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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2008, 03:51:01 AM »
One Book!
Thats even harder I think than one album!! (but I could be wrong).

Christ my mind fluctuates between quite a few - but I'll give two.

'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' by Dee Brown - shocked the hell out of me when I first read it - intensely depressing.

followed by:-

'Song of Heyoehkah' by Hyemeyohsts Storm. This one then lifts the spirit and the heart, please read one after the other.

(similarly i always advise people to watch 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Black Robe' together).

and I'll add a third - 'The Keys to Avalon' by Steve Blake - it's an academic book that uses the original Welsh texts (that later became the Arthurian legends via france and Geoffrey of Momouth) to trace and locate the story in it's original landscape - Wales. It has, for many British readers in particular, an 'oh fu.ck' point when you realise that the history and mythology held in your unconscious was politically, financially and academically created to verify a succession of invading kings legitimacy to rule........

It presents a paraox where the widely held stories of Avalon and Arthur etc are seen as a creation that inadvertently enabled the deeper and truer aspects of the stories to survive without being trounced into oblivion by following power structures because they were just 'ignorant myths'.....

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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2008, 05:07:57 AM »
anything by vonnegut - nope everything by vonnegut

Come on, Jim, his older ones are a LOT better than the more recent.
But he is, for sure, a mighty fine read.
agreed but i like all of it
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2008, 05:10:41 AM »
anything by vonnegut - nope everything by vonnegut

That doesn't count as recommending one book!
why isn't it a series? he connects his characters in many of his books. (if i had to choose one it would be 'God bless you, mr. rosewater.')
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2008, 09:00:19 AM »
anything by vonnegut - nope everything by vonnegut

Come on, Jim, his older ones are a LOT better than the more recent.
But he is, for sure, a mighty fine read.

agreed but i like all of it

I agree with APK -- Vonnegut's work is pretty uneven actually, ranging from so-so to absolute genius.  Recommending to someone that they read "anything" by Vonnegut implies that they'd do just as well starting with Slapstick as they would do starting with Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle.

 
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2008, 09:55:46 AM »
Ok. Contemporary fantasy:

R. Scott Bakker: The Darkness That Comes Before

First of a trilogy (The Prince of Nothing). Stunning work !!!
Yes, simply stunning. It will make you read all three.

I hadn't hear of this author, or this book, or this series, but it sounds interesting.

Is it just me, or is Canadian genre literature going through a really strong period?
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2008, 09:57:41 AM »
Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Versus"
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2008, 10:08:50 AM »
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"The Long Walk"  - by Slavomir Rawicz

Good one, although the stuff about the Yeti was a bit of a stretch for me... :-\  ???


Well, but it was such a small part of the book, and it's actually the entire reason his story came out in the first place- A guy was writing about the Yeti, and he was looking for people to come forward and talk about any experiences they may have had with it/them. Slavomir got in touch with him and told him that he would talk about his experience, on the condition that he could tell his entire story along with it. Who knows? Maybe he actually saw a Yeti off in the distance, or maybe it was just a big bear, and he was so exhausted and starved by that time that he thought he saw something else. I'm just glad it served to bring his incredible story to light. I'll never forget it, and I'm sure I'll read it again. The books you mentioned sound really interesting, I'll definitely check them out!






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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2008, 10:18:54 AM »
Ok. Contemporary fantasy:

R. Scott Bakker: The Darkness That Comes Before

First of a trilogy (The Prince of Nothing). Stunning work !!!
Yes, simply stunning. It will make you read all three.

I hadn't hear of this author, or this book, or this series, but it sounds interesting.

Is it just me, or is Canadian genre literature going through a really strong period?


"Prince of Nothing" site: http://www.princeofnothing.com

I've not really been interested in any other Canadian lit in the fantasy/sci-fi arena.
But Canada is certainly strong in the Margaret Atwood type directions.


