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  • The Bible
  • LOTR
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Any Stephen King Book
  • Any Dickens Book
  • Stormie Omartian Books
  • Frankenstein Series - Dean Koontz
  • Narnia - CS Lewis
  • 1984
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“Brains are wonderful,”

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I wish everyone had one.

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Jan 30, 2013
 
milwaukee69 wrote:
Stephen King's latest short story, "Guns" is an excellent read.
Any of his books are at the top of my list.
Give Nelson DeMille a try.
The Lion's Game and The Panther, great books. Packed full of smart humor, spy's, conspiracies, a real page turner.

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Jan 30, 2013
 
QuiteCrazy wrote:
A Clockwork Orange!!! <squirrels head spins around her shoulders like in OMEN>No way!! Are you serious?!?!
Excellently written. Great book :D

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Jan 30, 2013
 
An Intro to A Clockwork Orange;

<quoted text>
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (UK Version)
by ANTHONY BURGESS
Contents
Introduction (A Clockwork Orange Resucked)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Glossary of Nadsat Language
Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917 and was a graduate
of the University there. After six years in the Army he worked
as an instructor for the Central Advisory Council for Forces
Education, as a lecturer in Phonetics and as a grammar school
master. From 1954 till 1960 he was an education officer in the
Colonial Service, stationed in Malaya and Brunei. He has been
called one of the very few literary geniuses of our time.
Certainly he borrowed from no other literary source than himself.
That source produced thirty-two novels, a volume of verse, two
plays, and sixteen works of nonfiction-together with countless
music compositions, including symphonies, operas, and jazz. His
most recent work was A Mouthful of Air: Language,
Languages...Especially English. Anthony Burgess died in 1993.
Introduction
A Clockwork Orange Resucked
I first published the novella A Clockwork Orange in 1962, which
ought to be far enough in the past for it to be erased from the
world's literary memory. It refuses to be erased, however, and
for this the film version of the book made by Stanley Kubrick may
be held chiefly responsible. I should myself be glad to disown
it for various reasons, but this is not permitted. I receive
mail from students who try to write theses about it or requests
from Japanese dramaturges to turn
It into a sort of Noh play. It seems likely to survive, while
other works of mine that I value more bite the dust. This is not
an unusual experience for an artist. Rachmaninoff used to groan
because he was known mainly for a Prelude in C Sharp Minor which
he wrote as a boy, while the works of his maturity never got into
the programmes. Kids cut their pianistic teeth on a Minuet in G
which Beethoven composed only so that he could detest it. I have
to go on living with A Clockwork Orange, and this means I have a
sort of authorial duty to it. I have a very special duty to it
in the United States, and I had better now explain what this duty
is.
Let me put the situation baldly. A Clockwork Orange has never
been published entire in America. The book I wrote is divided
into three sections of seven chapters each. Take out your pocket
calculator and you will find that these add up to a total of
twenty-one chapters. 21 is the symbol for human maturity, or
used to be, since at 21 you got the vote and assumed adult
responsibility. Whatever its symbology, the number 21 was the
number I started out with. Novelists of my stamp are interested
in what is called arithmology, meaning that number has to mean
something in human terms when they handle it.
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I love Nadsat :)

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Jan 30, 2013
 
Best Stephen King Book Preface;

