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  • A book survey...

    Please let us know:

    1. One book that changed your life
    2. One book you have read more than once
    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    4. One book that made you laugh
    5. One book that made you cry
    6. One book you wish had been written
    7. One book you wish had never had been written
    8. One book you are currently reading
    9. One book you have been meaning to read

    Write as much or a little as you like (but preferably the former).
    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  • #2
    1. One book that changed your life
    Tolstoy’s The Gospel in Brief (the Hapgood translation)

    2. One book you have read more than once
    Voltaire’s Zadig

    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    That definitive book on how to survive on a desert island

    4. One book that made you laugh
    Plus-X (expanded into “the Space Willies”)

    5. One book that made you cry
    Kelder’s French Impressionism (weighty tome, landed on my toe)

    6. One book you wish had been written
    One explaining what happened to the Amber Room

    7. One book you wish had never had been written
    Mein Kampf

    8. One book you are currently reading
    The Clipper of the Clouds

    9. One book you have been meaning to read
    The Metatemporal Detective
    Last edited by Talisant; 12-22-2007, 02:40 AM. Reason: mis-read the question
    "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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    • #3
      1. One book that changed your life
      The Girl Next Door
      2. One book you have read more than once
      Animal Farm
      3. One book you would want on a desert island
      Some sort of survival guide
      4. One book that made you laugh
      A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
      5. One book that made you cry
      Black and Blue
      6. One book you wish had been written
      Joan of Arc's
      autobiography
      7. One book you wish had never had been written
      Can not think of one
      8. One book you are currently reading
      The Executioner's Song
      9. One book you have been meaning to read
      War and Peace
      Chicken Little is alive and well. He works at CNN.

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      • #4
        1. One book that changed your life
        In Conflict and Order: An introduction to Sociology by Stan Eitzen

        2. One book you have read more than once
        Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

        3. One book you would want on a desert island
        Aside from a survival guide (as mentioned by others)
        House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

        4. One book that made you laugh
        Atom by Steve Aylett

        5. One book that made you cry
        The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

        6. One book you wish had been written
        A sequel to Breakfast in the Ruins

        7. One book you wish had never had been written
        Any superfluous edition of a textbook that drives up prices for students

        8. One book you are currently reading
        White Chapell, Scarlett Tracings by Ian Sinclair

        9. One book you have been meaning to read
        Are you kidding? Pick one out of the pile. How about The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, by Jeffrey Ford.

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        • #5
          One book that changed your life
          The Autobiography Of A Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.

          One book you have read more than once
          Elric Of Melnibone’

          One book you would want on a desert island
          How To Make A Woman Out Of Sand.

          One book that made you laugh
          The Bible.

          One book that made you cry
          The Construction Safety Association Of Ontario 1991 edition.

          One book you wish had been written
          Documents Of Alien Visitation On Earth.

          One book you wish had never been written
          The Holy Curran.

          One book you are currently reading
          The Metatemporal Detective

          One book you have been meaning to read
          The Laughter Of Carthage.

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          • #6
            One book that changed your life.
            Druidism


            One book you have read more than once
            The Elric saga.

            One book you would want on a desert island.
            Anything fantasy by any of my favourite authors.

            One book that made you laugh
            The Bible.

            One book that made you cry
            Harry Potter. Dumbledore died. :(

            One book you wish had been written
            Documents Of Alien Visitation On Earth.

            One book you wish had never been written
            Anything by Pat Robertson...

            One book you are currently reading
            The gothic bible.

            One book you have been meaning to read
            The history of Nastrodamus. And The Labyrinth graphic novel!!!
            They're all true... Especially the lies.

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            • #7
              1. One book that changed your life

              Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

              2. One book you have read more than once

              At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

              3. One book you would want on a desert island

              The Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs since it could be read in more than one way and would hold up well to many rereads consequently.

