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  • #31
    Originally posted by Papi View Post
    6. One book you wish had been written
    "The dreaming city" Michael Moorcock.
    _"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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    • #32
      1.One book that changed your life Thomas Convenant series

      2.One book you have read more than once As above as well as 'Forgotten Life' Brian Aldiss and 'Wyrms' by OS Card

      3.One book you would want on a desert island Most of the Greek classics

      4.One book that made you laugh I can't remember who wrote it now but it had to do with the 7 sins

      5.One book that made you cry none so far but I was moved by 'The Books of Days' by Stephen Rivelle

      6.One book you wish had been written How to be a real human

      7.One book you wish had never been written *shrugs*

      8.One book you are currently reading 'Metamorphoses' by Ovid & 'Gathering the Bones' anthology

      9.One book you have been meaning to read 'On the nature of the Universe' by Lucretius

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      • #33
        1. One book that changed your life
        The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book
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        2. One book you have read more than once
        Pilgermann- Russell Hoban
        3. One book you would want on a desert island
        Something comprehensive on prehistory/ancient history in several volumes
        4. One book that made you laugh
        The 'Human Pony Handbook' 978-1890159993
        5. One book that made you cry
        Gormenghast- Mervyn Peake when ***SPOILER ALERT*** Fuschia died
        6. One book you wish had been written
        Unaussprechlichen Kulten by von Junzt
        7. One book you wish had never had been written
        Rhubarb by Craig Silvey
        Meet Eleanor Rigby - tiny, blind and left behind. Led by her zealous, overprotective guide dog, Warren, she courses constantly through the places she knows. Tired, mired and sequestered from the world, Eleanor can't shirk the feeling she's going nowhere slowly. Until, of course, she recognises something in the sound of Ewan Dempsey, reclusive and compulsive maker and player of cellos, who impels in Eleanor a rare moment of caprice...
        Or maybe Cloudstreet by Tim Winton:
        Cloudstreet: a broken-down house of former glories on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories of its own, a place of shudders and shadows and spirits. From separate catastrophes, two families flee to the city and find themselves sharing this great sighing structure and beginning their lives again from scratch. Together they roister and rankle in a house that begins as a roof over their heads and becomes a home for their hearts. '"Imagine Neighbours" being taken over by the writing team of John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and you'll be close to the heart of Winton's impressive tale' - "Time Out". 'Winton is just one of the best' - "Independent".
        8. One book you are currently reading
        The New Lovecraft Circle RM Price ed.
        9. One book you have been meaning to read
        Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Testimony by Miklos Nyszli
        Last edited by Rothgo; 06-10-2010, 02:49 AM.
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        • #34
          1. One book that changed your life
          The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell.

          2. One book you have read more than once
          Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress

          3. One book you would want on a desert island
          Probably some gratuitous art pamphlet featuring fantasy women - well it is a desert island!

          4. One book that made you laugh
          The Buddha collection - Osamu Tezuka.

          5. One book that made you cry
          The Buddha collection - Osamu Tezuka

          6. One book you wish had been written
          Lavish Coffee table illustrated day to day account of Hawkwind's 1972 Space Ritual Shows

          7. One book you wish had never had been written
          My Factory's rule book, a literary wonder in wage slavery

          8. One book you are currently reading
          Beating the Devil - Tony Earnshaw

          9. One book you have been meaning to read
          The Emperor and the Wolf - Stuart Galbraith

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          • #35
            1. One book that changed your life

            There have been many. Moby Dick for the descriptions of Ahab's madness and the preacher's recounting of the story of Jonah and how he could not escape his problems; Walden for it's descriptions of the simple life; The Gulag Archipelago for opening my eyes to the horror of the world. Plato's Dialogues for helping me to understand logic and reasoning.


            2. One book you have read more than once

            The Hobbit. It's a simple and fun book. Also Lord Foul's Bane, The Illearth War and The Power that Preserves. And too many others


            3. One book you would want on a desert island

            Anything by Gene Wolfe, Robert E Howard or HP Lovecraft and of course Michael Moorcock. Ah, maybe Homer could tag along too...


            4. One book that made you laugh

            When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops by George Carlin and any Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser adventure by Fritz Leiber.


            5. One book that made you cry

            The Gulag Archipelago and at times The Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe.


            6. One book you wish had been written

            The one I wrote that made me rich and famous - well mostly rich


            7. One book you wish had never had been written

            I will not say as I don't wish to offend any who may have liked that one obscure work that I may mention.


            8. One book you are currently reading

            Swords Against Death and Silas Marner


            9. One book you have been meaning to read

            Not sure. I always feel like I am running out of things to read.



