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Bloggers PhotoRetired from the printing business in 2011...now happily living in Ponchatoula, LA close to my wonderful (and enormous) family. I have three beautiful daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who I spoil rotten because that's my job. The bio picture is me with my oldest grandaughter, Dixie.
My goal is to write a halfway decent poem sometime...My favorite poets are Robert Frost, Edward Arlington Robinson and Wallace Stevens...I have read everything John Steinbeck ever wrote at least three times

What Are Your Favorite Books or Books?


Blog Posted:9/5/2013 8:26:00 AM

Well, here I again with another ‘What are your favorites?’ blogs!  This time its books of any kind…Here are three of mine with excerpts included:
As always your participation and comments are welcome and appreciated
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‘Cannery Row’ By John Steinbeck:

Roll-on-the-floor hilarious! Here is a synopsis of the ending that I found on the internet…
 “Probably the most disturbing aspect of Cannery Row's conclusion, though, is the final image of the book: the rats and rattlesnakes in their cages. Both creatures suggest a certain inescapable malevolence about the world, while their cages suggest a lack of control or free will that keeps the characters in this book from ever really changing their status. This reinforces the image of Doc, hung over, dealing with the aftermath of a party that was meant to be a gift to him: The situation is fundamentally unfair and yet entirely unavoidable. Despite it all, there is still beauty in the world, as the description of early morning on the Row suggests and the poem Doc reads explicitly states. Perhaps beauty is more easily perceived when it is surrounded by disappointment and human fallibility. The snakes, motionless and staring into space, seem aware of this fact and resigned to their fates.”

I disagree slightly with this… I think Steinbeck is describing one of those rare ‘perfect moments’…Doc feels the warm water in the sink while washing the dishes, notices the soap bubbles, the sights, sounds and odors etc. Then he recites to himself the last verse of the poem that he read at the party the night before:


“Even now
I know that I have savored the hot taste of life
Lifting green cups and gold at the great feast.
Just for a small and a forgotten time
I have had full in my eyes from off my girl
The whitest pouring of eternal light .
The heavy knife. As to a gala day”
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‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord or the Rings’ Trilogy by JRR Tolkien:

I read these books once a year and every time I get something new out of them…Some parts are radically different from the movies and many chapters were left out which is understandable…One of the coolest parts of this trilogy is the appendix, part of which tells what happened to all the major characters in the book…Sam actually ends up going to the Gray Havens also, as well as Legolas and Gimli..Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite chapters called ‘The Scouring of the Shire’…As Gandalf and the hobbits approach the Shire, they assume he will come with them…Here is what he tells them, Once again, copied from the internet:
“I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help. You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear for any of you”
Gandalf’s faith proves justified. Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin firmly and decisively restore order, as they raise the hobbits and defeat Sharkey’s men decisively at the Battle of Bywater. In “The Scouring of the Shire” they display leadership and bravery hardly to be believed of the same timid hobbits that left the Shire on their long journey less than a year previous.


The hobbits find out that Sharkey is really Saruman, who after being banished from Orthanc goes to the Shire with his thugs and takes over for revenge…He is stabbed and killed by Wormtongue after the hobbits confront him at Bag End, officially ending the War of the Rings
In the books, my favorite character Gandalf is the true mover and shaker of ALL the events in the defeat of both Saruman and Sauron, not Aragorn as portrayed in the movie which again, is understandable…Gandalf evolves into by far the most powerful being in Middle Earth
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------‘Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller:
I have worn this book out twice…Absolutely the most hilarious novel I have ever read! It is an anti-war story set in WWII…Here is an excerpt from Clevinger’s Court Martial…

