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    What is your favorite book?

    Watching an episode of a PBS series called the Great American Read and I don't really have a favorite over all them there a probably favorites in different categories.

    Best Sci-fi series would be Foundation by Asimov.
    Best Sci-fi comedy would be Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy.
    Best stand alone Sci-fi book would I, Jedi.
    Best non fiction would be Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark.

    What your favorites?
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    Non-fic: Douglas Hofstadter's Metamagical Themas.
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    Can't pick one. I can't even narrow it down to a few. I have widely eclectic tastes in fiction, I don't read much nonfiction.
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    For poetry, I'd pick The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
    Fiction: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
    Fantasy: I listed 3, then six then thought of six more. I can't pick. Maybe, The Last Unicorn. But only for today.
    Non-Fiction: Cosmos.
    Pop Science: Chaos by James Gleick (I know, I know. You'd think I'd pick Brain Green's Elegant Universe.)
    Hard(ish) Science: Six Easy Pieces/Six Not So Easy Pieces
    Poly-Sci: How to Make War
    History: Same problem as Fantasy. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was the last thing I reread and if I am rereading that one it must be a favorite.

    Edit - What no Sci-Fi? Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy for sure.
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    Literary fiction: Moby Dick
    SF/F: Hyperion
    Non-fiction (technical): Art of Computer Programming
    Non-fiction (non-technical) Battle Cry of Freedom
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    Yeah, no way I could choose one.
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    And of course, there could be a complementary list of stuff you hate (that will get you burned at the stake).

    I tried to read Asimov's Foundation. After ten chapters, I concluded the whole book was going to be one long preamble to a story that never got started. Couldn't finish it.

    Tried to read Herbert's Dune abut six times. Feel asleep by Chapter 3 every time.

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    it is tough to choose, but "historically" I've told people who insist I pick one, it'd be Candide, by Voltaire. I'm partial to the Penguin Classics translation by John Butt (yes) from 1950. Other translations that I've read over the years don't seem to have the same kind of humor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Yeah, no way I could choose one.
    Ditto

    I've thought, along the lines of Fahrenheit 451 (spoiler alert), that if I was to become a book, it would probably be Alice in Wonderland.
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    I'd be the instruction manual to an old land-line phone.
    Misplaced and no one looking for it anyway

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    I loved Catch 22..

    re-read HHGTG a few times.

    For some reason I really liked Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler.

    difficult to really say.....I wish I read more. Recently bought The Wasp Factory to read again....
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    One of my favorite science books of all times was Jupiter, by Isaac Asimov (1975 edition). It thrilled me with details and equations and good stuff like that.
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    Another one who couldn't pick a favourite one. Even with the threat of an unexpected visit from the Spanish Inquisition. It all depends on what mood I am in.

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    SF: Titan, Wizard, Demon (John Varley)
    Poetry: Four Quartets (T.S.Eliot)
    Classic Fiction: Middlemarch (George Eliot)
    Fantasy/Comedy: The Diskworld series (Terry Pratchett)

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    If I had to pick one--it would be THE DREAM MACHINES

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    For poetry, I'd pick The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
    Fiction: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
    Fantasy: I listed 3, then six then thought of six more. I can't pick. Maybe, The Last Unicorn. But only for today.
    Non-Fiction: Cosmos.
    Pop Science: Chaos by James Gleick (I know, I know. You'd think I'd pick Brain Green's Elegant Universe.)
    Hard(ish) Science: Six Easy Pieces/Six Not So Easy Pieces
    Poly-Sci: How to Make War
    History: Same problem as Fantasy. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was the last thing I reread and if I am rereading that one it must be a favorite.

    Edit - What no Sci-Fi? Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy for sure.
    Months later and I am still good with The Last Unicorn. Hmm.

    I could change history to SPQR by Mary Beard... or is that The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan. Or The Defense of Duffer's Drift... Oh, geeze, that one is fantasy and military history. Naw, I stick with what I said the first time.
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    I enjoy all David Ickes books. They really taught me a lot about the world and how it works.

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