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SteelCased  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 5:45:10 PM EST
What's the best fiction book you've ever read?

Mine is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I like it more every time I read it.
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GUNSnDONUTS  [Member]
2/11/2011 5:53:44 PM EST
the Bible
HardShell  [Life Member]
2/11/2011 5:56:16 PM EST
LOTR

(Yes, I realize it is three books. Tough, I refuse to single out one of them.)

Read them as a child and loved them. Read them again as an adult and loved them that much more. No other work of fiction has had a greater impact on me.



If I had to disqualify the trilogy, then GWTW, Dune, Great Expectations, The Stand, Hitchhiker's..., and Without Remorse would all be in the running for my top pick.

DuraToTheMax  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 5:56:37 PM EST
Blood Meridian was definitely up there. I need to read that again.

I also liked Atlas Shrugged and The Stand. Snow Crash made my brain explode.

Tough to pick just one..
TRW  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 6:07:07 PM EST
From Here to Eternity is pretty damn good

so is his (James Jones) other book the Thin Red Line
JIP  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 6:28:27 PM EST
I don't read too much fiction any more but there are too many to give a favorite. Starting with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or anything by Arthur C Clarke or Kurt Vonnegut and the list goes on and on....
artsohc  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 6:37:47 PM EST
LOTR / Hobbit / The Simarillion are all good.

Laugh all you want, I also like the Harry Potter series and the Halo series.
helogene  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 6:39:10 PM EST
Man On Fire......Before Denzel.....
medicmandan  [Team Member]
2/11/2011 6:41:36 PM EST
I don't read much fiction but I'll add another vote for LOTR.
crash54  [Member]
2/11/2011 6:52:23 PM EST
I finished reading the "Change series" by S.M. Sterling a couple of months ago. It is the ultimate SHTF series.
No more lights, gunpowder is no longer functional.
Swords, shields and bows.

Great series, centers in Idaho and Oregon.
AngryEwok  [Member]
2/11/2011 7:32:00 PM EST
War And Peace
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Blood Meridian
The Odyssey
The Aeneid
Fight Club
Animal Farm
Eaters Of The Dead
JIP  [Team Member]
2/12/2011 3:12:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By JIP:
I don't read too much fiction any more but there are too many to give a favorite. Starting with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or anything by Arthur C Clarke or Kurt Vonnegut and the list goes on and on....

I need to add LOTR to that list as it was pretty much the last fiction book/books I have read.
treasurediver  [Member]
2/12/2011 3:57:45 AM EST
Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact" got me into reading when I was in high school. Up until then I had been forced to read the garbage handed to me by teachers. It lit a fire in my desire to read that still continues almost twenty years later. Up until then I didn't know reading could be fun. I still pull it out every once in a while and re-read it. It's probably not the greatest work of fiction but it is my favorite.
Mclovin5-0  [Member]
2/12/2011 6:36:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:
Blood Meridian was definitely up there. I need to read that again.

I also liked Atlas Shrugged and The Stand. Snow Crash made my brain explode.

Tough to pick just one..


All four of those would be in my top ten.

The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite, reread it every year.
Hater  [Member]
2/13/2011 1:14:37 PM EST
David Copperfield
Ivanhoe
Catch-22
Atlas Shrugged
Dracula - Shelley
Wuthering Heights
Babbitt
The Once and Future King
Silas Marner
Watership Down
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Hard to pick one, but I'm partial to Dickens for the language and the characters so I'll go with David Copperfield.
staringback05  [Team Member]
2/13/2011 2:41:51 PM EST
alas babylon
tpsoken  [Team Member]
2/13/2011 2:47:31 PM EST
State of Fear - Michael Crichton

Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis. I laughed myself to tears several times...
RikWriter  [Team Member]
2/13/2011 3:47:52 PM EST
I am not much into "classical" literature, so my choice is going to be more "my personal favorite" than any sort of objective standard of "the best" but I am going to pick Days of Atonement by Walter Jon Williams.
gck5150  [Member]
2/13/2011 5:28:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Hater:

Dracula - Shelley




I think you got your monsters mixed up.

Uberjager  [Member]
2/13/2011 10:09:48 PM EST
The Stranger by Camus. I loved the vibe I felt when I read it.
digitalebola  [Member]
2/13/2011 10:13:34 PM EST
The Horatio Hornblower series is pretty good.
SteelCased  [Team Member]
2/14/2011 3:55:16 PM EST
Wow, I'm surprised I've read so few of the books mentioned in this thread. This is going to keep me busy for a while, which is good. That's the whole reason I started this thread. Thanks guys.
tmleadr03  [Team Member]
2/14/2011 5:36:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By crash54:
I finished reading the "Change series" by S.M. Sterling a couple of months ago. It is the ultimate SHTF series.
No more lights, gunpowder is no longer functional.
Swords, shields and bows.