“Now, where were we? Read me back the last line."
 “Read me back the last line,” read back the corporal, who could take shorthand.
 "Not MY last line, stupid!" the colonel shouted. "Somebody else's."
 "Read me back the last line,'" read back the corporal.
 "That's MY last line again!" shrieked the colonel, turning purple with anger.
 "Oh, no, sir," corrected the corporal. "That's MY last line. I read it to you just a moment ago. Don't you remember, sir? It was only a moment ago."
 "Oh, my God! Read me back HIS last line, stupid. Say, what the hell's your name, anyway?"
 "Popinjay, sir."
 "Well, you're next Popinjay. As soon as his trial ends, your trial begins. Get it?"
 "Yes, sir. What will I be charged with?"
 "What the hell difference does that make? Did you hear what he asked me? You're going to learn, Popinjay -- the moment we finish with Clevinger you're going to learn. Cadet Clevinger, what did-- You are Cadet Clevinger, aren't you, and not Popinjay?"
 "Yes, sir."
 "Good. What did--"
 "I'm Popinjay, sir."
 "Popinjay, is your father a millionaire, or a member of the Senate?"
 "No, sir."
 "Then you're up *****creek, Popinjay, without a paddle. He's not a general or a high-ranking member of the Administration, is he?"
 "No, sir."
 "That's good. What does your father do?"
 "He's dead, sir."
 "That's VERY good. You really are up the creek, Popinjay. Is Popinjay really your name? What the hell kind of a name is Popinjay, anyway? I don't like it."
 "It's Popinjay's name, sir," Lieutenant Scheisskopf explained.


Some of the crazy, humorous stuff I have posted is influenced by Heller's writing style in Catch 22...'Twice Upon a Time in a Bakery' was partly inspired by the above dialog... 

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  1. Date: 9/7/2013 7:53:00 AM
    Wow you are deep! I wish all of the quote showed? the right sides cut off :(. I'm basically a Sci-Fi and Fantasy nut. I'd have to go with Ender's Game by Orson Scot Card [a Mormon!] & Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. I am never NOT reading a book and I can't say I EVER had the urge to read one twice???? NO WAY..too many books to read!

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  1. Date: 9/7/2013 5:24:00 AM
    i have resisted posting here, tim, for a good reason.. it will take me pages to tell you my fave books!.. being a worm, a read ar least 2 books a week--with themes on philosophy, well-being, history to fictional drama /comedy, romance, etc...allow me to just list some authors: JD Salinger,Carson MacCullers.Gustave Flaubert,Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ayn Rand,Leo Tolstoy,John Updike, Gabriel Marquez, Junichiro Tanizaka, Violette LeDuc, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rumi, Antoine de Saint Exupery, Margaraet Atwood, Thic Nhat Hahn.. am not done yet, but... :)huggs

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 9/8/2013 6:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    frank!!...lol, i had terrribly demanding teachers in high school and college, so i just had to go with the saying, " if you can't lick 'em, join 'em', till i kinda got hooked. OF COURSE I LOVE PLATO; you are so funny, woof woof, thanks to Walt Boy!..:)
  1. Date: 9/6/2013 4:52:00 AM
    I am a fantasy fan reader. . . Act one: Deverry 1. Daggerspell (1986 ) 2. Darkspell (1987 ) - Katherine Kerr The Pit Dragon Chronicles - Jane Yolen 1. Dragon's Blood (1982) 2. Heart's Blood (1984) 3. A Sending of Dragons (1987) 4. Dragon's Heart (2009) The Riftwar Saga - Raymond E Feist 1. Magician (1982), later republished in two parts in the United States as Magician: Apprentice (1986) and Magician: Master (1986) 2. Silverthorn (1985) 3. A Darkness at Sethanon (1986) The Serpentwar Saga 1. Shadow of a Dark Queen (1994) 2. Rise of a Merchant Prince (1995) 3. Rage of a Demon King (1997) 4. Shards of a Broken Crown (1998) The Riftwar Legacy 1. Krondor: The Betrayal (1998) 2. Krondor: The Assassins (1999) 3. Krondor: Tear of the Gods (2000) 4. Jimmy and the Crawler (2013) – a novella replacing the cancelled novels Krondor: The Crawler and Krondor: The Dark Mage .

