Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Book Talk
Reload this Page >

What's your favorite book?

Book Talk A Place To Discuss Books and Audiobooks

What's your favorite book?

Old 05-17-20, 04:08 PM
  #26  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bronkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AnaheimLand, SoCal
Posts: 22,518
Received 598 Likes on 346 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by Trevor
Watership Down is my most re-read book. In fact, Iím overdue for another.
I've never read it, but have heard good things - so I got a copy off Ebay. Will be starting it soon.
The following users liked this post:
Trevor (05-17-20)
Old 05-17-20, 10:47 PM
  #27  
Inane Thread Master, 2018 TOTY
 
OldBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Are any of us really anywhere?
Posts: 49,403
Received 904 Likes on 765 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

The Last Mission by Harry Mazer.
Old 06-06-20, 08:14 PM
  #28  
Member
 
PileOfFudge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Moose County
Posts: 157
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Never heard of Watership Down until this thread. After reading a few of the reviews off Amazon and Goodreads, I headed on over to ebay and purchased a copy. It sounds like a very profound story with various metaphors and themes that humans can relate to. It also seems like it can be a bit of a tough read at times, though. Should I have my Kleenex ready?
The following users liked this post:
milo bloom (06-07-20)
Old 06-06-20, 10:29 PM
  #29  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bronkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AnaheimLand, SoCal
Posts: 22,518
Received 598 Likes on 346 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by PileOfFudge
Never heard of Watership Down until this thread. After reading a few of the reviews off Amazon and Goodreads, I headed on over to ebay and purchased a copy. It sounds like a very profound story with various metaphors and themes that humans can relate to. It also seems like it can be a bit of a tough read at times, though. Should I have my Kleenex ready?
I'm about 2/3 through and haven't felt the need for kleenex yet. Also not finding it tough at all; quite the opposite, actually. A very easy and pleasant read, and hard to put down. So far, this book has strong potential to become one of my favorites.

The following comments are for those who have already read the book. Don't want to spoil anything (even though there aren't really spoilers in my comments?):
Spoiler:
Going into it with no knowledge other than "rabbits", I had the assumption Watership Down would have something to do with a rescue from a submarine-type ship. And early on, when the rabbits used a piece of wood to float the little guys across the stream, I assumed this was foreshadowing for the submarine part! I now know better and think that England has weird names for places.




Old 06-07-20, 11:43 AM
  #30  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Tom Banjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Auburn, AL
Posts: 4,720
Received 259 Likes on 152 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Watership Down is one of a handful of books I definitely want to read before I die. I’ve never head of anyone reading it and not loving it.
Also on that list: Animal Farm, the Redwall series, and the Earthsea series.
Old 06-07-20, 01:06 PM
  #31  
DVD Talk Legend
 
milo bloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 18,289
Received 1,403 Likes on 1,028 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by Tom Banjo
Watership Down is one of a handful of books I definitely want to read before I die. Iíve never head of anyone reading it and not loving it.
Also on that list: Animal Farm, the Redwall series, and the Earthsea series.
For those last three: yes, yes and yes.

They are all quite different but all worth reading.
Old 06-07-20, 01:42 PM
  #32  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bronkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AnaheimLand, SoCal
Posts: 22,518
Received 598 Likes on 346 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Never heard of the Redwall series, so I Googled it. It's listed as "children's book". Should I let that be a concern, or does that mean it's still good - just doesn't have a lot of sex?
Old 06-07-20, 09:52 PM
  #33  
DVD Talk Legend
 
milo bloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 18,289
Received 1,403 Likes on 1,028 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by Bronkster
Never heard of the Redwall series, so I Googled it. It's listed as "children's book". Should I let that be a concern, or does that mean it's still good - just doesn't have a lot of sex?
Itís meant for kids but theyíre still well written adventure stories. After the first dozen, they can get a bit repetitive but the world is so amazing to live in you donít mind.

No sex, but plenty of deaths. And so many food references. Donít read if youíre trying to diet.
Old 06-07-20, 10:55 PM
  #34  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bronkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AnaheimLand, SoCal
Posts: 22,518
Received 598 Likes on 346 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Dieting is not a concern Looking for the book now. Just snagged A Wizard of Earthsea, too. This thread has been very handy for helping me get books I have overlooked - or never heard of!
Old 06-08-20, 05:14 PM
  #35  
DVD Talk Legend
 
milo bloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 18,289
Received 1,403 Likes on 1,028 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Another in the fantasy genre: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel.
Old 06-12-20, 09:13 PM
  #36  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bronkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AnaheimLand, SoCal
Posts: 22,518
Received 598 Likes on 346 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Finished Watership Down today. Didn't want it to end!! This is now one of my favorite books.
The following 3 users liked this post by Bronkster:
milo bloom (06-13-20), PileOfFudge (06-13-20), Trevor (06-13-20)
Old 06-13-20, 12:28 PM
  #37  
DVD Talk Legend
 
milo bloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 18,289
Received 1,403 Likes on 1,028 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by Bronkster
Finished Watership Down today. Didn't want it to end!! This is now one of my favorite books.
There is a companion book called Tales of Watership Down. It has a few stories set after the main book and some set during the events of the original story.

