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My wife and I have a fairly small library at home (compared to some). We read quite a lot, checking out lots of books from the public library, but we don't add to the "permanent collection" unless the book is of seminal value and we find ourselves checking it out multiple times to re-read.

I was wondering if you'd care to share a few books in your "permanent collection." Ones you'd simply have to replace should it be lost.

A few from ours:

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyzyn
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns
Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

Rapid Viz by Hanks and Belliston
Vilppu Drawing Manual by Glen Vilppu

8 Minutes in the Morning by Jorge Cruise

Dinotopia by James Gurney
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard


Yes, The Myst series are great..Also the "Myst Reader". It has all three Myst books in one..

Hells yeah, Rapid Viz! That is an amazing book. Love it. Psychocybernetics is also good. The original self-help book.

Hey, I forgot to ask If you've seen Vilppu's stuff. Have you? His drawing manual is awesome for figure drawing the way rapid viz is for industrial design/freehand perspective drawing. Seriously, check him out.

Ever read, "Living, Loving, Learning" by Leo Buscaglia? You gotta love that guy.

If you are looking for great books go to Lindsaybks.com.They have a great selection of technical books, or books that are just plain interesting. A few of my favorites are 1001 Formulas, Convert wood into Charcoal & electricity, Metal casting manual, and The Boy Mechanic. A few of my other favorite books not found on the Lindsay website are The Eric Sloane book series, The Forgotten crafts(which has everything from boat building to thatching), American boys handy book, Field and Forest handy book, and Backyard Ballistics.

The Little Prince. Can't believe I forgot that. What an amazing book. And the scriptures, of course.

I see that canida and NachoMahma did mention Asimov, but no one mentioned anything specific. In particular, I strongly recommend the "Foundation" series, followed by the "I Robot" series (joined to the Foundation series by the last book of the series). Another great is "A Step In Time" that predates the Foundation series but is the first book to take place in the Foundation/Empire Universe.

. The reason I wasn't specific is because ALL his books are great and he was so damn prolific it would take too much room to list them all. Even his textbooks can be interesting. :)
. If anybody wants to see a list of what all he wrote, goto http://www.asimovonline.com/ (or just Google Isaac Asimov).

He wrote textbooks? Who knew. Gotta check one out sometime.

. What didn't he write? LOL Extremely prolific writer.

Only person to have something in EVERY section of the Dewy Decimal System (american library organizational system)-or so I've been told : )

Ender's Game is for kids, but a really good book, none the less.

Ender's Game is about kids, but I'd hardly say it's for kids. It has a number of complex topics including social issues, war, murder, morality...

Well, I guess I just read it when I was a kid. But it's a great book none the less!

I just finished "Kindred" by Octavia Butler, and I have to say that I really recommend that one as well. One of the best books I've read. :D Now I need to figure out what to start next... I have to be able to finish it by the 20th. :P

Ahh... Octavia Butler. A pasty-faced goth at a bookstore recommended "Parable of the Sower" to me a few years ago and I loved it. Good stuff.

I like Stephen king novels, right now I'm reading "Desperation" It great

"Misery" is my favorite. If you haven't read that one I really recommend it. :D

what is misery about? ive read quite a few of his books, but i guess i have never actually seen that one on the store shelf. my favorite one of his was "The Long Walk" when he was writing under the name of bachman (forget what first name he used... richard maybe?).

Basically a romance author gets into an accident, and one of his psycho fans "rescues" him and ends up holding him captive for quite a long time. And yep, Richard Bachman was his other name. :)

ok i bought it at the used book store today. paid $1.75 for it. if i had $12 i would have bought a book on the civil war that was written back in the early 30s... too bad i only had $2 on me. i need to go theer more often, this was the first time ive been in there.

. Misery is great! Writer gets in car wreck in rural area. Over-zealous fan "rescues" him. . They made a movie out of it. IIRC, Kathy Bates and James Caan starred.

Ha, whoops, I suck at reading. I didn't see you had already answered it. :P


11 years ago

Pretty much anything by P.G. Wodehouse Joseph Heller- Catch-22 and Picture This are faves.... I'm also a sucker for action/adventure/thrillers- Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Jack DuBrul, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, Greg Iles, etc. The rest of my library is home owner, tech books and movie books. Right now I'm reading "The Making of Star Wars" by J.W. Rinzler- it's a spectacular, massive book that has all these incredible interviews with all the people involved with the making of the film, as it was being made.

books i recommend... "1984" by George Orwell "If I Die in a Combat Zone" by Tim O'Brien Most of the works of H. G. Wells. Any Sherlock Holmes story. "Red Dragon" (previously "Manhunter" I believe) and "Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris. "The Bachman Books" by Stephen King. "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. there are so many others i want to know but cannot for the life of me think of the names of the books... oh well, i at least got a list. i wish i had a single place to keep all of my books so that they wouldnt be scattered throughout the house... looks like i may be making some shelves in the near future.

