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    What are your favorite books?

    Maybe it's time to list our favorite books again (last thread was in 2005).
    Try and keep the list below 15 items for brevity.
    Trilogies (Lord of the Rings) and parts of a set can all count as "one" book.

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    Here's mine (for this moment in time):

    Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    The Complete and Unabridged HP Lovecraft (just released by B & N for $13!)
    The Collected Works of Marquis de Sade
    The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka
    Alhazred by Donald Tyson
    The Collected Poems of Allen Ginsberg (1947 - 1997)

    Prometheus Rising & Quantum Psychology by Robert Anton Wilson
    The Collected Works of C.G. Jung (# I-X)
    Meta-programming the Human Biocomputer by John Lilly
    The Politics of Psychopharmacology by Timothy Leary
    Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennet

    The Intelligence of Evil or The Lucidity Pact by Jean Baudrillard
    Fearless Speech by Michel Foucault
    A Derrida Reader Selected Essays of Jacques Derrida
    Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
    Resistance, Rebellion and Death by Albert Camus

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    Into Thin Air by John Krakauer (Probably my favorite... amazing story - managed to bring a lot of emotions out of me.)
    The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger
    Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl series

    I also really like reading the manga Hellsing by Kohta Hirano.

    Theres a lot more I can't really think of right now. lol. I'll edit if I can think of anymore.

    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Wow, a complete Lovecraft for $13? That's some brain-splitting horror that I can afford!
    I have too many favorite books to remember. A few that come immediately to mind are:
    Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel
    William Gibson's Neuromancer
    Thomas Hobbes' The Leviathan
    David Hume's An Inquiry concerning Human Understanding
    Musashi Miyamoto's The Book of Five Rings
    Lao Tsu's Tao te Ching (I have an old translation annotated with a number of anecdotes by Chaungze which is a particular favorite of mine.)
    George B. Dyson's Darwin Among the Machines
    Larry Niven's Ringworld
    Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Robert Gilmore's Alice In Quantumland
    Chuck Palahnuik's Lullabye
    Stephen T. Chang's Internal Excercises
    Wally Jay's Small-Circle Jujitsu
    There's so many more... lots of physics/math/anthropology/philosophy stuff, pretty much any book in those genres that I find time to read. I'm also a big fan of the classics, both Western and Eastern. I'd really like to find some good translations of the old Arabian classics.

    PS - Ah, how could I forget Kafka's Metamorphosis? It's definitely a favorite... as is the episode of Home Movies where Brendon gets roped into making a rock opera out of it. (See my signature.)
    o/~ I'm a lonely German/A lonely German from Prauge/I wonder what I'll write about?/I think I'll write about Prauge o/~
    o/~ I don't know what's wrong with me, I think I'm turnin' into a bug/I see double what I see, I think I'm turnin' into a bug/I ain't got no self-esteem, I think I'm turnin' into a bug/Bet you fifty dollars - I'm a man, I'm a scholar - and I'm turnin' into a bug/Momma like a daddy like a baby like a baby like I'll turn into a bug/Yeah, yeah! (He is Franz Kafka!) o/~
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    overall......prolly Peter Hathaway Capstick's Death in the Long Grass and Death in Silent Places.......recently read Death in a Lonely Land a compilation of some of his magazine articles and liked it aswell....they are nonfiction...

    also Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicals

    David Morell's Brotherhood of the Rose

    Michael Crichton's Jurrasic Park series

    David Macdonald's The Velvet Claw
    Robert Bakker's The Dinosaur Heresies
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    I didn't get stimulated but he kept his promise on change, that's about all I got left!

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    The Warriors series - Erin Hunter
    Maximum Ride series - James Patterson
    Surving Antarctica - Can't remember name.
    Code Orange - Can't remember either.

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    Slaughter House V by Kurt Vonnegut
    Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
    Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
    Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Deadly Feasts by Richard Rhodes
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway
    Farewell to Arms by Hemingway
    A collection of H.P. Lovecraft tales I cant remember the title of by well H.P. Lovecraft
    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
    The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
    "We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should." - Kurt Vonnegut

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    Christy Matthewson biography
    Baseball Encyclopedia
    Hot 100 of the 70's
    Hot 100 of the 80's
    NFL statistics encyclopedia
    A History of Christianity - Paul Johnson
    Getting Even - Woody Allen
    Tropical Fish Hobbyist
    Savage Garden
    The Oddyssey
    Introduction to Statistics
    Happy Hollister series
    Encyclopedia Brown series
    Little House on the Prairie series

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