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I was just wondering... what are everyone's favourite (fiction) books?
My number one favourite is The Wild Road by Gabriel King. However I also like:
Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (I haven't read the last one yet!)
Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jacqueline Moriarty
One Hit Wonder by Lisa Jewel

At the moment I'm reading Life Of Pi by Yann Martel, which is very good.

There are lots more but I can't remember them at the moment! :D
 

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I'm not a big reader but I have always remembered this one book from sixth grade called Where the Red Fern Grows. It was really good. Made me cry :cry: .
 

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,It would be really hard to choose just one book! When I was a child, I loved Heidi and the Swss Family Robinson. As a young teen, it was the Black Stallion series, and in high school and my twenties historical novels.
Now I like everything from Ken Follett to Stephen King.

One of the best books required in college was John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. It was not only a masterpiece of writing; it was very hard to put down. George Orwelll's 1984 was excellent (a best seller before it became required) and so was Gone With the Wind. I read it in a weekend, all 1500 pages! Shogun, also 1500 pages, was excellent.

The Red Badge of Courage by Steven Crane is a wonderful character study which tells the real story about war through the eyes of a young patriot.

:( I cheated. Shame on me! :oops: Once you start thinking about it, more and more books come to mind. It's hard to stop!
 

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I am always looking for authors and good books. I usually read thriller/crime novels. Some of my favorite authors are Patricia Cormwell, James Patterson, Tess Gerritson and Tami Hoag. But I am pretty open to anything.
For cat books I enjoy a series of cat mystery books by Lillian Jackson Braun. They are mystery books featuring a man and his two Siamese cats. The author has Siamese herself and you can really tell. The cat's personalities and behaviors are right on.
 

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I am always looking for authors and good books. I usually read thriller/crime novels. Some of my favorite authors are Patricia Cormwell, James Patterson, Tess Gerritson and Tami Hoag. But I am pretty open to anything.
For cat books I enjoy a series of cat mystery books by Lillian Jackson Braun. They are mystery books featuring a man and his two Siamese cats. The author has Siamese herself and you can really tell. The cat's personalities and behaviors are right on.
I like mysteries too. I've never heard of Lillian Jackson Braun, but the books sound good - I'll have to look into that.
 

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It am going to follow Jeanie's example and name a book that marqued a period of time in my life. It is very hard but I decided to stick to three though. First of all, a book that I read and re-read during childhood was THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS HOLGERSON by Selma Lagerlof. It put its print on me as a child because it deals with transformation : from negative to positive. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is amongst the books I devoured as a teenager. Last and of course not least is Eugene Ionesco's play THE RHINOCEROS .
That is not everything by far ...
 

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Another cat book that is good is The Compleat Cat by Cleveland Amory. It is actually three books in one--so you can probably buy them separately. They are The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever. I am also a big fan of James Patterson. I am currently reading Pet Semetary by Stephen King. I never wanted to read the book before because I didn't like the movie. One of my teachers said that she loved the book--so I decided to give it a try. I was reading it last night and it got kind of scary--then Sophie came into the room without me hearing her and meowed real loud--It scared me to death! :D I like the book so far, but still feel bad for Church, the cat. :(
 

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Pet Sematary was a book that didn't translate well to the screen.

Cleveland Amory was a very active advocate of animal rights, as well as a well known writer. I saw him on TV often. His writing is sometimes droll, but he was very serious about animals.
 

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I haven't finished reading the entire 3 books yet, but I have enjoyed what I have read so far. The book is about a cat named Polar Bear (the cat reminds me of Bean's Moby). :D Cleveland Amory was the founder of The Fund for Animals in New York City. He was also the president of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, which is an animal rights organization that wants to end use of animal experimentation (like with cosmetic product testing and dissection).
 

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Hello. I love Life of Pi to the very bits, though I am not sure if it is real story or not though. I am also a big fan of Marian Keyes, and Jane Green.
By the way, has anybody read The Cat who Came For Christmas? It is simply Beautiful. I felt like I was 10 years old again, getting my first cat.
 

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lady_chocolate--Did you know that there are 2 other books that go with The Cat Who Came for Christmas? I posted about it earlier in this thread-- if you are interested. The book that I bought has all 3 stories in one book. I started reading, but haven't finished all 3 books yet. I guess I am afraid that Polar Bear will die and it will crush me. :(
 

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I still cannot even watch "Where the Red Fern Grows" - the movie. I think I was braver as a girl than now - I had tears in my eyes but I was hanging on to the book to the very end. I guess now I know that a lot of times those facts are translated in realities somewhere on the Globe..I always promise myself to do better and just read/watch it
 

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My all time favorite book is The Voice Of The Night by Dean Koontz. He is such an awesome author and he keeps the storyline moving quickly to keep your interest. I read it a few times and loaned the book to someone and I never got it back. :( I think I'm going to have to go buy and read it again!

Lori, I like Tami Hoag too! My favorite by her is A Thin Dark Line but I've enjoyed all of her books.
 

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Dean Koontz is hard to put down! It looks as if you're going to have to buy another copy. I sometimes order online from a used book site. Their prices are reasonable and their service is great.
 

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I love lots of books but I think my all time favorite series is the Laura Ingalla Wilder books. I am reading Lord of the Rings right now and I also love the Lillian Jackson Braun books. Oh, there are just so many ggod ones out there!! I can hardly chose.
 

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Has everyone read the great James Herriot books, All Creatures Great and Small, etc.? I read all the books and have watched and rewatched the tv series. It never got old-even in reruns. The books and series are about a young vet in the countryside in England. Wonderful! Please don't miss out on these books! The titles were inspired by this poem:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Here's a link to a review I think you'll enjoy reading:

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropol ... /acgs.html
 

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I love James Herriot's 'All Creatures Great And Small' series. I also have a couple of James Herriot books which are collections of short stories and extracts: James Herriot's Yorkshire Stories and James Herriot's Cat Stories. They are hardback and illustrated with lovely watercolour pictures.
 
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