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I'm looking for a good read. What's your favorite book and why?

I can't say I've ever read a bad book when somebody's declared it as their favorite. I'm just looking for some ideas. I'll work through the list if anybody answers.

For the record, it's only fair to answer the question yourself when you throw one out there. It's not a bait thread. I'd say my favorite book (novella) would have to be "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka.

It's about a regular ole guy who works at a job he hates in order to take care of his destitute family, but then one day he wakes up and discovers he's been transformed into a giant man sized beetle. The rest is a slow decline into madness and abandonment.

It captures a sense many Libertarians are probably familiar with. I'm not sure I would "suggest it", but I have no doubt that if you read it, you won't regret it.

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My favorite read of all time

My favorite read of all time has to be "Orthodoxy" by G K Chesterton. The title is deceptive, at least in the sense that it misleads people into not even picking the thing up and browsing its pages. It sounds like a book listing dogmas and doctrines. It isn't. It's a book about Chesterton's own intellectual journey into acceptance of Christian orthodoxy.

It is not an easy read, perhaps. When I first read it, my thoughts were often, "What in the world is this guys point? All this talk of fairy tales mixed with philosophy." But every so often in its pages an obvious but often overlooked truth would jump out at me, stated by Chesterton in such a streamline way that I found it fascinating. By my second or third time through the book, his points became crystal clear, and haunting for me personally. It led to a real revolution in my thinking.

An example of the above can be found in the chapter titled 'The Ethics of Elfland'. In it, Chesterton points out, in the most easy and streamline way, the same problem David Hume pointed out concerning induction, especially as it relates to the pursuit of science. Where as Hume was a philosopher writing at an academic level, Chesterton writes in a way that makes Hume's point understandable to even a child. As crazy as it may sound, I found it easier to understand Hume than Chesterton, at least at first. Chesterton is so basic in his approach to issues that we often miss his point. The book is like a call to go back and look at the most basic levels of our thinking, back to our basic presuppositions, the things we accept before reasoning through anything and everything else.

All the King's Men by Robert

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United Stats and only author to win a Pulitzer in both poetry and prose. Almost everything is in that book.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Or really anything by Alexandre Dumas. The best part is that they are generally available for free through iBooks and other digital book stores.

On a side note, I'm reading In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson right now it is really good. Not sure if it will go on my favorites list, but it is an incredible story.

All Quiet On the Western Front

though not exactly a favourite, it was an important read for broadening my early perspective on the need for war

What need?

What need?



Two good short reads......

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen it's a great eye opener to the power of our thoughts!

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, And Its All Small Stuff by can't remember the author. I used to keep in in the bathroom. Every time you pick it up, there is a short revelation about something you know you already knew, that makes life a little simpler!

If you liked Metamorphosis

If you liked Metamorphosis then you might enjoy Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

As for my favorite book of all time- East Of Eden by John Steinbeck. It's a story of two separate families and how their lives cross at the turn of the 20th century in the Salinas Valley, California.

And if you liked Flowers For Algernon,

You might enjoy a couple other classic science fiction novels on the same theme: Brainwave, by Poul Anderson, and Trouble With Lichen, by John Wyndham.

I liked Flowers for Algernon very much -- and The Metamorphosis not at all.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

Thanks for pointing to Wyndham

I haven't read Trouble with Lichen, yet.

Flowers for Algernon & Brainwave I've read at least twice, if not more. Probably more for Anderson, as he is one of The Rare Few (with Lewis and Rand and Wilde and Twain and El Neil and The Dean). I've generally enjoyed Wyndham's other stuff, so I am optimistic about Lichen. More insidious even than Triffids?

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to be continued

Trouble With Lichen

I've read all Wyndham's novels, and Lichen is my favorite. Unlike most of the others, it's NOT about an alien invasion. It's about some folks who discover a rare lichen that extends human life a LONG time. It's a free download here. Enjoy! And Merry Christmas.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

East of Eden is

probably the best Steinbeck novel. For a lighter read, Sweet Thursday is good too. Same characters as Canary Row but stands on its own.

A good read if you like non-fiction

I love history and also like crime thrillers. "The Devil in the White City" is both. It is about the 1893 worlds fair in Chicago and America's first recorded serial killer. You will learn at the end of this book that some 300 hundred people went missing during the worlds fair that had contact with this monster.

I enjoyed this book as one branch of my family lived in Chicago during this time and it is very possible that my 3rd great grandfather being a carpenter worked building the venues for this fair. Before I read this book I had no idea how big of events these fairs were.

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quick read but a hard hitter, right to the nose, makes the statist bleed!

James Madison

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

"In reality, the Constitution itself is incapable of achieving what we would like in limiting government power, no matter how well written."

~ Ron Paul, End the Fed

The Master of Hestviken

by Sigrid Undset. Take a trip to Norway in the middle ages. The first dozen or so pages are tough to get through but after that Undset takes the reader not only to a time an place but the thoughts of its central character; no easy task because people in the middle ages had a different frame of reference and, as a male, the protagonist is not really in touch with his feelings unless it has to do with a battle.

"Soaringly romantic and psychologically nuanced, Undest's novel is also a meticulous re-creation of a world split between pagan codes of retribution and the rigors of Christian piety - a world where law is a fragile new invention and manslaughter is so common that it's punishable by fine."

HP Lovecraft: The Silver Key/Flavius Josephus: The Jewish War

Are good choices for fiction/nonfiction.

Josephus also wrote 'Antiquities of the Jews' which is quite interesting.

Herodotus and Thucydides are good reads for some Greek histories.

Livy, Ovid, Virgil, Cornelius Tacitus are the best for Roman.