            I know I have put multiple entries in here and I apologize for cheating on my survey , but there are so many books that fit into these categories that I was struggling to omit any. As with most of you, I have read so much that has touched my life in some way and would carry them all to that desert island if I could.
            When they had advanced together to meet on common
            ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
            and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
            each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
            mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
            killing, and the ground ran with blood.

            Homer, The Illiad

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            • #36
              1. One Book That Changed Your Life:
              The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced me to the TRUTH about the "American Dream." Best last sentence ever written, IMHO. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

              2. One Book That You've Read More Than Once.
              The Unteleported Man by Philip K. Dick. I've read three different
              versions, all fantastic.

              3.One Book You Would Read on A Desert Island.
              Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton. Maybe it would contain
              a formula for getting me off the desert island!

              4.One Book That Made You Laugh.
              Puddin'head Wilson by Mark Twain. I laughed so loud, my father almost
              crashed the car.

              5. One Book That Made You Cry.
              Friday by Robert Heinlein. I don't remember why.

              6. One Book You Wish Had Been Written.
              Not a book-a television screenplay. Demon on the Run by Harlan Ellison,
              meant to be produced as an episode of "Babylon 5." Robert Culp had even agreed
              to reprise his role as "Trent."

              7. One Book You Wish Had Never Been Written.
              The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Lying Tsarist anti-semitic crap!

              8. One Book You Are Currently Reading.
              Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner.

              9. One Book You Have Been Meaning to Read.
              Courage Under Fire: Tales of Bravery From The Battlefields of the Civil War by Wiley Sword. It's been sitting on my "to read" shelf
              for a year, along with a book about Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Campaign. I just haven't gotten to either one---yet.

              10. (Unofficial) One Book You Are Writing.
              Saga of the Serpent Swords. For those who enjoyed my entry in this year's story challenge (and there seem to be over 400 of you), this is the novel about the Final War and the struggle between Nyren Halff and Maxnar the Black. It's finished, but I'm doing a massive rewrite. Should be completed in early 2010. FYI.
              Last edited by WhiteWolf359; 08-25-2009, 06:22 PM. Reason: Ask Nessus
              Lord Warshaw the Unknown

              "Except in dreams, you're never really free." Warren Zevon, Desperados Under the Eaves.

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              • #37
                1. One book that changed your life
                Modern Architecture by Kenneth Frampton
                2. One book you have read more than once
                Pompey by Jonathan Meades
                3. One book you would want on a desert island
                Austerlitz by WG Sebald
                4. One book that made you laugh
                The Chinese Agent by Michael Moorcock
                5. One book that made you cry
                Mother London by Michael Moorcock
                6. One book you wish had been written
                The Heroic Feats and Extraordinary Career of Duncan Dalgleish
                7. One book you wish had never had been written
                No such thing
                8. One book you are currently reading
                Kingdom Come by JG Ballard
                9. One book you have been meaning to read
                Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence

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                • #38
                  1. One book that changed your life

                  The Sleeping Sorceress. My first MM book.


                  2. One book you have read more than once



                  The Revenge of the Rose. I never get bored reading it.

                  3. One book you would want on a desert island

                  Tha SAS Survival Manual by John Wiseman.

                  4. One book that made you laugh

                  Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson.


                  5. One book that made you cry

                  Consider Phlebas, an Iain M Banks book, in frustration that I'd wasted my money. There is another Banks book that I consider even more of a waste of my cash ( see question 7).

                  6. One book you wish had been written


                  A sequel to the Zelazny book Madwand.


                  7. One book you wish had never had been written

                  Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks.
                  Its the plot twist at the end.

                  8. One book you are currently reading

                  Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond.


                  9. One book you have been meaning to read


                  The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin. Its the wife's book and she's hidden it away somewhere, intending to read it first.
                  Last edited by Shalenak; 05-13-2010, 02:37 AM.
                  sigpic "...You are a rogue" Bolorhiag, in The king of the Swords, book two.

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                  • #39
                    1. One book that changed your life
                    1984 by George Orwell.

                    2. One book you have read more than once
                    The Inner Game Of Fencing, by Nick Evangelista.

                    3. One book you would want on a desert island
                    How To Survive Indefinitely On A Desert Island, Author: immaterial.

                    4. One book that made you laugh
                    The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

                    5. One book that made you cry
                    The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

                    6. One book you wish had been written
                    The Book Of The Sword Vol. II, by Captain Sir Richard Burton.

                    7. One book you wish had never had been written
                    The Book Of The Sword Vol. I, by Captain Sir Richard Burton

                    8. One book you are currently reading
                    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (and probably will be reading for some time).

                    9. One book you have been meaning to read
                    A History of the Arab People by Albert Hourani (I have owned it for years and have yet to crack it open).

