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Christopher
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0 posted 03-29-2001 12:48 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

In this thread: http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum6/HTML/000083.html ,Ron presents a link to the supposed top 100 books of all time; dually categorized by a 'Reader' and 'Board' list. To be honest, I thought about researching this 'Board' to determine its guidelines for inclusion, reasoning for acceptance, criterion for placement, etc., but decided that for the point of this thread - it doesn't matter. (Well, that and I abhor research!)

In Ronís thread, I noticed (and shared the sentiment) a general disagreement with the placement of the novels on both lists, if not the presence of the novels themselves on either list. Added to that, a considerable amount of people felt dissatisfied with the amount that they had read from those lists.

My proposal: ĎPassionsí Top 50 Readerís List.í

Everyone who wants to participate nominates one novel (please include authorís name in your reply) to the list. While this is going on, you can also add your votes to other nominees Ė I suggest a limit of one nomination and five votes (not counting the nomination) per person, so that we donít get too carried away! If youíd like, you can also include a short description and/or reason you think the book should be placed on the list. (But donít give anything away to those of us who might not have read it yet!)

SayÖ one month from this day, Iíll gather up all the nominees and tabulate the votes Ė then post the results. At the least, it will be interesting to see the differences and similarities between our list and the one Random House presented!

Peace,

Christopher

PS Ė For more fun, choose two books nominated that you havenít read and buy them or borrow them from your local library! If someone who shares at least the same interest in poetry suggests it as one of the best books ever written, itís quite possible youíll agree!

[This message has been edited by Christopher (edited 03-29-2001).]

JLR
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Cool idea.  I read a lot and would love to know what others have read and try them out.
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2 posted 03-29-2001 06:37 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine


"Mine" by Robert McCammon

I recommend that EVERY woman read this novel. I've never read a novel written by a man that gets into a real woman's fears and feelings. I was blown away by it! (I think I'm going to go read it again!)
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3 posted 03-29-2001 09:19 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Dune by Frank Herbert. . .

I like this novel so much, I'm reading it again.

It's the highest work of the imagination. . . a world created from his own mind. . . love, intrigue. . . it's all here. . .

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To the world, you may only be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.

Sunshine
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I'm sure it won't be a top anything, but I have certainly enjoyed

A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee

and perhaps I have enjoyed it because it is a very quiet introspection of one's life, and faults, and innate perspective that yes, we make mistakes, but can live with them....
Brad
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5 posted 03-29-2001 10:12 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

One problem with the list was the restrictions: only novels originally written in English and only from the twentieth century. I'll offer three works (sorry Chris) written in other languages:

1. Gabriel Garcia Marguez, "Love in the Time of Cholera"

2. Natsume Soseki, "I am a Cat"

3. Gunther Grass, "The Tin Drum"

I loved all three.

Brad
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This was tough but it came down to "The Handmaids Tale" by Margaret Atwood and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

Two remarkable books and I recommend every person who hasn't read the 'Handmaids Tale' to get out and read it!

~AF~

Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light.
~ Joaquin Miller ~

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'The Diving Bell and The Butterfly' - Jean Claude Baumby...

a novel - so simplistic in it's essence it almost physically hurts to read the pain in it..and at the same time - so very uplifting.
Get it everyone!

K
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"Swan Song" by Robert McCammon

A look into the lives and minds of survivors after the earth's near destruction. An amazing journey.

(Sharon ... I'll look up "Mine" by him as well, I haven't read that yet, thanks)
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Oh I loved Swan Song!!!
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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The Dragons of Eden .... Carl Segan.

The Lord of the Rings.... Tolken

The Players of Null-a... A.E. Van Vogh

Also The Holy Blood, The Holy Grail.. auther ??


Parker

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Let me get this straight ...

You want me to choose just ONE of the thousands of titles I've read, not to mention the hundreds I still own, as my all-time favorite..?  

Nope.  Can't be done.

Ask me for a list of my personal Top 50.  THAT, I can do.  


Linda
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hmm, very hard thing to do. The Robert McCammon guy sounds like someone I will have to look up. I noticed that there isn't much horror on board here. wondering why..
I can't say if it's my ultimate fav but I have read Clive Barker's The Damnation Game about 4 times, and I still love it.

With the word, I am mighty, with the pen I am free..
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I would be very hard pressed to pick a "favorite," but I certainly have no trouble making recommendations.  

Guy Gavriel Kay is a poet who just happens to write novels. His work includes the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road), Tigana (my personal favorite), A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan (my least favorite) and his most recently released book, Sailing To Sarantium (the only one I have yet to read). All of these fall into the fantasy genre, not surprising since Kay got his start working with Christopher Tolkien to edit The Silmarillion.

Kay tells a good story and has some very interesting characters (his weaving of the Arthur legend into Fionavar was a fascinating new look at some very old characters), but the most unique thing about his work is the beautiful poetic voice he brings to the genre. Pay particular attention to the chapter beginnings for unique metaphors and breath-taking imagery. This boy can write! Highly recommended.


See http://www.brightweavings.com/ for more information.
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1. James and the Giant Peach
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Parker? I believe "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" was written by Michael Baigent---and you've got me looking for my copy---it's fascinating reading!
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Yes "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" is written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. If you liked that one I'm sure you will love the sequel  "Bloodline of the Holy Grail" by Laurence Gardner.

I was going to name J.R.R. Tolkien's - The Lord of the Rings as my all time favourite, but then I remembered "Mister God, this is Anna" by Fynn.

~~"The difference from a person and an angel is easy. Most of an angel is on the inside and most of a person is on the outside."

These are the words of six-year-old Anna, sometimes called Mouse, Hum, or Joy. At five years old, Anna knew absolutely the purpose of being, knew the meaning of love, and was a personal friend and helper of Mister God. At six, Anna was a theologian, mathematician, philosopher, poet, and gardener. If you asked her a question you would always get an answer-in due course. On some occasions the answer would be delayed for weeks or months; but eventually, in her own good time, the answer would come: direct, simple, and much to the point.

She never made eight years; she died by an accident. She died with a grin on her beautiful face. She died saying, "I bet Mister God lets me get into heaven for this." And I bet he did too. ~~

Not a book about religion, although Anna speaks to Mister God. It was the insight on life itself which amazed me and left me pondering many times. This book makes you laugh and cry, and leaves you with a feeling of "understanding". LOL - I guess I'm recommending this book - highly!

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Jamie
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Curious George Flies A Kite, by Margret Rey

well,, when I was 3 years old....lol

I would also have to go with Wuthering Heights.



Jamie

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito. - Virgil.
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The Dictionary
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If I have to choose only one---Nana by Emile Zola.
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Sharon......say NO to dictionaries!
Parker
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serenity/munda another good one is
The Holy Kingdom; by Gilbert Adrian

Some interesting theory's on the Arthur legend hints a connections to Christ.

Brad
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What's wrong with the dictionary? The OED makes for fascinating reading.  

Brad
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Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

"Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

 
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