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MIdsummerRain
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0 posted 07-20-2002 04:54 AM       View Profile for MIdsummerRain   Email MIdsummerRain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MIdsummerRain

& My Winners Are . . .

1.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

2.) The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

3.) Dracula by Bram Stoker

4.)The Silver Kiss by Annette Kurtis Klause (this was the first book I fell in love with)

5.) The Counte of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Next ? ! ?



For in much wisdom is much grief
& he who increases knowledge
    increases sorrow...
                  Eccl. 1:18

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You so rock!

1) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

2) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

3) Goblins in the Castle - Bruce Coville

4) Wind Blows Backward - Mary Downing Hahn

5) The Silver Kiss - Annette Curtis Clause

And there is honorable mention to Neil Gaiman for Neverwhere!

written in blood before everything went black

JCV

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:::MouTH GaPPing OpEN In ShOCK:::



FINALLY...Ive found a "Silver Kiss" lover ; & all this time I thought it was just little o'le me...
Fight Club was originally a book? Who Knew?!?!?!?
Great Choices on Books
Its all you Anvrill!!! :::ShoUTS At ThE ToP Of HeR LuNGS:::  YOU Rock!

For in much wisdom is much grief
& he who increases knowledge
    increases sorrow...
                  Eccl. 1:18

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You guys/girls are cool!

Well, since Wuthering Heights has already been mentioned twice (and it's a no brainer)

Um....

Huh.

Lessee here.

1. Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby
These are really got me reading again in the first place -- what made me realize reading can be a joy and applicable to yr life.

2. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, complete works of Shakespeare
Amazing...

3. Cathedral, Ray Carver
Stories of displacement and loss and losers and love gone wrong. But sorta funny among th' pathos.

4. Lots of comics collections: Krazy Kat, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, Fox Trot, Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge, Chris Ware, PEANUTS!

5. Lots of poetry: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Charles Simic, Best of American Poetry 1999-2002, various journals, treasuries and collections.

Honorable mention: Stephen King. I can't really read him like I once did, I've lost my innocence to his work. But stuff like It, The Stand, The Shining, 'Salem's Lot, Firestarter, Pet Sematary, Desperation, Bag of Bones .... y' gotta respect it.

Sheesh, I didn't even find a place to include Mark Twain or Charles Dickens or Thoreau or Homer or J.K. Rowling or J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis or many many others.

She said burn ... together.
-TON

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Gee, where does one even begin? - soooo many good books... hmm... I'll try

"Elfstones of Shannara" Terry Brooks made his world and his characters so believable.

"Lord of The Rings" by Tolkien - need I say more?

Any of the short stories or poems by Poe... his stuff gave me chills and kept me up many a night as a child. He also made me a lover of all things that go bump in the night!

"Pet Sematary" by Stephen King - one of his creepiest.

"The Narnia Chronicles" by C.S. Lewis

and an honorable mention goes to "Felidae" by Akif Pirincci - who knew a murder msytery set in the feline world could be so interesting? He does a wonderful job of putting you in the mind and body of a cat!

There are so many more that bear mentioning but these will do for starters

                      - Jeff
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OMG, how could I forget "Lord of the Flies" by... isn't it William Golding? My English teacher would have my ass if I called that wrong! lol
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There is no way to choose!! No way...

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Mike, how dare you use the words no brainer even on the same page as Wuthering Heights????

I'm gonna go cry in the corner now... That book IS my life! Doesn't matter that two people cited it already... There is nothing more heartbreaking, passionate, moving, amazing, and full of real human emotion and heart break!

*pout*

Anyway.

MR, I found The Silver Kiss when I was on this total vampire kick in junior high. And it was just right. So much more ... tangible than the others. Seemed so much more real, with this thick sense of sorrow surrounding it. Just ... the entire way it works. One of the few books written for young adults I have ever come across that is a strong enough write to compete with those (sometimes rare) amazing books for the general population.

