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What is your favorite book?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 29, 2012

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“‘Their Eyes Were Watching God.’ It’s just really interesting.”

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“‘They Cage Animals at Night.’ It’s a really sad book.”

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“‘The Rum Diary,’ by Hunter S. Thompson. I must have read that book five times.”

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“‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Ender’s Shadow.’ I really like science fiction.”

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Rex Hargis 1 year, 7 months ago

BABBOY "Killer Angels" is a good read. It is on the reading list for attendees at the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Benning (or at least it was in the old days), and is a 'killer' read on its own.

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blue73harley 1 year, 7 months ago

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson. Worth reading multiple times. Space Hog approved.

"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. "

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Kate Rogge 1 year, 7 months ago

"South of the Big Four" by Don Kurtz, and "Bad Jews" by Gerald Shapiro. "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson. "Arundel" and "Rabble in Arms" by Kenneth Roberts from childhood.

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thebcman 1 year, 7 months ago

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven -Sherman Alexie

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rockchalker52 1 year, 7 months ago

Overcoming Technology & the Stagnancy of the Human Spirit

(how I learned to love my mother's basement)

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Trade Routes: America's Nightmare.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 7 months ago

Dust Bowl Days and the Dearth of Decent Dove Ponds by Larry Dickman.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

Well BABBOY, I got to hand it to you, you certainly have a way of confusing the obvious and trivializing the momentous.

I probably quoted that backwards but BABS gets it....

I don't mean no disrespect to you fighting men, but why are you fighting this war?

Ryheets I guess.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 7 months ago

"Hey! Your Driving Down the Middle of the Highway: One Man's Harrowing Tale of the Epic Trip Across Kansas with The Argentine" - T_O_B


It's a wide road...

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g_rock 1 year, 7 months ago

I knew that I should have learned to read.....gosh.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey! Your Driving Down the Middle of the Highway: One Man's Harrowing Tale of the Epic Trip Across Kansas with The Argentine

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

We Don't Want Any Blood on Our Hands: Jonathan Kealing's Euphoric Time as Web Person at the Lawrence Journal World

"Since not one single person has mentioned the Bible, 40 lashes to you all!"

It was mentioned up there somewhere.

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LadyJ 1 year, 7 months ago

Old Home Town of course by Sarah St. John.

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aweshootpearl 1 year, 7 months ago

I'll Scream Later - Marlee Matlin...and let's not forget Harry Potter and the gang.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 7 months ago

Since not one single person has mentioned the Bible, 40 lashes to you all! Heathens. Best read up on the new laws of the land. (Be sure to omit the testaments we don't agree with though)

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RoeDapple 1 year, 7 months ago

Art Restoration In Three Easy Lessons

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BABBOY 1 year, 7 months ago

I can not top TOB's post so, I will just seriously answer the question:

My favorite book is one I read in college but really still like to read to this day about the Civil War. It is Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It is a historic book based in historic fact but also in the fictional first person from the lead Generals and participants that fought in the battle of Gettysburg. Bascially, Sharra learned everything he could about Lee, Longstreet, Gen. Buford, and Joshua Chamberlain and told the story as he thought they saw it as it happened. So, it is fictional but really interesting and based on lot of work historically and well written.

Ted Turner made a movie about it.

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Rex Hargis 1 year, 7 months ago

"The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe" "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" (although some of Conan Doyle's other stuff is good) "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" (if he did indeed write them all)

Thank you Kindle for allowing me to carry a very full library around in an item the same size and weight as a thin paperback.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 7 months ago

Their Eyes Were Watching God., and all the other books by Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston by Frankie8

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Stuck in Time: The February 6th, 2011 Anti-Pornography Meeting

"Written from experience Bob?" CW

His hands... they are so soft.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

"The Life & Time of Ronaldo Ignacio: World's Most Tenderest Lover" T_O_B

Written from experience Bob?

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

How about short stories in magazines? A few of my favorites...