<quoted text>
A PREFACE IN TWO PARTS - Part 1.
PART l: TO BE READ BEFORE PURCHASE
There are a couple of things you need to know about this version of The Stand right away, even before you leave the bookstore. For that reason I hope I've caught you early--hopefully standing there by the K section of new fiction, with your other purchases tucked under your arm and the book open in front of you. In other words, I hope I've caught you while your wallet is still safely in your pocket. Ready? Okay; thanks. I promise to be brief. First, this is not a new novel. If you hold misapprehensions on that score, let them be dispelled right here and right now, while you are still a safe distance from the cash register which will take money out of your pocket and put it in mine. The Stand was originally published over ten years ago. Second, this is not a brand-new, entirely different version of The Stand. You will not discover old characters behaving in new ways, nor will the course of the tale branch off at some point from the old narrative, taking you, Constant Reader, in an entirely different direction.
This version of The Stand is an expansion of the original novel. As I've said, you won't find old characters behaving in strange new ways, but you will discover that almost all of the characters were, in the book's original form, doing more things, and if I didn't think some of those things were interesting-- perhaps even enlightening--I would never have agreed to this project. If this is not what you want, don't buy this book. If you have bought it already, I hope you saved your sales receipt. The bookshop where you made your purchase will want it before granting you credit or a cash refund. If this expansion is something you want, I invite you to come along with me just a little farther. I have lots to tell you, and I think we can talk better around the corner.
In the dark.
<end quoted text>
Tbc...

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Jan 30, 2013
 
Cont...

Part 2.

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If all of the story is there, one might ask, then why bother? Isn't it indulgence after all? It better not be; if it is, then I have spent a large portion of my life wasting my time. As it happens, I think that in really good stories, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. If that were not so, the following would be a perfectly acceptable version of "Hansel and Gretel":
Hansel and Gretel were two children with a nice father and a nice mother.
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Tbc...

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Jan 30, 2013
 
Cont...

Part 2.

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The nice mother died, and the father married a bitch. The bitch wanted the kids out of the way so she'd have more money to spend on herself. She bullied her spineless, soft-headed hubby into taking Hansel and Gretel into the woods and killing them. The kids' father relented at the last moment, allowing them to live so they could starve to death in the woods instead of dying quickly and mercifully at the blade of his knife. While they were wandering around, they found a house made out of candy. It was owned by a witch who was into cannibalism. She locked them up and told them that when they were good and fat, she was going to eat them. But the kids got the best of her. Hansel shoved her into her own oven. They found the witch's treasure, and they must have found a map, too, because they eventually arrived home again. When they got there, Dad gave the bitch the boot and they lived happily ever after.
The End.
I don't know what you think, but for me, that version's a loser. The story is there, but it's not elegant. It's like a Cadillac with the chrome stripped off and the paint sanded down to dull metal. It goes somewhere, but it ain't, you know, boss.
I haven't restored all four hundred of the missing pages; there is a difference between doing it up right and just being downright vulgar. Some of what was left on the cutting room floor when I turned in the truncated version deserved to be left there, and there it remains. Other things, such as Frannie's confrontation with her mother early in the book, seem to add that richness and dimension which I, as a reader, enjoy deeply. Returning to "Hansel and Gretel" for just a moment, you may remember that the wicked stepmother demands that her husband bring her the hearts of the children as proof that the hapless woodcutter has done as she has ordered. The woodcutter demonstrates one dim vestige of intelligence by bringing her the hearts of two rabbits. Or take the famous trail of breadcrumbs Hansel leaves behind, so he and his sister can find their way back. Thinking dude! But when he attempts to follow the backtrail, he finds that the birds have eaten it. Neither- of these bits are strictly essential to the plot, but in another way they make the plot they are great and magical bits of storytelling. They change what could have been a dull piece of work into a tale which has charmed and terrified readers for over a hundred years.
I suspect nothing added here is as good as Hansel's trail of breadcrumbs, but I have always regretted the fact that no one but me and a few in-house readers at Doubleday ever met that maniac who simply calls himself The Kid ... or witnessed what happens to him outside a tunnel which counterpoints another tunnel half a continent away-the Lincoln Tunnel in New York, which two of the characters negotiate earlier in the story.
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Cont...

