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Initial post: Jan 14, 2013 9:02:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2013 8:11:40 PM PST
See if I can do this...

10. The Lorax
9. Finnegans Wake (for sheer Mind___________. Don't ask me to tell you what it means, ha ha ha)
8. 1984
7. Paradise Lost
6. Wuthering Heights
5. Of Mice and Men
4. Moby-Dick
3. Watchmen
2. Animal Farm
1. Catcher in the Rye

I really want to read Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Blood Meridian, The Brothers Karasamov, and Crime and Punishmen, as I'm sure they would make the list if I had the time to read them. But I don't have the time =(

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 9:21:44 PM PST
In no particular order-

The Stand

The Odyssey

Alas, Babylon

The Chronicles of Amber 1-5 (Technically 5 books but I read them in one collection)

The Dragonlance Legends Trilogy

The Good Earth

East of Eden

Dracula

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 9:32:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 9:43:44 PM PST
C.W. says:
Great list (and I highly recommend East of Eden, the others are on my list as well). Here's mine, but it's always changing, just like all my other best of lists.

In no particular order...

Ready Player One
Wool
Ender's Game
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dune
Gun, With Occasional Music
An American Tragedy
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Runners-up:

The Man Without Qualities
Jane Eyre
The Devil in the White City
Dracula
Slaughterhouse-Five

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 9:39:16 PM PST
Anything by the Bronte sisters is pure torture to have to read. Grapes of Wrath was excellent.

Here's my list:

In no particlar order,

The Book of Disquiet - Pessoa

Women - Bukowski

The Enourmous Room - e.e. cummings

Sometimes a Great Notion - Kesey

Naked Lunch (weird but moments of absolute brilliance in there) - Burroughs

Ham on Rye - Bukowski

Shadow over Babylon - Mason

A Time to Die - Wilbur Smith

Deathstalker - Simon R. Green (first book in a fantastic series that, now that I think about it, I am probably about to start reading again)

The Eye of the World - Jordan (if I could include the whole series I would, but I feel like that is cheating...plus The Eye of the World actually works as a standalone novel)

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:06:57 PM PST
new Tron says:
Oh man, what a difficult question. Here's my stab at it:

Slaughterhouse Five
On the Road
Ubik
Walden
The Old Man and the Sea
Brave New World
Siddhartha
Call of the Wild
The Catcher in the Rye
100 Years of Solitude

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:20:57 PM PST
C.W. says:
Is Ubik a Philip K. Dick?

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:23:46 PM PST
new Tron says:
Sure is! There are quite a few of his novels that I really love, but ultimately Ubik is tops for me.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 10:26:10 PM PST
new Tron says:
I should also add that I feel a certain amount of shame for not having any Haruki Murakami novels on this list, since he's probably my favorite living author. So many good books out there.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 11:52:59 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 1:14:48 AM PST
Radio Free Albemuth is my favorite Philip K Dick novel.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 3:42:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2013 5:45:10 AM PST
No particular order:

American Gods
Time Traveler's Wife
Bag of Bones
Dune
Ender's Game
Across the Nightingale Floor
The Dragon Reborn
Martin the Warrior
To Kill a Mockingbird
War of the Worlds

I think that's all I've got.

Jurassic Park used to be on this list until I re-read it recently. I've decided that Chrichton was more in love with showing us all the nifty things he'd found out when researching his books than he was with telling a story.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 3:46:05 AM PST
I can't believe I spaced on Brian Jacques when thinking of my favorite novels. The Redwall books, while at times formulaic, are a fantastic example of non-conventional fantasy and absolutely deserve some sort of TV/Movie adaptation.

I forgot Watership Down as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 5:22:17 AM PST
They did actually get a TV adaptation, but it wasn't terribly good. It was a Canadian children's show, a little cartoon. You could find it on Netflix for awhile there. It definitely needs a movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 5:27:31 AM PST
It would be easy to remain faithful to the books as well given their relative brevity as opposed to a Tolkien or Jordan novel. I'd love to see something CGI and Martin the Warrior would be the logical starting point. I think it would be tremendously successful if executed well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 5:41:46 AM PST
Redwall stands very well on its own and would do well as an adaptation. That or Mossflower. However, there are some things they do in Redwall which are just strange enough to never appear again. Stuff like the Abbeycreatures driving a full-sized horse and buggy. Just strange.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 5:44:08 AM PST
Benpachi says:
Impossible. The Lord of the Rings is my favorite though.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 5:48:58 AM PST
1) Return of the King
2) 1984
3) A Morbid Taste for Bones
4) A Wrinkle in Time
5) The Hobbit
6) Of Mice and Men
7) A Brave New World
8) Flowers for Algernon
9) The Time Machine
10) To Kill a Mockingbird

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 5:52:56 AM PST
Didn't Cluny the scourge drive a horse and buggy as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 5:57:09 AM PST
Yeah, and whipped it with his tail if I recall. It's been a few years since I read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 6:00:43 AM PST
Same here. Probably a good 8 years since I've read anything by Jacques.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 6:01:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2013 6:01:36 AM PST
I'm not much of a reader, but...

1. The Count of Monte Cristo
2. The Diary of Anne Frank
3. A Farewell to Arms
4. Bram Stoker's Dracula
5. The Stand
6. Call of the Wild/White Fang
7. The Shining
8. Fahrenheit 451

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 6:06:35 AM PST
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Film Archive: Memories, Mementos, and Other Treasures from the Creative Team Behind the Beloved Motion Pictures
Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1
Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 2
New Moon: The Graphic Novel Volume 1

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 6:09:22 AM PST
Tried re-reading Martin last year and I decided that I will retain my fondness for the book by soundly refusing to finish it again. I'll re-read it for my kids when I have 'em.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 6:09:28 AM PST
Oh, I forgot:

Go Ask Alice

Maybe the best book I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 6:09:47 AM PST
This is a good list.
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