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All Time Top Ten

  • Jul 13, 2010
Books that I really enjoyed, have read more than once, in whatever order they come to me.
Starship Troopers
Probably my favorite Heinlein book of all time. Heinlein develops characters so quickly into real people, you find yourself pulling for them and get really invested in their wellbeing. Just enough philosophy to make you think, just enough drama to make you care, and amazing action scenes that put your feet in the boots that are involved.
See the full review, "Starship Troopers- Read the book, nothing like the movie.".
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
The Wheel of Time
The whole series by Robert Jordan has to be my favorite fantasy novel that spanned my childhood into my adult years. Great character development, and great conversation between his characters, that really let you know he had enough life experience to fully flesh out his characters into real people.
The Lord of the Rings (novel)
Just the best, most complete fantasy novel ever written. The man created the world, with so much history behind the story that you were continually finding out important details like uncovering buried gems while your digging. And the poetic verse..., just amazing. Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. Bilbo's farewell speech. So many great life lessons involved in this story.
Ender's game cover
I first read this book in 6th grade. Since, I have reread many of the books I loved from when I was a boy, but most of them aren't as good as I remember. Ender's Game though, is just as good as the first time I read it. Ender (a self given name) is just the coolest little boy, that has been shaped by the confines of his environment. The battle game in this book has to be one of the coolest things ever especially for anyone that enjoys strategy. Great book
Some books take a few chapters to draw you in, the Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, takes a page to completely sweep the rug out from under your feet. Amazing story, really well written, that depicts an unconventional family (gross understatement) and their travails as they move around and try to make a living. The interplay between Jeanette as a little girl, and her Dad, really pulled on my heart strings and had me in tears a few times. If you notice my list, it is mostly filled with science fiction and fantasy, so take note, this some really great non-fiction to make it into my top ten.
See the full review, "Some books take a chapter to draw you in, the Glass Castle in a page sweeps the rug out from under..".
Time Enough for Love
This is where Heinlein introduces one his favorite characters of all his books, Lazarus Long. Maybe you have to really care about this character to read this book, but if you place yourself in the reverent place all of his descendants around him place him in than you will feel like your sitting at grandfather times feet listening to all the ancient stories that account for you being born in the place you are today. As he was part of the 'first wavers', the pioneers into space travel, longevity, and Metheusela's children. This book is composed of many little stories in one, and interspersed with all the sage advice that your grandpa never told you. My favorite story in here is about adorable Dora, and it will break your heart. Also, Heinlein really pushes the envelope on sex and sexuality, way ahead of his time.
The Red Tent
Always makes me cry at the end. Great story of a midwife during biblical times. I love how she is loved at the end.
Harry Potter
The whole series was wonderful. So many quirks, and great plot devices. Hat's off to J.K., she has wonderful style. Must say my favorites were Book 3 with Sirrius Black, Book 6 Half Blood Prince, and Book 7 Deathly Hallows. If anyone hasn't read this series yet, do yourself a favor and read them, don't watch the movies, at least not just watch the movies and think you actually know what really happened.
Ramayana happens to be one of the greatest epics of all time. Do yourself a favor and read this book and explore the magic of another land. All the characters are colorful, even Ravana the demon king and villain of the book finds redemption at the end. I don't know about the other translations, but William Bucks is excellent. My favorite Ravana quote, "Do you know who I am?"cried Kala. Ravana answered, "A marketplace of sorrow, a well of lies." "Never!" "You're a fraud and you know it. Why... you're not looking so well." Ravana smiled, "may you feel worse tomorrow." "Oh, take care!" Said Time sharply, "Watch out, Injustice angers me..." "That's a laugh! I'll faint from fear just as soon as I find a place to fall down, alright?" Ravana twirled his moustaches. "Listen- When my dancing footfalls stopped, I broke time's small back with my last step."
See the full review, "Ramayana-One of the greatest epics of all time.".

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August 29, 2010
I think Penguin is just out with a massive Mahabarata translation, by the way. Or one of the Ramayana. Anyway, it's Indian, it's old, and it's long! Thanks for the list's reminders.
July 14, 2010
Nice list and explanations for why they made your top ten list. I've read quite a few of the titles on your list myself.
July 14, 2010
Thanks Adrianna, these books all hold a place in my heart, I'm glad you enjoyed some of them as well. Great site, I love to find people that love similar books, and then look and see what else they love that I haven't read yet.
July 16, 2010
Yeah, I've been enjoying the site myself. It's really amazing to connect with people on different levels. One of the best features for me is discovering new reads that I might enjoy!
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