Part 2.
<quoted text>
So here is The Stand, Constant Reader, as its author originally intended for it to roll out of the showroom. All its chrome is now intact, for better or for worse. And the final reason for presenting this version is the simplest. Although it has never been my favorite novel, it is the one people who like my books seem to like the most. When I speak (which is as rarely as possible), people always speak to me about The Stand. They discuss the characters as though they were living people, and ask frequently, "What happened to so-and-so?" ... as if I got letters from them every now and again. I am inevitably asked if it is ever going to be a movie. The answer, by the way, is probably yes. Will it be a good one? I don't know. Bad or good, movies nearly always have a strange, diminishing effect on works of fantasy (of course there are exceptions; The Wizard of Oz is an example which springs immediately to mind). In discussions, people are willing to cast various parts endlessly. I've always thought Robert Duval would make a splendid Randall Flagg, but I've heard people suggest such people as Clint Eastwood, Bruce Dern, and Christopher Walken. They all sound good, just as Bruce Springsteen would seem to make an interesting Larry Underwood, if he ever chose to try acting (and, based on his videos, I think he would do very well ... although my personal choice would be Marshall Crenshaw). But in the end, I think it's perhaps best for Stu, Larry, Glen, Frannie, Ralph, Tom Cullen, Lloyd, and that dark fellow to belong to the reader, who will visualize them through the lens of imagination in a vivid and constantly changing way no camera can duplicate. Movies, after all, are only an illusion of motion comprised of thousands of still photographs. The imagination, however, moves with its own tidal flow. Films, even the best of them, freeze fiction--anyone who has ever seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and then reads Ken Kesey's novel will find it hard or impossible not to see Jack Nicholson's face on Randle Patrick McMurphy. That is not necessarily bad ... but it is limiting. The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way. Finally, I write for only two reasons: to please myself and to please others.
In returning to this long tale of dark Christianity, I hope I have done both.
October 24, 1989
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The Dome is also a great one :D

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Jan 30, 2013
 
magictrix wrote:
I recently read Justin Cronin's "The Passage" and "The Twelve", and one of my all time favorites is King's "The Stand", it you like post apocolyptic fiction.
Harlan Coben's books about his character Myron Bolitar, and Myron's best friend and partner Win, are fantastic. Good mysteries with a lot of humor thrown in. The dialogue between Myron and Win is fantastic. Coben also has some very good stand alone novels. Read him....you won't be sorry!!
http://www.harlancoben.com/
Great thread, Juicylu.
Thanx <3

"The Stand" is a work of art. I can't think of a book by Justin Cronin that I've read, I'll check him out :)

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#31
Jan 30, 2013
 
Other great books that come to mind are; Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and the Witching Hour series by Anne Rice.
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I have shelves and shelves of King (I think I like the gunslinger series best of all his books), Koontz & Rice at home. All worthy reads.

My all time favorite book is the Outsiders by SE Hinton.

Recently I've veered off my norm and have been reading the Joshua novels by Joseph Girzone. They're pretty good for religious type novels (and I'm not particularly religious).

I guess I'll read just about anything except romance novels (but I did read the Shades of Grey books at my friends insistance. Not terrible if you don't mind reading books that read like they were written by a teenager.)

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Juicylu wrote:
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Thanx <3
"The Stand" is a work of art. I can't think of a book by Justin Cronin that I've read, I'll check him out :)
Check out Coben, too. You won't be sorry.

Here's the preface from Promise Me, one of my favorites.

First, a brief note from the author…

Dear Smart, Well-Read, and Oh-So-Attractive Reader,

You know what colloquialism I hate?

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

How dumb. What does that mean exactly? You’re at,
say, a friend’s birthday party. They start cutting up the cake. They ask you
if you want a piece. Do you take a slice but not eat it?

It doesn’t make any sense.

That was the feeling I had when, after six years, an
idea-a terrific idea-came to me. And even better, it was an idea for an old
friend. A guy named Myron Bolitar.

I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. I wanted to
write a gut-wrenching suspense thriller that would top all of my
stand-alones. And I wanted to write a book that would be uniquely Myron.

I think I did that with Promise Me.

It has been six years since I wrote a Myron Bolitar
book. I have skipped six years in his life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve
never met him before or if he’s an old friend. Promise Me is the book to
begin with.

So turn the page. It starts with a shocking
discovery ... and then there’s that promise....

-H.C.

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