Anyway. Again. I'm off to collapse now. 5 hours sleep in 48 hours. Yeesh.

written in blood before everything went black

JCV

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'cause usually lists like this can help others find books/music/etc. they might want to read/hear/experience. And if everyone's listing Wuthering Heights, that's one space off for somethin' else. Besides, WH is so great, it's basically implied on a list like this anyway! Silly.

She said burn ... together.
-TON

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in keeping with my non comformist and always honest ways, i didn't like wuthering heights...
ream me a new one if ya like, but i just didn't get down on it.... *ducks and covers*

as for the list?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson (and just about anything by thompson for that matter)

The Prophet by Kahil Gibran

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (and just about anything by him too)

Matin the Warrior by Brian Jaques (the first of his i ever read, it never gets old. good story telling.)

The Amazing Spider Man issues 121-122, June-July 1973 (Death of Gwen Stacy... pivotal in Spidey history, wonderfully written.)

and honorable mention?
Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
The Timothy Zahn Star Wars Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command... although the first is my fav... )
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

it's our struggle for identity that leaves us all unknown

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Vampire Lestat-Anne Rice
Inteview with the Vampire-Anne Rice
Evangeline by Longfellow(story-poem)
Replay-Ken Grimwood
Rebecca-Daphne DuMaurier
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1-Anything written by Jane Austen, but especially Pride and Prejudice. The humour that she weaves into her characters is unsurpassed by any writer
2-Wuthering Heights (of course) by Emily Bronte
3-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4-And I Donít Want to Live This Life by Debra Spungeon about daughter Nancy and her life with Sid Vicious. Fascinating reading (and if I wasnít already turned off to the idea of having kids, this would have done it!! Lol)
5-Anything by Thomas Hardy, a brilliant story teller
6-The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies

Okay, itís more than 5Öletís just say I canít count. Lol
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Bsquirel Catcher in the Rye was strangely attracting to me as well; Short Stroies...how could I forget?!?!? WaIT...Where is PoE?!? Dickens & Thoreau Great Choices~

Rascalx PoE thickens my blood as well!

PDV Did I say just Five?!?!? Come on...Show me!

Anvrill :::TiPS HeR HaT::: Couldnt have said it better myself!

MidnightSon :::In ShoCK::: You didnt like...but...Heathcliff...Katherine...True Love...  :::PoUTS:::
I think we might be even though, for I did not care for The Great Gatsby...I thought it long & boring :::BiTES HeR LiP::: Sorry...
:::SmiLES ThEN LauGHS::: Maybe I should do a "Top 5 Comic" Post!
Bruce Lee huh?!?! Interesting choice...Intrigueing as always MidnightSon!

Catalinamoon Ah, finally an Anne Rice Lover! Wonderful choices, my friend

Tracey Jane Eyre is also one of my favorites; it could be the only book to compare with Wuthering Heights!

With Much Admiration to All
~Rayne

For in much wisdom is much grief
& he who increases knowledge
    increases sorrow...
                  Eccl. 1:18

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Tracey, i am reading Pride and Prejudice now!
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Oops ... sorry about that. How could I forget things like The Cask of .... (yikes, I cannot pronounce the name, and always mistake it as Armadillo), The Pit and the Pendulum and The Fall of the House of Usher...

Oh yes, and Masque of the Red Death is absolutely chilling.

She said burn ... together.
-TON

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1. Wasted
2. The unquiet grave
3. Mouthing the words
4. The Handmaids Tale
5. Catcher in the Rye
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1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
4. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
5. The Inferno by Dante

Pretty much anything written by Anne Rice.. Sylvia Plath.. Edgar Allen Poe..

I think "The Giver" was the first book I fell in love with. That and "Madeline".

Also, "The Noonday Demon" by Andrew Solomon... if you're into psychology (particularly depression, suicide, etc.) then you'll really like this book.


