What is your favorite book, or writer?
What is your favorite book, or writer?
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My favorite book that had an impact on me: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My favorite book to read over and over again: The Stand by Stephen King
My favorite author to read just to escape everyday stuff: Brad Meltzer
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Off the top of my head I would say probably Catch-22. I'll have to think about it more though.
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Day of Infamy by Walter Lord. Has been since I was in high school xx years ago.
How does it end?Originally Posted by Truth Detector
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne is for my money one of the best sci-fi novels ever written.
Robert Heinlein is my favorite author.
For the record, I never had a problem with CART in 1995. Its when they turned beligerant twards IMS and their fans for supporting the IRL that turned me off them.
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson. I have read this series more times than I can count, and each time I discover something new.
Also, Dune is great. Some of the sequels, not so much.
"Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." --- Ayrton Senna
"The Presidents House"
The White House historical society put out this 2-volumn tomb which chronicles the archelogical evolution of the building as well as and the lives of the people who have lived there.
I find myself returning to it time after time, and it's spawned an interest in Presidential history--particularly pre-20th Century politics--that rivals my interest in auto racing.
It's open-ended. Wait for the sequel or write your own ending.Originally Posted by fasteddy
"Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob." - Federalist 55
“My first reaction as a race car driver was to jump out of the car and use the Foyt technique of driver development - grab him and pound some sense into him.”
"Make way. I'm Reaganing."
I just wanted to be ready.Originally Posted by Lemming51
Some people claim the sequel is even better than the original!Originally Posted by Lemming51
Others claim it was ghost-written by another author...
You be the judge!
The Book of Love...
...but I can't remember the author.
"The number of threads by one poster in the OT is getting a little out of hand, IMHO. "
"In the land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness...If we speak..we say it the wrong way; if we do not speak we are cowards…."
Either "Thank You For Smoking" or "Heir To The Empire" just to indulge my satirical and geeky sides
“I think some drivers must still think it’s Dan. They keep flipping me off.” - Dario Franchitti
That is a great series. It begs for big screen treatment; I'm just not sure how you'd do it. Maybe it's best left in book form. But Covenant is to me the best anti-hero hero ever created.Originally Posted by SLKRR
SciFi did a version of Philip Jose Farmer's marvelous Riverworld books a few years ago and it was...lacking. Not bad, mind you, just, lacking.
If it's fiction, I'm with Slim (meow) on The Stand, especially the uncut edition. It's never dull and always seems contemporary. I've probably read it a dozen times. It prompted me to read Adams' Watership Down, which is also pretty astonishing, and if you havent read it, you should.
Non fiction, probably The Great Escape. It's just a completely amazing story, and that it's true (in a lot of ways horribly so) just makes it that much more gripping. I cannot even guess how many times I've read it. Coming a close second is William R. (Doc) Halliday's Depths of the Earth, which is a book on caves and cavers of the US. It's the book that got me started in that singular preoccupation. My mom still rues the day she brought it home from the library because she thought I'd be interested in it!
Reference...without a doubt, Strunk & White's Elements of Style. I also like Robin Williams' (no, not THAT Robin Williams) The Mac is Not a Typewriter.
"The View From Rat Lake" and "Sex, Death, and Flyfishing"...it's a tie.
John Gierach wrote both.
One of several "unauthorized" sequels based on the characters and events in the original. AlsoOriginally Posted by SLKRR
State of Denial- Bob Woodward
My Band's website!!!!
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom has probably affected me more than anything else I've read in years. For fun I really enjoy the Doc Ford mysteries by Randy Wayne White.
It really IS all good!
"If there is a place on Earth synonymous with race cars, it is Indianapolis." -- Bernie Ecclestone
"No matter where you go in the world, you say Indianapolis and they don't think about football or basketball, they think about the race." -- Richard Petty
"The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe
"Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys" by Mike Collins
"Citizen Soldiers" and "Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose
"The Dirt" by the members of Motley Crue
"The Hunters" and "Gods of Tin" by James Salter
"Stranger to the Ground" by Richard Bach
"A Man on the Moon" by Andrew Chaikin
"Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang
"If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio
(don't laugh, guys!)
