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11-04-2001, 12:42 AM
What is the best book in the world...Assuming that you guys DO read books...And don't put computer manuals please, I know you like to read them, but they are not exactly English literature... :D

11-04-2001, 12:52 AM
The Giver

11-04-2001, 12:56 AM
I heard of it from others, what's it about?

11-04-2001, 12:58 AM
To kill a Mocking Bird

11-04-2001, 01:00 AM
I'm going to read it this year for English...

11-04-2001, 01:18 AM
do you mean the giver or
To kil....

11-04-2001, 01:22 AM
mocking bird

11-04-2001, 01:49 AM
Ipsim Hath Ibin!!

The Koran.

11-04-2001, 01:54 AM
what?? :confused:

11-04-2001, 02:00 AM
michelle, you're a frosh then eh? TKAM is a good book! i recommend One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich... and of course 1984...

11-04-2001, 02:11 AM

"Mockingbird" was 'OK' but not that great... what about "All Quiet on the Western Front"? I's a WWI book, I liked it a lot...

11-04-2001, 02:13 AM
frosh?? I am going to read 1984 too I think in English...

11-04-2001, 02:14 AM
You guys read the Chrysalids?

11-04-2001, 02:16 AM
What about: "Green Eggs and Ham"?

That book rulz!

11-04-2001, 02:18 AM
johnny got his gun is also a great wwI book... oh well we read that my freshmen year... but then again, you're in canada... :)

11-04-2001, 02:18 AM
the one by Dr. Suess or something...?

11-04-2001, 02:22 AM

"would you eat them on a boat,
would you eat them with a goat,
would you eat them in a house,
would you eat them with a mouse?

that was fun.... :)

i gotta get to bed :yawns:

11-04-2001, 02:24 AM
good night...

11-04-2001, 02:42 AM
has anyone read
The God of Small things
won the booker a few yrs back

also anything writen by pg Wodehouse is absolutely amazing

11-04-2001, 02:44 AM
Lord of the Rings



Oliver Twist

Sherlock Holmes (4 books and the rest of the short stories)

The Sampson books (Len Deighton)

Core Servlets & JSP - Marty Hall

These are some of my favorites....

11-04-2001, 04:40 AM
I like almost every book of Stephen King or Tom Clancy.

The one book that really surprised me was Death du jour
by Kathy Reichs. I was looking for new books to read on my
daily one hour commute to work by subway. I already read
all the books I liked, King's, Clancy's, any Star Wars novels,
no new one's were out. So out of curiosity, and because I
just had to buy a book for the next day if I didn't want
to be bored for two hours ( to work and back ), I bought
the #1 from the bestselling list. And boy what a book. It's
a real page turner. She wrote two sequels, Deja Dead
and Deadly Decisions. Great stuff, though not neccessarily
my normal reading experience.

11-04-2001, 07:42 AM
One Word:


11-04-2001, 07:45 AM
4 words:
Charles Petzold: Programming Windows:D

11-04-2001, 10:26 AM
>>> You guys read the Chrysalids?

I've read all of John Wyndams books. Of the more recent books I have read, I would ecomend "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden, and "Wild Swans" by Jung Chang.

11-04-2001, 10:46 AM
I don't have one single favourite book just a fvaourite genre... fantasy.

Dune (Need I say more?)...
Terry Pratchett: Good Omens, The Discworld Series (especially Small Gods, it's HILARIOUS!).
Robert Rankin: dance of the Voodoo Handbag.
J.R.R.Tolkein:The Lord of the Rings.
J.K.Rowling:Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...

11-04-2001, 12:28 PM
Other than the bible, I like the Cuckoo's Egg.

11-04-2001, 01:26 PM
>I heard of it from others, what's it about?<

It's hard to explain. It's basically about a community of people that don't fight, do bad things, have emotions, etc. They're like robots almost, but they're human. Eveyone in the community has a job and the book is about the job of the Giver. He's the only one in the community that can feel emotion. He keeps the memories and emotions of the past so the rest of the community doesn't have to mess with them.

It's a very screwed up book. It's awesome though.

11-04-2001, 01:31 PM
dunes good so is the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

11-04-2001, 03:42 PM
yeah... sherlock holmes books rule

11-04-2001, 03:47 PM
Ook, the Giver does sound really weird. I like Harry Potter too, Pen.