Great series, centers in Idaho and Oregon.

He just got to magicy by the end of it. Actually by the 4th book and I just couldn't get into it anymore. I liked it when it was the "normal" stuff.

ETA: Island in the sea of time series is excellent!!!
RikWriter  [Team Member]
2/14/2011 6:04:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By crash54:
I finished reading the "Change series" by S.M. Sterling a couple of months ago. It is the ultimate SHTF series.
No more lights, gunpowder is no longer functional.
Swords, shields and bows.

Great series, centers in Idaho and Oregon.

He just got to magicy by the end of it. Actually by the 4th book and I just couldn't get into it anymore. I liked it when it was the "normal" stuff.

ETA: Island in the sea of time series is excellent!!!


If you kept reading, you'd see that it isn't REALLY magic...
Evilaviator  [Team Member]
2/15/2011 4:47:45 AM EST
Term Limits
The Hunt for Red October
1984
allenNH  [Team Member]
2/15/2011 4:53:27 AM EST
Cryptonomicon, followed by Snow Crash.
tpsoken  [Team Member]
2/15/2011 5:57:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By Hater:
David Copperfield
Ivanhoe
Catch-22
Atlas Shrugged
Dracula - Shelley
Wuthering Heights
Babbitt
The Once and Future King
Silas Marner
Watership Down
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Hard to pick one, but I'm partial to Dickens for the language and the characters so I'll go with David Copperfield.


I have to say that I too am a fan of David Copperfield.

My first shift when I was working in the jail, I read the only book in the control room I was assigned to, Catcher in the Rye. I picked up David Copperfield, because of the reference in CITR. I also read some other highschool level books while I served my 12 hour sentences in my 14x14 box. Most of the books that you were supposed to read in highschool actually are pretty good reads when you are mature enough to understand them.

Inmates give pretty good recommendations BTW...
TRW  [Team Member]
2/15/2011 4:49:20 PM EST
Speaking of Blood Meridian, which is an excellent book, I thought the movie was coming out soon and this was back in 2007?

Just checked IMDB...still in development.

Blood Meridian
Clarinath  [Member]
2/16/2011 7:31:08 PM EST
Here are my top choices, not in any particular order, though Shogun is pretty much at the top, along with The Three Musketeers

Shogun
The Three Musketeers
Winds of War/War and Remembrance
The Ender series
I Will Fear No Evil and Stranger in a Strange Land. Both by Heinlien, almost everything by him
Dean Koontz
Old Stephen King, like The Stand and any of his Bachman books, especially the short stories
Wilbur Smith
Anne McCaffrey
JD Robb
WEB Griffen
Clive Cussler
Louis L'Amore
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barry Sadler

And I will read The Hobbit before LOTR
Coltcrazy  [Team Member]
2/20/2011 3:29:54 AM EST
Another vote for LOTR. Simply incredible.
I have read Blood Meridian and I honestly thought No Country for Old Men was the better book.
Hawken50  [Team Member]
2/20/2011 3:42:41 AM EST
Jurassic Park was the first "grown up" book I read, after reading only The Hardy Boys and Choose Your Own Adventure. I had no idea books could be like that, actually getting your heart pumping and being exciting and scary. I've since read it probably 2 dozen times.
BillythePoet  [Team Member]
2/20/2011 4:27:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By Hawken50:
Jurassic Park was the first "grown up" book I read, after reading only The Hardy Boys and Choose Your Own Adventure. I had no idea books could be like that, actually getting your heart pumping and being exciting and scary. I've since read it probably 2 dozen times.


Haha, gotta love the "choose your own adventure" books!


I have read almost every book mentioned here and always have a hard time choosing a favorite anything because my tastes are so broad. That being said, The Assassin's Apprentice series are books that I can read over and over. I am emotionally affected by the characters! I laugh at sad movies and don't get emotional over fiction, but these books are that well written. Even if you don't go for the fantasy genre, give them a try.

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CB1  [Team Member]
2/20/2011 4:41:15 AM EST
My all time favorite fiction is "The Mysterious Island" by Vern. I dare say, the best ever written.
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
2/20/2011 6:07:08 AM EST
I don't think I can pick my favorite of all time...
But here are a handful of books/series that I have read very recently that I loved:

Old Man's War (absolutely loved this series, highly recommended for sci-fi fans)
The Pharoah Contract (another great, intense sci-fi series)
Hyperion
Also read 2 different collections of short stories by David Brin...very imaginative sci-fi...really good stuff.

