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the catcher in the rye is the greatest book ever written imo. it was the first book of it's kind and nothing comes close to it imo. maybe except for gone with the wind.
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Catcher in the rye is a good one. For some reason I fell in love with The Broker by john grisham. I have no idea why, but it rules.
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To Kill A Mockingbird.
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I haven't read it yet, but I think Physics of the Impossible is going to be quite interesting.
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy or Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
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1984

Also Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison was one of my favorites.
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#12
Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
it probably would be The Brothers Karamazov, but I never got around to finishing it
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i've read too many good books to have a favorite, but here is a list of my favorites

Catcher in the Rye
The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde
the whole series with the name Shannara in it- Terry Brooks
The Stone of Farewell- Tad Williams (gotta read the third book of the trilogy next)
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I don't read much, but my favourite book would have to be The Kite Runner, followed closely by Fahrenheit 451.
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Into The Wild.

It reminds me of myself for some reason...
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The Stone of Farewell- Tad Williams (gotta read the third book of the trilogy next)

wow, I personally hated reading it. I knew while reading and now that it was a good book, but I just didn't like it.

The One Kingdom, by Sean Russell.

I absolutely love this book. I've read it like 5 times and I still figure new stuff out.
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I do take to JD Salinger's entire printed collection quite fondly. The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, and Franny and Zooey are all excellent. Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters and Seymour an Introduction was a rather thick read by comparison, and was generally not too entertaining.
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The Catcher in the Rye is incredibly overrated.

But that's just my opinion.


I agree.
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Catcher in the rye is a good one.

That book was horrible. The main character's dialogue was distracting and the story didn't even go anywhere. I came into this thread thinking i would make a post to NOT read this book.

Do not read The Catcher in the Rye.
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wow, I personally hated reading it. I knew while reading and now that it was a good book, but I just didn't like it.


thats okay you didnt like it. there are a few things that bug me about Willams' series. for one, The Dragonbone Chair took forever to get to the good stuff. Same with To Green Angel Tower- i read almost half of the first part and had to quit, though i intend to start reading it again.

another thing i dislike is the way the world has so many similar mythologies and whatnot as the real world, but some things are just wayyyy too close ie Jesus crucifixion and Aedon Usiries being hung upside down from a tree.

plus the months and days of the week might as well be the same as in English.
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Jennifer Government by Max Barry

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Jarhead would have to be my all time favourite book, it was brilliantly written, and it told a story that you never here.
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the moonlit cage - linda holeman
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the catcher in the rye is the greatest book ever written imo. it was the first book of it's kind and nothing comes close to it imo. maybe except for gone with the wind.


Gone with the Wind would be infinitely better had it not influenced the merciless horde that is Danielle Steele fiction and the millions of other chick novels with 100 pages of explicitly erotic scenes, and ridiculously effervescent and unnatural character attributions.

Now to answer the question... Catcher is excellent, as is The Giver, Brave New World, and of course my personal favourite, Slaughterhouse-Five.
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That book was horrible. The main character's dialogue was distracting and the story didn't even go anywhere. I came into this thread thinking i would make a post to NOT read this book.

Do not read The Catcher in the Rye.



Hmm, distracting you from a dead-end story? What's the problem? Clearly you have missed the "point" of the book.
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Gone with the Wind would be infinitely better had it not influenced the merciless horde that is Danielle Steele fiction and the millions of other chick novels with 100 pages of explicitly erotic scenes, and ridiculously effervescent and unnatural character attributions.


thanks for pointing that out.

i hate the way chicks are all over that stuff, though i guess it's comparable to guys with porn. but you gotta agree, chicks with implants look gross when you see that weird ripple in the boobs.

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Hmm, distracting you from a dead-end story? What's the problem? Clearly you have missed the "point" of the book.


i can't tell whether or not that's sarcastic, but if it's not then i agree.

Holton was mental, which you learn at the end of the book.

i also found the weird "bunny trails" (you follow it to find nothing) were much like how some people are in real life. you talk about one thing, then you get hung up on something and the discussion topic changes completely. it happens in countless threads in The Pit.
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thanks for pointing that out.

i hate the way chicks are all over that stuff, though i guess it's comparable to guys with porn. but you gotta agree, chicks with implants look gross when you see that weird ripple in the boobs.


i can't tell whether or not that's sarcastic, but if it's not then i agree.

Holton was mental, which you learn at the end of the book.

i also found the weird "bunny trails" (you follow it to find nothing) were much like how some people are in real life. you talk about one thing, then you get hung up on something and the discussion topic changes completely. it happens in countless threads in The Pit.


Yes, it's a rather clever way of writing realistically. It's called interior monologue.
The idea is that his thoughts follow a pattern more predictable for REAL people, and therefore it is completely unpredictable as it is decided by millions of ever-changing factors.
It's probably my favorite literary tool...Look up the book Ulysses and I think you will be rather entertained; its stream-of-consciousness style is extremely beautiful and brilliant, and is what we've been discussing it its pure form. Don't bother trying to read the whole thing though, I don't think anyone ever has.

and no I was not being sarcastic
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I really enjoyed "Nineteen Eighty Four". That's probably one of my favourite books. And I was mightily impressed with Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time"
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To Kill A Mockingbird, The Perk by Mark Gimenez and Slash's autobiography.
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Da Vinci Code.


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To Kill a Mockingbird
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