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Old 07-12-2016, 06:24 AM   #81

Eagle in the sky
Honor among thieves
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:43 PM   #82
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Orwell's 1984, which is chilling and will likely never be outdated. Then Golding's Lord of the Flies.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:32 PM   #83
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I own a lot of books, but many are still unread. I'm also very indecisive with these kinds of things, placing any above the rest permanently. However, here's a few I really like, and my reasons why...

Michael Jackson Conspiracy (Aphrodite Jones)

This is probably the most authentic and objective book ever written, about the 2005 trial. Unlike most authors, Mrs. Jones admits up-front she initially believed Michael to be guilty. About a year after the verdict, she began having she got permission from judge Rodney Melville to examine the evidence for herself. Most of the book's narrative consists of direct quotes from the court transcripts, plus Jones' own observations as a journalist and crime investigator. She also worked with Michael's defense attorney Thomas Mesereau, who later contributed the book's foreword. Interestingly enough, Jones self-published the book's first print run, after being refused by every major company. According to her, they all had the same sentiment: "We don't want a pro-Jackson book". This was in 2007, before Michael died and such "vindication" attempts suddenly became popular. Mrs. Jones does reference the 1993 case when it relates to the 2005 trial, but the latter is clearly the book's focus. I have the original hardcover, but an updated paperback edition was released in 2010 with Jones' view on Michael's death and legacy.

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History (Michael Klastorin)

I'm a sucker for books on filmmaking, especially ones dedicated to a specific movie or series of them. I've also been a huge fan of Zemeckis' and Gale's trilogy, since seeing the first one at age eight on TV. This book is phenomenal, with so much information packed into a whopping 224 pages. That doesn't sound like much for a series of three films, but as the sequels' publicist, Michael Klastorin definitely knows his stuff. Gale and Zemeckis contributed as well, along with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Sadly missing (though not surprising) are Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson; most of their involvement is related by others. There's also some great memorabilia in the book, though removing them is tricky since the publishers chose glue over another method of attachment. Among others, the items include reproductions of Doc's 1885 letter, Marty and Doc's festival photo, Lorraine and George's prom picture, Marty's 1955 letter about the Libyans, Doc's sketch of the flux-capacitor, and the 2015 Sports Almanac receipt.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Norman Geisler, Frank Turek)

Among my non-entertainment interests is a recently-developed passion for Christian apologetics, and this book is probably one the best in that regard. The authors take turns with the narrative, working together to explain why (in their view), maintaining an atheistic worldview in light of available contrary evidence requires more focus and concentration. However, they are also quick to point out that no amount of evidence can convince those unwilling to listen. One chapter at a time, they explain things like the nature of truth, whether morality's absolute or relative, the connections between science and faith, and the existence of surviving New Testament manuscripts. There's a lot more to it, but its hard to sum up a 400-page book very simply.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:09 PM   #84
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Book Thief, Flowers to Algernon, the Help
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:07 PM   #85
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Brilliant sci-fi thriller.

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Old 02-23-2017, 10:48 AM   #86
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Planet of Adventure (by Jack Vance)

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Old 03-02-2017, 12:55 AM   #87
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:06 AM   #88
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The Dark Tower series by Stephen King...what a ride.
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:33 AM   #89
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:21 PM   #90
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Quixote's Coop at Bucketheadland
Default The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (1605/1615)

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Old 04-07-2017, 02:15 AM   #91
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I was 13 when I read it in 1992. It was my first "grown up" novel.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:17 PM   #92
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The Stand by Stephen King

It by Stephen King
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:34 PM   #93
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Winter Prey, John Sandford's 5th book in the Lucas Davenport series
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Beast, Peter Benchley
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:10 AM   #94
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Some of my fave books:

The Shining by Stephen King
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:21 PM   #95
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The Passage trilogy Justin Cronin
Secret History Donna Tartt
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:47 PM   #96
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I'm not sure, but these are all in the running:

American Psycho
The Lord of the Rings
Snow Crash
Slaughterhouse Five
Animal Farm
The Wind in the Willows
A Game of Thrones
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:39 PM   #97
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Currently (re)reading the Dune series (on "Children of" now)

My favorite book is "Swan Song" by Robert McCammon
Runner Up is "Battle Circle" by Piers Anthony

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Old 06-11-2019, 08:52 PM   #98
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Probably A Storm of Swords from the ASOIAF series. I don't read a lot.
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:40 AM   #99
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The first time I felt that science was made accessible and exciting, a lot of the credit still goes to my 12th grade physics teacher Mr. Connolly, but Michio Kaku certainly helped in developing my newfound love for physics.

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Misery by Stephen King
The Great Movies by Roger Ebert
The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker
Just Who Will You Be Maria Shriver
My Story by Marilyn Monroe
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Old 09-21-2019, 05:28 PM   #100
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The Vampire Lestat (and the first one, Interview with the Vampire). I'm not the biggest fan of homoerotic characters, but Anne Rice's vampire world is why I wanted to be a vampire (as if) when I was younger. The ability to see empires built and fall, technology develop into something completely new and alien, and see what humans can accomplish would be the most incredible thing in the world.

And you can do that in The Vampire Chronicles.
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