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  • Jagged
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    1. One book that changed your life
    -"Victor Janis & Sّn" by Erwin Neutzsky-Wulff
    2. One book you have read more than once
    -"Deathbird Stories" by Harlan Ellison
    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    -"Finnegan's Wake" by James Joyce (that should keep me occupied)
    4. One book that made you laugh
    -"Secret Lives" by E.F.Benson
    5. One book that made you cry
    -"Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin
    6. One book you wish had been written
    -"Why He Always Writes About Himself in the 3rd Person" by Julius Caesar.
    7. One book you wish had never had been written
    -"The Amazing Spider-Man" no. 122.
    8. One book you are currently reading
    -"Carsten Niebuhrs Rejsebeskrivelse fra Arabien og andre omkringliggende lande"
    9. One book you have been meaning to read
    -"Butterfly Potion" by Trent Zelazny

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  • Chaos Star
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    1. One book that changed your life
    Astrid Lindgren: Emil of Lِnneberga
    I had just learned to read when my parents gave me that really big omnibus volume containing all of Emil of Lِnneberga's pranks. I thought I'd never make it through such a giant book. I think it took over me half a year to finish it. But afterwards I was really proud and wasn't afraid of big books anymore.

    2. One book you have read more than once
    Dmitry Glukhovsky: Metro 2033
    The list of books I still want to read is long ( as well as the list of books I want to re-read) and time is rare. But this is one of the few books I red twice. And I could read it again and again. It won't get boring.
    I'm still panicking when I think about the monsters in the library.

    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    A large one, preferably hardcover so I can use it as a tent. :D

    4. One book that made you laugh
    David Safir: Mieses Karma
    There seems to be no English translation. But it's hilarious. A women who does not care much about her family gets hit by a piece of a destroyed space station and dies. She's reborn as an ant and has to try to collect good karma do be reborn as... something better until she can be reborn as a human again to reunite with her family.
    It's silly.

    5. One book that made you cry
    Sergej Lukianenko: Last Watch


    6. One book you wish had been written
    I want the story that's floating around in my head for years to be written. But everytime I try to plan the plot I can't sort my thoughts and get confused. So I can't write down my ideas.

    7. One book you wish had never had been written
    E. L. James: Shades of Grey
    I don't have a problem with the book itself. Just with the people who keep telling me I must read it. I don#t want to - so I won't!

    8. One book you are currently reading
    JRR Tolkien: Lord of the Rings - The two Towers
    Michael Moorcock: Phoenix in the Obsidian


    9. One book you have been meaning to read
    Vadim Mikhailovich Kozhevnikov: Shield and sword: The amazing career of a Soviet agent in the Nazi secret service
    But it seems impossible for me to get my hands on a copy.

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  • Robin
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    1. One book that changed your life
    The Shish Mahal Cook Book

    2. One book you have read more than once
    Just about every book in my collection (but not Murray R Spiegel's Theory And Problems Of Advanced Calculus - I shit myself and stopped reading when I realised I was only a few weeks away from blundering into becoming a qualified Mathematician. Scary...)

    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    The Shish Mahal Cook Book (assuming there were plenty of spices growing there - and slow-moving goats. Or, if it's desert in the sense of "bugger all there", something suitably short...)

    4. One book that made you laugh
    Terry Patchett : Soul Music (There's a great deal of shaking happening)

    5. One book that made you cry
    Oracle Reports manual

    6. One book you wish had been written
    Robin Young : Genius or Demigod?

    7. One book you wish had never had been written
    Oracle Reports manual

    8. One book you are currently reading
    Shish Mahal Cook Book

    9. One book you have been meaning to read
    Mazda MX-5 Haynes Manual (it will never happen, I'm far too lazy and I know a good mechanic...)

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  • Tom Murphy
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    1. One book that changed your life
    The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, Bk 1 (propelled me fully into the possibilities of comics)

    2. One book you have read more than once
    Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

    3. One book you would want on a desert island
    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell -
    Susanna Clarke (creates such an immersive world that it would provide imaginative inspiration to come up with related stories)

    4. One book that made you laugh

    Et Tu, Babe -
    Mark Leyner

    5. One book that made you cry

    Flowers for Algernon -
    Daniel Keyes

    6. One book you wish had been written

    Hmm... it might have been 'written', but I wish Alan Moore's Big Numbers had been completed and published

    7. One book you wish had never had been written

    Anything by Jeremy Clarkson

    8. One book you are currently reading
    Supergods -
    Grant Morrison

    9. One book you have been meaning to read

    The Eye in the Pyramid - Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

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  • Brewster
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    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

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  • Max von Bek
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    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.

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  • Guzzlecrank
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    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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  • Wanderlust
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    "6. One book you wish had been written

    The novelization of the Muppet Show written by JG Ballard"

    EA? Priceless.

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  • Wanderlust
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    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.

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  • Pietro_Mercurios
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    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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  • by_the_sword
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    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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  • Shalenak
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    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.

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  • Duncan Dalgleish
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    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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  • WhiteWolf359
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    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

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  • VonWeiner
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    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.

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