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                    • #40
                      1. One book that changed your life
                      Jaguar E Type 6 Cylinder Haynes Manual

                      2. One book you have read more than once
                      Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

                      3. One book you would want on a desert island
                      Sand Sculptures for Beginners

                      4. One book that made you laugh
                      Roger Mellie's Profanisaurus, published by Viz

                      5. One book that made you cry
                      Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde

                      6. One book you wish had been written
                      How to survive your 40's

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

                      8. One book you are currently reading
                      Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brien

                      9. One book you have been meaning to read
                      London in the 19th Century, Jerry White

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                      • #41
                        1. One book that changed your life
                        God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.

                        2. One book you have read more than once
                        The Cornelius Chronicles (once is too much, a thousand likely too little).

                        3. One book you would want on a desert island
                        VALIS

                        4. One book that made you laugh
                        Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

                        5. One book that made you cry
                        God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

                        6. One book you wish had been written

                        A sequel to The Left Hand of Darkness

                        7. One book you wish had never had been written

                        Mein Kampf (after all, it's only dribbles for the nazis of the day)

                        8. One book you are currently reading
                        The Kindness of Women (stopped reading it when Ballard died. Picked it up again)

                        9. One book you have been meaning to read

                        The Pyat Books


                        --------- bits later ---------

                        Oh hell, I'll do the tenth bit too . . .

                        10. What book have you read that left vacant of thought?

                        The Atrocity Exhibition.
                        Last edited by Wanderlust; 07-18-2010, 11:39 AM.
                        Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

                        ~Henry David Thoreau

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                        • #42
                          "6. One book you wish had been written

                          The novelization of the Muppet Show written by JG Ballard"

                          EA? Priceless.
                          Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

                          ~Henry David Thoreau

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by The Cosmic Balance View Post
                            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
                            OK:
                            1. Naked Lunch, by Wm. S. Burroughs.
                            2. As I Lay Dying, by Wm. Faulkner.
                            3. The Decline of The West, by Oswald Spengler.
                            4. The Iron Dream, by Norman Spinrad.
                            5. A Death in the Family, by James Agee.
                            6. A book in the New Testament that was overtly written by a woman and that church authorities had permitted to remain available to readers over the past two millennia.
                            7. None: the worst are exemplars of standards that should not again be met.
                            8. Middlemarch, by George Eliot.
                            9. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.

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                            • #44
                              1. One book that changed your life
                              The Warhound and the World's Pain - my very first Eternal Champion story and one which very quickly broadened the world-view of a 15 year-old!

                              2. One book you have read more than once
                              Magician by Raymond E Feist - its one of the only books that I have actually managed to wear out.

                              3. One book you would want on a desert island
                              Bone by Jeff Smith, simply because, even though it would be no good to help someone learn to survive, at least I'd be chuckling as I died from eating bad coconuts!

                              4. One book that made you laugh
                              Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett - I actually nearly inhaled a curry while reading this, so hard was I laughing.

                              5. One book that made you cry
                              Fools Fate by Robin Hobb - simply because it was the end of a stunning saga and was certainly emotionally wrenching.

                              6. One book you wish had been written
                              Time's Last Gift by Philip Jose Farmer - I would dearly love to have Mr. Farmer's ability to be telling a story then throw in a bizarrely brilliant twist when it's least expected!

                              7. One book you wish had never had been written
                              Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - it was like a stab to the frontal lobe with every page!

                              8. One book you are currently reading
                              Great Apes by Will Self - despite the painfully visceral descriptions at the start of this one, it does seem to be shaping up nicely and certainly has me intruiged!

                              9. One book you have been meaning to read
                              Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, although I was waiting patiently for the next one of the series to be released beforehand.
                              Amid Chaos, Order arises; but even in Order there is Chaos.

                              Understands now that Corum did have a happy ending after all!

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                              • #45
                                1. One book that changed your life
                                Language Truth And Logic - A J Ayer (sad, huh?)

                                2. One book you have read more than once
                                Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

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

                                4. One book that made you laugh
                                The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

                                5. One book that made you cry
                                A Day And A Night And A Day - Glen Duncan

                                6. One book you wish had been written
                                I wish that Alfred Kubin and John Kennedy Toole had written more.

                                7. One book you wish had never had been written
                                There aren't any. Books are so damned important that I cannot wish even the most distateful or dull or damaging to be burned. (Although it is hard to see how anything by John Norman adds to the sum of human wisdom ).

                                8. One book you are currently reading
                                The Bonfire Of The Vanities - Tom Wolfe

                                9. One book you have been meaning to read
                                Soul Mountain - Gao Xingjian
                                "Never get so attached to a poem
                                you forget truth that lacks lyricism"
                                Joanna Newsom

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