"PCP on the Rocks" "My_Lie on the Plains" "Oh...BOB" "Parking Lot Lost"

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LadyJ 1 year, 7 months ago

Since Gandalf doesn't seem to be posting lately, I'll answer for him. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

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LadyJ 1 year, 7 months ago

Ickle Bickle Robin, parenting at it's best. You can get it on Amazon for $75 to $125, not bad for a kids book with only a few pages.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't understand the notion of re-reading a book. I have two libraries in my house full of books I have read and I always have a new book on my bed side table and I read a little every night. I enjoy reading and read each book slowly and savor them. However, I have never had the desire to read the same book again. Except maybe a Dr. Seuss book when I was 4 or 5 years old. Or Penthouse Forum now, if you consider that a book.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

The Life & Time of Ronaldo Ignacio: World's Most Tenderest Lover.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Cuzins: The Wacky Misadventures of Autie and Roedapple and Their Family Stumps.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 7 months ago

My favorite book shut its pages permanently a few years ago when the 'author' couldn't lay off enough of his Super Bowl action.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Spacehog: Man or Myth or Manlier and Mythier?

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g_rock 1 year, 7 months ago

The Shining, Steven King. My sister read it out loud to me when I was 5 years old. Explains a lot, huh?

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Topple 1 year, 7 months ago

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Kick the Bucket: Amputee Happy to be Reunited With Foot.*

*Actual LJW headline. Well, the last part.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Railroad Spike: An Oral History of Free State Brewery's Front Porch.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Don't Let the Traffic Guard Wave: How One Man Ruined Everyone's Morning.

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Andini 1 year, 7 months ago

Under the Bleachers by Seymour Butts

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RoeDapple 1 year, 7 months ago

"How To Make Threats On The Internet And Get Outed In Three Days"

I forget the author.(NOT) But still have a list of his aliases.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 7 months ago

Fiction: The Bible

Non-Fiction: Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Sventastic: One Man's Lonely Fight Against an Artificial Turf Nobody Installs Anymore.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

Fore Shot: Meditative Musings and Humorous Hijinks on River Golf Ball Skeet.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

One flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Legend of Spacehog

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Ceallach 1 year, 7 months ago

"I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist," by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm still waiting on the movie.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

Did anybody write a book about sank4ever/stick a fork in it?

or "Exploits on the Trade Routes, a primer on pandemics"

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prospector 1 year, 7 months ago

If I Could, I'd Punch Them in the Flipping Face"

by BABBOY

Flying low over vast expanses of wasted Kansas, Babboy blows in finding and fighting the wrongs of evil corporate wonks. As the pummeling proceeds, he don't give a flip, he just works them until they have had enough, are cowering in the corner, and escape feeling good that the only piece of them he takes in their wallet.

Blasting out In a cloud of dust, Babboy could be heard shouting, "Thanks, you flipping Idiots, Momma is gonna enjoy the new wheels."

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 7 months ago

"Brad Feist, prefered not to say, Topeka"

Hmmm.

  1. Abortion Doctor

  2. Nazi secretary

  3. OTS photographer

  4. Investor in the Pretentious Cow.

It must be one of these.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 7 months ago

A favorite book? Choose just one? C'mon now, how can a person choose just one? There is such diversity with the written word that to pick a fav is to fall into the trap of apples & oranges comparisons.

Currently leading my power rankings of exceptional authors is James Lee Burke, so, for now, I'll go with his latest, "Creole Belle," a Dave Robicheaux novel. If I could write as well as Burke, I would weep with the joy of accomplished satisfaction.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 7 months ago

If it is part of my Kindle content does that still make it a book?

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classclown 1 year, 7 months ago

i had quite a few actually. They were all glossy and stapled together in the middle with a fold out section. But then the internet came along so now I do most of my 'reading' on the internet.

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Gart 1 year, 7 months ago

LJW. You take this public link down this will not be good. And, it will be on other posts. Just try, Alex. Giving you some time - enough rope....

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