And yes...ok, maybe it was meant for teenagers, but The Hunger Games was excellent. Really quick and enjoyable.


tmleadr03  [Team Member]
2/20/2011 7:37:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
I don't think I can pick my favorite of all time...
But here are a handful of books/series that I have read very recently that I loved:

Old Man's War (absolutely loved this series, highly recommended for sci-fi fans)
The Pharoah Contract (another great, intense sci-fi series)
Hyperion
Also read 2 different collections of short stories by David Brin...very imaginative sci-fi...really good stuff.

And yes...ok, maybe it was meant for teenagers, but The Hunger Games was excellent. Really quick and enjoyable.


Can not agree more! May have to read that one again now.


Damn it all to hell, I need to win the lotto just so I have time to catch up on my reading!!!

paris-dakar  [Member]
2/20/2011 2:08:49 PM EST
Steppenwolf
Heart of Darkness
Clockwork Orange
Demons
Crime and Punishment
Brothers Karamazov
The Fall
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
2/21/2011 5:31:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
I don't think I can pick my favorite of all time...
But here are a handful of books/series that I have read very recently that I loved:

Old Man's War (absolutely loved this series, highly recommended for sci-fi fans)
The Pharoah Contract (another great, intense sci-fi series)
Hyperion
Also read 2 different collections of short stories by David Brin...very imaginative sci-fi...really good stuff.

And yes...ok, maybe it was meant for teenagers, but The Hunger Games was excellent. Really quick and enjoyable.


Can not agree more! May have to read that one again now.


Damn it all to hell, I need to win the lotto just so I have time to catch up on my reading!!!



Did you read the whole series?
tmleadr03  [Team Member]
2/21/2011 7:05:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:

Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
I don't think I can pick my favorite of all time...
But here are a handful of books/series that I have read very recently that I loved:

Old Man's War (absolutely loved this series, highly recommended for sci-fi fans)
The Pharoah Contract (another great, intense sci-fi series)
Hyperion
Also read 2 different collections of short stories by David Brin...very imaginative sci-fi...really good stuff.

And yes...ok, maybe it was meant for teenagers, but The Hunger Games was excellent. Really quick and enjoyable.


Can not agree more! May have to read that one again now.


Damn it all to hell, I need to win the lotto just so I have time to catch up on my reading!!!



Did you read the whole series?

Sure have, the rest of the series didn't have the punch of the first one but were still good.

Have you read the Forever War? Also excellent!
jjc155  [Team Member]
2/21/2011 9:37:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By staringback05:
alas babylon



yep very near the top for me. Very easy read too.

Also like:

Atlas Shrugged
Animal Farm
One Second After (for the easy reading).

So many others out there too.

J-
AKSU  [Team Member]
2/21/2011 1:21:54 PM EST
Red Storm Rising
I've read it several times.
RolandofGilead  [Team Member]
2/22/2011 5:39:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:

Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
I don't think I can pick my favorite of all time...
But here are a handful of books/series that I have read very recently that I loved:

Old Man's War (absolutely loved this series, highly recommended for sci-fi fans)
The Pharoah Contract (another great, intense sci-fi series)
Hyperion
Also read 2 different collections of short stories by David Brin...very imaginative sci-fi...really good stuff.

And yes...ok, maybe it was meant for teenagers, but The Hunger Games was excellent. Really quick and enjoyable.


Can not agree more! May have to read that one again now.


Damn it all to hell, I need to win the lotto just so I have time to catch up on my reading!!!



Did you read the whole series?

Sure have, the rest of the series didn't have the punch of the first one but were still good.

Have you read the Forever War? Also excellent!

Yeah, but I love the whole resolution. I liked the Obin Hickory and Dickory in Zoe's Tale too...

Yes, I've read Forever War too, excellent book. Darker, but very good.

