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    Who farted? Ka_Jun's Avatar
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    Top three books that changed your life

    1984 - Orwell
    Lord of the Flies - Golding
    Brave New World - Huxley

    If I had to distill it to three, probably these changed my way of thinking the most.

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    Brave New World seemed waay overrated when I finally read it.

    For me:

    Anthem - Ayn Rand
    The Great Divorce - CS Lewis
    1984 - George Orwell
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    The Bible
    Hammer of The Gods
    Playboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    The Bible
    Hammer of The Gods
    Playboy
    Wow, what a combo!

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    Who farted? Ka_Jun's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    The Bible
    Hammer of The Gods
    Playboy
    Quite the diverse reading list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    The Bible
    HighTimes
    Playboy
    FIFY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    FIFY
    Pot head!
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
    Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel Dennett

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    The M*********a Growers Gide-Mel Frank and Ed Rosenthal
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance-Robert M. Pirsig
    Fear and Loathing-On the Campaign Trail '72 Hunter S Thompson
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    Lord of the Flies - Golding +1
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven
    HTML: The Definitive Guide - O'Reilly (no srlsy)

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    Lord of the Rings/Hobbit - Really struck a cord with me in grade 3 when I started it. It definitely created some direction into all future reading
    Issac Asimov - Foundation series
    Timothy Leary - change your brain - came at a time in my life when I hated life. Difficult read though, as he moved through the book you can tell he does more and more drugs...becomes almost babble by the end.

    I could go on with all the IT text books I have read, as they have all had a direct or indirect influence on my life. But those above are the first influences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Figment View Post
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Not in my top 3, but if I expand to top 5 or 10 that would definitely make it in too. That's book is definitely a mind trip.
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Three books. You gotta be kidding.
    It's not about the Bike,
    The Prophet
    Home from Nowhere.
    People's History of the United States
    Columbia History of the World.
    Labor's Untold Story'
    Immortal Poems of the English Language.
    Pray for the Dead and Fight like Hell for the Living






    ^ Since January 1, 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    I could go on with all the IT text books I have read, as they have all had a direct or indirect influence on my life. But those above are the first influences.
    ha, ditto. when i was 14 I asked my dad how to make a website, he gave me a book- pretty much shaped everything from then.

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    Sex With A Mountain Bike

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    Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance

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    Iron John
    The Millionaire Next Door

    Together, these books inspired me to start my own business.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

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    4 Agreements
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    Quote Originally Posted by SourDieseL View Post
    The Power of Now
    How great? Kinda good, or really moving and fantastic?

    Just curious because Eckhart Tolle has been on my "round tuit" list ever since Dr. Pete raved about being impressed with "A New Earth".
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    fahrenheit 451
    the cather in the rye
    <insert something that sounds intelligent here>

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan View Post
    fahrenheit 451
    the cather in the rye
    cosmopolitan
    fify

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    Anthem - Ayn Rand
    The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The five people you meet in heaven - Mitch Albom
    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Giolander: There can be only one.
    Giodome: Several impostors enter, only the real one leaves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan View Post
    the cather in the rye
    Look out....America's next political assasin is here - it's Timmhaan!!


    Actually, I read that book because of all the stigma associated with it and wasn't nearly as impressed as I thought I was going to be.
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    The list is WAAAAAAAY more than three books, but here's the first three that come to mind

    Garth Nix-Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen)
    Okay I'm cheating--it's three books. I was inspired to compose a suite about the Nine Bright Shiners because of them, and it has been my pet project for over a year now (I'm constantly revising as I find new aspects of their personalities with every re-read of the books. Plus I still can't get the right catty theme for Mogget).

    Arthur C. Clarke-Rendezvous with Rama
    This basically was the first sci-fi nover I ever read, and I fell in love with it so much that now I'm a total geek reading everyone from Asimov to Zelazny.

    My intro to psych book
    I was bullied into taking up nursing by my mom, but then I took an intro to psych class and found out that THIS is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

    edit: bonus one
    Ayn Rand-The Virtue of Selfishness
    Taught me that I shouldn't be totally self-sacrificing--I learned to put my needs first, or else I will not be able to take care of anyone else's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ms.gio View Post
    Anthem - Ayn Rand
    Yea! Another Anthem lover. Not only moving, but my favorite book of all-time.
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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