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    Name the top 10 books you've read

    It was hard Picking a top 10 but here are my choices

    10: A Planet Called Treason - Orson Scott Card
    9: Death's Dominion - Simon Clark
    8: Lightning - Dean Koontz
    7: Starship Troopers - Robert A Heinlein
    6: Battlefield Earth - L Ron Hubbard
    5: Phantoms - Dean Knootz
    4: Swan Song - Robert McCammon
    3: Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
    2: It - Stephen King
    1: The Stand - Stephen King

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    In no particular order:

    The Talisman - King/Straub
    Ghost Story - Straub
    A Game of Thrones - GRRM
    Fahrenheit 451 - Bradbury (feel free to substitue Dandelion Wine or Something Wicked This Way Comes)
    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - Gordon Dahlquist
    The Stories of Ray Bradbury
    Boy's Life - McCammon
    Lord Foul's Bane - Stephen R. Donaldson
    Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
    Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons

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    10. Uncle Tom's Cabin--Harriet Beecher Stowe
    9. The Shining--Stephen King
    8. Winter's Tale--Mark Helprin
    7. Ghost Story--Peter Straub
    6. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea--Jules Verne
    5. The Name of the Rose--Umberto Eco
    4. Atlas Shrugged--Ayn Rand
    3. Moby Dick--Herman Mellville
    2. Mother London--Michael Moorcock
    1. Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
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    10. When Rabbit Howls by Truvy Chase
    9. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
    8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    7. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
    6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
    5. It by Stephen King
    4. Night by Elie Wiesel
    3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    2. The Stand by Stephen King
    1. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

    Although I've probably forgotten some-this is a difficult list to compile!

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    10.Mordant's Need - Stephen Donaldson
    9. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever - Stephen Donaldson
    8. Wizard and Glass - Stephen King
    7. Fevre Dream - George R.R.Martin
    6. Boy's Life - Robert McCammon
    5. Childhood's End - Arthur C.Clarke
    4. Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons
    3. It - Stephen King
    2. The Stand - Stephen King
    1. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R.Tolkien

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    I will have to give this some thought later i think

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    I get confused by lists like this sometimes, since you ask for top 10. And the 10 best books I've read are not the same list as my 10 favorite books. There are overlaps of course. It's like buying an album considered to be the "Best of" a band it all it has is the popular singles, not the deep album tracks that made the band great. A "best of" and a "greatest hits" are not the same thing. But rambling aside, I've combined the requisites and came up with some of the books most important to me and/or I've read the most times.

    100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (without question the best book I've ever read)
    The Stand - Stephen King
    Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (God, I love this book!)
    The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Something Wicked this Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
    The Books of Blood - Clive Barker
    And the Ass Saw the Angel - Nick Cave
    Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    Ghost Story - Peter Straub
    The War of the End of the World - Mario Vargas Llosa

    It was tough to leave off some stuff by Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen R. Donaldson, Peter Blatty, Kobo Abe, T.R. Pearson, Italo Calvino, Ayn Rand, and Steven Millhauser. Your lists have some stuff that would be added to my top 50.
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    I know what you mean. I left a lot of books off my list that I really liked, also. For a long time, I would only list a top 5. After that, everything seemed equal. I still only list a top 5 movies when asked.
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    Off the top of my head and not in order. It's way too hard to choose if I think about it.

    The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King
    Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
    Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
    The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
    Hunted Past Reason - Richard Matheson
    Counter-Clock World - Philip K. Dick
    I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
    It - Stephen King
    Animal Farm - George Orwell
    The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

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    Journey to the center of the Earth Jules Verne and Rick Wakeman of "Yes"
    All the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever Chronicles by Stephen R. Donaldson
    All of the Spellsinger and Shannarah books by Terry Brooks (and Dunn?)
    Almost all of King's body of work.
    Three Older Playboy magazines (June of some year, October of another year and a Lingerie Special)
    Some story by Peter Straub with Juniper in the title
    My fortune cookie fortune before this last fortune cookie fortune when I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken. Ummm! that's good
    fortune!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy D. Rubin View Post
    My fortune cookie fortune before this last fortune cookie fortune when I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken. Ummm! that's good
    fortune!
    I felt that way about a fortune I got with a curried shrimp dish I got back in 1986. It read "The great fault in women is the desire to be like men." It has since has fallen off my top 10 list. It's currently floundering somewhere between 11 and 30.
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    Top 5, generally in order:

    1. The Stand (S. King) -- best book I've ever read
    2. Memoirs of a Geisha (A. Golden)
    3. Wizard & Glass (S. King)
    4. Starship Troopers (R. Heinlein)
    5. Re-Birth--aka The Chrysalids--(J. Wyndham)

    Next 5, no particular order
    --The Magus (J. Fowles)
    --some Koontz book (Phantoms, Strangers, Whispers, Watchers, Hideaway--take your pick; I enjoyed all of these immensely)
    --Candide (Voltaire)
    --Christine (S. King)
    --Crime and Punishment (F. Dostoevsky)

    I know I'm leaving one or two off the list that when I remember them I'll smack myself in the head.

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    Yeah, I forgot to mention The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe. This man was freakin' brilliant!

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    And how could I forget The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll?
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    I've had a think about this and have decided that i can't number them but i can pick my top ten!

    Stephen King
    The Stand
    Salem's Lot
    Lisey's Story
    Joe Hill
    Horns
    Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    The Shadow of the Wind
    The Angels Game
    James Herbert
    The Fog
    The Dark
    J R R Tolkein
    The Hobbit
    Justin Cronin
    The Passage

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    But Tom, The Hobbit is on your list, but not the much superior Lord of the Rings???

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    But Tom, The Hobbit is on your list, but not the much superior Lord of the Rings???

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    Don't get me wrong, i love 'The Lord of the Rings', but there is something just magical about 'The Hobbit'. I read it a looooong time ago, when things were good, i guess it reminds me of those times.

    And i can't believe that i forgot to put any Dark Tower novel in there, especially 'Wizard & Glass' which was my personal favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tito_Villa View Post
    And i can't believe that i forgot to put any Dark Tower novel in there, especially 'Wizard & Glass' which was my personal favourite.
    As it is mine!
    So, just leave out one of Herbert's books and place W&G where it belongs!

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    Negative, Ghost Rider. Remove The Hobbit and give The Drawing of the Three it's due place of honor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    As it is mine!
    So, just leave out one of Herbert's books and place W&G where it belongs!

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    Noooooo i really love those Herbert books, i'm tempted to replace Salem's Lot for W&G

    And The Drawing of the Three is the worst one in my opinion, still great but not the best

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