Itís not required reading nor does it ďruinĒ the original. Itís just a few other little bits.
Old 06-13-20, 02:48 PM
  #38  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 36,879
Received 676 Likes on 452 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by milo bloom
There is a companion book called Tales of Watership Down. It has a few stories set after the main book and some set during the events of the original story.

Itís not required reading nor does it ďruinĒ the original. Itís just a few other little bits.
I finally bought this a few years ago but was always hesitant to read it. I love WD so much that Iíd hate anything to blemish it. But Iíll dive in now, thanks Milo.

Also have somehow never read his other novels. Any recommendations there?
Old 06-13-20, 03:26 PM
  #39  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 30,605
Received 1,457 Likes on 927 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

I haven't read Watership Down since I was a teenager. We just watched the movie and we liked that. I suppose I should read it again.

I read the Earthsea Trilogy about the same time. Good stuff. The first book was The Hero Discovered, which of course appealed to me the most. I should re-read those too. I'm sure that at my age now I'll get a lot more out of the book about death.
Old 06-17-20, 03:04 PM
  #40  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
lwhy?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Nashville and Crossville, TN
Posts: 9,807
Received 809 Likes on 598 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle




It's hilarious. They made a poor movie adaptation of it though. The book is so much better than the movie.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was a personal favorite of mine in high school.

I also really like the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, but the author is quite controversial right now. The TV series adaptation is quite good.
The following users liked this post:
PileOfFudge (06-27-20)
Old 06-18-20, 09:48 AM
  #41  
DVD Talk Legend
 
milo bloom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 18,289
Received 1,403 Likes on 1,028 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by Trevor
I finally bought this a few years ago but was always hesitant to read it. I love WD so much that Iíd hate anything to blemish it. But Iíll dive in now, thanks Milo.

Also have somehow never read his other novels. Any recommendations there?
Of his other works, I've only read Plague Dogs and be prepared to have your heart ripped right out of your ribcage with that one.
Old 09-13-21, 09:58 PM
  #42  
Cool New Member
 
TerrorTerror's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 34
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Les Chant de Maldoror by Comte de Lautrťamont. This book has inspired hundreds of Surrealist artists and bands.
Old 09-13-21, 10:00 PM
  #43  
Cool New Member
 
TerrorTerror's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 34
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

I'm excited to read Watership Down. I've only seen the animation and it crushed me.
The following users liked this post:
whotony (02-16-22)
Old 01-20-22, 08:41 AM
  #44  
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

My favorite book is Contact from Carl Sagan

But the movie is very bad


Old 01-02-24, 01:03 PM
  #45  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
TheAllPurposeNothing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Reisterstown, MD
Posts: 1,953
Received 30 Likes on 23 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

My favorite book is "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, followed closely by "The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon.
Old 01-02-24, 01:16 PM
  #46  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bronkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AnaheimLand, SoCal
Posts: 22,518
Received 598 Likes on 346 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Originally Posted by fraumo
My favorite book is Contact from Carl Sagan

But the movie is very bad
My earlier post here also mentioned Contact as my favorite. I loved the movie until I read the book. The book is vastly superior!
Old 01-03-24, 11:12 AM
  #47  
DVD Talk Reviewer Emeritus
 
Jason Bovberg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 3,431
Received 70 Likes on 50 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris
Old 01-03-24, 01:22 PM
  #48  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
stvn1974's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 7,335
Received 547 Likes on 340 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick is my favorite book.

Runner up: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Other favs:
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
The Divine Invasion by Philip K. Dick
It by Stephen King
The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Old 01-03-24, 01:53 PM
  #49  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 1,510
Likes: 0
Received 63 Likes on 53 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

Depending on the day, either East of Eden or Lonesome Dove
Old 01-03-24, 03:03 PM
  #50  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 594
Received 113 Likes on 87 Posts
Re: What's your favorite book?

"The Winter King" by Bernard Cornwell or "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.