              4. One book that made you laugh

              Glover Undercover - Introducing the Sensuous Cop by Gary Blumberg

              5. One book that made you cry

              Iron Council by China Mieville

              6. One book you wish had been written

              Another Mathew Swain book by the late Mike McQuay

              7. One book you wish had never had been written

              Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard

              8. One book you are currently reading

              In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford

              9. One book you have been meaning to read

              A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
              Last edited by Dead-Air; 12-22-2007, 10:38 PM.
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              • #8
                1. One book that changed your life
                Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson

                2. One book you have read more than once
                The Elric Saga

                3. One book you would want on a desert island
                The Illiad

                4. One book that made you laugh
                The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

                5. One book that made you cry
                Of Mice and Men

                6. One book you wish had been written
                American Foreign Policy: A Proposal for Ethical Change

                7. One book you wish had never had been written
                Mein Kampf

                8. One book you are currently reading
                Anarchism by Woodcock

                9. One book you have been meaning to read
                Byzantium Endures
                Kevin McCabe
                The future is there, looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become. William Gibson

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                • #9
                  1. One book that changed your life
                  Guess I have to say The Bible.

                  2. One book you have read more than once
                  Elric of Melniboné - although there's quite a few other books (some even non-Moorcock) I could have picked.

                  3. One book you would want on a desert island
                  Yeah, The Desert Islander's Survival Guide would be quite useful I guess, but in terms of reading for pleasure probably The Lord of the Rings.

                  4. One book that made you laugh
                  So Long And Thanks For All The Fish - I made the mistake of reading the first four chapters in the library and laughed so hard it's a wonder I wasn't kicked out.

                  5. One book that made you cry
                  The House at Pooh Corner - more specifically, the final chapter when Christopher Robin and Pooh got to an enchanted corner of the Hundred Acre Wood and we say goodbye.

                  6. One book you wish had been written
                  Heaven's Gate by Michael Moorcock (for BFI Classics).

                  7. One book you wish had never had been written
                  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - the Star Wars for my daughter's generation and chosen for similar reasons (see my responses to the film survey).

                  8. One book you are currently reading
                  The Distant Suns - although also Watership Down with my daughter.

                  9. One book you have been meaning to read
                  Like Doc, you should see my 'Books to read' pile! I'll settle for Gloriana though.
                  _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                  _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                  _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                  _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                  • #10
                    1. A book that changed your life
                    I second The Bible. For those that haven't read it, its changed your life anyway.

                    2. A book you have read more than once
                    That will be The Bible again. Or The Watchman. You can choose.

                    3. A book you would want on a desert island
                    Outdoor Survival Handbook: A Guide To The Resources And Materials Available In The Wild And How To Use Them For Food, Shelter,Warmth And Navigation by Raymond Mears. I think self-explainatory.

                    4. A book that made you laugh
                    Wilt by Tom Sharpe. Near wet myself. The film was very funny too, making it one of the few cases of both a good book and film.

                    5. A book that made you cry
                    The Grey King by Susan Cooper. I was quite young at the time...

                    6. A book you wish had been written
                    Anything more from Roger Zelazny. Died too young.

                    7. A book you wish had never had been written
                    The Wishstone of Shannera. 'Nuff said.

                    8. The book you are currently reading
                    My Experiences in the Third World War by Michael Moorcock. A bit more off than on, as I'm 'midst building my kitchen, which is turning into a nightmare job. But I could type for ages on that!

                    9. A book you have been meaning to read
                    The Metatemporal Detective. Its on order...
                    Last edited by Rothgo; 12-24-2007, 02:24 AM.

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                    • #11
                      ...

                      Nice questions!

                      1. One book that changed your life

                      Knight of the Swords (got me into MM at age 10)

                      2. One book you have read more than once

                      Foucault's Pendulum (many times more than once)

                      3. One book you would want on a desert island

                      Encyclopedia Britannica or "Teach Yourself Mandarin Chinese"

                      4. One book that made you laugh

                      [I don't laugh out loud: I like wit, so most Terry Prachett stuff]

                      5. One book that made you cry

                      Catch 22

                      6. One book you wish had been written

                      A follow-up to Lord of the Rings

                      7. One book you wish had never had been written

                      The Mormon Bible (I have literally torn this up wiped my butt with it), or Hesse's "Steppenwolf"

                      8. One book you are currently reading

                      Dr Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen

                      9. One book you have been meaning to read

                      MM's Mother London (it's in a box somewhere...)