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 7:12:00 PM
    Growing up I read Little Women and Jane Eyre multiple times and would like to read them one more time. I liked the Lord of the Rings series and Mary Stewart's King Arthur trilogy. A few other favorites are: Hawaii and The Source by James Michener and Exodus by Leon Uris. I read most of these in high school. These are all that come to mind, though I have always been an avid reader since the age of 6. Oh yeah, Gone With the Wind is another favorite.

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 5:16:00 PM
    My favorite books aren't fiction. My interestests are more spiritual/metaphysical. Although, I did enjoy "The Talisman" by Steven King and Peter Straub. I also enjoyed the Jean Aul books... :)

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    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts Date: 9/5/2013 6:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    loved The Talisman, one of King's best
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 5:08:00 PM
    pretty soon, I'll be over the hill Tim, I won't mention my favs. LOL, you'd think I'm 20 or something. twahahaha ~SKAT~

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 9/5/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    At least you're not UNDER the hill like me...
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 4:14:00 PM
    I love..JRR Tolkien and Mercedes Laskey... she rocks with EPICsy

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 3:55:00 PM
    like Andrea. I read every Nancy Drew book when I was a kid, probably why I love mysteries now. My favourite author is Michael Connelly. Love his Harry Bosch series. I like mysteries and thrillers and always have at least one book on the go. Loved the Diane Gabledon "Highlander" series. James Patterson, Iris Johanson, Tess Gerritson.... a few more of my favourites. Love Stuart Woods books but his newer stuff is not as good as his older stuff (Chiefs, Palindrome, White Cargo)

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 3:42:00 PM
    oh, and the Nancy Drew series. hahaha (probably I would hate them now that i'm "grown up.")

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 9/5/2013 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We have much in common my friend! I grew up reading The Hardy Boys mysteries...
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 3:41:00 PM
    I have read all three of those books you mentioned and LOVE them!!! I really loved also that one called Of Mice and Men. My fave books, however, will always be Stephen King thrillers!! (anybody watching Under the Dome, based on his book?) it's the summer's hit!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 9/6/2013 11:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    glad I came back to see this question. It's possible I saw it, Tim, I see so many things, I can't hold all the titles in my mind.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 9/5/2013 4:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    'Tortilla Flat' is also a fav of mine...hilarious!Spencer Tracy starred in the movie version but I never saw it...Andie and Francine, have either of you seen it?
    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts Date: 9/5/2013 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes, of course
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 1:01:00 PM
    I'll be back Tim... from my computer. ..hugs

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 12:16:00 PM
    Such a question! I've been reading since I was 12 years old ... and I have read too many wonderful books. I think that one of the most fascinating and more complex books that I've ever read is "A hundred years of solitude" by Garcia Marquez. Another one is "Caballo de Troya" (Trojan Horse) by J.J. Benitez.

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    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud Date: 9/8/2013 6:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ruben, yesss.. but i connected moe with love in the time of cholera..:)
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 9:41:00 AM
    "Judas My Brother" by Frank Yerby. A courageous and controversial novel about Jeshua A Nostri. Though some might find it against their beliefs the historic theme, time and places are very much effective. A book which I treasure.

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  1. Date: 9/5/2013 9:05:00 AM
    Some books are timeless, and stay with you throughout the years. "To Kill a Mockingbird" captured me at an impressionable age with the story of the love of a father teaching his children about honor......and what is the right thing to do, in spite of evil and prejudice. As a girl, I was enthralled with Jane Austen and Daphne du Maurier novels.....and they still hold up after centuries pass. I love all kinds of suspense..Dan Brown, Grisham...if it has a cover, I like it!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 9/5/2013 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh yes, I loved that one too, Carrie.
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 8:37:00 AM
    'Then you're up shit's creek, Popinjay'...I can say it here in this little box and NOT UP THERE but that's a whole other blog in itself...

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