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Loki
03-01-2013, 01:50 AM
Because Evil Dead Junkie pointed out that sometimes it's not by your favorite author.

Raven
03-01-2013, 01:57 AM
http://smcmlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/watership-down-book.jpg

Evil Dead Junkie
03-01-2013, 02:19 AM
Right now its a tie between Watchmen and The Man Who Was Thursday because my taste has schiziophrenia.

I feel weird not having King book in the top. I could say The Stand andit would almost be true. But really it was his whole collection, the way I just used to get lost in his books as a adolescent. All readers seek a story that makes the outside world go away, and King at his best (and often at his not best) just continiously made that happen.

Raven's answer is pretty legit as well.

Googleshng
03-01-2013, 03:00 AM
http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp185/MM2Dylan/RPG%20Characters/Dark%20City/24qqtlc.png

Now, if you'd asked what my favorite book is, that'd be a tricky one.

Grignr
03-01-2013, 03:44 AM
http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/24363-M.jpg

Alternate answer: either Watership Down or The Hobbit, simply because of the nostalgia of youthful readings and that they hold up when read again as an adult,

Evil Dead Junkie
03-01-2013, 04:09 AM
"We are all books of blood. Where ever we're opened we're red."

Balrog
03-01-2013, 08:14 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2f/TheStranger_BookCover3.jpg

shivam
03-01-2013, 08:15 AM
Heat, Bill Buford

ajr82
03-01-2013, 02:14 PM
The one that comes to mind immediately is Catch-22.

Karzac
03-01-2013, 02:20 PM
The Catcher in the Rye. Although Catch-22 is pretty high up there as well.

Isrieri
03-01-2013, 02:30 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6mQUvMync4A/UEBCMfgcbvI/AAAAAAAAByg/ty3VA6DMvg4/s1600/The-Farthest-Shore-Ursula-K-Le-Guin13-lge.jpg

ThricebornPhoenix
03-01-2013, 02:35 PM
Who's your favorite book?
Ron Glass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd_Book).

Okay, okay. My favorite book by a guy who is not a favorite author is definitely The Neverending Story.

BŁge
03-01-2013, 02:37 PM
http://cdn5.brusimm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/FIREFLY-Jaynsetown-Shepherd-Book-hair.jpg

Wolf
03-01-2013, 03:12 PM
It's a close call between The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Once and Future King by T.H. White. Most days, I'd probably say the former, but sometimes it's the latter.

Healy
03-01-2013, 05:24 PM
I think my favorite books right now would the Areas of My Expertise trilogy. I remember spending hours reading almanacs and other assorted dust-bins of useless trivia as a kid, so it's no surprise that I like them so much. If I had to pick just one of them as my favorite, it would probably be the first one, so much simpler than the other two, but then there's the delightfully wacky calendar in More Information Than You Require, and That is All has some wonderful pieces of flash fiction (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1451018&postcount=40).

Behemoth
03-01-2013, 09:19 PM
In my case my favorite book is by my favorite author - Crime and Punishment.

Paul le Fou
03-02-2013, 11:42 PM
The first ones that come to mind are Cloud Atlas and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Although A Song of Ice and Fire might actually be a contender as well.

Parish
03-03-2013, 07:49 AM
I was always partial to the city of Lea Monde, which is a "what," not a "who." But, by extension, I suppose the answer to your question would be Sydney Losstarot, who's connected closely enough to the Gran Grimoire that he probably counts.

reibeatall
03-03-2013, 08:24 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/de/House_of_leaves.jpg/200px-House_of_leaves.jpg

Daikaiju
03-04-2013, 11:13 AM
The Phantom Tollbooth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Great Glass Elevator, Hogfather, Reaper Man, Snuff... so many...

Patrick
03-04-2013, 11:19 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/de/House_of_leaves.jpg/200px-House_of_leaves.jpg

This is not my very favorite book, but it's an excellent answer.

Behemoth
03-04-2013, 12:21 PM
This is not my very favorite book, but it's an excellent answer.

To be fair, I feel like a lot of these books are excellent answers.

shivam
03-04-2013, 12:42 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/de/House_of_leaves.jpg/200px-House_of_leaves.jpg

the first page says "this is not for you"

It was right.

Nodal
03-04-2013, 12:50 PM
This is not my very favorite book, but it's an excellent answer.

reibeatall
03-04-2013, 12:58 PM
the first page says "this is not for you"

It was right.

shivam this really makes me question our friendship

Dizzy
03-04-2013, 07:58 PM
Gonna go with this one:

http://i.imgur.com/zruIpit.jpg

Reasons:


Brilliant literary demonstration of linguistic determinism.
Fascinating experiment in avant-garde conservatism. Presents interesting moral dilemmas.
Rich in detail, character and setting.
Charismatic and morally vexing protagonist.
Inspired an iconic film adaptation--even though the novel is better.
Mercifully short and a breezy read. Fuck your epic doorstoppers.


(This novel was the prototype for all future transgressive fiction written by Easton Ellis, Palahniuk, Selby Jr., Foster Wallace, Welsh, etc. -- and I think it beats them all by not only getting there first but doing it best.)

Grignr
03-05-2013, 04:05 AM
Definitely a book that sticks in your brain, burning strange words into your vocabulary. For me, Watership Down did it much earlier. Once and Future King did something similar for stylized speech patterns; I read that book so many times in middle school, I should have listed it earlier.

For some reason, Anthem's "speelycaptor" really burned in good. But Sapir-Whorf should be its own thread!

Nodal
03-05-2013, 08:27 AM
Christ, if we're talking about written things that change your vocabulary being the best then Achewood is my favorite book. Watership Down is a great book, I'm not sure I have a favorite anymore.

Paul le Fou
03-05-2013, 10:08 PM
The first ones that come to mind are Cloud Atlas and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Although A Song of Ice and Fire might actually be a contender as well.

I also really really loved reading The Night Circus. I'm not saying it's a great book or the best book, but it's one I enjoyed reading more than most others.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Again, just a delight to read.

Nodal
03-06-2013, 07:28 AM
I also really really loved reading The Night Circus. I'm not saying it's a great book or the best book, but it's one I enjoyed reading more than most others.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Again, just a delight to read.

Both solid choices.

Issun
03-11-2013, 05:18 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird Was unimpressed by it in 9th Grade English, read it yearly now.