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Some books really stick with you. I randomly will recall parts of each of these books. For me:

Ender's Game
Ender's Shadow
Kavalier and Clay
The Door into Summer (Heinlein)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles (strangely never finished, great in parts, SLOW in other parts)
Norwegian Wood
A Song of Ice and Fire (Books 1-3)

It'd also be cool to do a "If you liked this book, you might like....."

Also taking bets on what book will be the most mentioned (perhaps Enders Game?)

Which Asimov book would you recommend first up?
post #2 of 7
Great idea for a thread. I am a huge fan of Eurocrime, and just finished a pair that I can recommend without reservation:

Call me princess by Sara Blaedel
Misterioso by Arne Dahl
post #3 of 7
Some of my favorite books in no particular order:

Ender's Game (Have yet to read the others; my fiance has them all.)
The Fountainhead
Rum Diaries
Foundation<---Asimov
The Old Man and the Sea
well anything by Hemingway
The Stranger
One Flew Over..
Sputnik Sweethear
post #4 of 7
The Richest Man in Babylon should be required reading for all students whether they are studying business or not.
post #5 of 7
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
The Periodic Table - Primo Levi
The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
Little Big Man - Thomas Berger
Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow

And a textbook, Understanding Poetry Fourth Edition- Brooks and Warren, A fantastic sampler which contains my favorite poem, Hardweed Path Going by A. R. Ammons. I recommend this book for someone who is interested in gaining a deeper appreciation for poetry.
Edited by Steve Smith - 9/2/11 at 7:27pm
post #6 of 7
Loved Cryptonomicon and also his^ Baroque Series.

If you want something comical, read almost anything by David Sedaris. Me talk Pretty One Day is my favorite so far.
post #7 of 7
Just been reading this one...
Chocolate Fortunes: The Battle for the Hearts, Minds, and Wallets of China's Consumers
http://www.chocolatefortunes.net/

"Could there be a more intriguing East-meets-West story than one about the
introduction of chocolate—that very symbol of Western indulgence—to legendarily
austere China?

As China comes into its own as a world economic power, a new, huge consumer
class is emerging, hungry for all things Western. In this land where twenty-five
years ago most of the population had never tasted chocolate, five icons of Western
business are now slugging it out in a battle royal to see which will become the
Emperor of Chocolate in China."


Basically before the 1980s there was no chocolate in China. Favourite part is about how Cadbury tried to make chocolate bars in Beijing using their British methods with fresh milk. Problem was Chinese milk wasn't guaranteed to be particularly fresh at the time, no one really liked their Cadbury Dairy Milk bars tasting like cheese.

Even now in Xilinhot, there is only one foreign make of chocolate available here, Mars with Dove and Snickers bars, that's it. and they're quite expensive as well. But there's plenty packets of chicken feet though.
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