Love "Hitchhikers" (who desn't?) I finally read 1984 last year. I couldn't accept the basic or final premise. There are quite a few examples of people that suffer death by torture rather than change their beliefs. Anyhoo, H.G.Wells is fun stuff, too.

Just read "Hacking Matter". Astounding and somewhat pretentious book. Still, good case to say that the technology to appear in the next forty years will look like magic.


11 years ago

Huh. I don't think I have any favorite reference non-fiction books. It seems that software and electronics change so fast, both quantitatively and qualitatively, that you're better off with on-line sources than anything printed. But Horowitz and Hill "The Art of Electronics" is pretty good as a reference for mid-range electronics, Lancaster's "CMOS Cookbook" for an introduction to cheating. Shimizu's "Fireworks, the Art, Science, and Technique" blows away everything else in the realm of fireworks construction and chemistry. In fiction, I think it's the Bujold that is getting re-read the most these days. Add classics like Brunner's "Shockwave Rider", Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", and Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" (yeah, yeah, we're all swell libertarians, right?) (SR is the book that introduced biological terms like "virus" and "worm" as they might apply to computer software, BTW. In 1975. It still holds up ok except for all those references to the great bay quake in 85... ) Zelazny short stories. Wrede's Cimmorene juveniles... Harry Potter just for fun value...

Bujold's stuff is awesome, except for those covers. x.x

We keep Herbert's Dune series about, and Pratchett's Discworld books make good brain candy. I get Asimov's and F&SF.

Also a compete Potter nerd.

Yep! I have a Harry Potter addiction. I actually have a nice golden snitch hanging from my rear view mirror. :)

This will be a long list. I'm a bit of a book fanatic. :D "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk "Selected Poems" by Nikki Giovanni "Maud Martha" by Gwendolyn Brooks "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum "Paradise" and "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison "Stiff" by Mary Roach "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" by Sherman Alexie "His Dark Materials Trilogy - The Golden Compass, The Amber Spyglass and The Subtle Knife" by Philip Pullman "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst "The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce "The Stranger" by Albert Camus .. I know there are more, but I'm blanking. :P

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

There was kissing on TV, and I hate kissing!

Oh yeah. Forgot about "Ender's Game." Read that in one sitting, reading all night. Also, The Myst books by Wingrove and the Miller bros. It's a guilty pleasure.

I found this book in my Grandmother's attic. It's a 12 chapter, 384 page poem in old English. It was lost when I went into the US Army in the 1970's and I finally found a replacement copy from a London used book store three years ago (over the Internet). As far as I can determine, it may be the only copy left. Yesterday, Today and For Ever, by Edward Bickersteth. Pubished 1875

Wow! That's quite a find! I find it astounding that they actually preserved that book.

That is so cool! Their copy was published in 1870. I went back and checked my copy. It was the tenth edition, published in 1875. It must have been a best seller back then.


11 years ago

It's sorta interesting that one of the things that the internet community seems to be SPECTACULARLY good at is identifying books and stories (title, author, publisher, where you can get it) on the flimsiest of clues. To be honest, I'm not sure if this is true of anything other than SF, but you can go on rec.arts.sf.written and give them a description like:
In this story, an alien cube lands on Earth and disables anyweapon sent against it.  A young couple of college studentsenters the cube and discovers it to be a university.
and get the answer in less than a day:
It is by Simak. It's in the collection ETERNITY LOST, the first volumeof the  Darkside Press collection of his complete stories. Let's see..."Kindergarten", Galaxy July 1953

My Pratchett collection - I have at least one copy of every book he's written, most in 1st Ed hardback, most signed. If I lose it after he dies, replacing it would bankrupt me. Others; Dragon's Egg by Robert L Forward Everything by China Mieville What Does a Martian Look Like? by Stewart & Cohen War of the Worlds by Wells God Delusion & Climbing Mount Improbable by Dawkins

I still haven't read any Pratchett. (Well, besides American Gods, and that was a great book!) Do you have a favorite? I have "Mort" sitting on my shelf right now because it was recommended by quite a few people. :)

The "Tiffany" trilogy ("Wee Free Men", "Hatfull of Sky", "Wintersmith") (tis a really awful thing to refer to this as "the Tiffany Trilogy", but also fun) is pretty approachable without having to wade through a fair number of lesser novels just to get the background info on Discworld. Also quite fun are some of Pratchett's non-discworld books like the Bromeliad trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings)

And while Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have written together, "American Gods" was a Gaiman solo effort.