I always return to Jane Austen; even though her books are "classics" the observations of human behavior are so true to life. My favorites are Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice . Reading them is like a chat with a cozy old friend, always a comfort.
The Stand - Stephen King
J.R.R. Tolkien books
the perfect book when one only has 3 or 4 months to killOriginally Posted by JSR
Good book great story. Could have done it in 400-500 less pages though
Speaking of King...
Roadwork and The Long Walk are the two I keep going back to
Read both probably 2 dozen times
Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say
He's the master of going faster. -George Harrison
IT was actually my favorite Stephen King story until the last 100 pages or so. The whole spider laying eggs thing turned me off to that one.Originally Posted by KevMcNJ
This is a tough question.
WARNING: Really boring post. Fun question. So, my answer is not really meant to be read & thereby possibly inducing coma, but just for the great time I had responding.
Let’s get Racing out of the way: Favorite by far. ‘The Unfair Advantage’ Mark Donohue & Paul Van Vaulkenburg.
All sports; ‘The Glory of Their Times’ Lawrence Ritter
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Novel: ‘The Great Gatsby’
D.H. Lawrence, “Sons & Lovers’,
Thomas Wolfe, ‘Look Homeward Angel’ & ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’
Stephen Crane, ‘Red Badge of Courage’,
Charles Dickens, ‘Great Expectations’ & ‘David Copperfield’;
James Joyce (for Dubliners & Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (definitively not for Ulysses or Finnegan’s Wake).
Mark Twain, ‘Huckleberry Finn’, ‘
Thomas Mann; ‘Death in Venice’
Hermann Hesse., “Siddhartha’ & ‘Beneath the Wheel’
E.M. Forester: “Maurice’
Most underrated novel; ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’, Tom Wolfe
Most Neglected Novelist; Nathaniel West. both ‘Miss Lonely Hearts’ & ‘Day of the Locust’ are brilliant.
Short Stories; F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, Anton Chekhov, Bernard Malmud
Tom Wolfe, ‘The Right Stuff’,
Truman Capote, ‘In Cold Blood’
John Steinbeck, ‘Travels With Charlie’
History: ‘The Glory & The Dream; Narrative History of America, 1932-1972’, William Manchester.
‘Path To Power’ & ‘Means of Ascent’, William Cairo
‘Max Perkins, Editor of Genius’; A. Scott Berg
'John McGraw'; Charles C. Alexander
Essays: ‘The Education of Henry Adams’ (especially ‘The Dynamo & The Virgin’)
Literary Critism; Malcolm Cowley; from ‘Exiles Return’ on through
T.S. Elliot; ‘Selected Essays’
‘Glass Menagerie’, Tennessee Williams
‘Death of a Salesman’; Arthur Miller
& the genius American playwright; Eugene O’Neil, ‘Long Days Journey Into Night’ & ‘Moon For The Misbegotten’ (& most everything else O’Neil wrote).
William Shakespeare; ‘Hamlet’, ‘Lear’, Merchant’
Poets; Keats, Wilfred Owen, Dylan Thomas, e.e. cummings, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, W.B. Yeats, ( & not on literary merit, but speaking to my gut; ‘Howl’ Allan Ginsberg).
Favorite line; ‘Home is where when you have to go there, they have to take you in.’ ‘Death of the Hired Man’, Robert Frost
Escapist; John Grisholm, Ross McDonald
Worst, sloppiest, most inaccurate writer I’ve ever read (uncontested) – David Horowitz
The United States Army Times http://www.militarycity.com/valor/honor.html
This one is excellent.Originally Posted by Sea Fury
One with lots of pictures.
Thor and the Fantastic Four, and yes they have plenty of pictures.
Have a very blessed day!