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  • #16
    1. One book that changed your life
    -- Riverworld (1). Was near death while I was reading it and was fine by the time I finished it.

    2. One book you have read more than once
    -- Low Level Hell (an account of an Air Assault Scout in the Viet Nam war)

    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    4. One book that made you laugh
    5. One book that made you cry
    -- A collection of the Hebrew Canon and the Apostolic Epistles

    6. One book you wish had been written
    -- Watchmen (clarification: as a novel)

    8. One book you are currently reading
    -- The ones I'm writing simultaneously.

    9. One book you have been meaning to read
    -- The collected Germanic Arthurian/Grail/Parsifal tales
    Last edited by Kyrinn S. Eis; 02-29-2008, 06:38 AM. Reason: Clarification on #6
    Ani Maamin B'emunah Sh'leimah B'viyat Hamashiach. V'af al pi sheyitmahmehah im kol zeh achake lo b'chol yom sheyavo.

    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Phillip K. Dick

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    • #17
      1. One book that changed your life

      Constantinople by Night (a Vampire: the Dark Ages Role-Playing Book. Seriously.)

      2. One book you have read more than once

      Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin

      3. One book you would want on a desert island

      the Bible (go figure)

      4. One book that made you laugh

      Hans of Iceland by Victor Hugo. Funniest book ever!

      5. One book that made you cry

      The High King by Lloyd Alexander. What an ending!

      6. One book you wish had been written

      Amber books 11-15 by Roger Zelazny (okay... that's more than 1...)

      7. One book you wish had never had been written

      Your Best Life Now by Joel Olsteen

      8. One book you are currently reading

      Mother London by Michael Moorcock

      9. One book you have been meaning to read

      3 Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
      "Self-discipline and self-knowledge are the key. An individual becomes a unique universe, able to move at will through all the scales of the multiverse - potentially able to control the immediate reality of every scale, every encountered environment."
      --Contessa Rose von Bek, Blood part 4, chapter 12

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      • #18
        1. One book that changed your life

        One of Hugh Walter’s Chris Godfrey novels (can’t remember which one) but with astronomy and the Moon Landings gave me an interest in science, science fiction and much later engineering, which lead to my career, my hobbies (reading SF and going to and organising SF conventions) and meeting my wife.

        2. One book you have read more than once

        Many but the one I have read most is A Wizard of Earthsea – the book that added fantasy to my diet as a nine year old.

        3. One book you would want on a desert island

        Lost: The Ultimate Unofficial Guide

        4. One book that made you laugh

        The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, although pretty much anything Steve Aylett has ever written has made me laugh.

        5. One book that made you cry

        The Bishop’s Heir by Katherine Kurtz

        6. One book you wish had been written

        Manfred, or the Gentleman Houri by Michael Moorcock

        7. One book you wish had never had been written

        Probably The Night of the Triffids

        8. One book you are currently reading

        Fortress of Ice by C J Cherryh and
        Resplendent by Stephen Baxter (I know that’s two but I generally have two on the go at once)

        9. One book you have been meaning to read

        A whole heap (like a lot of people) but Mother London is probably the main one (and I don’t know why I haven’t - I got it in hardback when it came out)
        Statistically 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy.

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        • #19
          1. One book that changed your life

          The Golden Dawn - Israel Regardie

          2. One book you have read more than once

          Elric of Melniboné - Michael Moorcock

          3. One book you would want on a desert island

          How to Survive on a Desert Island or The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga - Swami Vishnu-Devananda

          4. One book that made you laugh

          Couplehood - Paul Reiser

          5. One book that made you cry

          Not sure about that one...

          6. One book you wish had been written

          The Life and Times of Una Persson - Michael Moorcock

          7. One book you wish had never had been written

          Scientology - L Ron Hubbard

          8. One book you are currently reading

          Nine Princes in Amber - Roger Zelazny

          9. One book you have been meaning to read

          The Dirk Gently books - Douglas Adams
          Yuki says, "Krimson used to be known as Kommando, but he rarely uses that name anymore. Sometimes he appears as Krimson Gray as well. Do not be confused, he still loves cats and bagels."

