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Emily...overly fond of the ellipsis...and top ten lists...submit yours @ A87824361...

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Number Six' Top Ten Books

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Number Six

1. Absolute Beginners, by Colin MacInnes
2. The World According to Garp, by John Irving
3. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
4. Stretch 29, by Damian Lanigan
5. The Blue Flowers, by Raymond Queneau
6. A White Merc with Fins, by James Hawes
7. The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
8. Generation X, by Douglas Coupland
9. Billy Liar, by Keith Waterhouse
10. High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby

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Number Six' Top Ten Books

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Emily...overly fond of the ellipsis...and top ten lists...submit yours @ A87824361...

Did the coding work then?

here's mine, I'm not a big reader (long story) but these are some of my favs

1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
2. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
3. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
5. About a Boy, by Nick Hornby
6. The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Banks
7. Are You Dave Gorman? by Dave Gorman
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mmm will haev to have a think of the last three...my collection of books I've read is mostly made up of art books and craft bookssmiley - blush


Number Six' Top Ten Books

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Number Six

Did it work? Certainly!

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Number Six' Top Ten Books

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Emily...overly fond of the ellipsis...and top ten lists...submit yours @ A87824361...

good goodsmiley - smiley

I'll get back to you with my last three books once I've had a thinksmiley - ok


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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Amy: ear-deep in novels, poetics, and historical documents.

Not in order...

1. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger
2. Le Petit Prince, by Antoine St-Exuperey
3. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
4. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
5. A Fine and Private Place, by Peter S. Beagle
6. Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
7. Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, by JD Salinger
8. Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
9. The Four Loves, by CS Lewis
10. Walking on Water, by Madeline L'Engle


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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psychocandy

Also not in order...

1. The Mists of Avalon- Marion Zimmer Bradley
2. A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
3. Watership Down- Richard Adams
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas- Hunter S. Thompson
5. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
6. Childhood's End- Arthur C. Clarke
7. The LoTR Trilogy (not trying to be unoriginal, has always been and will always be in my top ten)
8. Breakfast of Champions- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
9. The Once And Future King- T.H. White
10. The Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett

And might I add how very hard it is to narrow it down to only ten!


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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Gnomon - time to move on

1. The Lord of the Rings, by J R R Tolkien
2. A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin
3. The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula Le Guin
4. Archer's Goon, by Diana Wynne Jones
5. The Hobbit, by J R R Tolkien
6. Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake
7. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
8. Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
9. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
10. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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David B - Singing Librarian Owl

1. Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban
2. Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
3. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
4. New Grub Street, by George Gissing
5. Babel 17, by Samuel Delaney
6. Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman
7. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
8. Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding
9. The Oath, by Frank Peretti
10. A Fine and Private Place, by Peter S. Beagle

Those were in no particular order, and very hard to pick!


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

Post 10

Stephen

1. Vannty, William Makepeace Tackeray
2. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
3. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dam, Victor Hugo
5. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
6. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
7. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
8. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
9. Prudence and the Pill, Hugo Mills
10. Goodbye Mr Chips, James Hilton


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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Crescent

Not in order smiley - smiley

1. Ash : A Secret History, by Mary Gentle
2. Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
3. Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien
4. A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K Dick
5. The Dispossesed, by Ursula Le Guin
6. Daggerspell, by Katherine Kerr
7. Excession, by Iain M Banks
8. The Amber Chronicals, by Roger Zelazny
9. Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock
10. Little, Big, by John Crowley

I know LotR and The Amber Chronicals are technically more than one book (though I have both bound in single volumes), but the list would be even more homogenous than it is now if each book had to be listed seperately. Until later....
BCNU - Crescent


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

Post 12

Azara

1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
2. The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi
3. Miss Marjoribanks, by Mrs Oliphant
4. Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
5. Antigua, Penny Puce, by Robert Graves
6. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by MR James
7. Possession, by AS Byatt
8. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
9. Mike and Psmith, by PG Wodehouse
10. Bleak House, by Charles Dickens


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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Azara

Oops, I missed the fiction-only note...

Please replace 'The Periodic Table' in my previous post with
The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy Sayers

Azara
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h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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Amy: ear-deep in novels, poetics, and historical documents.

Ah, shoot, two of mine weren't fiction. Um... take off 4 Loves and Walking on Water... I'm not sure what else I'd stick in there, though. I hit all the really high points of htings I've read thus far.

*campaign to include non-fiction* smiley - winkeye


Colonel Thamian's Top Ten Books

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Commander Xerxes Thamian Meridian

1. Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett
2. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
3. The Truth, by Terry Pratchett
4. The Last Continent, by Terry Pratchett
5. Prelude to Dune, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
6. Dune, by Frank Herbert
7. God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert
8. Mostly Harmless, by Douglas Adams
9. Wings, by Terry Pratchet
10.Foundation, by Issac Asimov


Colonel Thamian's Top Ten Books

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Number Six

So, you like your Terry Pratchett then, Colonel? smiley - winkeye

Also our first vote for anything by Douglas Adams - I'm surprised it was this long before one arrived!

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Colonel Thamian's Top Ten Books

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Commander Xerxes Thamian Meridian

Pratchett is funny, insane and (most importantly) totally bonkeroony! Of course I like him! smiley - biggrinsmiley - laughsmiley - laughsmiley - laugh It is all Very smiley - silly so of course i like it! I am smiley - grr that you doubted it!


Colonel Thamian's Top Ten Books

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Number Six

I didn't doubt you for a moment, Colonel! I've enjoyed quite a lot of TP myself, and happen to think that he's got a lot more to say about modern society than half of the bilge that claims to be 'contemporary fiction'.

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h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

Post 19

egon

1. The House of Sleep, by Jonathan Coe
2. Sudden Wealth, by Robert Llewellyn
3. Last Chance To see, by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
4. American gods, by Neil Gaiman
5. Stupid White Men, by Michael Moore
6. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
7. Stark, by Ben Elton
8. So Long and Thanks for all the fish, by Douglas adams
9. The Prince, by Nicolo Machiavelli
10. Fear and Loathing on the campaign trail '72, by Hunter S Thompson


h2g2 Researchers' Top Ten Books

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Hedrigall

1. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris
3. The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
4. The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
5. A Deepness in the Sky, by Vernor Vinge
6. The King of Elfland's Daughter, by Lord Dunsany
7. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Use of Weapons, by Iain M. Banks
9. Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart
10. Earthly Powers, by Anthony Burgess

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