"if you know me so well then tell me which hand do I use?" Tori Amos

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i noticed a lotta vampire lit in here and thought i'd reccomend the two i like a lot.
In the Forests of the Night
and
Demon in my View
both by Ameilia Atwater-Rhodes
she was only 15 and 16 when she wrote em... damn good considering what i was doing at 15 and 16....

it's our struggle for identity that leaves us all unknown

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When I was 15 and 16, I was writing vampire novels. Manda (my best friend) insists I'm way better than previously mentioned young authoress, and I do find that she shows her age, but leaves my young work in the dust.

written in blood before everything went black

JCV

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1. Does the Hitchiker's Guide series count as 5 seperate books, or one inclusive story?

if it's one book, then...

2. The Shining by Stephen King

3. Document Zippo by L.A. Ruocco... it's published by an independent company.... probably the most extreme book I've ever read... feminism in its most... uh... physical and crass forms...

4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

5. I guess I'll join the comic book bandwagon and recomend the Watchmen series in its entirety by Alan Moore... but my boyfriend's got me reading Preacher by... Garth Ennis, I think... and so far, I'd have to say that's phenomenal, too.

and I'm going to have to give a big ick! to The Catcher in the Rye, and especially the Great Gatsby... Gatsby was an assignment I hated... I could not ahve thought of a more boring plot... Catcher in the Rye I read on my own, but felt phenomenally let down... I think that Ordinary People by Judith Guest was much better as a book of that type, because it dealt with a young man's recovery and growth, rather than his pissant whining.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox... Not intending to trash anyone else's choices, just offering an opinion...

Who is John Galt?

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I like The Sandman comics. Someone told me that I remind them of the character Death so curious to see what kind of comparison this was I started reading them and I loved them. Dream is sexy. I want to have his children. Season of Mists was really good. Check it out sometime. Or don't.

"if you know me so well then tell me which hand do I use?" Tori Amos

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Dream is more than sexy. Mm, mm, mm... Tall, pale, long dark hair, gaunt. Smart and moody to boot! What else could a girl ask for?

written in blood before everything went black

JCV

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How about top five from what I have read in my lifetime thus far:

1. Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
2. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
4. The Green Mile by Stephen King
5. The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

How about two most hated--
1. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Can you believe they actually made this awful book into a horrid movie??!!  Sheesh!
2. Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
Lestat winds up in chains, his freedom gone--need I say more?
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Kudos and lots of applause and hootin' and hollering to those who included comic books in their lists! Definitely a big thumbs up to the Sandman series, Preacher is good (heck, most of the "Vertigo" line of books rocks!), and the Watchmen is simply excellent! Since we're talking comic books, I'll add a few -
    1) "The Killing Joke" Batman graphic novel - gives new insights into the madness of both The Joker and Batman.
    2) Anything by Frank Miller
    3) The run of X-men titles written by Chris Claremont (his Aliens vs. Predator series deserves a look too!)
    4) "The Maxx" - a way cool, deep, thoughtful head trip of a series!

and I'm sure I'm missing a few other excellent choices, so I strongly advise everyone to go out and buy some comic books, particularly the independents!

Funny how you ladies think Dream is so hot! I think Death is beautiful! (lol) Especially that little "tattoo" near her eye! Yowsa!

                     - Jeff
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Bsquirrel Amontillado...Tha Cask of Amontillado (LoL)

Devil Toungue :::Why do these sound so familiar?:::

Dark Enchantress I KnEW I forgot somthing! The Phantom of the Opera is a classic indeed!!

MidnightSon OkOk...you got me; Im a vampire! I'll definatly check ot your reads.

Hush The Catcher in the Rye has its let downs, yet Im to good at humoring myself with the pathetic whining!

Mariee Im in the middle of "Body Thief", so far so good! The Queen of the Damned?? A horrid movie maybe ((Except were Stewart Townsend graced us with his presence))Although I thought the book prevailed!

Rascalx The closest Ive come to comics my friend, is The Crow comics! Not only is Eric Drayven hot,I think Batman is hot!

WHO IS DREAM???
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