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Talisant View Post

            6. One book you wish had been written
            One explaining what happened to the Amber Room
            Looks like there may be a chance that I get my wish after all!

            http://www.spiegel.de/international/...536358,00.html
            "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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            • #21
              1. One book that changed your life- Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart (changed my perception of life, but so did Moorcock and Zelazny)

              2. One book you have read more than once- Many... Zelazny, Moorcock, Hughart, and Howard...

              3. One book you would want on a desert island- "The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox"

              4. One book that made you laugh- none that I can think of, but I enjoy Zelazny and Hughart's sense of humour...

              5. One book that made you cry- None

              6. One book you wish had been written- I wish Hughart hadn't gotten burnt by the publishing companies, and had kept writing the Master Li series.

              7. One book you wish had never had been written- All books have worth to someone...

              8. One book you are currently reading- None at the moment, I have been attempting to write one.

              9. One book you have been meaning to read- The newer Moorcock stuff that I didn't know existed. (Sorry Mike, I thought you had retired)

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              • #22
                1. One book that changed your life

                In the same way as Star Wars, I have to say The hobbit, but unlike Star Wars I haven't grown to hate it

                2. One book you have read more than once

                Not as many as I'd like, as Im always after something new (commitment issues I guess or naturally unfaithful) but the last book I re-read was Slaughterhouse Five

                3. One book you would want on a desert island

                Too many, but The Sot-weed Factor by John Barth would be the one I guess

                4. One book that made you laugh

                The funniest book I've read is Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut

                5. One book that made you cry

                I'm not sure if any have made me cry or not. I'm sure they have but not for a while so I can't remember. Maybe something like Flowers for Algernon

                6. One book you wish had been written

                The novelization of the Muppet Show written by JG Ballard

                7. One book you wish had never had been written

                I hate many books but I don't wish they hadn't been written - I just wish no one had read them (Harry Potter and the Davinci Code) or took them so seriously (from the Bible to the Communist Manifesto) (well not so seriously that they would impose their beliefs on someone enough that the ends justifies the means)

                8. One book you are currently reading

                Thus Spoke Zarathusa by Nietzsche

                9. One book you have been meaning to read

                War & Peace in the very long term, but more immediately Steppenwolf
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                • #23
                  1. One book that changed your life

                  Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Suzuki

                  2. One book you have read more than once

                  The Tao Te Ching; I'm constantly going back to it.

                  3. One book you would want on a desert island

                  It doesn't matter, as long as it's freakin' huge. That way I can burn it to signal passing ships :p

                  4. One book that made you laugh

                  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

                  5. One book that made you cry

                  Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

                  6. One book you wish had been written

                  I wish FX Toole had lived to finish "Pound for Pound". It was finished for him after his death and the ending is weak.

                  7. One book you wish had never had been written

                  Ethan Frome *shudders*

                  8. One book you are currently reading

                  The Sleeping Sorceress

                  9. One book you have been meaning to read

                  Girl in a Swing by Richard Adams

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                  • #24
                    1. One book that changed your life- Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock (well, I was 10 years old...)

                    2. One book you have read more than once- Dune by Frank Herbert

                    3. One book you would want on a desert island- Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

                    4. One book that made you laugh- Oh, I don't know. I laugh at lots of stuff.

                    5. One book that made you cry- Watership Down by Richard Adams

                    6. One book you wish had been written- Why I Was Assassinated by John F. Kennedy

                    7. One book you wish had never had been written- Nah, write more books.

                    8. One book you are currently reading- The Open Society and its Enemies by Karl Popper

                    9. One book you have been meaning to read- The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan

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                    • #25
                      1.One book that changed your life

                      Marvel Conan #1 (it moved me from reading just comics to reading actual books by introducing me the Conan stories)

                      2.One book you have read more than once

                      95% of the books I own

                      3.One book you would want on a desert island

                      LOTR or any of the Omnibus editions of MM's heroes (need a lot of material)

                      4.One book that made you laugh.

                      Sherman's Rape of the A.P.E. or any of Laumer's Retief collections

                      5.One book that made you cry

                      Love Story (so I was a sentimental high school schnook when it came out)

                      6.One book you wish had been written

                      Any book that finishes off any series that has left me hanging over tthe years. Herbert's Dune (and I don't mean any dreck his son may put out with that other hack), Green's Wandor, etc.