11-04-2001, 05:50 PM
Yes I agree the giver is a good book.

>It's hard to explain. It's basically about a community of people that don't fight, do bad things, have emotions, etc. They're like robots almost, but they're human. Eveyone in the community has a job and the book is about the job of the Giver. He's the only one in the community that can feel emotion. He keeps the memories and emotions of the past so the rest of the community doesn't have to mess with them. <

Everyone is given a job, a name, children, husband or wife. They don't choose them. Every year you are given something, such as a bike at 7 (not sure about age), until a certain age when they are given a job. No one can see color except the giver.

*I don't rember names so I am making them up*

The book is about John. One day he is thowing an apple back and forth with his freind dan, and it changes but he does not now how. So he takes it home, aganst the rules and is punished. I belive a couple of other things change to. They day comes when everyone gets older and recives there gift. His age group was getting there jobs. Everyone is given there gift in order, so he know when he is suposed to be givin his job. But he is skipped. After they finsh given out jobs, everyone is wondering why john is not givne a job. Then it is annoned that John was not given a job, but choosen to be the next giver.

Now go buy/borrow the book.

11-04-2001, 06:19 PM
The giver is a great book, it should be read as soon as possible.

Any Asimov fans out there? i thoroughly enjoyed Nightfall and i'm looking for some other stuff to read by him.

11-04-2001, 06:22 PM
>The BIBLE. <

Thats a great fiction book.

11-04-2001, 06:23 PM
God is my favourite fictional character =P

11-04-2001, 08:05 PM
Giver's good...

but Ender's Game is better!

11-04-2001, 09:34 PM
I can't wait to read the Giver! :D

11-04-2001, 09:47 PM
>*I don't rember names so I am making them up*<

It was Jonas or Jonah, not John.

11-04-2001, 09:56 PM
I have to favorite books:

The art of war by Sun Tzu

Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation


11-04-2001, 10:25 PM
let's not get into a fight here...

flatland is a great book! we read it after the AP test in calc... it's fun and interesting at the same time... [how can you go wrong with that!?]


11-05-2001, 12:30 AM
'Contact' by Carl Sagan(?) [not the movie]. A good disection of science vs religion. Not a light read though.

In the SciFi range I like 'The Anubis Gates' by Patrick Tilley. (I think). He writes historical fantasy. Great theory/explanation of time travel.

11-11-2001, 07:32 PM
CW2 was a good book.

11-11-2001, 10:14 PM
You guys read the Chrysalids?

^ that book sucks... worst i have ever read...

good books huh...

lord of the rings
anything forgotten realms or dragonlance
any of shakespears plays... lol guess its not a book

11-12-2001, 02:50 AM
I loved Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series, including "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", "So long and Thanks for all the Fish" and "Mostly Harmless" :) Can only recommend these ...

Sadly Adams passed away a few month ago :( :(

"Barbarians led by Bill Gates" was also a very interesting and funny book to read.


Justin W
11-12-2001, 02:59 AM
Hehh, I'm just now reading those Hitchhiker ones (I know, took me long enough!) Hilarious. So many general discussion thread potentials.. ;)

01-09-2002, 04:27 AM
A Brief History of Time (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553380168/qid=1010571030/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_79_1/107-4674964-4162158)
by Stephen Hawking (http://www.hawking.org.uk/home/hindex.html)

01-09-2002, 05:50 AM
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien),
Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle),
Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie).

01-09-2002, 07:03 AM
Some of my personal favourites are...

The Hobbit /The Lord of the Rings(J.R.R. Tolkein)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
Red Dwarf (Grant/Naylor)
Hearts In Atlantis (Stephen King)
Anything by Terry Pratchett

>>A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking<<

I've read a little of it at amazon.com, but I haven't been able to track down a copy where I live.

01-09-2002, 12:35 PM
1984 - george orwell
Hitchikers guide to the galaxy (a trilogy in five parts) - D. Adams
Brief History of Time - Prof S. Hawking

01-09-2002, 12:36 PM
oh forgot one -
the book that my signature comes from - anyone recognise it?

01-09-2002, 10:03 PM
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all the way. I love all 5 books in his trilogy, and the restaurant at the end of the universe was the best of the 5. Hell, I even have the official BBC video of the crappy miniseries that was made back in 81.