not literature; it's drama. I agonize over kids in school who read Shakespeare plays and never get the chance to see them performed. They will not understand the way they are meant to. Throw in the language barrier on top of that, and it's no wonder a lot of kids are turned off by him. If Shakespeare is to be part of any curriculum, a requirement of that should be seeing his work performed. I would pass a law about that if I could.

    On the other hand, studying Shakespeare on an academic level is breathtaking. You've got about four centuries of theory to work with, not to mention the most deeply human and in one sense simplistic collection of words ever written, and the amount of stuff that pops up in the text -- the amount of information sometimes contained in a single syllable -- is mind-boggling. So that's why I list him within my books, even though I agree that it's not technically the case. Though I believe those plays must be living, in the end there's not a piece of writing I'd rather sit down and furrow my brow over than Shakespeare. It's a new world ever single time, but it always leads back to my own.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    8. The Early Years of My Life (1888-1924) by RFS62
    Wasn't the original title to this book "War and Piece"?

    Anything by John Steinbeck.

    Also Tolkein and Twain.

    But I also liked reading Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    1) Heaven is a Playground - Rick Telander
    2) Following the Equator - Mark Twain
    3) Town and City - Jack Kerouac
    4) On the Road - Jack Kerouac
    5) Tales from Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett (collection of short and verty entertaining stories)
    6) Cat's Crade -Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    7) Songlines - Bruce Chatwin
    8) Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
    9) Why Time Begins on Opening Day - Thomas Boswell
    10) Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn
    11) All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot (could have put any of the 4 books of this series in here for me)
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    My top 11 favorite books are: Think & Grow Rich, The Hite Report, Angels & Demons, To Kill a Mockingbird, Valley of the Dolls, Gone with the Wind, The Purpose Driven Life, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, The Celestine Prophecy, Steps to Christ and Goodnight Moon.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Sherwood - Parke Godwin and the follow up Robin and the King, not as good, but the two best Robin Hood books ever written IMO
    The entire Dresden Files series - Jim Butcher
    I was a huge fan of Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality when i was 18 or so. I tried reading them again... oy.
    Island in the sea of time - SM Sterling
    Days of Infamy - Harry Turtledove In fact anything by Harry Turtledove
    Job A comedy of Justice - Robert A. Heinlein
    Watchmen Graphic Novel - Alan Moore
    Titan, Wizard and Demon - John Varley three very good books.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Here is my list in no particular order (God that'd take me a few months to re-read them all just to make sure)

    When the legends die - Hal Borland
    Red Storm Rising - Tom Clancy
    DragonFlight - Anne Mccaffrey
    The Dark Tower Series, The Wolves of Calla - Stephen King
    The Dark Tower Series, Song of Sussanah - Stephen King (The rest were good, but not my favorites)
    Debt of Honor - Tom Clancy
    Executive Orders - Tom Clancy (although I think they should only count as one)
    Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
    The Stand - Stephen King
    The Hollow Hills - Mary Stewert
    Starship Troopers - Robert Heinleim
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
    A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    Vanishing Point - David Markson
    Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
    American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
    Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
    The Untouchable - John Banville
    An Obedient Father - Akhil Sharma
    The Shining - Stephen King
    Underworld - Don DeLillo

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