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Favorite Books? Answered

Reading is really fun, thousands of books have been writte, what are your favorites. My favorite books are Harry Potter 1-7, Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr), The Mysterious Benedict Society, Percy Jackson 1-3 (havent read 4 and 5 yet), Peter and the Starcatchers 1-3 (havent finished 4), Hoot, Lord of the Rings 1-3, Inkheart 1-2 (havent read 3), Tom Saywer, and others i cant remember at the moment.

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I like Coraline by Neil Gaiman, The Good Theif, The Mysterious Benedict Society, all books by Kate Dicamillo, all Roald Dahl books, The Pull of the Ocean, Horns and Wrinkles, Bizenghast, Fruits Basket series, and more!

Kinda OCD, aye? You cataloged your own book collection? ;-)

My favorite series at this point is Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time". So far ~12000 pages of fun with two more to come before it's all over.

I highly recommend the works of Jules Verne as well. Even though it's really quite dated, I still found myself drawn into the imagery of his writing.

Another fun author is H P Lovecraft.

Lovecraft is still available through the public library..(his fantasy/horror works are short stories, bvtw, and his other stuff...well, it's probably not going to interest you that much. He was a much more prolific author than most people realize.) I would assume that the Silmarillion is at the PL as well, so it won't cost you much more than a bike ride to the library.

Wheel of Time. It takes a little effort to get started, but the dialog and imagery is so good it's hard to put down once you start. I read the first 9 books in one shot..two weeks...granted I was out of work at the time...

HP Lovecrafts' work was probably the scariest I ever encountered as a youth. Made Steven King look like a long-winded blowhard copycat of his work..


Lovecraft could whup Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Ramsay Campbell all at the same time, with one indescribably hideous eldritch tentacle tied behind his back.

Or a herd of crazed frogs following an elephant sized frog god formerly trapped on a star....<shudder>...

My favorite books have evolved a lot over the past 30+ years.  LOTR is still way up on my list, along with The Silmarillion and all fourteen volumes of The History of Middle Earth

In non-fiction, Feynman's The Character of Physical Law is probably the best introduction to physics you'll find anywhere, and I still rely on it to remind me how to explain things to people.

Almost anything by John McPhee is an inestimable pleasure to read, but The Control of Nature is one of my favorites (and I'm rereading it right now).  The four books of Annals of the Former World (Basin and Range, In Suspect Terrain, Rising from the Plains, and Assembling California) are great if you have any interest in geology and the history of North America; or even if you've driven along any stretches of Interstate 80.

cool i still need to read the Silmarillion