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My local library has bookcase rammed with the top ten books of the staff. And even though these are people I don't know, I found myself drawn to that selection. It's a good idea for suggesting books that real readers, rather than critics, enjoyed. So i thought I'd post my own top ten, in case anyone is between novels and seeks a hint.

1: Lord of the Rings - Tolkien.
2: Firestarter - Stephen King.
3: The Negotiator - Fredrick Forsythe
3: Sahara - Clive Cussler.
4: Imagica - Clive Barker.
5: Rainbow Six - Tom Clancy.
5: The Werewolf Principle - Simak.
6: Cujo - Stephen King.
7: The Jonah - James Herbert.
8: Deadhead - Shaun Hutson.
9: The Testament - David Morrell.
10: Misery - Stephen King.

Liable to change as other books surface in my memory, of course.

Carpe diem...but remember there's a tomorrow.


The following comments are for "Top Ten Novels"
by jbicko

I know you wrote, 'liable to change', so maybe you'll change things up, but I'm curious as to why 'Firestarter' is so high on the list. Why do you think that's SK's best? For me, that one would be in the bottom third of my list, along with 'Cujo'. Okay books, but not the ones I'm drawn to time and time again.

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: March 31, 2004 )

Laible to change...yes. How do we judge favourite books, really? I was deep into Of Mice and Men for many months - but for school English studies. I read the Highway Code many times - but for a pending driving test. I don't even know why I love some books more than others. So I'll explain Firestarter's presence.

I once pre-planned it as my sunny backyard book for a work holiday. It is the only book I've read, cover to cover, more than twice. Today I still cite it when suggesting good books to people. I even urge my own copy on them, as if knowing the praise I'll later reap. I keep going back to it, re-reading certain pages or chapters. I jus' luv it, maaan!

There. I didn't want to do one of those Keeps the pace building...fleshed-out, well written characters...type reviews. Although the pace - wow...

( Posted by: jbicko [Member] On: March 31, 2004 )

Y'know you've listed at least 5 of my fave writers
Tolkien, King, Simak, Barker and Herbert. Great minds etc? With a yo ho ho and a cheeeesy grin.
Thanks for taking time to comment on my rant.
Paul the Ogg

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: April 1, 2004 )

Don't I feel like a fool?
I was reading some of your work (good work I might add) and damn it if I didn't click on your non-existent web site. Don't I feel like a fool?

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: April 17, 2004 )

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