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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Fascinating and hilarious. The irreverence is not to my taste, but I can understand why others appreciate it.
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Beautiful, wholesome and heart-felt portrait of family life
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
The Tale of the Fairy Wogdog is worth the price of admission, a delightful easter egg in the midst of a delightful rabbit adventure/social commentary. Yes, it is that weird and wonderful!
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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
The Wiggin children are unusual, even for the unusual world in which Ender’s Game unfolds. There’s the oldest, Peter, a power-mad sociopath; Valentine, the sister who turns her eloquence to Peter’s service; and then there’s Ender, their little brother, who is singled out by the authorities as the mi...show more
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Excellent characters and witty conversation.
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Flatland
Edwin A. Abbott
Fascinating thought experiment with powerful philosophical ramifications.
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The Bible
The book of books at the foundation of Western Civilization and the world's largest religion. I consider it to be the inspired word of God, so I'm somewhat biased.
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A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
Interesting read that will definitely make up your mind about whether you want to walk the Appalachian Trail, or not walk it.
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
Asimov builds a fascinating galactic empire on edge of which the characters explore what it takes for a empire to collapse or to be reborn.
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Emma
Jane Austen
At twenty, Emma Woodhouse—“handsome, clever, and rich”—knows that she’s the most fantastic woman in Highbury, and nothing amuses her more than meddling in other people’s affairs. But although she has good intentions, her matchmaking goes seriously awry, wrecking a perfectly good engagement for her f...show more
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Addicus shows us what it takes to be an upright man in a crooked world.
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
Can philosophy prevent absolute power from corrupting absolutely? Marcus Aurelius puts his soul on the line to find out.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
A beautiful but fallen fantasy world needs rescued by a lion and four human children.
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
We have a wonderful family tradition of reading this to our kids on our camping trips! Great stuff!
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
You know the story of this quintessential holiday tale, but have you ever read it? So many times has the tale been told—in numerous stage and screen adaptations—that we are apt to take the power of its invention for granted. Yet no retelling comes close to capturing the humor and human sympathy, the...show more
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Foundation and Empire: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 2
Isaac Asimov
While Asimov’s saga nowadays seems less original than when it first appeared, the sweep of its conception maintains a thrilling freshness. Humanity spreads throughout the galaxy (there are, notably, no aliens to contend with) and reaches a developmental peak after 12,000 years, typified by the uber-...show more
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas
When it comes to page-turners, The Count of Monte Cristo is the great granddaddy of them all. Despite the novel’s gargantuan dimensions—it runs to more than twelve hundred pages in most editions—each of its chapters is like an exhibit in a compendium of narrative suspense; it’s hard to imagine any t...show more
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Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen
Austen’s first published novel, which appeared under the pseudonym “A Lady,” is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, and of the tension between private passions and public decorum. This is Austen’s most social novel, and in both town and country, she depicts a privileged class rif...show more
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Second Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 3
Isaac Asimov
Asimov’s penchant for discursive logic and brains over brawn does not prevent the Foundation series from being enthralling. Even today, ranked against all that has followed, it glows with quiet majesty.
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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities may have the most famous opening of any novel ever written, the frequent application of its words outside the novel’s specific context giving it an edge over the nearest competition, Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice. Echoing the dichotomies invoked in its opening sentences,...show more
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