                      Can I add a 10th question?

                      10. One worthy book you keep trying to read, but just can't get into?

                      Saul Bellow - Herzog. I've started this then given up about 6 times now.

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                      • #12
                        Ok Kids here goes-
                        1.One book that changed your life
                        Song of Phaid the gambler-Mick Farren(got me into reading in the first place)
                        2.One book you have read more than once
                        Mother London
                        3.One book you would want on a desert island
                        The complete guide of how to make whisky out of sand and sea water.
                        4.One book that made you laugh
                        The Book of Dave-Will Self
                        5.One book that made you cry
                        Sleep has its house-Anna Kavan
                        6.One book you wish had been written
                        The Art of Peace-Sun Tzu.
                        7.One book you wish had never been written
                        The Koran.
                        8.One book you are currently reading
                        Doctor Faustus-Thomas Mann
                        9.One book you have been meaning to read
                        How Language Works-David Crystal.
                        "I hate to advocate drugs,alcohol,violence or insanity to anyone,but they've always worked for me"

                        Hunter S Thompson

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                        • #13
                          1. One book that changed your life
                          Alan Garner's "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" - fantasy written for children that didn't patronise them. Exciting, brilliant and bizarre.

                          2. One book you have read more than once
                          John Ericcson's "Road to Stalingrad/Road to Berlin". The absolutely definitive account of the "Great Patriotic War"

                          3. One book you would want on a desert island
                          Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" - On a desert island there would hopefully be no distractions so I could concentrate.

                          4. One book that made you laugh
                          Iain Banks' "Espedair Street". Iain Banks write conversations between pissed people second to none.

                          5. One book that made you cry
                          "Across the Red River" by Christian Jennings - his account of the Rwandan genocide.

                          6. One book you wish had been written
                          Milton Friedmann's "How I Convinced Society That Economic Rationalism is The One True Path to Happiness While I sold Humanity Out to Corporate Greed"

                          7. One book you wish had never had been written
                          I don't believe there are books that should not have been written, only those that should not be read. With that in mind, "The Bible"

                          8. One book you are currently reading
                          Alan Garner's "Strandloper". Brilliant, evocative, sensitive. Combines History, magic, language and folklore (British and Australian Aboriginal) in a seamless blend.

                          9. One book you have been meaning to read
                          Philip Pullman's "The Golden Compass"
                          Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.
                          Bakunin

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                          • #14
                            1. One book that changed your life

                            The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant: Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson

                            2. One book you have read more than once

                            Dune

                            3. One book you would want on a desert island

                            How To Survive Indefinitely On Desert Islands; An Illustrated Guide

                            4. One book that made you laugh

                            Cemetary World (Clifford D. Simak)

                            5. One book that made you cry

                            Closest I ever got was at the end of the original Dragonlance books when I was 15, I wanted to cry but couldnt - hah!

                            6. One book you wish had been written

                            The Truth About Everything by anonymous

                            7. One book you wish had never been written

                            Can't think of one

                            8. One book you are currently reading

                            Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock

                            9. One book you have been meaning to read

                            Roadside Picnic (Arkady & Boris Strugatsky)

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                            • #15
                              1. One book that changed your life
                              "The Stranger" by Albert Camus

                              2. One book you have read more than once
                              "The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon

                              3. One book you would want on a desert island
                              "The Complete Stories" by Flannery O'Connor

                              4. One book that made you laugh
                              "The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut

                              5. One book that made you cry
                              "The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut

                              6. One book you wish had been written
                              Pass on this one until I'm feeling more clever.

                              7. One book you wish had never had been written
                              "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand

                              8. One book you are currently reading
                              "Daughter of Hounds" by Kaitlin Kiernan

                              9. One book you have been meaning to read
                              "The Bhagavad Gita"
                              Last edited by Boxcar Sanford; 01-29-2008, 09:00 PM.
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