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    Books that have impacted you

    For me it was "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac and "Don't Stop the Carnival" by Herman Wouk, but for very different rerasons.

    Within a few years of my first read of "On The Road" I actually found myself moving to the Bay Area in CA. His writing style, the way he expresses himself and his beliefs on many things had a large impact on me.
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    Animal Farm
    First real good book I ever read.
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    The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.

    Definitely a "must read" for a Christian.....puts 'eternity' in to better perspective.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    War & Peace. I still have the bruise.

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    The Bible.
    Destined to Reign.

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    Nice list Pgoat. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is another great one. Definitely a VERY thought-provoking book.

    Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is a book I've bought but never got around to reading yet.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Atlas Shrugged
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    Hmmm.....

    Animal Farm/1984 ... Interesting notions about state and government

    The best of all possible worlds ... Very philosophical, made me look at the notion of self and what matters in live

    the bible....curiously enough, that was what finally put me off christianity

    Nietzsche ... although part of it truly rabid, he makes a lot of very good points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post

    Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is a book I've bought but never got around to reading yet.
    Have some Kleenex on hand.
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    I'm not a voracious reader and to date I have never read a book that has had an impact on my life. In the past, I have only read nonfiction. I'm preparing myself to read The Shack. Currently, I'm an atheist and have been for 20 years. I don't have a clue whether or not I am "right". My wife and in-laws are Catholic (Shiite Catholic), and I find myself fascinated by the Catholic religion. We'll see what happens.

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    Camus- The Stranger.


    No, I mean it literally. Someone threw it at me.

    OK, serious list now:

    The Bible
    Alvin Toffler - Future Shock
    Isaac Asimov - Foundation
    Islands in the Stream
    The Grapes of Wrath
    Moby Dick
    Wuthering Heights
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    "Atlas Shrugged" was for me a a long waste of time trying to instill standards I already had. BORING
    Who cares where John Gault is? Same for the sequel that I can't even remember the name
    of.

    "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" were scary and becoming more true every day. Both have had a large effect on my opinion of our politicians. Not necessarily our system.

    Oddly "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein may have given me more pause for thought than any book I've ever read. It has shaped much of my personal philosophy.
    It's Not the destination, It's the Ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooxster View Post
    For me it was "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac and "Don't Stop the Carnival" by Herman Wouk, but for very different rerasons.

    Within a few years of my first read of "On The Road" I actually found myself moving to the Bay Area in CA. His writing style, the way he expresses himself and his beliefs on many things had a large impact on me.
    Cool. If you liked On the Road then you'll probably like The Dharma Bums. Kerouac wrote about his friends--Neal Cassady, for example, the guy who drove "the bus" when Ken Kasey took off across America, was Dean Moriarty. Gary Snyder is Japhy Ryder in The Dharma Bums and he is a Zen lunatic who all the girls adore and all the guys want to emulate. In reality, he was one of the people present when Allen Ginsberg read "Howl" for the first time at the City Lights Bookstore.

    Anyway, as far as influential books go, there are too many to count.

    A few though:

    Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
    The Aztecs by Gary Jennings
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinliein
    Candide by Voltaire
    Drop City by T. C. Boyle
    Cat's Cradle, Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker


    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    OK, serious list now:

    The Bible
    Alvin Toffler - Future Shock
    Isaac Asimov - Foundation
    Islands in the Stream
    The Grapes of Wrath
    Moby Dick
    Wuthering Heights
    Wuthering Heights was one of the saddest books I've ever read.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustCruisin View Post
    Oddly "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein may have given me more pause for thought than any book I've ever read. It has shaped much of my personal philosophy.
    It was such a great book. We could all learn something from the "Man from Mars."

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    Hitchhiker's Guide
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    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatnik0422 View Post
    Cool. If you liked On the Road then you'll probably like The Dharma Bums. Kerouac wrote about his friends--Neal Cassady, for example, the guy who drove "the bus" when Ken Kasey took off across America, was Dean Moriarty. Gary Snyder is Japhy Ryder in The Dharma Bums and he is a Zen lunatic who all the girls adore and all the guys want to emulate. In reality, he was one of the people present when Allen Ginsberg read "Howl" for the first time at the City Lights Bookstore.
    I already read it. It's probably in my top 5 books. Another fantastic one.
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    Dictionary:

    impacted (ĭm-păk'tĭd) pronunciation

    adj.

    1. Wedged together at the broken ends. Used of a fractured bone.
    2. Placed in the alveolus in a manner prohibiting eruption into a normal position. Used of a tooth.
    3. Wedged or packed in, so as to fill or block an organ or a passage: impacted feces.

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    pe⋅dan⋅tic   /pəˈdæntɪk/ adjective

    1. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms.
    2. botto.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    A Choice Of Weapons ~Gordon Parks~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Dictionary:

    pe⋅dan⋅tic   /pəˈdæntɪk/ adjective

    1. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms.
    2. botto.
    sometimes correct, but this time it's not.

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