Ever read the Hyperion series?
TheWatch  [Team Member]
2/23/2011 3:23:35 AM EST
To Kill A Mockingbird....hands down.
midmo  [Team Member]
2/23/2011 3:38:40 AM EST
LOTR
The Stand (yeah I know there are a lot of King haters, but just because he's a jerk doesn't mean he didn't write a killer book)
Lights Out
Cargo  [Team Member]
2/23/2011 5:36:06 AM EST
The Walking Drum, The Sackett Series, Last of the Breed, by Louis L'Amour <- Too many others to list.
LOTR, The Hobbit by Tolkein
Shogun, Taipan, Noble House, by Clavell
The Dune Series, by Frank Herber
Paladin of Shadow Series, Council or War Series, LFoD Series by John Ringo
The Caliphate, A Desert called Peace Series, by Tom Kratman
The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher
Magician Series, and follow on books by Raymond Feist
The Brotherhood of War, The Old Corps, The OSS, Honorbound series by WEB Griffen
Ender and Shadow Series by Orson Scott Card
kyfortean  [Team Member]
2/23/2011 6:40:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By Clarinath:
Here are my top choices, not in any particular order, though Shogun is pretty much at the top, along with The Three Musketeers

Shogun
The Three Musketeers
Winds of War/War and Remembrance
The Ender series
I Will Fear No Evil and Stranger in a Strange Land. Both by Heinlien, almost everything by him
Dean Koontz
Old Stephen King, like The Stand and any of his Bachman books, especially the short stories
Wilbur Smith
Anne McCaffrey
JD Robb
WEB Griffen
Clive Cussler
Louis L'Amore
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barry Sadler

And I will read The Hobbit before LOTR


I Will Fear No Evil was a strange read for me. Throughout the whole book I liked the concept but had a hard time getting into it. At the end I felt the whole thing wrapped up into a very solid read. It would not be my first recommendation for someone interested in getting into Heinlien though since took till the end to really bring it together. I really enjoyed Stranger in a Strange Land and Time Enough For Love (even though I feel obligated to give people a heads up about the incest).

American Gods is still my favorite novel. Surprised it has not made the list yet.

Kekoa  [Member]
2/23/2011 7:55:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mclovin5-0: The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite, reread it every year.


I've been meaning to read this for a long time, and finally stared it the other day. I'm about 20% into it, and I must say it really is a fantastic book. I think it will be at, or near, the top of my favorites list. It really is tough to pick just one favorite, though.

USMC_JA  [Member]
2/23/2011 12:59:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:

Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:

Originally Posted By tmleadr03:

Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
I don't think I can pick my favorite of all time...
But here are a handful of books/series that I have read very recently that I loved:

Old Man's War (absolutely loved this series, highly recommended for sci-fi fans)
The Pharoah Contract (another great, intense sci-fi series)
Hyperion
Also read 2 different collections of short stories by David Brin...very imaginative sci-fi...really good stuff.

And yes...ok, maybe it was meant for teenagers, but The Hunger Games was excellent. Really quick and enjoyable.


Can not agree more! May have to read that one again now.


Damn it all to hell, I need to win the lotto just so I have time to catch up on my reading!!!



Did you read the whole series?

Sure have, the rest of the series didn't have the punch of the first one but were still good.

Have you read the Forever War? Also excellent!

Yeah, but I love the whole resolution. I liked the Obin Hickory and Dickory in Zoe's Tale too...

Yes, I've read Forever War too, excellent book. Darker, but very good.

Ever read the Hyperion series?


Old Man's War was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend the series to all who will listen. I've read them all with the exception of the Sagan Diaries...reviews don't look so hot. Just finished Forever War as well. I preferred Old Man's War though.
SS109  [Team Member]
2/23/2011 1:02:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By SteelCased:
What's the best fiction book you've ever read?

Mine is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I like it more every time I read it.


I am re-reading this right now and the way he sets scenes are as supernatural as the Judge. The scene where the mules loaded with mercury fall to their deaths is incredible.

SS109  [Team Member]
2/23/2011 1:06:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By TRW:
Speaking of Blood Meridian, which is an excellent book, I thought the movie was coming out soon and this was back in 2007?

Just checked IMDB...still in development.

Blood Meridian


While it would be fun to see certain scenes, I don't think a film could do this novel justice. Maybe a mini-series. And who would be the Judge? Almost impossible to cast.

resteva  [Member]
2/24/2011 11:03:26 AM EST
Although it is faction, in the recent past my vote goes to Unintended Consequences by J. Ross.

Very entertaining and lots of historical facts. Amust read.
Effenpig  [Team Member]
2/26/2011 6:12:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hater:
David Copperfield
Ivanhoe
Catch-22
Atlas Shrugged
Dracula - Shelley
Wuthering Heights
Babbitt
The Once and Future King
Silas Marner
Watership Down
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Hard to pick one, but I'm partial to Dickens for the language and the characters so I'll go with David Copperfield.


+1 for Silas Marner, I've probably read that 4 or 5 times

Wind from the Carolinas- Robert Wilder -

Anything by Jane Austin-
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