Little known fact: Josephus and Tacitus are two of the only known non-Biblical accounts of Iesus Christus. (For all you religious scholars out there!)

A great Chinese epic is Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which is by Lu Guangzhong.

For Mayan, try the Popol Vuh.

There are audio translations of the Sumerian tablets floating around on youtube.

I would be hard-pressed to say which of these excellent histories is my favorite.

Cliffs' Notes Take Your Pick

Cause I was lazy back in the day. Lol

Ron Paul Was Right

So many

My top 3 would have to be Diary of a Madman (short story) by Nikolai Gogol, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickinson, in that order. :)

Here you go

William Cooper - Behold The Pale Horse

Or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

"Restoring the American Dream"

Robert J. Ringer
Given to me by a Viet Nam vet because, even though I was younger than he, and had not been subject to what he had, he loved my own personal thoughts on life and liberty and wanted to share.
It helped me solidify in my own mind what I had always felt and in a round about way introduced me to a particular congressman and his views back in the '80s'.
I have been doing my best to buck the system and live as a free man ever since.

I love my country
I am appalled by my government

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

I'm of Dutch decent, this true story means a lot to me, my family and closest of dutch friends. It's about a great dutch women and how she allowed love to triumph over horrendous hatred and evil during WWII. Despite what some say here on the DP, Hitler was NOT a nice guy, he represented the worst within humanity.


"Every experience God gives us . . . is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see."—Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith and love ultimately triumphs over evil. (Take Your Bookmarks Wherever You Go!)

Looked through most of the posts.....

.....but didn't see these. These are more Fantasy style.

"The Riddle Master of Hed" series (three books)

"The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever" had three books in it. "The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" had three books in it and stopped in 1983. Recently I learned in 2004 a Third Chronicle was written, four books. Haven't read those yet. Awesome books, the first six.

For some light hearted Fantasy novels (a lot of them), check out the Piers Anthony "Xanth" novels, starting with "A Spell for Chameleon".
A lot of things are taken literally in these books. A "cottage cheese" is actually a cottage made of cheese. A "Night Mare" is an actual horse that shows up in your room when you are asleep. And, of course, there is an actual bee that will help you with spelling. Just a bunch of fun stuff, and well written.
Currently there are 38 books in this series. I've read a few (7) and they are easy to get through, but you will be wanting to get the next one! However, by the seventh one I believe is when I was introduced to the Thomas Covenant books mentioned above.

Enough for now.

The only book I have reread numerous times...

Because its depth is beyond my ability to grasp it all in even a few readings. Because it is a literal " living " book whose words become proveable, who's promises never fail.
Is Scripture, that is when read with a InterLinear ( Original Greek and Hebraic ) and a Strong's concordance ready at hand so one does not misread to misunderstanding the word.

Outside of Scripture I spend very little time in reading other works, though as a bibliophile I have read a library of fine works.

Solzhenitsyn's works, A day in the life .... As well as a Gulag Archipelago.
Faulker's a Requim for a nun. ( read at age 11, it still lingers 39+ years later )

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Tolkien, all but the Silmilrilion

Heinlien, Azimov, Drake, Bradbury ( a few fine Sci Fi )

God bless
Stēkō Parrēsia Iesōus

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Personally I prefer non-fiction, but Solzhenitsyn's fiction is like reality. I recommend his "First Circle" as a glimpse into Stalin's National Security Apparatus (NSA). In order get some understanding of the Industrial Military Complex of the Third Reich, I recommend a very interesting book "The Truth About The Wunderwaffe" by Igor Witkowski. However, there is one nice fiction book that I would like to add to the list: "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa" by Jan Potocki. Finally, try to read "History: Fiction or Science?" 1-7, by Anatoly Fomenko to learn why we should distrust history, or "The Pyramids: An Enigma Solved" by Joseph Davidovits and Margie Morris to find out a simple solution to a difficult problem.

The basic problem is that one believes that everything is real, and thus everything is treated as such.
---Kalu Rinpoche

Funny you should mention first circle...

A little known DHS factoid, Ridge/ Bush brought in the last director of the GRU/ KGB to " help " design how DHS would operate.
And my own personal " how I know that I know 911 was an inside job " is the fact that Tom Ridge resigned a very successful Governorship ( almost a year before his term was up ) three months before 911, supposedly to " go into the private sector to work ". Tom had purchased while in office a brand new multi million dollar home in my old home town, a few miles from where I lived....Tom Ridge and family never lived in it, they sold it when he resigned and moved to........ Northren Virginia. Three months later, viola Toms the first director of the brand new neo nazi DHS, and a x Secret Service agent I knew, a gal once told me he was unloved by all and was called " little Himler ".
Tom used his office in an attempt to personal ruin ( and failed at it ) my life, long story short his best boyhood friend is the father to the mother of my twins whom I refused to marry.... A very good choice then and now all things considered.

God bless, enjoy the Holidays.

Stēkō Parrēsia Iesōus

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

If you've already read The Complete Sherlock Holmes...

and are still hungry for more Doyle, check out Masterworks of Crime & Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jack Tracy. 15 non-Holmes stories by the master, including his very first work The Mystery of Sasassa Valley, for which he was paid 3 pounds in 1879, no trifling sum.

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Read Doyle's OTHER great book

The Lost World -- a worthy predecessor to King Kong, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar series, and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Notice that it's a free download, as are the Holmes books, if you look around.

Truth be known, I think The Lost World is more fun than Holmes. Doyle also wrote several other stories about the main character, Professor Challenger, but they're duds.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

I read it as a kid

It's a fun book. I recommend it. Classic adventure story.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu