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Japanfan
08-12-2011, 08:36 AM
If you could only recommend one book (or series) for the rest of your life, what would it be?


That's tough. For social commentary, all of Kurt Vonnegut. For great writing, Hemingway and Joan Didion. Favourites of all time: Confederacy of Dunces and Catch-22. For fantasy with a vision, Suzee McKee Charnas' four-book series the Holdfast Chronicles, one of a small collection of feminist fiction which explores the question of what happens when the oppressed becomes the oppressors. IMO this series should be mandatory reading for everyone in today's world.

However, if it had to be only one series I'd have to say Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' because it could occupy more of the rest of your life than any other series I know. It will be more than 9000 pages when the final (Brandon Sanderson) book comes out within the next year. And following the threads of wheels within wheels within wheels is complicated enough that a person could read it three times before grasping it in its entirety.

PrincessLeppard
08-12-2011, 03:37 PM
Terry Pratchett's Night Watch series. Easily. Though my favorite book of his is "Hogfather." :)

rfisher
08-12-2011, 03:46 PM
Terry Pratchett's Night Watch series. Easily. Though my favorite book of his is "Hogfather." :)

He's got early onset Alzheimer's. :( NPR did an interview with him on his advocacy of assisted suicide.

PRlady
08-12-2011, 03:48 PM
He's got early onset Alzheimer's. :( NPR did an interview with him on his advocacy of assisted suicide.

Oh, no. My daughter will be devastated, she is a huge fan. Poor guy.

PrincessLeppard
08-12-2011, 05:10 PM
He's got early onset Alzheimer's. :( NPR did an interview with him on his advocacy of assisted suicide.

I know. He dictates a lot of his ideas now so he won't forget them. :(

Stefanie
08-12-2011, 07:27 PM
ETA: I'm really tempted to buy this; I just saw it at B&N: Girls in White Dresses (http://www.amazon.com/Girls-White-Dresses-Jennifer-Close/dp/0307596850), by Jennifer Close. Pretty much describes my life at the moment.... :shuffle:

Thank you for finding this. :) I think I would appreciate this book as well.

I have about 30 pages left of When I was Puerto Rican, and then I will start on Then Came You.

I also found this book on Amazon: Beautiful Unbroken (http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Unbroken-One-Nurses-Life/dp/1555975909/ref=pd_sim_b_4) by Mary Jane Nealon. I'll buy it, read it, and then pass it on to my mom who is a nurse.

genevieve
08-12-2011, 08:32 PM
I just found out that Colson Whitehead will be in my neighborhood as part of a new authors-and-bands event to promote his new zombie novel in October. Whee!

Allen
08-12-2011, 09:43 PM
I just found out that Colson Whitehead will be in my neighborhood as part of a new authors-and-bands event to promote his new zombie novel in October. Whee!

I love Colson Whitehead! The Intuitionist is one of my favorite novels. I'm really curious to see his take on a zombie novel in Zone One.

rfisher
08-12-2011, 09:47 PM
PL, I bought another zombie novel. (never let it be said I'm not aware of popular culture). Married with Zombies. It's zombie smut! How good is that! Apparently, the clerks at Borders were discussing just today what to do if zombies invaded the store.

PrincessLeppard
08-12-2011, 09:53 PM
I saw that on the shelf and thought it looked amusing, but they didn't have the first book in the series, so I didn't get it. Let me know how it is. :)

modern_muslimah
08-13-2011, 04:47 PM
I've had a really hard time getting into books lately. I've tried fiction and non-fiction and none grabbed me. So I finally got This is Where I Leave You and that did it. I'm hooked. I kept randomly laughing and my husband thought I was going crazy. Thanks for the suggestion Prancer!

PDilemma
08-13-2011, 06:24 PM
Read a good one this week about Modern India called New Miss India. The author is Bharati Mukherjee.

smurfy
08-13-2011, 10:55 PM
If you could only recommend one book (or series) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I would probably recommend Harry Potter. I know, cliche, but they are so good!

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon Luv them!

rfisher
08-14-2011, 12:06 AM
I'd go with Harry as well. In fact, I'm listening to it in the car for about the 10th time. :D

galaxygirl
08-14-2011, 12:18 AM
I'd go with Harry as well. In fact, I'm listening to it in the car for about the 10th time. :D

Yeah, I'd go with Harry also.