                      7.One book you wish had never been written

                      While I respect the written word and feel that almost everything has a place if I had to pick one it would probably be The Turner Diaries

                      8.One book you are currently reading

                      Not 1, 3. Mosley' Fear of the Dark, Parker's Rough Weather and The Essential Dr. Strange Vol. 2

                      9.One book you have been meaning to read

                      All the ones that have piled up while I recovred from my stroke

                      herb
                      herb

                      Man spends his time on devising a more idiot proof computer. The universe spends its time devising bigger idiots. So far the universe is winning.

                      http://www.wolfshead.net/wolfshowl


                      http://www.wolfshead.net/books

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                      • #26
                        1. One book that changed your life

                        The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson.

                        2. One book you have read more than once

                        The Prose Edda...

                        3. One book you would want on a desert island

                        hm...I'd have to say the Elric Saga by our favorite author.

                        4. One book that made you laugh

                        The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

                        5. Book(s) that made you cry

                        Eragon and Eldest because they were so bad. Actually, no I didn't cry, but they were pretty bad.

                        6. One book you wish had been written

                        More full-length Conan novels.

                        7. One book you wish had never had been written

                        Harry Potter

                        8. One book you are currently reading

                        "Gnosticism and other Vanished Christianities" by Richard Valantasis

                        9. One book you have been meaning to read

                        There are so many books I've been meaning to read, but just haven't gotten around to them. But I would have to say the Saga of the Volsungs.

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                        • #27
                          had to have a go at this but failed miserably

                          1. One book that changed your life - no book has changed my life by itself

                          2. One book you have read more than once - OED

                          3. One book you would want on a desert island - OED

                          4. One book that made you laugh - OED

                          5. One book that made you cry - OED

                          6. One book you wish had been written - THGTTG

                          7. One book you wish had never had been written - ULYSSES

                          8. One book you are currently reading - OED

                          9. One book you have been meaning to read - ULYSSES
                          A: Yes.

                          > Q: Are you sure?

                          >> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.

                          >>> Q: Why is top posting annoying?

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                          • #28
                            1. One book that changed your life - Atlas Shrugged

                            2. One book you have read more than once - Many... too many to list ranging from MM works, (many of which I have read 10 + times) to Leiber,Feist, Jordan, Tolkein, Salvatore, Rand, Huxley, Orwell, Buck, Twain, Poe, etc, ad infinitum.

                            3. One book you would want on a desert island - The Bible (King James version)

                            4. One book that made you laugh - Gloriana

                            5. One book that made you cry - No books have made me cry as of yet

                            6. One book you wish had been written - The Necronomicon (the real one not Lovecrafts' novel)

                            7. One book you wish had never had been written - The Bible

                            8. One book you are currently reading - Gloriana

                            9. One book you have been meaning to read - City of God or De Civitate Dei contra Paganos by St. Augustine
                            "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." -Robert A. Heinlein

                            "If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I will help you become that." -Johann Wolfgang Goethe

                            "Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind." -Thomas Jefferson

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                            • #29
                              1. One book that changed your life
                              JRR Tolkien - The Hobbit
                              2. One book you have read more than once
                              Lewis Carroll - The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll
                              3. One book you would want on a desert island
                              Robert E. Howard - DelRey's run
                              4. One book that made you laugh
                              Bruce Campbell - Make love!--the Bruce Campbell way
                              5. One book that made you cry

                              Ed Greenwood & Troy Denning - Death of the Dragon
                              6. One book you wish had been written

                              George R.R. Martin - Wildcard
                              7. One book you wish had never had been written

                              William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
                              8. One book you are currently reading

                              R.A. Salvatore - Exile
                              9. One book you have been meaning t
                              o read

                              Edward Rice - Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton


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                              • #30
                                1. One book that changed your life
                                "I am a legend" Richard Matheson.

                                2. One book you have read more than once
                                Works of Edgard Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant and Michael Moorcock.

                                3. One book you would want on a desert island
                                Works of William Shakespiere.

                                4. One book that made you laugh
                                "Snarf's quest" a hilarous comics.

                                5. One book that made you cry
                                "I am a legend" Richard Matheson.

                                6. One book you wish had been written
                                "The dreaming city" Michael Moorcock.

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

                                8. One book you are currently reading
                                "Mother London" Michael Moorcock.

                                9. One book you have been meaning to read
                                Works of William Shakespiere.
                                Papi

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