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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2008, 11:35:40 AM »
anything by vonnegut - nope everything by vonnegut

Come on, Jim, his older ones are a LOT better than the more recent.
But he is, for sure, a mighty fine read.

agreed but i like all of it

I agree with APK -- Vonnegut's work is pretty uneven actually, ranging from so-so to absolute genius.  Recommending to someone that they read "anything" by Vonnegut implies that they'd do just as well starting with Slapstick as they would do starting with Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle.

 
point heard, taken and agreed.
i'd have to start with welcome to the monkey house because it is an easier read (short stories).
all the best and God bless
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2008, 01:18:48 PM »
'1984' by George Orwell

More relevant now than ever.

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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2008, 01:24:53 PM »
'1984' by George Orwell

More relevant now than ever.

Oh, that's so 24 years ago! 

Seriouslly, that is a really great, monumental work -- one everyone is familiar with but few have actually read.
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #31 on: October 30, 2008, 03:13:57 PM »
The Stranger- Albert Camus; this book rocked my world and introduced to me a whole new "reality", when I was about 20.

Cannery Row- John Steinbeck; a hilarious and warm-hearted look at the more "simple" people of the world. Could be Steinbeck's most penetrating study of human behavior.

Lord Of The Flies- William Goldman(?); Chilling! "Fancy thinking that the beast is something you can hunt and kill".


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Johnny Got His Gun- Dalton Trumbo

SunDummy is right about Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; What a great read!

Pete Kelly is right on with Orwell's 1984. I would also recommend Animal Farm- "some are more equal than others".

The Grapes Of Wrath- Steinbeck






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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #32 on: October 30, 2008, 04:12:49 PM »
I'm going to create another topic called "Recommend a bunch of books" and move all the rule-breaking responses to that topic.  That will leave this topic for just recommendations of single books!  ;) 

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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #33 on: October 30, 2008, 04:14:41 PM »
"Endurance", by Alfred Lansing.  You probably know the story; it's been written about many many times; but this is the best version of them all.  An absolutely riveting telling of one of the most amazing survival stories ever.

This is one of my own favorite books as well -- probably the non-fiction book I have recommended the most.
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #34 on: October 30, 2008, 05:18:13 PM »
I'm going to create another topic called "Recommend a bunch of books" and move all the rule-breaking responses to that topic.  That will leave this topic for just recommendations of single books!  ;) 




But how can you choose just ONE book?! It's like choosing one CD- it can't be done! ???

One more- Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas- Hunter Thompson; I can't help it, I love this book.

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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #35 on: October 31, 2008, 05:36:54 AM »
anything by vonnegut - nope everything by vonnegut

Come on, Jim, his older ones are a LOT better than the more recent.
But he is, for sure, a mighty fine read.

agreed but i like all of it

I agree with APK -- Vonnegut's work is pretty uneven actually, ranging from so-so to absolute genius.  Recommending to someone that they read "anything" by Vonnegut implies that they'd do just as well starting with Slapstick as they would do starting with Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle.

 

But maybe stop before Galapagos and Timequake. :-)
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #36 on: October 31, 2008, 08:57:07 AM »
I'm going to create another topic called "Recommend a bunch of books" and move all the rule-breaking responses to that topic.  That will leave this topic for just recommendations of single books!  ;) 




But how can you choose just ONE book?! It's like choosing one CD- it can't be done! ???

One more- Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas- Hunter Thompson; I can't help it, I love this book.

That's the whole point -- it's supposed to be hard!  You're supposed to have to suffer pain at having to omit books that you deeply love!
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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #37 on: October 31, 2008, 09:43:29 AM »

That's the whole point -- it's supposed to be hard!  You're supposed to have to suffer pain at having to omit books that you deeply love!

Can't do it Mike, I have no self-discipline. When I'm sent to my deserted island I'm bringing a whole library.

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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #38 on: October 31, 2008, 01:24:17 PM »
Believe me, I love books as much as anybody... books are overrunning several rooms of our house. 

Of course it's not too hard to make a list of "top 5 books" or "top 10 novels" or whatever.  But the idea is, if you had a friend say to you "I will read any ONE book (or trilogy) that you recommend to me, but if you recommend a list of several, or otherwise do not make your recommendation only ONE, I will ignore it," then what would you choose?

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Re: If you could recommend one book
« Reply #39 on: October 31, 2008, 01:25:55 PM »
I'd probably tell him to f--k off.
He should read more.

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